Archives from November 2012

Loopy Ewe Solid Series and Congo Bars

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, November 30th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes, Shop News

Rist-Canyon-Shawl-by-Kathy-MerrickOur Loopy Ewe Solid Series line has been used in another published pattern and we wanted to give you a peek! This crocheted scarf looks like it would be fun to do in a lot of different colors. The designer, Kathy Merrick, used Iron, Butterscotch, Dove, Pesto, Mocha, Silver, Sage and Slate Blue for this one. This pattern appears in Interweave’s Crochet Winter 2012/2013, available online today and on newsstands December 18th. (Photo by Harper Point Photography, used with permission.) Wouldn’t this be fun in shades of one color (like blue), going from lighter to darker? Like Whisper Blue, Ice, Cornflower, Cerulean, Royal Blue, Slate Blue, Indigo, and Navy? Or browns? Or greens? How about a quick Christmas scarf with Strawberry, Cardinal, Spring Green, Kelly Green, Evergreen, Surf, Caribbean and Turquoise? (Or just pick a Loopy Cake set or two – those are fun colors that all go well together!) I like the multi-color idea for a scarf. It goes with everything that way.

Today’s recipe is a long-time family favorite and I hope you and your family and friends enjoy this one as much as we do.

Congo-BarsCongo Bars

Mix together:

1 cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix well and press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle 1/2 bag of chocolate chips on top and lightly press into batter. You can also add a half-bag of butterscotch chips as well, but we like the chocolate chips in ours.

Beat 2 egg whites until stiff and then add 1 cup brown sugar. Beat until combined. Spread over chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

Hasn’t it been nice to have one full week post-Thanksgiving before the month of December hits? Have you decorated for the holidays yet? (Or do you do that?) I think that’s on my list for the weekend.

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Inspiration Focus: Derecho

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 in Finished Projects, Inspiration Focus, Pattern Links

We headed cross-country back to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend last week. The 13 hour car drive across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri certainly brings lots of knitting time! Consequently, I was able to (finally) finish my Derecho. This is the second one I have done. I did the first one in the smaller size (see it here), and chose to do this one in the larger size. The small size stops before the last two long strips on the bottom left and right edge, so you can see how the size compares. There is a lot of knitting in the larger size. I made this one out of Shalimar Breathless in Sea Glass, Neptune and Buttermilk. You need a light, medium and dark color for this pattern. For this larger size, I used 1 1/2 skeins of the darkest color, 1 skein each of the other two. Despite being a bit tired of all that knitting by the end, I did make the border a bit larger. I did 10 rows (including pickup and bindoff) instead of the 3 that it called for. I like that the border is twice the width of the regular stripes.

I wanted to share some of the beautiful Derecho Shawls (by designer Laura Aylor) that inspired me to make the two that I made this summer and fall. Thanks to all of you who chose this design for one of your Camp Loopy projects this summer.

Martha’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Wash, Forestry and Mineral:

MK’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Antler, Iris and Tart:

Beth’s Derecho made with Swan’s Island Organic Fingering in Blue, Iron Oxide and Forest Floor:

Glenna’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Merino Light in Dusk, Mare and Sequoia:

Malia’s Derecho made with the Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Black, Slate and Malachite:

Kristi’s Derecho made with the Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Navy, Lilac and Orchid:

Jump on in to the Derecho pattern. All you need is a light, a medium, and a dark (fingering weight, 400 yards or so of each color, unless you’re doing the large size and then you’ll need more of the dark color). Or try one of Laura’s other beautiful patterns – Faberge, All the Shades of Truth, Enamored, Oak Park, Serra, and more. I think the Oak Park scarf will be one of my next projects. It looks fun to knit up! Plus, I like projects that involve more than one color. Do you?

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Dragonfly, Spud & Chloe, Blue Sky, and More!

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 in Shop News

It’s a grey, blustery day here in Fort Collins – perfect for sitting by the fire with hot chocolate and a good knitting project! I wish we had a fireplace in our shop. We do, however, have plenty of fun projects, just waiting for you to discover them. Just up, you’ll find:

Dragonfly Fiber Dragonsock – Kate’s 100% superwash merino fingering weight yarn in her beautiful signature colors. Lots of choices, including many new colorways. (Shown here in Rocky Top.)

Spud and Chloe Fine – a fingering weight that is 80% superwash merino and 20% silk. The little bit of silk adds a touch of shimmer and strength to your socks, shawls, gloves and scarves.

Spud and Chloe Sweater – a worsted weight that is 55% superwash merino wool and 45% organic cotton. Every time I knit with this, I’m reminded of how nice it is to work with (and how nice the project turns out). Right now, I’m working on a baby blanket with it. (Shown here in Grass.)

Spud and Chloe Outer – a bulky weight that is 65% superwash merino wool and 35% organic cotton. If you’re looking for a quick knit, try using this for hats, scarves, mittens and cowls for people on your gift list. (Shown here in Bubble.)

Blue Sky Alpaca Silk – a DK weight that is 50% alpaca and 50% silk (that’s 100% awesome). Try this with cowls, hats, mitts, and scarves.

Blue Sky Skinny – a DK weight in 100% organic cotton. People love this for baby items (clothes, blankets) and spring/summer sweaters and vests.

Blue Sky Metalico – a sport weight yarn that takes the softest baby alpaca and blends it 50/50 with the softest mulberry silk. The result? Wow. Keep it close to your neck/head/hands where you can enjoy it most. Plus, the little braided skein is too darned cute. (Shown here in Silver.)

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy Socks – these long color-changing stripes are fun to knit into socks, but also great for triangular shawls, hats and scarves.

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Lace – a single-ply laceweight with the long color changes that Zauberball is known for. (Shown here in Tropical Fish.)

Atenti Overnight Bags and Carpet Bags – in several new fabrics. I use an Overnight Bag to corral all of my smaller project bags into one pretty place in my family room. It looks nice sitting out and keeps everything close by and handy.

Do you receive our monthly email newsletter? We sent one out this morning to let you all know that we have put all needles and crochet hooks on sale for 25% off today, in honor of Cyber Monday. We also added a post on our Facebook Page (have you liked us on Facebook so that you see our posts?) and on Ravelry in the Loopy Groupie group. The sale goes until midnight tonight, so be sure to stock up.

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Quick Cowl Project (and Muffins!)

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 in Finished Projects, Sheri's Recipes

Merino-12-Quick- CowlI shared my last cowl/mitt project with you a couple of weeks ago. I knit it with Prism Merino 12 and Plume, which are both soft and wonderful! I wanted to knit up a quick one-skein Merino 12 cowl on its own, too, and this is what I came up with. It should only take you a couple of hours and one skein of Merino 12.

Merino 12 Quick Cowl

Cast on 72 stitches on a size 11 (8.0 mm) 16″ circle needle.

Row 1: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 2: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 3: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 4: [K through the back loop of the second stitch on the left needle. Leave that stitch on the left needle and knit through the front of the first stitch on the left needle. Then pop both stitches off the left needle. P2].Continue this pattern all the way around.

Knit until you have just enough yarn to do a bind off row and you’re done.

K = Knit, P = Purl

Gourmet-Banana-Chocolate-Chip-MuffinsHere’s a new recipe that Knitting Daughter has tried out on us a couple of times now, with rave reviews. Great for breakfast, or your mid-morning coffee break.

Gourmet Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. instant coffee
1 Tbl. hot water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Sift together flour, soda, salt and baking powder.

Dissolve coffee in the hot water and add to the mashed bananas. Beat together the butter, egg, sugar and banana mixture. Add in the flour mixture.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Bake at 335 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

Have a great weekend!

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