4.30.2013

An Inspinknity Blocking Wire Review and Giveaway!

I do love to wax poetic about blocking, especially blocking lace!  If any of you have watched my Craftsy classes you'll know I delve deeply into my adoration of what happens to a piece of lace when you wet it and stretch it out!  MAGIC!

But, I've never loved my blocking wires, I always had to be careful with the tips of my wires as they weren't "delicate" enough for the yarns I work with and I easily snagged my yarn. Also, many of the wires in the set bent with use and wouldn't "un" bend again.  Blocking takes time, but no where near as long as it takes to knit a whole lace shawl... why not use a tool that makes it enjoyable and fun to do!

So, for my birthday I decided to buy myself a new set of wires... it was an impulse purchase, I didn't do a ton of research.  But, I had heard about Inspinknity Blocking Wires, and decided to invest in a set as a little present!  (The fact that it was a write off didn't escape my keen business sense!)  I decided to start with the Premium Wires as they were described on the site as "Super flexible and strong, you can use premium wires for blocking sweater pieces, scarves, and fingering weight shawls."  Since most of my knitting leans in this direction I decided to start with those!  I do, though plan on getting the Ultra Fine Wires for a lace shawl that is on my needles next!

Once I got them I decided some testing was in order... right?

First I blocked some Pioneer Cuffs I have almost ready for a kit release:
pioneer_blocking
In this case I was testing how straight I could get the wires to lie.  I used my ironing board with it's handy dandy ruler marks to help me keep things line... and it was EASY!

Next up, my Kinetik (sans beads) that I wore everyday in Iceland and really really really needed to be rewashed and blocked.
kinetik_blocking
Kinetik is blocked with a straight upper edge, and two parallel wires coming down each side of the center panel, and finally has wires going up each triangular edge.  Want to hear the coolest thing?  I've always had to use more than one wire from my set for long straight edges at the top of shawls, but this set has a 67 " long wire that worked perfectly!  For the center panel I was able to use one long wire instead of two!

Finally Clarus knit in Anzula Cloud which I always meant to block bigger, and really needed a good soaking as well... this is another shawl of mine that gets alot of wear!  
clarus_blocking
Clarus has delicate points that need to get blocked out in a arc along the sides and bottom edge.  Holy moly, these wires were easy insert and the shaping just came together without too much coaxing or finagling!

I'm not entirely sure what the material is that the blocking wires are made of, but the website says they are "Made from a super-elastic wire with seemingly magical flexibility, these blocking wires will not rust, tarnish, corrode, or easily kink. They will not stain your knitting, and will last for many, many, many years! These premium blocking wires are incredibly strong, yet flexible enough to use for curved edges as well as straight lines. You can arch and curve these wires as you need, and they will always return to straight. This special property allows these wires to be used over and over again without weakening from repeated bending and straightening."

I can attest to this last sentence... when I was done with my blocking experiments I wound my wires back up and put them back into their handy bag ready to be used again.  They did not show any visible bend or kinks and I was purposefully rough with them!  The other thing is that the tip of the wire was so smooth and fine that it slipped in between the stitches perfectly not causing any snags or damage to the yarn.

So, WHO WANTS TO WIN A SET of the Deluxe Premium Wires?????  Just leave a comment below by May 10th letting me know what you want to block first when you if you win them! I'll chose a winner by random number generator on May 11th!

Disclaimer:  I was in no way paid by Inspinknity to write this post, I ordered the wires, fell in love, and then e-mailed and asked if they would be willing to give a set away to one of you!  When I do reviews like this it is because I have purposefully sought out something I think you would be interested in!

A note: I just found out that Inspinknity is waiting on more premium wire... so they have offered a coupon code to you all!  NELKINGIFT and will be active through the month of May. It will take $3.50 off any order placed now through 5/31. It is only good for purchases made at www.inspinknity.com

369 comments:

  1. I've heard so much about them and it's always positive, so I would love to win a pair!!

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  2. I like the idea of the curves. I have wires that handle the straight edges, but the curves? Wow!

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  3. I've got my first ever shawl hibernating on the needles and intend to pick it up again this summer when I'm stuck inside with the AC on. That'd be perfect for these wires.

