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Old 06-21-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Blocking with foam mats
I've read several places that those children's foam puzzle mats work great for blocking. I really hate the idea of buying some expensive blocking board. I am curious to see if anyone has tried blocking with these foam boards, and if so, what you think of it. I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific type of foam and thickness that I should be looking for, or if any cheap foam mat will do. I usually just use my ironing board but I have a lap blanket that I need to block and the ironing board will obviously not work well for this.

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Old 06-21-2011, 01:26 PM   #2
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I've thought about getting those mats, but haven't yet.

For larger items, my bed works pretty good. Or a sheet/towel spread out on a carpeted floor.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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Yeah, I would think the foam mats of most any quality would work. Along with Mirl56 I use a bed.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:13 PM   #4
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I don't use the kid mats, but I did get the interlocking blocking mats on knitpicks and it's really convenient to be able to configure it how I like. My biggest obstacle in blocking is my cats.
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Thanks guys! I was considering just using my bed as well but I was concerned that my bed would get soggy and mildew-ish. I suppose the towel idea is a good one. I may try that for now and see how that works out.

Danisty, I have cats as well. I guess the trick is to find a fur-free space and try to keep them out while the piece is blocking. Not as easy as it may sound, I know.

There are so many methods for blocking! Some people use blocking wires, boards, etc. Others don't use any special equipment at all. I suppose it's best to just try things out and see what your personal preference is. I'll start with the cheapest method first

I appreciate the replies!
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I don't use the kid mats, but I did get the interlocking blocking mats on knitpicks and it's really convenient to be able to configure it how I like.
I think I'll check those out too! Thanks for the tip!
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:42 PM   #7
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The KnitPicks interlocking mats are great. Break down, store easily unlike my huge blocking board. Glad I bought the mats. For me, it is where do I put them? No empty bed(s), counter space not convenient and getting down on the floor is a joke.
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