Biscotte & Cie, Stonehedge, Jordana Paige, and More!

TheLoopyEwe BiscotteDid any of you get snow yesterday like we did? We had about 12″ of that beautiful stuff at our house. It was a perfect knitting day! I took some pictures that I’ll post on Wednesday’s blog. Monday blogs are all about new stuff going up, and we have some fun things tonight! Just up:

Biscotte & Cie – not only do we have lots of pretty self-striping colors in their sock yarn, but we also added in some colors and skeins of their wosted weight self-striping yarn, too! The sock/fingering weight is great for socks and things like the Sockhead hat (here’s the one that I made with Biscotte & Cie – so fun), mitts, gloves, and scarves. The worsted weight is great for those same things, only it knits up faster and is bulkier. Shown here – the worsted weight hat I made last week in the A Moi le Coco colorway, after this order came in. I just couldn’t help balling up a skein and trying it out.

Stonehedge Fibers – we’ve re-stocked all of the colors of Shepherd’s Wool. This yarn is popular for sweater and vest knitting, as it’s very soft and comes in great colors. Of course it also works well for scarves, hats and mittens, as well as colorwork.

elvisSoakboxes – these make great gifts, but they’re also nice to gift to yourself. In each box you get Soak Wash, Soak Handmaid Lotion, a skein of Lorna’s Laces, matching nail polish, and a pattern to make a cute pair of fingerless mitts. We have re-stocked the ones we were out of, and added a new one: Elvis Paisley. This features the new Yuzu scent. (Shown here in Elvis.)

Soak Wash – you can also find the new Yuzu scent available seperately as a wash or a lotion. Yuzu combines tart citrus and crushed eucalyptus for a refreshing scent.

Soak Heel – Heel has been re-stocked in Cucumber, Spearmint and Scentless. This is the best stuff for your feet. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, try some. I use it every day. (And if you’re giving socks as a gift, it’s nice to include a tub of this with the socks. The label on the container says “For feet worthy of hand-knit socks.” It’s a good way to remind the recipient that hand-knit socks are special!)

HiyaHiya Notions – we have re-stocked the Knitter’s Safety pins (I love these), cable needles, and point protectors. We’ve also added in Panda Pewter Stitch Markers, Socknitters Stitch Markers, and Panda Point Protectors.

HiyaHiya Needles – re-stocked.

jordana tealJordana Paige – the new Cezanne bags are in. We have them in Stone Grey, Bordeaux, Mediterranean Teal, and Orange Poppy. You should have seen all of us standing in the stockroom when they came in. We all wanted one and had a hard time picking which color we wanted. We  had quite the conversation. They are all beautiful. I still haven’t made my final decision on color. (Shown here in the Mediterranean Teal color.) You can get a peek into part of the inside on our website.

Thanks for alllll of your comments on the Spring Fling giveaway! I am so glad that this was based on a random drawing from all of the entries, because if I had had to pick a “most deserving” winner, I would not be able to do it. I wish I could give spots to all of you. We ran the randomizer this afternoon, and the winner is: Margaret from AL, who says she’d like to bring her best knitting buddy Amy with her.

Sheri lotsofpocketsinthatJordanabag.Ilikepockets.Andbagsingeneral. 🙂

Hats!

We’ve had some hat knitting going on around here lately, and they are all turning out great. Hats are a quick gift knit, in case you’ve started thinking about what you might want to make for people this season. Here’s a Sockhead Hat that I knit out of Biscotte & Cie self-striping yarn.

I love how the striping makes a bullseye as you get smaller near the top.

Here’s an adorable Swirl Baby Hat that Loopy customer Christine brought in to show us. This was also knit with Biscotte & Cie, with the flower & band done in Three Irish Girls.

Loopy Elf Roberta got in on the hat craze by making a Sockhead Hat out of Baah! yarn in one of their striping colors.

Need some other fun hat pattern ideas for yourself or friends and family? Try:

Fingering Weight: Peerie Flooers, Ishbel Beret, Bristol Hat, Zigging Hat, Collision, Oslo Star Hat, and Ripple.

Sport/DK Weight: Jacques Cousteau, Lina, Autumn Vines Beret, Sea Beanie, Zelda Cloche, Contemporary, and Golden Autumn.

Worsted Weight: Windschief, Who?, Claudia, Waffle Hat, Nine Dwindling Cables, Twistygoo, The Natural, and Milanese Lace Topper.

Do you have hats on your gift list? What else is on there this season?

Sheri thinkingIneedtomakemyselfaTwistygoo,
justforthename.

Fibernymph, Shalimar, Biscotte, Trekking and more!

Brrr – it’s downright cold around here in the mornings now. How about where you are? It’s the perfect weather for knitting a new fall sweater, and we have more of one of our favorite sweater yarns up on the website in tonight’s Monday Update. Just in:

Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool – a worsted weight yarn that has quickly become a favorite for many of you. We’ve re-stocked all of the colors and they’re ready to turn into sweaters, vests, scarves and hats! (Shepherd’s Wool also come in a DK weight.)

