Post 4th Finished Object
I posted previously about my WIP (work in progress-you will all learn knitting terms when I'm done muahahahahaha!) and I'm here to (finally) post some pics of my FO (finished object). And since it took so long, an extra special piece too. And I'm also posting information about how to keep your favourite knitted items in their original shape (natural fibres tend to stretch, shrink, etc.)
Here it is:
And here is another piece that I finally got to finishing. I apparently have an abnormally long torso so I had to cut it into two pieces, pick up the stitches, knit a few more inches (I think I did 6 or so-it's supposed to go down onto your hips) and then reconnect the two pieces. I did that right before the center "corset style" ribbing.
The ribbing looks a lot more intimidating then it actually is. The pattern called for it all to be done in one colour, but how fun is that? But it's just repeated on the sleeves:
Now I need to block it. This is useful for any of you who have a favourite sweater that's made out of any natural fibre that gets stretched out or shrinks *a little.* What blocking does is makes the sweater the size and shape you want it to be. There are a bazillion different ways to block a knitted item, but I'm only gonna tell you the way I like to do it.
First, find a flat surface that you can keep the piece on for a day or two (though you can put a fan on it to decrease the drying time), get some pins (they sell blocking pins, but I use regular old sewing pins), and some towels (or a blocking board).
Second, hand wash your item in lukewarm water NOT HOT! Remember to support the item from the bottom or else you'll stretch it all out. Squeeze the water out w/o twisting or wringing. Roll it in a towel or spin it in a washing machine to remove excess water.
Finally, lie it down on a towel and gently pat it or stretch it into the dimensions that you want it to be and pin it down. Usually the towel can hold it on its own unless it's shrunk a fair bit in which case you definitely want to pin it.
Let it dry (this is where a fan or near a breezy window comes in handy, or even outside if there's not too much sun. I leave my stuff in a part of the yard that gets little to no sun all day.)
So there you go. Cheers