I messaged Rachel of Inspinity to ask her about her blocking wires. Could I try them? I promised I’d give her my opinion and would give a public review of my honest impressions. I received the Deluxe Ultra Fine Lace Blocking Wire Set within a week. I was impressed with the packaging on these. Each wire is ingeniously and neatly looped through a small plastic sleeve about an inch long, then wired with like sizes. All ends are sheathed with small clear plastic tips and packaged in a heavy duty ziplock bag.
This is the first time I’ve used blocking wires. In the past, I’ve blocked my lace with about a hundred T pins and a straight edge, laboriously measuring out my points from the top edge. :sigh: Takes forever! It’s when they’re blocked that lace shawls really show their stuff and all that expended effort seems worthwhile, so it’s no time to take shortcuts.
Blocking this shawl took a fraction of my usual blocking time. For one thing, the wires act as a straight edge, making a guide to help align edges without repeated measurements.
It was easy to do and gave me the best blocking job I’ve ever had.
I loved the removable plastic ends. Maybe you’re supposed to take them off, but I was able to thread them through my shawl quite well with them on, and it protected the yarn from being split or snagged. When it was time to remove them, they slid right out and were easily looped back into their bag. I’m absolutely thrilled with the even, professional blocking they helped me obtain. What a difference in my finished objects!
Thank you for the opportunity to try these, Rachel. They’ve changed my crafting life! I plan to purchase another set of heavier gauge wires for my dk to worsted weight projects. Good tools are worth every dime!