Madelinetosh, Zauberball, Trekking, Blue Q, and Fabric!

Baltic The Loopy Ewe

Monday Fun for you! We just added in:

Madelinetosh Merino Light – in 80+ colors! This single-ply fingering weight base has been especially popular for shawls, sweaters, scarves and cowls. The yarn is 100% superwash merino and comes with 420 yards in the skein. I like using this for multi-color shawl combinations, like the Pamuya and Whippoorwill shawls that I made, or the Faberge that our customer Cricket made and has on display in our shop. It would also be pretty in a Color Affection or the Derecho. Of course it’s gorgeous for single-color shawls as well. I just seem to have an especially fun time picking out color combos! (Shown here in Baltic.)

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball 1505 The Loopy EweSchoppel Wolle Zauberball – This slow color-shifting yarn is so pretty when used for socks, shawls, hats, mitts, and gloves. We have it re-stocked in the Sock weight and DK weight. (Shown here in Zauberball 100 in #1505.)

Trekking – lots of this workhorse sock yarn in XXL and the Trekking Tweeds. This is the yarn you want to use for gift socks, if you know the person you’re giving them to is going to toss them in the washer and dryer. Plus, the colors are beautiful!

Blue Q Bags – If you like Owls, Kittens, Fox, Reading, and numerous other activities, you’ll love the new designs we’ve just added in the Blue Q line! We’ve also re-stocked your other favorites. These are really great bags for projects and accessories, as well as gift bags for special gifts.

Adornit The Loopy EweFabric – Did you notice that we added Fabric to our website last week? We are so excited! The Quilting Elves have been busy making beautiful samples for the shop, and we have been sending out fabric orders as they arrive. We have multiple lines of contemporary fabrics, batiks, Civil War reproductions, and more from ModaRiley BlakeAdornit (shown here, left), Birch (shown here, right), and Timeless Treasures, with more in the works.

In addition to regular yardage (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full yards), we also offer all of our fabrics in Fat Quarter cuts. You’ll see a link for ordering Fat Quarters on each individual fabric product page, under the photo. We also have multiple pattern companies, and the sewing notions have started to arrive as well. And you’ll love our photos. Birch The Loopy EweWe’ve taken the time to photo all of the fabric ourselves (instead of using stock photos from the fabric companies) and we think it makes a difference. You know you can click on photos on our website to make them all bigger, right? 🙂 If you like to quilt or sew, pop over and check out the ever-expanding Loopy Ewe Fabric Shop! Of course all of our regular rewards apply to your fabric purchases as well.

Have fun shopping and we’ll get your orders out asap!

Sheri whofinisheda22-years-in-the-makingquiltthisweekend.
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Camp Loopy Project Two

I know we’re just halfway through working on Project One, but it’s time to get yarn ordered for the next project so we can get these shipped off to you in time to start on July 1! It’s ok if you didn’t get in on Month One. Just jump in and join us for Month Two! Remember – this is a virtual camp. No travel required. Just lots of fun and getting projects done.

ChallengeMonthTwoProject Two: needs to be knit or crocheted between 7/1 and 7/31 (with a photo of the completed project uploaded to our Project One Photo Gallery by 8/1).

The Challenge for Project Two – Has there been a popular pattern that passed you by? This challenge is to knit a pattern that has been popular with other knitters, that you haven’t knit before. The project needs to have at least 1000 projects listed (or 1000 queued up) on Ravelry, and it needs to use at least 500 yards, single stranded. For those who might not be on Ravelry, I have linked to lots of options below for you. Most of the patterns I linked to use between 500 and 1000 yards. Of course there are other popular pattern options that use more yardage and you’re also free to use those as well.

BenefitsThe benefits:

1. If you need to purchase yarn for your project, we are offering a 20% Camp Loopy discount for the yarn during a designated “Camp Loopy Store Week” each month. The discount for Project Two is valid for one project’s worth of yarn purchased during Camp Store Week Two (June 12-18), in one order. To get the discount, you will need to leave us an order note on the order, telling us which yarn will be used for your Camp Project. We’ll apply the discount when your order comes through to us. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure that your discount won’t take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the shipping charge back in after we do the discount.

2.  If you have your photo uploaded to the Camp Loopy 2013 Project Two Photo Gallery by the deadline, you’ll be eligible to win one of our Loopy Gift Certificates for that month. We’ll be having the blog readers vote for the Reader’s Choice Award each month, and we’ll also be using the random generator to pick a few more winners for Loopy Gift Certificates as well from each month’s gallery!

