Archives from July 2011

Pamuya Shawl

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 in Finished Projects, Pattern Links

For my Camp Loopy Project One, I chose to knit the Pamuya shawl. I had seen this on several Spring Flingers in April and it immediately went onto my “must make” list. Everyone I talked to about it told me that it was fun to knit because there were enough different things going on that you never got bored knitting it. They were right. It was fun to work on.

I originally planned to use Madelinetosh Merino Light in Celadon and Mansfield Garden Party (which I showed you together here).I However, after adding a couple of rows of Garden Party, I realized that it wasn’t going to work, so I substituted Shoreline instead. I’m kind of wishing I had just started over and added a different solid color to Mansfield, because it’s such a beautiful mix of colors. I guess I’ll save it for another one. Maybe Faraway So Close, which I ran across again the other day. They have a similar look to them, don’t you think? I did start in on my Cladonia with a red Bugga and a purple Lorna’s Laces Sport. So far, so good! That will be a fun project.

Don’t forget that all of your Project One knitting must be done by midnight on Friday, with photos uploaded to our Camp Loopy Project One Gallery by midnight (my time) on Sunday. (International knitters have until Sunday, 7/24 to upload photos, due to increase shipping times). Due to the high numbers of photos being uploaded for this project, it does take us a bit of time to approve them all. If you can see the photo in on your Loopy account page and if you uploaded it by midnight, don’t worry if it doesn’t show up for a few days after that. They appear in the order they were uploaded on our approval page, and I will be sure to note which ones were there by the deadline, even though we’ll still be working through all of them!

For those with questions on how to get your pictures into the gallery - after logging into your Loopy Ewe account, go to your account page and you’ll find a link to add photos there. Here is a note that I put up on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry, to answer some of the most often asked questions.

  • Don’t forget to tag the yarn that you have used for the project. When you upload the photo, you’re given a list of items that you’ve purchased in the last few months, to make it easier. If you purchased the yarn earlier than that, just leave the yarn name in your photo notes so that we know what you used.
  • We can only approve photos that use yarn that we have available at The Loopy Ewe (or that you purchased from us in the past, even if we no longer carry that line).
  • I’ve loved seeing different views of your projects (and your cute dogs and cats wrapped up in your shawls). However, we’re only approving one photo per project, since we will be doing random drawings and such. One photo per project keeps it fair to everyone.
  • We generally approve photos about once a week, although I’m doing them more often during Camp Loopy. If you get them uploaded by the deadline, we will make note of it, even if it doesn’t show up as approved right away. If you can SEE the photo in your account page, then you know it uploaded and is just pending approval.
  • Do feel free to upload them after the deadline so that we can see what you did, even if it wasn’t done in time! Of course the extra perks are contingent on getting it done by the deadlines. But either way, we still want to see your beautiful work.
  • If you have trouble uploading, it could be that your photo is too large. (They are limited to 3 MB). Or try a different browser.
  • FOR CAMP LOOPY PROJECT TWO: make sure that your photo shows the pair, not just one. Two socks, two mittens, or two gloves. We want to make sure that you completed both of them. (This coming from someone with Severe Second Sock Syndrome, so I’m only pointing the finger at myself. And that’s also why my Project Two will be mittens.)

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Sanguine Gryphon Bugga & Mithril, Dream in Color, and more

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 11th, 2011 in Shop News

Wow – so many things went up in tonight’s Update. The boxes have been pouring in here at The Loopy Ewe! (We like to keep the UPS guy and the FedEx gal really really busy in the hottest weather possible. Today’s heat index – 115. Don’t you want to come visit?) Just up:

The Sanguine Gryphon – not only did we get our monthly order of Bugga, but we also added in their Mithril laceweight line. Same beautiful dye technique, but on a lighter base. At just $20 for 750 yards, it a great deal, too. (Shown here in My Sweet Rose.)

Dream in Color - more Smooshy and more Everlasting in fingering weight.

Dragonfly Djinni - the merino/cashmere/nylon base that I continue to love so much (and I know you all do, too)

Studio June – laceweight in 100% cashmere. Wonderful yarn base, beautiful colors. (Shown here in Orchid.)

Done Roving Yarn – a new indie dyer that we added in at market this summer. Brilliant colors on a fingering weight base.

Malabrigo Lace – re-stocks

Alchemy Juniper - re-stocks and new colors in multi-colors and semi-solids

Mountain Colors Crazyfoot – re-stocked and new colors

Hadaki Bags – a new line of project bags for you, in 3 different sizes and styles. (Shown here in the French Market style in Cobalt Paisley).

Lots and lots of patterns. New lines and re-stocks  in Westknits, Ysolda Teague (including her awesome new sweater book), MimKnits, Knit and Tonic, Grace Akhrem, Cosmic Pluto Knits, Connie Chang Chinchio, French Press Knits, Designs by Romi, The Shetland Trader, and Tiny Owl Knits.

