We know there are a lot of companies making blocking mats out there, but did you know that ours were the first ones that had grid lines on them? It all happened when Oliver, the founder of KnitIQ, met Amber in a bamboo hut café in Bali in 2014. Was it a love story? Not quite, but it was the beginning of KnitIQ Blocking Mats, which has become the world’s leading blocking brand since.
Because Amber came to Oliver with a problem. She was a passionate knitter and #yarndaddict, however, she couldn’t find the right surface to block her projects accurately and reliably. She bought puzzle play mats for kids from a supermarket in Bali, but they would bend and come apart easily. It was messy, and all her carefully crafted work didn’t get the finishing it needed.
When Amber met Oliver in a bamboo co-working café in Ubud, they started chatting and she said she wished there was such a thing as thick, sturdy foam mats with lines on them so that she could block her knitting projects properly. Oliver, being the innovator he is, instantly got excited about the idea and went to work.