Blocking my first shawl for a second time.
Following patterns is one thing, but producing a knitted product that looks finished and well put together takes a little more effort. Luckily, one of my many Local Yarn Stores offers many classes on knitting technique. I felt I could use a few pointers on blocking so signed up for some expert help. We were encouraged to bring items for blocking to the class.
I brought two shawls with me. The shawl above, Ishbel, was the first one I ever knit. (The yarn is Annapurna from A Verb for Keeping Warm in magic bean.) I have always been mostly happy with the results even after I blocked it. However, I really wanted to pull out the points like shown in some of the pictures on the pattern page. I was apprehensive about blocking too aggressively or pulling too much on the yarn.
In class I misted one end and worked on various techniques for pulling out the points. I got some helpful pointers along the way and also learned different techniques to try out depending on what the items was made from and what it was doing. I also brought the shawl below (Crinkled Corrugation in Blue Moon Socks that Rock Lightweight in kelped.) and based on some analysis decided I to wet block it more aggressively than I had at first and I would follow it with steam blocking on the edging.
I have another shawl I was hoping to have done in time for the class but it was a few rows short still. Regardless, I did receive some good pointers on how to block especially in regard to its length. Hopefully I will have the finished version of that one posted soon.
Crinked Corrugation, reblocking