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aijay
« on: January 23, 2006 10:19:35 AM »

Hey Crafties,

Has anybody made their own blocking board?  I keep seeing little snippity partial pictures of blocking boards on knitting blogs, and they've piqued my curiosity, but I don't live in the US and the little old Greek man at my LYS looked at me like I was crazy when I asked him if he had ever seen one. 

(I was also trying to translate "blocking board" into Greek for them, and perhaps I just did a bad job. "When you put water on the wool, and you put it on the table, and you make it a good shape, and it's a board, but no not wood, and and and...."  It's not my native language, to put it lightly.)

If you've made one, or have one and feel like imagining how it might have been made, I'd love to hear/see about it!

AJ
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006 11:11:16 AM »

i am interested in this too... i was using some foamcore board ebfore.. but it got mishappen when wet... i could still use it but it wasnt very sturday...or big
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2006 11:17:02 AM »

I haven't made one yet, but there's a good article on Knitty about making your own.  Have to scroll down about halfway to see it, but it does have instructions.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2006 11:53:22 AM »

The knitty tutorial looks great - thanks for the link!

I had to look up homosote/homasote... and, yup, I'm not going to find it easily here in Greece.  I've never even seen drywall here.  I suppose it's time to get creative with the materials.   
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2006 12:15:53 PM »

I use those kids interlocking foam mats like this: http://www.softnsafe.com/images/Products/PlainMats.jpg

I got a bag of them in a discount store (Ross if you're in the US) for $6.

They can be put together in a long strip  for blocking scarfs or in a square/rectangle for other garments. Once done it's easier to store away than a large board.

 
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006 08:01:02 PM »

I made my own blocking boarch a couple of years ago with a 2' square piece of 1/4 inch plywood and some foamcore I got at Hobby Lobby in the pillow section. I glued the foam to the plywood with spray glue, then covered the top in canvas fabric and stapled the fabric to the back with a staple gun. It is nice for sweater sleeves and small flat stuff, but I am usually making socks so I hardly ever use it. The size is definitely a limitation...I would love to have a board to block a scarf or shawl  on but that would need to be huge. It was very easy to make through, if you need such a thing. I guess this is more or less what is described in the knitty directions, whcih I hadn't seen when I made this thing.
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