3.  If you choose to do all three projects with us (photos uploaded by the deadlines and yarn for each project purchased during Camp Store Week or later for that project) we will also be awarding you a special skein of fingering weight yarn, in an exclusive Camp Loopy Colorway. (We will have 3 different exclusive Camp colors for you to choose from, so that you can pick your favorite.) This luscious skein will be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls, or mitts. We love this yarn base, and I know you will love it, too.

So if you participate in all three months of Camp and follow the guidelines, you’ll get 3 projects done at a discount, you’ll no doubt earn one or more Frequent Shopper Bonuses and maybe some extra things through our Loopy Rewards Program, and you’ll get a special skein of exclusively dyed fingering weight yarn for yet another project. 

FAQ'sFrequently Asked Questions

Q. Can we participate with weaving instead of knitting or crochet? 
A. For Camp Loopy, we’re sticking with knitting or crochet.

Q. I didn’t get to order during Camp Store Week, but if I order my project yarn later in that same month and complete the project by the deadline, does that still count, even though I know I don’t get the Camp Loopy discount? 
A. Yes!  Make sure that you add a “Camp Loopy” note to your order, so that we know you’re participating. You’ll still be eligible for the project drawings and prizes for that month, and if you finish all three projects by the deadlines, you’ll still get the bonus – a free skein of that luscious yarn, exclusively dyed.

Q. I want to participate using yarn from my stash. Does that still count? 
A. You are welcome to participate and knit from stash and upload it to the gallery, as long as it’s yarn that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. (We always require projects in our Photo Galleries to be from yarn that we carry at TLE.) You will still be eligible for drawings and prizes for the month, but you won’t be eligible for the free yarn at the end.

Q. When you say to knit the project between 7/1 and 7/31, when EXACTLY does the timing start? 
A. You can start at 12:01 am your time on 7/1 if you’d like, although a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast might be a better idea. The project needs to be done by 11:59 pm on 7/31, your time. The photos need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm OUR time (Mountain Time) on 8/1.

Q. When you specify yardage in a project, can I use up the yardage by knitting double stranded? So if you say we must use 500 yards, can I do a 250 yard project, holding the yarn double? That would use 500 yards. 
A. No. No doubling the yarn to get the yardage. If you’d like to knit something double stranded, you’ll need to use 1000 yards so that you end up with a 500 yard project when it’s done.

Q. How do I know if I’m on track for the free yarn bonus, and when will I get it? 
A. If you purchased your project yarn during Camp Store Week (or later that same project month) and uploaded your photo by the deadline, then you are on track. Once Camp is over and the yarn is ready, we’ll send you a notice to let you choose your camp colorway. You will have the option of having your bonus yarn added in the box with your next order from us, or you can choose to have it sent to you right away on its own and we’ll just add a shipping charge to that.

Q. Why do we have to purchase the yarn during Camp Store Week each month, if we want the bonus? 
A. Two reasons. One – it costs us money to fund this (the contests, the free yarn at the end, etc.) and your purchases help us to be able to afford to do this. Two – it helps us to guarantee that everyone is knitting for the project during the designated time and not simply pulling a finished (or half finished) project out of their pile and saying they did it “for camp”. It keeps an even playing field for all of the people earning the bonuses.

RavGroupsIn addition to getting projects done along with discounts and free yarn rewards, another part of the fun is talking to fellow campers on the Loopy Groupie Board on Ravelry. We will set up chat groups each month during Camp, based on a different criteria each time. For the second month, we’re dividing you into Treehouse Groups, based on where you will be staying on your hike (virtually, of course). Look for the Treehouse number on your Camp Loopy order form. If you’re knitting your camp project from stash, feel free to choose one of the groups on your own, or email us and we’re happy to assign a group to you. The Treehouse threads will be set up on Ravelry just prior to July 1. Jump into the discussion and share which project you’re going to make and what yarn you’re using, then report on your progress during the month. You’ll make new friends each month, because we’ll have another way to group you for the next month! (Not on Ravelry? No worries. Participating in the groups is not required. We just add those in for extra fun.)

