Archives from August 2012

Anniversary Kits, Socktopus, BAAH, and more!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, August 13th, 2012 in Shop News

We’re excited to share our Sixth Anniversary Kit with you today! We worked with two great companies – Lorna’s Laces and Lantern Moon, and one great designer – Debbie O’Neill, to pull this together for you. You’re also getting a sneak peak at our new “Seasonings Series”, which we’ll bring to you this fall. More on that in a minute.

The kit comes with a full skein plus a coordinating mini skein, in our favorite Loopy color – red, with charcoal mini. The yarn is dyed up on Lorna’s Laces’ awesome Shepherd Sock base. Debbie O’Neill has designed all of our anniversary kit patterns, and this year she has a great sock pattern with cables, that works for guys or gals. Since we’re celebrating our anniversary during Olympics month, we thought we’d commemorate both with the title of this colorway, “Tickety Boo”. If you watched the opening ceremonies, you might have heard Danny Boyle (the producer) say that working with the Queen on the Bond Skit was Tickety Boo. I looked it up and it means “everything is fine”. Although everything is GREAT here, so our translation for Tickety Boo is “Everything is Great!” (And aren’t there going to be days when you will need to wear your Tickety Boo socks or shawl for a little extra “everything is great!” good luck?)

When the skeins arrived earlier this summer, I realized that this skein+mini would also work well for another one of Debbie’s past club patterns – A Breath of Fresh Air. Some of you already have this pattern, but if you don’t and would like it when ordering the Anniversary Kit, just leave us an order note and we’ll send that one, too. Both the shawl and sock patterns will come to you via email. To round out the kit, we worked with Lantern Moon for the cute drawstring project bag with embroidered Loopy, as well as the little heart stitchmarkers that we’ve included in the kit.

Back to our Seasonings Series – this is a new line that we have in the works for this Fall. (Why Seasonings? Because every skein comes with a coordinating mini skein and everything works better with a little spice, right? We’ve had a blast coming up with the colorways and the spices!) We’ll keep you posted on that. Tickety Boo is a limited edition just for the Anniversary Kit, so if you love the red/black combo, get it while it lasts.

Of course it’s not all about the Anniversary Kit tonight. We have other things that went up in tonight’s Update as well! We added in:

Socktopus Sokkusu – A very popular line here, dyed by Alice and her gals in the UK. This fingering weight yarn works well for socks and shawls. If you haven’t already picked up Alice’s Socktopus book, you might want to get it. I love so many of the patterns in there.

BAAH Yarns – This is the beautiful yarn that inspired me to use two solids and a multi for my Thin Ice Shawl for Camp Loopy Project Two. We have many coordinating multi’s and semi-solids in this line, as well as several patterns from BAAH that use that technique. (Shown here in Brazilian Emerald.)

Scojo Eyeware - I’ve been wearing these reading glasses all day for working on the computer, and I keep forgetting that I’m wearing them. They’re so lightweight and comfortable. We have the Gels line, which incorporates the latest in rimless eyewear technology, infused with beautiful color and a precise mounting system. I’m taking all of my cheap reading glasses and adding one to each purse that I use, and then keeping my Scojo glasses for computer and knitting. (I admit, I mostly added in this reading glasses line for myself. When you wear them for so many different activities, you want them to be good!) Each pair comes in it’s own plastic case.

Namaste - We have the new Purple Oh, Snap sets, the Circular Cases and Buddy Cases in Pumpkin Spice, and the Harlow Bags in Carribean Blue, Espresso and Eggplant. (Pumpkin Spice Harlow’s still to come.)

GoKnit - New colors from GoKnit! The Jewel Collection includes the small, medium and large GoKnit Bags in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst and Champagne Gold. (Shown here in the Medium Amethyst size.) We’ve also added in their cute Bracelet Kits, which you can whip up in an evening. Each kit includes the materials to make a thick and thin bracelet. The thin bracelet can also be worn as a necklace.

Lavishea Bars – Four new scents in this wonderful hand bar line. We’ve added Jasmine Vanilla, Aloe & Green Clover, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Plumeria. These tins are great to keep in knitting project bag, purses, and backpacks.

We’ve had a busy week, haven’t we? So much fun stuff. Don’t forget that you can enter into last Friday’s Blog Contest to win a free Anniversary Kit (which would be handy if you wanted to make the scarf/shawlette pattern and socks to match).

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Cashmere, Chocolate and a CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, August 10th, 2012 in Contest, Sheri's Recipes

Roverta's-CashSilk-Fern-Lace-ScarfThat’s a pretty good combination, isn’t it? First the cashmere show and tell. Elf Roberta knit up this beautiful scarf for her sister-in-law out of Sweet Georgia’s CashSilk Lace in the Summer Skin color. The pattern is Felicia’s CashSilk Fern Lace Scarf, which is free on Ravelry. It uses just one skein. I can tell you, it turns into a beautiful, lightweight luxurious scarf. I think that pattern would also look beautiful done up in fingering weight yarn – something like Madelinetosh Sock or Three Irish Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering.

We tried a new dessert recipe at our house last week. It’s similar to this one (in a rather anemic looking photo) that I’ve shared with you before, but with the addition of peanut butter. YUM.

Peanut-Butter-Brownie-TriflePeanut Butter Brownie Trifle

1 brownie mix (for 9 x 13 pan) + eggs, oil, water
1 large containter Cool Whip
2 large boxes of instant chocolate pudding
(prepare each box as directed, as you assemble)
1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped
3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 (8 oz) pck. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Bake the brownies as directed and let cool. When cool, cute them into bite-sized pieces.

Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and add the peanut butter and powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed and smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool whip.