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  4. I've decided it's time to invest in blocking wires, so I'm really grateful for the review! I've got several projects in the works that will need them.

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  5. I would block all my lace shawls that have been sitting in my knitting basket.

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  6. Thanks for thinking of us. I've been using extra long meat skews.

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  7. Mille grazie for the giveaway.

    I'm a beginning knitter and have one shawl finished that definitely needs to be blocked.

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  8. I love the way these look! I plan to use them for a lace shawl I'm making with some heavenly Baby Alpaca & silk

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  9. Thanks for writing this review as I had been wondering about these. I would LOVE to win these and the first thing I would block is a lace-pattern scarf I'm working on.

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  10. I have a huge pile of scarves and shawls that need a good blocking. Great giveaway!

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  11. Well, there's the Skywaler I just finished. Then, Clarus should be finished by the time I get them too - oh and what about Juego?!

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  12. I have Skywalker waiting to be blocked following your Craftsy course, I have some welding wires that I have tried on previous projects but they are not very flexible and snag the yarn. I have been researching blocking wires so your review is perfect timing......I would love to win a set :-)

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  13. I have a First Communion capelet and a Clarus shawl that would be the first to be blocked. I would LOVE to win this!

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  14. I would love to win these! My first blocking job would be on the lacy scarf I am working on right now.

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  15. I made a "Radiance" shawl last summer that hasn't been blocked yet because I don't have bend-able blocking wires!

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  16. Hmm, I think the first thing I'd block if I won: my two biggest shawls.

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  17. Wow! I've also had concerns about blocking my lace shawls (from your classes) with those wires with the blunt/snaggy tips! And forget trying for a curve with them. :S I'd love to win a set of these — I'd reblock my two Clarus shawls (one plain, one beaded) right away!

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great product. Since I have an entrelac sweater on the needles, I would first block the bottom edge so it's nice and straight. Next would be a light scarf for the summer, something delicate to help fight air conditioner chill.

    Rebecca (knittingwithwords on Ravelry)

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  19. Finishing up the eastern star Orenburg soon.
    These would be perfect!

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  20. I just finished my first shawl called Maluka and have wanted these blocking wires for a long time. Thanks for the chance to win them.
    Velda my email is vjferguson@comcast.net

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  21. They look fantastic. I'd block a long lace cowl, that I'm in the process of making.

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  22. Some "real" blocking wires would be wonderful. My brass welding rod is just adequate, and for straight lines only.

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  23. I've been shirking blocking for some time, so it's hard to pick which project first. I'd say a pioneer cuff to ease into it, then the shawl I'm dreading finishing for the very reason that i don't have good blocking supplies.

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  24. Gosh, I have a few shawls that could stand a hard re-blocking and a few fresh off the needles that I haven't gotten around to. I would probably start with my Color Affection shawl, since it needs some nice bendy wires to get a good curve going, I think. Thanks!

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  25. Ooh, this would be awesome! I have a beaded triangular lace shawl on the needles; I'm not quite done with it yet, but I think it's going to be huge! I can't wait to see it blocked out and would love to have these wires to use. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  26. I have the ultra fine Inspinknity blocking wires and just adore them! Ive been wanting a set of the sturdier premium wires - I think they'd be easier to use blocking shawls that have long straight edges. I have a triangular shawl with straight edges that needs reblocking that'll be first up when I win these.

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  27. Would love to try a set on my almost complete Skywalker shawl!

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  28. I'd love to try a pair of these wires. My blocking wires are bent in a permanently crescent shape from just a few uses.

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  29. Well the first thing I would block is Juego.

    marilise on Ravelry

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  30. I have a shawl I started a year ago (Color Affection) and feel like I should give wires a try. Whether I win or not I may be acquiring these!

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  31. I would love to have these flexible wires. The ones I have are rigid and don't play nice with curves. The first thing I would block is a shawl I made for my daughter.

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  32. These sound like an entirely different breed than the blocking wires I bought from an unnamed store in the US Northwest!

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  33. I would block my haruni shawl again.

