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Inge Sandholt

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From time to time, I will update this blog about my designs and random knitting projects. Most of my patterns can be bought from my pattern home page,

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Sock blockers

Knit Posted on Mon, April 16, 2012 15:35:04

Last week I visited Annie & Company in the search for sock blockers to accomodate my steadily increasing number of hand knit socks. Whereas I as always were very impressed by the amount of nice wool they have in stock, the only sock blockers they had left, were in size large. At the same time, I think it is a lot of money to invest in a plastic or metal frame, so I decided to make a low tech version myself. Here is how I did:

I found a template on CyberSeams, printed it and cut out the smallest – this is for Madeline’s socks, she is turning 1 in a week. Transferred the outline to cardboard, cut out the sock blockers and I was almost done. To prevent the cardboard to dissolve, I wrapped plastic film around them, very easy-peasy. I am now the happy owner of a pair of baby sock blockers!

They may not be the prettiest sock blockers in the world, but they block the prettiest socks, for a pretty baby, AND they are made from what most people have handy when they are in the need for sock blockers. And that happen very often, at least for this knitter. Eventually, I will consider making foam versions, that will work well for me. At some point I may even consider buying a pair from a fellow knitter I talked with on Facebook. Her husband have plans to make them for sale which I think is a very nice idea.

Here is a preview of the pretty sock – more about that later!

Nordic Knitting Conference

Knit Posted on Thu, March 01, 2012 20:26:40

I honestly thought I knew all knitting resources and links on the internet. So how did I not find out about the Nordic Knitting Conferences earlier? Organized by Gavstrik, a Nordic association of knitting I did not hear about either until now. Anyway, it seems that the 2012 conference is being held in Iceland in August. The program looks really tempting. Hm…

Sock construction

Knit Posted on Tue, February 28, 2012 19:47:40

I have found out recently, that I am a sock knitter. Thinking about it, it is strange that it took me so long to realize. Right now I am experimenting with a new way to construct the foot of the sock. Or, new technique, not really. I got the inspiration in an old knitting book from 1945. The cuff is knit as on a usual cuff-down sock, but then the instep and upper foot is worked back and forth to the toe. The idea was, that the sole could easily be replaced when needed. It is a wonderful idea, that opens up for new ways to add pattern to socks. So far, I have finished the upper part of the foot, the challenges are only just starting! Again using Cascade Heritage Socks yarn – lovely – and reusing the circles from my first written pattern ever, Circle Mittens!

Another test knit

Knit Posted on Wed, July 27, 2011 22:00:12

Sometimes I just need a project where I am not in charge, and where I am not the one that takes the decisions. To turn on the auto-pilot and knit, but at the same time, it shouldn’t be boring. That is why I from time to time love to test knit new patterns in particular, if the design is pretty. Jet Wessel’s fingerless mittens are a nice example of an enjoyable knit.

Test Knit

Knit Posted on Mon, June 27, 2011 17:27:55

I have been so terrible busy lately, leaving me with only little knitting time. I really needed a treat – so yesterday I signed up for a test knit of a lovely hat designed by Andrea Rangel. The design is of the type where my first reaction was “of course” – simple, elegant with the little detail that makes it special. I invited my knitting fiend, Jytte, over for a cup of tea, and we spent the evening power-knitting! I cannot keep pace with her in terms of knitting, but who cares when the company is good smiley

The hat calls for worsted weight yarn, and I found a perfect match of shades in my stash:

UPDATE: I finished the hat, it turned out very beautifully. Andrea Rangel is a gifted designer. I really enjoyed knitting the hat, I worked it more or less non stop. Here is a photo: