My new blocking tool

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Blog | One Comment

A couple of months ago I had a conversation with my husband about how I was on the look-out for a better bowl/bucket/bin to use when soaking my sweaters before blocking. In the past I have just used a large bowl, placed in my bathtub. But it wasn’t ideal because I had to scrunch my sweater inside of it. I wanted some kind of thing that I could submerge my sweater into without having to scrunch it up too much and that also wouldn’t take forever to fill with water. Jeff, being the handy guy he is, had a great idea. And here it is…

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What is this you ask? It’s a medium concrete mixing tray from Home Depot! I’m sure we can’t be the first people to utilize such a thing for blocking, but because I haven’t seen it used before I was so excited. It fits perfectly in my small bathtub (it measures approx. 20″ x 27.5″), but even if you didn’t have a tub it wouldn’t take very long to fill, even with pitchers of water, due to his shallow depth.

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And here it is with my newest sweater (I’ll be self-publishing this cardigan later on this month!)

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I hope you enjoyed this little blocking tip! If you have any of your own blocking tips, I’d love to hear!

1 Comment

  1. Caroline
    September 12, 2016

    Haha, I love it when tools from other trades make it into our crafting lives. My husband gave me a spring clamp to hold my swift up after the screw broke! Great tip although I have a lovely shallow hand basin in the bathroom that is perfect for soaking fresh off the needles yarn craft items.

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