Last night I summoned the energy to block the back of Victoria.
I actually wet-blocked this — something I almost never do for sweaters. I usually will do a pass over sweater pieces with a steam iron and that’s that.
But I wanted to block this out exactly to size, and I wanted to block the bottom ribbing out straight, and I thought I’d get more control with a wet-block than a steam block. So into the sink with warm water and woolwash it went, and onto my foam interlocking mat pieces. I just pinned it in a few strategic spots to make sure it would stay in place.
While I photographed this on the floor for a better “bird’s eye view” it has actually been sitting on the dining room table, where there is less chance of Lucy lolling about on it while it dries.
And I finished the right side front last night.
And started the left side front.
I’ve decided to wait until I have the left side front completed before blocking the fronts. That way I can block them side-by-side to ensure a perfect match.
The Fiber Cooperative
Do you know about The Fiber Cooperative?
It’s an online marketplace where small indie companies who have small budgets for advertising and promotion have gotten together. You can shop by categories, and search for items. Each individual seller has a “storefront” page where they have their own banner and space to post some of the highlights of their shop. The links for each vendor take you to their individual shop (on etsy, for example).
It’s a great way to find lovely fiber-related items from small indie companies that might otherwise be difficult to winkle out on a big site like etsy.
Q&A from the Comments
Why, no, they haven’t replaced my office window yet.
Thanks for asking, Melissa. In the three weeks or so since it was broken I’ve had three building engineers and 2 glass contractors up in my office looking at it.
Roseann asked how I am keeping track of all the shaping in this pattern and if I am using an iPhone/iTouch/iPad app.
I do have a number of knitting apps for my iPad and I confess that I really have not used any of them. The way I am keeping track of the shaping in this pattern is by writing notes on my printout of the pattern.
The old-fashioned way sometimes is the best way. 🙂