Where To Block
Blocking has its tricky elements, not the least of which is where to do it. At least, it’s tricky at my house. I used to block on a spare bed but at the moment we don’t have a spare bed. This house has four bedrooms, only one of which contains a bed. And we sleep in it. I probably shouldn’t cover it with wet knitting and pins.
I spotted a few knitbloggers using interlocking foam mats for blocking, and started poking around to find some. Prices on those things? Wacko. All over the place: $25, $35, some over $100 for a not-all-that-big set. A hundred bucks? I mean, it’s foam, people. Foam.
So I nosed around until I found this Ebay store. Not only are they helpful and friendly, for $14 (plus reasonable shipping) they’ll send you a set of these:
Twelve-inch foam squares, twenty-five of them, plus borders in case you want to bother putting borders on. I love that these mats are a nice, neutral charcoal gray rather than the multicolored ones I’ve seen everywhere else. For black yarn, I figure I can cover them with white towels. The squares come in other sizes, but twelve inches is
what seemed to be the most versatile–I can easily set them up to block
a long, skinny piece of lace.
Why yes, that is Hypoteneuse. All pinned out now and drying. I have to be ready for the Frida Kahlo exhibit next week!
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