Monday, 3 April 2017

What's on the Sock Needles?

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Socks in Progress

Here at McA, there’s always at least one pair of socks on the go. Portable projects that require less than 100g of yarn, they’re the perfect side gig to a ‘main’ knitting project.

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The purrfect sock patten for using up partial balls of sock yarn

Susan H is currently making a pair of Yin Yang Kitty Ankle Socks (free pattern via Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yinyang-kitty-ankle-socks) using Regia 4 Ply in shades 2066 Black and 2143 Linen Marl. She’s using KnitPro Symphonie double pointed needles, and would never be without her trusty row counter. According to Susan, “The Symphonie needles are beautiful to work with - they’re very smooth and the yarn slips along!”

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Sock number two: under way

My (Heather’s) socks are a pair knitted from my go-to sock pattern: Regia leaflet 504 (free on our website: http://www.mcadirect.com/extras/reg4pp/socks4and6ply.pdf). The yarn is Regia 4 Ply Design Line by Arne & Carlos, and the shade is 3657 Summer Night. This pair has been on the go for quite a while, as they have been living in the shop as my emergency knitting project in case I forget to bring something from home to knit on my lunch break. I’m in no real hurry to finish them but, when I do, I’ll have a lovely new pair of socks to wear!

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I’m knitting with KnitPro Zing DPNs in 2.5mm. At 15cm, they’re shorter than my usual sock needles, so I’ve been using a DPN tube to keep the stitches safe whenever I’m not knitting them. These tubes have a slot up the side for the sock to come out, and a cap for the end, to ensure that the stitches don’t trip off either end of the short needles.