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  • Free Downloadable January 2019 Calendar

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on January 03 2019

    Free Downloadable January 2019 Calendar
    One of my goals for 2019 is to offer you all a free downloadable wallpaper calendar. Enjoy :) - if i can figure out how to size them for other devices i will start to include those as well
  • ** New Pattern Alert ** Essence Shawl

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on July 10 2018

    ** New Pattern Alert ** Essence Shawl

    Are you ready to start a great new shawl this summer?

    Essence Shawl is now live, just in time for some summer knitting. This soft and squishy garter stitch shawl with the simple eyelet stripes and lace panel will be great to work on during all your summer adventures. I hope you'll enjoy both knitting and wearing this beautiful shawl as much as I do.

  • MAGIC LOOP TUTORIAL!

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on January 24 2018

    MAGIC LOOP TUTORIAL!

    Hey Guys,

    Two of the most common questions I get from new knitters are:

    1) what kind of needles do you use? and

    2) do you know how to magic loop?

    The answer to the first is #HIYAHIYA forever!! I am almost strictly a Hiya Hiya girl.  Now I know you going to say "Oh, you guys are distributors so obviously you're promoting that brand," but I've always been a Hiya Hiya girl.  The first set of proper knitting needles I ever owned were Knit Picks DPN's because Knit Picks had a promo and they were free.  But the first needles I ever chose were the small set of Hiya Hiya interchangeables that I bought from my, then favourite, local yarn store.  I was still a brand new knitter and my dad was standing right beside me.  I was hesitating and my super frugal, never spend a hundred dollars on anything silly, dad said, "if you like it, you should buy it." And then he bought them for me.  They were the best gift ever.  Pretty soon after I converted Ash and neither of us have gone back.

    Now there are definitely other brands out there, and, in a pinch, I've had to use a few of them.  If you can't get your hands a set of Hiya Hiya's, my next top faves are Chiagoo and Knitters Pride.  I do have a pair of Signature needles but that's a just a depressing story. Let's just leave it at, Ash really likes hers.

    For today's post I thought I would do a quick demonstration of magic loop since lots of people really do ask me about this technique.  When I got my Knit Picks DPN's and learned how to use them, I swore it was the only way I would ever knit in the round so I bought every size of DPN's.  Then I learned magic loop and now I have a bin of DPN's that I almost never use.  Magic loop is super fast, once you get the hang of it, because you don't have a bunch of bulky needles that you have to maneuver around.  Also the danger of having your needles fall out of your project drops down significantly.

    Today I'm casting on the second side of my little baby mitten and this seems like the perfect time to show you how to do this.  I'm using a size 7 needle on a 32" cable and some worsted yarn.  I like a 32" cable because you can them for a lot of different projects.  A 24" can sometimes be too short and a 40" too long.  Just a heads up, I'm knitting this in the English style not continental.

  • RSBSY Winter KAL - Sweater Weather

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on January 18 2018

    RSBSY Winter KAL - Sweater Weather

    If you guys have been following us on Instagram and Facebook you would know that we have recently dyed up a huge batch of Superwash Worsted in a variety of colours. We can’t seem to get enough of the all the fabulous sweater patterns that are out right now! It should be no surprise, then, that our winter KAL would be sweater themed.

    The KAL will run from February 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018 and the prizes will be announced on April 4, 2018 and will be chosen by a random generator. Join our Rav group and post a picture of your finished object on this thread by midnight on March 31st, 2018 in order to qualify. I guess I don’t have to state the obvious but, just to be sure, your sweater must be knit with at least one skein of RSBSY in order to qualify for the prizes and be included in our “Round Up” blog post.

    Find us on Instagram as @redsockbluesockyarnco

    Use #RSBSYWINTERKAL2018 so we can see all of your progress shots and finished objects.

  • August - The Summary

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on September 03 2017

    August - The Summary
    Sorry guys, I'm not sure where August went.  I feel like I blinked at Ashley's birthday...

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