Archives from December 2010

Three Irish Girls Mitts

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 in Finished Projects

I love their yarn, their colorways, and their Irish names. It’s also wonderful to knit with.  We added in their Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted a couple of weeks ago, and I snagged this skein of Saoirse to make a pair of fingerless mitts for Elf Susan for her birthday (which was yesterday). This is my favorite fingerless mitts pattern, Mom’s Cabled Mitts. I love the feel of this yarn on my hands and am now looking for the perfect cabled scarf pattern to use with it. I’m also looking forward to knitting their Adorn sock yarn, which we just added in this week.

The glove stretchers in the photo were something I found in an antique store awhile back. I don’t recommend them – it took a lot of stretching to get the mitts on there! Fortunately that pattern/yarn has a lot of give. But it’s not something I would use on my mitts and gloves again.

Did you know that January is “Selfish Knitting Month”? That means that after all of the gift knitting you have done this fall, you get to spend as much time as you want (or at least the entire month of January) knitting things just for you. And if you didn’t knit any gifts at all, you can still do Selfish Knitting Month. That’s the rule and I’m pretty sure that all knitters must follow it or face stiff penalties. Just a warning.

We will have a new Quarterly Challenge coming along for the First Quarter of 2011. Tune in to the blog sometime between Christmas and New Years and I’ll let you know all about it!

Just a quick reminder about our holiday schedule. We will be out of the shop on Thursday and Friday of this week (12/23, 24), as well as Friday of next week (12/31).  But do check back to the blog this Friday, as I have a great Chocolate/Peanut/Caramel/Sea Salt Bark recipe for you, and it’s another RAK Reporting Day!

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Three Irish Girls, Fiberphile, and Gale’s Art

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, December 20th, 2010 in Shop News

Lots of things to choose from in this week’s Update. I’m all for buying your own gifts, just in case someone forgot to put you on their list (or wrapped up a Chia Pet to put under your tree.) Look at the new things you have to choose from this week:

Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock – 32 colors in an 80/20 fingering weight yarn base (shown here in Mairin). I find myself walking back to those shelves, just to look at all of the pretty colors. (I did succumb and get two of them. That’s how I handle other yarn lines that I love, too – a couple of skeins each time they come in, until my stash of that line is full and colorful and complete. Of course the “complete” never happens, but I can pretend that one day I’ll stop adding to it.)

Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock – didn’t I just mention last week about how much I love the merino/cashmere/nylon base? I know some people only knit scarves/cowls/mitts/shawls out of it because they say it’s too nice to put on your feet, but have you tried on a pair of MCN socks? Because once you do, you’ll soon decide that your feet are totally worth those socks. And Georgia’s semi-solids are gorgeous. The perfect combination of yarn base plus color. (Shown here in Northern Coast.)

Gale’s Art Sock – a re-stock of all of those popular colorways that sold out so quickly the first time. I’m just so glad that she expanded from roving-only to sock yarns this past fall. Good move.

Gale’s Art Black BFL Roving and Alpaca Silk Roving – Spinners: more roving! Several of you have noticed that our roving supply has gone done, and I’m happy to be building it back up. Sometimes I get waylaid by yarn for a bit, but we always want to continue to have beautiful roving available for you, too. (Shown here: Alpaca Silk in Proud Peacock.)

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – We’re continuing to build up our supply of their new, large 435 yd. skeins (shown here in Vera). This batch brings our total to 54 colorways in the new size, and we’ll continue to add to it.

Are you done with your gift knitting? I need to finish one more item – a button-on cowl like I made for myself earlier this fall. Then I’m done.  I have a list of things that I want to work on “over the holidays”, but then I look at my calendar and realize that I don’t really have that many days off over the holidays. When do I think I’m going to get all of this done? My list is always longer than the time available to complete it. It’s similar to me taking 6 projects on a weekend trip, thinking I’m going to get them all done. I don’t think I’ll ever change.

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RAK Reporting Day and Cinnamon Puffs

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, December 17th, 2010 in Random Acts of Kindness, Sheri's Recipes

elves-themselvesThis was another fun week of reading about all of the wonderful (and kind) things you are doing for those around you. Thank you again for sharing it with us. I know that “random acts” are typically done quietly, without telling anyone you did them. But you’re still pretty incognito in the blog comments here, and you have been inspiring a whole lot of people in the meantime. You should read the emails I’ve been getting about this! It has been just awesome.

