Q2, Q3, and Scones!

DSC00835.JPGWow – you all must be the most giving group of knitters around. I can’t believe how many hats and mitts you all knit up for the babies in China and for Luba’s girls in Russia. DSC00838.JPGThe packages have come in so overwhelmingly, that it has been hard to keep track of it all. (Not hard to keep track of what you sent – we have big bins of those items! DSC00837.JPGJust hard to keep track of all of YOU!) Thank you so much for your generosity. I know that for most of us, knitting time is a luxury. Giving some of that up to knit for others is justDSC00836.JPG wonderful. We have 52 pairs of mitts and 37 hats to send off to Luba’s girls in Russia (plus a couple of gorgeous scarves). We have 102 baby hats and 50 toddler hats to send to the orphanage in China (plus a few pairs of cuter-than-can-be wee socks). Some of you included notes to say that your moms, friends and daughters helped with the knitting. (And Trish sent camo-foil wrapped Hershey’s kisses that she buys on the military base. Who knew there were camo-wrapped kisses?? We loved them!) Please leave a shout-out in the comments if you knitted up an item for the Challenge. We’re shipping these off to the recipients next week. I just wish I could be there when everyone received their handknits. I know how much these will be appreciated. The Q2 Challenge participants who won Loopy Gift Certificates (because we pick two random people to win) are Christine S and Tracy D. Thank you again to everyone who sent something in! We’ll do this again next year, and I already have two more wonderful places that we can knit for.

So it’s time for a new Challenge, right? As promised, the Q3 Challenge is about knitting something for yourself (or a loved one). The Challenge this time is to pick a sock or lace pattern that is a stretch for you in terms of new techniques (or just more complicated stitch patterns than you typically knit.) I typically end up knitting fairly simple patterns because I’m usually knitting while I’m doing something else and can’t concentrate too awfully hard on it. But there are some gorgeous patterns out there (and I’m thinking ALL of the Cookie A patterns, for example, and so many of the lace patterns I have seen) that take a bit more thought but will bring such beautiful results. For some of you who regularly do k2, p2 ribbing all the way up, ANY pattern will be a bit more of a challenge. Others of you have knit all of Cookie’s patterns and found them plenty easy, so maybe it’s time for an entrelac sock? You know your level of knitting and what will be a stretch for you. So – pick a pattern to challenge yourself and then knit it up and enter it into the Q3 photo gallery! We will pick a random winner for one of the Loopy Gift Certificates, and we’ll do a Reader’s Choice award with another Loopy Gift Certificate. All entries must be up in the gallery by October 1st and we’ll do voting that week. Can you add more than one entry into the Challenge? Sure! Challenge yourself over and over!

I know you want to know what is going up in next week’s long-awaited Sneak Up, right? Well there are some for-sures, and some maybes. WH is still plowing through all of the photos and plans an all-day-Saturday marathon, so we’ll see what all he can get done. For sure, the Wollmeise will be up. Also Spritely Goods, new Fiesta Boomerang colors, Misty Mountain Farms, Schaefer Anne and Lola, and Chewy Spaghetti in the fingering weight. Plus Maruca bags in the new fall colors, new limited edition Mrs. Kwitty bags, and some fun accessories that I ordered in June at the market. What else might be up: Cider Moon Flurry, Yarn Love, Yarntini, Fleece Artist, and Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome. (And now you know why I usually do weekly Sneak Ups. Too much arrives here from week to week!)

DSC00782.JPGToday’s recipe is a scone recipe that we have had and used in our family for a long time. These are wonderful for breakfast (and there is oatmeal in there – so it’s definitely good for you, right?) I included some of our scone making photos from being out in Colorado. We had expert scone lessons from Iowa Girl, who makes the most delicious scones for a wonderful little coffee shop/gift place called Barn Happy. (Her scone secrets? Cutting in the butter while it’s cold when you have a recipe that calls for unmelted butter- it’s all in the scissor action, mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately, and then pouring them together and mixing – as little as possible – by hand. There you have it. The secrets of great scone-making.)DSC00786.JPG

Scottish Oat Scones

1 1/3 c. melted butter
2/3 c. milk
2 eggs
3 c. flour
2 1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbs. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
1 c. raisins

Add liquid ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another bowl. Pour both together and mix by hand until just moistened. Stir in raisins. Shape dough to form a ball. Pat out on floured surface to form 2 8″ circles. Put on greased cookie sheet and score (cut halfway through) into 8-12 wedges. Add a few raisins to the top and sprinkle a bit of sugar over all. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Serve with warm butter, preserves, or honey.

