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I have several items in a pile, waiting to be blocked. I love what blocking does for my FOs, but I definitely don’t love doing it. I must say though, ever since my mom got these Boye Crochet Dude Blocking Boards for me, it’s much easier! I got 9 of them as a birthday present this April.
Today I finally got around to blocking the back piece of the lacey cardigan/vest that I’ve been working on. This is the first large piece I’ve done on these boards. This picture shows all 9 boards put together in 3 rows of 3.
The boards are like puzzle pieces and they went together really easily. Each board is 1 foot square, however they overlap a little, in the interlocking sections. 3 of them put together, therefore, doesn’t quite make 3 feet – it’s more like 32 inches of usable space. I plan to do a shawl later, which will need a different arrangement that is longer at the top and smaller at the bottom. I like the flexibility of being able to arrange them differently to fit different shaped pieces.
Each piece has a grid pre-printed on it, with lines every 1 inch. It’s hard to see in the picture above, but can be seen clearly on the product picture on Amazon.com. This is very useful for measuring the edges of pieces. I blocked a 6 inch square earlier without having to measure the edges or worry about keeping the corners square. I also found that they were helpful lining up the lace motifs on the piece shown above.
The foam holds the pins really nicely and is somewhat self-healing. I’m sure over time though, it will develop holes in spots that are used too often. The pieces are less than half an inch thick, so the pins do go all the way through. I find I still need to place these boards on a soft surface where the pins can go through without damaging anything. If they were 3 times as thick, that would be great. Unfortunately, I’m sure that would make them three times as expensive too, which would not be so great. As they are now, they are very affordable.
My one main issue with these was the packaging. They were shrink wrapped, with a label stuck to the front. The label was stuck directly onto the front of the blocking board, right on top of the grid, and the adhesive was not easy to remove. On every single one of them, I have a small area in the middle of the grid that was damaged by removing those labels. It would be much better if they could use a different glue that came off easier, or even put the label on the back side so it’s not on top of the grid.
Overall though, I think this is a GREAT product (and I am not being compensated for saying so). It has made blocking much faster, easier, and less frustrating for me. I may have to put a few more on my Amazon.com wishlist for Christmas. You can do the same, or you could just buy your own Crochet Dude Blocking Boards now!