Knitstant Gratification

The crafting adventures of a knitter, music lover, and hockey fan.


Posted by Andi on June 1, 2013

I love knitting, but I hate finishing. I don’t like to seam. I don’t like adding buttons. And I especially don’t like blocking. I don’t know why I don’t like blocking. It isn’t hard. The item might take a long time to dry, but the process of laying it out isn’t difficult. It’s just annoying.

I dislike blocking enough that I only do it when I have to. If something is lacy, I block it. If the stitches look wonky, I block it. If it has no shape, I block it. But if I made something in stockinette stitch that looks fine, I don’t block it.

Sometimes I don’t block things right away. I had two finished objects underneath the coffee table in the living room that both needed blocking, but because it’s been too warm to wear them I haven’t bothered. If you are wondering why they were under the coffee table, it’s because that is where I keep my TV knitting. They were laying there next to other knitting stuff. Anyway, one project was a pair of legwarmers I finished about a month ago. The other was a lacy cowl I finished a couple of weeks ago.

Earlier this week I decided I needed to put the projects away for the summer, and I wanted to block them first. I started with the leg warmers, because that’s the project I finished first. I picked them up from under the coffee table and discovered this.

Destroyed legwarmer

What happened to my leg warmers?

I have no idea what the black stuff is. It’s only in the spot you see on one leg warmer. I looked at the lacy cowl, and it has no black stuff on it. I looked at the other knitting items in the area, and there’s nothing black on any of those. I checked the floor, there is nothing black on it. What the heck is that?

I showed them to my boyfriend, and his immediate reaction was that maybe when he was vacuuming he accidentally caught the vacuum on the legwarmer. I didn’t know if that made sense. I checked the bottom of the vacuum cleaner, and there’s no black stuff there. If you look at the top of the legwarmer, you might be able to see that there is a bit of fraying. It’s hard to see in the picture.

I blocked the legwarmers anyway, hoping that soaking them would loosen the black stuff. It didn’t. It’s hard like a shell. What is it? I almost wondered if it was burnt. The fiber content of the yarn is 80% merino and 20% bamboo. Does bamboo burn to black like that? I don’t know.

It’s my fault. If I had blocked them right away they wouldn’t have been under the coffee table. They would have been put away, or in the laundry because I wore them.

What should I do with these? I think I have enough yarn to knit a new leg warmer. I can try to rip back, but I don’t think that would be easy with the black stuff. Or, I can wear them as is. They were just for inside the house anyway. And really, I have no desire to knit another leg warmer. I was ready to be done before I finished the second one.

For now I will store these in my sock drawer until I decide what to do with them.


2 Responses to “Destroyed”

  1. Linda said

    Oh what a shame! I have “burned” things that got caught under the vacuum cleaner, though. If it’s thick enough fabric, what happens is it gets stuck between the brush roller and the rubber belt instead of getting tangled around the roller…..hence the black burn mark. And if your boyfriend was brave enough to even suggest that he might have gotten the leg warmer caught up in the vacuum cleaner……that’s most likely what happened. No….the hard black “burn” mark will not wash out. If you have left over yarn, could you possible just rip down to the bad section and reknit that part? Hope all turns out well for you. These are very pretty leg warmers.

    • Andi said

      That’s interesting to know about the vacuum. I never realized it could do that. It’s funny, when I asked him if he remembered catching the leg warmer in the vacuum he said no, he was just guessing. I didn’t really buy it since he came up with it so easily! I tried it on and I can still wear it, and since I was only planning on wearing them around the house, I might just keep it as/is. I don’t know.

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