Yesterday the sun came out for a bit. It was such a welcome little thing in my world. It gets so dark and damp here in the greater Seattle region. I sat in the living room on the floor with my blanket that I am working on steam "blocking" it. It really isn't properly blocked but it does help a lot. I take a wet towel (the white bit in the photo) and place on the blanket on top of towels on the floor, and smooth out the blanket in sections the best I can and hit it with an iron for about 2-3 seconds at a time and then pick up the iron and move over and keep going. I do not actually "iron" as I don't want to flatten the stitches. As you can see in the photo, I had just begun and where it is all smooth, that is where I had already steamed it. This will help the blanket remain flat and nice for all it's life. With a blanket squared together with so many sizes, you can see how it can be a bit wobbly and wrinkly. That seems to be a common complaint reading other blogs and fiber communities when I have seen others make the Babette blanket.
Last night and this morning I already started the border. I can't wait until I get this done. I feel so impatient every time I get to doing the border. I can feel the finish line on the horizon, it is so close, yet so far! I should have the border on this to complete the blanket and make it look nice within the week. Once I do, I will do a big reveal of it and also describe how I assembled this whole thing free form. There was absolutely no planning and it was kind of random. I can't wait to show it off.