Archives from November 2012

Yarn Caddies and Malabrigo Galore!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 12th, 2012 in Pattern Links, Shop News

George has been in with another batch of those gorgeous  yarn caddies. Smalls and Larges in all different kinds of wood. Wouldn’t this make a nice holiday gift for you? (You can buy it for yourself, or send someone else over here to get you one.) We have oohed and aahed over each one. And there are a lot.

My favorite ones are the ones that have speckles or knots or other designs in the wood. I always figure something happened to that tree during that growth time, and I like that it’s preserved to make things interesting in the caddie! Here are some examples:

We’ll have another batch of these in February, so this is it for the time being. We get batches about every other month.

We also put up a bunch of Malabrigo for you tonight! You’ll find Worsted (shown here in Amoroso), Rios, and Lace all re-stocked in large numbers. The Worsted and Rios has me thinking about quick to knit cowls. Like the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf, the Thermis, Pedestrian Crossing Cowl, Herringbone Neck Warmer, Cap’n Crunch, Winter Wonder, and Ruffled Neckwrap. Do you have someone on your holiday list that might need a cowl this season? Of course the worsted also knits up quick for mitts, scarves, hats and sweaters as well. Get some large needles and get clicking on it!

Have fun checking out the new things and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped off quickly.

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Cricket’s New Molly Carpetbag

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, November 9th, 2012 in Uncategorized

I wish you all could be here for Thursday Night Knit Nights. We have a lot of fun! Last night, we were celebrating Cricket’s first published pattern. The Molly Carpetbag is in the Interweave Knits Winter 2012 issue, available on the Interweave website, and at bookstores on 11/20.

You might remember Cricket from the post I did about her demo-ing steeks at one of our Knit Nights. Cricket’s mind overflows with pattern ideas, and she is particularly gifted at designing cool felted bags. The Molly Carpetbag is done with two colors of felt-able worsted weight (like Cascade 220) and measures about 11″ wide and 10″ tall (depending on the felting). The top picture shows the bag that she knit up for the magazine photo shoot. The second photo is the bag that Cricket made for me last spring, which I absolutely love. She has more beautiful styles and designs in the works. We get a sneak peak at them when she brings them to Knit Night to work on. As she puts out more patterns, I’ll be sure to show them to you. Her patterns make me want to knit felted bags again. Her next pattern would make the coolest knitting bag. (And you know how I feel about knitting bags.) It’s big and beautiful and will be a perfect next-pattern, after you’ve tried your hand at the Molly Bag.

We’re supposed to get some snow this weekend. I can’t wait. I have my knitting projects all picked out. Actually, my list will take me clear through Thanksgiving and on into Christmas. Do you need us to send you a new project before the upcoming holidays? We can do that. You’d hate to run out of yarn and projects in the middle of the holiday season, right?

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P.S. Monday is a holiday – Veteran’s Day – here in the States. We won’t be here at the shop to ship orders since there is no mail delivery. However, we’ll be sure to do a Monday Update for you, so watch for that sometime Monday evening.

 

Patterns in the News!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 in Contest, Finished Projects, Shop News

It’s always fun to see our Loopy Ewe Solid Series in print, and we have two more to share with you. In the newest Interweave Crochet Accessories magazine that just came out, our yarn was featured in the Pleiades Shawl, a fun star-inspired shawl that drapes around your shoulders. This one was done in Eggplant, Barn Red and Smoke. (Photos by Harper Point Photography.)

I received a copy of Carol Sulcoski’s new Sock Yarn Studio book in the mail, and it’s a must-have. So many great designs from some of your favorite top designers, including Wendy Johnson, Veronik Avery, Franklin Habit, Hunter Hammersen, and more. It starts out with great sock-knitting information from Carol (avoiding pooling, repeats with self-patterning and multicolor yarn, using sock patterns for other projects, etc.). Then you get to the gorgeous patterns. You’ll find cowls, gloves, scarves, hats, shawls, sweaters, an adorable baby cardigan, and more. Of course my favorite pattern in the book is the one that Wendy designed with our Solid Series, called Kitteh Mittens. She used 1 skein each of Coffee and Cerulean.