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  34. Funny, I was just thinking this morning about investing in some blocking wires. If I don't win a set (fingers crossed), I'll still be happy to have a discount code. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Definitely would love these for my Life Cycle Shawl - thank you for the opportunity to knit this shawl on Craftsy and possibly win the wires

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  36. I would block the Anthemion shawl I that I have on my needles now.

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  37. My Trapeze shawl - should finish it soon.

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  38. I'm making a triangular shawl right now that will need to be blocked in a couple of weeks. Sounds like these blocking wires would make the job so much easier.

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  39. I love these wires -- I have been using my Knit Picks set for a few years now -- when blocking Clarus, it would have been really nice to have a set of these flexible wires! The circular blocking is so cool! I plan to order a set as a gift to myself next pay period. Thanks for the coupon. I am new to shawl knitting -- I took your Knit This course and made two Clarus shawls and one Skywalker (so far). I am working my way through Knitting with Beads and then will progress to the Life Cycle Shawl - my son is expecting his first child -- so it is a baby blanket from Grandma! I also signed up for the Juego KAL -- so I will have plenty of beautiful knitted shawls to block.

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  40. I sooooo need these wires. Coat hangers don't really work

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  41. I don't own any blocking wires, so winning a set would be ultimate cool. I have Romi's Cactus Flower shawl almost done and ready to be blocked. Next up will be my Juego shawl. Another note I won't be able to make a purchase for blocking wires, because I recently lost my job.

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  42. I would like to block Skywalker, Clarius and the current lace shawl I am working with these blocking wires.

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  43. Having read some of the comments here I have to laugh. Meat skewers? ha ha ha! I'd give these wires to the 'meat skewer' comment. However if this is random, I'd like to put my hat into the ring. I have used blocking pins before for lace knitting on garments, but not wires. Hopefully, as I am new to shawl knitting and to beading too, I can make my first efforts in your class look as professional and admirable as yours. I am also intrigued that you can 'roll up' your wires - great for storage. I'd like to see that.

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  44. I would love these blocking wires to block out my "Cobble" shawl that has some interesting points on the bottom.

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  45. I am working on a Welcome Baby Blanket by Amanda Lilley, and I would love some blocking wires! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/welcome-baby-blanket-2

    Your work looks amazing!

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  46. I would love a set of those blockers. I have a shawl that needs re-blocking, so they will be perfect

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  47. Since I work primarily on shawls of different yarn weights, I particularly like the idea of the curves possible with these wires. So, I would very much like a set. Thank you for offering this.

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  48. I just finished a Haruni shawl and would love to have blocking wires that would make my life easier.

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  49. I've never heard of these. I am almost finished with a beautiful beaded shawl.

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  50. I have just enrolled in your Craftsy course to make the life cycle baby blanket for my friend's baby so this will be the 1st thing I block should I win the Inspinknity Blocking wire.

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  51. This sounds like just the thing to block all of the shawls I have knitted and are waiting to be blocked. I also have skywalker on my needles and almost completed. This would probably be the first to be blocked.

    Diane

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  52. I would love to try this on my Rainshine shawl I just cast on

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  53. Thanks for the wonderful demonstration! I am definitely blocking-phobic and would use them to finally finish a bunch of UFO's.

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  54. Bonsoir,
    Must have a mental blocking about blocking : have several shawls which are waiting.
    The first one I blocked was because it was for a gift.
    My worst : because the beneficiary was a knitter, I gifted the shawl unblocked and with the life-lines still in.
    Elisabeth.

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  55. Well I would definitely block Accola, as it's going to be the next thing off my needles. Man, am I in love with this shawl. Thanks for reviewing the wires!

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  56. I just signed up for your class today and of course will start on Skywalker, so could use these wires on that. There are so many other beautiful shawls to make, and so little time!

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  57. I would love these, have been wanting some for ages. I block with pins on my spare room bed, but it is very hard to get a straight edge.

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  58. Great review - thanks for the info! I just started knitting lace & one piece ready to block - a feathers and fan shawl. Next is Jeugo!

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  59. Would love a proper set of blocking wires have been using ad hoc methods up until now but a proper set would be just the ticket to finish my shawls etc off nicely. These sound great since they handle curves as well as straight edges.

