Tuesday, April 03, 2012
This is a picture of the same scarf, blocked into shape. It is shown still pinned to the cardboard I blocked it on. The wooden thing to the right of it is the spinning wheel! Not all spinning wheels look traditional anymore. Anyway, in order to block a newly made crocheted or knitted item, you soak it in hot sudsy water for about 20 minutes, lift it up gently, cradling its weight (wool is fragile when wet) and then you place it on a piece of cardboard or whatever and you straighten it out, stretching it to the correct shape and proportion, pin it in that position and let it dry that way. When it has dried, it will stay that shape.