The first question has been waiting for a couple of months. It was to do with sewing up knitted items and I had to wait to have something to sew up. The question was-how do you get the sewing up to be so neat?
Katie: I wet a clean towel, wring it out and place over the pinned out piece of knitting. Never noticed an odour...
Jeanne: I wash my shawls in a gentle soap mix, lukewarm water, rinse but no fabric conditioner. Press excess moisture out in rolled towel and then pin out on foam puzzle pieces. Not had problems with odour
Ceri-Jayne: For crocheted shawls/scarfs I wet them in lukewarm water, roll in a clean towel to remove excess water, spray with fabreeze and peg on line using extra pegs as weights. I'm unable to block inside due to a very curious house bunny.
All those have been methods I've used and agreed with the research I found. Here are a few more tips.
What method you use to block will depend on the make up of the yarn, but whatever method you use, make sure you have the item pinned or laid out in it's final shape. Steam blocking is better for acrylic, but be gentle. Unless you want a soft drape, you can 'kill' the fabric and it won't go back to it original form. You want to hover over the garment just so the the steam will penetrate the fibres, don't iron the garment.
With natural fibres, I pin out the item on a blocking board and then spray the item with water to dampen the fibres and leave to dry. Larger items can be spread out on the carpet, or even on a bed. I've never had a problem with the wool smell. Even with wet blocking, the smell would disappear as the item dries.
If you are going to wet block an item, you want to get rid of as much as the excess water as possible. To do this, roll the item in a towel, squeezing out the water as you go. If you need to repeat the process, use a new, dry towel each time. Once the excess water has been squeezed out, lay out the item and ease into shape and pin in place. Leave to dry completely in an aired space.
All this information will be available to club members in the Ask Loopy section. Next month's session is due on the 15th December. This may be a bit close to Christmas for everyone, but if you do have a question you'd like discussed, then please let me know.
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