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RESTOCKED Urth Uneek 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.

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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FREEBIE Pixel Stitch Socks

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Pixel Stitch Socks

Worked from the toe up, these pretty socks would make an excellent spring project for the intermediate knitter. They’d look great with the subtle variations of the semi-solid, hand-dyed colour of Malabrigo Alegria. If you aren’t feeling that fancy, go for Cascade Heritage. You won’t go wrong with either, both yarns are made with super-soft merino wool that is blended with nylon to help them wear well.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Alegria: 1 skein in each of 2 colours

Cascade Heritage: 1 skein in each of 2 colours

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 2.75mm/US2 double pointed needles (or size to obtain gauge)
  • scrap yarn
  • small crochet hook (for cast on)

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NEW Colours in Manos Alegria

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Manos Alegria colour A9239 Periquito

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NEW Colours in Manos Del Uruguay Alegria

Manos del Uruguay Alegria is the same soft base as Alegria Watercolours, but dyed in variegated colours. It’s an amazing sock yarn made from an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks.

  • 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide
  • 100g/425m (445yds)
  • Fingering/Sock weight
  • 2.25 to 3mm (US1 to 3) needles
  • Gauge 28 – 30 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine wash in cool water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Urugauy

 

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Manos Alegria Re-Stocked

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Manos Del Uruguay Alegria

Manos del Uruguay Alegria is an amazing sock yarn made from an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks.

  • 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide
  • 100g/425m (445yds)
  • Fingering/Sock weight
  • 2.25 to 3mm (US1 to 3) needles
  • Gauge 28 – 30 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine wash in cool water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Urugauy

 

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