It's a form for blocking hand knitted socks, which I quickly made out of an old wire hanger. According to this website I saved myself £18 by making them myself.
I didn't know there was so much to the world of socks - knitting toe-up, top-down, Turkish cast-on, wrap and turn - these are just some of the techniques I've learnt about since delving in to this project. I can see why people get into knitting socks - they're quick and there's so much to do that you don't get bored. Of course, I decided to start big and chose a complicated pattern from The Knitter (issue 56) for my first ever pair:
|Close up of the twisted rib and lace pattern|
|Dad in his workshop with socks!|
I've got some knitting to do!