Archives from September 2011

Hexapuffs, Scrappy Squares and a CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

After working on a big project for the past month (Camp Loopy Project Three, 2600 yds., photos soon!), I’m ready to do something smaller. In fact, maybe I’ll work on a few-somethings-smaller. If you’re like me, you probably have lots of leftover balls of sock yarn from various projects. I’ve seen people make some cute things from their leftover sock yarn, but frankly, I really like keeping all of those little leftovers in pretty jars. If and when I get holes in my hand knit socks, I know exactly where to find the leftover yarn to fix that. And the thought of getting a full skein to knit into something that calls for scraps defeats the whole purpose of using lots of small skeins to make something with lots of colors.

But then I started looking at The Beekeeper’s Quilt again. And the Sock Yarn Blanket. (Oh, I love Shelly’s Sock Yarn Blanket.) And the fun, multi-squared Babette Blanket. And the Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf. And the Dicke Decke (which looks like a beautiful water color). And the Zig and Zag Baby Blanket. Well – I wanted to jump in and make something up in lots of fun colors like that. (But … without using up my leftover-but-I-like-them-in-my-jars sock yarns.)

Lorna’s Laces to the rescue! We’ve teamed up with Lorna’s to bring you a special kit full of unique colors, just for projects like the ones I linked to, above. Each kit will contain 1200 yards (1097 meters) of fingering weight Shepherd Sock yarn. You’ll get 24 colors, 50 yds. in each color, all wound up into miniature balls, ready for your knitting. We’ll have two different options –  the Multi Mix and the Semi Solids. The multis will contain color ways that they are dyeing up just for these kits. That way, if you already have leftover Lorna’s Laces colors that you are using for your project, you can be assured that these will all be different. I think Beth and her team are looking forward to just playing in the dye pots and coming up with brand new mixes! If you’re more of a semi-solids kind of person, then you’ll want the Semi Solids kit which contains solids and no mixes. (Or if you’re like me, you’ll want to use both so that you have a mix of semi’s and multi’s in your finished project.)

Each bag 0f 24 balls will retail for $80. If, for example, you’re making hexapuffs for the Beekeeper’s Quilt, it looks like you should be able to get 3-4 puffs out of each mini skein, depending on needle size and gauge. That means a kit of 1200 yards (24 mini balls) should result in somewhere between 72 – 96 puffs.

We’re hoping to start getting the kits in around mid October. We’re taking pre-orders, so let us know if you’d like us to save you some. Email support@theloopyewe.com and tell us if you want the Multi Mix, the Semi Solids, or both. When the kits come in, we’ll set up your orders and will have you put payment through. I hope you have fun with them. I need to go decide which of these fun projects I want to do first. I might knit the Beekeeper’s Quilt without the puff stuffing. Or does that take all of the fun out of it? Is the puff part necessary?

Would you like to win a free kit? Just leave a comment and tell us which pattern you might be interested in making. We’ll randomly draw a winner next week and will let you pick between a Multi Mix and a Semi Solid kit!

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Madelinetosh, Alisha Goes Around, and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, September 19th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Happy Monday! It’s a beautiful day here in Colorado. The air has a definite fall scent to it, and the temperatures require warmer wear. That makes for a perfect night to pick up some new yarn and contemplate a new pair of socks! (Or a new shawl to keep your shoulders warm.) We had lots of beautiful things arrive at The Loopy Ewe last week, now up for your enjoyment. Pop over and check out:

Madelinetosh Merino Light - 110 (that’s one hundred and ten – woohoo!) colors just up, shown here in Terra. Seventeen of theses are new colors for us. This one-ply fingering weight yarn has been used for everything from shawls to cowls to gloves to socks. I made a Whippoorwill Shawl out of it and really enjoyed working with it. Or how about Kleio? With all of these color options, it’s a great time to pick some out for holiday gifts. It’s also a good time to pick your favorite patterns from Camp Loopy’s Project One, because many were made in fingering weight yarn just like this.

Done Roving Yarns – more wonderful colors of Frolicking Feet, hand-dyed by Paula and Stephen in Maine. Two of my favorites from this batch are Summer Sky (beautiful whites and purples) and Starry, Starry Night (which has intentional white spots in the midst of deep purple, to represent tiny stars in the sky when you knit it up.) I love the color combinations that they come up with at Done Roving.

