The queue of finished projects waiting to be blocked is staggering. Instead of continuing to stare at the mountain of FOs gathering dust, I need to take some action. Unfortunately, this summer has been hot as hell and I’ve tried to spend the better part of my weekends in the mountains where it’s cooler. My niece is visiting from New Jersey so we took her up the canyon near our house on Saturday.
It was nice and cool but windy! I almost lost my hat, and my footing, at the top:
When we got home, I summoned the energy to block two scarves that I finished months ago. My daughter came over for dinner on Sunday so I
threatened bribed enlisted her to model for me. She wasn’t thrilled to stand on the edge of the hot, dusty, almost-finished backyard so, unfortunately, she didn’t put much effort into posing.
This scarf is one of my favorite recent projects. I used a skein of Colinette Jitterbug and and skein of Shibui Staccato. I love knitting with Staccato and it blocks out so nicely. The Jitterbug, on the other hand, was a disaster. The skein was full of knots and it bled so much when it was washed that I swear it changed color.
Next up is a scarf I knit from Brilla, a cotton/rayon yarn that I’ve had in my stash for a lifetime. I’m still not sure I’m sold on the color combination, but I like the finished scarf better than I thought I would as I was knitting it.
I also got my niece to model a shawl I started and finished last week. This project was spared a multi-month stint in the unblocked pile because it’s slated to be gifted to someone tomorrow. The yarn, NatureSpun Worsted, is a great work-horse wool. I *cough, cough* still have a few skeins stashed.
And even better than the fact that I knit and blocked this shawl in just three days, is that I used almost every last yard of yarn. Huzzah.