Archives from February 2012

Three Irish Girls, Rowan, Frogtree, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 20th, 2012 in Shop News

It’s another one of those No Mail Mondays here in the U.S. (Presidents Day), but that didn’t stop us from getting lots of fun things ready for you in the Monday Update! (I really have been having way too much fun ordering things for the shop in the last few weeks. Someone needs to stop me.) Just up:

Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmere Worsted - You really need (“need”) a sweater, shawl or caplet out of this yarn. It’s squishy and heavenly. I made the Winter’s Rhythm Capelet out of it. (And mittens. And mitts. Yes, I do love yarn with cashmere in it. Remember?)

Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmere Fingering – You also need socks or a lighter weight shawl out of this one. (Need.) Be sure to check out our exclusive colors – a re-stock of the popular Sweet Home Colorado color (shown above), as well as new colors Moon for the Misbegotten and Beyond the Horizon.

Swan’s Island Organic Merino Fingering – Soft. Great yardage. Beautiful colors (shown here in Raspberry). Perfect for wrapping up in.

Fiesta Baby Boom – I have socks from Fiesta, but I also love using their bright, happy colors for those two-color Chevron Scarves that I showed you on the blog last week. Taking two colors that don’t match at all and blending them into one scarf that winds up look gorgeous is fun!

Malabrigo Arroyo – This is the final shipment of our first order of Arroyo. (Remember, we ordered a lot so they had to split it up into 3 different shipments to us.) This new sport weight super wash has been very popular, and we’ll do our best to continue to keep it in stock for you, as often as they can get it to us.

Patterns - lots of pattern re-stocks. Check Ysolda, French Press Knits, Cosmic Pluto Knits, Heirloom Stitches, Westknits, Romi, Carina Spencer, Tiny Owl Knits, Grace Akhrem and Rowan.

Atenti Bags – more Overnight Bags have arrived, including more Sugar Skulls.

NEW Rowan Fine Lace – a little ball of lusciousness (shown here in 933 Aged). This 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Extra Fine Merino yarn is one of those that you pick up and don’t put back down. It feels wonderful in you hands, and you can only imagine how it might be around your shoulders or neck! 437 yards per ball, and just $11.95.

NEW Frogtree Pediboo – a 3 ply fingering weight yarn made up of 80% merino wool and 20% bamboo, which gives it a nice extra pop in your projects.

NEW Jordana Paige bags – I ordered one, just to check it out. (You know, for YOU. In case it was something that YOU might like.) Well the answer is yes – you’ll like it, because I love it and we have the same excellent taste in bags. :-) Here’s what caught my eye – the pockets inside. Pockets for all kinds of things (which means great organization). Also, the divided sections. It allows me to carry a no-brainer knitting project on one side, and a “watch what you’re knitting” project on the other side. You never know what you’re going to need to work on. Plus, there’s a zippered compartment separating the two, where I can keep my wallet and checkbook, in case I want to leave my purse at home. I got the LJ Kaelms bag for myself (shown here in Red), but the Rio bags are equally cool.

New bags, new patterns, new yarn, new projects – it’s a good day.

Sheri lookingforwardtobeingbackatLoopytomorrow

Taco Bar & Contest Winners

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, February 17th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes

taco-salad-barHere’s a quick and easy way to entertain friends – a taco salad bar. (You know, this would have made a fun Superbowl party idea. I should have shared it awhile back. We had this for Christmas Eve dinner.) My friend Monica over at The Yummy Life blogged about these tortilla molds last fall, and I immediately ordered them. ($12.99 for 4 – great deal).

Making the bowls is easy. Buy 8″ diameter tortillas (the kind sold in a plastic bag at room temperature in the grocery store). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put one tortilla in each baking shell (no need to grease or spray them – just tuck the tortilla down in there). Bake for 15 minutes, or until evenly browned, and move them to a cooling rack.

You can make these ahead and store them in a ziploc bag or plastic container for several days.

See how easy that is? But your dinner guests will be so impressed. Serve with all of the makings for tacos or taco salad and put them on a lazy susan so that everyone can reach them easily. For dessert, you might serve Mango Fruit Salsa with Sugar & Spice Tortilla Chips. YUM!

We have winners from the Fourth Quarter Challenge contest! Congratulations to Mary from Texas who won the Reader’s Choice Award with her beautiful Pemberley Sweater. And congratulations to Chanina from Israel who won the regular drawing for her gorgeous Snuggle Up Wrap. We’ve added $25 to each of your Loopy accounts for winning. Have fun finding something to spend it on!

What’s up for your weekend? I’m laying low with the cold of the century (ugh), so that means staying away from Loopy, knitting and Netflix, or a good book.

