Embark on the Journey of Becoming a Master Knitter

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) has been certifying and recognizing Master Knitters since 1987, which puts skilled knitters to the test through a rigorous three skill level program requiring a minimum of three years. Since the program’s inception, only 355 knitters globally have shown the aptitude to be considered Master Knitters. 

Ladianne Henderson, the owner of Cheers to Ewe, a yarn shop in Huntersville, NC., earned the distinction as a certified Master Knitter in 2018.  Before opening the yarn shop, Henderson worked as an art teacher. She had grown up watching her mom knit, but it wasn’t until 12 years ago that she seriously took on the craft.  

“I really enjoyed it, I loved that it’s a never-ending well of things to explore from math to science to art,” she says. 

From Sheep to Shawl 

In a world of synthetic materials and mass-produced, cheap goods, knitting is an industry that still values the quality of the process “from sheep to shawl.” 

“We lost touch with the origin of our products,” says Henderson. “Knitting is unique in that you can follow [the process] from farm to yarn, to the pattern, to the making of the product.”  

Since opening Cheers to Ewe in 2016, Henderson and her colleagues have provided knitters with high-quality yarn and supplies for beginners and masters alike. Not only can you outfit your knitting arsenal with the latest and greatest, but CTE also offers classes that teach you everything from the basics to advanced garment-making.  

A Match Made in Knitting Heaven 

According to Master Knitters like Henderson, “blocking” your knitting pieces allow you to accurately determine the gauge (Stitches/Inch) and make your projects look more polished and professional.  

Blocking refers to the process of gently wetting your projects in order to size it into your desired dimension. This is commonly done by stretching the piece with pins to a foam block marked with a measurement grid. 

This is how the We Sell Mats & Cheers to Ewe Blocking Mats partnership came to be. We carry a blocking mat with a 1-inch grid printed directly on our EVA foam for a fuss-free blocking experience. The mats can even interlock to accommodate long sleeves and scarves.  

Master knitters like Henderson encourage all knitters, beginner, or experienced, to take their craft to the next level — because every stitch gets you closer to obtaining mastery. 

Learn more about Cheers to Ewe and the blocking mats we offer.

Exploring Other Worlds from the Comfort of Your Home

Since the introduction of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in 2012, virtual reality (VR) has only skyrocketed in popularity, showing promise as the future of digital entertainment. As VR games and experiences have evolved, so has the gear.

Today, VR headsets come with loads of extra equipment such as controllers that track hand movement and room sensors that allow your movements within the play area to be translated into game movement.

The extra equipment, bulky cords and blindness to the player’s surroundings have made VR a tough sell for many consumers which has made the creation of dedicated in-home VR rooms a necessity for the aspiring VR enthusiast.

How to Create the Ultimate VR Room

Since you are blind to the real world when you’re in VR, it is crucial that the area is safe for the player.

  • For size, the typical VR play area is roughly a 10’ x 10’ square in order to keep the player a safe distance from others and to get the most out of features like HTC VIVE’s room-scale mode.
  • Soft padded flooring like our EVA foam tiles is the method of choice for VR experts as they provide plenty of grip and support for whatever the VR world throws at you.
  • Another great way to ensure the safety of the player is to add a tactile buffer zone at the edge of the play area so the player can feel when they are about to leave the play area or hit a wall. A clever way to do this is to place our carpet-top tiles around the border of the play area EVA tiles to give the player a warning that won’t detract from the experience.

Once your play area and flooring are squared away, all you have to do is button-up the details. Placing furniture outside the play area and adding a large screen to show what the player is viewing is a great way to make VR a group activity.

Additionally, by removing reflective surfaces such as mirrors and giving the room sensors a solid background to distinguish you from the surroundings, you are less likely to confuse the system for a next-level VR experience.

The Future of Entertainment

With a snazzy and safe new VR room in your home, you’re ready to experience everything the virtual world has to offer. We Sell Mats is proud to offer the best source to purchase a wide variety of EVA foam mats that will get you VR game-ready in no time.

The Safest Place for Your Gymnast

With a simple tumbling mat, you can create a safe space for your young tumbler or future Olympian to practice their craft at home. Tumbling mats are the foundation for all gymnastics because they protect joints and can defend against falls. They’re affordable, easy to use and store, and can last all throughout your tumbler’s gymnastics career.

Ideal for Beginner Gymnasts

Our mats and skill trainers  come in different thicknesses, lengths, and widths so you can choose the one that fits your child at any stage and will accommodate growth and increased skills. For the littlest tumblers, the tumbling mat will be a safe place to practice motor control and balance. And there’s no better place to develop those skills than on a soft, supportive surface.

Avoid cringing every time your little guy wants to show you his forward roll on the hard kitchen floor, with our padded tumbling mats that take worrying out of the equation. It provides padding so when the fall happens, your child can get right back up. But it provides firm support, too, so there are fewer of those falls.

Mats that Grow with Your Experience

For older and more experienced gymnasts, the larger crash pads offer a safe space to practice bolder moves and skills right at home. Confidence levels as well as skill levels improve vastly when there is opportunity to extend practice time at home. Getting instruction a couple of times a week from a thoroughly vetted gymnastics coach is of absolute importance, but when your child has the opportunity to keep practicing even when she’s not at the gym, she will continue to progress even between classes.

