Loopy is well dressed and ready for March! (Elf Roberta designs all of Loopy’s holiday costumes and has a lot of fun with it. This month, she crocheted his leprechaun outfit to celebrate National Crochet Month.) I especially like his orange, very Irish-looking beard this month. You can catch Loopy and his outfits in the top corner of the webcam. He gets a new outfit every time there’s something new to celebrate.
In honor of March (and green leprechauns, and green grass and green trees coming soon), I let Mischievous Loopy play in some green yarn this morning. (You might remember Mischievous Loopy from another post. He’s always getting into something. Don’t confuse him with Webcam Loopy. Webcam Loopy is as sweet as can be, which is why he gets to wear the costumes.)
He had a fun morning. Now I have to figure out how to train him to put all that yarn back. He hightailed it into the kitchen for M&M’s, once the photography session was over. (I’m pretty sure Webcam Loopy would have stayed around to help. He’s much nicer that way.)
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.