Monday, April 4, 2011
Last night I finished the green blanket, then tossed it into the washing machine. After all, it's superwash wool and I expect the parents of the child will do just that. May as well see what happens.
I expected the yarn to relax and bloom but maybe not this much. The overall size of the blanket increased almost 15%. The stitch definition is not as crisp as it was now that the yarn has fuzzed up but it's still okay. Last night I laid it flat to dry, but this morning I've decided to toss it in the dryer for a few minutes. We'll see what happens next.
To join the blocks I added a row of knit stitches and then grafted them together with kitchener stitch. Earlier last week I made up some sample swatches in 2x2 rib for experimentation but all my attempts to graft in ribbed pattern looked misaligned by a half stitch. Ugh. My knitted joins are not seamless but they're not distracting. Along the outside edges I added 2 rows of seed stitch - now the edges ripple slightly but they don't curl. That I find charming.
Now, if it would just stop raining so that I could spread out the blanket for photography. Hold on, check that thought. My garden needs this rain badly; photography can wait a couple of days!