April 12, 2010
About a month ago, I posted on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry that I was looking for some test knitters and sample knitters to work on some projects with us over the next few months. We had SO many replies! I’m still going through them all. I used Ravelry simply because it was easy to click over and see samples of each person’s work from the past. It also helped me to be able to see what different people have had experience in. I was looking for particular types of project knitters in some cases. What I didn’t expect was to find things on project pages that I then added to my list to have sample knit for Loopy Central. That was fun, too!
The first sample has arrived back and it turned out great. Michelle had this Koolhaas hat on her project page and I emailed to see if she’d be willing to knit one up for us to keep at the shop. She did a beautiful job. This is knit up in the large size and used one skein of Cascade 220, with 1.5 oz. of yarn leftover. What a great gift-knit for the guys and gals on your list. (I think it looks great on Ava with her red lipstick.) We have more samples in-the-works and more to send out, so I’ll keep you posted as they come in. A big thank you to Michelle for her lovely work on this sample!
Our ArtYarns order arrived last week and went up tonight. There are gorgeous colors in this batch. We ordered both the Regal Silk and the Beaded Silk. I took two skeins of the beaded yarn home over the weekend and knit up this scarf. You can find the free easy-peasy stitch pattern here. If you’d like to make it a little skinnier (and about 5 ft. long) , use one skein and cast on 16 stitches. If you want to make it wider, use two skeins and cast on the full 24 stitches (between 6 and 7 ft. long). Since you’re knitting on size 10 needles, it really knits up fast. The one-skein version would make a quick and easy Mother’s Day gift and the open lacework makes it perfect for spring and summer wear. Now that I’ve made a beaded one, I found myself contemplating the Regal Silk colors this morning to make another one in the non-beaded variety.
In other product news, we also added in Tempted’s Lovely Grrl (a beautiful silk/merino blend, great for one-skein shawls), Mountain Colors new Crazyfoot sock line, Madelinetosh Sock in a bunch of new colors for us, Hand Maiden Sea Silk, Team Spirit (more in the fingering weight for summer), Loopy Sticky Notes, and of course the ArtYarns new additions.
Keri from 3AM Enchantments dropped off 4 cases of Petit KIP Bags, regular sized KIP Bags, and Accessory Bags last Friday. Those are scheduled to be photoed this week and up next Monday. I also had an email from Blue Sky that they’re packing up our Blue Sky and Spud and Chloe orders today, but I’m not sure how long those will take enroute. We’ll keep you posted!