For some reason, I absolutely adore blocking things. I don’t mean I love my knits to be blocked nicely, as I’m sure everyone loves that, but more that I love to wash and squeeze the water out of my newly finished knits, then spend forever pinning them out into perfect dimensions.
Maybe it is because it is the flush of success at having completed the knitting and bound off, or perhaps it is the joy of seeing beautiful knits shaped into perfection, but I love to make sure that every stitch is in place.
Until now I have battled with hundreds of pins at a time, but I have always fancied some blocking wires to make the job not only easier, but also more precise in creating lovely, straight lines.
Point number one: These are not blocking wires. Rather, they are welding rods. Purpose-made blocking wires are just too expensive at the moment, and though I had heard of people using welding rods to great success, I wouldn’t have had a clue which ones to look for until Viv of Kismet’s Companion pointed me in the direction of this eBay auction where I picked up 20 of the 50cm rods for £3.99, and they work perfectly. They could do with a little rub with some sandpaper to round off the clipped edges, but as I don’t have any at the moment that is a job that shall have to wait.
For now, they have been pressed into action, keeping the edges of this 170cm long scarf well tamed and perfectly straight, with the use of only a dozen or so pins, rather than the 200 or more that it would usually have taken me.
And to add to my happiness, this pattern should be ready by Monday!