Archives from January 2013

Shibui Heichi Trunk Show

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 in Finished Projects, Inspiration Focus, Pattern Links

We’ve carried Heichi for quite awhile, but I hadn’t made anything out of it yet. That will change. We received several garments from Shibui for an in-store trunk show, and it’s just beautiful knit up. Heichi is a worsted weight yarn that is 100% silk and comes 105 yards to the skein. All of these patterns are in the book Heichi, by Shibui.

Trace (the tank) using 6-8 skeins of the color Fountain, and Ripple (the dark blue blanket) using 8 skeins of the color Canal.

Echo (the long sleeve cardi) using 4-6 skeins of the color Steel and 4-6 skeins of the color Tar, and Reflection (the short sleeved sweater) using 6-9 skeins of the color Column.

Element (the tank dress/tunic) using 6-9 skeins of the color Lichen.

Shadow (the vest) using 10-15 skeins of the color Tar.

Dusk (the long sleeved sweater) using 9-14 skeins in the color Steel.

Dusk is the one I have my eye on, although I also like Reflection a lot, too. But you know my history with sweater knitting. I seem to be unable to finish many. At all. I need to change that. Maybe a new pattern (Dusk) and yarn (need to decide which color) would help? If I’m going to have to walk in the door at Loopy every morning and see those beautiful knits for a few weeks, I’m going to have to jump in and knit one. Which is your favorite?

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Into the Whirled, Malabrigo, Rowan, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, January 28th, 2013 in Pattern Links, Shop News

We have fun new things up on the website in tonight’s Monday Update! Pop on over. ┬áJust up, you’ll find:

Into The Whirled – This is a new indie dyer to us, and you are going to love their yarn. Cris and James dye up these beauties in Phoenicia, NY and we will be adding more weights/bases as we go along. Tonight we’re putting up their Pakokku Sock yarn, which is a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon fingering weight that has 460 yards per skein. If you’re not a sock knitter, trying using this for a Hitchhiker or a Lintilla. Those are two of my favorites for multi-color skeins. That’s what one of my skeins is going to become! (Shown here in Kimuro).

Woolen Mill Street – We have a new batch of Corriedale Roving from Christine, who dyes up her yarn and fiber in Missouri. So many fun colors in this batch! (Shown here in Haymich Abernathy).

The Loopy Ewe Solid Series – we’ve re-stocked Cardinal, Cherry, White, and Indigo.

Malabrigo – re-stocks in Worsted, Lace, Sock, and also Book Three in their pattern books.

ChiaoGoo – re-stocks on all of the needle sizes.

Loopy Cakes – We’ve re-stocked a few of the sold out packs and added three new ones for tonight: Lucky, Brrr, and The Abbey. (Time out – did you watch Downton Abbey last night? I mean, seriously? I didn’t see that one coming. Not spoiling it for any of those who haven’t caught that episode yet. But boy, this show keeps my interest. I do find it a bit hard to knit while watching it, though.) Back to Loopy Cakes – we really have a great time coming up with these fun little packs of colored cakes for you. It just takes us awhile to wind all of those little balls and get them ready to put up on the website! (Shown here in Lucky).

Rowan – Re-stocks on the Fine Lace. This gorgeous yarn is 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% Extra Fine Merino. That should tell you how soft and warm it is! 437 yards per ball, great for shawls, stoles, and wraps.

Rowan – KidSilk Haze Glamour - A wonderful laceweight skein of 55% Mohair, 22% Silk, 20% Nylon, 3% polyester, with an extra ply of sequins mixed in to give it some pop. Not only is this great for evening wraps and scarves, but it would also make a nice trim on gloves or sleeves. It would be beautiful for Ice Queen, Wisp, Winter Berries, Party Lace Scarf, and Mohair Bias Loop. (Shown here in Blushes).

Knitting Gadgets - re-stocks on various notions, including Chibi’s and the Sock Doctor keychain.

Have fun checking out the new things, and we’ll work on getting your orders packed up and shipped out tomorrow!

Sheri wantingtostartaHitchhikerTONIGHT
butmustfinishsomethingelsefirst.Dang.

Just Peachy

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Friday, January 25th, 2013 in Sheri's Recipes

I have a new favorite breakfast drink that I wanted to share with you. We tried this on Christmas morning, and I’ve made it several times since. I’ve also discovered that you can freeze it and if you take it out of the freezer in the morning and leave it in the fridge, it is perfectly slushy and ready for a great lunch drink.

Peach-SmoothiePeach Smoothie
2 cups orange juice
1 cup peach greek yogurt
2 cups frozen sliced peaches
1/2 cup ice cubes
2 Tbl. honey

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

(If I had a food stylist, this photo would be garnished with a fresh peach slice or mint sprig, set upon a lovely light colored and enticing background, with condensation gathering on the outside of the glass. But hey – it was Christmas morning. I snapped it quick. The important part is that you make this recipe, because it’s good!)

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Resolutions Still Going Strong?

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 in Uncategorized

We didn’t talk about our 2013 Resolutions this year. In the past, I’ve shared some of my resolutions with you, although it looks like I haven’t done that in a couple of years (including this year). But here it is, almost the end of January, and I’m wondering how you’re doing so far in 2013? One of my continuing resolutions is to walk several times a week. I got a Fitbit late last spring, and it really has kept me on track. Mostly. (Any days “not on track” are completely my fault. Not the Fitbit’s fault.)

I would like to do my one-hour morning walks 5-6 days a week. I end up averaging about 4 days a week. I’m working on that. Part of the problem is that I hate getting up when it’s dark outside. And it’s especially a bugger when it’s dark AND cold out there. (The treadmill in the basement is just too boring. I tried.) The upside to getting up and going outside when it’s still dark is that I get to see some beautiful sunrises.

And one day last week, I found a heart on the street. That was fun.

Of course it’s always a big plus that I get to see mountains on my walk. I never get tired of that.

So that’s how my walking resolution is going. I also make sure that I write down a few resolutions that might not be such a stretch. Included in that for 2013:

1. Buy more pretty yarn.
2. Never have just one project going at a time.
3. Get a new knitting bag (or three) this year.

I’m happy to report that those three resolutions are going amazingly well. Success!

Did you make resolutions? And are you still successfully working on them at the end of January?

Sheri whowilltryforwalks5daysaweekinFebruary

P.S. I see that if you click to make the photos bigger on Safari it works fine, but if you click to make them bigger on Firefox, they turn upside down. Oh well!

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