A while back we were given a lemon, a sock sample that was knit so poorly it was not suitable for display. Even though you could say we received it as a 'free' sample, it still was not going to help us.
The nice people at Regia sell beautiful creative sock yarn. If the shop owner orders enough a particular yarn you get a free sock for display. It makes sure that they sell a lot of yarn and because there is a sample already knit it makes it easier for the store to show customers how the yarn looks when knit. (A win, win!)
This is the sock when it arrived:
I really don't have time to knit a sample, besides it would cost me a ball of yarn to knit a sample sock. (Just because I own a yarn shop the yarn still costs me money, plus now I am short one ball to sell!) Then I was inspired. Rip out the sample and re knit the yarn into another sock, or at least start one.
I cut the toe, ripped back the sock and began.
I had planned to finish it over the 'weekend' but left it at the shop. Last night I knit as much as I wanted and gave it a quick soak to remove the wrinkles left from knitting with pre knit yarn
That's much better! Did you notice that I managed to centre the design of the pattern into the sample, totally by accident.
See You soon.