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Holiday Gift Time – Shawlettes

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 in Finished Projects, Pattern Links

I love shawlettes. I made my first one last year about this time, and was hooked from the start. I love that many of them are made out of one skein of fingering weight yarn (hello, sock yarn stash!), I love that they knit up relatively quickly, I love that you can wear most of them around your shoulders OR around your neck, and I love that that versatility makes them perfect for even the non-shawl wearers on your list, who will use them as a very pretty scarf. (Need more reasons? See my “Top Ten Reasons to Love a Shawl” post from last year.)

Today, I thought I’d share some great shawlette patterns with you, as you continue making up your list of things to knit for others during this holiday season. Ravelry patterns have an (R) before them.

Lighter Weight Shawls:
(R) Whippoorwill Shawl (I’m working on this one in Madelinetosh Merino Light Tart and Fig. Love it. Are you on our Loopy Ewe Facebook page? I gave some color combination suggestions over there on Monday.)
Traveling Woman (The red one, pictured here. One of my first shawls, and a great one for newer shawl knitters.)
Multnomah (The blue-green one, pictured, and the fall-colored one, pictured. I think this was my very first one. Try this. Easy peasy and beautiful.)
Ishbel (The yellow one pictured here. I made this one this summer and love how it turned out.)
(R) Clothilde (On my list. Love the pattern lines in this one, and it calls for DK weight.)
(R) 28′s Cousin 53 (Because I like the name! And it looks fun to knit. A good one for wearing like a pretty scarf.)
(R) Shaelyn (Another one that looks fun to knit.)
All of Wendy’s Shawlettes: Argus, Chevron, Lady Bertram, Miss Woodhouse, Printemps, Seaside, Transverse, Winter’s Morn, and Woodland Walk. (Because I tried to pick just one or two and found it impossible.)
(R) Maia Shoulderette (So dainty and feminine looking.)
Seascape (I know it is meant to be all gauzy-ish – Shibui’s Silk Cloud would be lovely, but I’d also like it done up in a fingering weight semi-solid like Madtosh Sock.)
Citron (The multi-colored Wollmeise one pictured here. Lots of solid knitting on this one, but I do like it.)

Try these yarns: Amy Butler DK, Artyarns Regal Silk, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk or Royal, Dream in Color EverlastingFiber Optic, Fiberphile, Kollage Luscious (great non-wool option), Lorna’s Laces Honor or Pearl, Madelinetosh Merino Light or Sock and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series.

I could go on and on with shawlette patterns. I just love them!  But I’ll stop with the lightweight ones for now.

Heavier Weight Shawls:
Mara Shawl (I made two of these and kept them both. Green/teal one, pictured here, and the navy one, also pictured.)
(R) Tesni Shawl (I keep “getting ready to” knit this one. Still not OTN. Still love it.)
Frost Diamonds (Lots of fun squares worked into this pattern.)
(R) Olatz (Just a hint of lace and it looks nice around the neck).
(R) Glimfeather (Beautiful cables, all done up in a pretty red, how could this one not be on my list? Wow.)
(R) Summer Flies (I’d love to see this done up in Black Cascade Eco Alpaca. Warm and gorgeous.)

Try these yarns: Amy Butler Aran, Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca, Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, Cascade Eco Alpaca or 220, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage, Malabrigo Worsted or Rios or Twist, and Spud and Chloe Sweater.

Of course there are all kinds of full-sized shawl pattern options out there, too, but this is supposed to be a “quick and easy” list for you. Did you find any new ones you’d like to make?

Sheri watchingmyshawlettelistgetlongerandlonger

Dream in Color’s Everlasting Sock Yarn

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, October 18th, 2010 in Shop News

If you read the blog a couple of weeks ago, you know what popped up on the website tonight – Dream in Color’s brand new sock yarn, called Everlasting. The colors are truly amazing. The DC gals sent me some samples of this a few weeks ago, and when I opened the box, this is what peered back at me – colors, colors, colors! I quickly rounded up one of our Loopy Sample Knitters to work one skein of it up into a Winter’s Morn shawl. (Thanks again for your quick, beautiful work on this shawl, Laura!) We have it for you in 47 colors. The last 3 are on the way and we’ll put those up as soon as they get here and get photo-ed. This is an 8 ply fingering weight, 100% superwash Australian merino wool, spun and hand-dyed in the U.S. Perfect for socks, shawls, hats, mitts, gloves, sweaters and vests. We have lots and lots in stock, and we’ll get more when it sells out. I know you’ll have fun with this one and I’m looking forward to seeing what patterns you pick to go with it.

Also up tonight: Loopy’s Knitted Bag and Loopy’s Crocheted Bag (these would make cute sock-in-progress bags, don’t you think?), some new colors of Zauberball Starke 6 (great for heavier socks, scarves, hats, mitts and gloves) and re-stocks plus new sizes of Kollage Square DPN needles. Pop on over and check it all out.

