I need to find a new radio station. It’s so sad to wake up to the news, because the news of the day is not encouraging. I can’t get the situation with Japan out of my mind. We have so many sweet Loopy Groupies in Japan and I’m worried for them. And this morning the news was full of Libya. It’s hard to write peppy blog posts, when things are going on all around us that have such an impact on everyone. I don’t want to ignore what’s going on, but then again, I know you don’t come to this blog to get information on Japan and Libya. So I’ll continue to do the things I can in my own way to help the people in Japan, and I’ll keep the focus of this blog on yarn and fiber and color. In the meantime, did you see that Wendy has written a beautiful new shawl pattern called “Japanese Garden“? From now through the end of April, ALL proceeds from the pattern sales will be donated to the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. I think it’s wonderful that she is doing that. I bought my copy this afternoon and am picking out some beautiful Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga to use with it. (Photos used with permission.)
Speaking of which, we have a lot of things up on the website for you today. (I promised you last week that we’d have plenty of fun, since we took last Monday off from updating. And if you checked out the Loopy Webcam today, you can see that we’re collecting more yarn and boxes for next week already.) We’ve just added in:
- The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga- including new colors. (Shown here in Archy and Mehitabel).
– Lorna’s Laces Worsted – in many new colors for us, as well as the new Spring Colors, and the ever-popular Zombie BBQ. We also have Zombie in the Honor base, which many of you are loving in this month’s Club Loopy.
– Dragonfly Fibers Merino Silk Roving – Kate’s beautiful roving makes me want to pull my wheel out and spin.
- Speaking of wheels – we have more Schacht Ladybugs available and ready for shipping.
- Kollage’s My Kind of Saturday Cowl is back in stock, for those who have been waiting on it since I blogged the one I made. Two of the sold out colors of Riveting are now back. We still have a bit on backorder.
- Knit Girl in Idaho has done more 2 and 4 piece stitchmarker sets for us. Cute as ever. I have lots of pretty stitchmarkers, but these are the ones I continually grab for when I need to use some. You’ll find these in The Loopy Ewe Accessories section.
- Della Q – new fabrics and styles of needle and project bags. My favorite is her Travel Case.
- Blackthorn DPN’s – Made from the same material as the skin of stealth jets, these carbon fiber needles have the feel of wood with the strength of steel.
- The Loopy Ewe Color Cards – Now that we have all of the pre-orders taken care of, we have built up some stock again and are able to offer them on the website. We’ll keep working on them, so if they go out of stock eventually, it’s just temporary. These cards have samples of all 90 colors in our Solid Series. If you like being able to see how Ginger is different from Sienna and how Oyster compares to Dove, then color cards with actual yarn samples is definitely the way to go.
- Ysolda Teague’s Whimsical Little Knits Bk 2 is back in stock. We also have a new pattern book from Universal Yarn, called Summer Supreme. Great for pairing with their popular Cotton Supreme line.
See you on Wednesday. We’ll have Contest Winners to announce!
We ship out a lot of boxes, week to week. While Web Guy was here, he decided to start making up some of the boxes that we’d need this week. Of course it would be too boring to just stack them in columns, awaiting the contents. He decided that Susan’s shipping desk needed to be enclosed with a fort. (Kinda wishing the webcam had been moved before this, so you could’ve seen it on camera, and then the destruction of it.) If you got a Loopy box shipped to you this week, it’s possible that your box was a part of the Loopy Fort in its former life. I especially liked the brown “roofing shingles” and the sheep peeking out the front. Susan admitted that it made a nice little retreat when things got extra busy that day. (She said “retreat”, but I think “hiding place”.)
We also got the Club Loopy pre-orders out this week and so we have now added the individual-purchase kits up on the website for sale. Click here to see them and purchase one. (Don’t click there if you have one enroute to you and want to be surprised by the contents.) I don’t ever put together kits that I don’t love, but this kit is one that I am extra fond of.
I’m off next week – part of the week for business and part of the week for fun. I’m leaving WH at home to tend to the homestead and Elf Karen (and Mary, Donna, Sue, Lori, Anna and Vicki) at Loopy to keep the orders flowing. Susan is also out of the shop next week, so we decided to hold off on a Monday Update. Our next Monday Update will be on Monday, March 21st. You know we don’t take many Mondays off from Updates. You also know that when we do take a Monday off, it just means twice as much fun for the next week. Something to look forward to! Of course there is still plenty in stock for you to shop for and play with this week. At last count, it looks like:
99 Bags/Totes choices
142 Fun Accessory options
20 Kits to choose from
291 Needles & Hooks to pick out
857 Patterns to inspire you
61 Roving options to spin up
6 Spinning Supply choices
and 3337 Yarn options to choose from
Just in case you’re missing the regular Monday Update.
