Archives from September 2013

Madelinetosh, Zauberball, Trekking, Blue Q, and Fabric!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, September 30th, 2013 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Baltic The Loopy Ewe

Monday Fun for you! We just added in:

Madelinetosh Merino Light - in 80+ colors! This single-ply fingering weight base has been especially popular for shawls, sweaters, scarves and cowls. The yarn is 100% superwash merino and comes with 420 yards in the skein. I like using this for multi-color shawl combinations, like the Pamuya and Whippoorwill shawls that I made, or the Faberge that our customer Cricket made and has on display in our shop. It would also be pretty in a Color Affection or the Derecho. Of course it’s gorgeous for single-color shawls as well. I just seem to have an especially fun time picking out color combos! (Shown here in Baltic.)

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball 1505 The Loopy EweSchoppel Wolle Zauberball - This slow color-shifting yarn is so pretty when used for socks, shawls, hats, mitts, and gloves. We have it re-stocked in the Sock weight and DK weight. (Shown here in Zauberball 100 in #1505.)

Trekking - lots of this workhorse sock yarn in XXL and the Trekking Tweeds. This is the yarn you want to use for gift socks, if you know the person you’re giving them to is going to toss them in the washer and dryer. Plus, the colors are beautiful!

Blue Q Bags - If you like Owls, Kittens, Fox, Reading, and numerous other activities, you’ll love the new designs we’ve just added in the Blue Q line! We’ve also re-stocked your other favorites. These are really great bags for projects and accessories, as well as gift bags for special gifts.

Adornit The Loopy EweFabric - Did you notice that we added Fabric to our website last week? We are so excited! The Quilting Elves have been busy making beautiful samples for the shop, and we have been sending out fabric orders as they arrive. We have multiple lines of contemporary fabrics, batiks, Civil War reproductions, and more from ModaRiley BlakeAdornit (shown here, left), Birch (shown here, right), and Timeless Treasures, with more in the works.

In addition to regular yardage (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full yards), we also offer all of our fabrics in Fat Quarter cuts. You’ll see a link for ordering Fat Quarters on each individual fabric product page, under the photo. We also have multiple pattern companies, and the sewing notions have started to arrive as well. And you’ll love our photos. Birch The Loopy EweWe’ve taken the time to photo all of the fabric ourselves (instead of using stock photos from the fabric companies) and we think it makes a difference. You know you can click on photos on our website to make them all bigger, right? :-) If you like to quilt or sew, pop over and check out the ever-expanding Loopy Ewe Fabric Shop! Of course all of our regular rewards apply to your fabric purchases as well.

Have fun shopping and we’ll get your orders out asap!

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Owls and Muffins

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, September 27th, 2013 in Sheri's Recipes, Shop News

What a combination for a title, right? :-) I keep forgetting to mention that we had Lorna’s Laces dye up a special Great Horned Owl colorway for us. Remember the wonderful owl pictures that I shared this spring? (See here and here.) Those owls come back each year to the same nest to hatch their babies. This year was especially fun because the spring was late and the lack of leaves on the trees meant even better photos. Here’s the photo I sent to the talented people at Lorna’s Laces, along with the Great Horned Owl colorway they sent back to us. I love it.

Owl Colors The Loopy Ewe

Knitting Daughter made some yummy muffins while I was gone, and I wanted to share the recipe with you on today’s blog. It’s a perfect time of year for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and a cup of coffee or tea, don’t you think?

Pumpkin Cream Cheese MuffinPumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (from The Girl Who Ate Everything blog, via Pinterest)

Muffins:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 Tbl. plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tbl. flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 Tbl. cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Form this into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and then foil, and chill in freezer at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.

Combine 3 cups flour, spices, and baking soda. In a separate mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Mix on low until blended and then add in dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated.

Combine 5 Tbl. flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in a bowl and blend. Cut in butter pieces with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture is crumbly. Chill in refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

To assemble muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter (1-2 Tbl). Slice the cream cheese log into 24 pieces and place a slice of cream cheese into each muffin well. (The cream cheese will rise as it bakes, so you want to place it lower in the muffin than you might think.) Divide the remaining batter between the cups, completely covering the cream cheese. Sprinkle a small amount of topping on each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack before serving. Makes 24 muffins.

Have a great weekend!

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To Germany and Back

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 in Vacation

Claudia and Andreas 1I love Germany. One set of my grandparents came from Germany to the U.S. when they were in their 20′s, and lived here the rest of their lives. I grew up with family picnics full of German-speaking relatives (although they all learned English very well over here.) Being in Germany with the accents and language, reminds me of many fond memories of my heritage and from my growing up years. It’s always fun to be over there. Even more so, because I love visiting Claudia and her family! Here’s a picture of Claudia and her husband Andreas. Their town has a Folk Fest each year after the Hops Harvest is over, and we went over there for dinner the first night I was there.

There were plenty of places serving good food and providing fun entertainment.

Folk Fest

My favorite thing to do when I visit Claudia? I love going to her workshop and seeing the whole dyeing and finishing process. All that beautiful Wollmeise yarn! (And her very sweet employees, who do their best to understand my English.) I packed up a few orders – hope I didn’t mess any up.  I also love visiting her store and usually find reasons to “need” to go there almost every day that I’m in town. :-) Here’s the outside. It sits next to a little Turkish grocery.

Wollmeise Outside

Inside, the cubbies are full of all colors of Wollmeise. Here’s the Pure/Twin wall.

Wollmeise Full Shelves

And the “We are Different” and DK wall.

