The Blocking Process – With Jack and Piper

February 12, 2008

First of all the owner knits a pretty Montego Bay Scarf.(Ravelry Link).  We (the cats) supervise closely, looking for opportunities to snag it with our claws at all times.  Of course we pretend it was just an accident, but this is actually a quality control procedure to ensure a high standard of knitting.  Structural integrity you know.  We then help to wash the  scarf in the bathroom sink, and monitor its progress carefully.  At certain times in the process Piper pulls it out of the sink to check for “doneness”.

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Jack keeps an eye on the whole process from the bathtub, you know washing is the girl work part!

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The bathtub is fun!  Jack especially likes rolling down the sides of the tub.  The owner then goes into the bedroom (the only room with a door) and does something.  She says it looks like this:

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We aren’t allowed to help because we like to pull the pins out and eat them.  What is wrong with that we ask you?  Some people are so uptight!  The owner realizes that the scarf isn’t pinned very evenly, but she’s already ordered the wire blocking kit, she’ll get it soon!  We wait outside the door for this step to be done:

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It is an unwritten rule that whenever a door is closed, something really interesting is going on on the other side, and we must therefore get in as soon as possible. 

Then the owner covers all the scarf and pins with a few layers of blankets.  It looked like all the blankets she had to tell you the truth, but we weren’t going to say anything.  Again, something about needing to keep the rotters from eating the pins.  We don’t know who she is referring to.  We were also going to mention that she shouldn’t talk to her cats so much, as she is starting to be a crazy cat lady. We inspected the blankets to make sure the scarf will dry okay under there.  We approve:

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Blocking a lovely lace scarf is hard work!

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The owner needs to get out more…

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7 Responses to “The Blocking Process – With Jack and Piper”

  1. Cheryl S. said

    Looks like the supervisors are doing their job well!

  2. margene said

    I hate to do this to Anne but you need to check out Chaos and Mayhem. They’ll give you some pointers.
    http://www.stumblingoverchaos.com/

  3. Sunnyknitter said

    Sounds just like my house. Perhaps Jack and Piper and Nimue and Egbert are part of a larger collaborative effort.

  4. Anne said

    Some kind of help…is the kind of help…. we all could do without. 🙂 I have lots of the same at my house, although Emma has to work solo, which means wayyyyy more work for her. She’s exhausted a lot of the time.

  5. Jocelyn said

    Nice that your beasts are so helpful! Hope your gorgeous (GORGE!!) scarf escaped unscathed. 🙂

  6. They’re trying to EAT the PINS?

  7. Cousin Griz says, “There’s no such thing as a crazy cat lady – only a caring, loving and attentive owner, who does everything we will her to do, like fetch the bag of catfood from the pantry and shake it (because that sound really gets the saliva flowing) before pouring huge quantities into my bowl at least five, no maybe six, times a day…”

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