Biscotte & Cie – Did you see the cute twisted Stitch Surfer sock pattern in the latest edition of Knitty, using this yarn? We have it available in 5 different color combinations (self-striping yarn plus solid). It looks like a fun and unusual pattern for all of us sock knitters! (Shown above in the Kit 3 version – Purple Rain.) Don’t forget to check out the regular Biscotte self-striping skeins we have in stock as well. They’re fun to work with. I’ll show you the hat I made with one of them in Wednesday’s blog post!

Shalimar – re-stocks of the Zoe Sock Yarn fingering weight. This batch was done on a new Zoe Sock yarn base, which is a bit softer than the other base. We still have some of the original base left, for those of you who are a fan and don’t like change! The new base is listed on the website under Zoe Sock 2. (Shown here in Asilomar.)

Trekking XXL – lots of re-stocks in all of your favorite colors! This fingering weight sock yarn is great for gift knitting, because there is no special care required. The gift recipients can toss it in the washer and dryer and it will come out looking just as beautiful as when you knit it.

Zauberball – re-stocks in Crazy Socks, Sock, Starke 6 (DK), and Lace. We’ve also added in Zauberball 100 – the single ply fingering weight in a 100% merino wool base.

Fibernymph Dye Works– Hand dyed by Lisa in PA, this fingering weight base is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. Great for long-wearing socks and pretty for shawls and scarves, too. (Shown here in Mourning Dove.)

Austermann – re-stocks in Step, the wonderful yarn that is infused with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil. The softening/moisturizing qualities last for more than 40 washes, and it’s wonderful on your hands as you knit it up.

Zitron – re-stocks in Uni-sono Multi’s and semi-solids, and Filigran (a 100% Superwash Merino single ply laceweight with 650+ yards per skein).

Namaste – the new yellow color is now available in the Harlow Bags, the Circular Cases, the Skinny Minis (shown here), and Zuma Bags. These are a great way to add a little sunshine to your cold Fall and Winter days.

We have a winner from last week’s blog contest, where I asked you what other needle arts you like to do. The Random Number Generator pulled a comment from the bunch and the skein of Fibernymph yarn goes to Julia in TN. Congratulations, Julia!

Happy shopping, and we’ll get your orders pulled and packed up tomorrow. Tuesday’s are always a lot of fun around here!

Sheri thinkingtheElvesprobablyneedextrachocolateonTuesdays,too

Biscotte & Cie, Swan’s Island, Dream in Color and More!

Lots to share with you tonight! I set aside my Project Three last week to knit up a pair of socks to show you. (Actually, 2 separate socks. Not two matching socks.) We have our first 6 exclusive colorways from Biscotte and Cie, and I wanted you to see how a few of them knit up! So I knit two and Knitting Daughter knit one, and we have three more to go. But here are the first three so far.

I’m loving the colors. We also have Loopy’s Herman, Loopy Knit Night, and Loopy Kisses, in addition to the three above. And of course we re-stocked all of their regular self-striping colors, as well as a few new colors in their line. I find that these socks knit up so quickly. I do a really simple pattern, so the stripes can remain the focus. (Knitted foot, K2P2 ribbing on the cuff, short row toes and heels.) I’m eventually going to work my way through all of their colorways. Here’s the Grincheux colorway, my first pair of socks knit up in Biscotte & Cie. That’s pretty much when I decided that I needed to make more of these fun stripey socks.

We also added in a few other things tonight. Just up:

Swan’s Island Lace – spun in a historic mill in Maine, this yarn is hand-dyed using all natural dyes. 50% Merino Wool and 50% Tussah Silk, with 550 yards to the skein. Perfect for shawls, scarves, cowls and lightweight sweaters. (Shown here in Iris.)

Swan’s Island Worsted – spun in a historic mill in Maine and hand-dyed using natural dyes, this organic merino wool comes 250 yards to the skein and is great for sweaters, scarves, heavy socks, hats, mittens and gloves.

Dream in Color Everlasting Sock– an 8-ply fingering weight in 100% Superwash Merino, with 420 yards to the skein. You’ll like this for socks, as well as scarves, cowls, mitts, sweaters and shawls. Here’s the baby sweater and hat that I made out of it awhile back. (Pattern = Felix’s Cardigan and Shibui Knits Bebe Hat, color = morning glory, 1 skein.) I like the fact that there is no pooling or obvious striping.

Fleece Artist Saldanha Two Lace– Beautiful colors and great yardage. This 100% Merino is approx. 870 and is machine washable. Perfect for shawls, whisper-soft scarves, cowls and mitts. (Shown here in Beet. I love this color.)

Don’t forget to get your Sixth Anniversary Kit, if you haven’t already ordered it. We’ve shipped a lot of them out! We ordered extras so that we wouldn’t miss those of you who go on vacation in August and might not catch it the first week. Thanks for all of your emails about the pretty red color. Red is a hard color to capture perfectly in online photos, but I’m glad you’re happy with it when it arrives! Lorna’s Laces did a great job nailing just the shade that we had in mind for this.

Have fun checking out the new stuff and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped right out. We know you want them quickly!

Sheri reallywantingtojustknitstripedsocksforawhile