It might be possible that I’m avoiding something.
You see, I bought some lovely yarn in New Orleans, and I knitted a lace scarf pattern, and I actually completed one, but I can’t seem to bring myself to block it.
And I suspect that my sudden fascination with hats and felting may be directly connected to my morbid fear of putting the scarf in water and then pinning it out.
Some experts tell me to put the scarf in water, some say wash it with special soap. I am afraid to do anything.
Yet I overcame my fear of felting, successfully. The Princess wore the hat to school again today, and it looks pretty sweet. I’m knitting another hat to felt, something on smaller needles with more stitches. I’ve oversized it and will wash it more than once to get the full felting effect. (Hat yarn is Crystal Palace Taos, pictured to the left, colorway "Painted Desert.")
But the thought of putting the scarf in water terrifies me, friends. I worked so hard to get the rhythm of the stitch pattern. And I’m worried that I’ll stretch it wrong. And I’m worried that if I pin it to my ironing board, I’ll find out the ironing board isn’t long enough, although it probably is long enough, because it’s a little scarf.
The pressure is on because The Princess would like to wear the scarf, intended for her, to the middle school dance on Friday.
I must pin or cut bait.