The Loopy Ewe Solid Series

solids_blogsizeIt’s ready! Many of you know that we’ve been working hard on our new (and exclusive) Solid Series line. This has been in the planning stages for over a year, and in production since December. We’re finally ready to share it with you, and we hope that you love it as much as we do! I took some quick photos today, to put on the blog. Note that they haven’t been color-corrected, so the colors are “close”, but not spot on. The ones on the website are the true shades. (Long post – lots of photos. Just scan through and read the questions that you wonder about, then drop to the bottom to see what else went up in Monday’s Update!)

DSC00262Why a solid series? Well, we brought you our private label Loopy Legends Series almost 2 years ago, and we knew that we wanted to do more with our own line. Over a year ago, we started thinking about solids, simply because we were unable to get the number of colors and the quantities we needed in a solid line. In the meantime, pattern designers were coming out with more and more intricate sock and shawl designs, that are truly best shown in a solid color. (Not to mention the surge in colorwork popularity.) It seemed a great match – Loopy + solids.

DSC00246How did you pick the colors? Now that was a process! I’ve shared with you that Loopy Elf Sue is a mosaic artist (and in fact, teaches mosaics at the Chicago Mosaic School a few times a year.) She and I took a big Pantone notebook full of color chips, set up color-lights (the ones that give you a true color reading), and starting picking. I think I dreamed about color chips for nights on end. Then, when I had picked out 70 that I was happy with, I drove up to Chicago and met with the Dream in Color gals to get their opinion on it. (We had this yarn dyed on their wonderful Smooshy base, by a professional dyer.) I almost didn’t want to call home that night to tell my husband that I had added 20 more “have to have them” colors to the total…

DSC00264Why the Smooshy base? Because we love it. We love the 3-ply, we love the twist, we love the feel, and we love the 100% Superwash Merino.

What is the best way to use this solid line? In everything! 🙂  (You knew I’d say that.) Seriously though, the solid colors will make your patterns pop. I know that many of you are trying designs that are more and more difficult, and you want your work to show in the best possible way. Here is a pair of socks that one of our Loopy Sample Knitters (Barbara from NH) knit up for us. She didn’t know what yarn this was – only that we’d be getting it sometime this summer. After working with it DSC00266for a bit, she emailed and said, “I am just LOVING this yarn – it’s gorgeous.  The stitch definition is excellent – it really pops with the yarn.  And I’m enjoying the pattern too – very fun.” (Pattern is Phoebus Apollo by Wendy Knits. A past sock club pattern, available here.) Of course this yarn is also going to be great for colorwork (which is why we did it up in 50 g skeins for you), and for shawls, scarves, cowls, mitts, gloves, hats, and baby items.

Is it ok to knit socks with 100% merino? Absolutely. But you do want to be sure to knit your socks at a gauge that makes the resulting fabric durable. For me, that means I knit 8-9 stitches per inch for socks (really, no matter what fingering weight yarn I’m using.) I like the feel of 100% merino on my feet … and around my neck … and on my hands … and around my shoulders … and on my head.

DSC00261Are you going to have color cards? We plan to. Right now, we’re still skeining and labeling this massive amount of yarn that has arrived. But we’re almost on top of that situation, and then we will get to the color cards for you. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s a hint for the best viewing possible on The Loopy Ewe website. When you click on the page(s) for the Solid Series, make sure that you’re viewing them as a “Tiled List” or anicon2“Icon List”.  You can find the buttons to change the way you view them, to the right of the word “Products” on that product’s page. See the four squares? The two on the right give you the most colors per page to view. Great for comparing the different shades. You can then click on the color and add it to your cart or wishlist.

DSC00247What about the color names? We think it’s fun to get yarn lines that are very creative with the colorway names. We love Gryphon’s bug colors, and Fiesta’s travel colors and Stacy’s Tempted vamp-y colors. I’ve even been known to buy a yarn just because I loved the name of it. (I mean, don’t we all need a skein of “The Forest Has Eyes“? How cool is that?) But with our solid series, we wanted to come up with simple names that you could read and identify, right off DSC00257the bat. With the help of Google and the Loopy Elves, we covered every single color name. They’re listed in numerical order  on the website, just to keep the shades going from light to dark, in similar colorways. We do have three colors that are being re-worked and will be up later in the summer – Olive, Charcoal, and Vintage Rose. But we think there are enough other colors to get you started. Right?

DSC00252What has been the best and worst part about creating this line? The best part – having a painter’s palette of colors to choose from, when I want to knit up a show-stopper. And I’ve been waiting and waiting to knit Norwegian Rose Socks from Wendy’s great sock book. Now I can! The worst part? Waiting and waiting and waiting for all of the colors to arrive, so that we could finally get them up and share them with you.

DSC00255Will you be adding more colors? Ummm … not in the near future. We don’t have room!  But if there are certain shades that you feel are “must haves” that we have missed, please email us about them. I figure if Cascade 220 can come in 240+ colors, then there is no doubt that we’re missing a few important shades, somewhere along the line. But for right now, we’re happy with the colors that we have. I already can’t quite make up my mind on the two colors I want to use for those two-colored socks. I think I’ll go wander that aisle and shop.