Are you on Ravelry yet? Loopy Groupie Heather set up a Loopy Group over there and it’s so fun to see all of your smiling faces and avatars in there. Come join the group if you’re a Ravelery person! And if you’re not in Ravelry yet – then put your name on the wait list, so that as they make their way through the invitation list, you will be on it. THEN come join the Loopy Groupies there. You don’t have to be an official LG to join – just a Loopy Groupie wannabe and Loopy friend. (And if you’ve ordered from us before – you’re a Loopy friend!)

Sheri mywonderfulmotherinlawiscomingtovisitthisweekend-yippee!!
Hopeyouhaveagreatone. πŸ™‚


  1. What an amazing gift of knitted love you have there. Way to go Sheri and all the amazing knitters…..Excuse me I have to go make some scones now! They look fantastic!

  2. WOW! Look at all of those warm, lovingly knitted beautiful things for children in need.

    Have a great weekend or a great mother in law? I DO have agreat mother in law, but I’m afraid not all of my weekend will be great — moving my 99-year-old Grandma! She only just admitted that she finally needs assisted living!! Those scones sound wonderful –I think I’ll give them a try on Sunday when I have the time.

    And as always, looking forward to the Sneak Up…

    Oh, I’m on the Ravelry wait list and still waiting. :o)

  3. Ooooh, Maruca bags. I love my Maruca bag. It’s been my constant companion ever since I got it; I can carry all my essentials in it, including my wallet, keys and, of course, the ever present sock-in-progress. Are you getting the City Girl again or other styles as well?

  4. Hmm…I think I might attempt one of Cookie A’s knee socks patterns for Q3.

    Ohhh, I so have to visit on Tuesday. There probably won’t be any scones, though…oh well. =)

  5. The thought of scones is making my tummy growl! I have to try those!

    We can all be proud of ourselves for our knitting for charity. Thanks Sheri, for facilitating this.

    Off to find a pattern for the next challenge! (I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finding some yarn to use…LOL!)

  6. Thanks for the heads up on the Ravelry group — I just joined. πŸ™‚

    And thank you for the scone recipe. I LOVE scones and don’t have a recipe for ones that have oats in ’em. YUM!

  7. Mmmmmm scones. Somewhere in there is a hat I made. πŸ™‚ That’s so cool, all that knitterly generosity. I hope Sarah Lou’s mittens made it!

    I have a feeling that this next sneak up will resemble a shark feeding, Sheri. πŸ˜‰

  8. It was fun being a part of helping children in need. I think we sometimes forget that there are people less fortunate than us.

    I have found that knitters are very giving people and always find time to knit for others.

    I make socks all the time and give most of them away. They are a labor of love and I like giving them to people I love. That is one of my joys in life.

    Nice to know all my knitting sisters feel the same.

  9. Wow! You got a LOT more hats and gloves since the last picture πŸ™‚ It’s so cool to see them all together!

    I was fondling some fall colored yarn in my sock yarn stash last night and pondering patterns. Now I have even more incentive!

  10. Yum…..new recipes to try. I thought you might get a kick out of the camo kisses. Oh the Yarntini. I may have to order a skein. πŸ™‚

  11. SQUEEE!! Yartini on the horizon. I have none and have been waiting.

    I am hoping to scoop some up while everyone else fixates on Wollmeise. The Wooly Mouse is totally worth the fixation. I scooped some up from overseas before I knew they were a sparkle in your eye!

    SQUEEE! Accessories…I love ’em. BAGS?! Oh, please say bags.

  12. Thank god I’m going on vacation tomorrow, that sneak up sounds so rockin it would be torture to hold back ordering anything!

    I’m looking forward to challenging myself with some new sock patterns… one may just be a Cookie A pattern as hers intimidate me! lol I know one challenge will be the storyteller socks from pink lemon twist and maybe something toe up or with short row toe and/or heel as I haven’t done either types of those before.

  13. Oh this makes me all so happy. As a pediatrician, I love seeing all that lovely warm knitting going to less fortunate children. I made two hats…wish I’d had time to make more. Scones always make me happy…this looks like a great recipe, and I have a string of night shifts coming up and I really really like a snack in the ER at 4 am! And this sneakup has me in palpitations already!!!! Oh I just can’t wait!!! (Drool, drool, drool…)

  14. Yummm scones. I wish it were breakfast time. Oh well, maybe tomorrow. i spotted my two little hats in there so now I can stop worrying about whether or not they arrived. You did a very good thing Sheri in setting that up.

