I just finished a new pair of 100% wool (more yarn from my mother's stash) socks.
Another hybridization of the Nutkin pattern's short row heels and toes plus the stitch pattern "Stansfield 16" from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I think I'm stuck on this type of heels and toes, probably because I love how these socks fit me...perfectly!
100% wool socks definitely need sock blockers...most sock knitters would agree I'm sure. Dilemma ...I don't own any. Then magically a solution appeared to me most unexpectedly by way of my knitting friend Becky. She found a great "recipe" for homemade sock blockers made from placemats.
They are not only inexpensive to make, but they also can become a recycle project in my case. I ended up with two pairs of sock blockers (first pair was a little on the short side) and a half dozen coasters (from the scraps I cut small squares). Pretty good? Instantaneously you can make your own sock blockers custom sized to your own feet really easily from placemats. I didn't even buy placemats...I used old ones that should have been thrown away. The edges were separating at the corners. Just avoid those corners and the rest is fine. If you haven't already figured it out already - I am a notorious packrat :)
Here are my socks on my brand "new" sock blockers:
I'm happy :) Hope you are too...happy knitting :)