Monday, 30 January 2012

Happy Mondays

Monday's socks modelling the new 'sock blockers'

Finished Monday's socks on Friday; sock one of the seven-part Posh Socks Challenge. I knit three pairs of this pattern two years ago but gave them all away. I reasoned that this 'basic' stocking stitch, cuff-down sock was ideal to begin the Challenge.

I had real trouble with the first sock, probably because I've been knitting chunky jumpers and jackets for a while now and am not used to working on 2mm circs.

Just Yer Basic Socks

I started with 2ply Posh alpaca yarn held double but gave up as I was dropping too many stitches. I then switched to a more variegated 4 ply (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) so that I could see the stitches more clearly. Even so, I made lots of mistakes on the first sock and it seemed to take forever to finish. The second sock went smoothly (and a lot quicker).Moral of the story - vary the knitting projects throughout the year.

Sock Blockers by Whorldropspindle

Sock blockers by Kevin at Whorldropspindle

Sock blockes are sized (mine are UK women's shoe size 3 - 4)  so that you can stretch wet socks over them to dry so that they hold their shape and size. Kevin makes men's sizes to order. Price includes P&P. They are the best value on the web.