There are boxes and boxes of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in transit, winging their way to your homes. (Well – hopefully not really winging, although each skein IS named after an insect.) I finished my first sock out of Oak Timberworm and I like it so much that I am going to do the second one pretty darn quickly. I want to wear them this winter. As you know, I’m pretty committed to single socks. It’s not that I don’t want to pair them up and be able to wear them matching, it’s just that there is always another yarn coming into the shop or that we’re contemplating for the shop, that I need to try out. I know many of you have offered to help test knit, and I appreciate that! We do use test knitters when we’re working on patterns. However, I really like knitting with the yarns that we stock so that I can get a feel for them and get to know how they work up. It’s also important to me to spend time knitting, since I’m running a yarn shop and talking to knitters every day. And of course it’s a good excuse to get out of some things, because I can claim my knitting is “work” when necessary – like, “Sorry Honey, I have to finish this sock up by tomorrow – can’t start in on the laundry yet.” But then on Sundays, which has always been a “no work day” in our house, I knit because “it’s relaxing and how I choose to spend my day off”. So, conveniently, sometimes its work and sometimes it’s fun.) This pattern is “Take Flight” from Monica Knits. I thought that was a particularly appropriate name for a yarn named after a bug, and it was a very fun knit. As usual, I knit it toe up with a short-row heel and didn’t reverse the pattern – so if you use this one and knit it as written, yours will “fly” in the opposite direction. We have more Bugga! on order, including a double batch of Oak Timberworm, my favorite.
Now that all of the photos are officially posted from our Dream in Color Baby Knit-A-Long, it’s time to check them out and take a vote. The assignment was to knit something out of DC Baby, and there were a lot of different “somethings” that people knit up. Help us pick “The Knitter’s Choice” winner by emailing susan AT theloopyewe DOT com with your favorite by next Tuesday, Oct. 28th. We’ll tally up the winner and we’ll also draw one winner by lottery. Both will receive a Gift Certificate from The Loopy Ewe. Anyone who participated and had their photo uploaded in time, can claim a 20% discount on their next order of DC Baby. Just tell us in your order notes that you had your photo up in the gallery in time for the contest. Currently, we’re doing a Fourth Quarter Loopy Challenge and your goal is to knit some kind of hand covering (gloves, mittens, fingerless mitts, etc.) and post a photo in the Q4-08 photo gallery by 12/31. I figured that this would be a good way to get some holiday gifts knit up, in addition to challenging you to learn something new while you do it!
I’m halfway done with my sock out of the skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn that my yarn rep sent to me. I’m anxious to show it to you, as it has been fun to see the colors mix. I know you all are waiting on this yarn, and I promise that I have ordered a whopping amount of it. We will get this just as soon as they are ready to ship U.S. orders out in November. You’re going to love it. (I also have a whopping amount of Malabrigo Lace on order, so I’ll keep you posted on that. It’s fun to have our new space so that we can fill it up with “whopping” amounts of yarn!) We’ll have more DC Classy going up later today – the UPS gal just dropped it off – along with a re-stock of Claudia Hand Painted. I hope you always click on the “See What’s New” button when you visit The Loopy Ewe – we re-stock often.
I’ll leave you with a photo of Knitting Daughter and Casey-the-dog from last weekend. Casey is 12 years old and arthritic, but she still gets excited when she sees rabbits and squirrels in the yard, and when she sees her college kids coming through the door for a visit.