DIY mini blocking board

Reading knitters’ posts, now and again I came across talks about the blocking process and some reference to blocking boards (apparently expensive).

Yesterday I had done a small washing test on a Shetland swatch and wanted to “block” it in shape… hm… but had no board for it. The thought of braving the city centre to try and source one on a Sunday wasn’t really appealing, so I thought about how I could accomplish a similar result. My swatches (or other small accessories) wouldn’t need a large and sturdy board… hm.

Raw materials for the mini blocking board

Then my eyes fall on a bit of spongy-like protective packaging that was laying on the side (for future reuse). Could I make something out of it? I only needed a quality sturdy piece of fabric to go on its surface – by coincidence I just had such a thing, or at least something that could temporary fit the bill. Ta-da! With no expense, I had my very own mini blocking board.. love it.

A thick foam sheet and a fabric cloth are all that's needed

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Of course this mini board only suits smaller items, but that’s enough for my current needs. I’d be curious to hear your stories about blocking boards – do you use them, what type do you have, where did you source it?