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Hey, knitters! 
7th-Nov-2011 12:25 pm
Knitting: Morticia
So I have knit an amazing shawl in Sundara Silk Sport, and it is time to block. And hm.

Generally I wet-block everything, but I've never done anything in 100% silk before. Googling is inconclusive - some sites say to wet-block it, some say to pin it out and dampen it with water from a spray bottle.

7th-Nov-2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
You can get washable 100% silk clothing, these days. If you have wrappers or descriptions on your yarn, it might say. Otherwise, I'd vote spray bottle.
7th-Nov-2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Silk is a natural fiber and not nearly as fragile as we all believe. Wet-block should be fine, as silk is actually stronger when wet and it doesn't really get ruined by getting wet.
Bet it's gorgeous either way!
7th-Nov-2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've only had trouble with silk spotting when the surface is very smooth (like habotai fabric) and it isn't dampened evenly. I don't think you're going to have that problem with the Sundara Silk, because the surface is softer and the color is already mottled. I say go with the method that makes you most comfortable, and don't worry too much about it.
7th-Nov-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I wet-block my silk. I'd be worried about spotting if I sprayed it, and also the difference in stretchability and durability between the drier sections versus the damper sections.
8th-Nov-2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Random but knitting related: I got the sleeves and I LOVE them! Thank you! I am wondering if I could possibly commission you to make another pair with a slightly different fit (longer overall but a bit narrower in the wrists) from some yarn I own and love and want turned into sleeves?
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