When I started knitting socks I kept hearing about Blocking, hadn’t a clue what it was. There was mention of, what I thought at the time, expensive sock blockers. After all wouldn’t feet block socks? Then Wire coat hangers, Blue Peter style, were mentioned and I started to get worried. I was missing something. I know everyone doesn’t see the need to block socks and I was one. But. Here’s a good example, I think, of where they make a sock look something, even wearable!
Not the best picture, because of the arctic conditions here. Socks for Olive Oil perhaps, certainly not for my thick calfs and ankles.
Soaked and stretched onto blockers, they become presentable and actually look wearable.
The pattern opens up and the effort was all worth it.
Pattern: Socktopus Socks Club August 2008, Hopscotch Socks by Anna Bell.
Yarn: Brooklyn Handspun Soft Spun
Method: Toe up. Magic Loop, my first attempt and I have enjoyed it so much the next pair were quickly transferred once the needle became available. One of the cables involved two needles I got some strange looks on the train when I had two cable needles sticking out of my mouth.