I’ll be back to the blog on Monday the 21st, and will fill you in on all of the latest happenings. In the meantime, I hope you get lots of knitting and crocheting done while I’m gone. I’m taking … a few projects with me. How many projects would you take along if you were going to be gone for six days?
And here’s the contest question (winners drawn when I get back!): If you won a week’s vacation to the destination of your choice – where would you choose to go? (I can’t send you on a week’s vacation if you win the contest, but I’ll send you some Wollmeise – how’s that?)
Edit: P.S. And I just now heard the news about the devastating earthquake in Japan. I think most of us would choose to forego the vacation and donate money. But you can still tell me where your dream vacation would be, sometime down the road. In the meantime, all of us here at Loopy are keeping the people affected by the earthquake in our prayers.
I had fun knitting up this quick scarf last week. (Pattern here on Rav: 28′s Cousin 53.) Remember me talking about the fact that I always pick colors I want to knit with and not necessarily colors I wear? This gray/black Basalt color will be perfect. The only change I made to the pattern was on the ribbing. I did a K2, P2 instead of the K1, P1 that it calls for. I wanted a wider ribbed look at the bottom.
Of course the yarn itself was wonderful to work with. I’m a big fan of the MCN blends, and the ones that are 70/20/10 (like this Smooshy with Cashmere that I used, or Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga, or Sweet Georgia’s Cashluxe) are especially awesome. It’s interesting to me that Fiberphile’s Cashmere Sock, and String Theory Hand-Dyed’s Caper Sock both feel like the 70/20/10 combo, but they’re the regular 80/10/10. I wonder how they do that? At any rate, there are a lot of wonderful choices if you want to knit something soft and wonderful with a bit of cashmere!
Have you ever wished for a way to knit a lot of scarves, quickly? How about a Wind Knitting Machine? I think it’s a great idea. We’ll have to move Loopy up a few floors, though.
We kind of bored ourselves with the previous Loopy Webcam view. It featured the prettiest backdrop (well, unless you count shelves full of yarn – that makes a pretty backdrop, too), but there is not all that much action going on in that spot. While Web Guy was home last week, we had him move the camera to a better spot. What do you think? This way, you can keep track of boxes coming in and boxes going out and the Loopy Elves themselves. (And let me tell you, the Elves are so terribly excited about being on-camera more often. Terribly excited.)
Our packing station is U-shaped, so we kept one side of the U out of camera range. We had to have one space for packing up Club Loopy and dealing with other things that we’re not ready for you to see yet. Poor Elf Mary – she packed on camera all day today and chatted with Elf Anna, who was packing on the other side but completely out of view. Mary told Anna that tomorrow she’d have to be on the camera side. I’m not sure Anna agreed. At any rate, if your order happens to get packed on the camera-side, you might catch it!
Of course this is still just a little corner of Loopy. To get the full picture, pop over to our Loopy Central Photo Gallery.
Do you want to know what’s behind the big needle wall on the webcam? Check out the photos with these titles:
“More Shelves”, “Pegs”, and “Shelves and Shelves.”
“Lace Lane”, “Sit & Knit”, “Sock Blockers”, “Wall of Cascade”, and “Worsted Way”.
Better yet, just come shop in person, and then you can wave on the webcam. It’s always fun to be here in person, if you’re in the neighborhood.
We put lots of new things up in our Monday Update. You’ll find:
• Stricken Smitten’s Sinful Sock
• Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the new colors
• Juliespins Merino 370
• Dragonfly Djinni (shown here in the purple “December Baby”)
• Studio June’s Simply Cashmere (shown here in “Silvery Gray”)
• Alpaca With a Twist’s Baby Twist
• Sajou Scissors with the new wooden handles
• Baggu Bags re-stocks
• Namaste re-stocks
• SpillyJane Kits
• Pattern re-stocks (DangerCrafts, Knit & Tonic, and Grace Akhrem)
• Lorna’s Laces Zombie BBQ in Shepherd Sock and Pearl
Enjoy the new things, and I hope that some of you catch your orders being boxed up on the Webcam, tomorrow!