Tuesday, May 16, 2006  


Last night, I cast off on the Silk Shrug, and decided to block it overnight in preparation for the dreaded "pick up and knit" edging extravaganza.

So out came the blocking board. And, apparently, my lovely assistant, who can't help but wonder why it's been so long since she got to sit on my knitting help.

I soaked the pieces in cold water, squeezed them "dry" in a towel, and attempted to follow the schematics. Of course, since Debbie only gives 3 measurements, it was a bit of a guess, but at least it's kinda in the right shape, and the fronts seem to match the back, so that's a relief.

My lovely assistant pointed out that I still haven't dealt with weaving in the ends, and then asked if I was aware that this particular knitting was WET. Apparently, she would prefer DRY knitting to sit on, thank you very much!

So with the prospect of one sweater reaching the finish line, I swatched with some cotton yarn Knitterary Girl gifted me... I've washed the swatch vigorously in the sink, and looked to see if there's any measurement change... nothing so far. But it's not tremendously soft yet, so I think I'll machine wash/dry the swatch next to see what happens. But that'll have to wait until laundry day. I don't know what this'll be when it grows up, but I'm thinking a basic pullover or cardi. I like the stockinette best, and I don't think the cotton yarn would be happy with cables or a lot of texture. Sometimes basic is best...

Oh, and I'm occassionally knitting on the Eleanora Sock.

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