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Sock Knit-A-Long!

We're excited to announce our first ever Alpaca Direct Knit-A-Long! We'll be knitting the wonderful Universal Toe-Up Sock pattern by Amy Swenson, which is a free pattern from Knitty, Summer 2006. We've chosen this pattern because it is a great recipe for creating a well fitting sock for any size foot with any weight yarn and any size needle! So, join us for this adventure whether it's your very first sock or your 407th sock we're sure you'll enjoy embarking on this adventure with us! What's a Knit-A-Long?  It's like an online knitting group! We'll be helping each other as we work on our socks, share our projects and experience, and get to know each other! We'll also be giving away prizes throughout the KAL, and there will be multiple chances to win yarn and needles! How do I join?  We'll be posting blog posts here on the Alpaca Direct blog about our progress here at Alpaca Direct, answering questions and hosting chatter in the Alpaca Direct Ravelry group, and sharing photos on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. You can share your photos with us by using #ADsockalong Which yarn and needles should I choose? You should choose needles that are appropriate for your chosen yarn. Since this pattern is a recipe style you can choose anything from a fingering weight sock yarn to a worsted weight yarn. If you'd like your socks to be machine washable make sure you choose a superwash yarn. We're so excited about this KAL that we're having a huge sale! Here's a list of our featured sale yarns just for this KAL: (Note -We originally intended to provide a coupon for just these yarns but decided instead to discount them right on the website so no coupon is needed!) Cascade Heritage Sock--A great option if you'd like to make fingering weight socks! One skein is enough for most sizes. Cascade Heritage 150--A sport weight superwash sock yarn with nylon that will ensure your socks will hold their shape and last for years! Cascade 220 Superwash--With 77 colors we're sure there's one you'll love! This worsted weight is a great option for a heavier sock. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock--A hand dyed yarn that's available in both solid and variegated colorways this yarn is extremely soft and a joy to knit with. Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock--Another great hand dyed yarn for knitters who like colorful socks! This pattern looks hard! Can I handle it?  Yes! If this is your first pair of socks you might find it easier to work with a heavier weight yarn. We'll be answering questions and helping each other in the Ravelry group, so we're here to help if you get stuck! Join the fun and make a new group of online knitting friends! Sounds great, sign me up!  The KAL officially starts on Thursday, July 31 and runs through Aug 30. Now you can order your yarn and make your gauge swatch. Don't forget to start a project page on Ravelry, and tell us about your yarn choice in the Ravelry group! ADsockalong

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