Need some ideas for new patterns? Check out the Project One Camp Loopy Photo Gallery. There are over 350 photos in there, and I have 50+ more awaiting approval. I am so proud of everyone who has risen to the challenge and knit a beautiful two-color shawl. We’ll continue to add the photos as they come in. The official due date for Project One is this Sunday (with the project done on Friday and two days to wash/block it.) I’ve decided to knit a Cladonia and have pulled a skein of Bugga and a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport for it. (Thanks to all of you who knit that for your camp project and inspired me!) And I know, I know – Camp Loopy Project Two is starting this Friday as well. I’ve always been one to have multiple projects going at one time. You know that about me. :-) I did finish my Project One shawl. Photos on Wednesday’s blog.

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Little Cinnamon Sugar Bombs

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, July 8th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Sheri's Recipes

Maybe I ought not to have put the word “bombs” in my blog title. Who knows what that will bring to my blog via the Search Engines. I don’t think I want to know.  But the title is appropriate, because these things are the bomb! The original recipe came from Tasty Kitchen, but I first saw the photo of it on Pinterest. (Pinterest – now sucking up even more time that I don’t have, but OH so fun. Sigh.)

Interesting to note – these bake up like cake donuts on the inside. The recipe says to dunk them in butter and roll them in cinnamon/sugar after baking. Well, that sounded like a bit much to me. I figured I’d bake them in cupcake liners, then brush butter on the top and sprinkle it with a dusting of cinnamon/sugar. Healthier, right? The problem with that is that the cake part is pretty bland and a light dusting of cinnamon/sugar didn’t cut it. So I said “the heck with it”, dunked them good, and rolled them in the cinnamon/sugar mix like they told me to. The result? Ohmyword good. Perfect. Some things you just don’t fight. Or “fix”.

cinnamon-sugar-bombsCinnamon Sugar Bombs

1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Topping:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbl. cinnamon

Combine oil, 3/4 cup sugar, egg and milk. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Divide into 12 well-greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes. (Note: I had to bake mine for 20 minutes. Not sure why.)

While hot, dip in melted butter and roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Let cool. Enjoy!

Now, on to the zillion other recipes I’ve pinned in Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? Stay away from it if you can help it. Stay very very far away.

What did you decide to knit for Camp Loopy’s Project Two? Next Friday can’t get here soon enough, so that we can start in on our projects! I am knitting All The Water mittens (which we have now sold out of at Loopy, so pop over and get it from Kirsten if you’d like it) out of  Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted (in Cara – the light blue color that matches my Winter’s Rhythm Capelet). I did finish my Project One Pamuya and it’s drying and blocking. I’ll show you that next week. Have a great weekend!

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Two-Color Projects

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 in Finished Projects, Shop News

I have been so inspired by all of the Camp Loopy Projects that you have been completing. I have not done a lot of two-color knitting in the past, but seeing all of your photos makes me think I have really been missing out. I find myself looking at shawl patterns and wondering what it would look like if I did the edging in a new color, or striped the main part.  I’m figuring out that this camping experience is giving me a taste of something new each month, and then supplying me with a whole “knit list” to work on throughout the rest of the fall, winter and spring. My “I want to knit this” list has exploded. You, too?

One of the two-color patterns that I like to knit is the Chevron Scarf. This is a simple Feather and Fan type of stitch pattern, but instead of increasing by doing YO’s, you increase my doing M1′s. (YO’s will give you a lacy, open scarf, like this. M1′s keep the fabric denser – no holes.) Pick two colors that you like, and jump in. You’ll knit down and purl back in one color, then pattern down and purl back with the other color. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Easy! Here is a new one that I finished up a couple of weeks ago. I used two skeins of Fiesta Boomerang, in Cloud 9 and Clematis. (You can find a basic Feather and Fan pattern here and here. Just remember to do M1′s instead of the YO’s, use Color A for rows 1-2, Color B for rows 3-4, and add a couple of extra stitches at each end that you knit on all rows, to keep the edges from rolling.)

I’ve also made them in: Lorna’s Laces Sport, and another Fiesta Boomerang version. (And in that last link, you can see that the one I just finished – shown here in this post – was started waaaay back in December of 2008, FPS!  Oh, well. At least it’s done now.) Since this pattern does such a great job of making the colors look inter-mixed, you really can pick wildly different colors and end up with a gorgeous result. Picking out two colors to work together into one project is kind of addictive. Good thing I have a whole list of two-color projects that I want to work on in the near future!

Here at Loopy Central – we’re still buried by your Project Two orders. I heard a loud crash earlier today and went out to find Dima just about buried in boxes. (Dima is our summer intern. We typically hire one college student each summer for this position, and this summer it’s Knitting Daughter’s friend Dima. He likes to make up the video-sized boxes ahead of time and stack them against the wall. Now we know that when it gets to head level, it falls over ….)

For those of you waiting - waiting on your Project Two orders to be processed, waiting for your Project One photo to be approved and show up – just know that we’re working on it. The elves have been working extra hours (because they’re just great like that) and we’re getting things done as quickly as possible around here. I just counted and there are 147 more Project One Photos that you have uploaded since last Thursday night, waiting to be approved. I’m on it. Wait until you see some of these beauties!  Check the Project One Gallery again on Friday for the latest additions.

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