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Old 10-18-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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Blocking Malabrigo Worsted Stole
I made a Wisp shawl of Malabrigo Worsted Wool and I'm getting ready to block it. I have bought some blocking wires and T-pins from the LYS and DH is going to pick up some interlocking playroom mats from Sam's Club one night this week (if they have them.)

Can anyone give me an idea how long it will take to dry?

I plan to do a wet block and will probably set up the mats in the basement (finished, so it is warm and dry but does not have daylight sun), where it will be out of danger of excited kids and their beagle.

If it can be done in less than 10 hours, I can set it up on the main level, on the floor under the skylights (where it might get extra sun) while everyone is out of the house for the day. I don't want to have to move it back and forth, and I would have to trust the kids to not let the dog out or trample it themselves as soon as they got home, so I'm thinking if it is longer than a day, I'll be better off with it in the basement.

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Old 10-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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Worsted will take longer to dry. I used Ella Rae Lace Merino (fingering weight) and it took over night at least.

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Old 10-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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My malabrigo sock yarn shawl dried in a few hrs, but the worsted will take longer. Better safe then sorry I say - use the basement.

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Old 10-19-2010, 01:34 PM   #4
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I would agree with the other posters ... you want to make sure that it is completely dry, and you never know exactly how long that will take so I would leave it downstairs where it will be out of the way!
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #5
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If you have a fan down in the basement, I would put the blocked shawl on the foam pads and have the fan circulating the air, you may find it drys faster that way.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:10 AM   #6
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Thanks! Basement is it then! There isn't a fan; we do have a dehumidfier that runs constantly, although I'm not sure if that would be much help.

I've never blocked anything before and I'm excited to see what it's going to look like when it's finished!

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