ProjectsPossible pattern ideas for Project Two: Keep in mind some of these patterns offer multiple sizes, and only the larger sizes will qualify for the minimum yardage requirements for Project Two. Hitchhiker, Haruni, Ishbel, Daybreak, Owls, Lintilla, Traveling Woman, Hemlock Ring Blanket, Boneyard Shawl, February Lady Sweater, Clapotis, Color Affection, Featherweight Cardigan, Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl, Pinwheel Baby Blanket, Stripe Study Shawl, Rockefeller, Mara Shawl, Chevron Scarf, Rock Island, Aeolian Shawl, Northern Lights, Citron Grand (a larger sized Citron, which has 10,000+ projects), Laminaria, Spectra, Big Herringbone Cowl, Hey Teach, Kiri, Stockholm Scarf, Guernsey Wrap, Juliet, Rusted Root, Cladonia, Whippoorwill, Catkin, Tempest, etc.

Have fun figuring our your next project. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll be doing!

Sheri noideawhatI’mdoingyet,buthappilyponderingmychoices

Shalimar Breathless, Mountain Colors and Blue Q Bags

Happy Monday, everyone. We have re-stocks of two of my favorite yarns up tonight, and I know you like them, too! First up is Mountain Colors. I knit my second-ever pair of socks out of Mountain Colors and they were at the top of my list to carry here at The Loopy Ewe. (We had to wait a year to get them, but it was totally worth it.) We have added in many beautiful colors of Crazyfoot tonight. Crazyfoot is 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon. It has a great bouncy twist to it, which makes patterns pop (and makes socks, cowls, hats and mitts very comfortable to wear.) It would also be beautiful in shawls. I used Crazyfoot (in a Shells pattern) to make this:

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And I used two colors of Crazyfoot and a Cascade Heritage Sock Solid to make this Thin Ice Shawl for Camp Loopy last summer.

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The theory behind the way I knit this shawl is to pick a multi-color yarn for the middle section, and then two different matching semi-solids – one for the top and one for the bottom. Mountain Colors has some really pretty multi-colors to choose from. (I know a lot of you already know this because I’ve mentioned it before and we get lots of calls, but remember that you’re always welcome to call in for color consultations if you need us to help you pick a second or third color for something. Roberta walks around the shop with headphones on, just so she can talk to you on the phone but still have both hands free to pick up yarn and try different color combinations!)

The other line we re-stocked tonight is Shalimar Breathless. I just love knitting with this yarn. At 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% Silk, it’s a dream to work with and wear. I used Shalimar for one of the Color Affection shawls I made last summer:

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As well as one of the Derecho Shawls I made.

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Breathless is usually dyed up as a semi-solid, so it’s perfect for these multi-color shawls where you get to pick colors to go together, as well as great for one-color shawls.

HappyFoodTownWe also have a new line of project and accessory bags up for you tonight. I came across Blue Q bags in January and have been using one of the Handy Tote bags as a project bag ever since. (Shown here in Happy Food Town.) The illustrations are fun and the laminated, recycled material they use is durable and easy to keep clean. This Handy Tote size is great for sock/hat/cowl/gloves/shawl projects. The Shoulder Totes are great for larger projects (sweaters, vests, blankets), and the small and large zippered pouches all work well for knitting accessories, needles, and other gadgets.

Enjoy the new things, and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap, as always!

Sheri workingonascarfwithbeads,havinglotsoffun!

Today at Loopy

We like giving you a little peek at Loopy during the day via the webcam. Even though you only see a little piece of the pie on camera, you still quickly pick up when things are changing! (At least those of you on Ravelry pick up on it.) We did a little re-arranging here last night.

We moved the red couches to a new corner. This will make it easier to have our big Knit Night Circle a little distance from the door, so that regular Thursday night shoppers can get in and out easier.

We moved the checkout counter closer to the door. (Please note that Herman is wearing a Color Affection Shawl. He’s so with it. Also – Vickie hopped up to get out of the photo. She made the Color Affection Shawl that Herman has on.)

We moved the packing station to a new corner.

Still figuring out where to re-locate the webcam so that you can still see at least one side of the order packing that goes on. Web Guy is doing double-duty on his lunch break, re-wiring in the ceiling.

What else is happening around here? Michael is re-stocking.

Jody is making yarn cards.

Roberta is straightening shelves (until one of you calls, and then she’ll be talking to you on the phone!).

Rebecca is unpacking boxes of inventory, getting ready for next week’s update.

Knitting Daughter was off on an errand and saw no reason to be in a photo when she returned to Loopy. She says she has been on the blog enough. 🙂

Pretty much a normal day, except for the furniture shifting. What’s going on in your day? Normal things, or extraordinary things?

Sheri thinkingIneedtotryouttheredcouchesintheirnewlocation