Monday, August 23, 2010

Like a lizard drinking....

There's an Australian slang phrase that is in every "how to talk Aussie" book, postcard or souvenir t-shirt I've seen in my life. I've never heard anyone actually say it.

The wee girl took it all a bit literally yesterday, for a photo-shoot alternative to the usual running-around-in-circles-like-a-deranged-hippy-child. (She tried the usual but I complained that her untamed hip-length hair covered up the garment I was trying to photograph).

It was great to be able to see the difference that blocking made to this bebop cardi . I was also very glad that the retro-fitted few rows of double-crochet worked to lengthen the cardi and weigh down the hemline. (Is it called a hemline in crochet.... when it is, in fact, hem-less?). It was a gamble I took with no idea of the outcome. A wild and lucky guess.

This is the "before" shot.

I hinted at it earlier but wanted to finish the renovations before the big reveal. Blocking has straightened the shape, opened the lace pattern and massively improved the overall drape and fit of this little cardi. I'm a huge fan of blocking now and I love the little cardi on my little girl.

On the subject of things flat out.... after a few weeks in limbo, things are moving again in the land of book and new (editing and design) deadlines loom. We also have a few new staff starting this week as we get used to things without Super-Leah in the office (she's moved on to bigger and better things). There is also a half-started-and-stopped-several-times pattern on the go..... and a fair bit of knitting.

I daresay, there'll be much blocking of knitwear as well.


Fer said...

Now that's a super sweet cardi!

You're right, I don't think I've ever actually heard anyone say that saying either.... :)

m.e (Cathie) said...

you are a busy girl!
goodluck with it all.
I have absolutely NO idea about blocking or hems or crochet but i love the colour & the addition.
i am glad you have a kid that can't sit still either :)
happy week lovely Nikki

Tania said...

Obviously this new found affinity with the sticks/hook/all things yarny have really only served to Up The Ante. Nothin' for it. You'll need to invent yourself a 27 hour day.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Blocking? Blocking out the pile of UFOs that result in excessive blog inspiration more like.

I've read that the jigsaw piece foam/rubber/squishy play mat pieces make excellent blocking mats. Each one is about 60cm sq and you can then join them to get the size you'd need.

Hope the new staff ease the blockages in the office!?

Resulting in a block of time free to do more knitting!

This blockhead will now leave the stage.

Fiona said...

Love that cardi. I've never blocked anything - just wash it once and pull into shape and allow to dry normally. I must be lazy - but this has always worked for me.

I'll miss Leah - she was very helpful and friendly and always remembered me (worrying really - I wonder why she remembered me!!). Hope orienting the new staff goes well.

Anonymous said...

The cardi looks great - you've inspired me to crochet another one! Blocking does make all the difference - I pretty much block everything I crochet. Sometimes I just use the steam iron, other times I wet and pin. Just depends! Hope to chat soon and glad to hear that things are all systems go.

CurlyPops said...

Wow blocking really does make a huge difference. The wee girl looks super cute!

Rach said...

Sadly I grew up in a place where people did and still do say it...

Gorgeous cardi!


Handmade said...

Maybe cause most of us have never seen a lizard actually drink....? Great yarn work!!