Blocking magic

You may remember from aaaages ago that I finished my Whimsy Cowl and it was in need of blocking.

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Lookit those wibbly wobbly edges, just dying to curl up into a yarny burrito.

Well I dithered for a long time, having never blocked 100% alpaca before and knowing how fragile it can be. I was also worried about blocking it doubled up, in case I couldn’t pin the two layers properly or the bottom layer didn’t get chance to dry and I ended up spoiling it.

But then I had a thought: my blocking mats lock together like jigsaw pieces, so I could make a 3D shape with them and they should hold it.

Turns out I was right!

I pinned out my cowl and sprayed it with water til it was properly wet, then left it for a few days to dry out.

And this is the final result:

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The top before and after
The bottom before and after

I love how the spaces have opened up, and how neat the edges are now. It’s just magic.

I’m almost looking forward to winter so I can wear it! Almost…

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Puf

I have just discovered Puf and I have to share. It’s magic!

Look, you start with squares and add in some stars

And some spirals

Now comes the magic part, draw crosses through each square and…

suddenly it’s puffy flowers!! How brilliant is that?

This Tangle really reminded me of the magic of Zentangle; you just make simple pen strokes, over and over, and somehow it transforms into these magical things you didn’t even realise you were drawing.

I am keeping this one in my repertoire, for sure.

So what do you think of Puf? Do you think it’s clever or am I just easily pleased? Let me know in comments!

Hannah

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