Personally I don’t believe in sock blocking. Of course this isn’t the same sort of ‘not believing’ as not believing in ghosts. I do believe sock blocking exists, I’m just not convinced socks need blocking. After all, your freshly knitted sock is going to stretch to the shape of your foot when you put it on. On top of that, sock blockers are expensive and since a sock blocker is only suitable for a limited range of foot sizes, this can make sock blocking an even more expensive preoccupation.
Now I’ve said all that, I’m sure you won’t be surprise to hear that I don’t own a sock blocker. I do however like to give socks as presents and it’s much nicer to give a present that looks like this…
Feeling a sock blocker or two would be jolly handy, but rather frivolous, I googled home made sock blockers. The tutorials I found suggested making feet shaped cardboard wrapped in sticky tape. I wasn’t keen on this idea, because I doubt they last long before water penetrates the sticky tape and creates a googey mess. It also takes quite bit of force to pull a wet sock onto anything, even when it’s held still by an ankle – so I doubted cardboard would last long if the tape did hold up.
Wondering what else I could use, I spotted this.
Or to more precise this…
Of course I wouldn’t dream of stealing Mr Hicks mat. I also remember the girls having place mats when they were small that were a bit thinker and spongier than Mr Hick’s mat.
I headed for the discount store, but unable to find anything similar, I visited a charity shop and found these…
After handing over the grand sum of 25p, I went home, measured my foot and compared it with a shoe size chart. I also measured around my foot and found that although the shape changed a lot from my toes to my instep, the measurement didn’t change much.
I drew a foot blocker shape on a piece of paper two centimetres shorter and two centimetres less wide than my own foot. I figured this would block socks from my size down to two sizes smaller.
I cut it out, added a bit to the ankle and used it as a template to draw a foot on one of the table mats…
The mat was surprisingly soft and easy to cut with an ordinary pair of scissors.
As you can see, it’s not perfect. It needs to have a bigger angle between the foot and the leg. But since the mats only cost 6.25p each, I can afford to make another with a slightly wider angle.
Do you believe in blocking socks? Have you ever made your own sock blocker?