Sock Blanks

 Liquorice Allsorts

Liquorice Allsorts

Like many of you reading this post, like me, you probably have a less than healthy approach to buying, collecting, staring at and eventually using all the yarn you can get your hands on. This is primarily the reason why I started dying yarn in the first place, I just wanted more....... I wanted to look at it and squish it more than I actually knitted with it, this was mostly because I only had tiny balls or 50gram skeins that I didnt want to 'waste'.

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Needles to say, my bottomless pit of enthusiasm for yarn, and all the things you can do with it, have lead me to make yarn my full time job......... Which is amazing! But I also feel like iv entered a competetive knitting competition, with myself. If I stop knitting im not sure when il pick it up again so iv got to knit as often as I can. Im trying to get good at socks, using a super easy, make it up as you go along pattern. You see, for me to do something really well I have got to be immersed in it, do it all the time so that it becomes as familiar to me as driving a car.

You remeber that time when you were changing gear and pushing the peddles and thinking 'how do people make this look easy?!'  well, I guess making things is just like driving a car, you do it so much It becomes like a motor memory. If you can knit and watch tv you know what im talking about.

 

socks are my new 'thing', I generally use tiny scraps which make sock making quite fun, but the more I knit and think less about construction because im getting the hang of it, I have started thinking about how to fill them with colour. Each sock has been like a sample test and each time I knit Iv been thinking about the colour. 

 Lemon and lime

Lemon and lime

How can I make it more fun to knit? So , iv been trying some yarns with stripes of colour and today I have finally got around to trying a sock blank. 

 

 Srappy sock blank

Srappy sock blank

I cant believe its taken me so long to try this, my knitting machine that I bought years ago, well, I have three..........I almost had 15 before my other half asked me if I plan to hire a van and teach machine knitting? I genuinely was going to get them, just for myself. I didnt really get why someone thought that was excessive. Im a bit of a hoarder secretly!   But I have one good one which has been on standby just in case, and today was the day!

 

I love how the sock yarn knits up, really soft and flexible and instead of just trying to dye the blanks, we thought knitting my yarnsinto  blanks could be a great way of showing you how each colour way knits up, and you can knit from both ends. 

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I am very aware that this little excursion may very well take me down the rabbit hole, I just have to remind myself that I dont need more than one knitting machine and not everything needs to be made into a sock blank............ Although I am thinking that making some scrappy sock blanks would be pretty exciting! I would have fun making those!!