Techniques

To Spin or not to Spin…Red & Turquoise for the win!

I spent a good chunk of today sitting on my front porch with Maddy, my spinning wheel.  It was a gorgeous day and I wanted to be outside…but I also wanted to spin, so I did both.

It got me a few looks as vehicles passed by and my neighbour paused at one point to ask if “that thing really works?” to which I said “Uh huh.”

I forget sometimes how odd spinning seems to those who know nothing about it.

So, I sat on my porch and started working with a heathered red 100% wool roving.  A good amount of time was spent fussing with the tension as the darn yarn kept breaking as though I hadn’t spun it enough to give it strength.

All the ends that kept breaking....
All the ends that kept breaking….

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Techniques

Blocking with Rods: a yarn artist’s best friend

Today I completed my very first knit shawl.

It was ordered by a friend back in October and I have to say thank goodness she was so patient with me as it took some time!

I had no idea how long a knit shawl would take me and expected that it would be similar to my various crocheted projects.

Yeah, not so much.

It didn’t help that I chose 5mm circular needles to make it…perhaps larger would have been better for my first large knitting project….but regardless, I washed and blocked it two days ago and today, it is finished!

Completed knit shawl!
Completed knit shawl!

 

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post.

When I blocked this piece, I decided to use these metal rods that I picked up at a hardware store months ago.  They are heavier than the rods you use for blocking lace, but for this worsted yarn and open edging, they were perfect!

I saved so much time by weaving the rods through the edging and then simply pinning them out with my T-pins.

Close up of the metal rod I used for blocking
Close up of the metal rod I used for blocking
Metal rod pinned by T-pins
Metal rod pinned by T-pins

You can find these at any hardware store I believe and only cost me a few bucks.

The only downside that I could see was that the edges were somewhat rough, so I had to be careful when weaving them through the stitching.

Otherwise, a perfect time saver!