So for every completed item I make, it has to take a bath, and dry before I can gift it. Which makes my last minute knitting that much more stressful!!!
Blocking is the art of shaping the knitted item. I generally soak my items in a basin with Eucalan, partly to fluff up the fibres then block the item into shape as it dries, but also to make sure any of the dirt/grime that I pickup on my yarn in my knitting travels is washed away. For instance, I’ve been knitting a blanket for my son at hockey games, baseball games for a number of years…I most certainly am not going to have him sleep with that blanket until it is washed!
There are other methods of blocking, but for what I’m making this Knitmas, everything is getting a bath 🙂