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  60. These look so cool. It would take not time at all to block the larger shawls. No more procrastinating aloud when you have those ;)
    Beatrice

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  61. I'm currently working on a delicate lace shawl. I'm sure such great wires would be in order for a great finish.

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  62. Thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to try them...I have several lace shawls I'll be knitting as gifts for friends and would love to try out these wires.

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  63. Moreen on RavelryApril 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I've got 10 of your bracelets made up but need to block them - holiday gifts for my buds. I would adore this set.....think of how many I could stretch out and make even more beautiful. Yay. Wish me a lucky spin of the random number thing-a-mah-jig.

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  64. I would block my mother's wrap that I am knitting.

    Thanks for your generosity!
    Mary
    maryspetals@rogers.com

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  65. I would love to block my Juego with these blocking wires and also my fairy shawl....Dragonfly!

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  66. I'd reblock my montego's and then any other things that need to be blocked.

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  67. I have just finished up the final edging from Skywalker shawl from your Mastering Knit Lace class on Craftsy, and was wondering how in the world was I going to block such a creature! Of course, I need to get some lace wire blockers such as these (smacks head)!

    Then I will be able to dive in confidently into starting Clarus!

    Thanks for your product recommendation, and for thinking of us!

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  68. I am currently working on the Juego Knit along and I guess that might be my first item to block. I also have a white crocheted shawl I made years ago that I should launder so that is another candidate.

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  69. I'd block my Mountain Lily Scarf from Needles and Artifice.

    Thanks for this awesome review and give away!

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  70. I live in a hot humid climate and things rust so easily. Would love to win these blocking wires as I do a lot of lace knitting!!

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  71. Would love to acquire these!! Not sure what I would block first! Whichever project I finish first, as I usually have three going at once!

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  72. If I cannot win them I may have to buy them
    carolm7323 on ravelry.

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  73. Juego. I do not have set of blocking wires

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  74. I would block my Accola Shawl when I finish, also next would be Juego and then Clarus. Fingers crossed!

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  76. I have a Kinetic that needs to be re-blocked (I didn't know until reading this that it needs to be straight at the top!), and my Trapeze still, yes, still, needs it's first blcking, and then there is Juego!! I have a set of blocking wires that, until now, I thought was adequate, BUT, the ends snag my projects, and barely bend at all. And if they do, they don't go back to straight. I would truly love to win a new set!!!

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  77. I'm finishing up my first lace project (Skywalker) and I need blocking wires for it. I've never used them before, so I'm so glad to read your review!

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  78. I would love to win these. I would block my Pioneer cuffs & a shawl that I'm working on.

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  79. Cinco de mayo is my birthday. Wow, could I ever use these blocking wires!! I have a lacy shawl I knit 2 years ago. It is silk and I am terrified of blocking it using only T-pins. Fingers crossed! Also, can't wait to start your beading class.

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  80. I would definitely block my Life Cycle shawl and my Juego. I have been looking for some more flexible blocking wires. Thanks for doing the research for us!

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  81. Yes I definitely could use these. First thing to blocked will be Traveling Woman.

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  82. What a great review and giveaway! I would block my Juego, of course!

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  83. Very cool! If I had a set I'd be re-blocking my Clarus, as I've never been happy with the first go-around. Or maybe my Accola, if I ever finish it ; )

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  84. Well, I'd have to use them for Juego, of course! I generally just use pins, but I've been thinking about investing in wires.

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  85. I have not started any lace yet as I don't have any wires. Really need these!

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  86. I would love to win these blocking wires. I have one shawl on needles now and several more of Laura's patterns waiting in the wings, including Juego. Thanks for this fun opportunity, Laura!!

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  87. Those wires do sound magical! First thing to block would be my Clarus and Multnomah. I plan on making many more shawls (one is in the works; one more starting next week), so this would be great. Thank you for the chance.

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  88. I have three I would love to try blocking....Skywalker, Hitchhiker and Pipers Journey.

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  89. I would use them to block the shawl I am making in your "Lace from the Inside Out" class on Craftsy.

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  90. I have a Clarus just waiting to be blocked that could really use these lovely wires! I tried making my own, but it would be awesome to use the real thing.

