Archives from July 2012

Hand Maiden, Madelinetosh, and Juliespins

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 30th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

It’s Monday and you know that means new things up at The Loopy Ewe! I’m making my holiday gift knitting plans, because soon Camp will be over and I’ll be working on my Charleston Tea Sweater for me and a few gifts for other people. I found a few more skeins that will be perfect for this fall, and I hope you will find a few for yourself, too! Just up, we added in:

Juliespins Silky 435 – Every time Julie sends us yarn, it’s full of new colors. I love that! (Well, sort of. It would be easier if she’s send the same colors and I could pass them up because I already had them. Instead, we open boxes from her and ooh and aah over what she has come up with this time.) This 4-ply fingering weight is 50% Silk and 50% Superwash Merino. I recommend using it for shawls, scarves and cowls. It has a beautiful drape, and it feels wonderful. You might try it with Rev (which comes free with a beautiful rectangular shawl pattern, Rec Rev), the Glasgow Argyle Scarf, the Sarai Shawl, the Natsu scarf, or Caryl’s Kerchief. (Shown here in Dappled).

Hand Maiden Sea Sock – This is another line with breathtaking colors. This fingering weight is 51% Silk, 29% Superwash Merino, and 20% Seacell. Great for socks, scarves, shawls, cowls and mitts. This would be perfect for the Limestone One Skein Triangle Shawl, or Hypernova – The Scarf, or Twinkleberry socks. (Shown here in Jacobean Blue.)

Madelinetosh Vintage – a handful of colors that came along for the ride when we added all of the other Madtosh this past month! Vintage is a worsted with yarn that works well for sweaters, vests and scarves. My favorite worsted weight scarf continues to be Palindrome. I added an additional repeat so that mine would have 4 cables. I made it with Dream in Color’s Worsted Cashmere, but it would also be beautiful in this Vintage. It’s a good “guy” pattern, too – cables and no lace. (Shown here in Grove.)

In addition to those three lines, we also re-stocked Cascade in Ultra Pima (the perfect cotton sweater yarn for summer and fall), 220 Superwash (great for all of your machine wash/dry knits) and Heritage Silk (which makes beautiful socks and shawls).

Finally, we have Loopy Totes back in stock, and a few of these special Atenti Carpet Bags. (Shown here in Backstitch.) The Loopy Accessories Pal (8″ x 6″) is perfect for keeping your scissors, tape measure, stitchmarkers, pen, and post-its all in one place in your project bag.  The Project Keeper is what I use to keep my works-in-progress in. The 10″ x 13″ size means you can add the pattern, along with the yarn and needles. It’s also great for keeping upcoming projects ready to go.

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Camping this Summer!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, July 27th, 2012 in Camp Loopy, Contest, Sheri's Recipes

Camp-loopy-2012As most of you know, we’re in our second year of Camp Loopy around here, and having a lot of fun with it this summer! Each month the campers are challenged with a new project and today is the day that Project Two needs to be finished and Project Three can be started. It has been great to see all of the photos that have been coming in. And on that note – it’s time to vote for your favorite project from the first month of Camp. You’ll find 768 photos in the Project One Gallery, and we need to award one the “Reader’s Choice” award. YOU are responsible for that! Please take a look through the gallery and email your favorite choice to support@theloopyewe.com. We’ll give it a week or so for voting and will announce the winners soon.

To go along with your camp knitting, I have a new s’mores recipe for you today. We tried it out a couple of weeks ago, and it’s wonderful.

S’Mores-Dessert-PizzaS’Mores Dessert Pizza

1 tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie
Slice and Bake dough
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 Tbl. softened butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cut the cookie dough into slices and then pat them out on a pizza pan or baking stone, so that it becomes one big cookie base.

S’Mores-Dessert-PizzaMix the brown sugar, oats, butter and flour together and sprinkle this over the cookie crust.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over the crumb mix.

Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Top with marshmallows and then bake for 10 more minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.

I’ll be knitting and watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight. How about you?

