blocking a monster

It is done. It is huge. It is, officially, a Monster. But a beautiful Monster, if I may say so myself.

In any case, as soon as I finished up the knitting  (a year and a half after starting!), I wanted to get it completely out of the way, so I sewed in the ends immediately and set about the business of blocking. I got some free samples of Soak during the Worldwide Knit in Public Day, so I decided to test them on this.

Step number 1: pour into cold water and stir.

And before you ask, yes, I do my blocking in a gigantic kitchen pot. And yes, I also use that pot to cook pasta in. Student life… :)

Step number 2: add Monster.

While adding the Monster, try to avoid this. Especially if your room is about to be inspected to make sure you haven’t caused any damage before you move out… Hm…

Step number 3: let it soak for about 15 minutes. The cool thing about the Soak liquid is that it does not require rinsing. I hate rinsing. Thus, we can proceed directly to Step number 4: remove Monster from its bath and roll it into a towel to drain the excess liquid. Or a blanket, if there is no towel big enough to contain the Monster.

Did I really just make my friend a scarf LONGER than a full-bed blanket?? Well, she asked for it…

I didn’t feel the need to pin this one down, I like the natural curves that the faux cables create.

Step number 5: reward yourself. :)

When it dries I’ll let you know if I see any difference for having used the Soak liquid. In the meantime, I hope you’re doing something similar to Step number 5! ;)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

15 thoughts on “blocking a monster

  1. Monster is looking amazing! Still love that pattern so much. Ooh, i keep nearly buying that book, love to hear how you get on with it. 5 looks delicious!

    • To tell the truth, I’m having a hard time getting into it. I’m about 100 pages in, and still not sure about it… I read “Possession” last summer and it blew me away completely, I never wanted it to end. That’s why I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt still… ;)

    • Actually, I think it will look a little grotesque, but I know some people like really bulky oversized scarves, so it might be ok for that. Luckily, if my friend decides it’s too much, this one will be easy to rip back to a manageable size, and I’ll definitely give her that option.

  2. Love that Step 5 business! Fabulous. I must keep that firmly in mind (as an integral part of blocking) because I’m sure it’ll motivate me to finish off the gazillion projects I have on the go.
    Thanks for this, it made my day!

  3. Moram da te zamolim nesto. U nasim krajevima nisam naisla na “soak”, a po raznim blogovima sam citala o istom. Medjutim niko nije opisao kakav ima efekat u odnosu na obicno ispiranje vodom, ili pranje sa onim tecnim deterdzentima za vunu. Molba je da nam u nekom sledecem postu opises kakav je efekat soak-a i sta tacno postizes sa njim.

    Sto se tice monster-a, mislim da si postigla pravu stvar sa moss st umjesto rib-a !

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