We have been having a sock themed week at Knit With Attitude. Everywhere we turn sock based inspiration is calling out to us. I seem to go through sock phases, I become completely obsessed and then the urge passes and I don't knit one for another year. Though I'm currently riding a sock wave and I have three different pairs cast on at the moment! My latest cravings are colour work socks and they keep getting bumped up the queue. Also knitting plain socks two at a time, it's keeping me very entertained. This post is all about sock inspiration so if you are looking to get sock obsessed or just try something new, read on.

Ready Set Socks - A collaboration with legendary sock maven Rachel Coopey, Ready Set Socks is the ultimate guide to sock-making! Get ready to experiment, discover the magic that is turning a heel, and become a seasoned sock knitter. Ready Set Socks is an exploration of sock designs for new and advanced knitters alike. For Ready Set Socks Yarn inspiration read our earlier blog post.

Knitted Socks from Finland - Niina Laitinen is one of the most popular knitting designers in Scandinavia. This stunning collection of sock designs is inspired by the four seasons. Designs include light spring ankle socks, snuggly knee-length winter ones and everything in between. From dramatic all over colour work designs to intricate cables, these are definitely stand out socks. Ones to really sink your teeth into and great to wear. Perfect for standing proudly over the top of your boots.

Socks of Iceland - Now our sock adventure takes us to Iceland. This time a book from designer and yarn producer Hélène Magnússon. Taking inspiration from old Icelandic socks and mittens and historical patterns Hélène Magnússon reinvents the tradition. Containing 17 sock patterns all with an Icelandic flair from lace ones to traditional colourwork. Starting with a brief history the designs are also accompanied by short essays that take a look at some of the inspirations. They are of course all knit in Hélène Magnússon's Katla Sokkaband yarn, a 100% Icelandic sock yarn.

So when you have knit your beautiful socks you want to make sure they look there absolute best, this is where sock blockers come in. We have three sizes of beautiful wooden sock blockers designed by Hélène Magnússon. The Small and Medium Sortulyng Sock Blocker which fit shoe size EU 35 - 37.5 / US Women 5 - 7 / US Men 3 - 5 / UK 3 - 5 or EU 38 - 40 / US Women 7.5 - 9 / US Men 5.5 - 7 / UK 5.5 - 7. The Krækiber Sock Blocker - Large which fit shoe size EU 41 - 43 / US Women 9.5 - 11.5 / US Men 7.5 - 9.5 / UK 7.5 - 9.5. The sock blockers are crafted from natural birch plywood and are handmade in Poland especially for Hélène. Sock blockers are great for lacey, cabled or colour works socks as they really make the design come to life, as you can see on the Sparks socks above that I knit.

Zing Circular Needles 25cm - Looking to speed up your sock knitting, why not try these little circulars? Struggle with double pointed needles or don't like magic loop, there is another way. Try knitting your socks as a seamless little tube. Great for mindless knitting and even tension. The Zing needles have perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project - in a shiny silver finish for ultimate smart look. Like all KnitPro needles the Zing range is very light on hands, warm to the touch, and gentle in the hand.

Yarn Kit - Anniversary Collection - Sockitude Knee Highs by Julie Knits in Paris - Looking for a specially picked colour combo to jump straight in to then try these for the Sockitude socks by Julie Knits in Paris. 'Attitude can save the day: wake up and dance, wear bright colours! It’s a mood changer! Sometimes the tiniest pop detail can make a difference and switch on the fun. Bright knee-high socks are the perfect prop to make you feel carefree.Slip a pair of Sockitude on and feel the vibe of these cheerful dancers take over. Just what you need to spice up your attitude!'

52 Weeks of Socks Vol. II - Yes the sequel to Laine's first must have sock book is coming at the end of March. If you loved Laine's first sock book, you will adore this one! 52 Weeks of Socks, Vol. II is a more colourful and even more versatile book than its predecessor. There’s something for everyone: lace, cables, stripes, ruffles, colourwork — even a pair embellished with beads! Pre order now so you don't miss out.

Of course I have to include the great sock yarns we have and in no particular order (because they are all great and we love them) we have: Socks Yeah!Stranded Dyeworks BFL Nylon, Fibre Co Amble, Garthenor Snowdonia Sock, Hey Mama Wolf Sock Yarn #04 and Katla Sokkaband.