World Events … and Bugga

I need to find a new radio station. It’s so sad to wake up to the news, because the news of the day is not encouraging. I can’t get the situation with Japan out of my mind. We have so many sweet Loopy Groupies in Japan and I’m worried for them. And this morning the news was full of Libya. It’s hard to write peppy blog posts, when things are going on all around us that have such an impact on everyone. I don’t want to ignore what’s going on, but then again, I know you don’t come to this blog to get information on Japan and Libya. So I’ll continue to do the things I can in my own way to help the people in Japan, and I’ll keep the focus of this blog on yarn and fiber and color. In the meantime, did you see that Wendy has written a beautiful new shawl pattern called “Japanese Garden“? From now through the end of April, ALL proceeds from the pattern sales will be donated to the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. I think it’s wonderful that she is doing that. I bought my copy this afternoon and am picking out some beautiful Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga to use with it. (Photos used with permission.)

Speaking of which, we have a lot of things up on the website for you today. (I promised you last week that we’d have plenty of fun, since we took last Monday off from updating. And if you checked out the Loopy Webcam today, you can see that we’re collecting more yarn and boxes for next week already.) We’ve just added in:

– The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga– including new colors. (Shown here in Archy and Mehitabel).
– Lorna’s Laces Worsted – in many new colors for us, as well as the new Spring Colors, and the ever-popular Zombie BBQ. We also have Zombie in the Honor base, which many of you are loving in this month’s Club Loopy.
– Dragonfly Fibers Merino Silk Roving – Kate’s beautiful roving makes me want to pull my wheel out and spin.
– Speaking of wheels – we have more Schacht Ladybugs available and ready for shipping.
Kollage’s My Kind of Saturday Cowl is back in stock, for those who have been waiting on it since I blogged the one I made. Two of the sold out colors of Riveting are now back. We still have a bit on backorder.
Knit Girl in Idaho has done more 2 and 4 piece stitchmarker sets for us. Cute as ever. I have lots of pretty stitchmarkers, but these are the ones I continually grab for when I need to use some. You’ll find these in The Loopy Ewe Accessories section.
Della Q – new fabrics and styles of needle and project bags. My favorite is her Travel Case.
–  Blackthorn DPN’s – Made from the same material as the skin of stealth jets, these carbon fiber needles have the feel of wood with the strength of steel.
The Loopy Ewe Color Cards – Now that we have all of the pre-orders taken care of, we have built up some stock again and are able to offer them on the website. We’ll keep working on them, so if they go out of stock eventually, it’s just temporary. These cards have samples of all 90 colors in our Solid Series. If you like being able to see how Ginger is different from Sienna and how Oyster compares to Dove, then color cards with actual yarn samples is definitely the way to go.
Ysolda Teague’s Whimsical Little Knits Bk 2 is back in stock. We also have a new pattern book from Universal Yarn, called Summer Supreme. Great for pairing with their popular Cotton Supreme line.

See you on Wednesday. We’ll have Contest Winners to announce!

Sheri beautifuloutside,butIcanalreadyfeelhumiditygathering


  1. The news is indeed sad. We can all help in various ways. Thanks for your continuing effort of writing the blog-this is no easy task. I really missed it last week, but I am so happy you got a break. Happy Spring.

  2. That shawl pattern is beautiful. The name “Japanese Garden” really suits it to. Glad to have you back. I’ve missed your blog! Hope you had a good time while you were away.

  3. Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting has a gorgeous blanket pattern that is also having all proceeds go to the relief effort in Japan. I have already seen at least two started on Ravelry that are using sock yarn!

    I don’t watch the news or listen to the radio, so I go to the different news websites to get my information. It doesn’t make me more informed, but it does make it easier to stop when it is too much.

  4. OK, I’m in love with that Sanguine Gryphon colorway, but I find no “Archy and Mehitabel” – What am I doing wrong?

  5. I just bought Wendy’s shawl pattern and hope to start it this week. The cherry blossoms should be out soon and I’ll have to use a pink yarn for my shawl.

  6. Love Love Wendy’s patterns… I may just have to get this one, beautiful and so thoughtful to make that donation offer ♥

  7. I know what you mean about the radio — my husband insists on waking up to NPR, and by the time you get out of bed, the day is already miserable. Not that I ignore what’s going on in the world, but I’d rather not have to know all the latest horrors at 6 a.m. I know it’s not helpful to send knitted things to Japan — they need money, to buy the things they need there at home and to try to restore life as it was two weeks ago — but I find it helpful to knit something for some other stranger. A chemo cap, a pair of mittens for Cheyenne River, a hat for next winter’s drive for homeless people. . .

  8. Oooooh, the yarn. So yummy.

    You know, some people may take offense to this, but I turn on the news about once a week – usually for a late BBC World News. I’m not ignoring what’s happening, just limiting the constant barrage.

    And it is a blip on the radar, but having a relaxing pastime like knitting to have throughout all of our struggles is really a wonderful thing. You’re blog and store are soft places to land.

  9. Like others, I have my clock alarm set to NPR, but sometimes it is just too much. In the car I find myself listening to my daughter’s radio stations a bit more (lady gaga and justin beiber, et al). At least it’s a bit more cheery. Not to diminish the suffering at all, but mostly it makes me feel too helpless.

    I’m glad you are continuing to do what you do, though I can certainly appreciate how hard it is some days. Thank goodness for the knitting.

  10. Thank you for posting this Sheri. My friend’s parents live 50 miles from one of the nuclear plants. The devastation is mind boggling.

  11. Thanks for the heads up about the shawl from Wendy. Other than the shawl patterns that she has done for Loopy clubs I have only done some of her sock pattern so I took this opportunity to purchase this beautiful pattern and hope many others will also do the same. My charity of choice is usually the Red Cross as I know anywhere in the world they will always be there in time of need.

    I would never had known about this pattern otherwise so thanks again for the beautiful display in your blog.

  12. Man, it’s depressing. My Eeyore-like nature is very tempted to come out. Must. Keep. Knitting. Bright. Colors. To quote a movie (can’t remember which one now, of course), “Where there’s life, there’s hope!”

  13. The situation in Japan is so sad. My heart hurts for them. I love that Wendy has such a beautiful shawl pattern and what she is doing with the proceeds. I purchased one and am going back to do it again for a friend. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful item for a great cause!

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