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  91. Uh.... Can a Korean student who resides in Seoul can apply for this chance? ;-) Well, if I win the wire, I will bolck my Clarus that I am working now with King Cole Galaxy for my mom who just lost her dog, a sincere friend to her through 15 years of thick and thin.

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  92. the knitting auntApril 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I need to wash and block my winter shawls before putting them away for the summer (I'm extra committed after an unfortunate moth situation last summer...) I'd start with my milkweed shawlette which really needs to be reblocked.

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  93. I have several shawls I would like to block. I would start with the one on my needles that I am designing. Plus two shawlettes I knit for my daughters but I can't remember what they are called.

    lotsofhermies on Rav

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  94. I would love to reblock my Skywalker Shawl as well as blocking whatever the Juego FO ends up being.

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  95. These look totally awesome! Love your recommendations. I'm knitting Juego MKAL on Signature Needles and loving them... so that would be my next blocking project, followed by another beaded Clarus - larger version in light fingering weight, followed by more Pioneer cuffs... the list is endless. I so appreciate your quality endorsements!!

    MMahoney on Ravelry

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  96. I would love to trade my current blocking wires in for a new set.

    craftysbs on Rav

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  97. Your description of your old blocking wires sounded like you were describing mine. I don't think there is a straight one in the bunch. My set includes some finer ones that can be bent into curves, but they are only about 18" long - might be good for a sleeve cap, but certainly not good for points on an ached shawl. I have a Malabrigo lace shawl that has been finished for several months now, and has yet to be blocked. I'm afraid of ruining it with the blocking wires I own. I have the baby blanket and Scrumptious Lace shawl from your Craftsy class to finish in the next few weeks too!

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  98. I'll be needing some super duper blocking wires for my "Lace from the Inside Out" shawl...These wires have been on my radar for quite awhile now... I'm a big shawl knitter so almost always have a shawl that needs to be blocked.

    Great to hear that you love them Laura. I think I will too...

    Arlene

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  99. They sound wonderful! Going to their site now. Thanks for the review.

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  100. I am knitting clarus in a lovely pewter color in honor of my mother (her favorite color). Would love to try these wires on this and all my future lace projects!

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  101. I would block my Holden shawlette and several other future projects.

    StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

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  102. If I get these, I'll use them to block the mystery KAL, whatever it is, as long as it's block-able! I mean, pretty much all knitting is block-able, and if any blocking wires are versatile enough to block a mystery, it's got to be these!

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  103. I have had the same experience with my blocking wires - have to be careful not to snag the yarn. These wires sound like a wonderful option!

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  104. I would love to beanle to use these to block the Ides of March Shawl I currently have on my needles. Thanks for the info.

    Lorraine

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  105. I have an altar cloth for my church that is very difficult to pin out.

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  106. These blocking wires sound marvelous and I would be thrilled to win them! WOO---I would block Clarus, Juego, Circulate and my Lace From the Inside Out! Cea

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  108. These look wonderful! I would block a shawl that I am making for my daughter's Sr. Prom (if I can get it done in time, that is ;-) )

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  109. These wires sound exactly like what I've been looking for!

    Cindy

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  110. My husband is sitting next to me reading along and loves the look of Clarus. I have the perfect yarn and beads already so all I need now are the blocking wires! :)

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  111. Awesome wires. I have the ultra fine set and would love the regular set to block my Juego (so I had better get knitting then :))

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  112. I have completed both Skywalker and clarus, using TPins to block on my office floor. I am really enjoying the Juego MKAL, and am learning a lot. Always looking to add to my 'toolbox', whether it is straights, dpns, circ's or to the Yarn STASH! I'd love to get some blocking wires!

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  113. Would love to use them to block Skywalker.

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  114. I am new to blocking, but have a sweater I am determined will fit (I've made so many sweaters that didn't fit!!!). Some knitting teachers say to block, some say to steam, and some say to get out all the T pins. I sure would like to try these wires and figure out exactly what one is supposed to do!!!

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  115. I would block one of my shawls currently on my needles now.