Of course that’s not all that went up in tonight’s Update. We also added in:

JulieSpins – an awesome new (to us) indie dyer that we have been watching for quite some time. I finally emailed to see if she’d want to be a part of The Loopy Ewe and was thrilled when she said yes. You’ll love her colors, and we’ll continue to add different bases in her line.

Malabrigo – 15 more colors of Worsted, 5 more colors of Sock, and 6 more colors of Silky Merino. That’s on top of all the colors that we added in these lines last week.

Dye Dreams – a new yarn base called Twinkle Toes (merino and tencel), as well as a re-stock of Dream Sox.

Yarn Love – Juliet in a new composition – 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon. We have a few more colors going up next week, as well.

Hiya Hiya – the large interchangeable needle set, more Puppy Snips and Dumpling Cases (because we all love them), and more project bags.

Namaste – a re-stock on Monroe bags, Laguna bags, and wallets.

That’s it. Did you really make it all the way to the bottom of this unendingly long post? Nice job. 🙂

Sheri whoislookingforwardtoseeingyourcompletedprojectsinournewline

46 comments

  1. Sheri – you’ve brought us the rainbow!
    Wow – such vibrant, clear colors. How will I choose?
    So, if I got one of each… let’s see, 87 times $…
    oh. okay. Better keep my day-job…

  2. I remember reading that these solids will coordinate with Dream in Color’s variegated yarns. True? Then I can make a solid camisole to match my Butter Peeps cardi…

  3. Beautiful colors!!! Congratulations on your new line done in your usual first class way!
    This must feel like you’ve just given birth.

  4. So glad you are going to have color cards, Sheri! Those will be on my must-have list. This is so exciting!! I’m thrilled for you, WH and all the elves.

  5. I looked at your “What’s New Page” and thought, oh my, how can I ever pick? Yellow is my favorite color. I have bought many a yellow that was disappointing. Yours look great. Thanks so much.

  6. It is 100 degrees out here with a forecast for more of the same, and yet I still want to learn to knit something in Fair Isle to try out all those pretty new colors

  7. I love the Smooshy base. Smooshy is my favorite yarn base and the socks I’ve made with it wear well and feel so good. Since most of the socks I enjoy knitting look better in solid yarns, I’ll definitely be buying some Solid series in the future.

  8. You and the elves have done a fantastic job – both with the color choices and pictures. Thanks, you deserve a break, but now we will be keeping you busy wrapping and shipping our treasures. We will be dreaming of colorwork patterns tonight.

  9. OK, I’m SO beyond excited about this! Fair isle tams are one of my favorite things to design and knit, and I’m ready to get some of this and get going! Because, you know, there are NEVER enough hats! (Especially since Salty Dog keeps eating mine.) 😀

  10. LOVE all the colors! Sounds like you had a lot of fun picking all the colors. Can’t wait to get my hands on some!

  11. The colours in the new line are beautiful. I’ve been looking for a nice solid colour for a shawl pattern that is rather intricate…3 different lace charts! I finally found it in the Loopy line.

  12. Let’s see. If I leave Rochester by 6:00 am I could be in St Louis by 1:00 or so. Shop for an hour or two and be home before anybody knew I took all the money from the savings account……
    The colors are INCREDIBLE and I am so happy for yall.
    So, how many new elves are you adding to the bevy of beauties already at home at TLE?
    The yarn looks so very pretty. I truly want to see it in person………

  13. I’ve been using online paint tools to select paints for rooms, and have fallen in love with a color so much that I think I will need to use it. Probably in knitting, because my husband did not find the color as enthralling as I did.

    I feel like I’ve been relatively good about using the yarn I purchase, so I might even be ready for the new yarn now!

  14. Wow. I’m disappointed that you are using the Smooshy base. It’s some of the worst sock yarn I’ve ever knit with. Sure, it’s soft in the skein, but not durable regardless of the gauge in my own experience. Best of luck anyhow! You still have so many wonderful other sock yarns. Also — I bet the Smooshy would be great for colorwork mittens.

  15. HELP!!! Been playing around with colors all morning. Can’t decide which ones would be best for a colorwork shawl I want to make!! The colors are great!!

  16. Sheri, you’ve outdone yourself (again). This is such a good idea and the colors are amazing. The hard part will be trying to choose!

  17. Solids – always found them sooooo boring until I got into weaving, that is. I only have a handful in my stash and I can’t even remeber why I have those – lol. Then the weaving bug flew into my ear and all of a sudden, I had to go scrounging around for them. Solids make a great warp backdrop for hand-painted yarns!!!

  18. Jealous about going to Claudia’s! We may get to go to Munich in September, but the weekend we will be there she is going to be closed. Boohoo. But thanks for the idea of using WM lace for Citron. I have a skein of Spice Market that I have been wanting the perfect pattern for, and that might be it.

  19. Love, love, love all those yummy colors!
    I have been wanting to try colorwork and i think two colors would probably be about right for a first project. But do you have a recommendation for a first project? One that wouldn’t be too daunting? Thanks!

  20. I love all the indie dyers but it’s lovely to see some solid color sock yarns. I’m just starting to get into socks (have been knitting for 29 years!)

    Thank you for my Loopy Groupie welcome this week! Thegift yarn is beautiful and the perfect color!

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