Camp Loopy 2012!

It’s that time again – time to be a camper at Camp Loopy this summer! This is our second year hosting you all for Camp, and we anticipate a great summer of knitting.

How does it work?  First of all, there is no travel involved. This is Virtual Camp! That also means no bugs, no hard ground to sleep on, no sand in your food, no campfire smoke in your eyes, and no swimming tests to prove that you know how to save yourself if your canoe tips. Just lots of knitting, meeting new friends, contests, challenges, and fun!

We will be knitting a different challenge project each month, for the next 3 months. You can choose to knit for one month, two months, or all three months. There are benefits and prizes for completing your projects on time and an extra bonus for doing all three. I know quite a few of you have mentioned that your Camp Loopy knitting will be used for holiday gifts, which is a great way to get a jump-start on those projects.

Here is our schedule:

Project One: needs to be knit or crocheted between 5/27 and 6/27 (with a photo of the completed project uploaded to our Project One Photo Gallery by 6/29).

The Challenge for Project One – We’re all celebrating the Olympics this summer, so in keeping with the theme of many countries coming together for one event, your challenge for Project One is to knit something using a pattern from a designer who was born in (or currently lives in) a country other than your own. The only other guideline is that the completed project needs to be least 400 yards (370 m). I’ve added some designer links to the bottom of this post, in case you need some ideas!

Project Two: needs to be knit or crocheted between 6/27 and 7/27 (photo uploaded by 7/29).

Challenge Two details coming in June!

Project Three: needs to be knit or crocheted between 7/27 and 8/27 (photo uploaded by 8/29). This coincides with the Olympics, in case you’re knitting for that, too. Although the Olympics end before our Camp deadline ends.

Challenge Three details coming in July!

International knitters/crocheters: Since we started the Camp Loopy Store Week earlier this year, we don’t anticipate that you’ll need extra time on the deadlines. Hopefully your packages will get to you in plenty of time to start on the Project One dates with everyone else. But don’t delay in ordering – get it in as soon as you can.

The benefits:

1. If you need to purchase yarn for your project, we are offering a 20% Camp Loopy discount for the yarn during a designated “Camp Loopy Store Week” each month. The first discount, for Project One, is valid on one camp project’s worth of yarn purchased during Camp Store Week One (May 9 – May 16th). To get the discount, you will need to leave us an order note on the order, telling us which yarn will be used for your Camp Project, and you’ll need to purchase what you need in one order, so calculate carefully. We’ll apply the discount when your order comes through to us. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure that your discount won’t take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the shipping charge back in after we do the discount.

2. In addition to the 20% discount on your yarn during Camp Store Week, we’ll also double your Frequent Shopper Benefits from that yarn purchase, if your project is done and a photo of it is uploaded to our Camp Loopy Photo Gallery by the deadline. (Yarn must be purchased during that month’s Camp Store Week for the double credits benefit.) So if your project yarn costs you $30, you’ll see $30 added to your Frequent Shopper totals after your order ships, and then we’ll add in another $30 to your totals when we approve your photo to the Gallery by the deadline.

3.  If you choose to do all three projects with us (photos uploaded by the deadline and yarn for each project purchased during Camp Store Week for that project) we will also be awarding you a special skein of fingering weight cashmere blend, in an exclusive Camp Loopy Colorway. (We will have 3 different exclusive Camp colors for you to choose from, so that you can pick your favorite.) This luscious skein will be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls, or mitts.

So if you participate in all three months of Camp and follow the guidelines, you’ll get 3 projects done at a discount, you’ll no doubt earn one or more Frequent Shopper Bonuses, and you’ll get a skein of a luxury cashmere blend for yet another project. Cool beans!

Now – here are the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Loopy:

Q. Can we participate with weaving instead of knitting or crochet?
A. For Camp Loopy, we’re sticking with knitting or crochet. You can weave for our regular Quarterly Challenges. Just not Camp Loopy.

Q. I ordered two colors for my project and I don’t like how they go together. Can I substitute a color from my stash for one of the colors, or can I order a different color now?
A. Yes.

Q. If I substitute a color, will it still count towards Camp Loopy benefits?
A. If you use at least one color that you ordered from us during Camp Store Week for that project, your project will still be eligible, if you finish by the deadlines. When we approve your project photo in the gallery, we will then add a second FSB amount to your totals for the project yarn that was ordered during Camp Store Week and used in your project. So if you ordered two colors and used both in your final project (done by the deadlines), we will add the amount of both yarns as a bonus. If you ordered two but only used one of those for your final project, we will add the amount of the one yarn that was used.

