Archives from May 2012

Color Affection

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 in Finished Projects

I have to be honest. When I first saw this pattern on Ravelry, I didn’t think I’d ever make it. I’m too picky about things to purposely make something asymetrical. It looked like a pretty shawl, but not for me.

Then … Deb popped over from Nederland, CO and wore one into the shop in April. That was the day I picked out my three colors for my own Color Affection. And, as seems to be my habit after making a shawl one time, I am now making another one. (Seriously. Now I understand why they sometimes call this the Color Infection or the Color Affliction. It just gets to you! My excuse? One to display at the shop and one to wear. It’s a good way to justify the fact that I always seem to make shawls in twos. Weird.) This first one was done with Shalimar Breathless (Melba, Neptune and Tequila Sunrise). We have another big batch of Breathless arriving soon, and I cannot wait to get my hands on more of it. It’s LUSCIOUS. It’s now on my short list of very favorite yarns, most of which contain some cashmere. I have developed a definite preference for the nice stuff.

My second one is for Camp Loopy Project One and I’m enjoying it as much as I enjoyed working on the first one. This one is out of some Madelinetosh Sport and Pashmina that I had in my stash and I’m loving the colors. Photos when I finish it!

What do you think about asymetrical patterns? Are you a fan of them? Have you tried the Color Affection Infection Affliction? Is Earth and Sky really the only other 3-color shawl pattern out there? That’s the only one you all mentioned in the blog comments last week when I asked. I think someone needs to start designing more, don’t you?

Sheri affectedinfectedandafflictedwith3colorsatthemoment

Cascade 220 Superwash, New Hue Handspun, and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 28th, 2012 in Shop News

We’ve been busy in the photo studio this week, as there was a lot to put up for you to tonight! We’ve just added in:

Cascade 220 Superwash – We’ve had so many of you looking for this yarn, since it’s a great one to use for things that you’d like to wash and dry (like sweaters, vests, socks, and kids and baby items). This line comes in 141 colors, and of course we needed to stock them all for you. There are a handful on backorder, but the rest are in stock and ready to ship. I’ll have to photo the Cascade wall for you now that it contains all of the colors of regular 220 and all of the colors of 220 Superwash. It goes on and on forever and it’s beautiful and colorful! (Shown here in Persimmon, Midnight Heather, Heather and Spring Night).

Malabrigo Lace – Re-stocks and some new colors for us. At 470 yards for $9.50, this is a great deal for shawl making. Of course the colors are wonderful, too!

New Hue Handspuns – Have you ever heard people talk about how amazing it is to knit with handspun? And you thought you’d never get to experiece it because you don’t spin? We’re pleased to introduce hand-dyed, handspun laceweight by Cheryl Newhouse in Oregon. This luxury laceweight comes 400 yards to the skein in a merino/bamboo base, and you’ll want to use it for very special shawls and scarves. Truly a treat. (Shown here in Sea Squall).

Lorna’s Laces Sportmate – The fingering weight version (Solemate) was so popular, that the Lorna’s Laces team added a sportweight version to their offerings. Our colors will come in groups as they dye up that colorway. Tonight we added Calumet, Giddings, Roadside Gerry, Rockwell and Turtle Rodeo to the 9 we already had in stock. What’s special about this yarn base? It contains 30% Outlast® which is a fiber technology that interacts with your body temperature to help moderate it. If you’re cold, it will warm you up. If you’re hot, it will cool you down. Great for socks, mittens, scarves, hats, and shawls.

Tempted Prissy Grrl Sock - A luxurious fingering weight yarn from Stacey in Oklahoma. The yarn base for Prissy Grrl is 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere. Use this for really special socks, or equally wonderful shawls, cowls and scarves. (Shown here in Frigid).

TwentySeven Soap – More yummy scents from Keri, handmade here in Fort Collins, CO. Keri uses goat milk, olive oil, and coconut oil in her soaps and these have been very popular in the shop. Tonight’s new scents are Blackberry, Bergamot Tea Tree, Cherry Almond, and Sugar Lily, which join the other 16 scents we currently have in stock.

Namaste - we’re re-stocked our bags and accessories and added in the new Espresso colored Hermosa bag as well.

Enjoy checking out the new things and I hope you find a few that need to come home with you. :-) We’ll be in to pack them up and ship them off to you, first thing in the morning.

