Aggressive Blocking

I’m in a rather love/hate relationship with theses fingerless gloves. On the love side, the yarn is pretty and I managed to make the pair in less than 48 hours.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

On the hate side is that fact that they don’t really fit my hands at all.

I blame (a) having large hands, (b) the lack of a thumb gusset, and (c) gauge off…probably…knowing me.

I’m a big fan of the picot bind off that is both stretchy and kind of adorable looking… at least it would BE adorable looking if it bloody lay flat. Every time I’d smooth it out, it crumples right back up again. The bottom isn’t doing much better – the first eight rows have basically folded in on themselves.

I’m not particularly sure how well they are going to block with only a 30% wool content, which has lead to some drastic measures. After soaking them completely they’re able to be pulled flat momentarily. So I have drenched them in cold water, lain them out on a towel, and piled my four heftiest textbooks on them.

Molecular Cell Biology, Biology of Microorganisms, Organic Chemistry and, of course the very foundation of my learning: Stewart’s Calculus (6th Edition). All very dense and loaded with knowledge. Also, just straight up dense. Putting my education to good use…

We shall see what happens when they dry. I’m going to leave them for 24 hours to contemplate their future. A perfectly flat and well behaved future, if they know what’s good for them.

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