My understanding of blocking is that you do it to “relax” the yarn into place–to set all those thousands of little stitches. I don’t really understand what happens with the whole fact that the fiber will bloom and get bigger. When it’s dry, it goes back to its “natural” state? Or it only goes back partway, perhaps? Or only to where you pin it to?
See, I thought (foolishly, apparently) that if yarn had been washed several times before, it would have sort of worked out its blooming/shrinking issues. You see where I’m going with this, right?
The yarn I reclaimed from the Ex’s sweater had been washed before. In sweater form, in unraveled form–what other form could I have washed it in? I even did that thing where you sort of stretch the reskeined yarn out with a hanger to smooth it after you’ve washed it. So I knit up my Cambridge Jacket, taking the recommended measurements and assuming that any “growth” would be minimal.
Oh how wrong I was. The fronts, to the armhole, are longer by an INCH AND A HALF. The sleeves? FIVE INCHES longer than they’re supposed to be. I am an idiot, apparently. So now what? Will it shrink as it dries? Or do I have to take it out and start over? I don’t really think that just shortening the sleeves is going to help. This requires an overhaul.
I’m sorry, but my feelings on this can be summed up in one glorious word: FUCK.