Early Mornings and a CONTEST

This is what it looks like in our back yard at 6 am. The sun isn’t quite up yet, but it’s on its way. How do I know this? Because I’ve finally decided that there is hardly ever going to be a time when I feel like exercising after I get home from work at night. I tried fooling myself into thinking that after work was the best time for me to do it (since I am so not a morning person), but it just meant that I’d come home, not exercise, and feel slightly guilty the rest of the evening.

So, I heard about the Fitbit and thought maybe that would help. If someone says I’m supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day and do 10 flights of stairs, then those are the numbers I try to hit. And since I started getting up early in the morning to walk for an hour, it has been working. I do like getting it out of the way before work. And I get to see pretty scenes like this (finally – the sun is up above the horizon.):

 

And this (I love seeing mountains first thing every morning.):

 

These things have helped me stick to this routine for a couple of months now:

1. Personally, I need to do it every single day of the week. I do take Saturdays and Sundays off, but I’m just about ready to throw at least Saturday into the mix, too. Mondays are a bugger when 6 am rolls around again.
2. I listen to audiobooks. It makes the hour of walking pass by really quickly.
3. I fool my brain. I tell myself that I’m going to walk for 30 minutes (in one direction, away from my house) and then I’ll just walk home. That equals an hour, but the last part of it is just “walking home”. 🙂

The downside? I am tired too early in the evening. It’s affecting my knitting, FPS. Somehow I need to learn to be a morning person AND a night person. Is that possible?? I need to finish my Camp Loopy Project Three this weekend. (I’m making a Derecho out of the Loopy Solid Series. So many fun colors to choose from.)

Today’s blog contest question: Are you a night person or a morning person? (And while we’re at it, do you have any tips about sticking to an exercise routine?) Leave a comment below and I’ll draw names for two more skeins of Wollmeise Lace next week.

We do have winners from last week’s blog contest! I’m sending a skein of Wollmeise Lace to Linda in IL and Amber in IN. Congratulations to you two!

Sheri 9162stepssofarfortoday.
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Camp Loopy’s Project One Inspiration

One of my favorite parts of Camp Loopy is seeing all of the amazing projects that you all come up with to knit during each month. I get a year’s worth of ideas (ok, I admit – years and years) just by going through the Camp Photo Galleries. We have been collecting votes for Reader’s Choice favorite for a couple of weeks and it’s time to announce the winner. We have also drawn 3 random winners for all of the entries for Project One. Each of these knitters wins a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate, which we’ve already deposited into their Loopy accounts. 🙂

The Reader’s Choice award goes to Sheryl from CO for her gorgeous Tiong Bahru done in Wollmeise Lace in the Merlot color.

The randomly drawn winners (and thanks for participating!) are Karen from Maine for her Mizzle Shawl done in Trekking XXL, color 411:

And Lena from Norway for her Dahlia Shawl done in Prism Lace, color 111:

And Kathryn from Pennsylvania for her Spectra Shawl done in Dream in Color Smooshy Black Pearl and Fleece Artist 2/6 Blue Lagoon.

Two projects that I have already made (or started) as a result of Project one? My TGV Shawl, which was such a quick knit, and now I’m working on the Derecho for Project Three. (I had planned on a Ripple Rock Shawl, but Dechero won. Ripple Rock is still to come.)

Now it’s time to vote for Project Two! Hop over to the Camp Loopy Project Two Photo Gallery and email us (support@theloopyewe.com) your favorite. We’ll compile the votes for a couple of weeks and will let you know who won the second round!

Did you add any “must knit” patterns to your favorites list from Camp? Or did you knit something and think, “Oh, I need to make this one again, for sure.” I’d love to know what caught your eye this summer.

Sheri whoalsoaddedmanybooksandmoviestotheReadandSeelists

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!

Sheri stillhaven’tstartedmyownprojectthree.
Buriedwithotherknitting.Stillhopeful,though.

Camping this Summer!

Camp-loopy-2012As most of you know, we’re in our second year of Camp Loopy around here, and having a lot of fun with it this summer! Each month the campers are challenged with a new project and today is the day that Project Two needs to be finished and Project Three can be started. It has been great to see all of the photos that have been coming in. And on that note – it’s time to vote for your favorite project from the first month of Camp. You’ll find 768 photos in the Project One Gallery, and we need to award one the “Reader’s Choice” award. YOU are responsible for that! Please take a look through the gallery and email your favorite choice to support@theloopyewe.com. We’ll give it a week or so for voting and will announce the winners soon.

To go along with your camp knitting, I have a new s’mores recipe for you today. We tried it out a couple of weeks ago, and it’s wonderful.

S’Mores-Dessert-PizzaS’Mores Dessert Pizza

1 tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie
Slice and Bake dough
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 Tbl. softened butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cut the cookie dough into slices and then pat them out on a pizza pan or baking stone, so that it becomes one big cookie base.

S’Mores-Dessert-PizzaMix the brown sugar, oats, butter and flour together and sprinkle this over the cookie crust.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over the crumb mix.

Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Top with marshmallows and then bake for 10 more minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.

I’ll be knitting and watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight. How about you?

Sheri andmabyemakingS’moresPizzaagain