Last week I shared our backyard “wildlife” with you and I so enjoyed reading about all of your pets and their antics! I found myself wishing you all could have included photos. This week, I’m sharing some more of my hubby’s photos of some handsome wildlife close by. Just because they’re cute. Especially that baby.
Thanks for participating in your favorite cake blog contest last week. I’ve drawn two names, and each person will get four books to add to their knit/crochet libraries. Congratulations to: Becki in VT who said her favorite cake is chocolate with buttercream frosting, and Angela in CA who said her favorite cake is a coconut cake with coconut custard filling and coconut buttercream frosting! (If I liked coconut, I’d say that sounds really good.) We’ll be shipping the books out to both of you next week and I hope you enjoy them.
Now that Camp Loopy is (almost) over, I’m wanting to start a new project and thinking about a sweater (thanks to all of your great ideas on our Facebook page.) I thought I was going to use a semi-solid and keep it one color, but I keep being drawn back to stripes. Like Paulie, Driftwood, Shellseeker, Navona, or Funky Grandpa. Anyone want to join me? Let’s knit stripes!
We’re off on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but we’ll be back packing up orders on Tuesday, September 3rd. (And how can it be September already??) I hope you all have a great weekend!
Thanks so much for being one of our blog readers! We have fun touching base with you a few times a week here on the blog. But did you know that you can find The Loopy Ewe in other places, too? (Just in case the blog doesn’t provide enough loopiness for you. You can find us on:
Facebook – Where we post information on Monday Updates and Wollmeise Updates, as well as asking for feedback on certain products or patterns. (Today, I asked for some suggestions on cardigans using fingering weight yarn. I love getting quick feedback from all of you via Facebook!)
Instagram – Where we post frequent photos, sharing things going on in the shop. New yarn colors, completed projects, Elf photos, Loopy shenanigans, and more. It’s a sneak peek into all things Loopy. (Most recently, you’ll find pretty color combinations for yarn projects, pictures of customer-completed projects, and Loopy with his scuba gear.)
Twitter – We save Twitter mostly for Monday Updates and Wollmeise Updates. Did you know you don’t have to have a Twitter account to get tweets from us? If you want to be alerted when there is Wollmeise in-house (or when the Monday Update goes up), simply send a text to: 40404 that says “follow theloopyewe” and you’ll get a text message when we tweet.
Pinterest – We’re always looking for fun patterns, handy tips, interesting projects, and inspiration to pin to our Loopy Ewe Pinterest board. It has been fun adding in a Quilting and Sewing board, too, now that we’re going to be carrying fabric! Here are some pins I added in today:
Ravelry – Our Loopy Groupie board has been going since almost the very beginning of Ravelry. We have discussion threads for different projects, to answer knitting questions, to discuss Monday Updates, to share project photos, and more. It’s a great group of knitters and it’s easy to find answers to any of your knitting questions over there.
We love connecting with you in whatever format you like best. You’re fun to hang out with and we like seeing what you’re up to!
We have lots of pretty things up on the website in tonight’s Update! Just in:
Skein – Merino Silk Sport. This is a new yarn base for us, and wow, it’s nice. 50% Merino Wool and 50% Silk, with 363 yards in this sport weight skein. Especially beautiful for shawls, cowls and scarves, as it will knit up with a beautiful drape. (Shown here in Lush.)
Three Irish Girls – Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted. This worsted weight yarn is 80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon. It’s wonderful to work with. I made my Winter’s Rhythm Capelet with this yarn, and then used it again on my mittens for Camp awhile back. (Change of subject, but oh my word – I need to make the truffles on that blog post again. They are amazing.)
Three Irish Girls – McClellan Fingering. A new yarn base for us, this fingering weight yarn is 60% Merino Wool, 30% Bamboo, and 10% Nylon. Awesome for socks (especially for people who get a little too hot in 80-100% wool socks), and also really pretty for shawls and sweaters. (Shown here in Beijing.)
