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SOCK LAB: Week 1 Update

Sock Lab Week 1 finished & toe & ball

Sock Lab: Week 1

Last night was our first week of SOCK LAB and it was super fun! Sandra brought a half-finished sock, Liane brought something in progress (she’s prodigious and always has a pair of socks on the go), Jonathan started something new with a very sheepy yarn, and Judy and her friend were trying their hands at their first sock EVER. Shelna is a total sock knitter, but she forgot to bring hers because she’s pretty focused on chemo hats right now. Remy from Les Sheependales was working on a gorgeous mystery knit-a-long shawl, and I think Nicole is deep into a blanket. And as for me, I hauled out a long-neglected, half-finished sock project and inadvertently ‘cheated’ (it’s not a contest)  and finished the FIRST sock of Sock Lab!

The Back Story

Now, to start, you should know that I am not a sock knitter. Some people love knitting socks, others can take it or leave it – I fall into the latter group. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love wearing my handknit socks, they’re the best thing EVER, but making them isn’t really my groove.

Flash back to a couple of years ago, I started a pair of knee socks, completed one sock, and promptly lost interest. I do this, I suffer from Second Sock Syndrome, I totally own it. I also have no issue with letting projects lay fallow; I’m very human and feel shame about lots of things, but this is not one of them. So, for Sock Lab, I pulled out my estranged sock project. Sock Lab is about collective support, which I clearly needed to finish this shock. I unsealed the ziplock, stuck my nose in, and pulled out all the component parts (many mislaid accessories and needles were recovered), and evaluated the situation.

Sock Lab Week 1 Sock Surgery

I tried on my sock, remembered how much I love the feel of hand-knit wool socks, and then also recalled that I no longer enjoy wearing hand knit knee socks. This must be why I dropped the project. The prospect of making a second knee sock definitely did NOT fill me with joy, but the prospect of wearing a pair of regular socks was motivating. So I changed the project! I decided to make these socks something that I *would* wear, and performed a little surgery.

How I Did It

Surgery isn’t necessarily hard, it just requires good light and a bit of uninterrupted free time:

  • I cut the sock about 4 or 5 rows above the place I wanted to pick up the live stitches. Cutting knitting makes a deliciously crunchy sound and feeling, it was very satisfying.
  • I ripped back to the row above the one I wanted to put the needles in.
  • One by one, I took out the last row of stitches and put them back on the needles.
  • I re-knit the cuff.

Sock Lab Week 1 toe & ball

Having finished the first sock of Sock Lab, I gloated a little and moved on to the second sock … which I had conveniently already started!

Project Deets

  • The stripey yarn I used is some iteration of Lang Jawoll Colour that has since been discontinued. Lang is a Swiss company, and their Jawoll sock yarn is a conventional, long-wearing, Teutonic sock yarn, very similar to Regia. If you are now jonesing for a stripey sock I highly recommend the Urth Uneek Sock Kits – they’re GORGEOUS and come with three different patterns that work perfectly for the yarn. If I’d started with the Urth I doubt that I would have put the project down!
  • The grey yarn is a solid from Regia (I enjoy the aesthetic of having the toes and heels in a contrasting colour. Sock yarn technology has come along since I started my sock, and Regia now makes sock yarns with the contrast colour built-in! Both Regia Pairfect Design Line and Wool & The Gang/Regia Kinda Magic Sock have got all the patterning sorted out for you.
  • If you’re wondering about the pins in the sock, they mark increases I made. I leave them in as a guide until the very end of the project as a kind of guide (because I have the memory of a goldfish and constantly lose things like little pieces of paper where I have written down notes). Read more about this hack HERE. Why did I increase? I have narrow feet and I can’t stand the feel of loose socks, so I start with a narrow toe and increase around the ball of the foot and as I inch towards the instep (this is the beauty of making yourself socks – you can try them on as you go and tailor them completely).
  • FYI: I knit these socks toe-up, with a short row toe. The heel is a toe-up gusseted heel, I used the Toe-Up Slip Stitch Heel Sock Formula for this.

In Conclusion

So, not bad for the first week, no? So much drama: trying to remember things from a few years ago, feeling feelings, making decisions, cutting, picking up stitches, re-knitting, feeling different feelings …. it feels a little like the Nickelodeon tween sitcoms my niece watches. Drink it in, because I don’t think my socksperience will get interesting again until I have to remember how I did the heel.

See ya next week!

 

NEW Urth Sock Kits

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Urth Uneek Sock Kits

Urth Uneek Sock is a GORGEOUS self-striping, machine washable merino yarn. It’s soft, beautiful, and stunning. Each kit contains 2 pre-wound skeins for matching socks and three patterns, all neatly tucked away in a pretty box. Pick one up for yourself and another as a gift for a friend who knits!

  • 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon (for durability)
  • 100g/400m (437yds) (two balls of 50g/200m)
  • Fingering Weight
  • 2.25mm to 3.25mm (US 1 to 3) needles
  • gauge: 7 to 8 sts = 1″ (2.5cm)
  • Self-striping, alternating colours
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Turkey
  • FREE PATTERNS for this yarn

Urth Yarns is a family owned brand specializing in hand dyed natural yarns. Utilizing innovative dying techniques, in combination with the skilled hands of women, Urth Yarns stands for sustainability, “girl power”, and is dedicated to providing a “uneek” knitting experience.

