I diligently finished knitting a sleeve over the weekend, then I wove in lots of yarn ends (the only downside of stripes), then I gave the cardigan a nice bath.
If you are my non-knitting friends and family, then you may not know how deep the knitting underworld goes, but trust me, it’s deep. There is knitting lingo. There is an online community. And there are (gasp) famous knitters. My very favorite knitting writer/humorist/blogger is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee…the Yarn Harlot (google her if you wish). She recently wrote a very lovely post about blocking (making your knitting look finished). Now, as it happens, I am of the same mindset as the Yarn Harlot when it comes to washing and blocking. Some people simply steam, but my preference is a full immersion bath/soak unless I am in a great hurry.
However, occasionally, this method can have its drawbacks. For instance, in last Friday’s post I promised that the Clam Digger Cardigan would be finished, blocked, photographed, and ready for posting today. I do not break promises…(barring emergencies, catastrophes, and all that). However, this morning, the cardigan was still
soaking wet a little damp. I always underestimate the amount of time woolish things take to dry, and oddly, even though Colorado has an arid climate, my apartment remains curiously humid. So after a few interesting attempts to dry it faster (possibly involving a hair dryer and/or poking holes in foam board with a knitting needle), I had an idea. What could possibly be warmer/dryer than a car in Colorado on a warm, sunny day? Not much.
So, the damp cardigan ran errands with me and my kids.
A couple of errands later, and it was ready for wearing. The children and I took it to the park.
We don’t have any oceans (no clam digging for us), but we’ve got lakes, so that’s where we went.
And as an added bonus, if the day turns a little chilly and windy, you can just rip the leg warmers right off your daughter and use them as hand warmers instead. I’m practically an evil genius.
Another project done. What I need to do now is to sit down and finish the fairy quilt, but I may have slipped and fallen into another knitting project over the weekend. This one’s for me.
How was your Monday?