Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dirt cheap blocking mats (and how to get yours too)!





Good Morning Lovely Stitchers!


I discovered something this week and I just have to share!  I got these cheap-o blocking mats on clearance at a toy store for just $15!  The fancy ones at yarn shops are normally $25+ for twelve 12"X12" squares, but my (15 dollar!) set is sixteen 12"X12" squares.  Awesome!!!!


Well hello there, Buzz Lightyear...


Well they're actually technically play mats for kids (mine happen to be Toy Story characters, but they had princess ones too if that's your cup of tea), but they are the same thing as "real" blocking mats...you just have to flip them over so the picture is on the bottom...I took them for a test drive and blocked a scarf the other day, before I shared with you, and they worked beautifully and perfectly, allowing the piece to dry effectively and holding pins like a champ...success!




13 comments:

  1. OMG! I thought I was the only one who did this! I have had my "Beauty and the Beast" blocking mats for over a year now! LOL

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    1. That's hysterical! I guess great minds think alike!!

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  2. Ha ha! Knitters think alike....I used my old exercise mats! Now that I knit so much there just isn't the time for exercise! ;)))

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    1. Judy, what a great idea!

      PS Isn't knitting exercise? ;-)

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    2. For your hands, yes, your bottom, no!

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  3. Such a great idea! I know they have them at the dollar store--I'll just have to buy about 1/2 dozen so it will be large enough! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  4. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for the tip! I'm Toys R' Us bound! :-D

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  5. Brilliant! Just received six 24"x 24" flooring mats, on sale for $22!!! They are perfect. Great find, and thanks!

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  7. I just bought a 4' X 8' X 1" piece of rigid foam insulation to use for a blocking board for afghans. Had to have it cut so it would fit in my car, but I figure a little clear package tape on the cuts should hold it together, and if I put the tape on just right I should be able to fold the board up for storage! The insulation was $13 at Home Depot.

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