Archives from January 2012

Madelinetosh Pashmina, Malabrigo and Trekking

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, January 30th, 2012 in Shop News

Are you ready for some post weekend shopping? We have great things to entice you with tonight! (But of course that’s our goal every week – getting in great things.) This week, we’ve added in:

Madelinetosh Pashmina – this update brings our total to 100 colors in stock. Due to a yarn base shortage, we weren’t able to get the quantities that we originally ordered, but those have been backordered so we will get them all eventually. This 3 ply sport weight is 75% superwash merino, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. So it feels good and it looks good, all at the same time. Think scarves, mitts, hats and shawls – things that you can keep close to you. (Shown here in Dusk, which I think would make a wonderful, neutral, wear-with-anything shawl.)

Malabrigo Arroyo, Sock, Lace, Worsted and Silky – Multiple weights, multiple options for you! As with Madelinetosh, we always have orders in the queue with Malabrigo, so the re-stocks come regularly. If there are ever colors you’re waiting for us to get in, pop us an email and we’ll make sure it’s on the next order in. (Shown here in Arroyo Archangel. Hard to match multiple skeins in some of these multi-colored colorways, but so fun for 1-2 skeins projects.)

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball – Sock weight, lace weight, and sport weight. Have you seen some of the fun things that have been done with Zauberball? I have this pattern set aside with a skein. But I also think it would be fun to do Wendy’s Fire and Ice Shawl in Zauberball, since the body of the shawl is knit sideways (and then wouldn’t it look cool in the ruffle, too?).

Trekking XXL and XXL Tweed – These are great workhorse socks yarns, especially for people who don’t want to baby (ie – hand wash) their handknits. If you’re making socks for a friend or family member who doesn’t get the whole “special care” thing, this might be the yarn for you. (Shown here in color 491. Is that not a great faded blue jeans color??)

Addi Needles – We re-stocked the Addi’s mid-week last week in all circular sizes, as well as the sets and the tips.

I’m still working my way through the comments on last week’s blog post about popular patterns. I can guarantee that you’ll find some great news ones in there if you want to take a few minutes and read through some of them!

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Grand Opening Saturday

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, January 27th, 2012 in Shop News

If you’re in Colorado (or can travel to Colorado!) tomorrow, January 28th, please stop in and say hi during our official Grand Opening! We’ll be open from 10 am – 4:30 pm and we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Our address is:

2720 Council Tree Ave. Ste. 255
Fort Collins, CO  80525

Here’s a link to the shopping area where we are located – Front Range Village. You can click on the directions tab there for a map. We’re on the second floor above Verizon (across the hall), so if you see Verizon on the main street, head there and take the door around the corner from their shop (under the archway). Elevator yourself up to the second floor and we’re the first door on the right!

If you can’t make it in, you can still catch a glimpse of it on the Loopy Webcam tomorrow. We also have two door prizes to share with all of you who can’t come in, and you can enter the drawing by leaving a comment on this past Wednesday’s blog post, which is here. While you’re on that blog post, take a look through some of the comments so far. 1000+ people have weighed in on their favorite patterns (the ones they liked so much that they’ve knit them more than once). There is a treasure trove of great pattern ideas there. It’s going to take me some time to go through them all, but I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Weekend!

Sheri 15minutesofnearblizzard-likeconditionsthismorning.

Madelinetosh Scarf and a CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 in Contest, Finished Projects, Pattern Links

This has to be the quickest knit scarf I’ve done. One thing I don’t like about knitting scarves is that they seem to go on and on forever and …. I get bored. But this was fun and the open lace sections made the inches just fly by. This is Wendy’s Lace Stripe Scarf from Wendy Knits Lace. My copy of this book has so many page corners turned down that it certainly qualifies as one of my top favorite knitting books, even though this is the first thing that I’ve made from it. Oh, but there will be more! This is out of 2 skeins of Madelinetosh DK in the Plaid Blanket color. I’m thinking that it would knit up even faster in worsted (although I would alter the number of cast on stitches so that it didn’t get too wide.) It’s a scarf pattern that I can see making again, maybe in Madelinetosh Vintage or Dream in Color’s Cashmere Worsted. (Neither picture captures the color just right, although the top one is closer. It’s more of a deep forest green.)

So do you have a pattern that you have enjoyed enough to knit more than a time or two? What is it? Leave your answer in the blog comments and you’ll be entered in this month’s blog contest! We are drawing for two goodie bags (shown here). Each prize contains our Small Loopy Project Tote, a Loopy Travel Mug, a Loopy Heel Soak (hiding in the back of the bag), a Little Loopy, and a skein of multi-colored Wollmeise (each prize bag has a different skein – we’ll send you a pretty one).

