June 13, 2011
Guess what came in last week? Boxes and boxes and boxes of Madelinetosh Merino Light. So much beauty! We got them all photo-ed and we’ve added/re-stocked 93 colors in tonight’s Update for you, 29 of which are new to us. (Shown here in Wood Violet). I used Merino Light in the Whippoorwill Shawl I made last fall and really enjoyed knitting with it. In addition to the Madtosh, we’ve also added in:
Socktopus – a new indie dyer from the UK. Here’s a scarf I knit up in one of the sample skeins that Alice sent me this winter. (Pattern is 28′s Cousin 53 by Lynne Ashton.)
Cascade – re-stocked in 220, Heritage, Fixation, and Ultra Pima (as well as new colors in Ultra Pima)
Universal - a re-stock plus new colors in Cotton Supreme Solids and Batiks
Schoppel Walle Zauberball - a re-stock plus new colors in Lace and Starke 6
Trekking – a re-stock and new colors in XXL and Hand Art
Three Irish Girls – our June exclusive colorways (one a muti, one a semi-solid to match the multi) in the Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering blend.
Addi needles – re-stocked
Hop on over and pick up some new things for your summer knitting!
Speaking of summer knitting, if you’re participating in Camp Loopy (or if you’d like to participate), I started a thread on Ravelry in our Loopy Groupie group to answer some of the questions that have come up. I know not everyone is on Ravelry, so I’ve copied the Q&A’s below as well. We’re excited that so many of you are camping with us this summer! Be sure to get in on last week’s Camp Contest, if you didn’t already. We’ll draw winners this week and will announce them in Wednesday’s blog post.
Q. I didn’t get a cabin number.
A. Honestly, this started as the Elves randomly doing that for fun on a few orders! But I did start a thread on Ravelry last week with cabin descriptions and I encourage you to pick a cabin, if you weren’t assigned one. We don’t want anyone to feel left out.
Cabin 1: reserved for those who snore
Cabin 2: reserved for the get-up-early people
Cabin 3: reserved for the stay-up-late people
Cabin 4: reserved for the bug-haters
Cabin 5: reserved for the campers who keep changing their mind about what they want to knit.
Cabin 6: reserved for the light sleepers.
Hotel: reserved for those who don’t do cabins or tents or outdoor bathrooms.
Q. I am assigned to Cabin 4 but I think I belong in Cabin 5. Can I switch?
Q. Do the Cabin numbers mean anything?
A. No – it’s all in good fun. But if you order for next month’s project during July Camp Store Week (7/1 – 7/8), you’ll be assigned a specific Trail Guide on your order form, and that will mean something.
Q. Can we participate with weaving instead of knitting or crochet?
A. For this summer’s Camp Loopy, we’re sticking with knitting and crochet. We’ll think about a weaving option for next summer.
Q. I ordered two colors and I don’t like how they go together. Can I substitute a color from my stash for one of the colors, or can I order a different color now?
Q. If I substitute a color, will it still count towards Camp Loopy benefits?
A. If you use at least one color that you ordered from us during Camp Store Week (6/3 – 6/10), your project will still be eligible, if you finish by the deadlines. (Deadlines for Project One: finish your project by 7/15 and upload your photo to the Camp Loopy Project One Gallery by 7/17). We will then add a second FSB amount to your totals for the project yarn that was ordered during Camp Store Week and used in your project. So if you ordered two colors and used both in your final project, done by the deadlines, we will add the amount of both yarns as a bonus. If you ordered two but only used one of those for your final project, we will add the amount of the one yarn that was used.
Q. I didn’t get to order during Camp Store Week, but if I order this week and complete the project by the deadline, does that still count, even though I know I don’t get the Camp Loopy discount?
A. Yes! Mostly. Make sure that you add a “Camp Loopy” note to your order, so that we know you’re participating. You’ll still be eligible for the Project One drawings and prizes for the month, and if you finish all three projects by the deadlines, you’ll still get the bonus – a free skein of Wollmeise and pattern this fall. You won’t be eligible for double FSB credits for this project, since the yarn wasn’t ordered during Camp Store Week.
Q. I want to participate using two colors from my stash. Does that still count?
A. You are welcome to participate and knit from stash and upload it to the gallery, if it’s yarn that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. (We always require projects in our Photo Galleries to be from yarn that we carry at TLE.) You will still be eligible for drawings and prizes for the month, but not the FSB double credits or the free Wollmeise + pattern at the end.
Q. When you say to knit the project between 6/15 and 7/15, when EXACTLY does the timing start?
A. You can start at 12:01 am your time on 6/15 if you’d like, although a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast might be a better idea. The project needs to be done by 11:59 pm on 7/15, your time. The photos need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm OUR time (Central Time) on 7/17. International participants need to be finished by 7/22 and uploaded by 7/24, due to extra shipping time.
Q. Should we be starting a new Camp Loopy Group here on Ravelry?
A. No. Since it’s an activity through The Loopy Ewe, I’d like to keep it as a part of our regular Loopy Groupies group.
Q. Are you and the Elves still alive and kicking after the craziness of Camp Loopy last week?
A. Barely! But we expect to be revived via a good kick of caffeine today. And maybe we’ll make some Happy Camper Crunch. No worries.