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redheadrachel
03-01-2008, 01:53 AM
Is blocking really necessary?

Before:
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/RedheadRachel/DSCN0428.jpg

After:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/RedheadRachel/DSCN0429.jpg

... Any questions? ;)

Jan in CA
03-01-2008, 02:19 AM
Excellent example, Rachel! :thumbsup:

lactosefree
03-01-2008, 03:13 AM
wow that is amazing!

KnittingNinja
03-01-2008, 04:58 AM
O_O whoa. That's kind of awesome. I never really cared about blocking in the past, but... wow...

Guess who's going to block everything she knits from now on? :teehee:

(beautiful shawl, by the way)

KnittingNat
03-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Great demonstration, Rachel! And what a beautiful work:heart:

mwedzi
03-01-2008, 10:03 AM
I saw the question and was about to come in here to tell you "yes"! I see you already know. For lace, it is critical.

suzeeq
03-01-2008, 10:19 AM
Well, not everything needs to be blocked, but for lace or some patterns, absolutely.

WandaT
03-01-2008, 10:24 AM
Wow! Amazing! What a difference!

McKnitty
03-01-2008, 10:27 AM
Beautiful shawl! How did you block it? Looks like it might be a blanket on the floor? I'm curious because I've never tried to block anything that large. The commerical blocking boards I've seen aren't big enough to block a shawl.

sue in canada
03-01-2008, 11:28 AM
What a difference. That looks beautiful and I love the color.

Knitting_Guy
03-01-2008, 11:42 AM
Huge difference. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Newbie2Knitting
03-01-2008, 01:48 PM
Rachel, that shawl is gorgeous! And excellent example of what blocking can do for a piece. :)

iza
03-01-2008, 04:00 PM
Oh wow! I don't always bother to block my pieces, but what an amazing example. :thumbsup: Great job on that shawl! I love it! :heart:

Lisa R.
03-01-2008, 11:05 PM
Ummm....is the this shawl you knit after you JUST asked about knitting shawls? Like you started it and finished it already???? Good grief, girl!

Great job! It's beautiful. I'm still trying to decide about a shawl.

However, I only just finished my first pair of socks and decided they would probably look better if I blocked them, too. :)

redheadrachel
03-01-2008, 11:10 PM
Ummm....is the this shawl you knit after you JUST asked about knitting shawls? Like you started it and finished it already???? Good grief, girl!

Great job! It's beautiful. I'm still trying to decide about a shawl.

However, I only just finished my first pair of socks and decided they would probably look better if I blocked them, too. :)


lol Yeah this is my shawl. I, umm, REALLY get into stuff... hehe! Honestly, blocking socks does wonders too! I never thought it'd make a big deal, but I made some homemade sock blockers and it just makes my socks look SO MUCH BETTER, especially when they're not on feet. Even the lacy ones look like socks when they're not on! lol

sinistral_needler
03-01-2008, 11:20 PM
Ok, I have really been battling with the idea of blocking my mom's sweater. I am nearing the end of the second sleeve and I know that it would probably look better if I did it .. Rachel, you have me convinced!:thumbsup:

snowbear
03-01-2008, 11:39 PM
It is beautiful.. I love the colorway. Blocking does make things better.. thank goodness my bed is king sized, I block my huge things on it, before I go for work.. and turn on a small fan, when I return, 12 hrs or so later, it is beautifuly dried, and always looks better.

bambi
03-01-2008, 11:43 PM
Thanks, Racheal and you do wonderful work!

Bambi

merryknitter
03-01-2008, 11:45 PM
Oh Rachel...that shawl turned out gorgeous! I love the color and with your red hair...WOW! You really knit that fast...just beautiful!

Debkcs
03-02-2008, 05:22 AM
Rachel my friend, you sure are hooked on this stuff, and fast. What a bee-u-tiful scarf! When I first saw your title, I thought, she knows the answer to that question, and do you ever.

I made my mother a sweater once, crocheted actually, that kind of took on a life of it's own after being blocked. Went from a pile of nice wool, to this amazingly beautiful sweater.

chaoscrdntr
03-05-2008, 03:01 PM
If a project required blocking to make it's appearance shine, do you RE-block after washing?

I have kids and can't imagine something that won't need to be washed again and again.

I just wondered if I will need to block the shawl I am working on every time I wash it.