Our official Colorado Loopy shop grand opening is this Saturday, January 28th,  from 10 am – 4:30 pm. We will have an in-store drawing for two of these bags as well as giving away two of them here on the blog. We’ll announce the winners in next week’s blog, and will also contact you if you win.

I’m looking forward to hearing which patterns have captured your attention enough to make multiple times. I have several on my own favorites list! (Like these new Cloisonee Mittens out of Cascade 220. And wouldn’t you know, we just re-stocked all of our 220 colors? With 248 different color choices, I might get a little carried away with color combination options…)

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Madelinetosh Vintage, Atenti, ChiaoGoo and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Monday always brings new things to The Loopy Ewe. That makes Mondays so much more bearable, don’t you think? :-)  Something to look forward to. Tonight we added in:

Madelinetosh Vintageat last! We’ve had this on order for a long time, waiting for enough of the base yarn to be in. We put it up in 77 colors tonight. If you’re using it for sweaters, don’t forget to alternate skeins as you knit. We always do the best we can in matching skeins for you (and we’ll let you know if they are way off, before shipping), but with any hand-dyed yarn, it’s still smart to alternate, due to subtle variances. You might try one of these patterns:  Pichu-Pichu Sweater, Black Cherry Lambic Scarf/Cowl, Mo Shawl, or Cranberry Capelet. (Shown here in Terrarium.)

Studio June Eight BellsJill’s popular 8-ply heavy fingering weight superwash is back in re-stocks and new colors. This would be a fun one to use for Froot Loop Socks (and every.single.time I try to type “loop”, I type it as “loopy” and have to go back and delete the “y”, FPS), Hitchhiker Scarf, or the Herbivore. (Shown here in Dancing in the Moonlight.)

Atenti Bags – Overnighter Bags - These big bags are great for travel. I always pack mine full of projects when I go out of town (because heaven forbid that I should run out of projects in the middle of a trip). It also makes a great carry on bag, or a pretty place to corral all of your smaller project bags at home.

Atenti Bags – Carpet Bags - This is a new style we’ve added in that’s perfect for single projects, whether it’s small (like socks) or large (like sweaters). Wooden handles, lined inside, and done up in the beautiful fabrics and great workmanship that you know to expect from Atenti. (Shown here in Camellia Sky).

Twentyseven SoapAll of your favorites scents have been re-stocked and they are making our shop smell good.  But we’re ready to share the good smells with you now, so order up and we’ll send them on their way. I’m sure it will make your whole order smell awesome, en route!

ChiaoGoo NeedlesRe-stocks on all sizes, all lengths that we carry (24″, 32″, and 40″).

Marie Mayhew DesignsRe-stocks and new patterns from one of our very favorite felting designers. Plenty of sweet things to make for Spring, including two that come as optional kits – a lamb and a bird’s nest.

Pattern HoldersSo many of you emailed when I did my blog post on basket/project organizing, and asked if we were going to start carrying the pattern holders that I showed in the photos. We have them for you in three colors – blue, black, and fuchsia. The heavyweight vinyl is great for keepting your patterns wrinkle-free as you knit or store them, and the 9 x 12 size means that your multi-page 8 1/2 x 11 patterns or leaflets will slide in there easily.

Lavishea BarsBack in all scents, ready to pop in a purse or a knitting bag. This is a good way to keep your winter-dry hands moisturized.

Soak - Still backordered on some scents and sizes, but we have a good stock back on several of the options. I use this for washing all of my handknits.

Loopy Ewe Brown T-shirts - We had these in the late spring of last year, and they went quickly. These chocolate brown shirts have one of our favorite knitting quotes on the front: “In the rhythm of the needles there is music for the soul.”

You might notice us adding a few things mid-week, here and there. Now that we’ve increased our in-store shopping hours and days, we sometimes find ourselves needing to re-stock needles or other accessories at odd times of the week. This week we added the Atenti Overnighters, ChiaoGoo Needles, Soak, Lavishea, and T-shirts mid-week. They’ll always show up under What’s New when they go up (even mid-week), but I’ll also make sure to include them in the Monday blog posts as well, so you don’t miss anything. For new items and big yarn re-stocks (like Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Dream in Color, etc.), we’ll make sure to hold off on those until a regular Monday Update so that everyone has a chance for those at the same time.

Have fun shopping and we’ll be in bright and early in the morning to get packing things up for you.

Sheri hadtostartacutenewhatthatcuteBabyHazelworeintotheshoplastweek.

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