Okay, so it’s confession time: blocking really isn’t my favorite part of knitting. Now that I think about it, though, I don’t know too many knitters that prefer blocking to knitting (if any). Earlier this year my blocking aversion reached new heights when I discovered my 18-gallon blocking tote (the tote that holds my pile of things to be blocked) was almost full. That’s a lot of knitting! I realized that it was time to put my big-girl panties on and JUST DO IT. So I did, and you know what? I learned something about myself in the process.
You see, I discovered that I’m one of those people who hate prep work (judging by the aisles and aisles of convenience foods at the supermarket, I suspect I’m not alone in this). I’m also the sort of person who likes to put things away after I use them. This is usually a good thing, but after rounding up my blocking materials for what seemed like the 143rd time, it finally dawned on me that perhaps those items belonged together. After all, I have a bunch of measuring tapes; why couldn’t one of them hang out near my blocking area? And my t-pins? I only use them for blocking, so why would I put them back in my sewing desk (which is not near my blocking area)? So, my discovery was that it isn’t actually the blocking that I dislike–it’s all the preparation!
Creating a blocking station has quite literally changed my knitting life. Of course, the term “blocking station” is going to mean different things to different people. For those with lots of space, it could mean a spare bedroom with blocking equipment that only gets put away when the occasional house-guest arrives. I have a very small house, so for me it means that all of my blocking things are kept in or near a cabinet that has some floor space in front of it, off the main path of foot traffic. I’m able to lay my blocking mats out on the floor and get right to it. Blocking wires, t-pins, measuring tape–everything is close at hand. I just love it!
So, that’s it for this week. I’m kind of embarrassed by how long it took me to figure out the blocking-station thing, and I’m sure you guys are all way ahead of me, but for those of you who aren’t, you may want to give it a try!
How about you? Do you have a blocking station? Please share below!