Madelinetosh, Jade Sapphire, Swan’s Island and More!

It’s one of those “luscious” Monday Updates today. I know there is a lot of yarn out there that is wool and slightly scratchy and knits up beautifully into all kinds of projects. But there is some yarn out there that is a combination of wool and other things (like cashmere and silk) that knits up into beautiful things but also feels heavenly while you’re working with it. Those are the types of things we have for you in today’s update. We just added in:

Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted – We have this for you in 40 colors, and it’s something you’ll want to make a sweater with. (Ok – you can also use if for hats and scarves and mittens and warm shawls.) This is a worsted weight 4-ply yarn with 75% merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. It has 210 yards to the skein and can be machine washed in cold water, and air-dried flat. (Shown above in Stargazing.) Try knitting this up in the Debaser Scarf, or a Knotty But Nice Hat, or a Deephaven Cowl, or a Moody Sweater.

Jade Sapphire – This 4-ply heavy fingering (maybe even edging into the sport category) weight yarn comes 200 yards to the skein and is 100% cashmere from Inner Mongolia. Perfect for cowls, scarves, gloves or shawls. You’ll love the feel of this yarn. (Shown here in Seeing Red.) You could try it in the Parquet Tiles Shawl (I love the texture), the Eleanor Cowl, or Straightforward Mitts.

Swan’s Island – re-stocks in the soldout colors of Lace, Fingering, and Worsted. Swan’s Island yarn is spun in a historic mill in Maine and then hand-dyed using all-natural dyes. This results in beautiful yarn that is wonderful to work with and kind to the environment.

ScoJo Eyewear – More of my favorite reading (and knitting and computing) glasses, this time in a pretty cobalt blue.

Cascade – we re-stocked most of our lines of Cascade last week (mid-week), so if you’ve been waiting on a color to come back in a certain base, check that out.

Happy shopping and happy knitting this week!

Sheri  wantingtohaveaBoxofFundeliveredtomyhouse
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Camp Loopy Project Two Drawings

Thank you for voting on our Camp Loopy Project Two entries! We have tallied the votes and the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award is Janine from Missouri, who finished this gorgeous High Seas lace shawl which she calls “Belladonna Goes for a Swim”. She used Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace in the Nightshade colorway for this stunning creation. The finished shawl is the shape of a parallelogram. Congratulations on being a Blog Reader favorite, Janine!

We also drew three names from the rest of the 672 photos that were entered, and they also win a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate! Those went to:

Tamah from North Carolina, who made the Cielo Shell out of Cascade Ultra Pima in the Cornflower Blue colorway.

 

And Traci in Nevada, who made a Pendulum Shawl out of Shalimar’s Breathless in the Glacier and Ore colorways.

 

And Christina from California, who made the Let’s Go Shopping Shawl out of Dream in Color’s Starry in the Peacock Shadow colorway.

We’ve added your $35 Loopy Gift Certificate to your accounts. And a big congratulations to all of you who participated in Camp Loopy’s Project Two. We have loved seeing all of the things that you made.

Now that we have all of the photos up and approved for Project Three, it’s time to vote on that one. Hop on over to the Project Three Gallery and pick a favorite. Then email us your vote: support@theloopyewe.com We’ll tally them up and will announce the final list of Camp winners in a couple of weeks.

The Camp fun isn’t over yet! We have some special Camp Colors coming up this fall, as well as the bonus yarn that so many of you earned. You’ll be getting an email from us in the next couple of weeks, if you finished all three projects within all of the guidelines. And as soon as the Camp Colorways are ready, we’ll share that with you on the blog. It looks like we’ll have two different batches of Camp colors, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri alsostaytunedfortheFourthQuarterChallenge,comingupinaweekortwo

Color Inspiration

I walk down the worsted aisle at The Loopy Ewe at least 20 times a day. It’s my favorite aisle, just because the colors are so enticing. The Cascade 220 Superwash comes in balls, and it feels like a painter’s palette. I wish I could stand in front of it and take a dab of this and a dab of that, and blend it into a masterpiece! Which …. of course, I could. Not a dab here and there, but a ball of yarn here and there. I’d like to just stay there for a few hours and play with color combinations. There are 140+ colors to choose from.

