Camp Project Three – Derecho

I had fun knitting up a Derecho for my Project Three for Camp Loopy. (So much so, that I’m making another for myself. This one will stay at the shop.) I used our Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Ivory, Iron and Barn Red, and I made the small size. I liked the construction, moving back and forth from one side to the other for the stripes. What I didn’t like was having another set of needles dangling there, while I was working on the opposite side. I eventually ended up taking the second needle out and putting those stitches on waste yarn until I needed them again. That worked out great. It took much less time to do that than to untangle needles from the two different balls of yarn that I was using, for each row.

I wasn’t sure that I’d like the one dark stripe there (which is how it works out for the small size), but once I put it on the mannequin and brought it around to the front, I thought it worked out just fine. I’m going to try the larger size, this second time around. In the larger size, you end up with two of each stripe combination, all going separate directions. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out.

Thank you for all of your exercise tips in last week’s blog contest! Lots of good ideas and motivation in there. The one that I liked the most was “Don’t overthink it.” You have no idea how many thoughts (excuses) I go through each morning, trying to talk myself out of getting out of bed to exercise. Don’t overthink it – that’s my new motto.  I did draw two names to win the final two skeins of Wollmeise Lace that we had for our anniversary month contest. Congratulations to Sheryl in San Jose, CA and Laura in Edmond, OK!

So did you make anything during Camp Loopy (or see anything that someone else was making) that you want to knit this Fall? My list is full, once again.

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Still Loving Socks … and a CONTEST!

Thank you for all of your great book and movie suggestions in last week’s Anniversary contest! I have discovered the benefits of books on tape (or, I guess they call it audiobooks now. Books on tape is so yesterday…) I can walk or knit while listening to good books, and now I have a whole list of titles to explore. We used the Random Number Generator to pick two winners from last week’s comments. We’re sending Sixth Anniversary Kits to Dianne in IN and Leah in MO. Congratulations to you two!

We have a new contest for you again today. (Do you like the weekly contests during our Anniversary Month? We do!) This week’s question is an easy one, I think. What item have you knit or crocheted the most? Socks? Shawls? Sweaters? Blankets? Scarves? Mittens and Gloves? Hats and Cowls? Leave the answer in the comments below and we’ll draw the winner next week. I have two skeins of Wollmeise Lace that we’ll be sending to two winners!

I went to Ravelry to see what the answer would be for me. I’ve missed photoing a few things, but most of what I have knit is on my Rav project page. The answer? Still overwhelmingly socks! Some 60 pairs of socks, about 25 shawls, 30 scarves, 15 gloves/mitts, 10 hats/cowls, a few blankets, a few sweaters, and a few felted bags from the early days. How about you? (You don’t have to give exact numbers – just tell me what you think you have knit the most!)

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Cashmere, Chocolate and a CONTEST!

Roverta's-CashSilk-Fern-Lace-ScarfThat’s a pretty good combination, isn’t it? First the cashmere show and tell. Elf Roberta knit up this beautiful scarf for her sister-in-law out of Sweet Georgia’s CashSilk Lace in the Summer Skin color. The pattern is Felicia’s CashSilk Fern Lace Scarf, which is free on Ravelry. It uses just one skein. I can tell you, it turns into a beautiful, lightweight luxurious scarf. I think that pattern would also look beautiful done up in fingering weight yarn – something like Madelinetosh Sock or Three Irish Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering.

We tried a new dessert recipe at our house last week. It’s similar to this one (in a rather anemic looking photo) that I’ve shared with you before, but with the addition of peanut butter. YUM.

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1 brownie mix (for 9 x 13 pan) + eggs, oil, water
1 large containter Cool Whip
2 large boxes of instant chocolate pudding
(prepare each box as directed, as you assemble)
1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped
3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
1 (8 oz) pck. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Bake the brownies as directed and let cool. When cool, cute them into bite-sized pieces.

Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and add the peanut butter and powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed and smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool whip.

Assemble the layers:
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups
peanut butter/cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture (use the whole thing on this layer)
1/2 of the brownies
1 box of the pudding prepared as directed and not yet set
Frost with the rest of the plain Cool Whip
Top with remaining chopped peanut butter cups

Let set for a few hours (or overnight) and enjoy.

