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Sweater Challenge (and Lessons Learned)

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 12th, 2010 in Finished Projects, Shop News

We’ve had sort of a double sweater challenge going on over the past several months. In January, I announced that we were going to be knitting sweaters for the first challenge of the year. I had the hardest time deciding on a sweater pattern. There were just too many great options. I started in on a vest and then got distracted by another project (this is so typical with me – Knitter’s A.D.D.), and when I went back to the vest again, I couldn’t figure out where I left off. Too many cables and wonderful patterns in there to just jump back in and hope for the best. Lesson 1 – take copious notes if you’re going to wander off into a different project before the first one is finished. I just need to frog it and start over at some point.

DSC00317When the weather started getting nicer, I started thinking about summer sweaters. And the Universal Cotton Supreme was calling my name. I issued a Mini Challenge to see who might want to join me in working on summer sweaters, and some of you jumped in. I finished the Zoe Cardi at the beginning of July and …. it’s waaaay too big. Seriously. I’m really sad because I love the color and the pattern. In a fit of ignorance, I kept knitting away, even while imagining that it might be looking DSC00318too large as I was going along. sigh. I was trying to make it XL and I think it ended up as 2X or thereabouts. Lesson 2: Turns out that 4.5 st/inch and 5 st/inch IS a big deal difference overall. FPS. So here is a photo and now I guess I give it away or something. I have to work myself into that mindset. It’s still too fresh. (Note – the neckline is not wonky, like the picture indicates, and the true color of the yarn is the full photo, not the sleeve detail photo. Although I’m sure these things don’t bother you like they bother me in the photos.) This does mean that both my unfinished vest and my completed summer sweater were unsuccessful in this past challenge. Bugger. However, I’ve jumped into the new challenge with both feet. Since it started, I already finished one sock, and am working on granny squares to make a pillow as well. Hopefully this makes up for the last challenge.

Take a look at the other entrants into our double-sweater-challenge and do some voting! We will draw two names out of all entrants (because we combined both challenges into one gallery), but we also want to award a prize for the Reader’s Choice award. There are Loopy Ewe Gift Certificates to be won! Send us your favorite ( and we’ll tally them up and announce winners (and then show pictures in the blog) next week. A big thank you to all who participated. You all did a great job on your sweaters.

Our current challenge is to knit something fun with our new Loopy Ewe Solid Series line, and many of you have chosen to participate in that one, as well. Check out the details on this blog post. You have until October 1st to finish, which gives you lots of time!

Now on to the new things for the week. Tonight’s Update included:

* many amazing colors of Sereknity Yarn (I wish you could see these in person. So many in-person shoppers last week walked directly to these shelves, saying “ooooooh, these are so pretty!” because the colorways are just that eye-poppingly gorgeous.)
* more colors of Hand Maiden’s Bess (the cashmere/wool blend that is turned into a machine-washable yarn without the use of chlorine in the process)
* new knitter’s gift tag line from the Pat Aube Gray Studios
* re-stocks of WIP tubes and DPN tubes
* new reference booklets – The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, and a new Colorwork booklet and colorwheel, for help in color combinations.
* RED Namaste Oh Snap Pouches – the ones that we had made for our Sock Club and Loopy Lite kits in May. We promised you that we had ordered some extras to have for a limited time, and they’re up and ready to go.
* re-stocks and new patterns from Wendy Knits pattern, Born to Knit patterns, and Kalamazoo Knits patterns
* a new line of THE cutest crochet patterns ever – Patty Davis Designs. (Well, at least that’s what I thought when I ran across this booth at TNNA – “these are so stinkin’ cute!”) Patty is on a mission to make patterns so fun that everyone will want to learn to crochet (if you don’t already know how). I already pulled to owl and bird pillow patterns for myself.

Just a note on the timing for Monday Updates. I generally like to do it after the west coasters have gotten home from work, but before the east coasters have gone to bed. ¬†That means it usually ends up being sometime between 8 and 9 pm, Central time. Of course once in awhile we’ll do a Monday late afternoon, if I’m not going to be around that evening to put things up. Or Tuesday evening, if Monday was a holiday and we weren’t here over the weekend to do the photos. But that doesn’t happen very often. Most weeks, we’re very predictable on time and date, and we’re happy that you’re all on top of that schedule.¬†Pop on over to the website to check it all out!

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