Thursday, July 19, 2007

One project down...

Finished the baby blanket for my brand-new nephew who was born last Friday, the 13th! It was inspired by this one.

Pattern: Fibertrends Ribbon Baby Blanket
Yarn: Universal Yarn Classic Worsted LP, color Indigo Blues
Needle: size 8 (5mm)
Started: July 9
Finished: July 14
Blocked: July 15
Re-blocked: July 17

The re-blocking happened because I didn't get the results I wanted the first time -- it's acrylic, after all, and doesn't block out like wool or cotton does. I had steamed it lightly, pinned out, with a damp cloth over it, holding my iron just above the press cloth. It still rippled more than I wanted it to. So I really went after it to "kill" the acrylic.
After re-pinning it to my blocking board, I placed a damp press cloth on top, set the iron to high and used light pressure this time. Don't keep the iron in any one position for more than a couple seconds or you will melt the acrylic! This method caused the yarn to get even softer and drapier, and is supposed to be a permanent process. Washing and drying won't affect it!

Then my son got into the act!

More later on current projects, and I need to change the header to something more appropriate for me - like Purple Yarn! But it's late and it's bedtime...

1 comment:

Linda said...

Blah! Acrylic Baby Blanket Blocking. Been there. Killing is the only answer. As you found out...