Shhhh! I’m blocking!

Be vewy, vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits!

I spot a wabbit on the bed:

Why yes! It’s the entire body of the VPC, alternatively called the VPV! I think you can tell from the picture that the sides aren’t seamed yet. The fabric was quite curly, so I wanted to block that first. Plus, it’s the general standard to seam only what’s necessary (like shoulder seams if you add a collar) before blocking.

From trying on this half-garment last night I noticed that, in general, I liked the way it might fit – not too big, not too small, not too long, not too short. The armholes looked too big, though, which is of great concern. Although I fiddled with waist shaping like nobody’s business, I knit exactly as the pattern is written from the armhole up… specifically, following the smallest size (I have very small shoulders and look like a football player in almost everything). But still that might be too big. I don’t want bat wings. Once the sweater is dry, I’ll let you know what I think.

Blocking was no small task. The yarn I’m using, Louet Gems, is superwash, so my “blocking” in the past involved throwing the stuff in the washer, then into the dryer on a low setting. Under such treatment, the size of the item doesn’t change. However, hand-washing seems to be a different animal – the back piece, the one with fields and fields of stockinette – just bloomed to be some enormous boat sail size! The front pieces behaved. This is a little odd… so I had to do a lot of creative “patting down the stockinette” of the back to get it to shrink back up and lay flat. Push comes to shove, that baby is going into the washer/dryer where it belongs.

So I guess my current mood is “perplexed and anxious”… because if the armholes are too big… I’m not sure I’m willing to (1) take out the neckband, (2) take out the button-band, (3) take out the shoulder seams, (4) undo to armhole, and (5) redo.

Although now that I write it down, it doesn’t seem so bad…

In the meantime, I need some serious motivation to knit the sleeves. One or two at a time?

P.S. I was nervous about blocking right on my bed – I thought I would kick the sweater around while I slept (and it’s a good thing that I’m the only one sleeping in my bed at this moment) – but all was good when I woke up in the morning.

9 thoughts on “Shhhh! I’m blocking!

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  1. Jenifer

    Hey Kathy … thought I’d also say that I love the Knitted Toys book and I’ve made the finger puppets. How cute! And At Knits End is so quotable! For Knitty, I too thought the cover was odd. And I’m a knitty reject too (though not this issue) … you have to figure that they want really odd and different designs for the most part.

  2. Agnes

    Wow … really excited for you … a half FO! I would suggest knitting 2 sleeves at the same time because I always have a phobia of two sleeves not being identical.

  3. Athelas

    Looks gorgeous! Keeps me motivated on mine (although i am really enjoying it!).

    How about practice knitting one sleeve from the top down to short sleeve length and basting it in to see if you like the look?

    Then I think 2 sleeves at once is the way to go–the 2nd one can get really boring.

  4. Tara

    Okay, you’re making me all jealous again! It looks soooo stinking cute. :)

    I vote for both sleeves at once. It’ll seem to take forever, but in the end you’ll be done with BOTH!

  5. Judy


    I’d be worried about blocking on the bed, too, but it looks like it worked fine. It’s oging to be gorgeous when it’s done, and worth all the effort. Like an earlier poster suggested, try a short sleeve and see how it’s going to fit, if you think it looks too big.

  6. Carolyn

    It looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the FO. I just started doing sleeves at the same time, which I think works out better.

  7. Margot

    Ohhhh, pretty.

    I vote for knitting the sleeves at the same time. It feels slower at the end, but when they’re done, they’re both done. Plus, you only have to read the directions once.

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