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Shetland wool socks

I LOVE MY WARM BOOT SOCKS......

It's that time of year again, socks are coming out of the sock draw faster than i can knit them !
Can't complain, had a wonderful summer, my grand daughter Ruby is a joy & my sheep all had healthy happy lambs with beautiful fleece.....life is Good !
Back to the socks...I just love how Shetland wool socks are kind to your feet. The only drawback is they are not very durable unless they contain 25% Nylon. I can not bare the thought of adding this awful disgusting man made fibre to my yarns so i came up with the idea of adding kid mohair/silk yarn to the sock for durability. Kid mohair is tough. Its soft & tough. The silk too is very strong & adds some sheen & Luster to your knitting.

             This past summer i introduced a new qiviut sock that contains kid mohair/silk & customers tell me they are very durable compared to qiviut alone so why not try the same with the Shetland wool socks.

See the sock's. That sock is knit from 2 strands of lace weight 100% qiviut in Arctic Purple & 2 strands of kid mohair silk in natural grey(Click to enlarge to see more detail)

I figured I would do the same with the Shetland wool: 1 strand of pure organic shetland wool yarn & 2 strands of mohair/silk. Then again, I want them to be boot socks so i may test knit them with 2 strands of Shetland wool. Boot socks tend to be bigger & thicker. They are not dress socks, they are winter weight !
Here is another pair of the qiviut/mohair/silk.

These are the yarn colours. from Left To Right: Natural Black, Amber fawn, light fawn & brown
I tested the tension using 2 Shetland & 2 mohair yarns & to be honest it was way to thick !
The socks would end up more like a clog sock so i have decided to cast on with 1 strands of 3 ply Shetland wool, 2 strands of mohair/silk lace & 1 strand of 2 ply lace weight 50% Qiviut-50% Shetland.
Will add the pattern very soon once i recheck the tension ! 



October/November giveaway......yarns to knit 1 pair of Adult size socks.

Will write the pattern below after i cast on.

2 winners drawn at random on the 30th November 2015 

Tell me your favourite thing about Winter !


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  1. Good Morning
    There are many things that I like about winter, but like you I love a nice cozy pair of socks. It gives me "happy feet" If my feet are happy the cold doesn't matter. I know it is a simple thing but the best things in life usually are.:)
    I look forward to hearing from you - until then have a great day.
    Truly
    Angie

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  3. My favorite thing about winter is because of Christmas, but not because I like getting gifts, but because I love choosing and thinking of creative ways to wrap them.

    Dovile

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  4. My favorite thing about winter apart from celebrating Thansgiving and Christmas with my family is seeing my daughters wear the knitted items I have made for them over the years

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    1. Patty your name was drawn first. You get to chose what colour Shetland wool you would like to be sent.
      I have fawn, Moorit or grey ? Send me a private message with your details......congrats♥

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  5. My favorite thing about winter is all the lights and the happy atmosphere.

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  6. My favorite thing about winter is having a good warm cup of tea while knitting by the fireplace.

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  7. My favorite thing about winter if there is a snowstorm outside and cold you can stay inside ,stay warm and knit and the colors of yarn brighten up the day.

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    1. Cindy you are my 2nd winner. Please send me a private message with your mailing address.
      Congratulations & Merry Christmas♥

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  8. A raging snowstorm is my favourite thing about winter - it affords me "permission" to put all else aside and knit my latest Qiviut pattern in front of a glowing fire.
    Nice to see Lorraine is back and with new Qiviut pattern ideas :-)

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  9. My favorite thing about winter is getting to wear all my sweaters! There is something so comforting about a warm, fluffy sweater in winter. =D

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  10. Just wondering who the lucky two might be?

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I'm dreaming of shetland socks and machine knit fair isle sweaters from our new wooly friends !