July 19th, 2013

Blocked!

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I know there are many of you out there who block their FO’s on the living room carpet, an unused couch, your guest bed’s mattress, or (I don’t want to know) not at all. I also know that many of you come through the fire with garments that are curly, ravelly, mis-sized or misshapen, or crooked. Your lace is delicate and airy when blocked, scrunchy and meh-looking when unblocked. Your sweaters are rolling at the edges, with one sleeve longer than the other and too tight in the hips until you loosen up the fibers with a cool bath and some Eucalan.

I used to do all of that, too. My garments looked so much better once I invested in a blocking board, which has changed my knitting. Really. It has clearly marked measuring squares for perfect symmetry for sleeves or waist shaping. It is big, so you could potentially block a scarf or medium-ish-sized shawl on it. It is padded, so pins really dig in and don’t move or pop out. It has a felt backing, so it won’t slide around on whatever surface you use. The most genius part: It folds in half and has a convenient handle so you can tote it to the craft room, the den, the deck, or to your drop-in class at Webs to show off your fibery skills.

This could be your sweater!

We carry these boards in two sizes, the small, which measures 18″ x 24″ and is more portable, and the larger size, measuring 33″ x 51″. I really recommend the larger one, since you’ll be able to use it for so many different projects, and you won’t regret the investment. For most garments, a dunk in some cool water to which a capful of wool wash has been added is the way to start. Don’t swirl it around, and for heaven’s sake, don’t squish it dry–if it’s anything but cotton or superwash wool, it will felt. I drain my wet garments in a colander for an hour and then roll them in a towel to just damp. Then, pin away–these T-pins are the best I’ve found. Let it dry, and voila! Art has been made.

Amy G.
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7 Responses to “Blocked!”

  1. Shsron Carter Says:

    Where can I PURCHASE a blocking board for large knitting/crocheting items for a reasonable price now since your product is no longer available? People still knit/crochet today. Can you be of some service now?

  2. Shsron Carter Says:

    Not blocked. I want Large Blocking Boards. __BLOCKING BOARDS- FOR knitting /crocheting items.

  3. Sara Says:

    We’re pretty sad about not having the Blocking Boards as well, but they’re just not being manufactured anymore. We do still have options for you! The Block and Roll Mat – http://www.yarn.com/product/block-n-roll-blocking-mat/ and the Lace Blocking Mats that allow you to change the shape and size of your blocking surface – http://www.yarn.com/product/knitters-pride-lace-blocking-mats/

  4. Sharon Donovan Says:

    I really want this folding blocking board. Will pay for it. Can web knitting make one please let me know…..thanks

  5. Mae Geiger Says:

    Luckily I still have my blocking board that I bought from your site years ago. (The larger one) It’s still in great condition and am super happy with it however, I lost the care instructions and warnings for it so idk if it’s safe to spray block acrylic pieces without the ink grid coming off on my work. Is there a pdf of the original I can print? Any other suggestions would be helpful too thanks! Great product btw very happy with it still after all these years 🙂

  6. ct83.aspx Says:

    Ozil said as much when speaking to Kicker last month: The club knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to do [in the future].

  7. Essess Says:

    I finally tracked this down! I bought one of these about 20 years ago (maybe more) in a store and it has been smelling musty and mildewy from all the wet blocking and pressing I’ve done on it over the years. I have been searching for years for a new one and no matter what search terms I used I couldn’t find it. I could only find the really tiny portable pressing grids. Finally today I found this and THIS is the exact board I have and have been desperately trying to replace.
    Please, someone start making these again!!!!! Put me down on the list to buy one!

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