I had to block my Noro Scarf recently and had no pads to use. Fortunately I had an old camping pad made out of foam (the kind you use under a sleeping bag). It can be seen in the picture below with scarf pinned to it. I just thought I would let you know that it worked brilliantly to pin and block the scarf. And it is a cheap investment for all of you scarf knitters. They can be purchased in the camping supply aisle of Wal-mart for about $6.00. (That was the price when I bought it a few years back to use for doing sit-ups and the like.) So if you are in need of something to block on, and don't want to invest a great deal of money, try the camping pad from Wal-Mart. Works great for scarves and narrow stoles. You may need 2 or more for a shawl.