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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Dear Kay,
Pins and needles over here, just pins and needles while I’m waiting for the Diminishing Rib Cardigan to finish drying. Will the mighty redemptive power of blocking redeem this foldy curly neckline?
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Remember, this is what it looked like before I soaked, pinned, and quietly begged the neckline to behave:
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I think this neckline thing is going to work out OK, now that I’ve enlisted
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the 18-pound Portable Blocker.
Please note that the 18-pound Portable Blocker cannot get to the blocking pins to yank them out. The Portable Blocker doesn’t really understand object permanence. Thank you to my vet pals who alerted me to pin-related cat dangers.
The I-cord edge looks nice at the moment, all pinned in place.
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I keep looking at the 440 Diminishing Rib Cardigans over at Ravelry, and it’s like a psychic view into the future of this cardigan. I seeeeee . . . buttons, pins, zippers, hooks, more buttons. Fasteners. There will be fasteners in its future . . . Stockinette wants to roll, it really does . . .
Love,
Ann

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. LOL @ 18lb portable blocker! I have two 12lb portables myself.
    The sweater looks great and I hope the stockinette behaves when it’s unpinned!

  2. Gosh, blocking even turned it brown! (I know, probably a lighting thing.) I’d be less worried about the consumption of pins than about the kneading and snagging of the sweater underneath. But maybe your cat has better manners than the ones I know.

  3. I’m with Michelle, my old cat (may she RIP) would have snagged the thing to shreds.
    Either way, I cannot wait to see it with fasteners (and figure out what colour it really is).

  4. I’m with Michelle, my old cat (may she RIP) would have snagged the thing to shreds.
    Either way, I cannot wait to see it with fasteners (and figure out what colour it really is).

  5. cutest portable blocker ever. Just for your info, my DH saw a swift on Antiques Rdshw valued at $10,000-25,000 the other night. Did anyone see this? are we going to have to insure ours? most unlikely, since I was given mine for free.

  6. What is it with very large black and white cats who want to sit on your knitting as it blocks? I have one that does that, too – but only that one does it. The other two couldn’t care less about sitting on my wet knitting. Unless, of course, little mousies were running across it. Then game on.

  7. Honestly, stockinette not roll? Don’t fall for that. Lovely pattern, but that little bit of deceptiveness makes me unwilling to knit it. Yours, however, looks lovely. Perhaps you might sew in a length of ribbon inside to deal with the foldy/curly bit. Good luck.

  8. Looks great. My portable blockers won’t block. They just try to eat the sweater! What am I doing wrong?

  9. My big black cat used to pick up the pins in his mouth and run around with the pointy end sticking out. I’d have to try to catch him and remove the pin without running afoul of his rather sharp pointy ends.

  10. Our 11 pound portable blocker isn’t allowed near the knits for just that snagging reason. I haven’t tested this with the 50 pound portable blocker, but his lord high scruffiness probably would make short work of a hand knit as well.

  11. Wishing you good blocking karma…

  12. Great title. I love Tom Petty. Traveling through your fair city on the way to Stitches South later this week. Hoping for some good weather and not a lot of traffic.

  13. 18 lbs??
    Kermie’s a big boy!

  14. See? Didn’t I say it? You have a “helper cat!
    May the helper cat’s booty
    bring you a collar of beauty…
    LoveDiane

  15. Your 18-pound Portable Blocker is very life-like looking! :-)

  16. how far in the future will this all end
    kay could knit something for the
    live statues in moma -well she could

  17. My own 20lb portable blocker (really, only portable if she wants to be moved) loves pulling out pins, too. And sometimes she figures out that the towel over them in movable.
    Also – I vote for a hood and eye, or three….

  18. I have a similar 13-lb portable blocker. This model is also a portable frogger and/or spit splicer…or whatever it is you do with spit…Daisy is all over that!

  19. OMG, I had no idea I was way ahead of the curve on the portable blocker. I thought they were simply attempting to assist me in pinning. Concerned I wasn’t scratching myself with pins enough and who would believe I did all that pinning if there wasn’t evidence?! LOL

  20. I’m on pins and needles here, waiting for you to pull out the pins.
    MAYBE the original yarn which has more silk content, curls less….? (I know I’m grasping.)

  21. I’m on pins and needles here, waiting for you to pull out the pins.
    MAYBE the original yarn which has more silk content, curls less….?