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redheadrachel
02-26-2008, 12:17 AM
Hey everyone! Check out my sock blockers... haha! lol This picture contains $.40 worth of sock blockers - not bad, eh?

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/RedheadRachel/DSCN0404.jpg

Cheap, quick, easy, and works like a charm!

And I hate to admit it, but even blocking washable socks makes them look so much better! Arrrgh! I used to haaaate swatching and I never did it, because I thought it was a waste. Turns out that it's the best idea ever. And I used to never block properly becaue I thought it was a waste. Turns out it's another of the best ideas ever. I guess washable socks was the final frontier. I thought it woudn't make a difference, and it's possible that it doesn't make a huge difference once it's on your foot. But even my pretty socks looked like crap when they weren't feet... no longer! Post-blocking, these lacy socks look open and lovely :D

So get yourself a $1 package of plastic coated wire hangers and get to blockin' - you'll LOVE yourself for it!

Lisa R.
02-26-2008, 12:32 AM
Well, aren't you just the cleverest thing!!!

Jan in CA
02-26-2008, 01:09 AM
That's very cool! How did you measure them out for the first one?

redheadrachel
02-26-2008, 01:32 AM
I made it just a smidge shorter than my foot (a little less than ten inches) and then kind of sock-shaped the rest. lol The website said they made the leg part three inches wide and I just kind of shaped the foot to how I thought it would best block a sock. I guess mine aren't so precise, but after drying the socks fit like a dream, so I must have done something right, eh? ;)

redheadrachel
02-26-2008, 01:40 AM
Also, you can leave the hook part of the hanger on if you want. Honestly, the only reason I snapped them off is because I accidentally made some facing one way and some facing the other.

MAmaDawn
02-26-2008, 02:08 AM
Thank you for this... I've been looking at buying those wooden blockers, but now I know how to make better ones.... :yay::cheering::happydance:

WandaT
02-26-2008, 08:10 AM
Way cool!!!

Eccie
02-26-2008, 08:40 AM
Brilliant!

sue in canada
02-26-2008, 09:00 AM
They look great. I tried this once, but mine ended up in the garbage. I just couldn't get the right shape.

dustinac
02-26-2008, 10:15 AM
:yay: They look great!!

I made some of these (http://littlesesameknits.blogspot.com/2007/04/super-easy-diy-sock-blockers-tutorial.html)last week :woohoo:

Here are mine

gingerbread
02-26-2008, 11:16 AM
I just love your sock blockers. I also love the socks. Which pattern are you using. I would just love to make them. :waving:

redheadrachel
02-26-2008, 01:09 PM
Cookie A's Monkey socks! They're from last year's winter knitty, I believe. Definitely from knitty.com, look 'em up :D They're my fave!

lelvsdgs
02-26-2008, 01:36 PM
You are both brilliant! :notworthy:

Jan in CA
02-26-2008, 03:06 PM
Thanks for the info! You mentioned a website so searched and found this. :thumbsup:
http://www.needletrax.com/blockers.htm

I've been machine washing and either machine drying :shifty: or drip drying mine. I'd like to see how they look blocked.

Koehnae
02-26-2008, 03:22 PM
How is this for a coincidence... I took a break from my current pair of socks to come and see if anyone had any recommendations for sock blockers... and ta da! :woohoo: I am making a pair of Monkey socks using the yarn I snagged from SockPixie and I wanted to do this pair just right. Looks like I can make my own, easy as pie.

Thanks for the ideas! :hug:

cindycactus
02-26-2008, 03:40 PM
Thanks all of you for the great ideas. I love making socks and this will finish them just right.:woot::knitting: