April 11, 2011
Do you remember the Field of Dreams quote that says, “If you build it, he will come.”? (I thought it was “they will come” until I Googled it. According to Wiki, many people quote it incorrectly. Like me.) My new mantra is, “If you buy it, you will learn it.” In my case, that particularly applies to two things in tonight’s Update.
1. Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Laces in Grand Street Ink. I think that I may have stated here that lace intimidates me a bit. Not the patterns (although there are some that make me feel like I need to sit down with an iced tea and a hand fan). It’s the yarn itself. That whispery thin, intimidatingly little, laceweight. One laceweight line that I think I can handle? Helen’s Laces. It’s a 50% merino / 50% silk which makes it soft and strong at the same time. It’s a 2-ply with a little weight to it, so it’s not like knitting with thread. And the merino in there makes it easier to work with (than the 100% silk laceweight that – while entirely lovely – was a little too much for me and my needles, the one and only time I used it. In fact, it might be why I swore off of laceweight yarn after that.) At any rate, this is the yarn that Jared Flood used in his newest pattern, “Rock Island“, and I’m going to jump in and give it a whirl with Helen’s Laces. See? If you buy it (which I did), you will learn it (which I’m going to do). Maybe it will inspire a whole new love of laceweight knitting for me. Or at least Helen’s Laces laceweight knitting.
2. Beads. At last year’s Spring Fling, I saw so many gorgeous shawls with beads. I really liked the slight weight that they added to the ends of the shawls, and of course the extra shimmer added more pop to the already amazing patterns. Look at these lovely gals in the photo. Doesn’t that make you want to knit up a shawl? With beads? Now that I finally have beads here at The Loopy Ewe, I am going to start knitting with them. See? If you buy it (which I did), you will learn it (which I’m going to do). It’s always good to push yourself and your knitting skills once in awhile.
Of course there is more to entice you to shop today.
* Not only did we get Grand Street Ink in the Helen’s Laces weight that the pattern calls for, but we also got it in Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport, and Roving.
* We also have re-stocked some of our Cascade lines, so look for updates in 220, Eco Duo, Heritage Solid, and Heritage Silk.
* We’ve added in 13 more colors of Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sea Sock (which is one of my most favorite yarn bases ever).
* We added more Fleece Artist Trail Sock colorways, so we now have 25 colors to choose from. Trail Sock is a great merino/nylon blend at a very reasonable price.
* We have lots of new Sanguine Gryphon Bugga for you (which is another one of my most favorite yarn bases ever).
* And I added the Laci’s Wrist Yarn Ball Holder to the website, because I bought one at a Stitches event awhile back and really like how it works. These are especially nice for when you are knitting in a place where you don’t want to risk your yarn rolling on the floor. (Like in cars, planes, movie theaters, standing in line, when you have dogs or cats at your feet, etc.). Plus, it’s easy to take your yarn cake on or off of this ball holder, even mid-project. Or leave it on and pop the whole thing into your knitting bag when you’re done for the day. Just make sure you knit from the outside of the ball when you use it.
Did you catch Friday’s blog with the new Second Quarter Challenge? It has been fun to see your orders and stories come through. We’re enjoying seeing how you’re adapting this challenge in your own way.