September 18, 2013
We had a request from Twist Collective for some of our Loopy Ewe Solid Series yarn awhile back, so we shipped it off, anxious to see what they were going to make with it. The pattern came out in their special 5th Anniversary Issue, and we couldn’t be more please! The Perfect Storm mittens, designed by Kimberly Voisin, look like they would be perfectly fun to make! It takes just one skein each of Lake, Ivory and Cherry, and the mittens can be knit on double points or circulars. And it seems like a great way to bring a little bit of summer beach into your cold and snowy winter months. Pop over to Twist Collective if you’d like to purchase the pattern, and then pop over to The Loopy Ewe for the yarn! (Photos by Carrie Bostick Hoge and Kate Gilbert, used with permission.)
Need some other fun suggestions for color work patterns? I came across these this week and promptly purchased the Sheep Mittens. Looks like the yarn she used is a fingering weight, so The Loopy Ewe Solid Series would also work well for them. Or Cascade Superwash Sport for sport weight mittens. And doesn’t she have lots of cute designs? Tempting.
September 4, 2013
As soon as the Metalico arrived (months ago), I knew I had to knit with it. It feels luscious (50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk), and it is lovely to work with, as well as lovely to wear. We had a Metalico Trunk Show here in August and I really didn’t want to pack it up those samples and send them all back when our month was up. Fortunately, I was working on my Camp Loopy Project Three and knew I’d have a sample done for the shop soon.
This is the Another Way pattern by Louise Zass-Bangham (the same designer who did the Song of the Sea Cowl that we highlighted last month.) There are all kinds of color combinations that you could knit this up in, but I loved the idea of having all subtle neutrals in this Metalico. In fact, I love the finished product so much, that we are going to kit some up for you, in case you’d like to make one for yourself! The kit will include the pattern plus 6 skeins of yarn (2 Opal and 1 each of Silver, Platinum, Flint and Gold Dust) which is enough to make the larger size. If purchased individually, the six skeins plus the pattern would be $94. We’re selling the kit for $89. Email us if you’d like to pre-order one of these kits (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will have them ready to ship in about 2 weeks. If you’d like to make this fun pattern with a different yarn, you’ll need 5 different colors with about 150 yards of four of the colors, and about 300 yards in the main color (which is the white, in my shawl). It would also be lovely in Road to China Light, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Cascade Superwash Sport, Blue Sky Royal, or Manos del Uruguay Serena.
Would you like to try some smaller projects with the Metalico yarn? Here are some projects that should work with 1 skein: Grand Right & Left, Knitted Neck Scarf, Hydrangea Neckwarmer, Reciprocation, Bamboo Field Mitts, or Assemblage Mitts. For 2 skein projects, try: Dew Drop Cowl, Downtown Cowl, Seeta Fingerless Gloves, Flower Scarf, Silky Scallops Lace Scarf, and Bainbridge Island Scarf.
Have you seen any other Camp Loopy Project Three patterns that you’d like to make? I always see so many great ideas when I go through the Camp Loopy Photo Galleries. I love seeing what you have made.
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August 9, 2013
We have winners for Camp Loopy Project One! We asked you to vote for the Reader’s Choice favorite from Project One, and we actually had a tie. Congratulations to Maria in CO for her Crocheted Bee Table Dressing (made from one skein of Madelinetosh Prairie):
And to Christina from WA for her Silver Darkness shawl (made out of Swan’s Island Lace
Each of you wins a $30 credit at The Loopy Ewe, which we’ve already deposited in your account! In addition to the Reader’s Choice awards, we also do random drawing from all of the entries so that everyone has a chance to win. We picked four winners from that, and each wins a $25 credit at The Loopy Ewe. Those winners are:
Amy from AZ (with this scarf made from Shalimar Breathless):
Donna from AL (with this cowl made from BAAH Yarn):
Kim from CA (with this shawl made from Shalimar Breathless):
And Ayana from MD (with this Citrine Shawl made from Shalimar Breathless):
We’ve sure loved seeing all of your one-skein projects for Camp Loopy One! Now it’s time to move on to voting for Camp Loopy Project Two. Hop over to the gallery and send your Reader’s Choice vote to us at: email@example.com We’ll tally the votes and will report back on that soon.
Are you working away on Project Three? Has anyone else had to frog their Project Three? I discovered a mistake in mine last night at Knit Night. Despite trying to tell myself over and over that it was fine and no big deal, I finally had to admit that it bugged me too much to let it go. Thank goodness for my friend Sheryl. She yanked that part back out like nobody’s business. (She is braver than I am. Frogging an alpaca/silk blend makes me feel like the stitches are going to slither down and disappear in the process.) I’m back on track with the problem fixed. Although further behind now. I will have to knit a lot this weekend.
