Now, after several weeks of patient stockinette knitting, it's time to block all the pieces of my warm wool sweater for charity. I don't mind knitting a sweater in pieces like this, because I think the seams make the knitted garment hold its shape better than when it is knit in the round.....especially when it's a fitted garment like this. But, of course, that's just MY opinion! I'm sure that some of you will disagree with me. There is one thing I have learned about knitters - we all like to speak our minds!
This thick wool has been a real joy to work with. The Bernat Felting yarn is intended to be used for felted garments, so it's 100% wool. It has been so nice to feel the wool flowing through my fingers to knit this sweater for charity. Occasionally, I would bring the yarn up to my nose, and take a good whiff. Brings to mind the smells of an open field. I can imagine myself riding a horse, and gazing at all the beautiful flowers, while a lovely flock of sheep wanders by. Ah...........
But, back to reality.....I've never even ridden a horse before! Ha! :)
Now that all my pieces were knitted, I needed to block them to shape. So, I pulled out my blocking board and got to work. This blocking board has gone through a lot over the years. I have used it to lay out pattern pieces for sewing, as well as for blocking my knitting. It's been poked, pulled, sprayed, stained, etc....but it still works! Best four dollars I ever spent.
Since I don't really have much space available inside my house, I set up a table on my back porch, and laid out the blocking board. Soon, all the pieces of my sweater were laid out and pinned to shape.
When I was satisfied with the layout, I got some clean towels damp, then covered everything up.
Now, all I have to do is wait for the towels to dry, then I will be able to seam it all together. Exciting!