Sheri caution:grumpywhensick

A New Scarf Kick

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 in Finished Projects

My Palindrome Scarf is done! 10 days, start to finish, and it’s just as thick and squishy as I was hoping it would be. What I find humorous is that I originally told Virginia that I could never knit the scarf she was working on (her Palindrome), because “it would take me forever.” And now I want to start another one. I sense a bit of a trend, here. I usually avoid knitting many scarves because I think they can get boring. But the ones that don’t have a big pattern to follow (you know, the no-brainer ones) seem to go quickly for me. Looking back, I see how I typically go on kicks and make several in a certain pattern before getting tired of them.

There was the Feather and Fan kick (in Wollmeise, Wollmeise, Wollmeise, Alpaca with a Twist Socrates, Noro and Noro):

And the Chevron Scarf kick (in Fiesta Boomerang, Fiesta Boomerang and Lorna’s Laces):

And the Two Color Scarf kick (in Noro and Noro):

That’s a dozen scarves for someone who always thought of herself as “not really liking scarf knitting all that much.” I guess I was wrong. I’m preparing for my new Palindrome Kick, and already have more yarn picked out for the next two. On this one, I did 4 cables across instead of 3, so it used about 660 yards of worsted. If you stick with the 3-wide cable, it would probably take around 400 – 450 yds. In addition to the Dream in Color Cashmere Worsted that I used here, it would also be lovely in Spud and Chloe Sweater, Cascade 220, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, or Madelinetosh Vintage. Have you tried the Palindrome yet?

Sheri needtofinishashawlbeforeIcanstartanotherscarf,though

 

 

 

Dream in Color Cashmere, Juliespins, Jojoland, and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 13th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

I used to have a little issue with alpaca. (“Little issue” meaning that any yarn that had alpaca in it was one that I immediately thought I needed in my own stash.) I still like alpaca blends a lot, but I think the “must have” mentality has moved over to yarn with cashmere in it. I keep waiting to get tired of it, but it’s just not happening.

Last week I shared the Palindrome Scarf that I’m making out of the Dream in Color Special Cashmere Worsted Blend. (And I may have bought two more scarves worth of it in the same yarn base. Not confirming. Just saying it’s a possibility.) The week before that I showed you the sweater I’m making out of that same yarn base. And this week, we got in a batch of Dream in Color’s Smooshy with Cashmere again, which is always tempting. (The Cranberry Melt has already made it into my stash today.) Of course it’s not only the Dream in Color cashmere lines. Pretty much any line that comes in with a bit of cashmere is now a magnet for me.

Come buy it all up, so I won’t be able to add any more to my stash. ;-) Tonight, we added in:

Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (shown here in the Cranberry Melt that I had to have). This fingering weight is good for socks (have you seen this pattern for Owlie Socks? Too fun. I think I’ll make Alice’s Shur’tugal, which is a free download here, or you can get her whole book here with even more sock pattern wonderfulness.) And look at the cute owl shawl/scarf – Hogwarts Express. I also found this Nairi scarf/shawlette -¬†I like the option of tying it up front.

We added in more colors in Jojoland’s Melody Superwash, as well as patterns. They have some of the best scarf patterns. I also just saw this Wingspan pattern and think it would be beautiful in Jojoland. And Stephen’s Spectra. And Carina’s Zuzu Petals scarf.

We also have a new batch of Juliespins M370 (2 ply heavy fingering superwash merino, shown here in Persian Violets) and the colors are gorgeous as always, from Julie. How about the Henslowe from Beth Kling? (Ok – you’d need two skeins. But still – isn’t that a wonderful pattern?)

Lorna’s Laces Solemate, Sock, and Sport in re-stocks and three of their new colorways - Giddings, Dobson, and Campbell. (Campbell coming in Solemate and Sock, soon.)

Lorna’s Laces Wooltop Roving – for all of you spinners. We’re finally building the roving section back up. Keep an eye on it!

Soak - re-stocks in Celebration and Unleashed, plus the new Lacey Scent (which they describe as a mix between spring blossoms and sweet bergamot – a light yet alluring fragrance.)

Patterns – from WendyKnits and Born to Knit (both new and re-stocks.)

Bags and Organizers – from Della Q. Whether it’s hooks, straights, circs, or DPN’s that you need to organize, Della has you covered with plenty of different options. (Shown here in her Rosemary Project Bag in the Ocean color.)

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I’m hoping that you all find time to eat some chocolate and work on some new projects. It’s also Knitting Daughter’s Birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULES! (She was my favorite ever Valentine. And still is.) Tonight I’ll be working on making these sugar cookies to celebrate. Wish I could send some to each of you!

Sheri  whowillalsobeknittingbetweencookiebatchestonight

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