I'm trying to make blocking more a part of my knitting routine. Things sit unblocked for far too long around here, and I'm trying to change that. I test knit Mindy Wilkes' Thunder Moon pattern almost a year ago -- the July full moon is known as the Thunder Moon. I finally wove in the two tiny ends and blocked it this weekend.
Blocking can be intimidating. Do I have enough pins? is the bathroom sink clean enough for my precious yarn or do I have to scrub it first? what if I get it lopsided? and can I keep the kid and cats out of the sun porch long enough for it to dry?
Well, I absconded with a bunch of my dad's pins (he's not in the piecing stage of a quilt right now, so he won't miss them for a while), I got a cheap plastic dishpan to be my designated knitting soak basin, finally realized that if it's lopsided all I have to do is throw it back in the water and try again, and also, the kid and the cats can't work doorknobs (yet), and can find other places to amuse themselves.
I'm really happy with it. I knew I loved this pattern, but blocking really is magic, and it's so wonderful to see it all opened up and beautiful. The final kick in the pants to make this happen was a visit from my grandparents. My grandmother is always cold and her favorite color is blue.