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Loopy Cakes Cowl

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 in Finished Projects, Pattern Links

TheLoopyEwe Loopy Cakes1I had a lot of fun making this new cowl. I am finding myself wearing infinity cowls, more and more. I like them better than scarves, because you don’t risk having them drift off while you’re out and about running errands. Some infinity cowls use a lacey pattern, which makes the cowl perfect for wearing inside or out, long or short. This Loopy Cakes Cowl is a little smaller and knits up denser, keeping your neck warm when you’re out. The pattern is easy and the yarn (from our Loopy Ewe Solid Series) keeps it nice and stretchy. I used one Loopy Cakes set and had a bit of each color left over.

TheLoopyEwe Loopy Cakes2Loopy Cakes Cowl

Yarn: 1 Loopy Cakes Kit (I used Chocolate and Roses, but you can make this out of any of the Loopy Cake combinations.)
Needles: 32″ US #5 (3.75 mm)
Gauge: 26 st/4″ in Linen Stitch

Figure out the color sequence you’d like to use with your 6 colors.

With your first color, cast on 323 stitches, using a stretchy cast on. (My new favorite is the German Cast On. Here’s one video on how to do it.)

Backyard1Add a marker to indicate the beginning, and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Knit 8 rows in the Linen Stitch pattern with your first color. Change to second color and knit 8 rows with second color in the same pattern.

Continue knitting 8 rows of Linen Stitch with each subsequent color.

When you have gone through all 6 colors once, start over with the first color and work through this same pattern again with each of your colors, for a total of 12 stripes (2 stripes of each color).

Backyard2Cast off with a loose bind off.

Linen Stitch Pattern
Row 1: K 1, Sl1 with yarn forward
Row 2: Sl1 with yarn forward, K1

(You’ll be slipping as if to purl.)

Approx. finished size: 6″ wide, 50″ around.

Be sure to share photos if you make one for yourself. I think it would be beautiful in several different sets. This pattern also works well for leftover yarn bits worked in a mish mash of colors instead of the stripes.

Sheri picturesofourbackyardaftertheweekendsnow.
GoodthingIhaveawarmcowltowear.

Biscotte & Cie, Stonehedge, Jordana Paige, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 25th, 2013 in Shop News

TheLoopyEwe BiscotteDid any of you get snow yesterday like we did? We had about 12″ of that beautiful stuff at our house. It was a perfect knitting day! I took some pictures that I’ll post on Wednesday’s blog. Monday blogs are all about new stuff going up, and we have some fun things tonight! Just up:

Biscotte & Cie – not only do we have lots of pretty self-striping colors in their sock yarn, but we also added in some colors and skeins of their wosted weight self-striping yarn, too! The sock/fingering weight is great for socks and things like the Sockhead hat (here’s the one that I made with Biscotte & Cie – so fun), mitts, gloves, and scarves. The worsted weight is great for those same things, only it knits up faster and is bulkier. Shown here – the worsted weight hat I made last week in the A Moi le Coco colorway, after this order came in. I just couldn’t help balling up a skein and trying it out.

Stonehedge Fibers – we’ve re-stocked all of the colors of Shepherd’s Wool. This yarn is popular for sweater and vest knitting, as it’s very soft and comes in great colors. Of course it also works well for scarves, hats and mittens, as well as colorwork.

elvisSoakboxes – these make great gifts, but they’re also nice to gift to yourself. In each box you get Soak Wash, Soak Handmaid Lotion, a skein of Lorna’s Laces, matching nail polish, and a pattern to make a cute pair of fingerless mitts. We have re-stocked the ones we were out of, and added a new one: Elvis Paisley. This features the new Yuzu scent. (Shown here in Elvis.)

Soak Wash – you can also find the new Yuzu scent available seperately as a wash or a lotion. Yuzu combines tart citrus and crushed eucalyptus for a refreshing scent.

Soak Heel - Heel has been re-stocked in Cucumber, Spearmint and Scentless. This is the best stuff for your feet. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, try some. I use it every day. (And if you’re giving socks as a gift, it’s nice to include a tub of this with the socks. The label on the container says “For feet worthy of hand-knit socks.” It’s a good way to remind the recipient that hand-knit socks are special!)

