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Snowflake100
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Posted - 05/25/2011 :  08:18:43 AM  Show Profile Send Snowflake100 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi - I'm working on a project whose last instruction is "block lightly". Could somebody please tell me what is meant by this? Also, I'm knitting a cowl in 100% alpaca, bulky weight. My stitches look a lot more uneven that usual, so I suspect this one needs to be blocked too. What's the best way to block alpaca? Thanks for your help :).

lella
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Posted - 05/25/2011 :  1:48:39 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, if you look at the lace shawls, I suppose you could say that they are usually blocked to within an inch of their tolerances. Lightly means that you will just be putting the garment into shape with your hands, patting it out on the towel to dry in place and looking well.

I bought a sweater tree.. blocker.. to block out an alpaca and silk aran sweater. I don't know what you would do with a shawl, but have a look around the web for Lace Blocking. HTH and happy knitting.

Lella

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lacylaine
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Posted - 05/25/2011 :  3:05:50 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Snowflake! Welcome to KR! I would block an alpaca cowl "lightly" too. Soak it, then, wrap in a towel, squeeze hard. Then take the cowl out, and pat it into shape and let it dry. Soak it according to label directions and you should be all set. That should be enough to set any uneven stitches.

Good luck! Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest; LYS mystery shawl




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Snowflake100
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Posted - 05/26/2011 :  10:29:46 AM  Show Profile Send Snowflake100 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi again and thanks for your advice! I'll wash it, squeeze it dry(ish) in a towel and lay it out to dry. Hope that evens out my very uneven stitches.
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Schaeferyarnlover
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Posted - 05/26/2011 :  1:48:47 PM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You may want to consider buying a clothes steamer. I wish I had done it before, it works way better than anything else.
Here is the one I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Get-Organized-MLS-850-LITTLE-STEAMER/dp/B0024W9SUU/ref=sr_1_35?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1306442718&sr=1-35

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lacylaine
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Posted - 05/26/2011 :  5:36:24 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Debra, that sure looks handy. What all do you use it on?

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest; LYS mystery shawl




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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  10:26:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cowls can be a little tricky, as you don't want to get creases in them. I use an inverted vase with some stuffing around it, or even a round bolster pillow (I think that's what the round ones are called?) to block cowls in three dimensions. This allows me to pin them all the way around and no creases. Welcome, and HTH!

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