February 19, 2014
It’s time to announce our next Loopy’s Challenge! We have had a great time seeing all of the beautiful things you have come up with in Loopy’s Challenge for Winter, where we asked you to “mix things up” in your projects. We’re still going through and approving them, but you can see the ones so far by popping over to the photo gallery. We did both a yarn version and a fabric version last time. We’ll share the fabric challenge with you next week.
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Arlington, Ashburn and Edgewater.
Loopy’s Challenge for Spring is to banish the winter grays and whites and to knit something with a variegated yarn (using at least 250 yards in your project). For the purpose of this challenge, variegated means two or more different colors in the skein (but not self-striping yarn). Let’s work on pretty, colorful, luscious skeins! Need some ideas? Here are some yarns to consider. Please keep in mind that you’ll find some semi-solids mixed in with all of these yarns that I’m linking to, because most companies offer both and we carry both. Make sure you ignore the solids/semi-solids and go for the colors that have two or more distinctly different colors in the skein!
A few yarn suggestions: Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Juniper Colorways (but not Elements), Another Crafty Girl, Artyarns Cashmere Sock, Biscotte & Cie Vintage (their non-striping line), Colinette Jitterbug, Fibernymph DyeWorks Bounce, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport, Shepherd Worsted, Solemate and Sportmate, Manos del Uruguay Alegria, Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock, Team Spirit, The Loopy Ewe Loopy Legends and Seasonings Series, The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze (more going up tomorrow), Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering and McClellan Fingering, Trekking XXL, Universal Cotton Supreme Batik, and Woolen Mill Street. You’ll find other multi-colored options mixed in with many other brands as well.
A few pattern suggestions: A Little Jazz, A Breath of Fresh Air, Fire and Ice Shawl, March Mosaic Socks, Knit Night, Lazy Summer Scarf, Stay Awhile, Hitchhiker, Brickless, Lintilla, Miss Winkle, Trillian, 22.5 Degrees, Valente, Hitchhands, LaLa’s Simple Shawl, Spring Wind, My Hope, Nine-to-Five Socks, Sprockets Socks, Tiger Socks, Celebratory Socks, Southwestern Socks, Summer Winds Cowl, Cotty Fingerless Gloves, Cannon Beach, Merry Socksters, and so many more!
The regular benefits (and a few rules) apply.
1. If you need yarn for your project, you may take a 15% discount off of the yarn for this project starting today and going through February 26th. You will need to leave us an order note indicating which yarn in the order is for your challenge. We will apply the discount when we print out your order. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S. make sure that the discount will not take your total under the $75 level, because the website will add the $5.95 postage cost back in. (Discount limited to one project’s worth of yarn for the challenge. Must be ordered in one order, so calculate yardage carefully before ordering.)
2. If you purchase project items from us during Challenge Week (2/19-26) or later, and you upload a photo of your completed project to our gallery you could also earn an extra Loopy Credit! Assuming you complete your project and…
- upload your photo on or before March 31st, we’ll give you a Loopy Credit equal to your original discount;
- or, if you upload it in April, we’ll give you a Loopy Credit for 75% of your original discount.
For example, if you order $60 for your challenge project during Challenge Week, you’ll get a $9 discount on your order that day. Then, if you finish and upload your project to our photo gallery in March, we’ll put a $9 Loopy Credit in your account. If it takes a bit longer to finish your project and you upload it in April instead, we’ll give you a $6.75 Loopy Credit. (Note: one discount and one Loopy Credit per person.)
3. We will be setting up Challenge Chat Groups on Ravelry on our Loopy Groupie board, based on the predominant color in the yarn that you choose. We’ll have these groups: BreathtakingBlues and PrettyPurples, GrandGreens and BeautifulBrowns, RavishingReds and OutstandingOranges, and YummyYellows and BrilliantBlacks. You pick the one you think most fits the colorway you’re using. (Note – it doesn’t mean you have to have both listed colors in your skein – just whatever color is most dominant or whatever color you like the most in your yarn. If that’s a yellow, then you’re in YummyYellows and Brilliant Blacks, even if your colorway has no black.) If you like chatting with others about projects, join the group that fits the project you have picked out. There are a lot of wonderfully friendly people on our Loopy Groupie board, and I know you’ll enjoy them.
4. You are also welcome to use stash yarn, as long as it’s yarn that we carry here at The Loopy Ewe. You won’t be eligible for the reward credits, but you can certainly participate in the Chat Groups and knit along with us.
Have fun picking out your project and your yarn! You can start in on the project as soon as your yarn arrives, and you know we’ll get your Boxes of Fun right out to you. We’ll look forward to seeing how you color things up for this new challenge.