Archives from October 2013

Glove & Mitten Inspiration

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 in Inspiration Focus, Pattern Links

My friend Maria in Germany knit these gorgeous gloves and gave them to me when I was visiting. I just love them. I have often pondered over this designer’s amazing glove patterns, but haven’t had the gumption to give them a try. This is Eve, knit up in Wollmeise Pure in the Sabrina colorway (which happens to be one of my favorite Wollmeise colors.) The beads are worked in to both sides of the gloves.

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Here are some gloves and mitts completed by other Loopy knitters this year, in case you need some more ideas and inspiration!

Maia Fingerless Mitts (done in ShibuiKnits Staccato).

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Celtic Flower Mittens (done in Dream in Color Classy):

Celtic-Flower-Mittens

Knotty Gloves (done in Hand Maiden’s Casbah Sock):

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Nunt’s Cabled Wristwarmers (done in Shalimar Breathless):

Nunt's-Cabled-Wristwarmers

Lady Eowyn (done in Madelinetosh Sock):

Lady-Eowyn

Eugenia’s Mittens (done in Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted):

Eugenia's-Mittens

and Wanderlust Mitts (done in Dream in Color Cashmere Blend Worsted):

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Looking at all of these pictures has me wanting to make some mittens or mitts again. Gloves have a lot of fingers to knit, which holds me back a little. Although I did hear a good tip – poke each finger inside out (back into the palm of the glove) after knitting it, so it’s not hanging around and getting in the way when you’re working on the other fingers. That sounded like a good plan.

Do you have a favorite glove/mitten/mitt pattern? If so, share it in the comments so we can check it out, too!

Sheri whogoesforfingerlessmittsmoreoftenthannot

 

Malabrigo, Zauberball, Inspinknity and More!

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

malabrigo-rasta-Arco-Iris-The-Loopy-EweHappy Monday! In tonight’s Monday Update, we added in:

Malabrigo Rasta – a super bulky weight yarn that is 100% wool and comes 90 yards to the skein. I used it to make the Howling Winds Cowl, which is a super quick knit that takes just one skein for the pattern. If you’d like a copy of the pattern with your Rasta purchase, just leave us an order note and we’ll email it to you! Other good options for Rasta – Wynter Hat, Pinna, Super Bulky Socks, or Super Bulky Mittens for Women. (Shown here in Arco Iris.)

Malabrigo Sock – a fingering weight yarn that is 100% superwash merino, with 440 yards to the skein. This is popular for socks, but also for one-skein shawls and scarves, cowls and hats. You might try the Gardener’s Shawl, Brandywine Shawl, Golden Haze, or Aurinko.

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Malabrigo Nube Roving – Malabrigo’s first venture into roving. This is super soft and awesome to work with, and of course it comes in the wonderful colors that they do so well. If you don’t yet spin, you might want to consider taking it up, just to work with this roving. That’s how nice it is! (Shown here in Persia).

Malabrigo Book 5 – another great pattern book! This one includes cowls, shawls, scarves and a poncho pattern, in several different weights and bases.

inspinknity-blocking-wires-the-loopy-eweInspinknity Blocking Wires – we’ve long carried tubes of blocking wires in the shop for in-store customers, but haven’t had something that would be easy to ship to all of you all over the world! That has changed with Inspinknity’s amazing blocking wires. These flexible wires are particularly great for items that you block with curves and rounded edges, as you’ll see the wires go in any direction you need them to. We have them available in Ultra Fine Lace and Ultra Fine Super Long.

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Lace – a re-stock of the laceweight balls of pretty, color-changing yarn. These are 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, and come with 875 yards in a ball.

Trekking – more new colors from Trekking, as well as a few more re-stocks. Not only is Trekking great for socks (easy care, great wear), but it’s also nice for gloves, hats and lighter weight mittens.

Have fun shopping and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun shipped right out to you!

Sheri whoneedstogetherspinningwheelgoingagain

 

Cutest Loopy Fans This Week

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, October 25th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Danielle from Arkansas sent me this photo of her adorable twins, Lewis and Theo. (Shared with permission.) She says they fight over Loopy, if they’re both on the floor and Loopy is within reach. Looks like Theo won, this time around. She also has two year old Felix who loves Loopy as well. Her knitting time must be very limited, but what cute models she has to knit for! :-)

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Do you have a Loopy fan at your house? Send us pictures and we might just share them on the blog, too!

Sheri kneedeepinfabricatQuiltMarket.
Can’twaittoshowyouwhatwebought!

Cold Weather Knitting

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 in Pattern Links

IsseyBrrrr. Cold weather means hats, scarves and mittens/gloves around here. Fortunately, there are lots of patterns just perfect for this season! (Check out the 10 Quick Projects blog post, which links to lots of fun patterns to try out.) Today, I wanted to share a project that Knitting Daughter just finished. I want to make this pattern, myself. I wish you could feel it! The pattern makes the fabric so smoosh-able and warm. This is the Issey Scarf, which calls for a sport weight yarn. Julia knit this with three skeins of Breathless DK in the color Ore.

Have you found any fun scarf patterns lately? If so, leave us a link in the comments so we can check them out!

Sheri headingtoHoustontomorrow
whereIwon’tneedscarves.

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