We just shipped a Blue Sky Trunk Show back, but before we sent it, I photographed some of the beautiful samples that we had on display here at the shop. Blue Sky Skinny Cotton is a sport weight yarn that is 100% organic cotton, dyed with low impact dyes. Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown from plants that have had no chemicals introduced (like fertilizers or pesticides.) Interestingly, cotton plants in general cover 55% of the world’s cultivated land use, but accounts for 75% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other crop. This yarn base has a nice twist and knits up beautifully. Look at some of the samples we had:
Shawl Collar Vest (out of Coral)
Skinny Cardigan and Market Tote (out of Blackberry and Zinc, Tote out of Basil)
Swing Cardigan (out of French Blue)
Beatrice Top (out of Gravel)
Harriet Dress (out of Glacier)
When I pulled the Harriet Dress out of the box? Everyone standing around gave a collective, “Awwwww!” It’s the cutest little dress. If you’re looking for some nice cotton for lighter weight tops or sweaters, give the Skinny Cotton a try. (Need more pattern suggestions? Try Milena, Ruched Yoke Tee, Eeek, Quinn Sweater, Lucia, and of course you all need a McHenry.) If you’re placing an order with us in the next week and would like a little mini sample to see it in person, just add an order note and we’ll pop one in your order. We have a few left from the Trunk Show!
It’s great to be back to our normal Monday Update posting schedule. The break is always appreciated during Camp Store Week, but it does mean that boxes of yarn keep accumulating in our stock room and we have to wait an extra week to share it with you! So tonight we added in:
The Fibre Company Canopy Worsted and Fingering – Canopy is a 3-ply strong, soft, shiny and drapey yarn. The fibers (50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, and 20% Viscose Bamboo) are spun into a smooth yarn and then kettle dyed. The fibers each absorb the dye slightly differently, which creates a beautiful depth of color with subtle heathered tones. The skeins come with 200 yards (both weights) and are great for wamer items like hats (like Star Crossed Slouch Beret), cowls (like Smooth Edge) and sweaters (like Vine Yoke Cardigan), as well as scarves, shawls (like Torrent) and socks. (Shown above in Worsted, Sumac.)
Into the Whirled Pakkoku – This will be our last batch of Into the Whirled for awhile, so get it while you can! (It’s a matter of base yarn availability. We’ll have it again when they can get a good supply back in.) I love the color combinations that they come up with. Truly unique and fun. These colors are great in patterns like Hitchhiker, Lintilla, Trillium, and other scarves, shawls and socks that mix things up a bit. (Shown here in Aurora Borealis.)
Malabrigo Mecha, Rasta, Rios, Sock – some re-stocks in back-ordered colors we’ve had in with the company for awhile.
Manos del Uruguay Serena – This sport weight yarn is so awesome to work with. 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton, means that it’s super soft. The semi-solid colors make it great for patterns with lace or texture (like shawls, cowls, scarves and sweaters). It comes in both solids and multi colors. It would also be great to use a multi-color for a shawl body and the solid for the edging, in patterns like Cladonia,Roma, Cerasifera, River Walk, and Calliope’s Odyssey. (Shown here in Glacier.)
Fibernymph Dye Works Self-Striping – More of Lisa’s fun self-striping yarns, which are great to use for socks, hats, mitts and cowls. Our favorite this time around is Soft Kitty. I think Sheldon needs some socks out of Soft Kitty, don’t you? Does Penny knit? (Shown here in Soft Kitty.)
Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted and DK – re-stocks in all of the colors. Actually, we popped the Worsted re-stocks up last week, so that they’d be available for your Camp projects, too!
Is it time to start thinking about a new Fall sweater for yourself? Check out the new additions tonight and pick something fun. We’ll get it shipped right out to you!
Yum! That’s what we said when we tried this delicious bars, and I think that’s what you’ll say, too. If you like shortbread and caramel, mix up a batch and give it a try.
1 lb. salted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbl. vanilla + 1/2 tsp.
4 cups flour
1 bag (14 oz.) caramel candies or caramel bits
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbl. coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine butter and sugars and mix until creamy. Add 2 Tbl. vanilla and mix until combined. Sift the flower in slowly and beat on low speed until a soft dough forms.
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Press 1/2 of the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Wrap the rest in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.
Bake the crust for 20 minutes (until edges are a pale golden brown) and then let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
While the crust is baking, melt the caramels and add the cream. Stir well, and then add 1/2 tsp. vanilla, stirring until combined. Pour the caramel filling over the crust. Sprinkle the sea salt on top of the caramel. (The salt is optional, but good!)
Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the caramel layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the shortbread crumbles are firm and lightly golden.
Cool before cutting into squares.
(Original recipe from Cookies & Cups, where you will find a lot of other really amazing looking recipes as well.)
I’m a big fan of bar recipes. (Bars as in dessert bars, not recipes that you’d find if you were frequenting a bar on the weekend.) What is your favorite bar recipe? Leave a comment and we’ll draw a name from the comments to win a $25 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate, next week! (Also – keep a careful eye on the blog in August, as that is our Anniversary month – Seven Years! – and we’ll be having weekly blog contests, in addition to a really cool Anniversary Kit mid-month that you’ll want to get in on.)
I finished up my Lintilla this week, for Camp Loopy’s Project Two. I used 1.25 skeins of Juliespins Silky Merino, because one skein was just 435 yards and I needed to hit 500 yards for Project Two. I like how it turned out. The second photo shows the more true color. I don’t remember the colorway, but since Julie invents new colors for almost every batch we get from her, it’s probably not one that is coming back anyway! You can see how the piece is knit sideways, with the ruffles being done in short-row sections. I think it’s a great pattern for multi-colored yarn. Mine ended up being more subtle, but I have seen some really pretty Lintillas done up in some wild colors, and they all look great. Martina has several patterns that are great for multi-colors, as she really likes designing with Wollmeise. Next up for me will be her Trillian pattern (after my Project Three knitting in August, of course). And I’m still working on my never-ending Nuvem, which I will love when it’s done. I even have a second color and beads picked out to make another one of those.
Now that all of the photos have been approved for the Project One Gallery, it’s time to vote on your favorites. Please pop over to the gallery and send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), voting for your favorite project. We’ll tally those up and will announce a Reader’s Choice Award next week, as well as some randomly drawn winners from all of our entries. It has been so fun to see all of your wonderful creations, and we look forward to seeing more for Projects Two and Three!