Just a few from last Friday’s post - I liked Jeannette’s idea of making up care packages to hand out to the homeless. Ziploc bags filled with socks, gloves, lip balm, and non-perishable food items. They keep them in the car to hand out. BethC decided to forego fries in her lunches this week and donated that amount to the charity container in the restaurant. Diane decided that she and her family had spent enough on gifts for family and friends and donated the rest of their Christmas fund to the Heifer Project. There was also a lot of snow shoveling, windshield clearing, coffee/cocoa buying, hat and scarf knitting, special help/gifts for the elderly, and Angel Tree participating going on. (Read the ones from our first reporting day, too, if you haven’t seen those yet.)

This week’s randomly drawn winners are: Elizabeth in PA and Kim in TN, who each win two skeins of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series and a pattern (their choice of color and pattern) and a tub of Soak’s Heel creme. I look forward to giving more away next week again, so be sure to leave your latest RAK comments on today’s post to be entered into the drawing.

Today’s recipe originally came from Elf Mary, who brought this in to Loopy last week. I got to thinking about it, and tried a new version over the weekend. I am going to serve these with brunch on Christmas morning!

breakfast-cinnamon-puffsBreakfast Cinnamon Puffs

2 tubes of Crescent Rolls
1 package of cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbl. butter, melted
cinnamon to sprinkle

Whip together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Fill your cupcake pan with liners. Separate the Crescent triangles and put one in each liner, opened up (so that all three triangle points are laying on the edges of the pan.) Add 1 generous Tbl. of the sugar mixture to the center of the triangle, and then flip all three pointss in to cover the filling and make the little “puff”. I did a little twisty twirl with the longest point, just to make it pretty. :-) Brush with melted butter and sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until done. Makes 16 puffs. Can be served warm or cold.

(Note – the original recipe called for the same ingredients. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Unroll one tube of Crescents and put on the bottom. Spread the cream cheese/sugar/vanilla mixture on top. Add the second layer of Crescents over the cream cheese. Spread 1 stick of melted butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Either way, this tastes great!)

For those of you deep into scarf-wearing weather, check out this post about how to do a pretzel knot with your scarf. I tried it and I love how it keeps the scarf snug (and cute!) around your neck. (You might also want to check out Lisa’s beautiful jewelry, while you’re at it.) :-)

Back to the RAK’s – tell us what you did this week to be a blessing to others! I’m looking forward to reading all about it.

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Bugga, Jojoland, Madelinetosh, and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 in Finished Socks, Shop News

These merino/cashmere/nylon blends really spoil a person. I have already cast on for my second sock in this. I’d say that I’m getting better and deleting my Second Sock Syndrome but that’s not true. It’s just the MCN Base that prompts me forward. The truth is, I want to wear them and not just display a single sock on the wall at Loopy. This is Smaller Yellow Ant in Bugga from The Sanguine Gryphon, and while I’m not usually an orange or yellow person, the colors in this just pop. I love it.  The pattern is Shur’tugal, and is free on Ravelry. Knit top down, with a very cool heel. (Click on photo to make it big – isn’t that a fun pattern?) We put lots of new Bugga and Skinny Bugga up on Monday night, this week. I know many of you found it! We also added in:

- more Lavishea in all scents and sizes (those gals worked hard to get us one more order before the holidays!)

- Madelinetosh Sock (80 more colors went up) and Pashmina (the wonderful merino/silk/cashmere blend).

- Jojoland Melody Superwash and patterns (check out Jojo’s scarf patterns. So pretty in this beautiful color-changing yarn.)

- Entrelac Stitchmarkers (my favorites, because they’re small and unobtrusive and pretty.)

- Addi Lace Clicks (we’ve worked our way through all of the pre-orders that we had for these, so now we can share them on the website. These have been popular!)

- Loopy Lite Kits (the remaining kits from our Loopy Lite Fall Sock Club, containing an exclusive skein of Madelinetosh Sock, two patterns written for this kit – socks and mitts – and a black and red Loopy Messenger Bag.)

We’ll have one more Monday Update for 2010 – next Monday. I’m anticipating Gale’s Art, Fiberphile, Lorna’s Laces, and more for you on Monday. We won’t have new things to go up on 12/27, since we are taking Thursday and Friday of next week to enjoy the holiday season with our families. No photo time.

On another note – I have a new Christmas CD that I’m really enjoying. One of my friends on Facebook suggested it, and I’m so glad. It’s piano music that combines Christmas Carols with Classical songs (like Silent Night combined with Clare de Lune, We Three Kings with Fuer Elise, Hark the Herald Angels Sing with Handel’s Largo, etc). If you’re tired of all of your regular holiday CD’s,  (or need some stocking stuffers or a couple more gifts for people on your list) you might give this one a try. It will put you in the spirit and relax you at the same time!

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