Sheri lovingthebeautifulfallweatherbutnottheallergiesthatgowithit

Holiday Gift Time – Fingerless Mitts, Gloves & Mittens

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 in Pattern Links

Last week we talked about different Cowls you might make as holiday gifts. This week, I want to share some ideas for fingerless mitts, mittens and gloves. The fingerless versions are great for people who like their fingers free for texting, computing, and working, but need a bit of extra warmth. I wear them in my office when it gets particularly cold. (Unfortunately my office stays colder in the winter and hotter in the summer than the rest of Loopy Central, so I have to deal with it instead of adjusting the heater/air conditioner.) I also wear them if I’m reading a book in bed and we’ve turned down the heat for the night, but I’m not ready to go to sleep yet. Of course some people want their fingers surrounded in warmth, so I’ve included some glove patterns as well. (And because I know you’ll ask for mitten patterns, too, I added those as well. Whew. Long list!)

Here are some pattern/yarn suggestions for the friends/teachers/relatives on your list who might love a pair.

Note – I know not everyone is on Ravelry. I have listed the Rav patterns with (R).

Worsted Weight patterns (quick to knit) Mitts:
Fetching (these are the first mitts I ever made)
(R) Mom’s Cabled Mitts (pictured. I made several of these last fall.)
(R) Matching Mitts for the Meret
Irish Hiking Scarf Wristwarmers
Belle Ruffle Gloves (totally smitten with these. Must make.)
Bittersweet Vines (bonus – mitts plus cowl pattern)

Worsted Weight Mittens:
Cornrow Mittens (bonus – hat pattern, too. These look fun to knit.)
(R) Meta Mittens (of course I’d have to make the feet red for Loopy)
(R) Mittens for the Fisherman (love the classy design)
Wood Hollow Mittens (because you know how I love cables)
(R) Ladybug Mittens (for kids)

Worsted Weight Gloves:
Men’s & Women’s Cable Gloves (classy for either one)
(R) Treads, Tipless Gloves (ok, a cross between mitts and gloves, but darned cute!)

Try these in: Amy Butler AranBlue Sky Worsted Hand DyesCascade Eco AlpacaLorna’s Laces Shepherd WorstedFiesta BoomerangLang Yak or Spud and Chloe Sweater.

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Mitts:
(R) Bird and Vine Mitts (These went on my list as soon as I saw them)
(R) Fishtail Wristwarmers
Fingerless Lace Mitts (pictured. Love the design.)
Veyla (pretty and elegant)
(R) Della Mitts (I like the stitches incorporated into this one)
(R) Red Velvet Cupcakes Mitts (because I love the name)

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Mittens:
Signe Mittens (or ANY mittens from Johanne’s Born to Knit line!)
Cuckoo Mittens (love the thumb, great in The Loopy Ewe Solid Series)
Midge Mittens (try these in Berroco Sox, Opal, Trekking, or Austermann)

Fingering/Sport/DK weight Gloves:
Women’s Long Gloves (I thought these looked elegant)
(R) Entangled Stitches (or any of Julia’s amazing gloves!)
Farinelli (someone needs to make these in black)

Try these in: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Alchemy Yarns of Transformation, Dream in Color Smooshy, Fiber Optic, Fiberphile MCN, Madelinetosh Sock, Spud and Chloe Fine, Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, or String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn DK.

You know, I could go on and on with pattern links, but I’ve already overwhelmed myself with patterns that I now want to knit. (Seriously, after looking at all of these, I am SO in the mood to do some mitts.) I hope it gets you thinking about some fun things to work on this fall.

No blog on Friday. I’ve had Web Guy home for a few days, and Knitting Daughter arrives home tomorrow. Happy Mom Week for me! I’m taking advantage of the Awesome Loopy Elves (who keep things running here when I’m gone) and will be in and out a bit the rest of the week. (Maybe starting a new pair of mitts….)

Sheri loveitwhenmykidsarehomehomehome

Third Quarter Challenge

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, October 11th, 2010 in Contest, Shop News

It’s time to vote for our Third Quarter Challenge entries! It has been so fun to see the different projects that have been knit up with our Loopy Ewe Solid Series line of yarn. After spending a year working on that line, it’s great to be shipping it out to so many of you.  Did you see the colorwork mitten pattern in the latest issue of Knitty, using our line? I love the bird on the thumb.

Here are just a few of the entries into our challenge, which was to make anything you’d like, using our solids line. You can see all of the amazing entries, here.

Socks by Allison:

and Beverly:

and Samantha:

and Em (this photo made me smile!):

Shawls by Kata:

and Linda:

and Mary:

Wearables by Wendy:

and Danielle:

and Michelle:

and Lynn (this was woven – love it!):

Check out the full gallery for details on these projects, and to see the rest of the cool socks, scarves, mitts and hats. We have had the best time seeing all of these come in! Please send your vote for your favorite to:  We’ll award our Knitter’s Choice award, as well as drawing from all entries for another award. Each person who completed a project and had their photo in to us by 10/7 also earned a 20% discount on yarn for their next project. :-) You can also see a bunch more projects on Ravelry by typing The Loopy Ewe Solid Series into the yarn search, and bring up the projects. I especially love these – I want to make them!

We do have new things up for you in tonight’s update. We added in:

Studio June Sock Luck - soft base with gorgeous colors, new and re-stocks.
Austermann Step
- the special yarn that contains Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil to treat your feet. New colors from the Zodiac series, plus re-stocks.
Trekking Hand Art
- more new colors from this popular line.
Addi Crochet Swing Hooks
- Addi’s newest line – great comfort and flexibility
Patterns – from Through the Loops, Wendy’s latest sweater, and a new line from ZigZag Stitch.

Sheri whodidsomeknittingonmydayofftoday

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