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ArtLady1981
03-24-2009, 07:17 PM
They are worth the money! Two sets converted our Coleman camp table (29"x62") into 36"x72" blocking surface! The bit of overhanging surface still supports the knitting, even with wet towels on top of the pinned pieces. The squares melt into each other when you are putting them together! And they are nice and flat, not lumpy bumpy.

THREE HIGHLIGHTS:
1) your blocking pins jab into the squares with ease...this is particularly nice when you have a lot of pins to install...I get so tired of pushing pins. These blocking squares are a dream.
2) the surface of the blocking squares is smooth, therefore, you can skooch your sweater pieces around into the right shapes and lengths without stretching them before you pin them down...the blocking squares do not fight with you
3) a few squares can be snapped together for small projects and need hardly any room; same goes for a long narrow scarf. You can clip the squares together into the shape you need, and no more.

Altogether, the 2 sets of Knitpicks blocking squares for $40 create more blocking surface (36x72) than the $80 SPACE BOARD blocking board (32x50).

The blocking squares do not have the grid, and so you must use your yardstick and measuring tape a bit more.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3383605564_c0113655a4.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/3382788823_c54d4869ff.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3654/3382791091_d189bba190.jpg?v=0

Overall, the KnitPicks Blocking Squares are well worth the $19.99 per set. Artlady recommends them!

When and if you get ready to purchase them, by clicking through to KnitPicks on one of their ADS here at KH, you will also be contributing support to KH, cuz our paying advertisers (KnitPicks is one) will stay with us if their ads pay off! It doesn't matter if the ad is featuring a socks promotion. Just click through to KnitPicks from the sock ad, and click the accessories tab. Then click BLOCKING MATS. It is right there on the accessories page.

:heart: Thanks for supporting Knitting Help with your click-through to KnitPicks! :heart:

Lieuvena
03-24-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the review! If you recommend them, then they must be something :happydance: ! I might just have to get some.

On another note, I didn't realize that about Knitpicks (about ordering through a link here) and just placed an order with them. I will make sure to order through the links here from now on!!:thumbsup:

biztec
03-26-2009, 08:13 AM
Thanks! I have a set in the mail, so I'm glad to know they work well. I also didn't know about the benefit of clicking through.

Lighting57
03-26-2009, 12:36 PM
Are these squares made of the same stuff as the ones you see that you put together for kneeling onto, or used to cover large work areas?

HollyP
03-26-2009, 12:40 PM
I was wondering the same thing! They look just like the mats I have under my exercise bike to protect the floor.

ArtLady1981
03-26-2009, 04:05 PM
Here is a closeup of the blocking mats:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3469/3387543001_0021cb9bfe.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3448/3388359142_71d5fb39d1.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/3387543561_c5065f01a1.jpg?v=0

An advantage of the blocking mats is the color. Being a light grey, I don't worry about any color transfer to my knitting.

I have heard of the little foam kneeling pads for doing yardwork, and also for gym 'workouts' like sit-ups, etc.
However, I don't know how thick they are, or the color.

I hope these photos help you with your questions.

knitasha
03-26-2009, 08:13 PM
My grandchildren have some blocks that look exactly like these and fit together the same way -- except that they are brightly colored and have letters of the alphabet all over them. Now that they both can read, they just use if for acrobatics and floor games. I was going to "adopt" it for blocking when they got a little older, but at $20 the KnitPicks version is way better. (And it hasn't been peed on.)

ArtLady1981
03-26-2009, 08:53 PM
:roflhard:

LadyFirelyght
03-26-2009, 10:45 PM
:rofl:

Dangles
03-27-2009, 02:47 AM
:roflhard: knitasha

Mirl56
03-27-2009, 10:31 AM
ick!! :ick: :passedout:

Crycket
03-28-2009, 09:47 AM
Yeah...long before knit picks came out with these....I had gone to home depot and got a pack of 4 of those squares for $15....they work great...

I actually read about it in a comment made on one of the Yarn Harlots posts about blocking on the bed. The comment was something about how she prefered to use those kind of blocks as they can be stood up and out of the way once the item was pinned....and no worries about leaving pins in the bed....*smiles*

ArtLady1981
03-28-2009, 11:22 AM
Crycket~ Thanks for your contribution! Question about the 'pack of 4': were each of the tiles 12"x12", or were they larger pieces than that?

LadyFirelyght
03-28-2009, 11:38 AM
At Costco a couple months back, I got a set of very similar squares. The main difference? They're nearly twice the size for the same price. I love them :)

Ellieblue
03-28-2009, 12:54 PM
I just purchased some from Lowes and they measure 24"x24". I needed something to block my needlepoint and three of them together let me use common pins instead of tacks. I noticed that one side is smooth but the other side has a sort of a woven pattern which is great for squaring things up. Thanks for the great suggestion.

Ana101
03-28-2009, 01:00 PM
I was thinking of buying them, if the exchange rate wasn't so forbidding... I'll go shopping and see if I can find something equivalent in a regular store!

biztec
03-28-2009, 01:38 PM
I sure wish I'd thought about Lowe's or Home Depot. Mine are on the way from Knitpicks. (sigh) At least I supported the website!

ArtLady1981
03-29-2009, 02:49 AM
Hi Biz~ I'm glad I got mine from KnitPicks. They are just right for blocking! There might be advantages that warrant the few extra dollars.

biztec
03-29-2009, 07:36 AM
Hi Biz~ I'm glad I got mine from KnitPicks. They are just right for blocking! There might be advantages that warrant the few extra dollars.
Mine came yesterday and I love them. Now I can finish a sweater I've been working on. Confession: I've never blocked anything before!!!