Alisha Goes Around – this is a new indie dyer that we picked up at market this summer, and I know you will love Alisha’s work, all hand-dyed from Texas. We’ll be getting more bases from her in the future, as well. This batch is in her Panoply of Peacocks fingering weight in the popular 80/10/10 Merino / Cashmere / Nylon combo that we all love. We have it in 24 colors for you to choose from (shown here in Thrace). One of my favorites from this batch is Marc Antony, which I can see as a pair of cool socks like the Sunday Swing Socks orMojo (love the texture in that pattern).

Lorna’s Laces Solemate – Four more colors in this awesome temperature-controlled yarn base. Beverly (blues and greens), Navy Pier (teals and grays), Mixed Berries (reds, blues and purples), Rockwell (purples, pumpkins and olives), and Skyway (pines and grays). I’m always drawn to teals, so my favorite in this batch is Navy Pier. This is a great sock yarn base to wear on these in-between temperature days. (You know, cold in the morning, warmer in the afternoon, then cool again at night.)

Atenti Bags – 17 different colors/fabrics of Overnighter Bags arrived last week, 12 of which are new fabrics to us (shown here in Festa). I have had one of these bags for years, and I love how much I can fit into it. It’s great for taking a week of projects on the road, for storing a project or two (or ten) at home, or for using as an overnight bag to a friend’s house. The inside is lined and has a pocket.

When you’re done shopping, pop on over to my friend Monica’s blog. Today, she featured the perfect fall breakfast treat for you to whip up. (Or we could call it a Fall Afternoon Snack or a Fall Light Dessert.) Whatever you call it, I know you will want to make it and enjoy it. YUM!

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Needles and Hooks Down

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, September 16th, 2011 in Sheri's Recipes

Are you participating in Project Three for Camp Loopy? And if so, were you up late last night, finishing the last bit of your project, like me? Time’s UP! I am so happy with the way my blanket turned out, and (like many of you), I’m still stunned that it got finished in one month. I’ll show you photos next week. Remember, the deadline for the project to be done was last night at midnight, and you have until Saturday (the 17th) at midnight to upload your photo to the Loopy Photo Gallery for Project Three. I’ve been having fun, seeing all of your finished photos!

This week’s recipe is a delicious salad that can be served as a meal (just toss in some chicken for protein) or as a side dish. My family loved it, and I hope you do, too. I found this on Pinterest, but it originally came from the Espresso and Cream blog (and check out the Whole Wheat Salt Bagel recipe that she had on there yesterday. Sounds good.).

fall-chopped-saladFall Chopped Salad

6-8 cups of lettuce (I used a mix of Romaine and Iceburg)
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices cooked/crumbled bacon (I totally forgot to add this in)
4-6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing (I always get Marzetti’s)
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I used Newman’s Own Light Balsamic)

Use your judgement on the ratio of Poppy Seed and Balsamic. I used about twice as much Poppy as the Vinaigrette. The taste of the two mixed together makes this salad even more delicious.

Now that my blanket is done, I’m going back to working on my Lorna’s Laces Devon Socks this weekend. I wore my first pair of hand knit socks of the season yesterday (my favorite pair – knit for me by Knitting Daughter) and I was glad to have them back on my feet. Have you started wearing hand knit socks again, this fall?

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Owls and Rain

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 in Around the House, Pattern Links

Look. It’s a rainy day here! We’ve had about three rainy days in the 8 weeks we’ve been here. Usually, it sprinkles for 5 minutes and then stops and the sun comes back out. Today, this is the view out my back window. Perfect day for another cup of coffee and some knitting. If I’m lucky, I’ll hear an owl hooting back in the trees. They usually talk at night, but one afternoon I heard three or four of them going on and on. And one evening, WH and I were taking a walk at dusk and one swooped overhead. I’m sure he was on his way to a meal. It made me glad that our cats are indoor cats! And I don’t think we have rabbits out there. Although, come to think of it, maybe the owls have something to do with that ….

Owls have seeped into my fall decorating, too. I can’t seem to resist a good owl decoration. See?

Owl on a window:

Owl on a shelf:

Owl on a bookcase:

I should stop buying owls now. Instead, I could make an owl sweater, or an owl coffee cozy, or an owl hottie (just because I like the name). Are we friends on Facebook? If so, you might have seen this video I posted a couple of weeks ago. The subject? An owl. Flying right at you. I think I like them better when they’re hooting in the trees.

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