No, I'm not swearing! I really have blocking block. I don't know how to block properly.
Look at this latest effort for example:
Doesn't look much like the pattern creator's wonderful version
Doesn't help that whilst under the pump to make a gift for my Mum I thoughtlessly did not marry the yarn weight to the appropriate needle size. Nor did it help that I did the classic blunder of not testing my gauge (I'm too lazy . . . I think I must rethink my ways here!!).
I soaked it in water then towel dried it before placing it over a dinner plate, leaving it to the magic of evaporation. Definitely gives it that beret look but not what I was really looking for.
It is for my Mum. She is a forgiving kinda lady. I could draw her a picture in crayon and she would love it and probably put it on the fridge.
I popped it into the hexagon bag I made her and handed it over to the perils of Australia Post.
Ok, so it will arrive a week after her birthday. I figure it will be a nice little surprise and an extension of her birthday blessings.
How do you block your hats?
Do you do a gauge test before starting a project?