Sock Deliveries

If you are anything like me, this time of year is a race to finish all of the holiday projects you thought you would have done by now. With some new sock options in store, let’s take a look at some timely sock projects! All of these patterns are available for free thanks to the generosity of their designers, and there are as always many free and paid patterns available from Ravelry. I found these through Ravelry’s handy advanced search feature that allows you to quickly narrow down patterns by yarn weight, type of sock, and more!
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Harrap Tweed Chunky has 40% Nylon which makes it the best choice for the most last-minute sock and slipper projects. Options include Michele C Meadows’s Socks on the Rocks (below right), Haley Waxberg’s Quick Socks (below center),  and Linda Moorhouse’s Lady’s Slippers (below left)

 

We also have several worsted weight yarns appropriate for socks – Diamond Luxury Tradition has 7% Nylon, and the Canadian favourite Briggs & Little Tuffy has 20%.

The Briggs & Little Tuffy is a bit coarse so it is perfect for slippers and work socks that will be worn over thinner socks. Quirky Bird Knits’s Footies (below left), Barrie local Lisa Mutch’s Recluse (below center), and tincanknits’s Rye (below right) are all free patterns perfect for a skein of worsted weight yarn like Tradition or Tuffy.

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Now if there is someone in your life who is especially deserving, we have a cashmere-blend winter-weight sock yarn from Knitting Fever Luxury called Indulgence Cashmere. At 150g per ball, there is plenty of yardage to make the softest socks your favourite person will ever wear. Throw in a plainish sock pattern like Priscilla’s Dream Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (bottom left) or a plainish slipper pattern like Simple House Slippers by Simone A. (bottom right), and they’ll be done in no time. It’ll be wrapping them up for someone else that’ll be the challenge!

 

holidaysheritageprintsIf you’re confident you can finish a pair of fingering-weight socks befordscf0886e Christmas, we have some balls of Cascade Heritage Prints’s Holidays colourway (pictured left). We also have many new colours of H&W’s Co
mfort Sock yarns including shades appropriate even for the pickiest colour-sensitive father-in-law! Grey on grey stripes? Navy on navy stripes? Check! Check!

One can never underestimate when a plain, 4-ply sock on the needles will come in handy. This time of year a knitter might be spending a lot of time as a passenger in a car or on a bus traveling to visit family, or need something mindless to work on while spending a morning relaxing and chatting with said family.  Patterns like Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Socks (bottom left) and Sybil R’s Geranium Knitted Slippers (bottom right) are plain enough to keep your hands busy but mind free for chatting!

If you love the sound of any of these projects but aren’t sure if you could conquer them alone, you are always welcome at our Sock Drop-Ins! Every Saturday morning from 10:30am – 12:30pm, our Sock Drop-In costs only $5+tax per session. Sign up isn’t necessary – you come when you need to!

 

We Love Yarn Day!

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Starting Thursday, October 13th True North Yarn will be celebrating our often overwhelming love for, and devotion to, yarn!

Everything in-store will be 25% off – yes EVERYTHING!
Including taking an additional 25% off clearance items.
…and needles…
…and buttons…
…and yarn bowls…
… you get the idea~

This sale will run til Saturday, October 15th – international I LOVE YARN DAY!

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To raise the stakes even more,
For every $50 spent you will get a ballot to win this KNIT-PRINT rolling suitcase chock-full of ultra bulky Arapaho (you can substitute another available colour)…
Arapaho retails for $28 each &
the knit-envy you’d get with a travel bag like that is priceless~
The winning ballot will be drawn at the end of I Love Yarn Day!

Alpaca-motion!

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A whole host of alpaca blends have landed at the shop, full of heathers and solids perfect for winter projects. The added bonus – as they are all blends you get the advantage of alpaca softness without hurting the gift budget~
Three lines are Estelle’s Alpaca Merino yarns (pictured above is the Worsted (175m/191yds, 100g)) which is very similar to Ultra Alpaca, with a much softer hand. The Alpaca Merino is 60% Superfine Alpaca and 40% Merino, made in Bolivia.
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It also comes as Alpaca Merino Fine (left), a blend of 55% Merino, 25% Nylon, %20 Alpaca perfect for socks. With 400m/440yds per 100g skein, it’s also perfect for shawls! The  Fine is comparable to Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Fine except for 5% more Merino and 5% less Nylon – sooo soft! All of these colours mean that those classic Ultra Alpaca colourwork projects now have a new, better substitute. Colour Affection? Check. Daybreak? Check. Endpaper Mitts with the leftovers? Check.

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If heavier yarns are more your style, we have Estelle’s Alpaca Merino Chunky. At 125m/136yds, you can get a hat or pair of mitts out of each 100g skein. Pick up a ball or two with no stash guilt, for those last minute gifts~ Colours like navy or forest green or grey are great for that last weekend before Christmas.

If you would prefer a chunky yarn with less wool, we brought in Ella Rae’s Cozy Alpaca Chunky, a super silky 30% Alpaca 70% Acrylic blend. Just look at it! Maybe a two-skein cabled cowl for the deserving knit-appreciator in your life? Lining for the softest mitts ever? Yet another last-minute ribbed slouch hat because you have questionable time management skills?

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I’m not one to judge! I’ll just be over here building myself an alpaca blend nest.