I don’t have flash blocking tools like wires or T-pins. I have dressmakers’ pins. That’s all. I don’t even know where I’d go to purchase those items in New Zealand.
Today I finished my endpaper mitts. http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/11/endpaper_mitts.html
How would I block them? Could I use wire from the hardware shop? What if it bends? Or, God forfend, rusts! Could I use rulers? How many rulers do I have? Then I put them in to soak before I had figured out what I would do. INSPIRATION!
Scroll about 20% of the way down the page for the schematic. I blocked to this.
I have strange old needles in a biccie tin. I took some straight metal ones (many are wonky) and put them inside the mitts.
I drew two full-size schematics on graph paper. Put them on a folded towel
and covered them with Glad Wrap - you know, that plastic stuff you wrap food in. Transparent to see the lines and dries faster. I put pins between the needles holding them apart like blocking wires. GENIUS!
Pros: not surprisingly, I already had knitting needles. Very straight.
Cons: I believe blocking wires can bend for items with curved edges. And can thread through stitches without splitting or stretching. These can’t.
And plastic wrap is the perfect shape to dry scarves on quickly!
This is a proud day.