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« on: December 23, 2009 11:48:09 AM »

(First, I apologize if this is an incorrect board for this project--even though it's a wooden craft, I thought it related more to knitting! Wink)

My sister had been commenting for a while that she wanted to buy sock blockers, but they were always so expensive. She knits a lot of gifts and that inevitably means socks (though I remind her that she's only knitted me ONE sock and I'm still waiting for the other...), so I decided to make her a set of sock blockers. I only made one of each size, however. Maybe next year she'll get another set. Wink

We jokingly call them "Sock'em Blockers".

The "sizes" go from small, medium, large, extra large. (The extra large is rather... extra large...)

She's knitting this sock for our older brother, so while she was away, I stole it to model it on the large sock blocker.

I used templates I found at a website called CyberSeams (http://cyberseams.com/article/105710/all_things_knitting/how_to_make_your_own_sock_blockers.html) because I'm new to knitting and so had no idea where to start for sock blockers. I cut out the templates they provided, traced them onto wood, and cut (err, sawed?) out the shapes. I also cut 1-inch holes in the middle of each one to (hopefully) speed sock drying time. I used a sander to round all edges and made sure nothing could hook onto the sock and then I sanded it smooth by hand. Then I sealed it very well because my sister and I live in a humid city (in a badly insulated apartment in front of a river), so I had to make sure that moisture couldn't get into the wood.

And this is how the project ended up. I'm quite pleased with it even if they're not perfect. Smiley (Again, I'm not very knitting-socks-savvy, but I think that the arch should be deeper on some of them.) Using power tools is very fun, by the way, but also very scary. Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009 12:20:41 PM »

I would not give her the second set (she can only make one sock at time right) until she get you that other sock. Great job she will love them I am sure.

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009 02:04:49 PM »

What a fabulous gift!! I'm sure your sister will be thrilled with them  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009 07:31:10 PM »

Awesome job! 

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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009 08:45:39 PM »

What a great gift your sister is getting!

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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009 09:21:42 PM »

Those are awesome!! You are a very good sister! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2009 10:20:03 AM »

Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2009 08:23:26 PM »

Wow! great job! These turned out so well. I am sure she is get a lot of use out of these.

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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2009 09:53:56 AM »

I wouldn't have thought of knitting around the sock blocker.  Excellent idea! 

I did ask at a yarn shop if they sold even the plastic variety and they said no because it's easy to block without the forms.  I'm now thinking of hunting down a set again.  :-)

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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2009 06:32:42 AM »

I am NO knitter............but these look AWSOMLLLLEEEEEEYYYYY great.......and the amount of thought that you put into them is just WONDERFUL.....

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