On Sunday, October 20th from 2:30-4pm I will be holding a class for the first time. The class is called “Blocking your Finished Objects” and it is intended for both knitters and crocheters.
Do you block all (and I mean all) of your knitted and crocheted projects when you finish them?
Maybe you know that this is something you are “supposed to do,” but you’ve never made the time for it. Maybe you are expanding your skills into lace or other new-to-you yarns, and you don’t know how to block projects in these new textures and fibers, or maybe you’ve been listening to Natural Stitches staff members talk about blocking and you just don’t understand why it is important.
Blocking is necessary for all knitted and crocheted fabric to even out stitches, relax the yarn, and to take your project from homemade to handcrafted. It is the final step to polishing your project, and in the case of lace, it is the step that takes your project from looking like a pile of spaghetti to a gorgeous accessory. I don’t want to hear any excuses that you are a beginner, so you don’t need to block your projects yet. In fact, I think blocking is even more important for beginners because it will even out your tension and will sometimes even hide imperfections. Why wouldn’t you want to make your project look even better and boost your confidence as a knitter/crocheter?
It was with all these things in mind that I created the “Blocking Your Finished Object” class. Students will get to try their hand at blocking their very own swatches (that means that there is homework for the class) and we will discuss different blocking methods, how to deal with different fibers, tools needed for blocking, and when to block your items. Class time will be a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on activities.
Simply stated, this is a great class for any knitter or crocheter who needs guidance on how to block their swatches and finished projects. We will talk about wet blocking, steam blocking, pin blocking and many tips I have learned over the years. Best of all, it is a hands on class so you will be able to try your hand at blocking the swatches that you bring with you!
I received email that two more students signed up for this class while I was writing this post. So be sure to call or stop in to the store soon to secure the last available spot in the class! And if you can’t make it this time, be sure to check the Natural Stitches Class Calendar for future sessions.