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Second Quarter Challenge

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 in Loopy Challenges, Pattern Links

We’re finishing up the First Quarter Challenge in the next week (photos of your finished projects due uploaded to our First Quarter Challenge Photo Gallery by April 4th), so it’s time to look at a new challenge for April/May/June! In the first quarter, the challenge was to knit with a yarn that had silk in it. The challenge for the second quarter is to knit adult socks, a sweater or a vest with a yarn that has cotton in it. (Perfect timing for spring or summer!) It doesn’t have to be 100% cotton – it just has to have some percentage of cotton in the fiber content. Here are the particulars for this challenge:

You can have a discount for the yarn you are using for this challenge: If you need to purchase yarn for the project, we are offering you a 20% discount on it for the next week. (Limited to one Challenge Project’s worth of yarn ordered in one order, so calculate carefully and get the yardage you need when you place the order.) The discount runs from Friday, 3/23, through midnight on Saturday, 3/31. 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 you will be using (for us to apply the discount to). When we get your order, we’ll apply the discount and adjust the order totals. If you’re in the U.S. and wanting to go for free shipping (orders over $75), please make sure that the discount will not take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the regular $5.95 shipping charge back in.

You can get a bonus for finishing in time: If you purchase the yarn for your project from us between 3/23 and 3/31, and if you upload your finished project into the Second Quarter ’12 Photo Gallery at The Loopy Ewe by 7/1, 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 during the discount week of 3/23 & 3/31, 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 3/23 and 3/31.

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 Second 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.

One thing to note – we will be doing Camp Loopy again this summer, and that will start with the first project in June – so we’ll have a bit of overlap between this challenge and Camp Loopy. But socks or a short sleeved sweater in DK or Worsted weight should knit up pretty quickly. No doubt you’ll be more than ready for Camp Loopy in June!

We just re-stocked a lot of our cottons for this, so here are some great choices for the challenge:

Fingering weight:

Crystal Palace Panda Cotton

Sport/DK weight:

Amy Butler Belle Organic DK

Blue Sky Skinny Cotton (shown above in Coral)

Cascade Fixation

Cascade Ultra Pima (shown above in Alaska Sky)

Kollage Riveting Sport

Worsted weight:

Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran

Kollage Riveting Worsted

Spud and Chloe Outer (shown above in Giggle – purple)

Spud and Chloe Sweater (shown above in Grass)

Universal Cotton Supreme and Batik

And some pattern ideas to get you thinking:

Stowe Sweater

Liesl

Buttercup

Neck Down V Neck T-Shirt

Simple Summer Tweed

Hey Teach

Shellseeker

Zoe Cardi

Neck Down Summer Cardigan

Ruby Tuesday

Lavendar Cardigan

Vine Lace Vest

Ophelia

Thomasina

Sea Glass

I could go on and on with patterns – there are so many great ones out there. I know you’ll find something just right for you. So who is in and what are you going to make?

Sheri decidingbetweenUltraPimaandAmyButlerformyproject

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