It was fun to read all of your comments on last Friday’s blog post. We’re so glad to have you all here with us on our Sixth Anniversary! I used the Random Number Generator to pick a winner from last week’s comments. The skein of Wollmeise Lace goes to Kimberly in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Congratulations, Kim!

We have another contest this week (since it’s our anniversary month, you know). This week’s question: What’s the best book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen this summer? (I’m looking to add to my book and movie lineup as we move into the fall.) Since this is our second contest of the month, we’ll be giving away two prizes – two of our Sixth Anniversary Kits, which will be making their debut next week. Leave your answers in the comments below and we’ll draw the winners next week!

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Shalimar, Alpaca with a Twist, Lorna’s, and More

It has been really fun to read all of your sweet comments on last week’s Anniversary Blog post. (Did you leave a comment? We’re drawing at the end of the week for Wollmeise Lace, so get in on it!) I know that we have a lot of blog visitors on Mondays because you all want to see what just went up for the week. Thanks for making Mondays (and Tuesday packing days) so fun for us. We look forward to seeing what you pick out. 🙂 Tonight we just added in:

Shalimar Breathless – We have 18 colors that went up tonight, and more coming again soon. I made my first Color Affection with three colors of this luscious yarn and it immediately moved up to my “most favorites” list. It’s just a pleasure to work with and wear. (Shown above in American Beauty). It would be perfect for Line Break, or Stripe Study, or Miss Doolittle.

Kollage Riveting Worsted & Sport – The yarn made from recylcled jeans! I used this for the My Kind of Saturday Cowl that I made last year. There’s just something nice about knitting with yarn that is like your favorite old pair of jeans. Try it for a Pipit Sweater, A Day at the Beach Sweater, or the Tabitha top.

Lorna’s Laces – new colors and re-stocks in Shepherd Sock and Sportmate. I like that they went with a formal theme for the new colors this season. Very fun! (Shown here in Shepherd Sock Pocket Square.) Look for Ascot, Bow Tie, Cummerbund, Pocket Square, Spats and Waistcoat). This would be fun in a Venomous Tentacula (how’s that for a name?) or Eiku, or a Mizutama Shawl.

Dream in Color Smooshy – A re-stock of all of your favorite colors in one of your favorite fingering weight bases. Smooshy knits with no striping or pooling – just all over beautiful color for socks, shawls, cowls, scarves and lighter weight sweaters. Try Hidden in the Forest, or Buckwheat, or Temperance.

Alpaca with a Twist Sock – I’m a sucker for alpaca. It’s soft and warm and so nice to work with. This sock base is great for warm, wonderful socks. I also used it to make a Feather and Fan Scarf, because it’s just as nice around your neck or in shawls. How about Berlioz, or Saint Michel Socks, or Amelie.

Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist– The yardage in this DK weight skein is great – 549 yards. This would make a very nice, warm sweater or vest. Also nice for shawls and scarves. Knitting Daughter just finished a blue and gray scarf out of it like this scarf, and she’s anxious for cold weather to get here so that she can wear it. If you have someone in your family who really hates the cold, you need to make them a Neverending Scarf. The double thickness makes it a great barrier against the cold. (Shown here in Blue Corn). It would be wonderful for the Kudzu Shawlette, a Houndstooth Bandana, or the Stellaria Shawl.

Alpaca with a Twist Fino – The nice thing about the Fino base is that it’s laceweight. It gives the warmth that alpaca brings, but in a lightweight yarn. Definitely shawl yarn, although those cute vests made from laceweight would also be pretty out of this. How about the Featherweight Cardigan, or a Kiwassa Shawl, or Camelot’s Embrace.

Kollage’s New Square Circulars – in the 24″ cable length. Kollage has improved their needles and moved production to the U.S.  They are rolling the different lengths out on a specific production schedule, starting with the 24″ ones. We’ll get each length as they are released and we’ll keep you posted as they arrive.

I’m working on finishing up the photo approval process for the last Project Two photos for Camp Loopy. As soon as we’re done with those, I’ll get the Project Three Gallery up. I have gotten so many new (cool!) pattern ideas from all of your Camp projects this summer. It’s one of my favorites parts of the photo galleries. Thanks for sharing with us!

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