In 2011, we did these challenges:
For our First Quarter 2012 Challenge, the challenge is to knit something with yarn that contains silk in it. It doesn’t have to be 100% silk – it just needs to have some percentage of silk. Not only is silk warm, but it adds a bit of “extra” to any project. Perfect for scarves, shawls, socks, and sweaters, so your options are wide open. Here are the particulars of the challenge:
You can have a discount for this yarn: If you need to purchase yarn for this project, you can get a 20% discount on it for this next week. (Limited to one Challenge Project’s worth of yarn, ordered in one order – so calculate carefully and get enough yardage when you place the order.) The discount runs from today, 12/29, through next Friday at midnight, 1/6. To get the discount, you must leave us an order note indicating that you are participating in the challenge and letting us know which yarn to apply the discount to. When your order comes through to us, we’ll apply the discount. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., make sure that your discount would not take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the regular $5.95 shipping charge back in to your order.
You can get a bonus for finishing in time: If you purchase the yarn for your project from us between 12/29 and 1/6, and if you upload your finished project into the First Quarter ’12 Photo Gallery at The Loopy Ewe by 4/4, we will give you double Frequent Shopper points on your project’s yarn. (So if your yarn was $20, you will get $20 towards your FSB amounts when you purchase it, and we’ll add $20 more to your FSB totals if you get your project done and photo uploaded in time.) If you change your mind once you get the yarn and end up using something else for the project, it’s no longer eligible for the double FSB points, unless it’s yarn that was also purchased from us between 12/29 and 1/6.
You may also use yarn from your stash: You are welcome to use yarn from your stash, as long as it’s a line that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. If you finish in time and upload your photo to the First Quarter Challenge Gallery, you will be eligible for the Reader’s Choice Award and the randomly drawn Challenge Winner award. ($25 gift certificates to The Loopy Ewe.) Be sure to indicate what yarn it is in the photo notes, when you upload your photo. Projects with yarn from stash are not eligible for the double FSB points bonus.
Here are some of the options for yarn with silk in it at The Loopy Ewe:
Lorna’s Laces Pearl (shown above in Purple Club), Lorna’s Laces Honor, Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, Shibui Heichi, Shibui Staccato, Shibui Silk Cloud (shown above in Artichoke), Cascade Heritage Silk, Cascade Heritage Silk Paints, Cascade Epiphany, Malabrigo Silky Merino, Spud and Chloe Fine, Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Schaefer Audrey, Schaefer Heather, Fiesta Gracie’s Lace, Hand Maiden Camelspin, Hand Maiden Sea Silk (shown above in Nova Scotia), Hand Maiden Swiss Sea Sock, Hand Maiden Swiss Silk, Tempted Prissy Grrl Lace, Juliespins Silky 435, Enchanted Knoll Farm Enchantments, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk (shown above in Ruby), Studio June Starstruck, Artyarns Regal Silk, Artyarns Beaded Silk (shown here in #197) and Spirit Trail Fiber Sunna (shown below in Tuscany).
I hope you have fun finding the right pattern and the right yarn to jump in and participate with us. For those who wonder - we don’t have any silk-related yarn going up in this Monday’s Update, 1/2, so what we have on the website now is what is available for the discount week. Also, if you find other yarn on our site with silk in it, the discount and challenge applies to those as well. I just linked to some of the lines that had the most choices, above.
Monday is a holiday here in the U.S. so we’ll be out of the shop that day. But we’ll start getting your Challenge orders out today as they come in, and we’ll be back in the shop on Tuesday to work on the rest. Have a safe and happy New Year!