it looks like i finally have my trip knitting pared down now to this batch of projects—all totable, lightweight things, all in various stages of completion, all fit into my knitting bag without too much squeezing (it’s never too much if it all still fits in the bag). i may panic and add one more ball of yarn just to be safe, but honestly, there’s probably enough here to last four days, even with the two long flights i’ll be taking. and they have yarn stores in california, too, heh (i think we’re even scheduled to visit a couple on friday).
i’m leaving the sweater project behind because it’s getting big and bulky now, but i’ll miss it; progress has been fast and i appreciate the ease with which i can sit down and just do this (i think you know how that is). the yarn is glorious to work with; i find myself stopping frequently to admire the workings of the colorway (and still it knits up fast). when i get back, i’ll set about writing the pattern for this pullover.
isn’t it amazing how the vividness of the colors changes on different fibers?
several people have written to ask me about blocking in the last couple of weeks, including why the heck i like it so much, hahaha. i think it’s mainly because it offers a quiet work respite from machinery of any kind.
putting the polishing steps on a final work brings home the fact that a transformation is about to take place which will elevate the whole thing to another level.
this realization enables me to slow my racing mind, still my jittery hands, to call up patience in threading wires ladder-by-ladder and placing dozens of pins just so. i like to see myself as patient and careful sometimes. and it’s not like there’s no payoff
there’s always a money shot to be had at the end.
this is going to look wonderful on kim.
as far as doing a future tutorial on the subject, i actually have done several in-depth posts about blocking—you can see step-by-step wet-blocking for lace here, here, and here, and a couple of discussions of wet and steam blocking for sweater pieces here and here and also here.
i may discuss it yet again but i don’t know when; usually what happens on the blog is pretty immediate to what’s going on in my head or on my needles on whatever day i write. what i oughta do is make a category for blocking and finishing posts—it might be helpful to put them all in one easy-to-find place. i’ll be sure to put that on the list.
so anyhow, what am i taking along to knit? well, here’s what i’m thinking i should do, since there’s a lot to talk about there: instead of telling you all of it now, i thought i’d try writing another post which will automatically go live some time tomorrow while we’re flying (cool, eh?). that way i can be with you even when i’m not really here. in fact, for a while i won’t really be anywhere (since we’re crossing time zones) so i could actually be posting from the void.