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Happy Graduation!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, May 25th, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve been out of town for a week, but am now back in Colorado. We all went to Knitting Daughter’s college graduation in Indiana last weekend! Here’s a photo of her being congratulated by her brother (aka: Web Guy). I cannot believe how quickly those four years flew by. It seems like I was just talking about her going off to school and now she has diploma in hand.

She’s back here in Colorado with us for a little bit, while she job hunts for something in her field (marketing and media communications). I have a long list of projects for her at Loopy in the meantime. :-)

We drove her car down to St. Louis after graduation and spent a couple of days there, seeing friends. I had lunch with the St. Louis Elves. It was so great to see all of them. I miss them! Here’s a picture of Susan (my St. Louis Office Manager) with her cute grandson Carter. Susan gets to watch him and his sister Lulu 3 days a week and is loving the time with them.

After a couple of days in St. Louis, we headed west to Colorado. We were waylaid in Lawrence, Kansas by a faulty hose that leaked all of the coolant out of the engine area, causing overheating. We were a day late getting home, but everything ran smoothly after we had that dumb hose replaced.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Sunday is Starting Day for Project One of Camp Loopy! I can’t wait to work on my new Color Affection Shawl. I’ll show you the first one I finished, next week. I have to wash and block it.  We’ll be closed on Monday for Memorial Day, but we’ll have a regular Monday Update for you, so watch for it!

Are there more great three color shawl patterns out there? I thought that picking two color shawls was fun, but three is even better.

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JulieSpins, Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, Camp Tumblers, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 21st, 2012 in Shop News

Happy Monday to you! We’ve been getting such fun stuff in lately and I always look forward to Mondays so that I can share more of it with you. Check out the cute Camp Loopy Tumblers that we have on the website tonight. Of course you don’t have to be an official camper to get one and enjoy it. The BPA-free material and screw on lid makes it perfect for all of your favorite summer beverages while knitting (or camping. Or reading. Or swinging in the hammock.) You can use them for hot or cold beverages. Just be sure to wash them by hand.

We also added a new batch of Juliespins Silky 435. (Shown here in Berkshire Dusk). Every single time Julie sends a batch of her beautiful yarn, I find one or two or three skeins to buy for myself. Ever single time. Her colors are addictive. Most recently, I made my Pogona in her merino yarn base.

We’ve re-stocked Cascade Ultra Pima DK (100% pima cotton) and added some new colors as well. Since the DK line has done so well, we’ve also just added in Cascade’s new Ultra Pima Fine line – 46 colors of 100% pima cotton in the fingering weight. Perfect timing for summer tanks, short-sleeved sweaters and tees, baby clothes, and more.

A special for you tonight – we have a batch of Dyer’s Choice Limited Edition colors in Swan’s Island Organic Merino Fingering weight. Get them while you can. Once the color is gone, we can’t get it again. This yarn has great yardage – 525 yards per skein. (Shown here in Coral Red.)

For those of you wanting to whip up some cool summer socks, we’re re-stocked the Cascade Fixation. This yarn is 98% cotton and 2% elastic, which means it’s nice to work with and cool to wear. You’ll need 2 balls for a pair of socks. I made a size 11 woman’s sock from 1 ball, so the yardage listed is a little deceiving. It stretches a bit as you knit it!

We have re-stocked all sizes and colors of beads tonight. I have picked out the perfect bead/Lorna’s Laces Solemate project that I’m anxious to get working on. Have you tried a beaded project yet? Remarkable easy, and so elegant looking.

Finally, we have the last batch of Jordana Paige Teal LJ Kaelms bags and Lapis Rio bags up on the website. We’re still carrying Jordana’s bags, but once they run out of a color, they don’t re-order that color. (I think the colors typically last a year or so. We just got in on the tail end of them this time.)

Have fun shopping tonight and pick out something fun! I will be away from the blog on Wednesday, but will be back on Friday again. Anyone else ready to start their Camp Projects RIGHTTHISVERYMINUTE??  I’ll have to fill you in on how I decided on my 3 colors for my first Camp Project. (Yes, I’m making my second Color Affection shawl for Project One. The first one is off the needles and not even blocked yet, and I’m ready for #2. What’s up with that?)

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