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TNNA-The-Loopy-EweAs always, TNNA Market was a lot of fun! What is Market like? Lots of booths, lots of samples knit up, lots of pretty colors, lots of designers, lots of classes, and lots of walking. I go to connect with our vendors, check out the new things for you, learn some new things in classes, and place a lot of orders. 🙂

The days start early, especially if you’re taking advantage of the many classes that are offered. There are classes that pertain to business and classes that pertain to skills and techniques, and I usually try to fit in a mix of both types while I’m there. (That does take a certain amount of commitment. Classes start at 8 am. When my alarm goes off to get up at 6:30 am, that’s 4:30 am Colorado time. Have I mentioned that I am so not a morning person? So. Not.) I have seldom taken a class there that wasn’t worth the early morning wake-up call though, so that’s good.

sally-melville-sweater-class-tnnaOne of the classes I took this year was with Sally Melville. She brought lots of samples and I really liked the cuff on this sweater. She did a few rows of garter stitch, then a few rows of ribbing, then a few more rows of garter stitch to end the sleeve. The garter stitch makes the sleeve edge roll slightly, giving it almost an i-cord look (but a lot quicker and easier). If I ever get better at actually finishing sweaters (and not just starting them), I’m going to do things like this on my cuffs. So much more fun looking than a plain rib, don’t you think?

Of course you want to know what I bought, right? Besides getting in quite a few re-orders and re-stocks while I was there, I also added some extra lines from some of our favorite companies, as well as some new lines. (And one really cool exclusive thing that we’ll have in about 60 days, but since it’s so far down the road, I can’t tell you about that yet. But it will be fun!) We put orders in for all of the new Malabrigo Roving, which is as beautiful as all of the colors that Malabrigo does on their yarn bases. And we also added in Sweet Georgia’s BFL Roving (again, done in her awesome color combinations.) We do have more of her Tough Love Sock and CashSilk Lace coming soon, from an order that we put in awhile back.

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New yarns from Spud and Chloe, Blue Sky Alpacas, The Alpaca Yarn Company, Dream in Color, Fable Fibers, and Wonderland Yarns!

I spent a lot of time in The Fibre Company’s booth, because their yarn is just luscious. We already carry Tundra and Road to China light. I added in Canopy Worsted and Canopy Fingering while at Market. This yarn is 50% alpaca, 30% merino, and 20% tencel. It’s gorgeous and soft and I can see us all knitting quite a few projects out of it! I also ordered the new colors in Spud and Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas, as well as new gradient color kits (with mini skeins, shown here at the top of the photo) from The Alpaca Yarn Company. They had a beautiful shawl done up in one of these gradient kits and I’m looking forward to making one soon.

There were new Chelsea Kits from Dream in Color that I ordered, as well as new Boy and Girl Tulip Sweater kits that will arrive soon. I added in a couple of brand new lines – 3 different yarn bases from Fable Fibers (a DK weight, an MCN fingering weight, and a big-skein – 600 yards, fingering weight. Shown here on the bottom left.). And the merino fingering weight base from Wonderland Yarns (put out by Frabjous Fibers, shown here on the bottom right). We may add in their MCN and Worsted weights as well, but thought we’d start with the fingering weight. There are a few more lines that I got samples from and am still contemplating for fall additions, so of course the shopping isn’t done yet. The yarn shopping is never done around here. I’m always finding more fun things for all of us. I love that part of my job!

the-loopy-ewe-expansion-fort-collinsThat’s almost all the market news. You might have heard that we’re expanding our shop in Fort Collins. They’ve been making progress with the construction and this morning they knocked down the far wall! If you visit, you’ll see a big plastic sheet hanging across while they continue to finish out and blend together the spaces over the next five weeks. Now, with all that extra space we’re going to need a few more Loopy Elves, so we have some new positions opening up here at the shop (both full and part-time). If you or a friend are a local, enthusiastic quilter/sewist interesting in working at a growing company called The Loopy Ewe, please send a resume to jobs@theloopyewe.com – we’d love to talk with you more over the next couple of weeks. Actually, have I mentioned that the TNNA Market isn’t the only market I’ve had fun at recently? I was at Quilt Market last fall and then again this past May …

Well, I hope you’re as excited about some of these new things as I am. Stay tuned to the blog for more fun things (and additional details about our new space) as we get ready for our Seventh Loopy Anniversary in August!

Sheri whohasawholelotofnewsampleyarnstoknitupandplaywiththisweek.
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Dream in Color’s Dream Club Signups

dream clubIt’s time to get yourself signed up for 6 more months of gorgeous yarn and fun patterns in the Dream in Color Dream Club! This is our fourth year of participating, and I know many of you look forward to it each year, too.

The shipments will go out the first week in September, October, November, December, January and February. The prices ranges from $28 – $34 per month (plus applicable tax and shipping), depending on the yarn base featured that month. I’ve talked to them about some of the new yarns they have coming up this year for the club, and you’re going to love them! Plus, they seem to come up with some of the most amazing colors for their Dream Club yarns. This is a great way to get some beautiful things knit up for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. (Or keep them for yourself. That’s always a good option, too!)

