It's been months since I've worn my Hemlock
. Why? Because I washed it and didn't have time to re-block it. I'd keep reaching for it (summers are chilly here in SF) and remember that it would only reach to my belly button. Gah!
On my last post about blocking this sweater CitricSugar
suggested steaming the sweater on a hanger. Her comment reminded me that my iron (Sunbeam® Classic Iron 003017-000-000) does something fancy, which I'd never tried out: vertical steam.
I pulled out the instruction booklet (what, you don't have a file of your instruction booklets? Of course I do, right? Ha!) and figured out which of the 20 buttons I needed to press to make the magic happen. I filled up my iron, turned it on, and tried to figure out how to hang my sweater. Well, I didn't want to end up with shoulder nipples, right? A random metal bar and two zip-ties later, and we're all set.
I had to push the heck out of that steam button. At first I thought it was broken and this was all for naught. But, eventually, I'd pumped some water into the steam chamber and shots of steam started bursting out of my iron.
I only steamed the body, because I like the arms to fit closely and stay elbow length. A couple gentle tugs on the sweater as I steamed was all it took. The sweater went from 19" to 22" in about 3 minutes. It took us longer to do the whole ziptie thing.
I am a "hanging steam blocking" convert!