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Camp Loopy Bunting

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 in Camp Loopy, Pattern Links

There are a lot of things that come to mind when people think about Camp. Like hiking, campfires, swimming, singing, stories, and that blasted person who plays Reveille at way-too-early-o-clock in the morning. (Go ahead and click on the “sound” link on that Wiki page. It will transport you RIGHT back to early morning camping. Ugh.) Another thing that I think of when I think of camp? Flags. Not just the good ol’ USA flag, but special camp flags.

We definitely needed a Camp Loopy flag. But instead of making it up to depict the Camp Loopy logo (which would be cute, but not useful), I decided that a multi-colored bunting would be a lot more fun and a lot more practical. I picked three of my favorite colors from Cascade 220 (8895, 8505, and 8908 ) and doodled up a quick pattern for you. You can find it on the Free Patterns link over there in the right hand column of my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

I knit it so that the flags were spread out a bit. I like it this way because we have a fence in the back yard and I like looping the rope-y part behind the posts. However, you can also knit it so that all of the bunting flags line up continuously together. Just delete the spacing between them, when knitting up the pattern.

Other ideas for this pattern:

- do it up in holiday colors (Halloween? Valentine’s Day? Christmas?) and string it along a fireplace mantel.

- ditto for seasonal colors, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. It would also look cute looped around a chandelier (away from the bulbs, of course).

- do it up in nursery colors and decorate a baby’s wall or shelves.

- do it up in multiple colors and use it for all family birthday celebrations.

- do it up in your favorite colors and use it in your craft/knitting corner. That’s what I’m doing with the set that I knit here.

They’re quick and easy to knit and it’s fun to come up with different color combinations. Got any color combo ideas you want to share?

Sheri whoalsowantsoneoftheseinautumncolors

Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Dream in Color

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, June 27th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Lots of beautiful yarn for you to check out today! But first – here’s a little neck scarf/shawlette that I finished up right before I headed off to TNNA Market. It’s The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, which is a free download. I was testing out Zitron’s Unisono, a DK weight yarn that has long color repeats (as well as a line of solids.) I love the base – squishy, springy, but with great stitch definition. And of course it’s always fun to knit with yarn that changes colors as you go along. I headed over to the booth and ordered it straight away, that Saturday, and now we have it in stock. Here’s the link for the solids and the semi-solids/multi-colors. This would make really comfy socks. And here are a few more pattern ideas for this yarn: Cerus Scarf (by Hilary Smith Callis), Princess Mitts (by Jennifer Hagan), and the Boneyard Shawl (by Stephen West).

Besides the multi and solid Unisono colors, we’ve also just added in:

Madelinetosh Sock – 38 more colors new/re-stocked, bringing our total up to 92 different colors for you at the moment. And although it’s called “Sock”, you know that it’s equally popular for shawls, right? Check out some of the two-color projects that the Loopy Campers are finishing up. Many of those would be great done up in this Tosh Sock.

Malabrigo Rios – this 4-ply worsted weight superwash has been really popular (and hard to get on re-order, due to its popularity.) Great for sweaters, hats, cowls and quick scarves. Or how about using it for the Watershed pattern (by Amy Swenson)?

Malabrigo Rasta – a bulky weight that is a quick quick knit. If you buy a skein of this and would like the free Howling Winds Cowl pattern that goes with it, just add a note to your order and we’ll send it to you. Here’s the blog post that shows the one I knit up in a couple of hours.

Dream in Color Smooshy – in the new “Fire-Scorched Solids” colorways. These colors come in brilliant jewel tones, with a beautiful charcoal highlighting. Eleven new colors: Starless Sky, Amethyst Ink, Wicked Royal, Aqua Jet (shown in the photo), Peacock Shadow, Twilight Lime, Emerald Darkness, Sundown Orchid, Raspberry Blaze, and Chocolate Night. I’m thinking I need to do a one-skein shawl with one of these colors. Wouldn’t Damask (by Kitman Figueroa) be gorgeous in this?

Blackthorne Needles – back in stock. These are DPN’s are made from carbon fiber (the same material as the skin of a stealth jet). They are lightweight and very strong, with pointy ends.

Namaste - re-stocks on Monroes, Hermosas, Buddy Cases, and Circular Cases.

HiyaHiya – a new color in their project bags – Purple! This goes along with the Turquoise and Red bags, already in stock.

Dolce Handknits- a new pattern line that we added in while at Market. Kim’s styles are beautiful and we’ll watch for more from her in the future.

Have fun checking out everything that’s new, and we’ll get your orders shipped out to you tomorrow!

Sheri whoisnowupto4NamasteCircCasesformyneedles.

All the Right Flavors

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, June 24th, 2011 in Camp Loopy, Sheri's Recipes

s'more-chocolate-cakeThe Campfire Story about Loopy is cracking me up! Did you read it? Loopy started off knitting in the attic of a house and he has: taught the UPS guy how to knit, drunk a portion of  shrinking potion, followed the Wollmeise trail to Germany, danced with blue and green lights, talked to Dr. Who, and met friends along the way. Great job on the story-telling! I’ll draw a yarn winner next week, so feel free to continue the story over the weekend.

Here is a cake that has ALL the right flavors in it – brownies, chocolate chip cookies, marshmallows, graham crackers, cheesecake, and chocolate frosting. Doesn’t it look unbelievably decadent? I especially love the thick layer of chocolate frosting on the top. I saw this over on Julia’s blog and asked permission to share the photos and recipe with you. (I was afraid that if I made it to photo myself, WH and I would then eat it. Which would have been very very good. And very very bad. But I will make it sometime, when there are more people around to eat it. It looks way too good to pass up.) You can find the recipe for this cake here. It’s a little long, so I’m sending you over there instead of typing it all up here.

s'more-chocolate-cakeCheck out some of the rest of the recipes on Julia’s blog. She does a great job of coming up with unique flavors and combinations, that all work together to mix into something wonderful. Like Basil Cauliflower Pizza, Breakfast Cookies, Goat Cheese and Phyllo Pizza, Grilled Vegetable Platter with Cilantro Avocado Aioli, Chickpea and Feta Salad, and …. well, I’ll stop now. You can pop over there and poke through all of the categories on your own. I know you’ll come up with several “must make” recipes for yourself and your family.

Do you ever have a weekend where you SHOULD be doing one thing but you WANT to be doing another? I really should be packing boxes, since we’re moving our household in three weeks. But what I want to be doing? Working on my Pamuya Shawl. What should you be doing? And what do you want to be doing instead?

Sheri ormaybeIshouldavoidbothofthosethings

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 in Camp Loopy, Contest

We’re having a campfire and everyone is invited. Come out out of your cabins and tents and join us. Speaking of cabins, did you know that Claudia Hand Painted has a colorway calledCabin Fever“?

She also has “Boot Camp“:

And “Campfire“:

Which brings us back to the point of today’s blog. Part of camping is sitting around the fire, telling stories, right? So let’s tell a story about Loopy. I’ll start, and anyone who would like to can add one sentence – just one sentence – in the comments below to continue the story. Once the comments start, you need to add your sentence so that it continues the story from the comment above yours. (I realize this might be problematic if you have never left a comment on this blog. Those comments go into a queue for approval, which will make them show up in the right order, but at a later time. But come to think of it, that might add a few interesting twists to the story!)

Next week, I’ll randomly draw a comment to win two skeins of Claudia Hand Painted in your color choice. So let the story begin:

It was a beautiful afternoon (although the forecast was for storms that night.) Loopy had a long list of things to-do, and a house full of people to entertain, but all he really wanted to do was to sit down and work on his Camp Loopy project. He grabbed his project bag and snuck off to hide in the attic for some knitting time. Loopy opened the two attic windows for a nice breeze and settled down to knit. He was in the middle of a long row of (K2tog, YO’s), when he heard a loud crash from the floor below.

(Your turn. Keep it going!)

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