Happy Monday to you all! Just up in tonight’s Update:
Three Irish Girls – Kells Sport Merino.This is a new base for us and is 100% merino wool with 320 yards in the skein. It works well for sweaters, shawls and baby items (machine wash gentle, lay flat to dry.) Shown here in Bourbon Street.
Another Crafty Girl – Strong Sock. This fingering weight yarn is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, which makes it great for socks. You’ll also like it for shawl and cowl patterns. Shown here in Mona Lisa.
Lorna’s Laces – Shepherd Sock. A fingering weight yarn that is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. (And why is it that every time I type the word “nylon”, I end up typing “nylong”? Kind of like every time I try to type “loop” I always type “loopy”. But that one I understand ……)
Lorna’s Laces – Solemate. This is the fingering weight version of the 55% superwash merino, 30% Outlast and 15% nylon yarn that cools you when you’re hot and warms you when you’re cold. It also comes in the Sportmate (sport weight) version. Shown here in Mt. Creek.
Knitting Notions – re-stocked (including Conducive Thread, Norwegian Knitting Thimbles for colorwork, Lacis Wrist Yarn Ball Holders, and Knitting Counters.)
The Calico Bush – Drawstring Project Bags. Holly is a new indie artisan that we’ve added in to the shop. Her daughter Toni works at Interweave and is one of our Knit Night attendees. One night, Toni brought me one of the project bags that her mom makes, and it quickly became my go-to project bag. I love the drawstring top and the fact that it also has handles to loop over your arm as you knit on the go (or in the car, or on a plane). Lots of cute fabrics in this bunch! Shown here in the Blue Jacks pattern.
Valdani Thread – Pearl Cotton 12 thread for embroidery, quilting, crochet and wool applique. This line is hand-dyed with lead-free dyes, and guaranteed colorfast.
Modern Quilt Studio – A regular pattern magazine, but without ads – just patterns and interesting articles! We have their first seven issues available.
Andover Fabrics – Amelia, Dimples, Itsy Bits and Raindrops (a sample from the lines shown below). Dimples, Raindrops and Itsy Bits are great filler fabrics when you want something more interesting than solids, but nothing too big and patterned that will take away from your focus fabrics. We have two different Short Stacks available for the Amelia and Itsy Bits lines.
Cloud 9 Fabrics – Happy Drawing Line. I’m partial to the sheep, but all of the different animals are adorable. Short Stacks also available. (A sample few fabrics shown below.)
Moda Fabrics – Surrounded by Love (Valentine fabrics already!). Short Stacks available. (A sample few fabrics shown below.)
Gingham Girls – pattern re-stocks on the ones we’ve sold out of. We’ve also kitted up the Posy Polka wall hanging, because we made up a sample for the shop and have had people ask about it.
Have fun shopping and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap! (You need a Box of Fun this week, right? Me, too.)
We have plenty of fun new things for you to try in tonight’s Monday Update! We just added in:
Addi Sock Rockets – these needles were developed just for sock knitters. They come with extra pointy tips that are plated with the same shiny nickel that gives the classic Add Turbo its incomparable zip! Available in three different circular needle lengths – 24″, 32″ and 40″ and sizes 0 (2.0 mm) – 3 (3.25 mm).
Lorna’s Laces – we have the new summer colors in several of the different bases, as well as re-stocks in Shepherd Sock and Pearl, and new colors in Haymarket.
Soak – a new kit from Soak! This one comes with an exclusively dyed skein of sock yarn from Lorna’s Laces, a great sock pattern designed by Fiona Ellis, a bottle of nail polish for your toes, a tub of Heel Creme in the Peppermint scent, and a small bottle of Soak for washing your handknits. The Grape kit is now available, and they have two more planned in the coming weeks (which we also have on order.)
Knowknits – a re-stock of the popular GoKnit project bags in all sizes and colors. The small size is perfect for socks and hats on the go. The medium size works well for shawls, stoles, scarves, and kids projects. The large size is for sweaters, blankets and afghans, or multiple projects. The drawstring close on the top insures that everything stays tucked inside, safe and sound!
