When knitting, one of the finishing touches is to block the piece, either through wetting and drying it or through steam.

This sets and relaxes the stitches, corrects minor stitch imperfections and opens up lace.

Over the weekend I blocked Ruth’s cowl and my jeweled cowl (see here).

It turned the fabric from stiff and overworked into soft and flowing.

Now all I have to do is find the perfect outfit to complement it.