    As for Q3 challenges. I totally leap right into the deep end. Usually without looking so I don’t know what i could pick that would be a challenge I wouldn’t normally attempt. Except maybe the challenge of actually finishing something complex as opposed to just starting it. I’ll have to think about this…

  15. I’m excited for the sneak up! Expect an order from me πŸ™‚

    Interesting fact: if you travel to Utah and ask for a scone, you will get deep fried batter. It is VERY good (especially with honey butter!!), but as someone from the east coast with English relatives, I was a little taken aback by that πŸ˜‰

  16. As soon as you mentioned that the Q3 was for challenging socks, I immediately thought of Cookie A’s Twisted Flower sock pattern (which happens to be the featured pattern on Stashology.com right now! Stashology is a free pattern finding site I set up of patterns for sale on the web. πŸ˜€ ). I’ve been meaning to knit it and just haven’t!. I also have entrelac socks planned….I had to frog the original pair and never restarted them. Hmmm maybe I should get knitting!

  17. Gorgeous!!! Look at all those hats!!!!! How wonderful:)

    I know exactly which sock I’m going to do (Pomatamus)….the big question is which yarn!

  18. WOW what gorgeous mitts and hats. Seeing what all you are doing brings tears of gratitude.
    I’m a close friend to Luba and I know she will love them and the s will fined them very useful and appreciated.
    Thank you to all who helped make the mitts and scarves.
    May God bless you all,
    Diane Bremner

  19. Great challenge! There’s a pair of entrelac knee-highs in a past issue of IK (Spring 07, maybe?) that I’ve been meaning to make ever since I bought it. Actually, I bought that issue just because I wanted to make the socks. Just never got around to it…. I have the perfect yarn for them somewhere in the stash (they’ve been in there a LONG time), so this challenge is just what I needed to get motivated! Thanks Sheri!

  20. Hi….wow, lots and lots of love there! I really enjoyed doing this….I can see my hat in the picture and I’m the one that sent in the matching baby socks. Those were just too cute, I couldn’t resist. Thank you for the challenge…..it felt good to know I was helping out in my own small way.

    Now for the next challenge, I’m excited because that is exactly what I had in mind…I’ve been on a sock yarn binge and decided that each pair I knit I will try something new and challenge myself. Serendipity…..gotta love it! Now…..which pattern to choose???!!!!!!

  21. Among the knitted bounty is a hat my then ten-year-old daughter Rose made, as well as a hat and a few pairs of fingerless gloves from me. It’s great to see the ‘group shot’! Thanks for organizing this all!
    Now to look at complicated sock patterns; actually, you know what, there’s one I’ve been planning to knit ‘when I had time’ (ha!) but knowing it would be a challenge, and given that it would be for me (therefore low on the totem pole of priorities), I’ve put it off semi-permanently. So now I have a reason to knit it. It’s Imbas, by the Tsock Tsarina; it has a stitch called the Russian Loop, an applied Celtic knot quatrefoil, and a crossways cable on the top as well as a knotwork cable up the front. Lots of stuff going on there! Much more than in any sock I’ve ever knit! But it should be FUN.

  22. Now you’ve made me hungry….

    I know a couple of sock patterns I’m going to attempt. I just hope something good comes of my efforts instead of another trip to the frog pond :/

  23. I spotted my mitts in one of the photos (so I know they arrived)—it’s almost like seeing your picture in the school paper! What a beautiful array of gifts. It was a pleasure to knit for these kids, and I look forward to doing it again. Thank you, Sheri, for organizing this.

    Now I have to decide which I’m more likely to finish in time for the Q3 deadline—challenging socks or challenging lace?

    Lovely scone recipe. I just need to locate some oats—they’re not easy to find over here…

  24. Look at all the wonderful hats and mitts that were knit and donated. There are 8 hats from me among them. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling to know I’m in such good company! Now to find something challenging for moi (does the mystery stole I’ve already started count? or any of the socks that are OTN’s?)

  25. A. Welcome back! Good to hear you had such fun on your vacation.

    B. Good going on your Summer of Second Socks challenge! I still say that there’s no rule requiring you to wear matching socks, so don’t worry too much if you’re left with an even number of single socks. Just be a little quirky and don’t match.

    C. Wow, look at all those warm hands and heads! My one poor little pair of Fetchings aren’t all that significant; I just hope someone will enjoy them a little bit. They only took a week to make, but like you said, knitting time is precious. It was fun, though, and I’ll do it again.

    D. Yippie, a challenge where I can knit for me! I’ll probably do something out of Favorite Socks.

  26. Wow! Wow! Wow! I never dreamed that the response to Sheri’s challenge would be so huge. It would have been thriliing to see a dozen fingerless gloves knit for Luba’s girls.. but 52 PAIR????? Wow!! (And all the warm hats as well…it is so incredibly cool!!) I wish everyone could be there when Luba opens the box!

    I am excited about the next quarterly challenge as well now that sock knitting is officially in my blood! At this point, EVERY pattern is a challenge or has new skills so I’m lucky in that way!! πŸ™‚

    Off to make your scones… YUM!

