S’More Pops

SONY DSCI am busy working on my Project One for Camp Loopy! I’m using a new indie line that we have arriving soon (Hedgehog Fibres – woohoo!) and loving the way it is knitting up. I’m making the Ananke Shawl/Scarf and can see making more of these with some of my multi-color fingering weight skeins. It’s a quick and easy pattern, and not so fussy that a mixed colorway mushes up the pattern. I love patterns that look good in multi-colors.

Of course all of this intensive knitting calls for some snacks, right? We can’t have you fainting from hunger while you’re working on your projects. I saw this idea on Pinterest awhile back and tried it out this week. Yum. And easy! It would be fun to make with your kids or your friends.

SONY DSCS’More Pops

1 bag of marshmallows
1 box of graham cracker crumbs (or crush up your own)
Melting Chocolate (one option here)
Lollipop Sticks or Drink Stirrers (one option here)

Melt the chocolate until it’s free of lumps. Insert the stick into the end of your marshmallow, pushing it up about halfway into the marshmallow. Don’t pop it through the end or your marshmallow will slowly shimmy on down the stick!

Dip the marshmallow into the chocolate, all the way down the side. While the chocolate is still warm, roll the marshmallow in the graham cracker crumbs. Be sure to dip the top in the crumbs, too.

Put the stick in a coffee mug so the chocolate can firm up for a few minutes, then you can lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Store in a covered container.

How are you coming along on your Camp project? (If you didn’t join, it’s not too late. Hop in!) I hope to finish mine up over the weekend. If you need a quick and cute project idea, check out Wendy’s new As You Like It Scarf pattern, which is free on Ravelry. She whipped this up for her Camp Loopy project, and now you can, too!

Sheri whopokedthestickthroughtotheendofafewmarshmallows
andthenofcoursehadtoeatthem….

Rowan’s Fine Art Sock Yarn

rowan-fine-art-lark-scarfRowan has a new yarn out called Fine Art. Even though this was made with socks in mind, it’s also a great yarn for shawls and scarves. Here’s a model that Rowan sent us to display with our order. Isn’t it beautiful? The pattern is Lark and they used 3 skeins for this wide, long scarf. If you like the look of dropped stitch scarves, you might also check out Shimmer Wave ScarfFascinateHigh TidesEasy Drop Stitch Scarf, or Canoeing on Blueberry Lake (and I want to knit that one just for the name). I am loving the colors of this yarn.

lark-scarf-rowan-fine-artThe yarn is made from 45% Merino Wool, 20% Kid Mohair, 10% Mulberry Silk, and 25% Polyamid. It has 437 yards per skein, so it’s perfect for many of those cute one-skein shawl patterns out there. (Like Show Me Your Teeth, Over the Willamette, Sonetto Shawl, Zilver, or Leaves on the Line.) I like one-skein shawls, as I find them wearable in all seasons. Not necessarily outside year-round, but inside in the air conditioning, all summer long! I need to stock my wardrobe with more colors of little shawls. I tend to revert to blues and greens too often.

Tomorrow is the first day of Camp Loopy 2013! Someone came into the shop today wearing her Camp Loopy t-shirt. (Hi Diana!) It looked so darn cute on her. Do you have your Camp yarn wound up and ready to go? We can’t wait to see all of your Project One photos when they’re finished!

Sheri notstayinguplatetostartaftermidnighttonight.
Tomorrowissoonenoughforme.

 

A Long Weekend Ahead

We’re getting ready for a holiday weekend, with Memorial Day on Monday. We’ll also have an Update for you on Monday evening so be on the lookout for that. (Want to know what’s going up? Madelinetosh DK, Atenti Overnighter Bags, Into the Whirled Pakokku, Shibui Linen, and Rowan’s new sock yarn. Also, bead and needle re-stocks. Check back on Monday night! For those of you doing Camp Loopy with us this summer, we added in the camp t-shirts this week.