While no athletic endeavor is without risk, you can mitigate some associated with tumbling and gymnastics with the purchase of a professional-quality tumbling mat for your child to use at home. Fold it up and tuck it away when it’s not in use and restore your family room back to normal.

What is EVA Foam?

You may have heard of EVA Foam used for multiple different flooring types or even Cosplay costumes, sports equipment, crafts and set design. It is a soft, yet durable polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate.

EVA foam is easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors and thicknesses. With such variety, EVA foam flooring is perfect for exercise rooms, gyms, weight rooms, trade shows, martial arts studios and more.

The (many) Benefits of EVA Foam:

  • Noise Absorbent: EVA foam also absorbs noise – an added bonus for a weight room or work room
  • Anti-Fatigue: The material’s softness means it lessens fatigue from long periods of standing
  • No-Slip: Our mats have remarkable grip, so they won’t slide across slick floors
  • Easy-to-Clean: EVA foam is easy to clean and is resistant to chemicals, making it ideal for sweaty gyms or playrooms
  • Water-Resistant: It is highly weather resilient and has low water absorption, so it can withstand spills, wet feet, and messy pets
  • Safe Material: Parents like that the material is nontoxic, and BPA free, as well as soft for falls
  • Comfortable Cushion: Customers report that the material is comfortable, providing just the right amount of cushioning for safe and comfortable exercise, play and work
  • Ease of Installation: Foam mats easily interlock for quick installation and removal
  • Lightweight: They can be transported, stored and reinstalled without hassle or difficulty.
  • Sturdy and Durable: EVA foam doesn’t easily rip or show wear, so it will look new and fresh for a long time to come.

EVA foam floors offer a great combination of durability, comfort, usability and customization. They are an attractive and affordable choice for any surface that demands cushioning, transportation, easy cleaning or safety.

As always, we’ve got several multifunctional mats in mind which can provide the perfect flooring solution for your home and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about which mat is the best fit for you.

Wood Grain Foam Mats: Common Questions— Answered

Wood Grain Foam Mats, sometimes referred to as faux hardwood, have become one of our most popular products – often topping as our weekly best-seller. Their versatile design makes it easy to see why they’ve become so popular, but there are a number of common questions about our wood grain foam mats that we want to take a moment to answer:

How is the hardwood finish achieved?

The wood grain appearance is a durable printed surface right on the EVA foam. We’ve gone through several different processes and finishes over the years and we think you’ll agree that the wood grain appearance on our current generation of mats is as durable as it is beautiful.

Can the wood grain surface be scratched?

Just like any other EVA foam mat in our catalog, the surface is soft and can be scratched, although it is usually not too prominent or noticeable. Another thing to keep in mind with any foam mat, is that it is susceptible to indentation from items like heavy furniture or even women’s high heeled shoes.

Do the wood grain “boards” line up from tile to tile?

This is a common question and as much as we’d love to be able to offer this kind of precision, the answer is no. The mats are produced in much larger batches than the 24-square-foot packs we offer for sale, and we are not able to guarantee that the “boards” in your wood grain pattern will line up exactly from tile to tile. But the good news is that this hardly matters—The overall effect of an assembled pack is still great, even if the boards don’t match perfectly.

We’ve gotten hundreds of positive feedback reviews about our wood grain foam mats from many different customers, and we’re confident you’ll love them too. Check out our selection.

Cyber Monday is Here! Now is the Best Time to Upgrade the Playroom

For parents, no one is higher up on their gift-giving list than their little ones. Parents are flooded this time of year with thoughts on how to make the holidays magical for children. But what good is that perfect toy or game without a place to play with it? We Sell Mats has a solution. This Cyber Monday, find great deals on gymnastics mats and EVA foam flooring for the best surface to play and learn on.

Build the Ultimate Playroom for your Home

With EVA foam mats, there are endless ways to make a playroom work for everyone in your family. We Sell Mats is committed to inspiring parents and playroom builders with countless colors and textures that are sure to spark creativity. Our standard interlocking mats come in your child’s favorite color and our ABC mats are made with playrooms in mind.

Just because a play area is located at the forefront of your home doesn’t mean it has to clash with your chic design. Our Forest Floor wood printed mats are sophisticated, safe and great for blending in with complimenting existing flooring or creating a whole new look.

Exclusive Cyber Monday Deals

As the biggest shopping day of the year kicks off we’re embracing crazy-good deals on the perfect We Sell Mats products to build the dream playroom on everyone’s wish list. Make the floor play-time ready with 10% off packs of 12” x 12” interlocking EVA foam mats that are fundamental to a modern and well-designed playroom. These EVA mats split into smaller pieces which makes them great for fitting into creative spaces like shelves, drawers, and tight spaces.

Got a future Olympian training in the playroom? We Sell Mats also has unbeatable deals on several gymnastics mats as well. Check them out along with our other deals here. Happy gift hunting!

