First Quarter 2012 Challenge

Many of you have been asking about the First Quarter 2012 Challenge, and we’re ready to get going on it!

In 2011, we did these challenges:

1st Quarter:  Cables
2nd Quarter:  Knitting for charity
3rd Quarter: Camp Loopy (2 color shawls, adult socks/mitts/gloves, and an 800 yd.+ project)
4th Quarter: Knit with Madelinetosh, any base

For our First Quarter 2012 Challenge, the challenge is to knit something with yarn that contains silk in it. It doesn’t have to be 100% silk – it just needs to have some percentage of silk. Not only is silk warm, but it adds a bit of “extra” to any project. Perfect for scarves, shawls, socks, and sweaters, so your options are wide open. Here are the particulars of the challenge:

You can have a discount for this yarn: If you need to purchase yarn for this project, you can get a 20% discount on it for this next week. (Limited to one Challenge Project’s worth of yarn, ordered in one order – so calculate carefully and get enough yardage when you place the order.) The discount runs from today, 12/29, through next Friday at midnight, 1/6. To get the discount, you must leave us an order note indicating that you are participating in the challenge and letting us know which yarn to apply the discount to. When your order comes through to us, we’ll apply the discount. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., make sure that your discount would not take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the regular $5.95 shipping charge back in to your order.

You can get a bonus for finishing in time: If you purchase the yarn for your project from us between 12/29 and 1/6, and if you upload your finished project into the First Quarter ’12 Photo Gallery at The Loopy Ewe by 4/4, we will give you double Frequent Shopper points on your project’s yarn. (So if your yarn was $20, you will get $20 towards your FSB amounts when you purchase it, and we’ll add $20 more to your FSB totals if you get your project done and photo uploaded in time.) If you change your mind once you get the yarn and end up using something else for the project, it’s no longer eligible for the double FSB points, unless it’s yarn that was also purchased from us between 12/29 and 1/6.

You may also use yarn from your stash: You are welcome to use yarn from your stash, as long as it’s a line that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. If you finish in time and upload your photo to the First Quarter Challenge Gallery, you will be eligible for the Reader’s Choice Award and the randomly drawn Challenge Winner award. ($25 gift certificates to The Loopy Ewe.) Be sure to indicate what yarn it is in the photo notes, when you upload your photo. Projects with yarn from stash are not eligible for the double FSB points bonus.

Here are some of the options for yarn with silk in it at The Loopy Ewe:

Lorna’s Laces Pearl (shown above in Purple Club), Lorna’s Laces Honor, Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, Shibui Heichi, Shibui Staccato, Shibui Silk Cloud (shown above in Artichoke), Cascade Heritage Silk, Cascade Heritage Silk Paints, Cascade Epiphany, Malabrigo Silky Merino, Spud and Chloe Fine, Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Schaefer Audrey, Schaefer Heather, Fiesta Gracie’s Lace, Hand Maiden Camelspin, Hand Maiden Sea Silk (shown above in Nova Scotia),  Hand Maiden Swiss Sea Sock, Hand Maiden Swiss Silk, Tempted Prissy Grrl Lace, Juliespins Silky 435, Enchanted Knoll Farm Enchantments, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk (shown above in Ruby), Studio June Starstruck, Artyarns Regal Silk, Artyarns Beaded Silk (shown here in #197) and Spirit Trail Fiber Sunna (shown below in Tuscany).

I hope you have fun finding the right pattern and the right yarn to jump in and participate with us. For those who wonder – we don’t have any silk-related yarn going up in this Monday’s Update, 1/2, so what we have on the website now is what is available for the discount week. Also, if you find other yarn on our site with silk in it, the discount and challenge applies to those as well. I just linked to some of the lines that had the most choices, above.

Monday is a holiday here in the U.S. so we’ll be out of the shop that day. But we’ll start getting your Challenge orders out today as they come in, and we’ll be back in the shop on Tuesday to work on the rest. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Sheri makingashawlwithLorna’sLacesPearlformyproject



  1. My timing is not good. Just started a shawl yesterday, using 3 skeins of Hand Maiden Silk Maiden, which I had to get someplace else (as you don’t carry it — yet). Hopefully, my timing will be better for the next KAL. Happy New Year!

  2. This is a great challenge. I have some Hand Maiden Mini Maiden yarn that I bought for a sweater September 2010. I think I’m going to have to start that for the challenge!

  3. Oh my, I just today was going through my handmaiden box full of lovely yarns bought from you and thninking I really need to knit some of them up. On the other hand there’s some yarns listed here that I haven’t tried yet…. Perhaps I will wait to see how I do on the 4th quarter 2011 challenge first…. LOL

  4. Oh man – First quarter ’12 is already booked for me with friends having babies!!! 🙂 So I’ll have to jump in for 2nd quarter ’12 action. 🙂
    Happy New Year!!!

  5. Moral of the story: show pictures to husband first! I bought Madelintosh Pashmino in Parchment to knit the Hillflowers scarf. DH loved the picture of the wider version, had me go back to Loopy Ewe and buy another skein to knit it wider. Sweetie!

  6. Ha! I just raelized that the yarn I bought from you on December 28 (again with the bad timing) has silk in it–Pashmina! So count me and that project in for the KAL 🙂

  7. This looks like so much fun Sheri, I have already chosen my pattern and ordered my yarn :0) It will be for my daughter for her birthday and she will love you for having this challenge :0)
    Much love, Mel x x

  8. I just placed my first Loopy order a couple of days ago, and this gave me a reason to make my second! Two skeins of Cascade Heritage Silk will be on their way to me soon. I’ll count it as an early birthday present. 🙂

  9. Great Timing for me. :*)
    I was gifted $$ Certificates for Christmas and Birthday [TODAY ! ! ]
    used the credit to purchase Cascade Heritage Silk for our newest Challenge.
    Great beginning for the New Year.

  10. Well I’m definitely IN for the challenge. The good news is— I have already decided what I am going to knit . The bad news—- my timing stinks Ordered the yarn on Wednesday that is perfect for the challenge. FPS. The GOOD news I have yarn that I have been drooling over and the perfect pattern for it. Now all I have to do is figure out short rows. Never done them before.

  11. I have two skeins of Nyoni, previously purchased at TLE! I will be making Winter of Love (and peace) mittens with them! 🙂 Happy new year!

  12. Ordered my yarn, can’t wait to begin. Will have 4th quarter done, and work on swap 9 while waiting on yarn to arrive. It is awesome to be challenged toward beautiful works of art.

  13. I know what I want and I am pretty sure I know what I want to make but am not sure how to let you know which yarn is for the 1st 2012 Challenge and which is not. How do I leave an order note?

  14. Yummm just when I needed more ideas Sheri comes up with SILK! Now I have to figure out what I want to make.

  15. Decided maybe I’d pick a pattern first, then get yarn. I’ve narrowed it down to 2 potentials, bothg Orenberg lace. Me? Jumping in with booth feet? Why, yes, as a matter of fact I am. 😎

  16. I am going to do Summer Flies by Holly and Ella Knits in Lorna Laces Pearl. I’ve never made a shawl before.

  17. Thank you for the challenge! There’s silk blend yarn in my stash… just waitig for the motivation to knit it up. I will cast on Shibui Staccato to knit the Draper Shawl.

  18. I ordered some Shibui Silk Cloud from you all in December, and with another mohair lace from an indie dyer I’m hopping to make the Jellyfish scarf from the Interweave knits accessories 2011 magazine. I have to laugh — for some reason, I’ve never participated in these challenges, but always read about them. So, I guess it is time to start 🙂

  19. Ah, bummer! I wish I’d read this blog entry before ordering my yarn last Thursday. I would have liked the discount. Ah, well. I can still participate! I merely hope I can have Susanna IC’s newest KAL finished by the beginning of April. 🙂 I’m using HandMaiden Sea Silk.

  20. I ordered Handmaiden Swiss Silk in Tidepool but I could not wait to start I had HM Honor Jeans that my son gave me for mother’s day so I started the botanical cowl and when the tidepool comes I will start either another cowl or shawl I can’t believe I will actually have two projects going at the same time. This is my first challange so I guess I will try to make up for not participating in past challanges in the first quater:)

  21. Just uploaded a photo to put in the challenge gallery when it’s ready. 🙂 (I had to finish the cowl to mail for my mom’s birthday on Monday).

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