P.S. Don’t forget to vote for us in the Super Bowl Contest! (And thanks to all of you who have shared it with your friends and had them vote, too. We sure appreciate it!)
August 2, 2013
I know I’ve talked about this project as I’ve worked on it, because I remember telling you (a few times) how awesome it is to work with this yarn. This Cabled Rib Wrap is knit holding two yarns together. It uses Shibui Silk Cloud and Shibui Baby Alpaca DK. The pattern is very easy to work and it makes for a good almost-mindless knit. (“Almost”, because you do have to watch to knit the knits and purl the purls in pattern and cable every so often. But that’s it.) I made it as long as I could and just knit until I ran out of yarn. As soon as I was done with it, I wanted to cast on another just because I really liked working on it! (But I finished it in May and knew Camp Loopy projects were coming up, so I have resisted so far.) I wish you could feel how soft it is. Maybe you’ll just have to make one for yourself. Of course there are other DK/Lace combinations that would be equally fun to combine for this pattern.
Touchdown! Remember those fun, creative, expensive Super Bowl ads? Intuit is sponsoring a contest for a small businesses (less than 50 employees) to win a free Super Bowl ad and we have entered the contest! (Because wouldn’t a knitting ad be awesome in the middle of the Super Bowl?) Between now and mid-September, you can vote once per day for our chance to win: Click Here and Vote Daily! In late September they will announce the top 20 contenders, and then 8000 Intuit employees will narrow those down to four. In November, the four finalists will rally the votes to narrow it down to one winner. THANK YOU to everyone who voted yesterday already – we’re at the top of the most popular list so far! My hubby said, “How did that happen?” and I told him, “Knitters are a force to be reckoned with.” And don’t you think some people are already wondering how in the world a yarn shop can be at the top of the list so far? Knitters. Don’t underestimate us. (Vote daily and pass the word, if you’re so inclined!)
P.S. We drew names for the winners of our Name Your Favorite Dessert Bar contest. Congratulations to Janene in WY and Janice in VA, who both won a $25 credit to The Loopy Ewe! Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorites. It’s clear that Lemon Bars are tops!
July 31, 2013
We just shipped a Blue Sky Trunk Show back, but before we sent it, I photographed some of the beautiful samples that we had on display here at the shop. Blue Sky Skinny Cotton is a sport weight yarn that is 100% organic cotton, dyed with low impact dyes. Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown from plants that have had no chemicals introduced (like fertilizers or pesticides.) Interestingly, cotton plants in general cover 55% of the world’s cultivated land use, but accounts for 75% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other crop. This yarn base has a nice twist and knits up beautifully. Look at some of the samples we had:
Shawl Collar Vest (out of Coral)
Skinny Cardigan and Market Tote (out of Blackberry and Zinc, Tote out of Basil)
Swing Cardigan (out of French Blue)
Beatrice Top (out of Gravel)
Harriet Dress (out of Glacier)
When I pulled the Harriet Dress out of the box? Everyone standing around gave a collective, “Awwwww!” It’s the cutest little dress. If you’re looking for some nice cotton for lighter weight tops or sweaters, give the Skinny Cotton a try. (Need more pattern suggestions? Try Milena, Ruched Yoke Tee, Eeek, Quinn Sweater, Lucia, and of course you all need a McHenry.) If you’re placing an order with us in the next week and would like a little mini sample to see it in person, just add an order note and we’ll pop one in your order. We have a few left from the Trunk Show!
July 24, 2013
I finished up my Lintilla this week, for Camp Loopy’s Project Two. I used 1.25 skeins of Juliespins Silky Merino, because one skein was just 435 yards and I needed to hit 500 yards for Project Two. I like how it turned out. The second photo shows the more true color. I don’t remember the colorway, but since Julie invents new colors for almost every batch we get from her, it’s probably not one that is coming back anyway! You can see how the piece is knit sideways, with the ruffles being done in short-row sections. I think it’s a great pattern for multi-colored yarn. Mine ended up being more subtle, but I have seen some really pretty Lintillas done up in some wild colors, and they all look great. Martina has several patterns that are great for multi-colors, as she really likes designing with Wollmeise. Next up for me will be her Trillian pattern (after my Project Three knitting in August, of course). And I’m still working on my never-ending Nuvem, which I will love when it’s done. I even have a second color and beads picked out to make another one of those.
Now that all of the photos have been approved for the Project One Gallery, it’s time to vote on your favorites. Please pop over to the gallery and send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), voting for your favorite project. We’ll tally those up and will announce a Reader’s Choice Award next week, as well as some randomly drawn winners from all of our entries. It has been so fun to see all of your wonderful creations, and we look forward to seeing more for Projects Two and Three!