Zauberball, Trekking, Three Bags Full, Karbonz Needles and More

Zauberball-Sock-The-Loopy-EweIt has been a beautiful day here in Colorado. The sun is shining and it’s 78 degrees. However, the forecast calls for snow on Wednesday, so we’re not putting away the wooly socks just yet. And I have to say, I’m over the snow. Done. Finished. Don’t need to see any more. Don’t kill the lilac buds. Ready for spring. But that doesn’t mean I’m done with wool and socks and all things knitterly. Good thing, because we added in some fun yarn in tonight’s Monday Update (and needles and project bags, too).

Schoppel Wolle – Zauberball. This yarn has pretty color changes as you knit with it, making it great for socks and shawls and scarves without too much lace detail. So fun to knit and watch the colors emerge. (Shown above in Sock 1564, Tropical Fish.)

Trekking-XXL-Tweed-The-Loopy-EweTrekking – XXL and Tweed. We’ve re-stocked colors and added in some new ones in both Trekking XXL and Trekking Tweed. If you’re knitting socks for people who are going to toss them in the washer and dryer, this is the perfect work-horse yarn. (Shown here in Sky Blue Tweed – look at those fun tweedy bits in there!)

Universal – Cotton Supreme and Splash. We’ve re-stocked the Cotton Supreme and added in Supreme Splash (which gives a tie-dyed sort of look – very pretty.) These cotton yarns are perfect for summer sweaters, kids clothes, toys, and scarves or hats for people who want to avoid wool. They are all machine wash and dry, making them easy-care as well.

Loopy-Cakes-The-Loopy-EweLoopy Cakes – The Colors of Loopy.  Our newest cake set contains all of the colors that make up our shop (which just happen to be our very favorite colors at the moment!).

Knitter’s Pride – Karbonz Needles. We’ve had so many requests from all of you that we added in this line of needles. I actually tried them and liked them last year, but we didn’t have room on the needle wall to add another line at that time. We have them in DPN’s, 10″ single points, and circulars. These needles are made from high-tech carbon fiber, which gives the needles a high tensile strength, while still keeping them lightweight with a lot of flexibility. The tips are covered in a nickel-plated brass with nicely tapered points.

Three-Bags-Full-The-Loopy-EweThree Bags Full – Project Bags. Michele has whipped up some more of her pretty  bags for us, in multiple fabrics. We usually get different fabrics each time, so if you see one you love, don’t dally on the purchase! (Shown here in Le Chat.)

While you’re perusing the new things tonight, take a few extra minutes to check out our newly re-done website. New homepage, bigger photos, and several other features that you’ve asked for. It has been a long time in the making, and we hope you like it!

Sheri sothankfultohaveWebGuyaspartoftheLoopyTeam

Malabrigo, Skein, Juliespins and More!

juliespins-superwash-merino-lace-hollyHappy April Fools day! No tricks or fooling today. Just lots of pretty yarn up on the website. Just up: 

Juliespins Superwash Merino Lace – These come in 960 yard skeins on a 100% Superwash Merino base. Julie very rarely repeats colors, so if you see one you love, get it now. These will knit up into gorgeous shawls and lightweight scarves or stoles. Need some pattern ideas? Swiss Cheese Scarf, Radiance Shawl, Longfellow, Citron, and Vostok. (I’d also add in Nuvem and Viajante, but I just talked about those last week.) Shown here in Holly.

malabrigo-rastita-IndiecitaMalabrigo Rastita – This single-ply DK weight yarn is wonderful for creating warm hats, cowls, mittens and shawls. You’ll love working with it and wearing it. The colors are Malabrigo-Marvelous, as always. (Of course if you’re doing a multi-skein project, you’ll want to alternate skeins. Hand-dyeing creates a beautiful mix of colors that are hard to repeat exactly from one skein to the next.) You might try this with Flow, Sidetracked Cable Mitts, Yarnster Hat, Honey Cowl, and A Grey Loop. Shown here in Indiecita.

Skein-DK-ayameSkein DK – This is our first time to have this base and it’s a fun one. 100% Superwash Merino with 280 yards in the skein. You’ll find it great for shawls and scarves, sweaters and hats, mittens and cowls. The firm twist gives great stitch definition. Check out these patterns for possible options: Chinook Scarf, The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, Arbutus, Spiral Cowl, and Sea Beanie. Shown here in Ayame.

ChiaoGoo Needlesmore re-stocks in some of the sizes that were backordered the last time. You all sure love these needles. (We do, too!)

loopy-cakes-sizzleLoopy Cakes – two new sets (Sizzle and Shakespeare’s Garden) and two re-stocks (Whisper and Doll Parts). My favorite project with the Loopy Cakes is my Cowl. Free pattern on this blog post. Wouldn’t it be fun to make that cowl out of Sizzle for the winter? It would really brighten any gray day. Shown here in Sizzle.

Schacht Spinning Bobbins – these fit the Matchless, Ladybug and Sidekick wheels.

