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Sknitter56
10-06-2009, 06:51 PM
I received by KP Blocking Mats today and I have a question for those of you who may have these. Did they have a "smell" when you first opened them and does this go away after they're aired out a while? I'd hate to pin a damp sweater piece to these mats and have it smell like the mats. I can't quite explain the smell...it's sort of like a chemical/plastic odor.
Thanks....Mary

Gertie
10-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Hmm. I believe ArtLady1981 uses them. If she doesn't respond on this thread, I'd PM her.

Hope things clear up.

Jan in CA
10-06-2009, 11:10 PM
:think: I don't remember if they did or not, but they don't seem to now. I've used them several times with no problems. They're great! I just wish they had measurement lines, but I can live w/o that.

ArtLady1981
10-07-2009, 03:45 AM
I responded to your PM, but YES...the odor will go away!
Mine had a slight chemical odor, too! Just let them 'air out' for a day or two. They never affected my knitting at all!

You will LOVE THEM! Sooo great that you can re-configure them to accomodate almost anything! Even verrrrry long scarf!!

eddye
10-07-2009, 05:36 AM
I just received my blocks yesterday also, and they do have a smell, I guess I better take it out of the box and let it air some.

etoilechaude
10-07-2009, 05:52 AM
Maybe I'm crazy, but... I used to soooo look forward to days that we got new inflatable pool toys because I loved the new plastic smell ;o)

WandaT
10-07-2009, 08:02 AM
I saw ArtLady use those mats and had intended to order them ... BUT, was in Toys R Us a few weeks ago and saw those big flexible puzzle ABC pieces for kids and decided to try that. I got 36 pieces for $25!! The ABCs do pop out, but that's not a big thing. I love them! Just thought I'd share that thought ...

Crycket
10-07-2009, 08:07 AM
I went to Home Depot and got something simular before KP came up with those. It came with 4 large blocks with a grey side and a colour side for $15.

They are excellent!

Sknitter56
10-07-2009, 06:28 PM
Maybe I'm crazy, but... I used to soooo look forward to days that we got new inflatable pool toys because I loved the new plastic smell ;o)
I always loved that new pool smell, also. Just not too sure I'd want my nice, pretty sweater to smell like that all day :)

Sknitter56
10-07-2009, 06:45 PM
Thanks, everybody...I feel lots better now. I bought two sets and this morning before I went to work I separated them and threw them all over my bed. Our stupid air conditioner broke the other day and it's still not fixed so all the windows are opened and they got a pretty good airing out. The smell is noticeably less....but now my room stinks!!!:rofl: I was in a hurry and not thinking...but it's not that bad. Can't wait to get my sweater pieces washed and blocked. Now, if I can just figure out how I'm going to finish that back section of the sweater I'm knitting. Seems the designer left out a big portion of what to do, but I think, with some help from Ravelry, I'll be OK. Wish me luck!:hair:

Gertie
10-07-2009, 08:23 PM
Maybe I'm crazy, but... I used to soooo look forward to days that we got new inflatable pool toys because I loved the new plastic smell ;o)

Oh yeah. I remember new crayons & Barbie dolls.

Crycket
10-07-2009, 11:36 PM
Oh yeah. I remember new crayons & Barbie dolls.

There is a perfume out there that smells like crayons....

http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2359

melmac51
10-08-2009, 11:59 AM
Oh yeah. I remember new crayons & Barbie dolls.


...and don't forget about Play Doh!

Gertie
10-09-2009, 12:44 AM
Crycket - I went to that site. Did you see the Crayola crayon executive pens? :thumbsup:

melmac - Oh yeah! :-P

Crycket
10-09-2009, 07:38 AM
it is a very cool site with some very cool toys...I am just annoyed they only ship to the US

Hugsie
10-09-2009, 07:46 AM
Hello all,
I'm new to the forum and looking forward to recieving lots of knitting tips.

This topic is or interest to me because lots of the patterns I have done refer to blocking mats. When I enquired in several knitting shops about them I was told that putting the finished garmet between 2 damp cloths was sufficient (the shops in question didn't stock mats so I just gave up looking)

Can someone explain to me the benefits of using a blocking mat. Is it really an essential purchase for finishing garmets?

thanks

Lisa R.
10-09-2009, 05:10 PM
Hello all,
I'm new to the forum and looking forward to recieving lots of knitting tips.