Would you like to make a pair? Leave a comment below and we’ll use the random number generator to pick someone to win the book and your choice of 2 skeins of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series. (Hey – wouldn’t those mittens be cute in orange and black for Halloween trick-or-treating? Next year.)

We also have a winner from last week’s Halloween day blog contest. Congratulations to Linda in Illinois, whose favorite go-to food or drink on cold days is hot mulled apple cider. Yum!

Speaking of our Loopy Ewe Solid Series, the winder has been going nonstop today, working on more Loopy Cake sets for you. (More Steampunk, but also more in the series. I told you we were having too much fun coming up with themes!)

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Prism, Zauberball, and Loopy Cakes!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, November 5th, 2012 in Shop News

I’m not a big fan of novelty yarn. In fact, there is really only one that I remember liking in the past. I bought it in a yarn shop on vacation one time. It was soft and fluffy and made the most wonderful scarf! I liked it so much that I emailed the yarn shop where I had purchased it to ask if I could get more. They never answered me. The good news is that I have found something similar from Prism, along with a pattern for using it as edging on cowls, mitts and hats.  I wish you could feel this! When our Prism rep came wearing the cowl last winter, we all loved it and wanted one. So tonight, we finally have the yarn ready. These would make great (quick) gifts. I did the mitts in one evening and the cowl in a second night. Now I’m contemplating all of the other color options to see which one to make next. (Shown here in Smoke.)

Click on the photo to see the yarn up close. This Merino 12 has to be one of the nicest yarns I’ve used in a bulky weight. It’s twist gives great stitch definition. I think it would be great for quick scarves and hats, and wonderful for a sweater. (Or how about a Chickadee Cowl?)

You can make a cowl plus mitts with 2 skeins of Plume (the fluffy stuff) and one skein of Merino 12. If you want to also make the hat that comes in the pattern, you’ll want to add in another skein of each. If you order Plume plus some Merino 12 and would like the pattern, we’d be happy to include it for free with your purchase. Just leave us an order note telling us that you’d like it included. I have plans to make some more of these for gifts. The colors are gorgeous, as is always the case with Prism dyeing.

Here they are in Shadow, Denim, Mink and Antique.

And then in Woodlands, Smoke, Thunderclap and Mocha.

But those aren’t the only fun sets that we have up at The Loopy Ewe tonight. We’ve also added in Loopy Cakes, which are 100+ yd. mini cake sets from our semi-solid series. You know how quilters have Fat Quarters – small pieces of fabric in many different designs? We thought that knitters ought to have the same chance at building a palette of pretty colors, too. In tonight’s update, we have these different sets for you:

Here they are in: Baby, Christmas and Rainbow.


Then in Autumn and Steampunk.

What can you use them for? Colorwork, heels/toes/cuffs in socks, multi-color scarves, mitts, hats, cowls, baby items, etc. Try a few of these patterns: Chevron Stripe (in a mix of Autumn colors?), Starry Mitts, Cycle Race Beanie, Colorwork Christmas Ornaments, Mochimochi Snowmen, Wee Elfies, Mini Mania ScarfToy Balls, Saartje’s Booties, Mitaines Rainbow Mitts, Mini Christmas Tree Stocking Ornaments, Babette BlanketKraft-tanken Patches, Toadstool Baby RattlesMini Sweater Ornaments, Smidge Headband, Apple Core Blanket, and Hunca Munca Baby Socks,   Of course it goes without saying that these would be great for BeeKeeper Quilts and Sock Yarn Blankets.

We also added re-stocked more colors in Team Spirit, added some new Zauberball colors, put up the Romney Ridge 2013 calendars (Loopy Groupies – you get one for free with your first order in November – our gift to you!), The Fibre Company Patterns, and our Camp Loopy Bonus Yarn extras (shown here in Take a Hike), for those of you who didn’t get to earn a skein for free from Camp Loopy this past summer. These were done in the Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere base and it’s 400 yards of lusciousness. The bonus yarn colors are: Watering Hole, Take a Hike, and Sleeping Under the Stars. All of our Camp Loopy yarn offerings are exclusive to The Loopy Ewe. Get them while they last!

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