Swan’s Island – Lace. This lace is 50% Merino Wool and 50% Tussah Silk. Very soft and beautiful, with 550 yards in the skein. It continues to be really popular for shawls and some of those fun laceweight sweaters. Like the Featherweight Cardigan, Whisper Cardigan, Versio (love the stripes), Lush and Lacey Trapeze, or Willow Lace Sweater.
Swan’s Island – Fingering. What I love about this yarn (besides how soft it is), is the generous yardage in each skein. You get 525 yards in each skein, which makes it nice for shawls that need more than one typical skein of fingering weight yarn.
Stitchsavers – a new batch of those handy little crochet hooks that help you catch runaway stitches and tink down and back up. Keep one in each of your knitting gadget bags.
The Loopy Ewe Totes – speaking of gadget bags, we have a new batch of the clear Accessories Pal (perfect for a Stitchsaver, a pair of scissors, some stitchmarkers, a tape measure, etc), Project Keepers (perfect for yarn plus pattern), and Small Black Project Totes (perfect for your one or two skein projects).
DPN Needle Tubes – these clear tubes are 8″ long and 3/4″ wide, perfect for storing your double point needles (up to several sets, depending on the size). We love them for organizing and keeping DPN’s safe and unbroken. (Not that I’ve stepped on a DPN or two in my time and broken them or anything ….)
Soak Wash – the Cinnamon Kane Soakbox kit is in! This limited edition Soakbox includes a bottle of Soak (in the Lacey scent), Heel Foot Cream (in the Spearmint scent), a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Cinnamon Kane colorway, Essie Nail Polish in the Lady Godiva color, and a pattern for a pair of beautifully cabled Cinnamon Kane Socks by Fiona Ellis.
Lorna’s Laces – Haymarket in the Island Blue colorway that was featured in that gorgeous sweater on the cover of the most recent issue of Vogue Knitting. (Isn’t that an incredible sweater? If I were good at finishing sweaters, that would be on my needles in a second. But first, I’m going to try to knit a sweater with our Anniversary Yarn from Malabrigo. If I finish that, maybe I’ll have a try at the Vogue Sweater. And I love the color of that Island Blue, too!)
As you know, it’s our Seventh Anniversary and we’re celebrating! We did a contest for a wonderful knitting bag from Offhand Designs last week and we drew a name. The bag is going off to Cathy T in Nebraska. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy it!
We’ve sure had fun growing over the past seven years, thanks to all of you and your wonderful orders and business. One of our favorite things is to come in in the morning and see just what we’re sending off to your house that day. You’ve inspired us with lots and lots of projects and ideas, and we have lists full of projects that we want to do, because of you. I know those lists will continue to grow in the years to come. We love sharing knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning with you, and will continue to add to our fiber-y offerings here at The Loopy Ewe.
We’re also looking forward to sharing fabric for sewing and quilting with you this fall! And I have a sneaky suspicion that I will develop a really long list of projects to make with fabric, too. Several of us here at Loopy are quilters and sewists, and I know many of you are multi-craftual and make beautiful things with fabric, too. We’re excited to open the fabric side of The Loopy Ewe in the near future. As you know, we’ve recently added on to our space here, just so we could expand into fabric. We’ve started getting bolts of fabric in, and have so many orders that are scheduled to arrive over the next few months. I have had fun at the last two Quilt Market shows. As soon as we’re ready for fabric orders (hopefully sometime in early September), we will let you know. And of course the Loopy Rewards Program extends to all of those fabric purchases as well. Exciting, right?
We do have another Anniversary Blog Contest for you today! We are giving away some fun knitting books that I brought back from Market this summer and saved just for you. We will pick two winners and each one will get a set of several books for their knitting library. Would you like to enter to win? Just leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite cake flavor is (in case we get a Happy Loopy Anniversary Cake. Wish we could share a piece with you!) My favorite is white cake with chocolate frosting. How about you?
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