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Urth Uneek Sock Kit Patterns

FREE Urth Uneek Sock Patterns

Urth has designed THREE Free patterns for their socks, all downloadable from their website. They have a basic sock, one with a small cable detail, and a chevron design.

RESTOCKED Wool & The Gang Socks

They sold out fast, so we have restocked your favourite colours of the Regia Design Line by Wool and the Gang “Kinda Magic Sock”. You REALLY loved the grey & curry and the light blue & pink colour combinations, so we got more for you!

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Regia Wool & The Gang Kinda Magic Socks

People who wear snazzy socks have more fun. Regia Design Line by Wool and the Gang (also known as Regia Kinda Magic Sock) yarn comes in a kit and knits up in a pattern all by itself; as you whiz through your knit the leopard print pattern will start to show its spots, and then before you know it, TA-DAH – one pair of leopard print socks, as if by magic! The kit comes with full instructions and you can follow an instructional video too (see below). Note: it’s important to get the correct tension in this yarn to make the patterning work, so swatch before you start.

Regia LOVE a good sock. Based in Germany, they have over 65 years’ experience in the bag of making the best-of-the-best sock yarn. They come with a 10-year quality assurance too – that’s how bloomin’ good they are.

  • 75% Virgin Wool25% Polyamide
  • 80g/320m
  • 30 stitches, 42 rows to 10cm (4in)
  • 2mm/US0 – 3mm/US2.5 needles
  • machine wash cool, dry cool
  • Video Instructions
  • See on Ravelry
 
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NEW Regia Pairfect Arne & Carlos Sock

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Regia Pairfect Arne & Carlos Sock Yarn

Yup, Regia Pairfect Arne & Carlos socks knit up like the pictures. There’s no changing of colours or yarns, no weaving in ends, and both socks look exactly the same – just follow the instructions and the yarn does the work! Plus, Regia sock yarns are German engineering at it’s best. Regia yarn is well known for its durability and shape retention. It’s machine washable up to 40° C (100° F) and can be tumble dried without felting. It’s so good, Regia offers a 10 year guarantee!

We’ve stocked 5 pretty colours, including one that looks suspiciously suitable for CHRISTMAS (for those intrepid knitters who start their holiday knitting over the summer).

  • 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
  • 100g/420m (1 ball required for a pair of socks)
  • Fingering Weight, Sock Yarn
  • 30 sts & 42 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Hard wearing, Self Striping
  • Machine wash cool, machine dry low (guaranteed dryer-proof for 10 years)
  • Made in Italy

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Regia Pairfect Arne & Carlos COMBO

How to Make Identical Socks with Regia Pairfect

The yellow starter thread – which comes from inside the yarn skein – marks the beginning of each sock. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off. Then simply knit the second sock. (see video below)

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NEW Wool & The Gang Kinda Magic Socks

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Regia Wool & The Gang Kinda Magic Socks

People who wear snazzy socks have more fun. Regia Design Line by Wool and the Gang (also known as Regia Kinda Magic Sock) yarn comes in a kit and knits up in a pattern all by itself; as you whiz through your knit the leopard print pattern will start to show its spots, and then before you know it, TA-DAH – one pair of leopard print socks, as if by magic! Note: it’s really important to get the correct tension in this yarn to make the patterning work, so swatch before you start.

Regia LOVE a good sock. Based in Germany, they have over 65 years’ experience in the bag of making the best-of-the-best sock yarn. They come with a 10-year quality assurance too – that’s how bloomin’ good they are.

  • 75% Virgin Wool25% Polyamide
  • 80g/320m
  • 30 stitches, 42 rows to 10cm (4in)
  • 2mm/US0 – 3mm/US2.5 needles
  • machine wash cool, dry cool
  • Video Instructions
  • See on Ravelry
Regia Wool Combo

SALE Mineville Meirno Sock

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SALE 10% OFF Mineville Merino Sock Yarns

Soft, supple with a perfect 2ply twist, this 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon fingering weight yarn is simply beautiful. Spun in Italy, it is just right for everything from a lovely lace shawl, to socks, mitts, sweaters and hats. Machine washability makes it an easy choice for everyday wear. One skein will knit one pair of socks.

Mineville Wool Project is a relatively new “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time-only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.

  • 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
  • 345 meters / 115 grams
  • 2.5mm to 3.5mm (US 2.5 to 4)
  • 26sts/4″
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • See it on Ravelry

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NEW NATIONAL PARKS SERIES Fleece Artist Festival Socks

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Fleece Artist Festival Socks NATIONAL PARKS SERIES

This light fingering weight sock yarn has a nice tight twist for a durable sock. The silk adds warmth and a bit of sheen while the kid mohair increases the strength and give a subtle haze. These colours are a limited run in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, so when they are gone, they are gone for good.

  • 45% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 15% Kid Mohair, 10% Silk
  • 100g/400m
  • 32sts/4″
  • Made in Canada

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