Archives from November 2011

A New Slouch Hat

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 21st, 2011 in Finished Projects, Pattern Links

I turned to this hat because I was making a boring-to-knit cowl and needed something to get my knitting mojo back. The idea was to knit 4 rows on the cowl and then spend the rest of my knitting time (for that day) on the hat. Of course once I started in on the hat, I had no desire to go back to the cowl, so I haven’t touched it since.

This is the Skinner Hat by Melissa LaBarre, knit up in a new yarn line that we’ll be adding in to the shop soon. (Still under wraps, but I love the yarn.) It’s a 50/50 merino/silk and knit up beautifully. The hat is long so that it slouches in the back when you wear it. (Or if you have Rapunzel braids, I would imagine you could tuck them all up in there and keep them warm and dry.)

Guess who else likes merino/silk blends? Zoe had a good time checking it out.


I thought I’d celebrate Thanksgiving week by giving away a few things in the blog this week. It seemed fitting to share some extra prizes with all of you, since YOU are at the top of The Loopy Ewe Gratitude List this year. Today’s giveaway – 5 of you will win a copy of this pattern, just because I liked it so much and want to share it with you. If you’d like to be in the running, leave a comment below. We’ll announce the winners on Wednesday’s blog (where we’ll then have another giveaway to share with you.)

Sheri oughttogobacktothecowlnow,butmightstartsomethingelseinstead

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, November 18th, 2011 in Sheri's Recipes

It seemed like a good idea. Start an interesting new project and then alternate between that and the boring-but-going-to-be-cute cowl. It was supposed to motivate me to continue working (slowly but surely) on the cowl. However, once I started the hat, I didn’t want to go back to the cowl. The hat is almost done. Hoping I get some time to work on it this weekend. I’ll show you pictures next week.

In the meantime, if you are in the mood to make something other than pumpkin pie this coming week, you might try this Pumpkin Crunch Cake recipe. It smells wonderful in the oven and it tastes great.

Pumpkin-Crunch-CakePumpkin Crunch Cake

1 Large can of Pumpkin (29 oz)
1 Large can Evaporated Milk (10 or 12 oz)
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
3 eggs
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans or hazelnuts)

Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil and then spray the foil with cooking spray.

Mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour into foil-lined pan.

Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the pumpkin and pat down lightly. Sprinkle nuts on top of the dry cake mix. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the top.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Let stand for 2 hours before turning it out on a cutting board.  Peel off the foil and cut into squares. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?

Sheri whomightwhipupsomepumpkinbreadthisweekendtoo

Need a Cup of Coffee?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have you seen this? This nice picture of the Mona Lisa…

… was made from 3604 cups of coffee (with differing amounts of milk added to each cup to create the different tones and shades.) It measured 20 feet high by 13 feet wide and was created for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia – a coffee-lovers event.

And look – apparently you can paint with coffee, too. Who knew? (I think I’ll stick to drinking it while I knit.)

We received another batch of ChiaoGoo Lace needles in yesterday and put them up on the website – just in case you’ve been waiting for them.

Sheri nowsuddenlyneedingtobrewacup.Andknit.

Patterns and Pottery Sale!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 14th, 2011 in Uncategorized

We’re busy getting things pulled together to move the shop cross-country, and we decided to put all patterns and all Mary Hadley Pottery on sale this week for 20% off. We’d rather ship it to you than ship it to Colorado! (We’ll re-stock the patterns and pottery again once we get everything moved out here. We’re not dropping those lines.) If you’ve had your eye on some interesting patterns or a cute Hadley Loopy Groupie pin, mug or yarn bowl – now is the time to pick one up.

We also have a new exclusive colorway from Studio June for you called Loopy’s Colorado Christmas. Jill did this on her 8-ply Eight Bells base – a heavy fingering weight with 400 yds. to the skein (shown here). I love how it turned out. This would be great for socks, a one-skein shawl, or a pretty hat and mitts.

We put the rest of our second batch of The Sanguine Gryphon’s anniversary yarn up (shown here – Colorado Hairstreak). This is our very last batch of Sanguine Gryphon, as the two partners are stopping that business at the end of this year and moving on to pursue their own things. We still have a few more colors of Bugga, Skinny Bugga, and Mithril Lace in stock, but when that’s gone, there won’t be any more.

We won’t’ have an official update next week (or for a couple of weeks) but we will be adding a few more re-stocks in the next week or so. I’ll post on Facebook when we add those things in and will also add it to the blog.

Sheri whosnuckthisblogpostinLATEtoday.Shhhh.

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