Beyond the pegs of superwash, you’ll find the cubbies of regular 220 Worsted. 250+ more colors to choose from. See why it’s my favorite aisle?

When you figure that we have four long aisles (each about 65 feet long), and there is yarn on both sides, and we have yarn in other corners and walls in the shop, that adds up to a whole lot of color inspiration.

When people come for their first visit to Loopy, they come in the door and see this and think this is the size of the shop:

And then they round the corner and look down the first aisle that seems to go on forever:

Usually, they say, “This is huge!”, with a big grin on their face. One gal came with her dad. He took one look around the corner and gave her a panicked look and said, “I think we need to set a time deadline.”

All that to say, I can’t really be held responsible for all of the different projects that I start. If you worked here, you’d be doing the same thing. Right? It’s not my fault. It’s a job hazard.

Sheri whobetterhurryupandfinishCampLoopyProjectThree

Hand Maiden, Madelinetosh, and Juliespins

It’s Monday and you know that means new things up at The Loopy Ewe! I’m making my holiday gift knitting plans, because soon Camp will be over and I’ll be working on my Charleston Tea Sweater for me and a few gifts for other people. I found a few more skeins that will be perfect for this fall, and I hope you will find a few for yourself, too! Just up, we added in:

Juliespins Silky 435 – Every time Julie sends us yarn, it’s full of new colors. I love that! (Well, sort of. It would be easier if she’s send the same colors and I could pass them up because I already had them. Instead, we open boxes from her and ooh and aah over what she has come up with this time.) This 4-ply fingering weight is 50% Silk and 50% Superwash Merino. I recommend using it for shawls, scarves and cowls. It has a beautiful drape, and it feels wonderful. You might try it with Rev (which comes free with a beautiful rectangular shawl pattern, Rec Rev), the Glasgow Argyle Scarf, the Sarai Shawl, the Natsu scarf, or Caryl’s Kerchief. (Shown here in Dappled).

Hand Maiden Sea Sock – This is another line with breathtaking colors. This fingering weight is 51% Silk, 29% Superwash Merino, and 20% Seacell. Great for socks, scarves, shawls, cowls and mitts. This would be perfect for the Limestone One Skein Triangle Shawl, or Hypernova – The Scarf, or Twinkleberry socks. (Shown here in Jacobean Blue.)

Madelinetosh Vintage – a handful of colors that came along for the ride when we added all of the other Madtosh this past month! Vintage is a worsted with yarn that works well for sweaters, vests and scarves. My favorite worsted weight scarf continues to be Palindrome. I added an additional repeat so that mine would have 4 cables. I made it with Dream in Color’s Worsted Cashmere, but it would also be beautiful in this Vintage. It’s a good “guy” pattern, too – cables and no lace. (Shown here in Grove.)

In addition to those three lines, we also re-stocked Cascade in Ultra Pima (the perfect cotton sweater yarn for summer and fall), 220 Superwash (great for all of your machine wash/dry knits) and Heritage Silk (which makes beautiful socks and shawls).

Finally, we have Loopy Totes back in stock, and a few of these special Atenti Carpet Bags. (Shown here in Backstitch.) The Loopy Accessories Pal (8″ x 6″) is perfect for keeping your scissors, tape measure, stitchmarkers, pen, and post-its all in one place in your project bag.  The Project Keeper is what I use to keep my works-in-progress in. The 10″ x 13″ size means you can add the pattern, along with the yarn and needles. It’s also great for keeping upcoming projects ready to go.

Sheri happythatMondaysalwaysbringnewyarnupdates!