Perfect Storm Mittens

perfectstorm_a_500We had a request from Twist Collective for some of our Loopy Ewe Solid Series yarn awhile back, so we shipped it off, anxious to see what they were going to make with it. The pattern came out in their special 5th Anniversary Issue, and we couldn’t be more please! The Perfect Storm mittens, designed by Kimberly Voisin, look like they would be perfectly fun to make! It takes just one skein each of Lake, Ivory and Cherry, and the mittens can be knit on double perfectstorm_z_500points or circulars. And it seems like a great way to bring a little bit of summer beach into your cold and snowy winter months. Pop over to Twist Collective if you’d like to purchase the pattern, and then pop over to The Loopy Ewe for the yarn! (Photos by Carrie Bostick Hoge and Kate Gilbert, used with permission.)

Need some other fun suggestions for color work patterns? I came across these this week and promptly purchased the Sheep Mittens. Looks like the yarn she used is a  fingering weight, so The Loopy Ewe Solid Series would also work well for them. Or Cascade Superwash Sport for sport weight mittens. And doesn’t she have lots of cute designs? Tempting.

Sheri thinkingthey’dmakefunChristmasgifts,too

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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String Theory, Lorna’s Laces, Swan’s Island and More!

We put lots of pretty yarn up for you in tonight’s Update! We just added in:

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – We’ve re-stocked several colors and added in the Christmas in Downton colorway, which we were happy to see had been added to the regular Lorna’s Laces lineup. This fingering weight yarn is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. Great for socks, but also fun to knit up in scarves and shawls that look great in multi-colors, like The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, the ever-popular Hitchhiker, Willow Cowl, Twinkle Twinkle Blanket, Trillian, Ananke, Mormorio, and  Aquaphobia Socks. (Shown here in Flames.)

Lorna’s Laces Worsted – This is a great, soft, durable yarn for all of those projects that you want to toss into the washer and dryer. (Like the baby blanket I did last week.) Kids sweaters, adult sweaters, vests, scarves, hats – it all works up great with this yarn. We’ve re-stocked several colors (shown here in Lakeview) as well as the Christmas in Downton colorway. Here are a few fun patterns that would work well with it – Milanese Lace Topper, Narragansett, Cowboy Cowl, The Dudester Scarf, and Doux.

String Theory Blue Stocking – this fingering weight combination of blue faced leicester (a strong wool) and nylon, makes this yarn great for socks (durable) and shawls (an extra slight sheen). Karen and Tanis do a great job in dyeing up semi-solids and skeins with many layers of depth. It looks great with patterns that have some pretty stitches going on. You might take a look at –  Canyonlands Shawl, Zilver, Occitan, Treppenviertel, My Cup of Tea Socks, Truckle, and Treebeard Socks.  (Shown here in Canyon).

Swan’s Island Fingering Weight– a great value with 525 yards in the skein. Perfect for shawls, scarves and cowls such as Brandywine Shawl, Aurora Australis, Saltwater, Botanical Garden Shawl, And So Are You, Biscuit, Tilting Ladders Cowl, and No Two Snowflakes Cowl. (Shown here in Beetroot).

We also put one last box of Socktopus up (we think. They keep showing up!) We added the Christmas in Downton colorway in Lorna’s Laces Solemate. And we re-stocked The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Oyster and Butter.

Have fun checking out the new things and we’ll get your orders out asap. We know you want them quickly!

Sheri whyyesIdidhavefunlookingatpatternstodayonRavelry.
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Loopy Ewe Solid Series and Congo Bars

Rist-Canyon-Shawl-by-Kathy-MerrickOur Loopy Ewe Solid Series line has been used in another published pattern and we wanted to give you a peek! This crocheted scarf looks like it would be fun to do in a lot of different colors. The designer, Kathy Merrick, used Iron, Butterscotch, Dove, Pesto, Mocha, Silver, Sage and Slate Blue for this one. This pattern appears in Interweave’s Crochet Winter 2012/2013, available online today and on newsstands December 18th. (Photo by Harper Point Photography, used with permission.) Wouldn’t this be fun in shades of one color (like blue), going from lighter to darker? Like Whisper Blue, Ice, Cornflower, Cerulean, Royal Blue, Slate Blue, Indigo, and Navy? Or browns? Or greens? How about a quick Christmas scarf with Strawberry, Cardinal, Spring Green, Kelly Green, Evergreen, Surf, Caribbean and Turquoise? (Or just pick a Loopy Cake set or two – those are fun colors that all go well together!) I like the multi-color idea for a scarf. It goes with everything that way.

Today’s recipe is a long-time family favorite and I hope you and your family and friends enjoy this one as much as we do.

Congo-BarsCongo Bars

Mix together:

1 cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix well and press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle 1/2 bag of chocolate chips on top and lightly press into batter. You can also add a half-bag of butterscotch chips as well, but we like the chocolate chips in ours.

Beat 2 egg whites until stiff and then add 1 cup brown sugar. Beat until combined. Spread over chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

Hasn’t it been nice to have one full week post-Thanksgiving before the month of December hits? Have you decorated for the holidays yet? (Or do you do that?) I think that’s on my list for the weekend.

Sheri betteraddthattomyhusband’sto-dolistthisweekend,too…