New ideas

Old technology can be a wonderful thing, or so I am discovering. My friend Neak has a long-term loan of a knitting machine and she has been experimenting with it to make sock blanks.

Sock blanks?

Well, a sock blank is a knitted rectangle of undyed yarn, which is then dyed in a pattern or stripes. Why would you do this? A blank has two strands knitted together, so when it is knitted up – two socks at a time – the end result is a matching pair of socks. So, this idea is one for the matchy-matchy amongst us. 

One of the best bits about Neak’s experiments (well, two best bits) is that she knitted her blanks up out of lovely Vintage Purls sock yarn – and you’ve heard me rave about the quality of this yarn before… and, secondly, she knit up enough to sell some too 🙂

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With all this gift knitting I am doing, these are going to stay undyed for the time being while I formulate some ideas.  But I am excited about the possibilities – these were an amazing buy.  If you crave some sock blank goodness, you can check out Neak’s blog here, with her contact details. Go the knitting machine!

And, while I am on the subject of cool new yarny ideas, it looks like NZ is going to soon have its own yarn sampler boxes available.   

Here’s what the organiser has to say:

Blendy’s NZ Yarn Sampler Boxes are like a mini craft fair – you get a little bit of everything that knitters would enjoy, such as yarn, fibre, stitch markers, buttons, embellishments, gift cards, delicious treats – all made by fantastic (mostly) NZ creatives. I want to share my love of supporting the amazing crafts New Zealanders make with the rest of the world. There will also be a few amazing international samples, because we love them too.

What’s in the Box?

Each box will have around 15 different amazing samples for you to try – including an exciting array of New Zealand yarn, and some international yarn (because we love specialty yarns from all over the world), and some beautiful knitting-related embellishments and treats from local NZ crafters. Not all boxes will be the same – it’s a surprise!

You can check out the blog here for more information.  These are apparently due for sale in January.  I’m not sure if Santa will have yarn in his sack for me or not – I might be replete for yarn by January!

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5 Responses to “New ideas”


  1. 1 neak November 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Awwwwww thanks Sheryl 🙂 Enjoy dyeing them I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  2. 2 Hannah November 15, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with 🙂

  3. 3 Heather November 15, 2009 at 9:08 am

    What wonderful links to check out. Thanks for the heads up. I love the idea of the NZ sampler box.It sounds like a great idea.

  4. 4 Sam November 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    YAY for sock blanks! – can’t wait to see them dyed – you will have alot of fun.

    and i agree can’t wait for a sampler box!

  5. 5 Fiona November 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I have been looking at sock blanks for about 2 years – desperate to try dyeing them, and selling the spoils.

    Have a ball!


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