Blocking Wires

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Blocking Wires

Postby mazzam » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:41 pm

Does anyone use blocking wires? Where did you get them? Are they worth the expense?

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Re: Blocking Wires

Postby phantomknitter » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:44 pm

I've been thinking about this too. They're too dear for me to buy but I read somewhere the other day that someone uses aluminium (rust-proof!) welding rods and they are great. I intend to go to Wickes and B&Q this weekend for a browse...
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Re: Blocking Wires

Postby zboo » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:13 pm

I have a length of stainless steel round bar, narrow diameter - cheaper than welding rods but won't rust. It works well for straight edges but I could do with asking OH to grind the ends smooth (and to get me a few more lengths of it, hehe!) I've never used the proper wires and actually don't block that many items, so I'm not a very good judge - but it works for me!

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Re: Blocking Wires

Postby DarkestKnits » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:17 pm

I love my blocking wires! I got them from here:

Loop

I find it so much easier than just using pins. I blocked my La La Shawl with them and it blocked beautifully!

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Re: Blocking Wires

Postby hydra » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:44 pm

I just received mine from the knitting guild (fibre fantasy knitting wires for about 20 quid). It does seem pricey for me for a few pieces of wire.... But I am sure that it will make blocking alot easier.
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Re: Blocking Wires

Postby Helenhfj » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:46 pm

I got mine from Loop too; I've done quite a few shawls and wouldn't want to be without them now :smile:
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