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LynnIL Posted - 06/12/2013 : 05:41:16 AM
I need to buy a blocking board. I have looked at the sew ez boards online. I do not think JoAnn's carry these anymore. I have looked at others that fit like puzzles. Suggestions? Thank-you. Lynn
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dschmidt Posted - 07/14/2013 : 11:09:25 AM
Good idea about the 4 x 4 square! I'm going to do it.

Donna in VA

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Robyn Becker Posted - 07/14/2013 : 09:40:31 AM
The best blocking boards I've have found are those from Knitpics. They are the interlocking kind and come 9 to a box. I bought two boxes and have enough puzzle pieces for any configuration needed including large shawls. I have been using mine for over 3 years with no evident wear or tears. I also took one board and with a permanent marker drew out a 4 x 4 square for blocking my swatches. Hope this helps.Robyn
mjhknits Posted - 07/04/2013 : 11:33:59 AM
I use one of those inexpensive heavy cardboard boards meant for cutting out sewing projects. It folds like an accordion and is marked in 1" squares. To keep the wet pieces being blocked from getting it soggy I bought a piece of clear plastic from a fabric store to just fit the top. This rolls up around a cardboard tube when not in use. So I have the advantages of the grid markings (which are very useful) and ease of storage.
ellenmc Posted - 07/04/2013 : 09:56:12 AM
I block on a double bed, over towels. I use blocking wires, which are great for keeping the shape without too many pins. I don't soak the knitted piece, but cover it with light cloths that are soaked. Then, I pass the hot iron over it, not pressing down, but really steaming the knitted pieces. Small items are blocked on the ironing board. When my daughter-in-law tried this, she did press down on the iron in spite of my warning, and ruined the piece which was made of acrylic yarn. I don't knit anymore with synthetic yarns, except for the 10% of nylon that is in many sock yarns,
cutlermac Posted - 07/04/2013 : 07:25:40 AM
I use Styrofoam (blue) insulation boards. Lightweight, can be sored behind a door. The wet blocked item dries by evaporating upward into the air, rather than into the blocking board. It is Easy to pickup and move outdoors for faster drying. Cost is about $10.00 bucks at the builders supply store. Life span about 20 years.
Mary Anne
Mshark Posted - 07/04/2013 : 05:04:56 AM
Had never heard of the wooly board. Looks like a little like a medieval torture device! The interlocking squares from Cocoknit (http://store.cocoknits.com/products/knitterís-block.html) are great. Thick enough to anchor the pins, the spongy material on the back keeps them steady. The material on the front side has little ridges that hold the pieces in place and also help line things up straight. I can imagine that a grid would also be helpful for measuring but a yardstick for larger things, ruler for smaller things works just fine.

Miriam
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ozknitter Posted - 06/25/2013 : 07:19:40 AM
Hi,

I've never heard of these things, they must be an American thing, I should look it up on the internet, then I won't be such an ignoramus.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose
anderknit Posted - 06/17/2013 : 09:23:12 AM
Ha Ceil - it's that "first thing in the morning" part that will always be my downfall!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
azblueskies Posted - 06/17/2013 : 07:23:13 AM
I've seen patterns for making one from PVC. What didn't you like about the one you ordered, Sharon?

azblue
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Kade1301 Posted - 06/16/2013 : 09:24:04 AM
I bought two insulating foam boards (1 m x 2.40 m or thereabouts, and they are not styrofoam) at the hardware store and mounted them vertically on a wall in my studio. They are thick enough so that the pins don't get through, the price was negligible (after all, normally you buy dozens or hundreds of them to insulate your house) and rather solid, especially as I've covered them with firm fabric. It would be even better if the fabric was checkered/lined, but then it wouldn't work as background for taking photos. Compromises everywhere...

Happy blocking! Klara

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Shalee Posted - 06/15/2013 : 5:00:42 PM
At one point I ordered a wooly board. I didn't like it and returned it.

Sharon in NW PA
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robinstephanie Posted - 06/15/2013 : 11:14:31 AM
Wow, that wooly board thing looks great. It looks like it would be faster than pinning out the entire sweater. I'd love to try it. But first I have to knit some sweaters. And save up. It's always fun to dream and lust after new knitting tools.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Ceil Posted - 06/14/2013 : 8:32:20 PM
Towels, as soon as you get up in the morning, with a fan running and the door closed!

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
anderknit Posted - 06/14/2013 : 4:33:46 PM
I've never understood using a bed. How do you keep the bedding (quilt, duvet, bedspread, whatever) from getting wet? What if the dye bleeds? And if you're using your own bed, what if you want to go to bed before the thing dries?

I have a blocking board and interlocking mats. Both have their uses - the mats are great because you can make them into different sizes and shapes; the board is great when measuring is important.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
azblueskies Posted - 06/14/2013 : 11:58:57 AM
http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/knit/woolyboard.htm

azblue
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Reminder to myself: PROVISIONAL cast on for EVERYTHING except toe-up socks.
robinstephanie Posted - 06/14/2013 : 08:45:55 AM
What's that?!

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
azblueskies Posted - 06/14/2013 : 07:18:53 AM
Anyone use a wooly board?

azblue
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Ceil Posted - 06/13/2013 : 2:12:56 PM
I don't use one because I knit sweaters in one piece. The Yarn Harlot said something about laying the damp sweater out on a bed and then threading strong cord through the various places that are "stretch points" (my term), tying weights to the cord ends so they stay taut. If you can envision this(!), it could be a good alternative. However, I haven't tried it yet.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
robinstephanie Posted - 06/13/2013 : 07:57:46 AM
Here's an earlier conversation about blocking mats, which might have some helpful info for you:
http://www.knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=104839

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
dschmidt Posted - 06/13/2013 : 07:41:00 AM
I have the interlocking mats too and like them very much.

Donna in VA

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