Madelinetosh, Manos del Uruguay, Needles, and More

faberge1Mondays are always a lot of fun around here. Our Inventory Manager Rebecca gets to unpack boxes of colors and wonderful things in the stock room during the week, and on Mondays we get to see everything that is going up in the night’s Update. Woohoo – so much cool stuff! Besides getting your weekend orders out, we also spend Mondays working on stocking the new things on the shelves, so that it’s all ready to pull and pack up to ship to YOU during the rest of the week. (That part is fun, too. We like seeing what you pick out.) Last night’s Monday Update included:

Madelinetosh Merino Light – this beautiful single ply fingering weight is awesome for shawls, cowls, sweaters, gloves – all kinds of wonderful things. We have it available in over 100 colors. Here is a picture of the Faberge shawl that one of our Thursday Knit Nighters – Cricket – knit up and let us borrow for display at Loopy. She made this with Merino Light in Glazed Pecan and Earl Grey. It’s a fun knit, and you get to incorporate beads into the border, too.

Madelinetosh Sock – a handful of pretty colors from a back order. 11 in all, added to what we already have in stock.

The Loopy Ewe hummingbirdManos del Uruguay Serena – a wonderful Sportweight yarn that we’ve just added in. Serena is kettle-dyed on a base that is 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton. It is so soft! Each skein is signed by the artisan who dyed your yarn and the village she resides in. We have it in solids and multi-colors. Try this yarn for cowls, shawls, mitts, scarves and sweaters. (Shown here in Hummingbird.)

The Loopy Ewe Sock Blockers – re-stocked in all sizes of the red plastic blockers.

Conductive Thread Bobbins – hold this thread together with your regular yarn as you knit the thumb and index fingers of gloves. You’ll then be able to use your touchscreen devices (phone, iPad, etc) while keeping your fingers warm. You’ll find this in the Knitting Gadgets section on the website.

The Loopy Ewe Red CedarWooden Yarn Caddies – George has been down from Wyoming to bring us more of his beautiful yarn caddies! We’ve re-stocked both the small and large sizes. (Shown here in Red Cedar.)

Knitter’s Pride – we’ve re-stocked all needles and sets.

ChiaoGoo – we’ve re-stocked all needles.

Kollage – sizes O, 1 and 2 are now being made and we have them in stock. Some people find that these square needles are easier on the hands when knitting.

Knitting Notions – we’ve re-stocked a variety of notions, including the magnetic Chart Holders in small and large sizes.

Have fun checking out the new things, and pop in on the Webcam. You might see us packaging up your Box of Fun! (And you did notice Valentine Loopy on the Webcam, right? Elf Roberta continues to keep him outfitted in the best costumes.)

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I Love Yarn Day and Camp Loopy Winners

Today is “I Love Yarn Day” and we’re celebrating! We’ll be adding this little bottle of Wollmeise Wool Wash to each yarn order that ships out today (while supplies last, but we have lots). This 1 oz. bottle will do 5-6 washes with your hand knits, and of course the smell is wonderful. It also makes a nice size to stick in your luggage when traveling. (Not available for sale, but we’re hoping the nice folks at Wollmeise decide to sell it sometime. We like it a lot.) Celebrate “I Love Yarn Day” with some new yarn and I hope you get some knitting time in today as well!

The votes are in and we have a winner for the Reader’s Choice award for Camp Loopy’s Project Three. Thanks to all of you who voted. The winner is Trisha from Canada, who made this beautiful Vortex Shawl using Three Irish Girls Cashmerino Fingering in Curiouser and Curiouser, Moon for the Misbegotten, and a few other Three Irish colors.

We also drew three names from the rest of the 573 photos that were entered, and they also win a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate! Those went to:

Gayle from OH, who made the shawl Rocky Mountaineer using Kollage’s Riveting Sport in Sand Denim and Storm Denim.

Meredith from MA who made the shawl Piper’s Journey using Madelinetosh Sport in Cathedral and Dried Rose.

Mary Kate from PA who made the shawl Point, using Madelinetosh Sock in Candlewick, Luster, Lapis, Malachite and Scarlet.

Congratulations to all of the winners (and all of the rest of you, too. It was a fun summer of knitting and we’re already planning for next year’s Camp Loopy!)

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AfterIshopformoreyarn,ofcourse….

Malabrigo, Smooshy with Cashmere, Mountain Colors & More

Today’s Monday Update is all about soft, smoothy, luscious feeling yarn. You can’t go wrong with any of it. We just added in:

Malabrigo Sock – I don’t know how long you’ve been waiting on this Sock base to come in again, but I feel like I’ve been waiting close to forever. I’m so glad it’s here! This fingering weight yarn seems to be used just as often for cowls, scarves and shawls as it is for socks. At 440 yards per skein, it’s plenty for most sizes of socks and one-skein shawls. (Shown here in Marte.)

Malabrigo Silkpaca – 26 more colors of Malabrigo’s newest lace weight. This 70% Baby Alpaca / 30% Silk base comes 420 yards to the skein and is perfect for shawls and scarves or cowls.

Mountain Colors Bearfoot – My second ever pair of socks was knit from this yarn, and they continue to be my warmest, coziest pair. This fingering weight base is 60% superwash merino, 25% kid mohair, and 15% nylon. I’m sure it would make equally cozy scarves, hats and mitts, too. We have 25 colors up for you tonight. (Shown here in Thunderstorm.)

Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere – This is another yarn that doesn’t come around all that often. When they have this base in stock, we order lots, though! I’m working on a shawl out of this fingering weight yarn, and the 70% super wash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon base is spoiling me. I’ll show you my shawl on Wednesday’s blog post. (There. That will make me get it done. Nothing like putting a deadline right out there on the blog…)

Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere Camp Colors – We also had them do up four colors to celebrate the bug groups from Camp Loopy this summer. You’ll find Dragonflies, June Bugs, Lightening Bugs, and No-Seeums under the Camp Loopy category on the homepage. (We’ll have more Camp colors coming later this month.) Shown here in No-Seeums.

Universal Cotton Supreme & Cotton Supreme Batik – This yarn is great for spring and summer sweaters, and for kids clothes year round. It’s 100% cotton and can be tossed in the machine to wash and dry, so it’s easy care. (I made a sweater out of it that turned out too large because I didn’t think being off 1/2 stitch per inch was that big of a deal with gauge. Turns out, it IS a big deal. Lesson learned. And this yarn does.not.shrink.at.all when you put it in the dryer. Even if you want it to shrink.) I think the Batik colors are particularly cute for kids sweaters.

Kollage New Square DPN’s – Now made in the U.S., these needles have been re-done and are better than ever. We currently have the new styles in circular sizes 24″, 32″, 40″ and in the 6″ DPN’s. Many knitters say that square needles are easier on your hands. These DPN’s come five needles to a set. Due to the difference between square and round needles, you’ll want to be sure to do a test swatch for needle size. Most knitters find that they need to go up a needle size on these square needles.

Enjoy your shopping and we’ll get your Box of Fun out to you asap!

 

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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!

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Buriedwithotherknitting.Stillhopeful,though.