Assemble the layers:
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups
peanut butter/cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture (use the whole thing on this layer)
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
Frost with the rest of the plain Cool Whip
Top with remaining chopped peanut butter cups

Let set for a few hours (or overnight) and enjoy.

It was fun to read all of your comments on last Friday’s blog post. We’re so glad to have you all here with us on our Sixth Anniversary! I used the Random Number Generator to pick a winner from last week’s comments. The skein of Wollmeise Lace goes to Kimberly in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Congratulations, Kim!

We have another contest this week (since it’s our anniversary month, you know). This week’s question: What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen this summer? (I’m looking to add to my book and movie lineup as we move into the fall.) Since this is our second contest of the month, we’ll be giving away two prizes – two of our Sixth Anniversary Kits, which will be making their debut next week. Leave your answers in the comments below and we’ll draw the winners next week!

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Today at Loopy

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 in Shop News

We like giving you a little peek at Loopy during the day via the webcam. Even though you only see a little piece of the pie on camera, you still quickly pick up when things are changing! (At least those of you on Ravelry pick up on it.) We did a little re-arranging here last night.

We moved the red couches to a new corner. This will make it easier to have our big Knit Night Circle a little distance from the door, so that regular Thursday night shoppers can get in and out easier.

We moved the checkout counter closer to the door. (Please note that Herman is wearing a Color Affection Shawl. He’s so with it. Also - Vickie hopped up to get out of the photo. She made the Color Affection Shawl that Herman has on.)

We moved the packing station to a new corner.

Still figuring out where to re-locate the webcam so that you can still see at least one side of the order packing that goes on. Web Guy is doing double-duty on his lunch break, re-wiring in the ceiling.

What else is happening around here? Michael is re-stocking.

Jody is making yarn cards.

Roberta is straightening shelves (until one of you calls, and then she’ll be talking to you on the phone!).

Rebecca is unpacking boxes of inventory, getting ready for next week’s update.

Knitting Daughter was off on an errand and saw no reason to be in a photo when she returned to Loopy. She says she has been on the blog enough. :-)

Pretty much a normal day, except for the furniture shifting. What’s going on in your day? Normal things, or extraordinary things?

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Shalimar, Alpaca with a Twist, Lorna’s, and More

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, August 6th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

It has been really fun to read all of your sweet comments on last week’s Anniversary Blog post. (Did you leave a comment? We’re drawing at the end of the week for Wollmeise Lace, so get in on it!) I know that we have a lot of blog visitors on Mondays because you all want to see what just went up for the week. Thanks for making Mondays (and Tuesday packing days) so fun for us. We look forward to seeing what you pick out. :-) Tonight we just added in:

Shalimar Breathless – We have 18 colors that went up tonight, and more coming again soon. I made my first Color Affection with three colors of this luscious yarn and it immediately moved up to my “most favorites” list. It’s just a pleasure to work with and wear. (Shown above in American Beauty). It would be perfect for Line Break, or Stripe Study, or Miss Doolittle.

Kollage Riveting Worsted & Sport - The yarn made from recylcled jeans! I used this for the My Kind of Saturday Cowl that I made last year. There’s just something nice about knitting with yarn that is like your favorite old pair of jeans. Try it for a Pipit Sweater, A Day at the Beach Sweater, or the Tabitha top.

Lorna’s Laces - new colors and re-stocks in Shepherd Sock and Sportmate. I like that they went with a formal theme for the new colors this season. Very fun! (Shown here in Shepherd Sock Pocket Square.) Look for Ascot, Bow Tie, Cummerbund, Pocket Square, Spats and Waistcoat). This would be fun in a Venomous Tentacula (how’s that for a name?) or Eiku, or a Mizutama Shawl.

Dream in Color Smooshy – A re-stock of all of your favorite colors in one of your favorite fingering weight bases. Smooshy knits with no striping or pooling – just all over beautiful color for socks, shawls, cowls, scarves and lighter weight sweaters. Try Hidden in the Forest, or Buckwheat, or Temperance.

Alpaca with a Twist Sock – I’m a sucker for alpaca. It’s soft and warm and so nice to work with. This sock base is great for warm, wonderful socks. I also used it to make a Feather and Fan Scarf, because it’s just as nice around your neck or in shawls. How about Berlioz, or Saint Michel Socks, or Amelie.

Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist- The yardage in this DK weight skein is great – 549 yards. This would make a very nice, warm sweater or vest. Also nice for shawls and scarves. Knitting Daughter just finished a blue and gray scarf out of it like this scarf, and she’s anxious for cold weather to get here so that she can wear it. If you have someone in your family who really hates the cold, you need to make them a Neverending Scarf. The double thickness makes it a great barrier against the cold. (Shown here in Blue Corn). It would be wonderful for the Kudzu Shawlette, a Houndstooth Bandana, or the Stellaria Shawl.

Alpaca with a Twist Fino – The nice thing about the Fino base is that it’s laceweight. It gives the warmth that alpaca brings, but in a lightweight yarn. Definitely shawl yarn, although those cute vests made from laceweight would also be pretty out of this. How about the Featherweight Cardigan, or a Kiwassa Shawl, or Camelot’s Embrace.

Kollage’s New Square Circulars – in the 24″ cable length. Kollage has improved their needles and moved production to the U.S.  They are rolling the different lengths out on a specific production schedule, starting with the 24″ ones. We’ll get each length as they are released and we’ll keep you posted as they arrive.

I’m working on finishing up the photo approval process for the last Project Two photos for Camp Loopy. As soon as we’re done with those, I’ll get the Project Three Gallery up. I have gotten so many new (cool!) pattern ideas from all of your Camp projects this summer. It’s one of my favorites parts of the photo galleries. Thanks for sharing with us!

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Buriedwithotherknitting.Stillhopeful,though.

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