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I got a chance to test these out recently and I see myself getting a lot of use out of these. There are a lot of advantages to using blocking mats instead of a big blocking board (or a bed with a bunch of towels spread out on it...)
Flexibility - I have a great blocking board, but the size doesn't work when I make something like a shawl or with smaller items like kid sweaters. It is limited to the 30 x 48 size. With these mats I don't need to pull out the big board when I only need one mat for a small project or I can create one long mat for longer pieces.
Storage - The mats zip up tidily in the case so I don't have to worry about losing a piece or watching them fall from the shelves and make a mess. I can pick them all up with one hand when they are stored in the case and keep them neatly in my yarn closet. (Yes, I have a yarn closet. Don't you?) The set comes with a box of pins, so I can store those pins zipped in the bag with the mats.
Easy measuring - Other similar blocking mats do not have these 1 inch grid lines. Now, I can easily block to the measurement I need.
Affordable - For less than $40 the price is affordable. If you're not a lucky winner, put it on your wish list or treat yourself.
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A visit to the historic wool mill of Bartlett Yarns.Read More
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This week's podcast is a re-run and if you listen to the intro, you'll hear Staci and I explain how Hurricane Harvey is to blame. We are a 3-hour drive away from the major flooding, but it was such a big storm we had a wild weekend of rain and wind.
Skies are blue and clear by now, but everyone in Texas is a bit distracted and trying to figure out what we can do to help. If you're looking for a way to help, here is a great list of organizations.
By now you have probably seen photos of the flooding. This is a photo from my dad's back porch. He is luckily safe and dry, thanks to his big yard and the landscaping that would take most of the water out before it hits their house. But, to give you an idea of how much more water this hurricane brought than ever before, the previous worst flood they ever had made it to those chairs under the trees. It's a little patio island with a fire pit and porch swing that is now under water. See a boat across the river and his boat house in the distance? That river had me nervous for a few days, but he kept assuring us they were fine (and finally sent a video to prove it). Today he sent a photo of completely empty shelves at the grocery store.
Thank you for all your inquiries and well wishes. It's been a wild ride, but the stories that are coming out make us really proud to be Texans. If you've never been to Houston, it is a huge metropolis with people from all over the world living there. Houstonians cherish their diversity and to thrive in a huge city like that, you have to have a lot of can-do spirit. The generosity of neighbors has been overwhelming and with that many hands on deck, recovery should be strong.
We're back in the studio tomorrow, so send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have an idea for a story email me at email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
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