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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.

PROJECT Bias Cowl

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Bias Cowl

I find really interesting things when I browse through the patterns on Ravelry …. one of the things I found this week was a micro-collection of the same cowl made over and over again in different colourways of Urth Uneek Fingering (ON SALE UNTIL THE END OF JULY). I thought it was awesome that this knitter, Deb-Knits, enjoyed her project and the yarn so much that she wanted to continue exploring and experiencing it. I also get it, the project is GORGEOUS, and it illustrates that all the colourways of Urth Uneek Fingering work up beautifully. And hey, is it ever too early to start holiday knitting?

 

 

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PROJECT Zinnia

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Zinnia

With only one week left in our Summer Sale, I thought this might be a nice change of pace from linen and cotton … a fun, colourful top made with Urth Uneek Fingering (ON SALE UNTIL THE END OF JULY). The pattern shows off this stunning self-striping yarn, which I think it definitely deserves. Urth Uneek Fingering is a hand-dyed, self-striping, super smooth and soft merino superwash yarn. It’s made by an environmentally conscious and compassionate family company in Turkey, and straight up, it’s happy yarn.

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Materials

  • Urth Uneek Fingering: 2(3) skeins
  • 4mm/US6 needles (see pattern for details)
  • 3.25mm/US3 needles (see pattern for needles)
  • Tapestry/Darning needle
  • Pattern

 

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NEW Urth Uneek Fingering

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Urth Uneek Fingering

Urth Uneek Fingering is a GORGEOUS self-striping, machine washable merino yarn. It’s soft, beautiful, and stunning. One skein is enough for a pair of socks, mitts, hat, neckwarmer, or a scarflette. Two skeins are enough for a Shawl.

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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Taina

Urth Uneek Fingering does most of the work in this little wrap –  a great little spring project for your in-between moments.

 

 

FREEBIE & HACKS & FINISHED Noro Striped Scarf

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Noro Striped Scarf

Yup, I did it, I made ANOTHER Noro Striped Scarf. My creative juices have been syphoned off by other tasks lately, and I just needed a project that’s simple, brainless, but also tactile and lovely. Plus I has some Noro Silk Garden in my personal stash that really, really, really needed to get used.

I used a total of 6 skeins (3 of each colourway) and my scarf is VERY long, it wraps around three times. 4 skeins will make a normal length scarf. I haven’t bothered blocking the scarf, but Noro Silk Garden always enjoys a little bath in Eucalan.

NORO STRIPE HACKS

As far as striping Noro goes, you’ve got a few options:

  1. Alternate the two colours of self-striping yarn. This is what the original pattern does.
  2. Alternate one colour of self-striping yarn by starting it at different parts of the colourway. When you do this you can guarantee that your colours will always match.
  3. Alternate a solid or semi-solid colour with a self-striping colour.

I went with option number 3, using a neutral colour that contrasts with the self-striping yarn. The neutral is Noro Silk Garden 269, so it is technically a self-striping yarn, but the colour shift is so subtle that it is barely noticeable used in this way. Cream is also a secret fix for when you can’t find the right contrast colour, it always makes the other colours ‘pop’.

By the way, you are absolutely allowed to edit the colourway. If there’s a colour in your ball that you absolutely loathe (or just modestly dislike) cut it out and move on. The same thing goes if the colours start to blend together and you lose the stripes, cut one colour and move on up to the next. Life is short, don’t be afraid to jettison recalcitrant colours!

NORO LEFTOVER HACKS

If you’ve got little bits of Noro Silk Garden left-over and possess DPN (double pointed needles) skills, they make excellent little ornaments and decorations. I made a PILE of them last year, they use about 12g of Noro Silk Garden.

Materials

  • Noro Silk Garden: 2 to 3 skeins in each of two colours (a total of 4 to 6 skeins ), we used colour 269 (cream) and a contrasting colour colourway which has been discontinued, colour 381 is the closest to what we used.
  • 4.5mm/US 7 needles
  • tapestry needle
  • FREE Pattern

 

FREEBIE & HACKS Noro Stripe Scarf

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Noro Striped Scarf

I’m very pleased with myself, I just finished a Noro Striped Scarf, an unfinished project that languished throughout the summer. A Noro scarf is a simple & effective project when your knitting mojo is feeling a bit below base-line.

I used two skeins of Noro Kureopatora, but the pattern was originally designed and looks gorgeous made with Noro Silk Garden. You can use two different colourways, or use the same colour starting at different parts of the colourway.

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Noro Hacks

  • Noro Kureopatora and Silk Garden are both feltable, so you can join two strands with a “Spit Splice” … less ends to weave in!
  • Noro Silk Garden blooms beautifully when knitted at a looser tension. Try going up a needle size, avoid a dense tension, and you’ll receive a treat! There’s a side benefit too – your yarn will go farther!
  • Both Kureopatora and Silk Garden enjoy a bath at the end of your project, blocking them in Eucalan or Soak to soften them up and let them bloom!
  • Sometimes the colours in your two skeins might get to a point where they blend together a bit too much and your stripes look less defined. When this happens I cut one of the yarns and skip ahead in the colourway to the next point where the contrast returns.
  • It’s ok to edit your Noro palette. If you come to a colour that doesn’t work, you don’t like, or there’s just too much of it, feel free to cut it and skip ahead.

FREEBIES & RESTOCKED Noro Silk Garden

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Noro Silk Garden

Noro Silk Garden is a perennial favourite – it’s a self-striping, long colourway with subtle colour gradations that always keep you interested. The texture is also equally enchanting – it’s a single ply with a little bit of halo. I think colours 437 & 436 would make a gorgeous Noro Striped Scarf!

  • 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambs Wool
  • 50g/100m (109yds)
  • Worsted Weight
  • 4.5mm needles
  • 18 sts + 24 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Single ply
  • Self-striping, long colourway
  • Made in Japan
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Ronbiais

 

Noro Silk Garden Top Down Raglan COMBO

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Top-Down Raglan Cardigan

 

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