Archives from October 2013

Lorna’s Laces, Another Crafty Girl, Shibui, Moda, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, October 21st, 2013 in Shop News

South Shore The Loopy EweHappy Monday to you! We’ve just added new things in our Monday Update. New tonight, you’ll find:

Lorna’s Laces Solemate - a fingering weight base that is 55% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon and 30% Outlast. (Outlast is a material that NASA uses in space. It absorbs heat when things are too hot and releases the heat back when things are too cold. That makes this yarn perfect for hands, feet, necks and heads!) 425 yards per skein. (Shown here in South Shore.)

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock - a fingering weight yarn that is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon, with 430 yards in the skein. Shepherd Sock is great for socks, but also for shawls and scarves. And the colors are always fun!

I'm a Potato The Loopy EweAnother Crafty Girl’s Strong Sock - a new indie dyer for us! Sarah dyes up her beautiful colorways in Chicago, and we are thrilled to have her line here at The Loopy Ewe. Strong Sock is a fingering weight yarn that is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, with 400 yards in the skein. Perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, hats and mittens. You’ll even find a few Halloween-ish colorways in this batch. (Shown here in I’m a Potato. Clearly you need to buy that just because of the inventive name.) :-)

Shibui Knits Pebble - a laceweight yarn that is light, airy, and irresisteibly soft. The base is 48% silk, 36% wool, and 16% cashmere, with 224 yards to the skein. Wonderful for sweet laceweight shawls, scarves and cowls.

Moda Potluck The Loopy EweModa Fabrics Pot Luck - fun solids, flowers, little chicks, and small patterns in yellows, oranges, lime greens, aquas, cherries, and mixes. (Shown here.)

Timeless Treasures Fabric Tonga Batiks - more gorgeous batiks, this time focusing on deep aquas and teals in the Atlantis series.

Riley Blake Fabric Basic Shades - a few more additions in their semi-solid Shades line.

Have fun picking out some new things, and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun shipped off asap!

Sheri whoishavingfunbuildingapersonalfabricstashnow

Living in Colorado (and a Contest!)

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, October 18th, 2013 in Contest, WH's Photos

It seems like at least once a week, someone will ask me how we like living in Colorado. As many of you might remember, we lived in St. Louis for a long time (27 years) and moved to Colorado just over two years ago. Why? Because we had vacationed in Colorado forever and decided that instead of spending 2 wonderful weeks a year out here, we should be spending all of the year out here! So we up and moved our household and The Loopy Ewe, and landed in Fort Collins. We love living here. I drive home from work, looking at the mountains, and being so grateful that we get to live here. Fall is just one of the many reasons we love it here. Aren’t the colors gorgeous? (Photos by my husband the photographer. Click to make bigger! One of the many reasons he likes it out here? Great subject matter for his photography business and a great art gallery in Fort Collins Old Town that sells his photos!)

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Are you living in your most favorite place? If not, where would you rather be living? Leave a comment below and we’ll draw one name to win a print  of one of these photos – your choice! (Approx.  11 x 14.) That way, you can have a little bit of Colorado fall color in your life, too!

Sheri wholikestheotherseasonsaroundhere,too.
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Gift Knits: 10 Quick Projects for Holiday Knitting

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 in Pattern Links, Sheri's Top Tens

Knitter's Gift Timeline via PinterestIt’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about the holiday gift knitting. Unless you’ve been in our Spring and Fall Giftables Club, in which case, you have already completed several quick projects and have them tucked away, ready for the holidays! I came across this Knitter’s Gift Timeline on Pinterest and thought it was a perfect description for how I go about getting gift knitting done. For those of us still thinking about what to make for the different people in our lives, here are 10 different project ideas (with a few options for each one) for quick knitting for Christmas gifts. (71 days. Did you need to know that? I didn’t.)

1. Hats – great for males and females, young and old! Here are a few of my favorite hat patterns: Wurm, Windschief, Koolhaas, CrosscheckWho?, and Felicity.

2. Scarves – also great for all ages and stages. A few ideas: A Little Jazz, Black Cherry Lambic, Cerus Scarf, Palindrome, Favorite Scarf Ever, and Strangling Vine Lace Scarf.

3. Fingerless Mitts – great for kids and adults alike. Check these out: Fetching, Treads, Cafe au Lait, October Leaves, Part Deux Mitts, and Felicity Mitts.

4. Mittens – for those who prefer their fingers covered! Try these: Bella’s Mittens, Horatio and Oren, Grove, Wood Hollow Mittens, Basic Children’s Mittens, and Waiting for Winter Mittens. Add a tub of Lavishea to keep their fingers soft!

5. Gloves – these take a little more time, but there are some beautiful patterns out there. A few ideas: Knotty Gloves, Froot Loop Gloves, Spice Route (ok, not quick, but beautiful, right?), Finlay, Absinthe Gloves, and Char.