Ramp Up Your Home Gym & Work Off that Extra Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the looming threat of extra pounds associated with heavy festive eating can be unsettling. In fact, an estimated 75% of the average American’s total weight gain typically happens in the last three months of the year as a result of the celebratory feasts. To combat this, people all across the country are taking extra precautions during the holiday season by bolstering their home gym in order to ward off (oftentimes) inevitable holiday weight gain.

Holiday Weight Gain by the Numbers

No matter what your lifestyle is like for the first nine months of the year, extra holiday poundage can sneak up. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Americans on average gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas party treats; and while that may not seem like a lot, one to two pounds a year, means that much of midlife weight gain can be explained by holiday eating.

Even though everyone is susceptible to extra stuffing around the most wonderful time of the year, that doesn’t mean it is unavoidable. Quick, 10-minute workouts, walks, or yoga sessions can make all the difference this holiday season and what better way to motivate yourself than by investing in your home gym?

The Key to the Perfect Home Gym

To avoid holiday weight gain and maintain regular workouts as you head into the New Year, it is essential to have a place where you can exercise effectively and efficiently. The secret to an awesome home gym is to commit one specific place in your home as your designated exercise area. By clearly designating your home gym, your body will be prepped to work out

A great way to define your exercise space is by laying down fitness mats, granting you an optimal surface to complete floor exercises and yoga. At We Sell Mats, there are several different mat styles to choose from that will inspire you to create your perfect home gym.

Taking the Gym with You

Traveling for the holidays? While it may be too cumbersome to bring several square-feet of foam tile floor mats with you, We Sell Mats also sells has a great selection of La Baleza yoga mats, perfect for doing digestion-aiding yoga routines.

However you plan on avoiding extra pounds this holiday season, We Sell Mats is ready to help you create an inspiring space to accomplish your goals. That way, rather than worrying about your waistline, you can focus on what matters most during this time of year, spending time with loved ones.

A Magical Space for Every Imagination

November 18th is National Princess Day, and while the holiday may not be on everyone’s radar, it’s the perfect time to give the princess in your life the royal treatment with a new themed space. Whether it’s a playroom, classroom, or gymnastics studio, We Sell Mats has a parent-approved upgrade to multiple flooring options, including pink, purple, and other majestic-colored EVA foam mats fit for your young king or queen.

No matter what theme you’re decorating for, We Sell Mats is ready to help you design your child’s dream room easily and cost-effectively.

Take it to the Next Level

Got a little gymnast? Turn your home gym or studio into a wild jungle with green equipment they can climb and swing from. Our gymnastics mats, inclines, and practice beams come in a wide array of colors to let your inspiration take flight.

No matter what interests your kids have, mixing and matching our foam mats and interlocking tiles is the ultimate way to create their favorite themed room. And when the day comes that they are no longer into princesses, jungles, pirates, or mermaids, our mats disassemble with ease, leaving you with yet another blank canvas to transform.

Besides color, another way to elevate the room is to mix patterns and textures. You could use only blue foam tiles to emulate the ocean for a pirate or mermaid themed room, or wood printed tiles for a camping, woodland or fairy theme.

Create a Custom Sensory Room

October is National Sensory Awareness Month which rallies caring parents, educators, therapists and caregivers to spread awareness of sensory processing and how it affects children and adults every single day. 

A huge part of treating individuals with these issues revolves around designing a safe and engaging sensory room to help them work through troubling stimuli.

Progress of Sensory Rooms

Sensory rooms or “Multi-Sensory Rooms” were invented by Dutch therapists in the 1970s to make areas that were forgiving and safe in the early days of sensory disorder research. After 40 years of medical breakthroughs, sensory rooms are still the ideal way to help those with sensory challenges. Sensory rooms are increasingly popular as they help the current 1 in 59 people that are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder which includes extreme cases of ADHD.

The Benefits of a Sensory Room

The designs of sensory rooms vary greatly, as no two people that benefit from them are the same. Some sensory rooms help develop coping skills when met with a negative sensation such as a loud noise. Others are designed to be a safe place to go in times of distress where they can work through their emotions and reactions. 

Whatever the use of the sensory room may be, it is important that it is a welcoming and forgiving place for trauma victims and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder.

Designing a Sensory Room

A sensory room is only as helpful as its contents, and there are endless products that can help. It is important to make the room comfortable while also stimulating with as many senses as possible. White noise machines and aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to calm down through sound and smell, while soft chairs, foam flooring, and crash pads make the room comforting and safe. 

It is important to give those with sensory challenges room to lie down or sit in a combination of natural and stimulating positions. We Sell Mats is the perfect place to purchase soft, forgiving surfaces in countless shapes and textures. Gymnastics pads are a great place to jump, sit and lie down while EVA foam tiles feature a range of interesting textures that are easy to install in creative places such as walls or the tops of tables.

At the end of the day, the perfect sensory room is the one that is tailored for the person it is treating. This National Sensory Awareness Month, We Sell Mats is proud to distribute products that put sensory rooms together and to recognize the parents/professionals that craft places that can make those with sensory challenges lives’ easier.

Check out embracingthespectrum.org for inspiration.