I had a few bits and pieces that I wanted to try with some of my yarn stash that I had hanging around, so I’ve gone for making a few little things to experiment with new techniques. It’s glorious to see my goodies shine so bright in the sun!
The doily on the left is for my neighbour after he complained about a vase scratching his table.. and of course you’ll all recognise Lucy’s Attic 24 Happy Flower Decoration on the right.. that’s to help brighten up my dingy hallway!
Its quite important to block these types of things I feel as it brings out the best of your work. I do cheat a little though. I soak my items in water, pin out on a cork board and then give them a good spray of starch. It does works well and makes them smell nice too. AND DON’T FORGET to use stainless steel pins.. you’re not going to be happy with yourself if you see rust marks in your work after blocking are you!!!
And of course lets talk of the fantastic idea that the lovely Lucy gave us regarding gluing the backs of our flowers to stiffen crochet whilst blocking.. it really does work and I’d recommend it anytime for those little items like garlands, flowers or any embellishments that you might want to add around the home…. your skin wouldn’t tolerate it though so its not for garments !!!
Here is the link for your full instructions
Now,I’m going to think about what I can make with some new alpaca blended yarn I bought last week in my new local shop… but that’s for another post. Time for lunch and a quick visit to see Alex now.
Wishing lots of sunny, lazy days ahead
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx hugs from Helen xxxxxxxxxxx