Saturday, January 27, 2007
Bubbly in Progress
I'm about 3/4 of the way through my first Bubbly curtain and I'm so happy with how it's turning out! It's actually longer now than in this photo, and it's coming along quite quickly. I think I only have 1 more of the repeat sections to go before I'll be done. I'm using the Euroflax sportweight on size 5 needles exactly as recommended. Can anyone recommend the best way to wash this in preparation for blocking? I understand the linen "relaxes" after washing. Does this mean it needs a soap and water wash by hand? With any particular type of soap? Or will a thorough wetting down do?
Depending upon how much drape you want from the final curtain, you may or may not want to use a bit of starch in it--I think that I personally, unless I were looking for a really stiff end result, would try it without, first. Then if it's too soft for how you want to use it, you can always wet and starch it later and re-pin for drying.
I recently made the bubble lace pattern up with crochet cotton on big needles to be used as a very light and plain table throw, and because that had no body at all, I did use a light starch with it.