The Sock Ruler

| Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Well 'Readers,' I'm a day off my game.  Moving will do that to you.  Please forgive the tardiness of my posting.
What I have in store for you today should more than make up for it.  I would say this is the newest- latest & greatest tool in the sock knitting world!  Right on top with the invention of self-striping sock yarn and a short-row heel.
This lovely woman is the inventor and creator of The Sock Ruler, Denise.

"I began knitting at the age of five, taught by my Finnish grandmother. Using a child-sized pair of needles I spent countless hours knitting yards and yards of nothing. The love of knitting had not yet been ingrained at that point, as I became interested in trying other artistic endeavors such as paint-by-number kits, sewing doll clothing, making beaded bracelets, learning how to draw horses, and ultimately going to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.  But I digress... at the age of 15 I took up knitting again.  The first sweater I knit was a pull-over with a large cowl collar in emerald and black thick-and-thin yarn. I don't know what I was thinking but I wore it proudly. A few years later I tackled a three piece outfit: skirt, vest and cardigan. That was during the time of mini skirts and I believe the skirt might have measured 17 inches.  It was a really cute outfit and I still have it.  (No, I do not wear it!) Then I knit a pull-over sweater for my father on size 3 needles. My father was not a small person and it took a long time to knit a big sweater on those small needles.  I took a little more time off from knitting when I became enchanted with embroidery and began stitching designs on my clothing. That led to many other needle craft and artistic activities until I came back to knitting and embraced it completely.

But what about The Sock Ruler?  In the summer of 2012   I had been knitting socks for about two years, becoming increasingly frustrated with the measuring process.  Due to the three dimensional quality of a sock, tape measures and rulers were just not cutting it. I could never be sure the measurements were accurate. I needed something I could stick into the sock that would show me a true measurement.  I cut out a template from a cardboard cracker box and, aha!  It was just perfect! The Sock Ruler flattens out the sock, thereby providing that true measurement I was seeking. Best of all, no more floppy tape measures to deal with!  Knitting from the cuff down I could put it inside the sock and see exactly how much further I needed to knit to the start of the heel flap. The rounded end tucked right into the heel so I could measure from the heel to where the toe decrease would begin. It also worked for socks knit from the toe up.  I used my cardboard template for two years, all the while thinking that other sock knitters might like it. I took The Sock Ruler to where it is now; it has come a long way from the original cardboard template. I think you will find it as wonderful to use as I do!"
       -Denise Ilmanen
And here you have it, the magic of The Sock Ruler.
Specifically designed so that finding the perfect measurement is no longer a challenge for us knitters.  No matter your knitting preferences; toe up, cuff down, short row heel, gusset, all will work when knitting a sock.  I love the construction of this tool.  It is made from a very sturdy plastic that will not break and can be easily slipped into a knitting bag on the go.  One of my own ideas is to utilize the blank back side of the ruler.  I have taken measurements of those who I regularly knit for and used a permanent marker to take note and write it on the back.  So now, no matter what I can knit the perfect sock every time.  Measure the leg or the foot, no matter it will be "The Best Fit you can Knit."
I highly recommend that every knitter get one of these.  No more need to have a tape measure any more for socks.  This is a must have for every sock knitter.  Husbands...this would make a great "Stocking Stuffer" for Christmas.  Or should I say, "Ladies" tell your husbands this would make a great stocking
For more information please visit the following link.  If you are a yarn shop owner or you would like to see your yarn shop carry this product, please follow this link.
 The Sock Ruler receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Denise for allowing me to feature your "Must Have Sock Tool!"
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win a Sock Ruler!!!

In order to enter the Give Away you must
As always:
1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog or a Ravelry Group Member
2. Tell me how you think this will help your sock knitting?
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 17th.


{ Betsy } at: August 12, 2015 at 8:26 AM said...

This would be a great tool to mark family feet sizes on for quick measurement reference.

{ k2ntrish } at: August 15, 2015 at 1:21 PM said...

This would definitely help me size my socks better. I'm anxious to try one out.
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{ Jones Morris } at: April 23, 2018 at 8:37 AM said...

People love the appeal of custom made products. OEM sock designs are excellent options for people, but the problem is that sometimes designs get messed up in translation when the manufacturers get the designs. sock(s) template

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