Tuesday, 23 October 2012

First Shawl

This Faroese shawl started off as a holiday project earlier this year and took about two and a half months to complete.  It was taken from the book Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn.  I chose to knit it in SMC Highland Alpaca Fino shade 7368 Jade.  It only took three and a half balls!

It was my first shawl project and was intricate enough without being too complicated. The stocking stitch body made for a welcome break from the lacework, enabling the pace to pick up towards the end. The shawl is so soft and warm and is definitely one of the most rewarding projects I've completed. Looking forward to the next one!
Post by Linda W in our Edinburgh branch

Friday, 19 October 2012

Competition - Where's Uncle Angus?


Have you seen this (knitted) man?

We've lost Uncle Angus!  Can you help us find him?  Rumour has it he was last seen looking through some of the yarns on our website.  If you do spot him, please send us an email and tell us the name of the yarn.

You can reach us at skim@mcadirect.com.  The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 11th November 2012.  All correct answers will be put into a hat and the first 5 names to be drawn will win a copy of the Regia Christmas Calendar.  Good Luck!


Friday, 12 October 2012


Sirdar Pattern 9619

In between trying to learn all the systems of the "engine room" behind the shop and website, I have been trying to knit one of my favoured complicated patterns in the few spare quiet moments. It takes a certain type of fools-rush-in-where-angels-fear-to-tread attitude to choose a lacy pattern, in variegated yarn, to knit with phones ringing, orders to process and pack and all the other myriad things that make up my actual day job and which have to take precedence!

The pattern is Sirdar Pattern 9619: Lace Sweater in Click Chunky. I am knitting it in shade Wild Cherry 169.

Sirdar Click Chunky shade 169 Wild Cherry

Just yesterday I had to ask the expert to undo 12 rows when I inadvertently swopped the right side and the wrong side...I think I may accept defeat, take the sweater away to knit at home and knit a pair of Regia socks in the quiet moments in the office. But socks don't have to be boring, even when they are just stocking stitch. Just look at this:

Exciting socks by Regia

Yes, that's right...it's a free pattern...Tempted?

Post by our new girl, Max