I basically gave it a vigorous wash in warm water, and smoothed it out flat to dry in front of the heater. Voila!
Things I learned making this little project:
- learning new techniques from a teacher in person is much quicker than from books/websites
- how to knit 'Continental style', with the yarn held in my left hand
- how to knit with one colour in each hand, knitting 'English' style with RH and 'Continental' with LH
- how to 'catch' the long floats on the wrong side
- that smooth, fine, slippery yarn is not the easiest for colourwork - it was hard to get my tension right and my double-pointed needles kept escaping onto the floor
- that yarn dyed with red food colouring can run when you wash it in warm water (oops!)
- blocking cures all (or nearly all).
I've signed up for another knitting-related class this Saturday (also with Morag), on shawl construction and design. I have several shawl ideas at the rough-sketch-on-paper stage - I'm hoping the class will give me a boost to get some of them nutted out and realised.
Since the two-handed knitting class, I've used the 'Continental' knitting style to make a plain vanilla hat to get more practice holding the yarn in my left hand. The first inch or so was a pain (especially the ribbing, oh the ribbing!), but it got quite natural after that.
After the plain hat, I made a colourwork hat using the two-handed stranding technique. With thicker, fuzzier wool and more practice under my belt, I had a much easier time of it than with the little bag, and my tension was fine. Here's a sneaky peek at the hat, which I'll be releasing as a free pattern shortly... ;)