I hurt my back/abdomen a few weeks ago and haven't really been able to do much. I was feeling very pathetic and useless, so I decided to check out my current knitting WIPS.
I have an agreement with my knitting self. I am NOT allowed to start anymore knitting projects until I finish the WIPS I have.
I grabbed these 3 already started scarves and finished them.
The one on the left is a black cashmere 2x2 ribbed scarf, with a cable on the end.
The middle scarf is a pea soup green wool waffle knit scarf. I believe I snagged up that yarn at the Big E a few years ago.
The scarf on right is a magenta mistake stitch ribbed scarf. I have no idea what kind of yarn it is, someone probably gave it to me as a present.
As you can see in the pictures above, these scarves definitely needed to be blocked. Especially the green one, as it was completely curled up.
Confession ----- I have never blocked anything before. Mostly because I am too lazy. I have also never knit clothing before, so maybe that's why? Either way, I know blocking really gives hand knits a professional look so I had to stop being lazy and block these babies.
Here is the Cashmere scarf. I didn't want to use my steam iron on it as I did the others. I wasn't sure what all of that heat would do to delicate cashmere. I decided to opt for the pin, spray, let dry method that a lot of bloggers use for more delicate blocking.
I really wanted the finished scarf to accentuate the cabled edging. I did go through all of the extra effort of adding that cabled edge, so I wanted it to really POP.
I kept the scarf at a consistent 7 inch width throughout the pinning process.
The blocked, finished scarf actually only measured 6 inches. I lost an entire inch after I unpinned. Actually, I think that I lost more than that after I left the room. Booo.
Here is the before shot again:
Here is the after:
Ok there it is! I think the blocking worked BEST on the 100% wool scarf. I really am in love with how it turned out. I guess I still need to work on my cashmere blocking skills. Does anyone have suggestions???