Block All The Things…yes even your swatches

Remember the gray speckled swatch on the needle from the other day?  The one with the Daintree yarn from Skein?

Well it came off the needles and looked fine…but like most knitting (all…not most…all), it was a bit rumpled and untidy.  That’s just the nature of knitting. It needed to be blocked.

All I did was squeeze it under water a few times then lay it flat beside the sink to dry.  No pins, no wires, no tension, no real effort.  Just soak it and lay it flat to dry.  And look what a difference that made.

I hear from people all the time saying ‘my knitting doesn’t look like yours.’  And 95% of the time it’s that they’re not blocking their finished pieces.  And I get that sometimes the full blocking dance is hard (worth it…but not always practical) but I promise you can soak your knitting and let it dry (hint, that’s basically washing it, and you’re going to want to do that from time to time).  You spent all that time making something, you owe it to yourself to take a few minutes and really let it shine.

And…just because it amuses me…this colorway is called Sea View and I just happened to come across a few pieces of sea glass on the beach as I walked out to the picnic table to take these pictures.  I decided to take shameless advantage!

Oh, and just for anyone following along at home, it’s a swatch for a project that will be in Curls 3 (which will be out next year if all goes according to plan).  You can follow along with all the Curls 3 posts over here.

No I didn’t forget

So somehow over the space of a little less than 12 weeks this summer I found a house, bought a house, sold a house, launched a book, and moved across the country.  I don’t particularly recommend that timeline (let’s just say I picked a book launch schedule long before I knew we were moving), but it turns out, it is more or less possible (if you don’t mind not getting much sleep for a while in the middle there).

However, it didn’t leave me with much time for swatching.

Luckily, I’m all settled in now (unpacked, and even most of the way through that inevitable list of tiny things you want to change about any new house), and back to swatching for Curls 3.

This is the lovely Daintree yarn from Skein (love them, the socks I did with their yarn continue to delight) in the color Sea View.  And lovely as it is now, when I get the swatch off the needles and properly blocked, I suspect it will be even better!

You’ll be seeing more of Curls 3 stuff around here in the next little while, but if you want to catch up on what’s gone on so far, you can see all of the posts about it here.

I have an unhealthy relationship with blocking…

More pieces for Curls 3 have started to come in, and I love each and every one.  I cannot wait to get them properly blocked and show off their full glory.  But until then, you’ll have to be content with a little peek at them fresh off the needles.

That’s out of Knit Circus’ Magnificent DK.

And that’s out of Spun Right Round’s Squish DK.

Oh wait, it’s reversible, so let’s see both sides.

Now of course you’ll get to see them as they get blocked.  But sometimes you can just tell ahead of time that things are just going to be marvelous.  And this?  This is one of those times!

More peeks at Curls 3 things over here.  And later this week we’ll start talking all about Silk Road Socks (which yes, is out later this month, yay!).

 

So many swatches

You’re probably getting sick of seeing these, but they’re really all I’m knitting these days, so you’ll just have to make do.  I promise I’ll get something else on the needles as soon as a few more of these are safely off in the hands of knitters!  But for now, it’s all Curls 3 swatches all the time.

At least they’re pretty though, right?  Because really, there’s nothing at all wrong with that!

It’s one of Indigo Dragonfly’s Tornadoz sets on Chameleon Sock in the color Cahoots.  And, just for the record, this is another example of ‘see how much prettier it looks after you block it’ (which might very well be my theme song these days)!

All the Curls 3 goodness hangs out over here if you’re looking for it all in one place.  All I can say is that this book is seriously pushing my color boundaries (in the very nicest ways possible)!

Incoming

So, I know you though my mailbox was already just about the happiest place it could be (what with all the delightful Curls 3 yarn coming in).  But no…no it gets better.  The actual pieces themselves have started coming in too!  Take a look at this.

That’s the Cheshire Cat base from Wonderland Yarns / Frabjous Fibers.  The gray bits are Goat’s Beard, and the colorful bits are the Yellow to Fuchsia color morph. And up there is what it looks like before you block it…

And that’s what it looks like after.  See why I’m always (always always always) telling you to block things.  Just look what a difference it makes!  And that’s just with a soak and a pat, no pins to be seen.  Even if you’re scared of blocking, you can manage that (think of it as wash, lay flat to dry…you can do it).

More info on all the Curls 3 saga over here if you want it all in one place!