It’s fun to have so many of you camping along with us at Camp Loopy this summer! Watch for the Camp Loopy Photo Gallery to go up this week, as I know that quite a few of you are already finished with your beautiful projects. (Not me. I will probably use every bit of the next 3 1/2 weeks to finish my project. But I’m enjoying it!)
We decided that you might need some new Camping Equipment, so we’ve put a few essentials on sale this week. You’ll find 15% off all water bottles, travel mugs, regular mugs, and knitting and project bags. (You thought we were going to say tents, sleeping bags, and camping stoves, right? But those aren’t nearly as fun as bags and mugs and water bottles.) The sale prices will be up until midnight this Friday, 6/24 (Central Time) and while supplies last, so enjoy it while you can.
We’ve also added in: Madelinetosh Sock – shown here in Fathom (with more going up next week – some needed to be re-photoed), Schoppel Walle Zauberball (try this fun pattern with a ball of this striping yarn), HiyaHiya (needles, Dumpling Cases, Puppy Snips, and project bags), Dream in Color Starry re-stocks, and a limited quantity of t-shirts from Lorna’s Laces (where you can choose from “I make pretty string” and “I make string pretty”, in two different t-shirt styles.
Check back for this Wednesday’s blog, where we’ll be telling an interesting Camp Loopy story around the campfire, and you will have a chance to participate in the story-telling.
Are you ready for s’more recipes that are perfect for camping? (Lame joke. I couldn’t help it.) These are best when you zap them in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating. It melts the chocolate and marshmallow just enough to seem like you’re enjoying an old-fashioned S’more. (Really, I can’t believe the authentic taste that you get from this recipe. Must be the graham cracker crumbs in the dough.)
S’mores Cookie Bars
(original recipe from Lovintheoven)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (like Hersheys)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
Preheat over to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 8 baking pan.
Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Gradually add this into the butter/sugar mixture at low speed, until mixed well.
Divide the dough in half. Press the first half into the bottom of the pan. Layer the chocolate bars over the dough and then spread the marshmallow creme over the top of the chocolate.
Roll out the remaining dough to fit over the top, and then layer it on. (You won’t be able to pat it out on top of the creme, so rolling with a rolling pin is the easiest way to do it.)
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.
How are your Camp Loopy projects coming along? I started mine with the two colors I showed you in this post, and had to rip out the multi-color Mansfield Garden Party, four rows in. I really thought it was going to work, but once I added it to the Celadon, they just looked bad together. I’m using Seawash with the Celadon instead. Much better. I still love the skein of Mansfield that I have. I’ll pair it with something else and will make another two-color shawl. In fact, I have so many patterns that I now want to make, thanks to all of you for sharing links over on Ravelry. Have you found more two-color projects that are now on your list, once this first one is done?
Today is the day!** Day One of Project One for Camp Loopy. Are you camping with us? Remember, it’s a bug-free, travel-free opportunity to participate in some fun this summer. You can knit up one project with us, or do all three. The Project One information can be found here, and answers to your questions can be found here. We’ll have information on Project Two in the July 1st blog. It has been fun to see all of the wonderful color combinations shipping out of here for the first project.
I have been eyeing the Pamuya Shawl since I saw it in person (on several people) at our Spring Fling. Since it uses about 575 yds, it’s definitely a two-skein project and perfect for doing up in two colors. I picked these two Madelinetosh Merino Light colors this week – shown here in Celadon and Mansfield Garden Party. Two color projects are fun. These two skeins alllllmost don’t go together. The Mansfield has more olive greens mixed in. However, it also contains a version of blue that combines just right with the Celadon and I think it will turn out great. But … we’ll see. I’m just going to jump in and do it. I haven’t started it yet, but I did bring it to Loopy with me today, in case I can squeeze in a few stitches at lunch. (The fact that this project needs to be done in 4 weeks and I’m moving in 4 1/2 weeks and need to pack up the whole house? I’m ignoring that.)
We have winners from last week’s Camp Contest! The following people won a copy of the Winter Rhythm Capelet pattern that I knit up and featured on last Wednesday’s blog: Sherry from AK, Pat from OH, Debbie from TN, Linda from New Brunswick, and Sue from WY. All winners have been contacted. We’ll have another Camp Contest soon.
The Project One Photo Gallery will be going up at The Loopy Ewe, sometime next week. Will anyone be done the first week? I know there were a bunch of you who were starting at 12:01 this morning. Maybe you’re done already. Me? It’s going to take me the whole month.
** no turtles were harmed in the photography process. (Harmed? Are you kidding? The little guy said, “WHEEEE!!” the whole way across the room …..)
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.