Sunday, March 7, 2010

Blocking Lace

I've been reading all of these posts on Ravelry about how important it is to block lace, and how it really makes the pattern what it is supposed to be. Which leads me to a few dilemmas. First, I'm making this Easy Lace Stashbuster Scarf out of brushed acrylic. I know that acrylic doesn't really "block" but I don't know if this would be any different. So I don't know if it would work at all. I should just do a swatch and try to block it, but the lana polo that I'm using does not rip well at all -- it becomes tangled in itself and I just have to throw it away. I know that if I do that, I would wind up throwing away the swatch because there would be nothing else that could be done with it. Second, if it does work, I have no idea how long to make the scarf pre-blocking. I have trouble determining how long a scarf should be to begin with, before you throw this blocking stuff into the mix. Someday, when I can afford nice, natural fibers, I'll be better able to predict stuff like this.

1 comment:

Be said...

I've had some success in blocking acrylic things - had a fake mohair yarn that a friend gave me and that I made a baktus from - the blocking managed to even out the stitches pretty well.

As for affording 'nice, natural' things - there are an awful lot of good sources for nice stuff either on the web or in big box stores (heck, don't disdain the Salvation Army, either). Webs in Northampton, MA (yarn dot com) has a lot of great closeout deals - managed to get some foofy Rowan stuff at like $4/skein - normally retails for something 2-3 times that depending on where you look. Also, have to admit, *love* Knit Picks Palette - 100% wool, beautiful colors, one skein good for a whole scarf - all at around $2 a pop.

Have been looking for alternatives to Wool Ease - Paton's Classic Wool goes for about the same price and, if you get the coupons from whomever - AC Moore, Michael's and the stuff's on sale, you can end up with a nice sized skein (about 200 yds) for roughly $2.

Good luck!