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A Temporary Solution

April 29, 2012
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In my previous post, I mentioned a Secret Project.  I have a lot of these going on at any one moment, and most of them are really, truly secret. This one is not actually a top-secret-secret, I’ve just been keeping it secret from a certain someone.  I have more to say about the Secret Project, which I will share once a certain someone has received it, but in the meantime I thought I’d share the temporary solution to blocking a large object I devised today.

This secret project is made with superwash yarn, and so I let it soak in a little woolwash and water in the tub of my washing machine today.

Once it had had a nice bath, I ran the gentle spin cycle of my machine to get the water out. However, I find this doesn’t do a fantastically wonderful job of getting ALL of the water out of a knitted item this large. When I pulled it out of the machine it was still a fairly sopping mess.  Far too wet for me to spread it out to dry, even with a sheet of plastic underneath it and a fan blowing over it.  It would take DAYS to dry, and I don’t have a big enough condo to give up this much real estate for days while waiting for it to dry!

So, I came up with this solution. I’ve carefully draped it over the curtain rod of our spare bathroom, and laid towels on the floor-side of the bathtub to catch the drips. I gently tugged it into alignment as well as I could manage given the constraints, and there it will remain for at least a few hours and possibly overnight, until it has stopped dripping.  I’ll change the floor-side towels once or twice as needed, and then once it has become “damp” rather than “dripping”, I’ll lay it out and block it properly to finish its drying.

I sure hope this works!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhonnie permalink
    April 29, 2012 5:17 pm

    Ohh I like that idea :)
    Another idea is to roll it into a towel and walk on it….that will get a lot of the water out too :)

    • April 29, 2012 5:40 pm

      Rhonnie I have done that before, but I don’t have very many big towels so I wasn’t sure how that would work for this.. hm..

  2. girlymomknits permalink*
    April 29, 2012 6:17 pm

    Make sure you turn it a few times so that if the weight of the heavy wet fabric stretches it out, it will stretch evenly. I suggest turning it to a diamond shape next time, and then to another square, so 45 degrees each time.

    • April 30, 2012 7:56 am

      Good plan! I turned it twice yesterday and I will go turn it to a diamond right now!

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