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  116. I would love a set of these incredible-sounding blocking wires! I have a set of blocking wires that I bought from different online shop, but they are pretty thick, totally stiff, and the ends have a small flattened section with some code imprinted on it, which snags on the yarn and widen the stitches they go through. Thus, while the edges end up straight, if the yarn I used for the blocked garment is fine, there will be unattractive widened stitches at the edges left by the thick wires :( I am knitting the Beauty cardigan by Purl Alpaca at the moment, and would love to block it with a set of good wires when I'm done.

    Joanna

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  117. I have a laceweight skywalker that will be ready for blocking soon, soon, soon, and more projects to follow!

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  118. I would so love to win a set of Inspinknitty Blocking Wires. The smooth ends on the wire would be perfect for blocking Juego. I also have two shawls and a scarf that will need blocking very soon. Thank you for asking the company for an extra set for this give-away.

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  119. I would love to win a set to use for the lace shawls that I have lined up in my que.

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  120. The ladies on the Ravelry for Sunrise Fiber are planning a shawl C/KAL. I would definitely use these wires for my new creation (pattern hasn't been decided yet).

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  121. I have had my eye on this set. I would re-block some of my misshapen shawls.

    knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

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  122. I have made 3 shawls so far in fingering weight and do not own any blocking wires so I have to pin forever!! I'm making my first lace weight shawl (Skywalker)and would love to block it with these!!!

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  123. Thank you for such an informative review of these blocking wires. I was not even aware they existed, but now I will have to try them as well. I hope to be able to block a beaded Clarus. Yours is such an inspiration.
    knittypurl28 on Ravelry

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  124. I'd block a shawl with those wires. How clever.

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  125. I would love a set of wires as I have recently started to knit and have spent quite a bit supplying myself. I really need them to block my first sweater.

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  126. I'll use them first on Juego and then on Circulate ... Which I m returning to once Juego is done! Thanks, Laura!

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  127. I knit a milkweed shawl sooo long ago that is in desperate need of blocking. These flexible wire would be perfect. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  128. I have a Herbivore shawl that's been waiting a very long time to be blocked. Actually, my first lace scarf has never been blocked, I finished that bad boy about 5 years ago now... Then there's Juego...

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  129. I've never tried blocking wires, but these sound great. If i had some I'd use them to block my Juego.

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  130. I would use these on the Shetland lace shawl that I am trying to complete for my future daughter-in-law (that is provided I finish it in time for the July wedding). I am optimistic that it can be done!

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  131. I will have Skylander to block first and then Clarius and then who knows where I will venture. Depends on how good a teacher I have. LOL

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  132. Thanks for the review. I would love to win a set.
    Maria

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  133. Why of course it will be Juego that will be blocked first. I don't own any blocking wires but they sound like an excellent idea.

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  134. I'd love to block my Juego WIP if it is indeed a shawl; otherwise I would re-block the first shawl I ever made -it sorely needs it :)



    Thanks for the contest!

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  135. I recently made my daughter and granddaughter each a lace scarf (the first and second time I tried a lace pattern) The one thing I haven't done for them yet was to block the items...didn't really know how. This sounds like a super way to do the job

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  136. I know what you mean about blocking wires not being "delicate enough. I would love to give these a try. Stellanti will be next on my needles after Juego.

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  137. I've got a nearly finished shawl on the needles that I've been fretting over how to block. It's quite a bit longer than anything I've ever blocked before and I'm not quite sure where to put it or how to go about it. I've been thinking about how badly I need proper blocking equipment for a long time, so thanks for this review!

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  138. I would love to win a set of these wires! I would like to use them on Juego. I like how they handle the curves and don' t snag.

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  139. Thanks for the review! These wires sound fantastic! I have a fingering weight version of the smaller Clarus on my needles at the moment. I would either block that project first, or I would re-block my Skywalker, since it has seen a lot of wear these past few weeks and I have been wondering whether I shouldn't have blocked it bigger.

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  140. I'd start by blocking all my scarves that have wiggly edges from pinning.

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  141. I would start reblocking my Skywalker, then block Clarus which is about to be finished today and I'm sure I will use it to block my Lace from the Inside Out, which I will start knitting next weekend. I love your classes.

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  142. hi, I don't know wether this give away includes international users as me. Anyway, I'm starting finally my first lace one and I would love to have such a wonderful tool to make it look perfect. Count with me, please!

