They seemed to fly off the needles in a wonderful way – and they were done in time for Valentine’s Day.
Here they are blocked and ready to be wrapped. Yes, I do block socks. Socks are such utilitarian objects, it’s nice to have them look as good as they possibly can, just for one minute before they’re all scrunched and folded at the bottom of a laundry basket. I never bother to reblock worn socks – they’re just washed like any other socks. Not even handwashed! I like knitting socks too much to have a pair last forever.
I don’t have masses of floor space for blocking (my room’s plenty big, but where there isn’t furniture, there are cats… I know a lot of you have this problem!) so I blocked these socks under the bed. I washed them and stamped out the water like I usually do, and lay on the floor and patted them into shape on the carpet under the bed. This was on Monday. On Wednesday I flipped them, and when I went to wrap them on Friday, they were bone dry, and blocked into shape. Almost perfect except for the crease in the ribbing you can see in the picture above, but honestly – who cares! They’re socks. If I was in a hurry I would have popped them on the radiator, or skipped blocking all together – but the blocking did show off the colourwork.
Colour “work”? Who am I kidding, the yarn did all the work!
Look at that neat short row heel. I love the splodge of red. Again, these are the famous Fleegle Heels, the first heels I ever knit, and I still turn to them often because they’re so easy, and fit so well.
And they do fit well. I knew they would, but it was still nice to see my boyfriend pull them on right away. He wasn’t surprised by them – he’d seen me cast them on, even though I swore blind they weren’t a Valentine’s Day gift – but he loved them even so.
He said: “The other day, it was so cold and rainy. But I was wearing the mittens you knit me, and socks, and a scarf and a hat. I had the umbrella you gave me too. I thought, it’s so nice, you keep me warm.” Which has to be about the nicest thing you could say to a knitter. And a great incentive for me to knit more sock drawer socks!
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