I have a terrific friend named Pat. She’s a spinner and knitter like I’ve always wanted to be.. ;o) She said she was wandering through one of the big box stores one day and passed the exercise equipment. Her eyes hit on the fit-together-like-a-puzzle yoga/exercise mats and voila’… inspiration! Blocking! Needless to say, she bought them and needless to say… I borrowed them. ;o)
I’ve tried several times to block the shawls I knitted a couple of years ago, but could not find a spot big enough to pull out the edgings. I tried the carpet when we lived in the other house, but just could not stay on the floor long enough…ugh
I laid these out on my dining room table and had to put the chairs up near the table to hold them and even then it was almost too small, but with a little rigging I got it to work. ;o) This one is the first (and only) time I have knitted with a single yarn. This is BFL spun on my Kromski spinning wheel, kool aid dyed and hand knitted using Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl. I love that idea for a shawl that can also be made into a tablecloth. This was my first try,so it is quite plain… but came out lovely in the end. ;o)
It blocked out to 59 inches diameter. I think it would have been even bigger if my table had been wider…lol
I l.o.v.e.. the way this turned out. So soft and really lovely.
The hand spun and knit natural color shawl that was my second try with the EZ Pi Shawl pattern. It still is simple but a bit more lace to it.. ;o)
I forgot to measure the diameter of this one, but it is probably about an inch smaller than the green one. I love how it turned out. Both of them blocked beautifully. The pins held everything in place very well… none of the slipping and flopping that I’ve had using the carpet or a towel on the bed. They dried easily and quickly.
I really love the way these worked and will be getting my own set. Thanks, Pat, for the great idea! BTW… Pat has her own blog over at Confessions of a Fiber Enthusiast . Drop over and say Hello!
I love the way these can be set up for any size. Crochet, knit, weave, embroidery…all of these would do beautifully using anything from one square to all of them for blocking your projects. Great tool to have in your craft bag of tricks.
Have a really wonderful day.. ;o)