I’m starting to think blocking is one of those knitting skills that will always remain something of a mystery to me.
Sweater, ok, pretty easy. Socks? That’s what sock blockers are for.
Lace perplexes me.
I’m not an obsessive shawl knitter, I think I’ve done four or five. But when I get that final misshapen blob in my hand after it comes off the needles, I always become a little apprehensive about the next step.
Perhaps I could make this easier on myself if I brought blocking wires. There’s no shortage of them as far as I’m aware, and when I see photos of people using them to block shawls, the shawls look uniform and perfectly-shaped, so they must work.
But something is holding me back.
I suspect it’s the idea of having a safety net.
If I try to block something and winds up looking like a cobweb wrapped in fly paper, I can always say, "Oh, you know, I’m sure this would’ve turned out better if I’d used blocking wires."
So I soldier on with my regular pins.
I usually start at the top, and try to pin it out nice and straight. It usually ends up looking more like a spine afflicted by scoliosis, but I really try my best.
So then I have to unpin the top and try again.
Or if I determine there can’t possibly be anything wrong with the top, I unpin everything, and try again, working down from the corners, rather than up from the center.