Sunday, 3 February 2008

Guess what these are?I finally admitted the inevitable & went ahead an ordered a pair of sock blockers from Chappy Woman on ebay. They were made to order in the US & arrived on Friday.Postage was as much as the cost of the sock blockers & you know what? I don't care! They are beautiful & I can't wait to photograph a pair of finished socks on them. It may be a while as the wip on the sock front are a pair for Mr J, who requires a pair that are a little larger! They will be the 'knitting on trip' pair as we head of to the French Alps on Saturday! Its another return to Bourg St Maurice to ski Les Arcs & we are pretty excited. There is plenty of snow & more forcast. Although this is our fourth trip to Bourg it will be our first in mid winter (usually an Easter trip). The socks are knitted in Trekking XXL in colourway 100. This is the first time I have used this yarn & I really like it. They will form the 'February socks' in Ravelry ASK challenge -a different type of heel! I will be knitting a top down short row heel using reverse short row shaping (from Charlene Schruch). The socks will be in a simple garter stitch rib which seems to work with this yarn. The Melon scarf has nearly finished & I am looking forward to giving it a gentle blocking. Knitting it confirms that I much prefer knitting crisp lace projects in wool yarn rather than fluffy string type yarns!

This week included a 'first' for me! I went along to a knitting group in person (rather than a 'virtual' group)! This was the newly formed Harrogate group that has evolved out of the Ravelry Yorkshire knitters group & we had a really enjoyable evening. It was great to meet new people that were not connected with education or my husband or my son & share my enthusiasm for all things yarn. Well done Ravelry & thank you Harrogate Knitters -hope the socks are behaving Kelly!


Artis-Anne said...

Lovely sock blockers. I have bought some stuff from Chappy Woman in the past and then I pumped into her (Vitually of course !!) when I was doing Sock Madness last year as she was taking part in it also.
The socks look great as does the yarn and your scarf is coming along really well too.
Hope you enjoy your skiing trip and I look forward to seeing your photos :)

Queen of the froggers said...

Gosh, I love those sock blockers. the knit group sounds great.

clarabelle said...

The sock blockers are gorgeous - I would have them as ornaments when they are sockless. And they are very apt considering your imminent ski trip!

The Melon scarf is beautiful in that colourway - I haven't tried the pattern yet, but I'm sure I'll be lured back to VLT before long!

Happy ski-ing!

Heather L. said...

I hope you take pictures in the French alps!!!

Your sock blockers look lovely! I've been wondering -- do hand-knit socks "stay up" or are they always falling down? Your blog is really making me seriously consider knitting some socks, but I'm wondering how they stay up. :)

Probably Jane said...

I have some Moose blockers too - in man size! They are very nice and I'm sure your socks will look great on them

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by - love your Melon scarf

Hope you have had a lovely holiday