Friday, May 6, 2011

uncertainty


This morning I woke up with the conviction that I was going to rip out this blanket and start again. I had convinced myself that this blanket was coming out too small and had decided that I would spread it out, make a photo and then start unraveling.

But when I spread it out, without stretching or tugging to distort it, the blanket measures 28" on the width. And I'm lead to believe that the yarn relaxes and blooms in the first wash, so I expect the blanket will grow to about 32" wide. Maybe more; some Ravelers report that their finished items end up "scary huge". It's possible that after machine washing, tumble drying until just damp, and then blocking, that the blanket will be more like 34 to 36"wide.

It's tough, isn't it, the not knowing part? But the only way to be absolutely sure is to try it, so that's what I'm going to do. One thing's certain: I'm going to measure and record the dimensions in my Project notes on Ravelry before washing, after washing and after drying. After all, maybe someone else can benefit from my experience.

3 comments:

Dee said...

And I suppose if it doesn't grow, you can always rip it out after the wash.

It sure is a pretty color purple!

Delusional Knitter said...

I'm sure it will grow a bit, especially with blocking. I love when people put info like that on Ravelry, its VERY helpful! I've looked up patterns and the yarn I am thinking of before wondering if I'll have enough and find other people noted they had some left over, so helpful!!

Good luck, waiting to hear how it went. It is beautiful.

Magical Jane said...

Sounds like it's going to be fine and I love the colour and pattern. If it is on the small side (and I suspect it won't be) it will be ideal for in a pram or car seat where I would think perhaps smaller might be called for. But hey, what do I know? I'd be having the same anxiety you are.