For my trip to TNNA in Ohio, I chose to knit Annabella's Cowl out of Koigu KPPPM and Shibui Silk Cloud. It was perfect travel knitting - and so lovely to work with as the Silk Cloud is amazingly soft.
I recently finished. This project is another great example of why blocking is so important. Here is the before:
I am really pleased with how it came out. The color is beautiful and this cowl couldn't be softer.
The blocking process truly is magical; the stitches relax and fall into place making for a gorgeous finished piece.
To block, I fill my sink with cool water, add a teaspoon of Soak wash, submerge my knitted piece, and squish it around a bit to make sure it is saturated. I let it sit for 15 minutes, drain the sink, squeeze out excess water, roll it up in a towel to get out more water, then lay flat to dry. Sometimes I use blocking wires to help maintain straight edges but this time I only needed pins. It takes a finished project from nice to gorgeous.
I love this cowl!
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