Sunday, 21 August 2011

Year of Projects- In which the knitting is finished, but some blocking is needed

Hurrah! The knitting is done on my Hemlock ring blanket, which means I have also finished the first ball of my year of projects yarn. I used about 50g from a second ball to do one stocking stitch round and the bind off.

For the bind off I chose an applied i cord bind off following the instructions in Knitty. I am pleased with the choice as it is much less frilly than the pattern bind off and it is quite fun to work, even so it got somewhat boring and I had to do the bind of in four sittings. It looks better than a plain bind off as there are several lines of stitches going across the work.

The big reveal is somewhat lacking today:

Blocking is definitely needed to make this look decent, but lace usually does. I am holding out on blocking bacause I need more pins and because I am planning to dye this. I don't know if I am going to keep it or gift it so the dyeing requires some thought. Currently I am thinking of dipping it slowly into the dye pot from the centre so the colour fades towards the edges, but I don't know what colour to go for, maybe greys. It will probably not reappear on YOP until it has been dyed.

This also means I get to cast on my next project so I am going back to look at my list of ideas and see what I fancy.


  1. Congratulations :-) we all know it will look stunning when blocked!

  2. Well done on making it to the end! I look forward to the blocking (and dying) transformation.

  3. It's going to be great! And you're going to dye it too? Can't wait to see it!

  4. That is beautiful, well done! It must be so satisfying to do the whole thing from spinning to making to dying.

  5. Well done! I don't know how you can even think about giving that away! You are more generous than I am. :)

  6. Congratulations on your FO! I would love to see what your final decision will be on the dye and can't wait to see the pictures! You're not going to let us wait tooooo long, are you? ;-)