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Monday Update and Camp Loopy Project Two!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, June 11th, 2012 in Camp Loopy, Shop News

Lots to share with you today! First, information on Project Two for Camp Loopy, which I know you’ve been waiting for!

The Project Two Dates: Starting date is 6/27 and ending date is 7/27, with photos uploaded to the Project Two Photo Gallery at The Loopy Ewe by 7/29.

The Challenge for Project Two: This project should contain a color from your country’s flag and it must be at least 800 yards, single worked – not 400 yards knit doubled up to equal 800. (Don’t worry – Project 3 is not going to go up another 400 yards to be 1200. Project Two has the biggest yardage requirement for Camp this summer!)

More details: You can make it all one color or you can choose to use more than one. Just remember that one color needs to be from your country’s flag. We’re loose on exact color interpretation. If, for example, your flag contains a navy blue but you want to use a teal blue, that’s ok. Blue is blue for this project.

Camp Store Week for Project Two: If you need to purchase yarn for your project, we are offering a 20% Camp Loopy discount for the yarn during a designated “Camp Loopy Store Week” each month. The discount for Project Two, is valid on one camp project’s worth of yarn purchased during Camp Store Week Two (Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17.). To get the discount, you will need to leave us an order note on the order, telling us which yarn will be used for your Camp Project, and we can only apply the discount to one order, so you’ll need to calculate carefully. We’ll apply the discount when your order comes through to us. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure that your discount won’t take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the shipping charge back in after we do the discount.

Another benefit: In addition to the 20% discount on your yarn during Camp Store Week, we’ll also double your Frequent Shopper Benefits from that yarn purchase, if your project is done and a photo of it is uploaded to our Camp Loopy Photo Gallery by the deadline. (Yarn must be purchased during this month’s Camp Store Week, 6/11-17, for the double credits benefit.) So if your project yarn costs you $30, you’ll see $30 added to your Frequent Shopper totals after your order ships, and then we’ll add in another $30 to your totals when we approve your photo to the Gallery by the deadline.

Please review the other details and FAQ’s on the May 9, 2012 blog post to insure that you know the ins and outs of how all of this camp stuff works.

We’ll let you know the new Ravelry Discussion Groups a few days before the start of the project. Watch the blog for that. It the meantime, keep enjoying your canoes. :-)

We do have new things up on the website for you tonight. Just added in, you’ll find:

- Malabrigo Rios – a beautiful 4 ply superwash worsted weight yarn, great for sweaters and afghans and things you want to wrap up in.
- Malabrigo Worsted – a soft single ply worsted weight that felts beautifully. Also great for sweaters, as long as you always hand wash and lay flat to dry.
- Malabrigo Silky –  a luscious 49% merino wool / 51% silk DK weight. Wonderful for cowls, scarves, hats, mitts and sweaters (that you want to hand wash and dry!).
- Three Irish Girls Cashmerino Fingering – our two latest exclusive colors from Three Irish. A Very Merry Unbirthday and Curiouser & Curiouser. (Shown here in Very Merry Unbirthday).
- The Knit Kit - in the new pink color. This version of the Knit Kit also includes a needle gauge. They just keep getting better and better!
- Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Needles – re-stocked in all sizes.
- Atenti Baguette bags in re-stocks and new colors, too.

It does take us an extra day or two to get orders out during Camp Store Week. We have everyone on the schedule for extra time and days this week (yay, Elves!) and we’ll be working hard to get your orders out as quickly as possible. Can’t wait to see what we’ll be sending to YOU!

Sheri whoneedstodecideonaprojectforMonthTwo

P.S. Thank you for all of your emails, phone calls and messages regarding the fire just north of Fort Collins. We are all fine so far. The fire is 15 miles north of town and Loopy is on the south end of town (and our house even farther south). But do send up prayers and good thoughts for the firefighters who are risking their lives to save homes up there. It’s a bad fire. We really need a big rainstorm.

Storms

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, June 8th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes, WH's Photos

It has been stormy and windy here this week! Although the worst of it was south of us – more towards Denver and Castle Rock. Here’s a picture of a storm front approaching, from WH’s camera. I like the cracked earth between the rows. Although that just highlights how dry things are here.

storm-is-coming

This is almost ghostly, isn’t it? Wind currents sweeping around in the tall grass.

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Last night we had a pretty impressive display of lightening across the sky. No thunder – just lots of lightening and wind. It was pretty cool.

I wanted to share a new salad recipe with you. It was so quick to throw together andit was a delicious evening meal.

