Skinny Rabbit Slideshow Productions Presents:

"Block us, already."

(Alternatively titled, "Make your own damn blocking board" starring cardboard, plastic, New Mommy tools and a steam iron.)







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Step 1: Salvage large cardboard box from Ikea in good condition. Unfold and flatten. Step 2: Cover with thin plastic. We find that using plastic from the dry cleaners works fine. (And we now see that this particular piece of dry cleaner plastic was used to cover a dress we had cleaned when we were visiting TX.) Step 3: Cover with a large, smooth towel. Please note the word "smooth"; using any other type of towel may make your knits look like they were placed on stucco. We here chez skinny rabbit use a baby towel salvaged from Captain Destructo's baby days. It's large and square and smooth. Perfect for blocking. Step 4: Pin pieces down. Sometimes we skip this step, but that's only if the pieces don't have wildly curling edges that make seaming a nightmare. Step 5: Cover with lightweight cloth, and spray generously with water. We here chez skinny rabbit use cloth diapers salvaged from Captain Destructo's baby burping days. We find that cloth diapers are thin enough to let steam through and thick enough to protect. (We like to call this use of baby items as "New Mommy Recycling".) Step 6: Now's the fun and quick part: steam boosting those puppies!