Here’s a great recipe that my dear friend Monica shared on her blog, The Yummy Life. I made this this week and it was delicious. I used it in a salad – lettuce, grilled chicken, and this salsa on top. (Trying to replicate Qdoba’s Mango Chicken Salad, which I love.) It would also be a great salsa on top of burgers, grilled fish or chicken, or as a side dish with chips.

Mango-cucumber-salsa-the-yummy-lifeMango Cucumber Salsa from The Yummy Life

1  1/3 cups chopped mango (2-3 mangoes)
1/2 cup chopped cucumber (peeled for regular cucumbers, or unpeeled if using a Persian cucumber)
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1-2 Tbl. diced jalapeños (for less heat, remove seeds and membrane. I did!)
1 minced garlic clove
1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (mint or parsley may also be substituted. I used the cilantro.)
1 Tbl. lime juice (from approx. 1/2 lime)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix and serve. You can also chill it for several hours, but be sure to drain any accumulated liquid before serving.

In addition to this Mango Salsa recipe, check out Monica’s Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa and her Strawberry & Red Bell Pepper Salsa. (And if you wonder how in the heck to chop up a mango? She has a post for that, too!)

Have a great weekend and get some knitting done! I’m happy to say my seven day “no knitting” streak is over. I’m working with a new yarn that we hope to have soon at the shop, and it’s awesome.

Sheri ofcoursefiveotherprojectsalsomid-stream,butIHADtostartthisnewyarn,right?

Camping Poem and First Quarter Challenge Winners

I’m back! What a crazy time to be gone, but it couldn’t be helped. More about that later. Check out the fun Camp Loopy poem that Mary B. from Scotland wrote and emailed to us:

Camp Loopy

Summer’s round the corner, it’s that special time of year
Groupies gather round for Camp Loopy time is here
From North and South, East and West, all around the globe
We excitedly await the news, where is our new abode?
No bears or snakes to scare us, no tiny crits to bite
No woodsmoke there to choke us, nothing to give us fright.
Fun, chat and laughter, with knitting will abound
Crochet hooks, sticks and string will be found all around.
No rain will cause a washout No sun will burn us crisp
We will not miss our families; or our beloved pets
The magic of Camp Loopy means we sleep in our own beds
We will never get seasick or have food we do not love
We will have the time of our lives, a blessing from above.

What tent will I be in this year? Who will be my mates
Which mountain trail will I be on? How many new friends will I make?
Tinknomore or Kaytwopeatwo I wonder when I’ll know?
Loopious, Knitsalot, Fibreopolis to which one will I go?
Will I complete the challenges, one, two and three?
Will I get lost along the trail and lonely will I be?
Mistakes, maybe I’ll make a few, I do hope none too many
I want this to be so much fun not see me have a benny!
Off I go to stalk the shop to see which yarn I choose
And a pattern I must find, it’s easier to buy shoes!
Then a wait till June the 1st when all the fun will start
Loopy Ewe I salute you, you have the greatest heart.

Isn’t that fun? We have such talented Loopy Groupies all over. Mary – thank you again for allowing me to share that.

Ribbed-Rope-SocksWe do have winners from the First Quarter Challenge! The Reader’s Choice Award goes to:

Christine from Canada, for these beautiful Ribbed Rope Socks, made out of Baah! Yarn in the Grey Onyx color way. Christine wins a $35 Loopy Ewe credit for her win!

We also ran the random generator to determine two $25 Loopy Ewe credit winners and those will be going to Laura in NY for her Nola Cloche and Mary in AL for her Swapped Stalagmites Socks. Congratulations to all of you and thanks to everyone who participated last quarter!

It’s almost time to start working on your first Camp Loopy project. Are you ready? Now that we have all of your Camp orders out, we’re gearing up for Monday night’s Update. We have so many boxes of yarn in our stock room that we had to split them up over the next few Monday Updates. We shouldn’t take a Monday off like we did this week!

I haven’t knit in seven days. I need to get cracking. I have a project or two to finish up before Camp starts. Does anyone else go seven days without knitting?  

Sheri whowouldratherknitallmorningandthenworkafternoonsandevenings.