Although I've never used blocking wires before, these were very easy to use. Not totally rigid, allow them to curve well on a circular item, such as a shawl or sleeve tops. I used them on a large, oblong shawl. Downside: They did not come in any type of storage, not a bag nor a case. I'll probably improvise a tube from a thin plastic plumbing pipe w/end caps.
Wonderful product! I used it on 2 sweaters and 3 blankets, all with heavy pilling, and it removed every teeny tiny little annoyance. First used the ironing board on my patio, but then switched to the back of the glider swing. It proved to be the perfect angle and I was able to remove the pilling much faster. I held the top of the garment on the back of the swing and brushed down with short strokes and then moved the finished piece over the inside back of the swing. It works best if the piece you are brushing is hanging loose. I have since washed the items and the pilling has not returned, but not worried because of the ease of removing the pilling now. I had taken one of the sweaters to the cleaners and they had complained it took 1/2 hour to try to remove the pilling and it still looked the same. I must adivse them of my find! The performance of this product is beyond my dreams.
I was winding two types of yarn with it so far- bulky woll mix, and it worked perfectly without any problems. My main reason for buying it was a thin linen yarn I bought-very thin, like sewing thread. It worked okey with it with some small problems-one, when you start winding the yarn, the slot, that holds the beginning, is too large to hold very thin yarn-I solved by putting on top a small piece of crumpled paper, and it worked quite well. Another thing is, that when the yarn jams, the ball tends to slide over and gets not even-strands roll outside the ball. I am not sure, since I never used any other yarn winder, but I think, the ones with ball facing up, would have less of the problem with this. You definetely have to use swifter with yarn winder, especially for the thinner yarn. Overall, I think it is a nice winder for the price.
I have never blocked my knitting until now. I wasn't even sure what I needed to start with. This kit is great for someone like me, with simple instructions and 2 kinds of wires, straight and flexible. I love the storage tube although it is just a steady cardboard tube with plastic tops, it is perfect to keep the wires and yard stick out of my cats' reach!
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