Star shaped sock blank.
Look at this awesome sock blank I bought at Rhinebeck a couple weeks ago!
In case you didn’t know, a sock blank is a machine knit piece of fabric stamped with a design or dyed with a gradient. You knit from one end of the blank to create your project. Some blanks come double knit, so if you like to knit socks two at a time, there’s a sock blank for you!
I’ve been wanting to knit from a sock blank for a year or two, but hadn’t found many places that sold them. I knew I’d be able to find one at Rhinebeck, so as soon as the gates opened, I made my way to the Gale’s Art booth and found sparkly star-shaped goodness. I eagerly bought my yarn, excited that I’d be trying something new.
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Of course I cast on some socks that day.
I love how these socks look so far. I wasn’t sure how the yarn would knit up, if there’d be funky pooling or color clusters, but so far, so good. The colors blend together in a pleasing way and I don’t see a lot of bands of just white, so I’m pleased. Of course, I also dig the sparkliness!
I finished the first sock last week. I knit on these bad boys constantly as soon as I arrived home. (Related: I need to buy sock blockers, like, yesterday.) I’m using my usual US 0, 2mm needles, but I increased the stitches to 68 instead of 64. I used a Fish Lips Kiss heel with Judy’s Magic Cast on and Jeni’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. Like most of my socks, I knit these toe-up.
Sock blanks rock. So hard. I love the way the yarn knits up. I’d definitely buy another one! I don’t think I’ll use up the entire blank, but I’ll get close. Maybe I’ll knit 3 socks instead of 2 and just swap them out every so often. Maybe I’ll knit a pair of shortie socks with the leftovers. Either way, I’m loving this project.
(I so need to write more often. I feel so rusty with blogging!)