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  143. Oh, wow. What wouldn't I block with these? My current blocking wires must be the same ones you have, blunt ends and snag my knits every time I use them.

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  144. I would love set of these blocking wires - they look amazing!

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  145. I would love to win a set of these blocking wires as I don't have anything to block my shawls with except old knitting needles. They work in a pinch BUT to look professional a set of wires would be wonderful.
    Enjoyed your class very much. I learned a lot.

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  146. If I were to win these blocking wires I have so many cardigans that could be helped enormously by being sympathetically blocked with some super duper bendy wires to bring out their own characters. I am loving your Craftsy class and learning a lot about Lace Knitting as I had never tackled it before

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  147. I like the fact that you said you could roll them up. I would like a pair

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  148. I am currently knitting Piper's Journey and I also have the yarn for Photosynthesis. Both of these shawls would benefit from these blocking wires : -)

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  149. I have a gorgeous alpaca shawl on my needles and would love to win the blocking wires. I don't own any wires, yet. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  150. I would block my Skywalker Shawl first and then lots of other ones.

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  151. I would block my sweater that should be done this weekend!

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  152. I'm about to start the edge for Skywalker and was wondering how I was going to block it. Sounds like a perfect idea.

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  153. I have never heard of blocking wires I am embarrassed to say, but now I'm in the know. Thanks to you, Laura, I now know how useful that can be and how to use them!! I would block my pioneer cuff that is almost complete. Pick me, pretty please!! :)

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  154. I'm about to start Accola. It'll be a while before it needs blocking.

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  155. Just finished my first ever lace shawl. I am in love and plan to be making many more. I see plenty of blocking in my future. Sounds like these wires are just what I need. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  156. Sure would be better than the brazing rods from Ace Hardware that I rigged up!!!! Laura

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  157. I have never used blocking wires and as a relatively new knitter the only shawl I have knitted somehow didn't look quite right. I am at the moment knitting Juego and must admit that you can tell the difference with your photos the difference a good tool makes. Birthday not until Dec but I think I'll have to consider putting blocking wires at the top of the list

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  158. These wires look like the perfect replacement for my set of non bendable wires and how nice not to have to join wires. If I was lucky enough to have some of these, the first thing that I would block would be my "Trapeze". Thanks Laura for giving me the chance to win.

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  159. These wires SOUND AWESOME!!! I have a couple shawls on the needles now that will need a good blocking; the first one would probably be my color affection. Thanks!!!

    Rav id: jhoops7

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  160. I have my Great Great Aunts shrug shawl that needs to be soaked and blocked. I have been scared to try it, and have never used anything but pins on a bedspread. I think this would be the time to get acquainted with blocking wires.

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  161. I have a beautiful shawl that will need blocking when it comes off my needles. These would be perfect!

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  162. I love this idea of a fine more bendable wire for use in blocking. I purchased a set of wires that turned out to be very difficult to bend and shape. The first thing I would use the wires on would be a pink Stereo cuff. I love it and look forward to wearing it.

    Martha

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  163. What a great review. My first ever lace project was the Trapeze mystery KAL. I blocked that the best I could with just pins, I don't have blocking wires. I am currently knitting Juego and would love to use blocking wires to block this. Since making Trapeze I love knitting lace and am planning on making Stellanti and more! I think blocking wires are a must. Even if I don't win I have bookmarked the website. Thanks Laura you have opened new doors in knitting for me.

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  164. I just started a shawl that the wires would be perfect to use

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  165. May is my birthday month and the wires would sure be a nice present to myself.

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  166. I would block my Celestarium with them! I've been dreading how to get a good circle shape without bending my stiff blocking wires.

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  167. I received an Estonian lace book for Christmas and have been itching to get started on one of the shawls. Perfect project for new blocking wires!

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  168. I am doing a Classic Elite KAL right now so the first thing I would block is the gorgeous lace wrap I'm making for that.

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  169. I don't do a lot of lace knitting, so I haven't invested in blocking wires yet, although there have been a few times I wish I'd had them. This summer I'll be knitting a blanket for my brother and his fiancee, and I'm sure I'll need wires to block that huge thing!

