A recent smackdown from the Yarn Harlot has me feeling super guilty. I almost never block my knitting. I do block lace and baby sweaters, but that's about it. Aside from the occasional lace thing or blanket, I usually only knit small accessories: scarves, hats, socks, a mitten here or there, and plenty of dishcloths. And I usually talk myself out of the need to block them. I know it would look better if I do. I know better! But I'm such a process knitter, I don't think that much about the finished product, unless it's a gift. And I rarely block gifts either. Oh, and as for that lace? I currently have 3 lace scarves that I have knit over the last year or so just sitting in a basket because I haven't gotten around to blocking them. Oops!
But I can change! The arguments YH laid out are very compelling, and I would like my finished products to look better. Plus I'm trying to make more sweaters, and I know blocking is critical for those, so I should practice on smaller/simpler things.
Today I'm blocking an undyed alpaca garter stitch triangle scarf/shawl thing I made a few months ago. I was already wearing it unblocked, but hopefully I'll like it even better now. I'll spare you the awful basement laundry room blocking picture I took and get some after pics in daylight. Look for a parade of blocked, finished, new lease-on-life knits in my next couple of posts!
On another note, I'm training again! I'm on a program! I have a coach! And people to lift with! Can you tell I'm excited? All I can say is, sometimes things work out the way they should, even if it takes a while.