Archives from August 2011

Free Anniversary Pattern for You

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, August 19th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Sheri's Recipes, Shop News

debbie-o'neill-banyan-tree-patternWe’re still celebrating our anniversary month! Since not everyone can win Wednesday’s blog contest, we do have a gift for each one of you today. We’ve had pattern designer Debbie O’Neill (from Nutty Creations) design an exclusive anniversary pattern for us each year, and this year is no exception. The new pattern – Banyan Tree – can be found here on my blog page under the Free Patterns section. I love the pretty lacy “leaves” at the top, turning into cabled “roots” going down into the foot. You’ll find the pattern has instructions for three sizes of socks. It’s written top down and includes a chart. We hope you like it! The design reminds me of all of the growth that has gone into The Loopy Ewe over the past five years, thanks to all of you and your support. We couldn’t do this without you and we promise to bring you fun new things and continued growth in the next five years, too. In the meantime, enjoy our fifth anniversary pattern!

I tried a new recipe this week and wanted to share it with you. So easy, so pretty, and so fun for summer.

fruit-sugar-cookiesFruit Sugar Cookies

1 tube of slice and bake sugar cookies
(or your favorite sugar cookie recipe)
1 (8 oz) box of cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbl. frozen lemonade concentrate
fresh fruit

Slice and bake the cookies and then let them cool completely.

Whip together the cream cheese, sugar and lemonade concentrate until smooth. Spread some on each cookie and top with fresh fruit slices.

Note – you can make up the cookies and cream cheese ahead of time, but don’t spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cookies until about an hour or two before serving. Refrigerate until serving.

We have winners to announce for our Camp Loopy Project One participants! We had 754 photos uploaded, which still astounds me. Such gorgeous work. The Reader’s Choice Award goes to Shannon for her Starlight Shawl. Then we used the random number generator to pick four more winners and they are: Tami (Camp Loopy Daybreak), Debbie (Camp Loopy Project #1 Deer Cape), Elizabeth (Camp Loopy Project 1) and Jennifer (Taygete). Each of the winners has received a $25 Loopy Ewe credit and I know they’ll use it well. :-)

Have a great weekend. I’ll be working on my Project Three throw. How about you?

Sheri kindofantsytoknitupanewpairofsocks,though

Fifth Anniversary CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 in Contest

I’ve officially started my Project Three – a throw. You might remember that Camp Loopy’s Project Three needs to be an 800 yd. project (or more).  I made another throw last summer, in a striping pattern. This time I’m going round and round to make one big square (although I jiggered it so that it is rectangular, not square.) I’m using Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes and I know it will be as soft and comfortable to use as last summer’s throw turned out to be (made in Rowan’s Amy Butler Belle Organic.) Someday maybe I’ll be able to do something more exciting with crochet than go round and round in lines, but for now, this is it. I do, however, love the blankets/throws when they are done.

This month we’ve been celebrating our Fifth Anniversary by sharing different exclusive colorways with you. Our first one was from The Sanguine Gryphon on their Bugga base, and this week’s was from Lorna’s Laces on their Solemate base. (We have a few skeins left, if you missed it.) We’ll have one more for you in next Monday’s Update.

In the meantime, we wanted to share our anniversary blog contest with you. We will be randomly drawing five winners from all of today’s blog comments and each winner will receive a $50 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate! To enter, just answer this question in the comments below (or email us the answer, if you’re shy …). We’ll draw the winners at the end of next week. So here is the question to answer:

What is your favorite vegetable?

You thought we were going to make you say “Happy Anniversary”, right? Or “Tell us your favorite thing about the shop”? Or “How long have you been hanging out with us at The Loopy Ewe”? Nope. We want to know your favorite vegetable. We don’t always like to be predictable.

Sheri thatalsomeansfiveyearsofbloggingandrun-on-sentenceclosings.Jeesh.

 

Madelinetosh Pashmina and Sport

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, August 15th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Here I am in Colorado and all of this lovely new yarn is in St. Louis. That is definitely a drawback to working long distance for the time being. (Not for too long, though. We’re narrowing down the options for where we want Loopy to land here in Ft. Collins.) In the meantime, here is the new yarn that is tempting me today. Just up:

Madelinetosh Pashmina – this sport weight yarn continues to be a favorite for just about everyone. The base is 75% super wash merino, 15% silk, and 15% cashmere. Great for socks, but equally wonderful for shawls, scarves and mittens. How about making: Foliage Lace Mitts, Wandering the Moor Shawl,  or the Shoulder Wrap. (Shown above in Steam Age.)