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  170. WooHoo! These look Great. I am currently working on Reyes de Espana Shawl. Perfect for all the points.
    QTWIQ on Rav

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  171. I would love to win a set of the blocking wires. Sounds exquisite and would be better than the set I am using now that has rough edges.

    Ruby (aka Rav: MzCruse)

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  172. I haven't bought blocking wires yet so winning these would be wonderful. I am almost finished with an alpaca Tunisian crochet lace shawl that will need blocking and these would be perfect for that!

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  173. I love blocking wires. I would block my Juego! with some new blocking wires!

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  174. First I would re-block Skywalker since I didn't do a very good job with my straight pins on top of a bed. Then I would finish Clarus and block it properly. Then I would move on to Juego. And then I would look lovely in my beautiful shawls. Thanks so much.

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  175. I'd love to win these great blocking wires - I'm sure I'll need them to block my "Here Juego Again" :>) Smiles and waves!!!
    Rhona

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  176. I did not like the way the Clarus blocked which I finished about 3 weeks ago. I would like to re-block it with the curve it so deserves. I got hooked on lace and shawls after taking your class. Will look at Juego.

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  177. I would love to win these wonderful blocking wires. I have several shawls that need blocking. One shawl that my daughter knitted for me as a gift that is made from a silk and wool blend. I also have circular Civil war shawl that is waiting of the second half of the border to be finished. Hopefully new blocking wires would inspire me to finish!

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  178. I have a KAL that has a crochet edge. I have dreaded blocking it. These would help bunches

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  179. Since I'm newly into shawl knitting, I would definitely be blocking a shawl. Those wires look amazing!

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  180. Hmmm, I do have one or two........cough, cough.....five or six actually, shawls that are completed but not yet blocked. The Inspinknity wires would be amazing for my Niebling Pfingstrose shawl.

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  181. I will be blocking Clarus, my first lace shawl which will be completed in about a week.

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  182. I have been looking into getting some blocking wires. Thank you so much for the very thorough review.

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  183. I have straight blocking wires, but the curves are intriguing. It would make life so much easier!!

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  184. For ONCE I don't have anything in my blocking queue. My old blocking wires have about run their course, so I would block my Juego with new ones as my first task with a new set. I am so excited to see the finished Juego all pinned out!

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  185. Those wires sound fabulous. the first thing I would use them for blocking is a shawl that is now on my needles.


    Zowmom on ravelry

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  186. These wires are just what I need for my latest project and my birthday came and went and my wish did not come true. [((::: ]so winning these wires would sooth my wounded feelings beautifully.

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  187. I'm working at a crescent scarf right now and would be great to block it the right way.
    asteride on ravelry

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  188. I always love your recommendations. You seem to find the perfect tool. If I would be fortunate enough to win, my first project would be my poor neglected Skywalker. It is been left lonely and unused well I have been making my beaded Acola.

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  189. I would love to win a set of these. My wires are in sad shape and I have the same problem withe the tips snagging on the delicate yarn.

    Thank you!
    Leanne
    RavID: stileslea

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  190. Hi,
    I would be happy to have a chanche of winning a set of these. I never heard of these wirers before. I block most of my knitting projekts with an electronic iron ,what makes them realy flat!. I would block first with the set of these my juego .
    Thank you
    Heike

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  191. I am currently taking your lace knitting class and would love these when it comes time to block my shawl!

    Karen Hager

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  192. Ooh, I've had these on my wishlist for AGES. Apparently my family members think I'm weird for wanting wire for my birthday :) I've had a My Wish shawl waiting to be blocked since January and a Piper's Journey I finished just a few weeks ago ready and waiting for new wires!

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  193. The wires sound like an improvement over the ones I have used in the past, thanks for the heads up.

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  194. These wires look awesome! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    I once took emery cloth to the ends of my blocking wires in hopes of smoothing them out so they wouldn't snag some fine knitted lace. It was better, but still not great.

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  195. I will block my current shawl on the needles: Seaweed (Alice Starmore) wrap.

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  196. I'm currently knitting Juego and think that blocking it would be a dream (and I might actually block it properly for once!) with these wires!
    Thanks Laura, I'm really enjoying the knit and this blog! :)

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