  27. Knitters are wonderful people! But then, we already knew that.

    Thanks, Sheri, for organizing this; and thanks for the photos of everyone’s work. I only wish I’d been able to do more than just one measly hat.

    I’m going to try knitting again in a week or so–yay! My tendonitis seems to be pretty much gone.

  28. Nice timing on the challenge, I just got (one DAY after I ordered it from you!) the yarn to make a Seraphim shawl, which will be my first big project in years, and my first charted lace.

  29. Is the challenge strictly for new projects, or can one sneak in an already-started project that’s largely unfinished due to its being far more complicated than one’s usual knitting? πŸ˜‰ I could use some incentive to finish the Ivy socks…

  30. Nice hats and such. I’m glad my contribution will go somewhere that needs it. This was my first charity knitting, but not the last.

    Hum, lots of patterns are a stretch for me so I’ll have to see what to do next. πŸ™‚ My husband’s Metropolis socks are effort. I still haven’t finished the first one. Maybe I’ll work on them and then try something lacy for myself.

    Accessories – YIPPEE!!!

  31. Oh, all the hats and mitts look wonderful together! It’s not often that I’m actually *glad* my knitting gets “lost” in a picture!

  32. Dang, I thought “Not too hard a challenge” ’cause I eat cables and lace for breakfast but then you had to go and mention the dreaded ENTRELAC! I know that will have to be the one I take on, as I’ve conquered cable needle-less cables and Shetland lace.

    Happy to see my hats and mitts in the photos and know they didn’t get lost in the mail. Once I got off my duff and started these projects, I cranked out 5 projects in a week, I couldn’t stop!

  33. I too am going to do Potomatus and knit up some more socks for DH 16eeee feet in the Monkey pattern but I will lovingly call them Gorilla and perhaps toe ups(never done) in the BEN colorway at last for my Ben.
    My order came with the Panda Cotton Chocolate Almonds(GORGEOUS)Claudia Hand Painted Sea Dreams(so beautiful)Dream In Color November Muse(warm and smooshy)CTH Misty Moor(so fallish) Just when I think I couldn’t find any other yarn I need, you show me I do.
    So my challenge to me is to make the socks mentioned above from yarn I already have. Won’t make a dent, but it is a start.
    Can’t wait for this week’s sneak up, may be a browse only but I doubt it πŸ™‚

  34. I was so glad I could contribute to keeping little noggins warm this winter. And I think I may stretch myself with a Cookie A pattern and some Chewy Spaghetti!

  35. I am definitely up for the Q3 challenge. Why? Because I finished my very first (okay, first since a disastrous attempt over 10 years ago…) pair of socks this past weekend. My friends were impressed and amazed (non-knitters are easily amused). I started a second pair with a picot edge that almost pushed me over the edge so I’m part-way there for the challenge. I love that Monkey pattern…I tend to leap with both feet so why not?! Bring it on! =)

  36. Any chance more of those nifty StitchKeepers will be part of the sneakup? I am now addicted but I need another set! πŸ™‚

  37. Hmm, I’m a little sad ~ I didn’t get to mail you my knitted things. They are still here w/me waiting to be mailed out. I would love to still mail them but will need an address either to you or to the contact in China. ;D I think my email may have been lost in cyberspace but its ok, I won’t stay sad long not after looking at all those lovely things that you wonderful people made for those less fortune than ourselves.

    I’m considering Q3 ~ I’ve got to think long and hard to pick one of the many items I’ve been wanting to make. Thx for such fun and opportunity to give. Have an awesome week.


  38. Wooo hooooo for the Q2! And I’m excited for the Q3…I really and totally and truly have my first proper lace project all poised and ready and I wasn’t sure when to start it…I think the Q3 is just the push I need to give it a go! πŸ™‚

    Furthermore, I have a Very Tough Design Challenge of my own (i.e. I agreed to design something I’ve never designed before, and while I’m confident I can do it…it will not be easy) which I may apply to the Q3 as well. πŸ™‚

    Question, could one make Scottish Oat Scones without sugar? Would it taste awful? I’m trying to find a good recipe for oaty bake things that doesn’t use sugar as I’m barred for health reasons. *sigh*

  39. Thanx for the new scone recipe, baking is one of the few cooking expericments i venture…but query for the expert tip, should we then try cutting in –cold–butter for this, or stick to ‘melted’?

    Great to see the overwhelming knitted love, my neighborhood ‘knitting for peace’ group just sent in a big box to the Dulaan project, and we’ll need to choose a new reason to knit (ha ha) soon…

    happy knitting, cori in KS

  40. I made those scones this morning…YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I subbed some cinnamon for the raisons & served with orange marmalade. Who needs lunch when there are scones in the house?

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