These jazzy, short-row socks are done and blocked. I love them, I will be wearing them with Mary Janes the better to show off their exuberant insteps.
I have nothing that really goes with them, bar a pair of grey trousers, but what the heck. The yarn (Lana Grossa’s Meilenweit) called to me from a basket outside a yarn shop in Saarburg 18 months ago and I heard the call. Sometimes you just have to buy – and knit – things that make you happy rather than things that are sensible.
I couldn’t find the sock blockers I once made from a couple of wire coat hangers. I didn’t much like them anyway, if truth be told. So I made another pair of blockers, similar to the glove blockers I already have, this time out of polypropylene sheet. My supply of polyprop sheets comes from the A4 notebooks I use, which have them as section dividers. But A4 isn’t big enough for a whole sock, I had to make each one with a separate leg section. Unfortunately, the foot parts are in colourless polyprop which makes them rather hard to see in the photo.
All I did to make them was to draw carefully around a sock that fits me well and then cut out the shapes, with rounded corners to prevent them from catching on the socks when they are inserted. The blocker pieces can be rolled a little, almost into tubes, to make them easy to get in and out without distorting the socks. Blocking these socks made quite a difference.
Although it was by accident not design, having the blockers in two parts works well because it makes the leg length adjustable and avoids stretching the ribbed cuff. They are also easier to store. Hopefully I will remember where I’ve put them when the next pair of socks is ready to be blocked.
This weekend we’ve had the third snowfall of the month, which makes it quite an unusual March. In the circumstances, I have no desire to knit springlike things. Instead I’ve cast on a blue pair of socks like these green ones. I’ll make them a tad longer in the leg though. Not sure how to achieve that at present, as the slip-stitch fabric is quite unyielding and I’ll need to widen the leg a little to prevent the cuff being too tight around my calf. But I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out as I’ve started at the toe end. I’ve just turned the heel, using my favourite Fish Lips Kiss technique, which I also used for the toe.
The design is Alternating Slip-stitch Socks which uses a Barbara Walker stitch pattern.