What they saw. I think, was pins. When I block my knits, I use a blocking board purchased years ago at London Yarns. It is a three inch thick piece of foam, about three feet by three feet, that has been glued to a piece of Masonite and covered in cheerful red gingham.
The gingham is a one inch check and for lazy knitters like me, it becomes my second measure tape. I know, I know, it is fabric, it can stretch and it is probably not accurate. But so handy as a double check.
The knitting is laid out to size and pinned to the foam with these pins.
' T ' pins. With no plastic, they don't melt with the iron and being quite long, they hold tight in the foam. Most yarn stores - and perhaps even quilting stores - carry them.
Not to leave you hanging over the weekend, WCF's sleeves are moving along. Perhaps not quite as quickly or without incident as I had hoped. Here is sleeve number one.
Well, yes, I know that. But to me, the main motif simply has to go up the centre. To have the motif in the middle, means, in the case of my sleeve, that there is one complete and two partial motifs on either side. Finishing the round is no problem, just knit the chart until out of stitches. But beginning the round --
Each round I count backwards in the chart to determine where in that chart row, I should begin. I start there and hopefully 'come out right' when I reach the marker designating the beginning of the full repeat. Of course being a sleeve, increases happen every three rounds, so my 'start spot' changes too.
One would think that because I must do this backwards count on every round, that I might remember to count BEFORE I start knitting. But those darn television shows really distract me. I start off right about half the time. Process. Process. Soon though, as I travel towards the top of the sleeve, I'll have complete charts on either side of centre. Easier knitting then.
Have a great weekend everyone, with lots of knitting time.