HiyaHiya Notions – we have re-stocked the Knitter’s Safety pins (I love these), cable needles, and point protectors. We’ve also added in Panda Pewter Stitch Markers, Socknitters Stitch Markers, and Panda Point Protectors.

HiyaHiya Needles – re-stocked.

jordana tealJordana Paige – the new Cezanne bags are in. We have them in Stone Grey, Bordeaux, Mediterranean Teal, and Orange Poppy. You should have seen all of us standing in the stockroom when they came in. We all wanted one and had a hard time picking which color we wanted. We  had quite the conversation. They are all beautiful. I still haven’t made my final decision on color. (Shown here in the Mediterranean Teal color.) You can get a peek into part of the inside on our website.

Thanks for alllll of your comments on the Spring Fling giveaway! I am so glad that this was based on a random drawing from all of the entries, because if I had had to pick a “most deserving” winner, I would not be able to do it. I wish I could give spots to all of you. We ran the randomizer this afternoon, and the winner is: Margaret from AL, who says she’d like to bring her best knitting buddy Amy with her.

Sheri lotsofpocketsinthatJordanabag.Ilikepockets.Andbagsingeneral. :-)

Covered With Snow!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 in Finished Projects

Swan Mountain RoadWe had a great Snow Day yesterday! (Not a Snow Day in terms of being off from school or work, but a Snow Day in terms of it being beautiful and white and wintery all day long). I know the Midwest was hit by a big snowstorm yesterday, too. I love snow and am always happy to see those big flakes coming down. Knitting Daughter and I took last weekend off for a Girls Birthday Weekend higher up in the mountains (here’s a photo I took while we were there) and got a lot of knitting and movie watching done. OK, and a little bit of shopping. But mostly we wanted to just hang out and knit.

Bulky MittensOne of the projects I worked on last weekend was a pair of mittens. (It’s a free pattern: Super Bulky Mittens).You might remember that I made a pair of these before Christmas, too. I gave those to my sweet mother-in-law. But I knew at that time that I’d have to make myself a pair. They are just so thick and warm. I used Malabrigo Rasta, but I think these would be equally gorgeous in Fibre Company Tundra, Shalimar Missy, or Spud and Chloe Outer. If I had anyone else to make mittens for, I’d make another pair. They knit up so quickly and are fun to make. Like before, I changed the pattern slightly by adding  10 rows of ribbing on the cuffs and added a total of 4 stitches to each mitten to make it a little larger. The pattern calls for 66 yards, so I used a bit more than that with my additions. Given the snow yesterday, it’s a good thing I made them last weekend, just in time to keep my hands warm!

This weekend I’m finishing my Loopy Cakes CowlI’m on my last stripe, finishing another (shhh – secret) project, and then perhaps starting a new shawl with the yarn and beads I played with last week. Are you knitting this weekend? What are you going to work on?

Sheri snowalsogivesoneanexcusetosayinsideandknitbythefire.
Notthatoneneedsanexcusetodothat….

P.S. Spring Fling Blog Contest winner will be drawn and announced on Monday’s Blog. Be sure to enter if you’d like a chance to win!

Loopy Drawings

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 in Shop News

VinceIf you have ordered from us in the past year and a half, you know we like to put little drawings on your order sheets. (Loopy is busy. We figure you like to know some of the things he gets himself into around here.) In all the times that we’ve been sending drawings out, no one has ever sent us a drawing back, until this week.

Judy in TX has a great blog, which I have enjoyed reading for quite awhile now. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you know her – and her husband Vince as well. (Besides being a knitter, she’s also an awesome quilter and quilt book author.) After I added a hello to Vince on one of Judy’s order forms, she emailed to say he was sending me a drawing. And his drawing cracked me up! (Hee – husbands. I think they sometimes forget how much money they spend on their own hobbies, don’t they? I’m betting that Judy could come up with a similar drawing relating to Vince’s hobbies.) The only problem I have with it is that he looks unhappy about being Loopy Ewed, and I tend to think it’s a very positive thing.

So thanks for the great drawing, Vince. I hope Judy keeps you “Loopy Ewed” for a long time to come!

Sheri whoalwaysappreciatespeoplewithagoodsenseofhumor

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