We don’t require payment ahead of time. We’ll email you when the shipment is ready each month and you can log into your Loopy account and put payment through. This signup is only for people who are committing to purchasing all six months of shipments.  (This is different than in past years, where you signed up but weren’t committing to all six months, necessarily.) If you’d like to sign up for six months of fun, hop on over and sign up through this link on our website. If you think you might just want a couple of different months worth of yarn, wait until we put them up on the website each month. We’ll order a few extras so that there are additional skeins available while they last.

Sheri whoisanxioustoseethenewcolorstheydebutinthisclub!

Fall Giftables Club

I know it seems like we just finished our Spring Giftables Club (because we did…), but we’ve opened up signups for the Fall Giftables Club this week. We want to give our awesome dyers plenty of time to get the yarn dyed up and ready for us.

For the Fall Giftables Club, we’ll be sending you a package around the third week in August, September and October. Each kit will be $40 (plus applicable tax and shipping) and we’ll send you an email letting you know when it’s time to pay your invoice each month. (No money due now.) Each kit will include a specially dyed skein of yarn, a pattern for the yarn (emailed to you), and some fun little extra. Here are photos of the kits we sent for the Spring Giftables Club, to give you an idea of what the club is all about.

February (which included a skein of Breathless from Shalimar, the Lila Blue infinity cowl pattern, and a Travel Kit of Soak Wash packets.)

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March (which included a skein of Perfectly Posh fingering weight yarn from Dream in Color, the Crosscheck hat pattern, and a bar of Vanilla Mint soap from TwentySeven Soap.)

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April (which included a skein of Wollmeise DK in the Elsa color way, the Allis shawl pattern, and a container of Wollmeise Wool Wash.)

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If you’d like to reserve a spot, you can do so by clicking on this link. By reserving your spot, you’re committing to purchasing all three kits this fall. We look forward to having you particpate with us!

Sheri alreadyexcitedaboutournextsetofdyersandyarn

P.S. Thank you to everyone who left a comment on our Spring Fling blog, in the hopes of winning one of the four Goodie Bags we saved for you! We used the Random Generator to pick the winners, and the bags will be going out to: Tracey L. in NC, Ingrid M. in PA, Kathy P. in CO, and Leah M. in MO. Congratulations to the four of you!

Also P.S. 🙂 Help us choose a Reader’s Choice Favorite from our First Quarter Challenge Photos! Take a look at the gallery and email us (support@theloopyewe.com) with your favorite.

Lorna’s Laces, Cascade, and The Fibre Comapny

medillHappy President’s Day! We had a nice day off today (since it’s a no-mail Monday), but we’re ready to get back in the shop tomorrow to play with the yarn get your orders packed up and shipped out. In tonight’s Monday Update we added in:

Lorna’s Laces – Christmas at Downton is back in stock in Solemate, Shepherd Sock, Sportmate and Pearl. (Fitting, considering the season finale of Downton Abbey was last night. Did you see it? Oh my.)

Lorna’s Laces – We’ve also re-stocked Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport and Worsted. We get orders from Lorna’s almost every week. We always have a big list of colors and bases on order with them and they add them to their weekly dye rotation and send us the colors as they come up on the dye schedule. That’s why it seems like you see Lorna’s Laces on the What’s New page two or three Mondays a month! In tonight’s Update, we have their new spring colors as well. (Daley, Harrison, Mason, Medill – shown above, Ogden, Washing, and Byrne).

blues mixCascade – two bits of good news on Cascade. 1) We have re-stocked almost everything, so the shelves are full up! 2) The price has gone down on several of the Cascade bases, which is always a welcome (and rare) turn of events. We’ve lowered the price on 220, 220 Superwash, Superwash Sport, Ultra Pima, and Ultra Pima Fine. Now is a good time to stock up and get some sweater quantities.

Cascade – in addition to the re-stocks, we’ve also added in Ultra Pima Paints (their beautiful Pima cotton in multi-colors – these would make a cute summer sweater) and Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (fun for easy-care baby and kid clothes). Shown here in Ultra Pima Paints Blues Mix.

malachiteThe Fibre Company – we’ve re-stocked Tundra (their beautiful bulky weight yarn, perfect for quick-to-knit cowls, scarves, sweaters and mittens) and Road to China Light (their luxurious Alpaca/Cashmere/Camel/Silk sportweight yarn, great for drapey scarves, cowls and shawls – shown here in Malachite).

Dream in Color February Dream Club – we put up the last of our skeins of the February color – a gorgeous hot pink in their DK Everlasting yarn base. Your yarn purchase includes a free pattern for the Trinity Scarf, but it would also make a really fun pair of happy socks. This is the last installment of this round of Dream Club. We hope they offer another round again this fall. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to enter our Spring Fling Contest on last Friday’s blog, be sure to throw your name in the hat (or, rather, your comment in the comment section). We’re giving away a spot for you and a friend, and I know you could use a fun knitting weekend getaway this spring, right? We’ll announce the randomly drawn winner at the end of the week!

Sheri whohadfundoingalotofknittingwithKnittingDaughterthispastweekend