Friday, January 28, 2011

What?

What costs $5 and gives you three weeks of entertainment? (And then a wearable, useful object!) A nice ball of sock yarn! I love self striping yarn. It knits up beautifully. This color is called "denim" and will look so nice with Larry's jeans. Mary Maxim catalogue had it on sale for half price.
Did I ever show you my homemade sock blocker? I got the idea from a clever You Tuber ( I have absolutely no idea who, which is what comes of cruising around on Ravelry - so much fun!)


Purchased sock blockers are very expensive, so she advised cutting pieces of craft foam the shape of the socks. I have her to thank not only for the sock blockers, costing about 25 cents each, but . . . for the wealth of fabric I found for 75% off when Wal-Mart was closing their fabric department early last summer. I was there for the craft foam and saw the sale sign.
Did you notice the mysterious thing that happened to these socks? I started out trying to make them match, beginning the second sock in the same place in the color rotation as the first one, so the stripes would be the same. Well, as I was happily knitting along I came to a very small knot in the yarn, looking all innocent. The knot was tying on to a new bit of yarn in an altogether different stripe!! The nerve. But what the heck? Stripey socks are just for fun anyway, and it doesn't matter. Although these are for a gift, and I did want them to look, if not professional, at least not like beginner socks. After all, they are my fourth pair!

8 comments:

Daisy said...

They are very pretty, Diana. You're getting to be quite an expert sock knitter. I really like the denim blue one too.

The Gingerbread House said...

Good Afternoon ms Thrifty :o), I like that sock idea and I like those socks, Larry is one lucky guy :o)...

Jodie said...

they look super professional Diana - a fantastic gift.

ladydi said...

Thanks, Daisy! It's a great project for Mom visiting.


Ah yes, Miss Ginny, we love to save where we can! It is VERY gratifiying to see Larry enjoying his hand knit socks.

Thanks, Jodie! I would never have believed even two years ago that I would be happily knitting socks at this stage of my life. I have had a major breakthrough, and can now turn a heel without getting up at 4 a.m. so I can have an hour of complete quiet to concentrate. LOL!

Suzanne said...

Your socks are fabulous. My mum has spent the afternoon with us teaching Shakira how to knit.

ladydi said...

Suzanne, I'm sure Shakira will be a fabulous knitter! I can't wait to see her projects posted on your blog.

Locket Pocket said...

I think your stripy socks look perfect even with their odd stripes - it took me a while to spot them! But I can imagine how frustrating it was when you had gone to so much effort to get them to match:0( Lucy x

ladydi said...

Thank you, Lucy! I was dismayed at first, but then I looked at the socks and realized how silly it is to worry about that. LOL!