Friday, August 3, 2012

WIP: Ice Blossom Crochet Scarf

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So even though there's been stretches of two or three whole days when I haven't been crocheting or knitting lately, I've still made considerable progress on my crochet scarf.  It's actually my only current work in progress, which makes me think I should probably find something new to cast on soon, since I'm pretty close to finishing this ball of yarn!

I also have to confess: although I love working with this yarn, I fricking hate put-ups of yarn like it.  I spent over a half hour this morning untangling a messy alpaca-silky knot that spontaneously formed when a big chunk of the yarn fell off the ball.  Although balls like this are convenient for casting on new projects since they don't involve winding off a skein, I find that skeins are prettier and yarn cakes are much easier to manage.  And that is totally worth the inconvenience of winding.

Oh well - it's looking very pretty, and I'm finally falling into a rhythm with my crocheting.  I'm excited to see how it blocks out!


ZanneQ said...

It is looking great! You've really gotten quite a bit done in a short period of time. It's also especially impressive as your first crochet piece. So excited for you!

I can't wait to see it blocked out either.

How do you best like to block projects?

Cory Ellen Boberg said...

Thanks! :) I have a big square foam exercise mat made of 4 smaller squares that I use as a blocking board - I think it came from Target about three years ago? - and I use Knitpicks blocking wires and rust-proof t-pins for the actual pinning out. I always do a full immersion soak of the piece in lukewarm water and rinse-free woolwash (Soak/Eucalan) for 15 minutes beforehand so it stays nice and wet for the whole blocking process. It can take a while to dry, but the results have been worth it so far!