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Are we there yet?

OK, so I’m closer.  The pieces of the sweater have been blocked and I’m ready to take a big deep breath and start sewing it all together.  Once again, let me reiterate, not my favorite part.

So blocking this was a quite an undertaking.  The big round piece is REALLY big.  I blocked it once and didn’t have enough pins.  The nature of ribbing is that it wants to shrink up like an accordian.  Think of the ribbing on your sweaters at the cuff and waist.  Chances are pretty good that it contains the same number of stitches as the sleeve or body of the sweater.  But notice how much narrower it is.  That’s just what ribbing wants to do.  That’s its nature.  What is amazing is that blocking can make ribbing overcome its nature.

When you block something you give it a bath and lay it out flat.  You should do this when you hand wash your sweaters and scarves.  Either pin it or lay out it per the appropriate measurements.  Sometimes you have to convince it to stretch or shrink to the right shape and measurements.  The first time I didn’t have enough pins and the fabric between the pins contracted in.  This left big points where the pins were.  I wish I would have photographed it for you.  Alas.  So I re-wet it and pinned it out.  This took 3 boxes of pins.  Sorry for the bad picture but it was laying right under a bright light and I didn’t want to deal with moving it.

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Here is what it looks like after it has dried and been unpinned.  Notice that the sleeves are shorter and wider.  This is due to the fact that the pattern measurements were significantly shorter than what I ended up with.  Notice that the big circle is much wider.

Someone wanted to get in on the action (short sleeves and bare feet in January–quite a warm day).

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Slowly, we’re getting there.  My hope is that you will see a picture of me wearing it before next week.

Plus, I’ve started another project–made from the silk/bamboo yarn I purchased at Art Fibers when I was in San Francisco 2 1/2 years ago.  Pictures forthcoming.

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