Wollmeise 2

The cubbies in front have the lace yarn.

Wollmeise 3

Claudia’s store is open 2-3 weekends per month, and she typically posts the schedule for the whole year at the beginning of the year so that people can plan ahead. She has so many shoppers come from out of town. (Are you heading to Germany any time soon? Can you plan a trip to her shop in Pfaffenhofen? It’s so worth it! Less than an hour’s drive from Munich.)

We also took a day trip for shopping in Rebensberg, where I found a few fun things. Then we had coffee at a little shop called “Anna, Who Loves Bread and Coffee”. How could you not stop there?

Regensberg Coffee

I think Germany is such a pretty country to fly into. The entire place is GREEN and lush looking, and most of the houses have red roofs, which really pop in all of that green. So pretty.

Red Roof

Claudia and Andreas have a new kitty named Xaverl and he was fun to play with while I was there. He has the run of their back yard during the day. Their yard is gorgeous – like  a huge garden, complete with paths and ponds. Xaverl was always chasing or pouncing on something back there, and having a ball.

Xaverl 1

I did bring home a bit of yarn. It’s not possible to be in her shop and not pick up some skeins for yourself. It just calls out to you. Loudly. And I was so inspired by all of the knitters in her shop who were wearing handknit sweaters. We have a lot of shoppers come in with scarves or shawls they have knit, but not as many come in wearing sweaters. It seems like almost everyone I saw in Claudia’s shop was wearing a handknit sweater. It really made me want to buckle down and make some sweaters. I know my history in finishing them isn’t so good, but there’s no reason that can’t change, right? So Funky Grandpa is at the top of my list. (Gabriele was there knitting one of the days I was there, wearing hers. It was beautiful. And wow – I was just looking at some of her other projects. Look at this sweater she made. I need to knit sweaters.)

While I was gone, I shared a blog post with the Nuvem I had made out of Wollmeise Lace, and offered someone a skein of Spice Market lace to make their own. (Already wound. And with 1700+ yards in a skein of Wollmeise Lace, that’s also a gift! Ha!) I used the random number generator and the winner is: Claire P. in CA. We’ll get this shipped right out to you, Claire!

So, should I finish the second Nuvem I have going (out of Wollmeise Lace Oohm), or the Infinity Cowl I started in Germany (out of Wollmeise Lace in some teal/green color that means “beetle”) before starting in on my sweater? That would be the responsible thing to do. But then I’d have 3 different projects in current progress. I probably need a Camp Loopy Challenge where I just knit the sweater for a month.

Good news – we were notified that we made it to Round Two in the quest for a Super Bowl ad! We have a few things to complete in the next three weeks for them. Voting is open again. We’ll keep you posted!

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Shalimar, Juliespins, String Theory Colorworks, and More!

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Happy Monday! It has been a busy week here, getting all of these pretty colors photographed and ready for you for tonight’s Update. Just added, you’ll find:

Dopamine The Loopy EweString Theory Colorworks – a new indie dyer to us (not to be confused with String Theory Hand-Dyed, which is a different company!). Caitlin dyes her beautiful self-striping yarn in sunny New Mexico, and you are going to love her colors. We have her Continuum base, which is a fingering weight in 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon with 430 yards in the skein. Self-striping yarn is particularly fun for socks, gloves, mittens, cowls and hats. Some patterns to try: Sockhead Hat, Goldilocks Mittens, Plisse Socks, The Captain’s Steps Socks, On the Bias Fingerless Mitts, and Impunity. (Shown here in Dopamine.)

Iceberg The Loopy EweJuliespins Silky 435 – this fingering weight yarn is 50% superwash merino and 50% silk. I love using this yarn for shawls, scarves and cowls. It has a beautiful drape and sheen to it. And of course Julie’s colors are always amazing. 435 yards per skein. (We have a re-stock of beads up tonight – this yarn is a great one to add beads to.) Some patterns to try: Henslowe Shawl, Sarai Shawl, Miss Doolittle Scarf or Cowl, Natsu Scarf, Gwendoline Shawl, Geology Shawl, Stella Luna Shawl, Dateline Cowl, and Inkberry Shawl. (Shown here in Iceburg.)

Loden The Loopy EweShalimar Breathless DK – one of my favorite yarns in the heavier DK weight. The base is 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere and 10% silk with 270 yards per skein. We also have a special free pattern offer with purchase. For the next month, we’ll be emailing you Paulina Popiolek’s new Sophie scarf which is crescent shaped and can be made in two different sizes (a 1-skein size and a 2-skein size). Leave us an order note if you’d like a free copy with your purchase of Shalimar DK. Some other patterns to try:  The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, Tuck Cowl, Whitman Hat, Sweet Memories Cowl, Atelier Sweater, Vodka Lemonade Sweater, and Troian Sweater. (Shown here in Loden.)

Peppermint Oatmeal The Loopy EweTwentyseven 27 Soap – a full restock of Keri’s soaps (made right here in Fort Collins, CO), with some of your favorite scents, a few new scents, and the scents that only come around during the fall and holiday season. Now’s the time to stock up. (Shown here in Peppermint & Oatmeal.)

Caravan Miyuki Beads – tubes and tubes of beads for adding to your scarves and shawl projects. The size 6/0 beads are perfect for fingering weight yarns and come with approximately 220 beads per tube. The 8/0 beads are perfect for lace weight yarns and come with approximately 400 beads per tube.

Needles – we’ve re-stocked the Addi’s and the ChiaoGoo’s, with Hiya’s and Knitter’s Pride re-stocks coming soon!

Have fun shopping and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun shipped right out to you!

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