Strawberry-chicken-saladStrawberry Chicken Salad

1 head of romaine (in bite-sized pieces)
4 grilled chicken breasts (cut into 1″ pieces)
1/2 sliced purple onion
2 avocados, sliced
Strawberries, sliced

Dress with Balsamic Vinaigrette (or Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette, if you have that in your local grocery store.)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sheri hopingfornomorestormsthisweekend

Inspiration

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 in Finished Projects, Loopy Q & A

We always love it when people bring their finished projects into the shop. (Well, mostly we love it. Usually I then get a bad case of, “Oh, I need to knit that!” and then find myself perusing yarn choices later in the day. But I guess that’s my own problem…) Here are a few that we’ve seen lately. Thanks to all of you for sharing!

Christie’s Whippoorwill (done in Dream in Color Smooshy in Blue Sage and Gothic Rose):

Pattie’s Little Iris (done in Madelinetosh Sock):

Sunday’s beautiful red shawl with beads (done for her sister in law, and I didn’t write down the pattern! Edit – it’s Gwendolyn. Thanks, Katrina!):

Roberta’s Summer Flies Shawl (done in Cascade’s Ultra Pima DK):

Jason’s latest creation – a jellyfish (which Herman got to borrow for the duration of Knit Night):

And one more photo to share with you. Christienne’s clever husband ordered some fun cotton yarn and supplies from us, to make her a special bouquet to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary (the cotton anniversary). How cute is this?

That’s a guy who knows the phrase “Happy Wife, Happy Life!”. :-)

Sheri luckytobemarriedtosomeonewhoalsoknowsthatphrase!

Shalimar, Skein, Dragonfly, Studio June and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, June 4th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Lots of fun things added to the website in tonight’s Monday Update. We have:

Camp Loopy T-Shirts! Our 2012 Camp logo looks so cute on the t-shirts. We have them in sizes Small through 3XL and you’ll find them in the Accessories section under The Loopy Ewe. (Modeled here by Elf Emily.) That’s also where you’ll find the Camp tumblers, if you haven’t gotten one of those yet.

Cascade Ultra – Pima Fine. A few of the colors that were backordered when the original order came in. You’ll now find Buff, White, Yellow Rose and Zen Green added to the batch of 40+ colors we put up a couple of weeks ago.

Skein – Merino Cashmere. We order this all the way from Australia and Kristen does an amazing job with her colors. This is a hand wash yarn, so use it for cowls, scarves, shawls and mitts that you won’t mind washing carefully. It is SO soft and wonderful. 80% merino and 20% cashmere. (Shown here in Gingko).

Dragonfly Fibers – Djinni Sock. Speaking of soft and wonderful, we have a new batch of Kate’s 80/10/10 base in stock (superwash/cashmere/nylon). This fingering weight makes luscious socks, but we also have a lot of people using it for shawls and scarves, too. Try it in the Aquaphobia Socks (linked below). That will really mix up the colors well.

Shalimar – Breathless. I blogged about the Color Affection Shawl I made with this yarn last week, and mentioned then that it’s one of my new favorite fingering weight yarn bases. With 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% silk, it looks and feels wonderful. (Shown here in Tequila Sunrise). I need to find another two or three color shawl so that I can knit with this again. Although I think the Maudia Socks (linked below) would be a great use of this, too. We also have Shalimar’s Zoe Sock on order and hope to have that for you in a couple of weeks.

Studio June – Sock Luck. I love Jill’s color combinations! Check out Snowy Sky. And Calm, Cool and Collected. And First Frost. Those are a few of my favorites. (Ohhh – and Snowy Spice. That’s the one I’m getting for myself, I think.) The base is a fingering weight in 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon and the skein comes with great yardage – 460 yards. (Shown here in Knit Night. I like the name. I wonder why purples remind Jill of Knit Night?) This is also a great yarn to use with the Aquaphobia Socks pattern.

Need some new pattern ideas? Here are a few that I found and put on my list this week:

Maluka by Bea Schmidt Designs
Semele by Asa Tricosa
Pillars by Lisa Stichweh Designs
Raiun by Kirsten Johnstone
Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan
Maudie by General Hogbuffer

Are any of you coming to the Estes Park Wool Market this weekend? We’re only about 45 minutes from there, so pop in and see us before or after! We’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm and until 8:30 pm on Thursday nights. (Plus Thursday Nights are Knit Night around here. Join us for that, too!)

Sheri whojustbought3skeinsofBreathlessforherself

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