Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What's This?

It's past Hallowe'en, so it's not a ghost, but what is it?

It's my Mondo Cable Cardi with a close up of the 'mondo cable'. And it's also my 'new' method of blocking.

My normal blocking method is to pin out to size and steam using the iron like a hovercraft. Never touching, just hovering. I like this method because a yarn-store customer once told me that it uses the theory of thermal dynamics. Sounds impressive. When you want need to silence a non-knitter who is making light of your knitting endeavours, just start talking about the importance of thermal dynamics to the finished look of your sweater. They quiet down pretty fast.

Saturday, Deb Gemmell's sample sweaters looked so well blocked, I asked her about her favourite method.

Deb pins out the sweater and lays a damp towel over the garment.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I am trying it with Mondo. Without a detailed explanation from Deb, I am only guessing that she didn't leave the towel on top the sweater until dry. It would be weeks before it dried out. This towel went on this morning and came off late this afternoon. I'll let you know how it works.

Modelled shots once dry.


Kim said...

Cool, can't wait to hear how it works.

Sel and Poivre said...

That cable certainly looks Mondo!

LaurieM said...

Personally, I don't block cabled sweaters. I block lace of course with full immersion and sometimes I block color work, but I'm more likely to just yank it around until things even out.

A savvy reader once told me that the hovercraft style is perfect for blocking acrylic (which I thought was unblock-able).