I have splurged & treated myself to a set of Addi Click Lace interchangeable needles! I am loving the way my stitches are sliding off of the smooth nickel plated tips & along the flexible blue cord. I whipped up a pair of fair isle mittens using the US#5 needle & the 32" cord (magic loop method). I used Cascade 220 Heathers yarn. Cascade is a 'go to' yarn for me with so many colors to choose from.
Supervising from the background is my dog, Lucky : )
I have finished my Fall tunic & have included some pictures of my preferred method of blocking. Depending on how many knitted items I am washing, I will either soak them in the sink or in my washer. I will use a small amount of Eucalan added to the cold water & soak the load for approx 10-20 minutes. The washer is then switched to a spin cycle ONLY and the garments are taken out when they are spun dry.
The pieces are then spread on top of large bath towels, flattened out & shaped just right. On a nice day, the open, sunny window will have these dry by the next morning. Blocking is the finishing touch needed for any knitted item to look amazing. If not blocked, a sweater will look wrinkled & misshaped.