Blocking: A cautionary tale

You know I’m a big believer in blocking hand knits. It makes such a difference in the finished piece.

Rosaria edge detail

I love blocking my knits outdoors in the summer. Last month, just before TNNA, I finished my second Summertime Blues and took advantage of the very fine weather to block it in the back yard. And for the first time ever, a bird pooped on my knitting. Crap! And I do mean crap. I spot cleaned it, but there was a definite stain. No time to wash and re-block, so I wore it anyway. It was clean, just spotty!

Summetime Blues pdxknitterati

Today I washed and re-blocked, but no luck. I think the sun baked it in. It’s small, not too noticeable (there are some darker dye spots in this semi-solid, but they’re blue, not greenish), and it’s on the back, at least the way I wear it.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

So there you have it. Did I block it outdoors today? You betcha! What are the odds that it would happen again? I think I just dodged a bullet there!

Speaking of blocking, I’m teaching Blocking, It’s Magic this summer and fall:
Twisted in Portland, Saturday July 11, 2:30 p.m.
Wool ‘n’ Wares in West Linn, Saturday August 1, 2 p.m.
Twisted in Portland, Monday August 31, 5:30 p.m.

And I’m doing a short presentation on blocking for the Tigard Knitting Guild on August 20, 7 p.m.

Clearly, I’m a blocking evangelist! Do you block your knits?

7 responses to “Blocking: A cautionary tale

  1. Oh no. Totally classic. Good luck, I wonder?

  2. I block everything although not outside … I definitely think bird poop on knitting is good luck!

  3. That’s something I never considered!

  4. meezermeowmy

    And to think I thought my greatest blocking problem was the cats curling up on my knitting!

  5. Oh no, it looks fabulous on you though!

  6. I don’t block my knits, but it’s mostly because socks really don’t need it and socks are what I knit most.

    Sorry you had birdie issues. As a driver of a convertible, I’m all too familiar with the little poop pots! They’ve hit me a couple of times. 😦