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Valentine’s Day isn’t about blowing your budget on something outrageous, it’s all about the little things!
Treat yourself to some fiber love.
What a happy coincidence that I recently taught myself how to crochet, not to mention falling in love with the technique!
I incorporated a knitting needle gauge into the sock blocker design. I thought instead of choosing an arbitrary shape to provide ventilation, what if I could add a useful tool… and so it was born.
It’s time to add some socks to the Tevas and Birkenstocks! The customary transition into full blown winter ;-)…
To help out with that I put together some yummy superwash merino sock yarn with my sock blockers. Now that’s a great combo (great deal too.)
Each kit comes with 2 skeins of yarn for a total of 386 yards.
Also included is a needle gauge just for sock knitters and it’s the perfect size for your notions bag. Sweet!
Put some heat on your feet.
I want to thank Phat Fiber for highlighting my etsy shop and some of my original accessories for knitter and felters, as well as patterns and kits, plus some nice lampwork beads.
Phat Fiber is a nifty site for people interested in handmade items.
From their site…
“Phat Fiber is a mystery box of awesome samples for the yarn and fiber enthusiast in us all. With a focus on the independant artisan, this box is a super grass-roots treat for the senses.
When your box arrives, chock full of samples, expect to be overwhelmed with the sight and feel of artful yarns, bits of roving, small batts, stitch markers, original patterns, valuable discount coupons and much much more.
Inside, you could find anything that yarn and fiber enthusiasts would love…even an herbal tea or two!
Phat Fiber seeks to bridge the gap between talented online artisans and consumers hungry to support the independent small business.”
If you get a chance, stop by their site… (My stuff is on their blog for Dec. 14, 2008.)
Part of their nice comments…
“Take a look at Lynne’s shop! She really has everything there! I am personally eyeing the sock blocks! No splinters or mildew from being wet like wood sometimes does! I think she even has some “blond moment” ones on clearance *grin* She has a fancy laser that she uses to cut out and engrave original designs! So, for all of you small business owners out there, get a hold of Seven Yaks and have them do some promotional gauges for you! She does wholesale her products- what a great opportunity!”
How nice. 🙂
I’ve also included a link on the left for easy access in the future.
Sue Macniven shows a saxony wheel, its various parts and how to adjust a scotch tension.
This one also looks at how to work out the ratios.
Knitting needles, knitting needle gauges, knitting accessories, sock blockers and more at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com
Have you ever shrunk your favorite socks? Did your special comfy hand knit socks get thrown into the dryer by mistake?
Save the day with some sock blockers! Just wet the socks, put them on the sock blocker and Alakazam! Good as new.
I just put up single sock blockers on my etsy site. They have a built in needle gauge and are made of acrylic so they won’t warp or splinter.
And here is a quick article on sock knitting tips. This is from Sock Knitting Tips by Peggy Adamik
“Socks are really easy to make. Socks are really hard. Socks are fun. Socks are a pain. Socks are great. Socks are too much trouble. If you’re a knitter who tends to agree more with the second statement than the first, but you’d still like to try making your own socks, here are a few tips to make the process easier.”
Check out these sock blockers I made.
I had a chance to use a really cool laser cutter at school and this is what I made.
I wanted to make a sock blocker that would not absorb moisture so I used acrylic material. (The acrylic is also recycled from a local plastic supplier from their smaller stock bin.)
And I thought it would be cool to include a needle gauge while I was at it. Let me know what you think.
I naturally put up a pair at my etsy site. www.sevenyaks.etsy.com if you wanted your own.
Update: July 10
I now have small, medium, and large sizes available at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com. These are great for any of your sock patterns. Sock knitting just got easier.
Update: Aug 13
I now have single sock blockers available and quantity discounts available. Check them out here.