Camp Loopy August (and Salad!)

unnamedI finished my Camp Loopy project for August and I love it. I made a Grus cowl (small size) earlier this summer, and decided that I’d love to have a larger version as well. I’ve been wanting to make something with Blue Sky Alpaca Extra (it’s so warm and wonderful), so I wound up two skeins of each color and figured I’d just knit until I had used up 800 yards. I added an extra 10 or 20 stitches to the cast on to help. But still – it ended up being huge. About 19″ wide!

The good thing is that not only can I wear it wrapped twice around my neck, but I can also pull it over my shoulders (more shawl-like) for a warm way to dash in and out places in the winter time. I don’t really like wearing coats in the winter, and with our unnamed-1warm sun at this altitude in Fort Collins, even when it’s cold out, you really don’t need much outerwear if you’ll be in the sunshine. I think this cowl hybrid will fit the bill. If you live in cold weather, you ought to make one with this yarn. You will be toasty! It’s an easy slip-stitch pattern, so no fancy colorwork involved.

How are you doing on your August Camp Loopy projects? We’re coming down to the wire on our Summer Safari! I hope you’ve had fun participating. It’s always fun to see all of your project photos come in over the summer. We’ll get August photos approved and tallied up, and will be in touch about your reward yarn the second week in September. And of course Loopy Academy starts up next week, so keep an eye on the blog for details on the new Sophomore Year Yarn details, as well as Freshman Year Fabric details.

We tried a good salad this summer that I wanted to share with you. Easy to make and delicious. I hope you like it! (As always, the recipe is from Pinterest. It looks like it originally came from Ina Garten on the Food Network.)

Tomato Feta Salad The Loopy EweTomato Feta Salad

4 pints grape tomatoes
1 cup diced red onions
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
6 Tbl. olive oil
1 Tbl. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs. feta cheese
freshly chopped basil and parsley


Cut the tomatoes in half. Add the chopped onion. Mix the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper together and pour over the tomatoes an onions. Mix in the fresh basil and parsley. Add the feta last and mix carefully. Serve at room temperature.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri hopingtohavesomeknittingtimethisweekend


  1. Thanks for the salad recipe – definitely one I will try. Also thank you and TLE elves for all you do to make Camp Loopy so much fun every year. Your cowl is beautiful and I love the pattern – one that I might save for CL 2016! Finished my Perfect Retreat Shawl in the larger 2 skeins size to meet the 800 yd requirement and uploaded picture to your gallery today. Anxiously waiting to see what lovely yarn you have chosen for this year! In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!

  2. WOW!! Cool cowl, Sheri! I like the colors you chose. I am definitely going to try the salad! Love love love tomatoes!!!! When mixed with any kind of cheese, one can never go wrong! I’m still working on my last project- will finish Monday night for sure! I’m always pushing it to the last possible minute! Looking forward to Loopy Academy sophomore year! Thanks for another great Camp Loopy!!!

  3. Thank you so much for posting the Campy Loopy project, as I had completely forgotten about mine! I finished it last week before we went on a short visit, so I put it away to block it later. Out of sight, out of mind. Thank goodness I thought to read the blog today.

    I’m happy to report that it is now blocking. 250+ pins. Oof.

  4. That salad recipe is very tempting! I make one like it very often – it’s basically the same but I take out the onions and add equal amounts of watermelon and tomatoes. There is something about salted watermelon and tomatoes with feta cheese that is soooo refreshing!

    I love the blog – it is just what I need after a long week. Thanks for always being so inspiring! ❤️

  5. Lovely cowl! I’ll have to favorite that one this evening when I can get onto Ravelry.

    But I am sad…for the first time since the beginning of Camp Loopy I will not be finishing! This has been a wretched summer and I am so tired I just keep making stupid mistakes and knitting isn’t enjoyable. Sigh. Oh well…it’s still been fun and the finished projects are so inspiring!

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