This topic is or interest to me because lots of the patterns I have done refer to blocking mats. When I enquired in several knitting shops about them I was told that putting the finished garmet between 2 damp cloths was sufficient (the shops in question didn't stock mats so I just gave up looking)

Can someone explain to me the benefits of using a blocking mat. Is it really an essential purchase for finishing garmets?

thanks

It's just a good way to pin your garments to size and shape when blocking...otherwise you have to use your bed or carpet...and the garments aren't easily moved should you want to go to sleep or walk across the floor.

Just laying the garment flat between two damp cloths without pinning it at all probably helps, but doesn't necessarily form it to the shape and size you're going for--this is especially important for lace and things like that.

Sknitter56
10-10-2009, 12:20 PM
Hi, Hugsie
For me, these mats are something I've been wanting to add to my knitting supplies because they really come in handy if you knit something that needs to be blocked. It helps to get your piece to the required size and shape before seaming. Though they're not a necessity, I'm really glad I went ahead and bought them. Here's a couple of pictures of my sweater front blocking. This is the first time I've used them...may have gone overboard with the pins, though :aww:
Oh, and, welcome to the forum!
Mary

Dimpledapple
10-10-2009, 12:44 PM
I saw ArtLady use those mats and had intended to order them ... BUT, was in Toys R Us a few weeks ago and saw those big flexible puzzle ABC pieces for kids and decided to try that. I got 36 pieces for $25!! The ABCs do pop out, but that's not a big thing. I love them! Just thought I'd share that thought ...

Me too! My letters popped out very easily, so I just glued them in place and haven't had any more problems with them! :happydance:

Jan in CA
10-10-2009, 12:55 PM
I should also point out that these mats are not only convenient and useful they are MUCH cheaper than ordinary blocking boards.

KP blocking mats (http://www.knitpicks.com/Blocking+Mats_AD80597.html) - $20

Blocking board (http://www.patternworks.com/productdetail/900020/--SPACEBOARD.htm) from Pattern works - $82 (Or generally price from $45 to $80) These do have measurement markings which is handy, but for the price and convenience I'll keep my blocking mats from KP!

Hugsie
10-14-2009, 07:13 AM
Ok silly me ... you block out your knitting piece by piece BEFORE making up ... obviously makes more sense.

And now that I see a photo I see that they do look like those foam alphabet squares that I bought for my baby daughter - I may have to steal a few back from her. :)

sakura-panda
10-14-2009, 01:05 PM
I saw ArtLady use those mats and had intended to order them ... BUT, was in Toys R Us a few weeks ago and saw those big flexible puzzle ABC pieces for kids and decided to try that. I got 36 pieces for $25!! The ABCs do pop out, but that's not a big thing. I love them! Just thought I'd share that thought ...


These are on sale for $19.99 until October 18. :)

I've been looking hard at those KP ones -- I'm just waiting until I finish a project that would actually use them.

We have floor mats in our exercise/play room that we bought from Sam's club. I was thinking that they were the same thing, except those squares are about 2 ft each side. I think we might have had a couple left over, although I'm not certain.

etoilechaude
10-14-2009, 04:40 PM
Just looked at the toys r us ones and they seem great, but for the same price I can get the KP ones and not worry about the letters falling out... and it gives me an excuse to order $30 worth of other stuff to get free shipping ;o)

I actually will have an excuse to get them relatively soon... started the branching out scarf two days ago and after a few dummy head moments on the 7th row I'm finally trotting along nicely!

Lisa R.
10-15-2009, 06:00 PM
A bit off the topic of the KP mats, but before they came out with those, I bought a yoga mat from Wal-mart for less than $10. It's good for scarves and things that aren't any wider than a yoga mat. As I need to block bigger things, I'll probably get the KP ones. But I thought I'd share in case that was helpful to anyone. (you only have to unroll as much of it as you need. :))

etoilechaude
10-15-2009, 06:01 PM
Good call Lisa!

Vertigo1414
10-15-2009, 10:49 PM
i got plain blue floor mats from toys r us for aound $20, no pop out letters or nothing. they were near the kids bedroom stuff (i had to hunt for them believe me) i've used them a couple times now and they're great

melmac51
10-20-2009, 01:50 PM
A little off topic, but Evan, I like you new avatar! (okay...back to the mats.)

etoilechaude
10-20-2009, 03:24 PM
A little off topic, but Evan, I like you new avatar! (okay...back to the mats.)
Thanks! It's me and the contra-bass flute :o)

Lisa R.
10-20-2009, 09:37 PM
Thanks! It's me and the contra-bass flute :o)

Now THAT'S a flute!