Q. I didn’t get to order during Camp Store Week, but if I order my project yarn later in that same month and complete the project by the deadline, does that still count, even though I know I don’t get the Camp Loopy discount?
A. Yes! Mostly. :-) Make sure that you add a “Camp Loopy” note to your order, so that we know you’re participating. You’ll still be eligible for the project drawings and prizes for that month, and if you finish all three projects by the deadlines, you’ll still get the bonus – a free skein of that luscious cashmere blend. You won’t be eligible for double FSB credits for this project, since the yarn wasn’t ordered during Camp Store Week.

Q. I want to participate using yarn from my stash. Does that still count?
A. You are welcome to participate and knit from stash and upload it to the gallery, as long as it’s yarn that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. (We always require projects in our Photo Galleries to be from yarn that we carry at TLE.) You will still be eligible for drawings and prizes for the month, but you won’t be eligible for the FSB double credits or the free cashmere blend yarn at the end.

Q. When you say to knit the project between 5/27 and 6/27, when EXACTLY does the timing start?
A. You can start at 12:01 am your time on 5/27 if you’d like, although a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast might be a better idea. The project needs to be done by 11:59 pm on 6/27, your time. The photos need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm OUR time (Mountain Time) on 6/29.

Q. Should we be starting a new Camp Loopy Group on Ravelry?
A. No. Since it’s an activity through The Loopy Ewe, I’d like to keep it as a part of our regular Loopy Groupies group. However, you’ll see Camp Loopy threads popping up on the Loopy Groupie board, based on different activities each month.

Q. When you specify yardage in a project, can I use up the yardage by knitting double stranded? So you if say 400 yards, can I do a 200 yard project, holding the yarn double? That would use 400 yards.
A. No, no doubling the yarn to get the yardage. If you’d like to knit something double stranded, you’ll need to use 800 yards so that you end up with a 400 yard project when it’s done.

Q. How do I know if I’m on track for the free yarn bonus, and when will I get it?
A. If you have earned the extra Frequent Shopper points for each project (which you will see as a note added to your Camp Store Week order for that project, once your photo has been uploaded on time and approved), then you are on track. Once Camp is over and the yarn is ready, we’ll send you a notice to let you choose your camp colorway. You will have the option of having your bonus yarn added in the box with your next order from us, or you can choose to pay for shipping to have it sent to you right away on its own.

Q. Why do we have to purchase the yarn during Camp Store Week each month, if we want the bonuses?
A. Two reasons. One – it costs us money to fund this (the contests, the extras, the free yarn at the end) and your purchases help us to be able to afford to do this. Two – it helps us to guarantee that everyone is knitting for the project during the designated time and not simply pulling a finished (or half finished) project out of their pile and saying they did it “for camp”. It keeps an even playing field for all of the people earning the bonuses.

Q. Will we have the chance to buy t-shirts with the Camp Loopy logo, like we did last year?
A. Yes! They’re on order and we’ll put them up on the website as soon as they arrive. And maybe a couple of other fun things, too. 😉

Here are some links for designers currently living in (or from) a few different countries. Don’t forget – you need to pick a designer from a country different than your own! There are so many wonderful designers out there. I wish Ravelry had a way to search designs by country. (Or do they, and I just don’t know about it?) This was a result of my not-so-efficient method of clicking around randomly and finding a few to share with you. Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments below.

United States: Wendy JohnsonAnne HansonKirstin Kapur

Sweden: Johanne Landin,  Asa TricosaAnna Dalvi

Canada: Felicia LoStephanie Pearl-McPheeIlga Leja

Finland:Veera ValimakiLankakomero

Germany: Birgit FreyerMartina BehmSusanna IC

Scotland/UK: Ysolda TeagueGudrun Johnston, Jane SowerbyAlice YuHelen Stewart

Netherlands: Stephen West

Japan: Olga Buraya-Kefelian

We’re so looking forward to camping with you again this summer, and we have lots of fun things planned. Grab your backpack project bag and your canoe, and hop in. It’s going to be a fun summer!

Sheri thinkingIneedawhistleifI’mgoingtobeaCampLoopyCounselor


  1. I am new to the loopy ewe & camp loopy. I never went to camp as a kid. Thanks for the wingspan shawl recommendation. I think this is the one I’m going to make. Off to pick out some yarn!

  2. I can’t find my other comment…but I purchased my yarn Friday!! Can’t wait to start!! Sheri, do you carry any undyed yarn for sale that we could use in month 2 and 3 projects….I just took the plunge into dying my own yarn and I loved it! Your newest Loopy Groupie!! a.k.a SassySean on Ravelry!!

  3. I’ve been wanting to knit the Parrot colorway in Zauberball Crazy, but have a wool sensitivity so any next-to-the-body item was out. After prowling through Ravelry, I found my perfect shawl pattern: Wingspan by maylia of Tri’Coterie Designs.

    My daughter will be returning to Panama for a couple of months this summer to visit with family and friends. Since I can’t start of the shawl until May 27th, this will have to be my only knitting project so it is finished so she can take it her to take it with her.

  4. When will you have the Camp Loopy t shirts? Last year I missed getting the right size. I could only get a small. I can wear it, but not out of the house! 🙂

  5. I have to go to camp this year – my husband wants a Camp Loopy t-shirt. I lost last year’s to his sock drawer.

  6. This will be my first Camp Loopy, I can’t wait! I’ve been on an Ysolda Teague kick lately – knitting both her Lace-Up Opera Gloves and Liesl right now so I’m going to add another one of her patterns to my list! (The Emily Capelet that I’ve been wanting to do for some time but have just never gotten around to making, now I have a REALLY good excuse).

  7. Yeah, I’m so excited!!! This will be my first Camp Loopy. My friends have been talking to me about it since last year. Looking forward to seeing July and Augusts challanges 🙂

  8. Hi Sheri,

    Cool challenge for the first project! Could you provide a bit of clarification though? How closely do you have to stick to your chosen pattern, i.e. may you add elements or just alter length or width? Also if you have two patterns that you want to combine, should both designers be born or living in another country or is just one designer good enough?

    This is going to be a great challenge!

  9. Just got my yarn today! Sheri – I have a quick question – are we allowed to do a gauge swatch prior to May 27th so we know what needle size we need for our project or do we also have to wait before doing that as well? I have such a tight gauge that I always have to swatch…Thanks!

  10. I have a question about the mechanics. I bought yarn during the camp week, but it came yesterday and I ordered the wrong color. It doesn’t sound like I can do an even exchange (even paying for the return and future shipping), and I’m also worried about doing too much mailing before next week. So, if I buy something else during this month (i.e. now), then use it for my project, designate “Camp Loopy” in the notes, post a photo on the website, then should I be eligible for the yarn at the end and the discounted yarn for the next 2 projects if I buy them on time, complete the projects and post the photos?

    It’s my first time, and my friend Laura spoke so highly of the camp last year and the store I’d love to participate this year but I want to make sure I didn’t screw everything up if I don’t use the yarn I bought last week since they’re not colors I’d normally use.

  11. Well, I must learn to read my email more often. I ordered yarn from Loopy for a Color Affection shawl on Thursday that would have qualified me for Camp Loopy – foreign designer, yarn from Loopy. No discount, etc., because of belated purchase due to letting email pile up, but I could still be a camper I think.

    Oh, but I didn’t put in the comments that the purchase was for Camp Loopy, but I can still follow along in the fun. I’m such a slow knitter, and this is a big shawl, so I might not have finished in time. We’ll see. It’ll be an incentive to get the shawl done.

    I’ll try to see if I can jump in on the second month with that project, when the rules are revealed.

    It’ll still be an incentive to knit.

  12. Hi there,
    I am an international camper and I did order my yarn on the very first day. Sadly it hasn’t arrived yet and I worry a bit that I might not get it on time to cast on with the rest of the campers on Monday. What happens if it doesn’t get to me on time?

  13. I’ve signed up for Camp! Yes, I’m a bit late, though my yarn should be here this week. I ordered it through the store. Yay! I didn’t know to put the comments in to let you know i’d “be there”. I am! I’ve let my blue canoe friends know to move over.

    How much fun this will be!

  14. Hey Sheri! Does a pattern from someone who is FROM another country but is currently LIVING in the USA count for someone knitting who is FROM the USA? I bought yarn at the Loopy Ewe for Elenka by Inna Aleksandrova, with the hopes of starting it sooner, but I haven’t been able to yet, and was hoping to just use Camp Loopy to motivate myself to actually get started and finish quickly. . .

  15. Please can I make a request? Can you send out an email before the first camp store week that says something like “Camp Loopy Starting” in the subject line? This is the 2nd year I have missed it 🙁


  16. One other question:

    The guidelines say “Q. Why do we have to purchase the yarn during Camp Store Week each month, if we want the bonuses?
    A. Two reasons. One – it costs us money to fund this (the contests, the extras, the free yarn at the end) and your purchases help us to be able to afford to do this. Two – it helps us to guarantee that everyone is knitting for the project during the designated time and not simply pulling a finished (or half finished) project out of their pile and saying they did it “for camp”. It keeps an even playing field for all of the people earning the bonuses.”

    Can we order yarn after camp store week and still get the bonuses if we note on the order that it is for camp loopy?

  17. Somehow I lost half my yarn for the first project (Spectra). It has been reordered, but won’t arrive until sometime next week. At the time I ordered My project yarn, during Camp Loopy Store Week, I also ordered yarn for Wingspan. Can I switch my first project to that yarn, since it was purchased during store week? IF Wingspan was designed by someone outside the United States, that is.

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