Saki Bamboo – a self-striping fingering weight yarn that is made up of 50% Superwash Merino, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon. The colors are fun, the bamboo gives the yarn a slight bit of sheen or liveliness, and the nylon adds extra strength for socks. You’ll have fun knitting this up!
It’s that time again – time to be a camper at Camp Loopy this summer! This is our third year hosting you all for Camp, and we anticipate a great summer of knitting and fun.
How does it work? First of all, there is no travel involved. This is Virtual Camp! That also means no bugs, no musty tents to sleep in, no campfire smoke in your eyes, and no blisters from hiking up the mountain. Just lots of knitting, meeting new friends, contests, challenges, and fun!
We will be knitting a different challenge project each month, for the next 3 months. You can choose to knit for one month, two months, or all three months. There are prizes for completing your projects on time and an extra bonus for doing all three. I know quite a few of you have mentioned that your Camp Loopy knitting will be used for holiday gifts, which is a great way to get a jump-start on those projects.
Here is our schedule:
Project One: needs to be knit or crocheted between 6/1 and 6/30 (with a photo of the completed project uploaded to our Project One Photo Gallery by 7/1).
The Challenge for Project One – We’re starting out with a one-skein project, using a yarn that you have not used before. You can use a single skein of Lace weight or a single skein of Fingering weight yarn, and your project must use at least 375 yards of the skein, so make sure the skein you’re buying has at least 375 yards in it.
Project Two: needs to be knit or crocheted between 7/1 and 7/31 (photo uploaded by 8/1).
Challenge Two details coming in June!
Project Three: needs to be knit or crocheted between 8/1 and 8/31 (photo uploaded by 9/1).
Challenge Three details coming in July!
International knitters/crocheters: Since we started the Camp Loopy Store Week earlier this year, we don’t anticipate that you’ll need extra time on the deadlines. Hopefully your packages will get to you in plenty of time to start on the Project One dates with everyone else. But don’t delay in ordering – get it in as soon as you can.
1. If you need to purchase yarn for your project, we are offering a 20% Camp Loopy discount for the yarn during a designated “Camp Loopy Store Week” each month.The first discount, for Project One, is valid on one skein of fingering or lace weight yarn purchased during Camp Store Week One (May 13-19).To get the discount, you will need to leave us an order note on the order, telling us which skein of yarn will be used for your Camp Project. We’ll apply the discount when your order comes through to us. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure that your discount won’t take you below the $75 level, or the website will add the shipping charge back in after we do the discount.
2. If you have your photo uploaded to the Camp Loopy 2013 Project One Photo Gallery by the deadline, you’ll be eligible to win one of our Loopy Gift Certificates for that month. We’ll be having the blog readers vote for the Reader’s Choice Award each month, and we’ll also be using the random generator to pick a few more winners for Loopy Gift Certificates as well from each month’s gallery!
3. If you choose to do all three projects with us (photos uploaded by the deadlines and yarn for each project purchased during Camp Store Week for that project) we will also be awarding you a special skein of fingering weight yarn, in an exclusive Camp Loopy Colorway. (We will have 3 different exclusive Camp colors for you to choose from, so that you can pick your favorite.) This luscious skein will be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls, or mitts. We love this yarn base, and I know you will love it, too.
So if you participate in all three months of Camp and follow the guidelines, you’ll get 3 projects done at a discount, you’ll no doubt earn one or more Frequent Shopper Bonuses and maybe some extra things through our Loopy Rewards Program, and you’ll get a special skein of exclusively dyed fingering weight yarn for yet another project. Cool!
Now – here are the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Loopy:
Q. You say this first project needs to be a yarn we’ve not used before. I’ve used Dream in Color Smooshy before but have never used Dream in Color’s Smooshy with Cashmere. Would that count?
A. Yes, that counts. It can be a company you’ve used before, as long as you’ll be using a base from that company that you’ve not used before.
Q. I’ve used a yarn that is 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon from Three Irish Girls before, but I haven’t used that same 80/10/10 base from Dragonfly Djinni. Can I use Djinni and have it count as “new to me”?
A. Yes, that counts. It can be a base (like 100% merino, or 80/10/10) that you’ve used before, but it needs to be a company/base combo that is new to you.
