Wednesday, January 14

My bed blocks!



Mum's Central Park Hoodie nears completion.

I find my bed with its duck down duvet (that's a duvet filled with duck down, although it is also a duvet under which one wants to duck down) provides the perfect base for blocking. I have to make sure that I've got as much water as I can out of the pieces though, and I also only do it when the Curse is out of the house. I fear he might take a dim view of it.

How do you block? Or should I say, do you block?

7 comments:

pixlkitten said...

My dining room floor is carpeted. Who carpets a dining room?? I block in my dining room. If the carpet gets ruined from being damp, Then I can finally get rid of it (the carpet that is, not the knitwear).

laura said...

Wow you have knocked that out super fast!

Maggie said...

To be totally honest it's an awful long time since I had to block anything! Think I should include knitting in my have more fun resolution, but possible on the machine.

Anyway, I spread a clean towel on the carpet in the living room. Have to use a towel as suspect carpet is none too clean after being down for more years than I can remember - and it was second hand from Oxfam even when it was new to us!

Deadly Knitshade said...

Bed blocking, eh? Can't say I block at all. Shame on me...

knit nurse said...

Actually I never used to block but then I started doing it for large items. I don't by any means think it is essential, and for yarns such as this which have a large acrylic content I now think it's pretty pointless as it doesn't seem to make much difference. Whereas on the first hoodie, which was 100% wool, it neatened up the stitches quite considerably. I never got round to doing the second sleeve though, and every time I look down at the arms I am reminded of this fact!

Rowan said...

the first picture looks like lavender fields.

I don't really block, tbh, I just press the pieces with the iron and a damp cloth. Although as I have only knitted baby items for the past few years, blocking hasn't been needed - the pieces are so small that you can check that they all fit together without too much effort during the knitting stage.

ros said...

Those foam mats you get for kids that fit together like a jigsaw are excellent for blocking. You can use as few or as many as you need to fit the size of your piece, and they stack away neatly when not being used.