An Instagram spinning friend coined the hashtag #heyhofo on one of her finished projects a while back and it’s become a thing. Not like a worldwide, viral kind of thing, but a thing that brings at least the two of us great joy. OK, I don’t know that for a fact. It brings me great joy. She may be pulling a “that lady seems like she might be crazy so I will just smile and nod” — I really don’t know. But I do know #heyhofo makes me smile every time, so I’m using it today here to share my latest FO, my sock blank socks!
You’ll remember I shared these couple weeks ago…
I received the sock blank as a Christmas gift and when I finished a pair of socks earlier this month, I cast these on. They are the first sock blank socks that I’ve knit, although not my first sock blank, of course. I have at least 3 others from other dyers in my stash. This one I had not yet tucked in with the rest of the stash, though, so I pulled it out and went for it.
This is a double knit sock blank from Gale’s Art. For those wondering, there are double knit sock blanks and single knit sock blanks. Double knit blanks are machine knit holding two strands together, so when the dyer dyes, the two strands match allowing you to knit two matching socks at a time. Single knit sock blanks are machine knit with a single strand, so generally speaking you knit one sock at a time and the socks likely will not match. Knitters in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry group and here in the comments have shared ways you could get around — for example — knitting two at a time by winding off the blanks into separate skeins. It would totally work, but I can guarantee that personally I have zero patience for that. If I’m presented with knitting I can either knit from directly or wind-off to knit from a center-pull ball, 9.9 times out of 10 I will knit directly from it. I like to think of it as efficiency, but it may in reality be laziness, plain and simple.
But let’s not get caught up in semantics.
As I said, this one was a double sock blank and I — being me, driven by my me-ness — knit them two at a time with magic loop straight from the blank…
And so they match!
They were really a fun knit that I actually struggled to put down. I found knitting from the blank a lot like knitting self-striping yarn. The promise of the next color or design really compelled me forward through the project.
I didn’t block them perfectly, but I did handwash them with a glug of vinegar (just to be cautious about possible bleeding with the red on white in there) and then used a low heat dryer to get the natural kink out of the yarn from being in the sock blank. The instructions say handwash & dry flat is recommended for washing, but I felt fairly confidant the 75/25 superwash merino/nylon could take the dryer to speed up the finish time and better relax those stitches so I threw caution to the wind.
They washed up great! I mean, they could use a little steam, but that’s beside the point — the handled the dryer just fine.
The colorway is named “Christmas Tree” and I really like that it’s Christmas-y, but not so Christmas-y that I can’t wear them year round and not feel like that lady. You know, the one people think seems like she might be crazy because she’s wearing Christmas socks in May so they just smile and nod a lot at her.
Nope, I’m not that lady… I don’t think. Let’s pretend I’m not anyway. Just for now.
There’s another #heyhofo in the books and another pair of socks is in my sock drawer! I’m super ahead of the game for the holiday season this year with these not-so-Christmas-y Christmas socks, right?! I might be a little over-excited about that little fact and about getting to use #heyhofo on Instagram later today. It’s ok, just smile & nod. I know I deserve it!