I loved all of your comments about how you keep track of projects and yarn that you would like to work on soon. I do think it’s helpful to keep three different lists. 1) Patterns I need to find yarn for. 2) Yarn I need to find patterns for. 3) Projects that have yarn and pattern and I need to knit soon! Ravelry queues are a great option for keeping track in a format that is easy to pull up on a phone if you’re out shopping. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject!
It’s definitely summertime here, inside and out! We’ve put up some summer displays and are contemplating projects with cotton (like the Cascade Ultra Pima DK shown here in the baskets) and linen (like the new Shibui Linen that arrived a couple of weeks ago.) So many tempting possibilities.
It’s summertime outside, too! I’ll leave you with some summery photos that my hubby took. (Look at all of the pollen on that bee. What a job he has to do!)
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of Camp Loopy is seeing all of the cool patterns that everyone links to and knits up. My list of Favorites grows and grows all summer long, ensuring that I have plenty of good patterns to choose from in the Fall and Winter. There are so many patterns on Ravelry that it’s impossible to ever go through them all. And of course I never just add one at at time. One leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to another, and on and on it goes.
Do you use the queue feature on Ravelry for keeping track of what you will make next? I don’t think to use the queue. But I do keep a running list in my knitting notebook, that lists yarns I want to use soon, and patterns I want to make soon. I also keep “soon to use” yarns in the baskets on the wall in my office. Although, honestly? It’s look a little overfull at the moment, don’t you think? I find that keeping patterns/yarn visible makes me more focused on getting the current project done, so that I can be on to the next one. (My baskets came from here and my KNIT sign came from here.)
How do you keep track of the next few projects you will be working on? Or do you just pick one at a time and not keep a list? How do you keep track of what yarn you will use soon? Do you have any organizing or planning tips that you use for your knitting? Share with us some of the things that work for you!
P.S. No Monday Update tonight, since we’re still working our way through all of your Camp Loopy Project Two orders. Remember, Camp Store Week for Project Two ends tomorrow evening, so be sure to make your final decisions and get your order in. July 1st will be here before you know it!
The fun thing about having a Little Loopy is that you can take him with you on vacation. He loves going on vacation. (And we’re all jealous that he gets to go, but that’s another story.)
First, he got to go to Portland with Loopy Groupie Ann for a trip to the NW Animation Fest.
His favorite mode of transportation was Ann’s Knitting Bag.
He likes to read quite a bit, so he was happy that a trip to Powell’s Bookstore was on the agenda.
And of course he LOVES doughnuts, so a stop at VooDoo Doughnuts was a must.
He did embarrass them slightly by trying to copy a statue at the Portland Museum of Art. (Jeesh.)
Thankfully, it was soon time to head home (before he pulled another wacky stunt). They even let him start his own sock project on the way home. He had a great time in Portland with Ann and her family!
Loopy was home for two weeks and then it was off on his next adventure. This time he accompanied Loopy Elf Wendy and her family to Bora Bora. After the multitude of exciting things he got to do in Portland, he was ready for a little rest and relaxation.
He fell asleep on this deck chair and woke up three hours later all sunburned. Someone needs to remind him to use sunscreen.
The next day he climbed a tree and stayed in the shade instead. Shade or sun, we think it looks like he was really enjoying himself.
One exciting activity that he particularly enjoyed was snorkeling (although he kept getting water in his mask and making everyone stop to help him re-adjust.)
He wants this to be his 2013 Christmas photo. No one could figure out how to open up the coconut.
But of course Loopy worked at it until he got it open and then he shared it with everyone else. It was the least he could do after they invited him along on their trip beautiful Bora Bora.
If you go on vacation this summer and take Little Loopy along (or if you just want to show him your hometown), be sure to send us pictures. We’d love to share them on the blog! You can see some of Loopy’s past adventures in our photo galleries here and here.
P.S. No Monday Update next week, since we’re still working on getting all of your Camp Loopy Project Two orders packed up and shipped off. But we’ll be back with another Monday Update on June 24th!
I know we’re just halfway through working on Project One, but it’s time to get yarn ordered for the next project so we can get these shipped off to you in time to start on July 1! It’s ok if you didn’t get in on Month One. Just jump in and join us for Month Two! Remember – this is a virtual camp. No travel required. Just lots of fun and getting projects done.
The Challenge for Project Two – Has there been a popular pattern that passed you by? This challenge is to knit a pattern that has been popular with other knitters, that you haven’t knit before. The project needs to have at least 1000 projects listed (or 1000 queued up) on Ravelry, and it needs to use at least 500 yards, single stranded. For those who might not be on Ravelry, I have linked to lots of options below for you. Most of the patterns I linked to use between 500 and 1000 yards. Of course there are other popular pattern options that use more yardage and you’re also free to use those as well.
1. If you need to purchase yarn for your project, we are offering a 20% Camp Loopy discount for the yarn during a designated “Camp Loopy Store Week” each month. The discount for Project Two is valid for one project’s worth of yarn purchased during Camp Store Week Two (June 12-18), in one order. To get the discount, you will need to leave us an order note on the order, telling us which yarn will be used for your Camp Project. We’ll apply the discount when your order comes through to us. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure that your discount won’t take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the shipping charge back in after we do the discount.
2. If you have your photo uploaded to the Camp Loopy 2013 Project Two Photo Gallery by the deadline, you’ll be eligible to win one of our Loopy Gift Certificates for that month. We’ll be having the blog readers vote for the Reader’s Choice Award each month, and we’ll also be using the random generator to pick a few more winners for Loopy Gift Certificates as well from each month’s gallery!
3. If you choose to do all three projects with us (photos uploaded by the deadlines and yarn for each project purchased during Camp Store Week or later for that project) we will also be awarding you a special skein of fingering weight yarn, in an exclusive Camp Loopy Colorway. (We will have 3 different exclusive Camp colors for you to choose from, so that you can pick your favorite.) This luscious skein will be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls, or mitts. We love this yarn base, and I know you will love it, too.
So if you participate in all three months of Camp and follow the guidelines, you’ll get 3 projects done at a discount, you’ll no doubt earn one or more Frequent Shopper Bonuses and maybe some extra things through our Loopy Rewards Program, and you’ll get a special skein of exclusively dyed fingering weight yarn for yet another project.
Q. Can we participate with weaving instead of knitting or crochet?
A. For Camp Loopy, we’re sticking with knitting or crochet.
Q. I didn’t get to order during Camp Store Week, but if I order my project yarn later in that same month and complete the project by the deadline, does that still count, even though I know I don’t get the Camp Loopy discount?
A. Yes! Make sure that you add a “Camp Loopy” note to your order, so that we know you’re participating. You’ll still be eligible for the project drawings and prizes for that month, and if you finish all three projects by the deadlines, you’ll still get the bonus – a free skein of that luscious yarn, exclusively dyed.
Q. I want to participate using yarn from my stash. Does that still count?
A. You are welcome to participate and knit from stash and upload it to the gallery, as long as it’s yarn that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. (We always require projects in our Photo Galleries to be from yarn that we carry at TLE.) You will still be eligible for drawings and prizes for the month, but you won’t be eligible for the free yarn at the end.
Q. When you say to knit the project between 7/1 and 7/31, when EXACTLY does the timing start?
A. You can start at 12:01 am your time on 7/1 if you’d like, although a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast might be a better idea. The project needs to be done by 11:59 pm on 7/31, your time. The photos need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm OUR time (Mountain Time) on 8/1.
Q. When you specify yardage in a project, can I use up the yardage by knitting double stranded? So if you say we must use 500 yards, can I do a 250 yard project, holding the yarn double? That would use 500 yards.
A. No. No doubling the yarn to get the yardage. If you’d like to knit something double stranded, you’ll need to use 1000 yards so that you end up with a 500 yard project when it’s done.
Q. How do I know if I’m on track for the free yarn bonus, and when will I get it?
A. If you purchased your project yarn during Camp Store Week (or later that same project month) and uploaded your photo by the deadline, then you are on track. Once Camp is over and the yarn is ready, we’ll send you a notice to let you choose your camp colorway. You will have the option of having your bonus yarn added in the box with your next order from us, or you can choose to have it sent to you right away on its own and we’ll just add a shipping charge to that.
Q. Why do we have to purchase the yarn during Camp Store Week each month, if we want the bonus?
A. Two reasons. One – it costs us money to fund this (the contests, the free yarn at the end, etc.) and your purchases help us to be able to afford to do this. Two – it helps us to guarantee that everyone is knitting for the project during the designated time and not simply pulling a finished (or half finished) project out of their pile and saying they did it “for camp”. It keeps an even playing field for all of the people earning the bonuses.
In addition to getting projects done along with discounts and free yarn rewards, another part of the fun is talking to fellow campers on the Loopy Groupie Board on Ravelry. We will set up chat groups each month during Camp, based on a different criteria each time. For the second month, we’re dividing you into Treehouse Groups, based on where you will be staying on your hike (virtually, of course). Look for the Treehouse number on your Camp Loopy order form. If you’re knitting your camp project from stash, feel free to choose one of the groups on your own, or email us and we’re happy to assign a group to you. The Treehouse threads will be set up on Ravelry just prior to July 1. Jump into the discussion and share which project you’re going to make and what yarn you’re using, then report on your progress during the month. You’ll make new friends each month, because we’ll have another way to group you for the next month! (Not on Ravelry? No worries. Participating in the groups is not required. We just add those in for extra fun.)
Possible pattern ideas for Project Two: Keep in mind some of these patterns offer multiple sizes, and only the larger sizes will qualify for the minimum yardage requirements for Project Two. Hitchhiker, Haruni, Ishbel, Daybreak, Owls, Lintilla, Traveling Woman, Hemlock Ring Blanket, Boneyard Shawl, February Lady Sweater, Clapotis, Color Affection, Featherweight Cardigan, Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl, Pinwheel Baby Blanket, Stripe Study Shawl, Rockefeller, Mara Shawl, Chevron Scarf, Rock Island, Aeolian Shawl, Northern Lights, Citron Grand (a larger sized Citron, which has 10,000+ projects), Laminaria, Spectra, Big Herringbone Cowl, Hey Teach, Kiri, Stockholm Scarf, Guernsey Wrap, Juliet, Rusted Root, Cladonia, Whippoorwill, Catkin, Tempest, etc.
Have fun figuring our your next project. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll be doing!