Saturday, 6 November 2010

Oopsie.

Getting into the bonfire night/autumnal theme I thought I'd whip up a block called Catherine Wheel from my 200 Crochet Blocks book last night. Feeling rather pleased with myself I thought I'd starch it to give it that crisp 'blocked' feel . Now I've never blocked before (although I probably should have) and set about heating up my iron - not giving a second thought that I'd used acrylic. Oh yes...I should've read up on blocking because I really didn't have a clue what I was doing.



A rather squished looking block. Never mind. Tonight I will be reading up on blocking! Have a great Saturday!


9 comments:

Ruth Marie said...

Never use an iron on acrylics - for acrylics, pin into its' required shape then mist thoroughly with water and just leave it to dry completely - it'll be blocked then :) Irons are ok for pure wool and other natural fibres but what I tend to do is just again pin into place but don't actually let the iron touch the yarn - just let the steam do its' thing. Again, when it's completely dry you can unpin and it will be blocked. Hope this helps!

Ruth
xx

Clara said...

Love the colors!

**Anne** said...

The colours are gorgeous!

Terrie said...

Thanks ladies =] Thanks for the advice Ruth - I have learned my lesson!xx

Hazel said...

I blogged a post about blocking acrylic with an iron. You don't press it just steam it and leave to dry. Pin it out on a towel first and steam it then leave to dry. Works perfectly. x

Gillian said...

I'm sorry for you Terrie, such a shame when it is such a Beautiful Block, love the colours you are using :)

Vera Amos said...

Love the colour combo, really Autumnal.

Louise said...

That is exactly what I would do!!! I am a disaster with the iron. Lucky it was only one block :-)

Green V-Neck said...

Oops! I began a hexagonal granny throw but gave it up after a few hexagons. I thought, well, I'll just use these as hot pads...never thinking about what would happen when I placed 400-degree casserole dishes on them. Oh, well, lesson learned.