Blocking With/By Cats: A Tutorial
One of the most exciting parts of knitting lace is blocking…that step where your knitting goes from a crumpled mess to a beautiful finished object.
On Thursday evening (or, more accurately, the wee hours of the morning on Friday), I finished knitting my SOS Shawl:
After being gone for the weekend, I came home to block. As usual, I had a furry friend to help me with the process: my cat Chase. Chase is a great lover of all things wool, especially wet wool…I often find her sleeping on my handknit socks after I wash them…so, as expected, she joined me for the blocking.
Blocking sounds simple…place pins to best show off the lace. In actuality, it’s a long process:
First, lay across one edge of the shawl, preventing it from escaping during the process.
Next, check underneath the shawl, making sure nothing exciting is hiding underneath…
As a final check, walk along the edge, checking carefully that each pin is exactly where you want it…
And, when done, collapse in complete and total exhaustion: