Madelinetosh, Socktopus, String Theory and More!

We just added our last official Monday Update of 2012 for you on the website. Since next Monday is Christmas Eve and the Monday after that is New Year’s Eve, this is our final one of the year. (However, we might pop one or two things up sometime between now and the end of the year, just to keep our stock room from exploding before the first Monday Update in 2013.) Just up, you’ll find:

Madelinetosh – Prairie. If you love Madelinetosh Merino Light (and so many of you do), then you will love the laceweight version of it. I am not a big lace knitter and even I am nabbing a few skeins of this gorgeous yarn! Single-ply 100% superwash merino, with a generous 840 yards per skein. Have you tried a Nuvem yet? I think everyone needs one, and it would be gorgeous in this Prairie. (You will need 2 skeins.) Lightweight but warm. Nice as a shawl or scrunched up as a scarf. Great for travel (and you can even use it as a pillow on the plane or in the car.) Other options for Prairie: Assante, Radiance Shawl, Juno Regina Shawl and Wrap, Winter Twilight Mitts, Simple Lines, and Bayfield. (Shown above in Envy.)

Socktopus – Sokkusu. Fingering weight, 100% superwash with a nice springy twist. This yarn is great for socks and shawls with texture going on in the pattern. (Of course you can knit it plain as well. But the springy twist will really make your cables and twists pop.) Some patterns you might try for socks: Angler’s Loop Socks, Flecha Socks, Tidepool Socks, Gansey Girl, and Atticus. (Shown here in Pout.)

String Theory – DK. This 100% superwash merino has 280 yards in the skein and is wonderful for sweaters and vests, hats and scarves, mittens and gloves. You’ll love the beautiful color choices. Do you need some pattern ideas? Effortless Cardigan, Acer, Poema, Cloud Chaser, Spring Garden Tee, and Lente.

Dragonfly Fibers – Merino Silk Roving. Are you ready for some spinning over the holidays? This base is 65% superwash merino and 35% silk and comes 4 oz. to the braid. It will spin up into gorgeous yarn. (Shown here in Admiral Benbow.)

Della Q – Project Bags and Needle organizers. Della comes up with some of the most practical (and beautiful) organizers out there. If you have a jumble of needles that need organizing, invest in one of these so that you’ll be able to quickly find the right needles when you’re ready to start a new project.

Stonehedge Fiber Mill – Shepherd’s Wool Worsted. This line continues to be very popular with our sweater knitters. The wool is soft and knits up beautifully, and there are many colors to choose from. Here are some ideas: Woodburne Cardigan, Vodka Gimlet,  and Wrapped Pullover. Of course it’s great for things other than sweaters, too. Try these: One Skein Boot Toppers, Turn a Square Hat, Idalia Shawl, and Jo March Mitts.

Knitifacts – Stitchmarkers. I always like these stitchmarkers, because there is nothing dangling to get in the way of my yarn as I’m knitting. They’re lightweight (made from aluminum) and sealed closed with a seed bead so there are no rough edges to catch on the yarn. Plus, they come in all kinds of fun color sets! (Shown here in Big Top.)

Lantern Moon – Owl and Sock Monkey tape measures. These are too cute. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Thank you again for your wonderful RAK reporting on last Friday’s blog. I know all of us were glad to have some positives to focus on. (If you haven’t read the RAK reports from the first day, check this blog post for more reports of people helping people.) We randomly drew two names to receive their choice of our Loopy Ewe Seasoning Series yarn and those will be going to Debbie in CO and Jennie in PA. Congratulations, you two! Our last RAK blog contest will be this Friday, 12/21 and we’d love to have you participate.

I have been picking up my knitting more than ever over the last few days. When there are things going on in the world over which I have no control (but I worry about any way), the simple act of making loops with yarn seems to help me. One of my favorite quotes on the wall here at Loopy is, “In the rhythm of the needles there is music for the soul.” The Elves and I wish you peace and calm music for your soul this week and throughout the season.

Sheri (and The Loopy Elves)


  1. Happy holidays to everyone at Loopy Ewe. You’ve made a difficult year much better and I’m grateful for it. I think you all do multitudes of random acts of kindness throughout the year. And yes, knitting can save your life or sanity, whichever is in jeopardy…. Wishing everyone a splendid 2013!

  2. I agree with everyone above! :). Knitting does help in good times and not so good. I have a skein of Prairie but haven’t used it yet. I just love to feel all of my yarn. :). I think I am going to try some Stonehedge. I really like the pewter color. A LOT! I have also made a “Turn A Square” hat by Jared Flood and it is phenomenal! I hate to sound like I am bragging about it because it wasn’t my great knitting but the wonderful pattern! Thanks for all of the other suggestions of patterns! I love looking them up on Ravelry!

  3. Thank you so much for your words of comfort. Like so many other Americans, my heart has ached all this weekend for the people in CT. Then I had to rush my husband to the hospital today for what has turned out to be heart failure. The only thing that has held me together today is the yarn and needles that I carry with me – though joy and sorrow.

  4. Thank you Sheri for the best wishes, for being there all year round, for the beautiful things you show us every week and help us get them. I wish you and your family a wonderful Holliday Season, full of peace and joy.
    Thank you to all the elves too, their are beyond kind and patient with me year round and I am very grateful. I hope they all have a Great Holliday Season!!!
    I think that is going to be a sad Christmas for all of us here. We will remember the families that are going to be coping with the absence of their love ones around the tree. I keep thinking how are they going to do that. I hope they know that we are all sharing their horrible pain.
    I have a Loopy Ewe bag with the quote, is my favorite.

  5. I still haven’t finished the last item I’m making for Christmas, a sewn stuffed animal. I am trying not to think about how much time I have before things absolutely must be mailed.

  6. I found myself knitting quite a bit over the weekend and into the beginning of this week too. Television was awful with continuous coverage. I just could not watch and rewatch as all the stations were trying to get something new on the air. It is very, very sad for the families, the town, the country.

    Thank you Sheri and the elves for the work you do to bring beautiful yarns and ideas into our lives. Our world needs beauty.

  7. I cannot endure anymore so am simply not watching or listening. Will, however, ,onfinue to knit. I agree. The music will soothe the soul.

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