Cricket 15″ weaving looms – Great for weaving scarves, towels, placemats and tablerunners. (Please note, due to the size, we’re only able to ship these to addresses in the U.S.)

Have fun checking out the new things and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun shipped out to you tomorrow!

Sheri onceagaindrawninbyprettyyarncolorstonight.
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Loopy Cakes Cowl

TheLoopyEwe Loopy Cakes1I had a lot of fun making this new cowl. I am finding myself wearing infinity cowls, more and more. I like them better than scarves, because you don’t risk having them drift off while you’re out and about running errands. Some infinity cowls use a lacey pattern, which makes the cowl perfect for wearing inside or out, long or short. This Loopy Cakes Cowl is a little smaller and knits up denser, keeping your neck warm when you’re out. The pattern is easy and the yarn (from our Loopy Ewe Solid Series) keeps it nice and stretchy. I used one Loopy Cakes set and had a bit of each color left over.

TheLoopyEwe Loopy Cakes2Loopy Cakes Cowl

Yarn: 1 Loopy Cakes Kit (I used Chocolate and Roses, but you can make this out of any of the Loopy Cake combinations.)
Needles: 32″ US #5 (3.75 mm)
Gauge: 26 st/4″ in Linen Stitch

Figure out the color sequence you’d like to use with your 6 colors.

With your first color, cast on 323 stitches, using a stretchy cast on. (My new favorite is the German Cast On. Here’s our video on how to do it.)

Backyard1Add a marker to indicate the beginning, and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Knit 8 rows in the Linen Stitch pattern with your first color. Change to second color and knit 8 rows with second color in the same pattern.

Continue knitting 8 rows of Linen Stitch with each subsequent color.

When you have gone through all 6 colors once, start over with the first color and work through this same pattern again with each of your colors, for a total of 12 stripes (2 stripes of each color).

Backyard2Cast off with a loose bind off.

Linen Stitch Pattern
Row 1: K 1, Sl1 with yarn forward
Row 2: Sl1 with yarn forward, K1

(You’ll be slipping as if to purl.)

Approx. finished size: 6″ wide, 50″ around.

Be sure to share photos if you make one for yourself. I think it would be beautiful in several different sets. This pattern also works well for leftover yarn bits worked in a mish mash of colors instead of the stripes.

Sheri picturesofourbackyardaftertheweekendsnow.
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Loopy Cakes Infinity Cowl

The Loopy Ewe Cakes1We got into a discussion about what to make with our Loopy Cakes, over on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry. (Are you on Rav? Join us over there and hop into the various discussions that go on on the Loopy Groupies board!) I started this Linen Stitch Infinity Cowl last weekend, and am zipping right along on it. The nice thing about the Linen Stitch is that you only knit every other stitch (slipping the ones in between), so it really does knit up quickly. I’m using The Loopy Ewe Cakes2the Chocolate and Roses Loopy Cakes set. I think the back side of the cowl is just as interesting as the front side. And since I’m knitting in the round, it’s all knitting and slipping – no purling involved.

I cast on 323 stitches using a knitted cast on, and then joined in the round. (Forgot to mention size 5 (3.75 mm) 32″ needles!) The stitch pattern is easy:

Round 1: *K1, Sl. 1 with yarn in front* repeat around, ending with K1

Round 2: *Sl. 1 with yarn in front, K1* repeat around, ending with Sl. 1

The Loopy Ewe cake dowelsI’m doing 8 rows per color and will have enough yarn to do a second set of stripes just like the first. I just haven’t decided yet if that will make the cowl too wide. It looks like that will make it 10″ wide and I plan to wear it looped twice around my neck. Do you think that will be too wide? While Linen Stitch doesn’t have a lot of give, the yarn does, so the knitted fabric feels soft and drapey so far. I’m also anxious to see if I should have cast on more stitches and made it longer. I’ll let you know when it’s all done. (In the meantime, knit at your own risk if you decide to try this pattern.)

Next, I’d like to use The Abbey set to make colorblock mitts, similar to these. (Although I want a thumb and perhaps half fingers as well, so it will be different). Other ideas shared by people on Rav for the Loopy Cakes include: Doctor Who Scarf, Missoni Inspired Scarf (oh, that scarf would be fun to knit), Barn Raising Quilt, Gradient, Petoncle, Leap, and Zig and Zag.

I’d like to have stacks of each set on dowels, sitting on a shelf in my knitting area. What fun inspiration that would be. We’ve always meant for the Loopy Cakes to be kind of a painter’s palette of color and fun for you to choose from, as you need solids for toes and heels on your socks, edging on your shawls, bits of colorwork in hats, scarves and gloves, etc. (You know, quilters get to have fun collecting Fat Quarters. We wanted to have the same kind of fun with yarn cakes.) Of course it’s also fun to get a pack and knit a whole item from the set, as I’m doing with the cowl. We have more Loopy Cake sets planned, but feel free to continue to share your ideas with us. We always love hearing from you!

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