Sunday Sevens – July 29th

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of my week beyond the blog.

Last week started with a second day at the Cowslip Summer Fair. While I chatted to visitors to the fair I knitted a Country Cottage/Devon Longhouse for Donna to display in the Woolly Beader.  Here it is blocking…

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Project Progress – 25th April

Having cut out all the pieces for my quilt by 3rd April, progress ground to a halt as we went away for a long weekend followed by Easter at home with Family. I finally managed to start sewing the pieces together last Wednesday and have achieved my promised hour every day since then…

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DIY Knitting Accessories: Homemade Sock Blocker

Personally I don’t believe in sock blocking. Of course this isn’t the same sort of ‘not believing’ as not believing in ghosts. I do believe sock blocking exists, I’m just not convinced socks need blocking. After all, your freshly knitted sock is going to stretch to the shape of your foot when you put it on. On top of that, sock blockers are expensive and since a sock blocker is only suitable for a limited range of foot sizes, this can make sock blocking an even more expensive preoccupation.

Now I’ve said all that, I’m sure you won’t be surprise to hear that I don’t own a sock blocker. I do however like to give socks as presents and it’s much nicer  to give a present that looks like this…

Blocked Sock

than this….

Unblocked sock

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How and why to block knitting and crochet

When one of my craft group asked, ‘What’s this blocking thing you talk about on your blog?’ My ‘brief’ explanation had many many points. Since I’d just finished crocheting my Eva Shawl, I decided to write a post about blocking crochet and knitting using Eva as my model. So, here’s how and why to block knitting and crochet.

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Why block knitting and crochet?

Blocking has several beneficial effects on your knitting or crochet. It can:

  • ‘Iron’ out uneven stitches and tension issues.
  • Allow you to shape a garment the way you want it.
  • Help your garment keep it’s shape over time.
  • Improve the look and drape of your fabric.
  • Make seaming easier

How to block knitting and crochet

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How do you block a woolly hat?

As predicted, when Lovely Littlest saw my baa-ble hat at the beginning of December she wanted one. Being a daughter request I couldn’t ignore it, but was busy with Christmas preparations,  so didn’t get started until three days before Christmas. With all the celebrating, guests and visiting there was almost no time for knitting, but being a small project I managed to finish it late on New Years Day.

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