6. Small Shawls/Wraps – typically knit up with one or two skeins of yarn, and used around the shoulders or around the neck. Check out: Jadyn Shire, Granlibakken, Amaranth Shawl, Boiseau Wrap, Andromeda Shawl, and Allis.

7. Dishcloths or Facial Cloths – it’s always nice to pair these with handmade soap (like TwentySeven Soap). Some pattern ideas: Leafy Washcloth, Double Bump Washcloth, Shaker Dishcloths, Pinwheel Flower, Lacy Mock Cable, and Ballband Dishcloth.

8. Cowls – quicker than a scarf, but just as warm around the neck. Here are some of my favorites: Song of the Sea, Zuzu’s Petals, Willow Cowl, Calm Cowl, Pretty Thing, and Lila Blue.

9.  Vests – usually a bigger investment of time, but leaving off the sleeves makes it quicker than a sweater! Try these: Vine Lace Vest, Angostura, Memory VestCloud Chaser, Mondo Cable Shell/Vest, and Dr. G’s Memory Vest.

10. Socks – the heavier the yarn, the quicker they knit up. Ideal for all ages. Here are some sport/dk/worsted options, to they knit up quickly: Simple Skyp Socks, Blueberry Waffle Socks, House Targaryen Socks, Diagonal Rib Socks, Tern, and Mudslide Socks.

Or how about a kit that contains yarn/pattern/fun extra, all ready to knit up? We have a few August Giftables Kits (with an exclusively dyed skein of Biscotte & Cie Self-Striping yarn and a pattern for fingerless mitts and ear warmers) and a few September Giftables Kits (with an exclusively dyed skein of Dream in Color’s Wool/Alpaca worsted weight yarn and a pattern for The Path Less Traveled hat) still available. We’ve also put the patterns from last spring’s Giftables up on the website: Lila Blue infinity cowl, Crosscheck hat, and Allis shawl/scarf, which are all great patterns for quick gift knits, which is the whole premise behind our Giftables Club! (The October Giftables Kit will be out at the end of the week, for those of you who have signed up for it.)

So how are you fixed for gift knitting? Done? Haven’t started? Halfway there? Pick a pattern and pop over for some yarn. We’ll get you fixed right up and on your way!

Sheri stillneedingtomakealist.That’sagoodplacetostart.

Cascade, HiyaHiya, Knitter’s Pride, and Moda Fabrics

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Monday, October 14th, 2013 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Cascade 220 The Loopy EweHappy Columbus Day to those of you in the U.S.! (We were out of the shop today, since it’s a No Mail Monday. I worked on …. a sweater! Can you believe it? That’s all I’m going to say about it until it is finished. And it will get finished.) Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to those of you in Canada! Happy Monday to everyone else! :-) We added new things to the website tonight. Just up:

Cascade 220 and 220 Superwash – this worsted weight is perfect for quick holiday gifts, since it knits up fast and beautiful. The regular 220 can also be used for felting, so it makes great bags and slippers. The 220 Superwash is especially nice for kids clothes and blankets, since you can toss it in the washer and dryer when you need to. (Shown here in Cherry, 2426.)

Cascade Fixation – this DK weight yarn is 98 % cotton and 2% elastic, so it’s perfect to use for people who don’t tolerate wool. The yarn has a slight “give” to it, so even though there are only 100 yards in a ball, I made a women’s size 11 sock out of one ball. The slight stretch makes the yarn go further!

Cascade Heritage Silk The Loopy EweCascade Heritage Sock and Heritage Silk – fingering weight yarn, perfect for socks and shawls. The regular Sock is 75% Superwash Merino and 25% nylon, while the Silk is 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Silk, which adds a slight sheen to the yarn. (Shown here in Heritage Silk, Aqua Foam, 5630).

Cascade Ultra Pima – this is one of our most popular cotton lines. The DK weight is 100% pima cotton, so it’s soft and gorgeous to work with. Great for sweaters and tank tops that are a bit cooler than all wool blends.

HiyaHiya – sharp, steel and bamboo needles re-stocked, as well as Kitty Snips, Puppy Snips, and Knitter’s Safety Pins.

Knitter’s Pride - DPN’s and Circulars re-stocked.

French General The Loopy EweModa Fabric – French General Josephine, which includes prints in reds, browns, and creams in a variety of prints and color variations. Here’s a shop sample that we’re working on out of the French General line. (No bindings or quilting yet, but isn’t the piecing pretty?) We used the Blue and Gray Trail pattern out of this line of patterns, which works so well with the reproduction-type fabric. (Although I also think those patterns would be really fun in current fabric prints as well!).

Moda Scrumptious The Loopy EweModa Fabric – Scrumptious, which includes prints in limes, aquas, creams and mixes. These are such happy, fun colors, and they’d work equally well for garments as well as quilts. Here are just a few of the bolts we added in this line.

Have fun shopping and we’ll be in tomorrow to get all of your orders packed up and on their way!

Sheri thesweaterpatternIpicked?FunkyGrandpa.
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