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Camp Loopy Project Two: Finished

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 in Finished Projects

I know I was panicking just last week about finishing, but it turns out I ran out of yarn and had to cut 7 rows short. (At 516 stitches per row, that’s a savings of 3612 stitches). I’m glad to be done. I don’t know how it happened, but the pattern called for 800 yards and I used 1100+ yards on this. I used the same needle sizes and didn’t alter it any other way except for deleting 7 rows at the end, so I can’t explain it.

When I was at market, I saw a booth with scarves and shawls that used this color technique. You pick a multi-color for the middle, and then pick two different matching semi-solids for the beginning and the end. What a cool idea! (We do have that line of yarn and patterns on order.) I picked a shawl pattern that would let the color progression show nicely. This is Thin Ice, and I used Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Meadow (1.5 skeins), Harmony Plum (1 skein), and Cascade Heritage Forest (3/4 skein). Mountain Colors has some really pretty multi-colors to choose from. This would also work well with Lorna’s Laces, Studio June, Sweet Georgia, and Three Irish Girls. And the pattern itself would be beautiful in Kauni, to show the long color changes!

When I blended from the green to the multi, I did one row where I alternated each stitch from the two different skeins. After I got a few rows past that, I realized that you don’t really even need to blend like that, if you’ve picked your colors well. Just jump in with the new color and the multi-color mix will make it look like you blended it. So with the plum color, I just stopped the last row with the multi and did the next with the plum and it blended great. So easy.

I hope you’re all winding up your Project Twos so that you can get ready to cast on Project Three on Friday! I have bunches of photos waiting for approval in the gallery that I’ll be working on this week. You’ve all done such a wonderful job. I can’t wait for you to see all of the photos.

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Hand Maiden, Fleece Artist, Madelinetosh and More

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

I’m thinking about cooler weather. Not because it’s cool here (it’s not), but because I find myself feeling ready for Fall. My first post-Camp Loopy project is going to be a Charleston Tea and I know I will love wearing it when it is done. If you’re feeling the same way – thinking about Fall and sweaters, then you might want to snatch some of the Madelinetosh Sport that just went up. It would be beautiful for a Charleston Tea! Or several other things. We’ve just added in:

Madelinetosh – Sport. More than 70 colors, just in time for fall sweater and vest knitting. Here are a few patterns to check out: Marly (a cute short-sleeved sweater for warm fall days), and Eisen (loving the texture in that one). And someone was knitting Cavallo Point last week at Knit Night and I immediately wrote down the pattern name. It looks like a winner and would be beautiful with Madtosh Sport. (Shown above in Fathom.)

Hand Maiden – Casbah. This is one of the first Merino/Cashmere/Nylon bases that we carried, and it continues to be a favorite. The colors, the feel – all gorgeous. I like this yarn for socks and shawls. Did you see the Estuary pattern in Knitty? Or the Summerside Shawl? For socks, try Copper Penny Socks, or Brigid.

Fleece Artist – BFL Sock.A great base for socks, but you’ll see pretty shawls made with it, too. Need pattern ideas? Try Chamfer or Inlay. I love Hunter’s sock patterns. (Shown here in Blomidon.)

Swan’s Island – Organic Merino Fingering. Great yardage and pretty, soft colors makes this a wonderful yarn to work with. We have also added in their pattern line tonight. I think this would make a great Beautiful Cobweb shawl, or a cute short-sleeved sweater like Urban.

Knitifacts - This is a new line of stitchmarkers that we picked up at market. I love their snag-free pretty colors. I also like that there is nothing dangling to get caught up in my knitting. We also have their Bumpers and Bitty Bumpers – little rubber rings to put on the ends of your needles when your knitting is at rest. (Stitchmarkers shown here in the Purple Rain color.)

We have a winner for the Reader’s Choice Award from the Second Quarter Challenge, and a winner from the random drawing as well. Both winners have received a $25 Loopy Credit in their accounts! The Reader’s Choice Award goes to Allen in GA for her Simple Shellseeker, which looks really comfy and was made with Spud and Chloe Sweater. And the other award goes to Julie in OH for her cute Spring Garden Tee made with Cascade Ultra Pima. Congratulations to both of you!

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