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dschmidt
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  4:30:05 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm going to get some but wonder if any of you have advice before I purchase.

Donna in VA

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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  4:34:22 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm glad I got them, they make blocking lace much easier. I bought ones from Knitpicks and I've only used them twice but like them a lot (except I was looking for them the other day and have no idea where they are...they come in a long tube so it shouldn't be that hard to find them).

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anderknit
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Posted - 09/26/2010 :  9:35:59 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Donna - Not much advice but just encouragement. They make blocking lace so very much easier. I live in NoVA and ordered mine from a shop near Baltimore or Ellicott City a few years back. Excellent service. Just makes sure to wipe the wires down with a rag before you use them. There's some sort of "stuff" on them that is used in the manufacturing process, and you want that off before putting your delicate lace on them.

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Jane
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  03:05:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got mine from Patternworks a few years ago, and they really are a good investment. Wiping them down is a good idea. Make sure you have a lot of sturdy T-pins, too, because the little ones just won't cut it.

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dschmidt
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  1:50:56 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I have a specific question - some sets have a combination of rigid and flexible wires. Should I get the combination or just rigid? (Jane - I have the big heavy t-pins already.)

Donna in VA

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auntlinda
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  4:12:14 PM  Show Profile Send auntlinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
re: straight v. flexible

I use my straight ones almost exclusively, but that's b/c I tend to do lace projects with straight edges. If you do circular shawls for example, you're going to want the flexible ones too.

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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  5:02:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the Zonta (now Handworks Dressing Wires) set and I love them. It's like magic every time I use them, watching a shapeless mass suddenly come to life! If you buy from Handworks she makes a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every set sold.

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dschmidt
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  5:31:14 PM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, Luann, that is a huge, great set. Here's the link if anyone else is interested. http://www.handworksnw.com/dressingwires.html

Donna in VA

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