Block(ing) party

My name is Glenna and I’m here to tell you that you too can be a stubborn pouty knitter and do the bare minimum progress needed to eventually finish a knitting thing…and still eventually finish the knitted thing.

PiShawl-May19a

Two knitted things, even!

ReverseMe-May19a

And then end up using almost your entire apartment floor to lay out pieces of same for blocking. Good timing, too, since it’s coming up on a long weekend and I’m about to vacate the premises and leave these babies laid out to dry.

Now, here’s where I confess a shortcut – the Pi Shawl has been laid out but not pinned. I let myself off the hook on that one partly because I don’t have enough pins to block both the Pi Shawl and the sweater pieces at the same time (Reverse Me is 7 pieces total, before seaming), but also because it’s essentially a drapey circle, so as long as I can sort of smush it out into a circle as it dries, that’s fine by me.

PiShawl-May19b

There is also the, uh, small matter of sewing together these aforementioned 7 pieces together into a sweater. Thankfully, that’s a problem for Future Glenna. Possibly for Next Week Glenna.

ReverseMe-May19b

I’m also glad for Past Glenna who set herself up with an around-and-around stockinette top-down sweater back in April, because that’s pretty soothing to pick up and work on as I breathe a sigh of relief of finishing up these 2 projects that saw me through much of the winter.

Onwards with spring knitting. And also a reminder (to myself, if to no one else), to practice being kind to yourself – the knitting doesn’t mind taking a little longer to get finished.

Whether you’ve got a long weekend or a regular one, I hope you have a good weekend ahead! Happy knitting as always.

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Pattern: Reverse Me cardigan, by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Project: Pi Shawl (July Shawl, in Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman)

Yarn: Miss Babs Katahdin (colourway unknown)
Needles: 4.5mm/ US #7

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9 comments

  1. Andrea · ·

    The cabling is spectacular!

  2. Claudia · ·

    Congratulations on two projects blocking! I just laid out the bulky sweater I finished today on the blocking boards. It does feel good to have a new fall item ready to go. Now on to some lighter sweater items. What’s next for you?

  3. Linda A · ·

    Very cool shot of the pi.
    At first glance, it looked like a rug.

    Hmmm…. so, I suppose with thicker yarn, you could actually make a
    rug from this pattern and even felt it (if you’d want to chance beating up your washing machine
    with a monster project). On the other hand, it could be a small foot-sized rug. You know, I think
    I might try that. Thank you Glenna for giving me ideas!

    Now I have 3 projects in progress on my sofa and one “pi in the sky” project (I’m having
    no problem picturing this little rug.)

  4. Good for you–that’s a lot of yardage off the needles!

  5. =Tamar · ·

    Re Linda A, felting a rug: sew it into a pillowcase and use a commercial laundromat that has a heavy-duty machine.

  6. Loved the Cable shot.

  7. They both look amazing!! I love the way the colors swirl on the pi shawl.

  8. Those all look amazing. You did a fantastic job! Major Kudos to the Past, Present, and Future Glenna!!

    I absolutely love how the colors variegated in your shawl.

  9. Beautiful projects and beautiful finishes. The cables are spectacular and the pi shawl…dreamy.

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