Madelinetosh Sport - this is our first batch of this base and I think you’re going to love it. We have it in 75 colors to insure that there are enough color choices for you. :-) I’m making socks with it, but you know it’s also going to be just right for hats and shawls and gloves and vests. (Shown here in French Grey.)

Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Silk – This is one you’ll want around your neck or on your hands. It’s one of the “ahhhh” base yarns. (You know, where you touch it and say, “Ahhhh….”). I think it would be lovely in the Annis shawl.

Fiberphile – a few additional colors that didn’t get up when we got the merino/cashmere/nylon base in recently. Between the soft base and the gorgeous colors, this yarn doesn’t stay around for very long.

Three Bags Full – bigger project bags (9 x 4.5 x 4.5) from Michele. If you’re like me (and I love it that so many of you are), you have a few ton of projects on the needles and it helps to have a different project bag for each one. Or … maybe that’s just me doing the justification thing again. I can talk myself into so many lovely things.

Fifth Anniversary Colorado Celebration Yarn – We have another wonderful company who has dyed up another beautiful colorway for us, in order to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary. As I mentioned last week, we are using our new state – Colorado – for inspiration. This week, you’ll find “Colorado Spruce” on the Solemate base from Lorna’s Laces. Please note – it we run out quickly like we did last week, you can pre-order from the next batch by sending us an email: support@theloopyewe.com. We do our best to anticipate the right quantities ahead of time, but sometimes you all surprise us!

Sheri triedanewcoffeeplacehereintown – DazbogCoffee.Superb.

Contest Winners!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, August 12th, 2011 in Camp Loopy, Contest, Sheri's Recipes

You know we love contests around here. It’s fun to have you participate and then share some prizes with you! Next week we’ll have our Fifth Anniversary Contest, but first we have a couple of other ones to wrap up. During Project Two time for Camp Loopy, we divided the participants up by Trail Guides. Some of the Trail Guide groups have been very active on Ravelry, talking about their projects. We asked each group to come up with a colorway and name to commemorate their time together. I told them I’d pick my favorite for awarding some prizes, but that we’d have ALL of the colorways dyed up for fun. Watch for news of Camp Colorways this fall!

The competition was fierce, and it was hard to make a decision. But the final winner is Lulu’s Lightening Bolt. I picked this one because not only is the inspiration-photo pretty, but I liked the story behind it. These campers really got into the spirit of Camp Loopy. They said, “After one of our hikes got cancelled due to a thunder and lightening storm, we decided we would love a yarn to memorialize our time spent in the lodge together waiting out the storm, watching the wonderful colors light up the sky.” Click here if you’d like to see the photo. I used the random number generator to pick three comments for winners on their Ravelry thread. Cairnknits, Brainsneezes and Shedubba each win a $20 Loopy gift certificate for participating in the winning colorway thread!

I also have the winner of our Second Quarter Challenge, which was to knit for charity (or using a pattern that benefits a charity). The winner is Sarah from MN who knit the Japanese Garden Shawl (which was designed by Wendy Johnson, with pattern proceeds for April donated to the Red Cross. Wendy’s generous contribution brought in more than $6000 for the Red Cross!) Sarah donated her beautifully finished shawl to Wrapped in Care, a charity that provides shawls to women in the hospital who have just lost a baby to stillbirth or neonatal loss. Sarah has won a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate, for the Challenge.

We’re still tallying votes on the Project One Reader’s Choice award, so we’ll wait and announce all Project One winners in a week or so. Just know that we’re working on it. And then pretty soon it will be time to vote on Project Two.  Your projects this summer have been stunning.

Before I go – here’s a quick and healthy (as promised) recipe to try out this summer. We had this at a friend’s house this summer and it quickly became one of our favorite side dishes.

susan's-roasted-sweet-potatoesSusan’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4-6 sweet potatoes
Olive Oil
Oregano
Salt
Thyme

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into 1/2″ thick discs. Put in a large bowl and add a few tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tsp. of Oregano, and 1 tsp. Thyme. Stir to coat well. Layer the potato discs in a single layer onto a foil-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and more Thyme and Oregano, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until tender.

We have big things going on downtown this weekend. So much to explore. What are you doing this weekend?

Sheri surehappytohaveKnittingDaughterhomeforaweek

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