As we played around dyeing sock blanks preparing for the grand introduction of our sock blanks it became clear that these little bits of knit fabric are addictive. You just can't stop dripping color on them and then the urge to knit up the socks to see how the colors will express themselves. If you have trouble stopping your knitting when you are knitting a fair isle pattern, you will begin to understand how obsessed you can become with sock blank knitting.
It's even more fun to share your experiments with other knitters. So, we have set up two Knit-A-Longs. One is in Ravelry and is called Sock Blank Artists. The second is in our Knit Picks Community site. It's called Sock Blank Knit-A-Long.
As you can see from yesterday's entry, there are plenty of adventures to be had with these blanks. Tina is a perfect example of someone who absolutely hated one of her blank dyeing experiments but the socks knit up beautifully. I love the surprises offered in both the dyeing and the knitting. It keeps me interested at every step. Be sure to check out Tina's toe-up, magic loop pattern for knitting two socks at the same time. She designed it particularly for the sock blank knitting so that the colors can smoothly continue on up the gussetted heel rather than having to go back with an afterthought heel.