Contest Winners!

You know we love contests around here. It’s fun to have you participate and then share some prizes with you! Next week we’ll have our Fifth Anniversary Contest, but first we have a couple of other ones to wrap up. During Project Two time for Camp Loopy, we divided the participants up by Trail Guides. Some of the Trail Guide groups have been very active on Ravelry, talking about their projects. We asked each group to come up with a colorway and name to commemorate their time together. I told them I’d pick my favorite for awarding some prizes, but that we’d have ALL of the colorways dyed up for fun. Watch for news of Camp Colorways this fall!

The competition was fierce, and it was hard to make a decision. But the final winner is Lulu’s Lightening Bolt. I picked this one because not only is the inspiration-photo pretty, but I liked the story behind it. These campers really got into the spirit of Camp Loopy. They said, “After one of our hikes got cancelled due to a thunder and lightening storm, we decided we would love a yarn to memorialize our time spent in the lodge together waiting out the storm, watching the wonderful colors light up the sky.” Click here if you’d like to see the photo. I used the random number generator to pick three comments for winners on their Ravelry thread. Cairnknits, Brainsneezes and Shedubba each win a $20 Loopy gift certificate for participating in the winning colorway thread!

I also have the winner of our Second Quarter Challenge, which was to knit for charity (or using a pattern that benefits a charity). The winner is Sarah from MN who knit the Japanese Garden Shawl (which was designed by Wendy Johnson, with pattern proceeds for April donated to the Red Cross. Wendy’s generous contribution brought in more than $6000 for the Red Cross!) Sarah donated her beautifully finished shawl to Wrapped in Care, a charity that provides shawls to women in the hospital who have just lost a baby to stillbirth or neonatal loss. Sarah has won a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate, for the Challenge.

We’re still tallying votes on the Project One Reader’s Choice award, so we’ll wait and announce all Project One winners in a week or so. Just know that we’re working on it. And then pretty soon it will be time to vote on Project Two.  Your projects this summer have been stunning.

Before I go – here’s a quick and healthy (as promised) recipe to try out this summer. We had this at a friend’s house this summer and it quickly became one of our favorite side dishes.

susan's-roasted-sweet-potatoesSusan’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4-6 sweet potatoes
Olive Oil

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into 1/2″ thick discs. Put in a large bowl and add a few tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tsp. of Oregano, and 1 tsp. Thyme. Stir to coat well. Layer the potato discs in a single layer onto a foil-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and more Thyme and Oregano, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until tender.

We have big things going on downtown this weekend. So much to explore. What are you doing this weekend?

Sheri surehappytohaveKnittingDaughterhomeforaweek


  1. Congrats to the winners! I love contests. 🙂

    This weekend is a busy one. BFF Liz and I are taking Mama to the Silent Film Festival. Tomorrow, Salty Dog, Mama and I all have appointments at the hairdresser (well, Salty at the groomer for “bafftime” as it happens, but….). And Sunday, I’m spending the majority of the day at the laundromat trying to catch up on the disaster that is my laundry pile in the basement. The big rains caused a bit of water **ahem** to come in, so I’m dealing with the wet laundry downstairs this weekend before it molds, then the rest of it next weekend. Ugh. The good news: lots of knitting time, and yarn winding time to get ready for Camp Loopy 3.

  2. i’ll be doing some gardening chores. grocery shopping. laundry. perhaps some quilting. and some knitting.

    by the way, i want some of that lighning bolt yarn.
    maybe want is not strong enough.
    i have to have some of that lighning bolt yarn.

  3. KNITTING to fnish Project 2 on time 🙂 Watching the Steelers first preseason game tonight after goin to Wedding Rehersal dinner. Off to the Wedding tomorrow. Sunday AM Church then Motorcycle riding with WH and friends if the weather allows. DId I mention KNITTING…

  4. Congrats to the winners. I do a similar thing with sweet potatoes. I cut them 1/4 inch and put them under the broiler. Yummy.

  5. Love the photo and winning entry for the yarn colorway. I love thunder and lightning storms and will definitely be wanting some of that yarn. 🙂 Congrats to the winners!

  6. Love that Knitting Daughter is home. My daughter is also home with her fiance’ for the weekend! It’s the last time before their wedding next month! Time’s flying by so fast. I do need to get to a new knitting project again. There’s a new baby boy due to arrive in October. He’ll be our first great nephew. <3 Glad to hear you got moved and love Colorado, too! 🙂

  7. “The Poky Little Puppy” here is still working on her Hillflowers Wrap (BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL PATTERN) for my son’s wedding in Oct. I’m almost halfway there. It’s coming out very nice though. I’m knitting this in the MT Light Amber Trinket (A Loopy Ewe suggestion – and a super very nice one too!!!) I wish I had a full Saturday to catch up on my knitting with this – but have to work from 9-5 as always….

    Much thanks to the LE staff for answering my email for suggestions for yarn to go with this pattern (all purchased here from LE) It will go very nicely with my dark blue (between dk. peacock and navy blues) irridescent taffeta dress!! 😀
    (The groom and dear bride to be like the way it’s turning out too) The shading in the yarn was “made for” this pattern. Thanks for being one of my “wedding attire consultants” 🙂

  8. Exploring CO railroads on a tour bus wearing my brown Loopy rhythm of knitting tee shirt and knitting on Westknits Earth & Sky or a Loopy shawl. Doesn’t get any better than that!

  9. Sheri – I just looked at the Saturday music lineup at your festival. I do hope you went to see Susan Tedeschi and Derrick Trucks. They are fabulous.


  10. Looks like you had a great weekend. I had a nice friend filled weekend. Spent it with BFFs. Included good cooking and lots of laughs. Very relaxing and went way too fast. The weather cooperated and now it’s Monday morning and back to work!

  11. I spent this weekend knitting (not on project 3, I promise) and canning. It was a ton of fun, but now I’m trying to make a good start on my sweater for Project 3 and finish a sweater that I was seaming over the weekend.

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