Just after Easter I came to the point where I needed to block the cable cardigan I’ve been knitting. I did all the appropriate things to wet block it then placed it on top of the aga.
Reluctant to leave the foam blocking matts unattended on top of the aga overnight, I took it off at bedtime. Next morning I put the still very soggy cardigan out in the sunshine. That evening, just to be sure, I returned it to the aga.
A few hours later I discovered the blocking matts in the centre were looking like this…
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the sunshine must have fully dried the cardigan – or at least almost fully – and with little or no evaporation going on, and the insulating effect of the knitting, my blocking matts got too hot.
I’ve ‘got away’ with drying a lot of blocking on the aga in the past, and next time I’ll be more attentive. But what’s bugging me, is in a climate such as we have in the UK, how is one supposed to dry a blocked cable cardigan (or sweater) without risking melted mats, drying in direct sunlight – which also risks bird deposits ruining your work – or it sitting soggy for days on end and ending up smelling manky?
Alternative blocking options are no option here since steam blocking and spritzing your work aren’t going to be effective in removing the concertina effect ribbing creates. And wafting air from a fan might dry a fine lace shawl reasonably quickly, but not a thick cable cardigan sitting as a double layer on you blocking mats.
So, a question for those of you who block your knitting/crochet, How to you dry your work when you wet block?