Q. I have picked out a fingering weight pattern that will take 700 yards, so I will need to purchase 2 skeins for this project. Is that ok?
A. You’ll want to pick a pattern that works with one skein of yarn, instead. Or find a laceweight project, since many of our laceweight skeins have higher yardage per skein.
Q. Can we participate with weaving instead of knitting or crochet?
A. For Camp Loopy, we’re sticking with knitting or crochet.
Q. I didn’t get to order during Camp Store Week, but if I order my project yarn later in that same month and complete the project by the deadline, does that still count, even though I know I don’t get the Camp Loopy discount?
A. Yes! Make sure that you add a “Camp Loopy” note to your order, so that we know you’re participating. You’ll still be eligible for the project drawings and prizes for that month, and if you finish all three projects by the deadlines, you’ll still get the bonus – a free skein of that luscious yarn, exclusively dyed.
Q. I want to participate using yarn from my stash. Does that still count?
A. You are welcome to participate and knit from stash and upload it to the gallery, as long as it’s yarn that we carry at The Loopy Ewe. (We always require projects in our Photo Galleries to be from yarn that we carry at TLE.) You will still be eligible for drawings and prizes for the month, but you won’t be eligible for the free yarn at the end.
Q. When you say to knit the project between 6/1 and 6/30, when EXACTLY does the timing start?
A. You can start at 12:01 am your time on 6/1 if you’d like, although a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast might be a better idea. The project needs to be done by 11:59 pm on 6/30, your time. The photos need to be uploaded by 11:59 pm OUR time (Mountain Time) on 7/1.
Q. Should we be starting a new Camp Loopy Group on Ravelry?
A. No. Since it’s an activity through The Loopy Ewe, I’d like to keep it as a part of our regular Loopy Groupies group. However, you’ll see Camp Loopy threads popping up on the Loopy Groupie board, based on different activities each month. For the first month, we’ll be splitting you up by Hiking Groups, and each group will be hiking a different mountain. Look for the starred mountain on the drawing on your Camp Loopy order sheet to see which group you’re in. (Note – this is totally for fun, and for those of you who want to chat in Camp Groups on the Loopy Groupie board. If that’s not your thing, you can stay out of the hiking groups and just knit! But … I’ll bet you will meet a new friend or two if you participate in the chats!)
Q. When you specify yardage in a project, can I use up the yardage by knitting double stranded? So if you say we must use 375 yards, can I do a 187.5 yard project, holding the yarn double? That would use 375 yards.
A. No. No doubling the yarn to get the yardage. If you’d like to knit something double stranded, you’ll need to use 750 yards so that you end up with a 375 yard project when it’s done.
Q. How do I know if I’m on track for the free yarn bonus, and when will I get it?
A. If you purchased your project yarn during Camp Store Week (or later that same project month) and uploaded your photo by the deadline, then you are on track. Once Camp is over and the yarn is ready, we’ll send you a notice to let you choose your camp colorway. You will have the option of having your bonus yarn added in the box with your next order from us, or you can choose to have it sent to you right away on its own and we’ll just add a shipping charge to that.
Q. Why do we have to purchase the yarn during Camp Store Week each month, if we want the bonus?
A. Two reasons. One – it costs us money to fund this (the contests, the extras, the free yarn at the end) and your purchases help us to be able to afford to do this. Two – it helps us to guarantee that everyone is knitting for the project during the designated time and not simply pulling a finished (or half finished) project out of their pile and saying they did it “for camp”. It keeps an even playing field for all of the people earning the bonuses.
Q. Will we have the chance to buy t-shirts with the Camp Loopy logo, like we did last year?
A. Yes! They’re on order and we’ll put them up on the website as soon as they arrive. And maybe a couple of other fun campy things, too. The first Camp Loopy extra is up on the website now – a drawstring project bag that’s a real hoot.
In addition to getting projects done along with discounts and free yarn rewards, another part of the fun is talking to fellow campers on the Loopy Groupie Board on Ravelry. We will set up chat groups each month during Camp, based on a different criteria each time. For this first month, we’re dividing you into Hiking Groups, based on which mountain you will be climbing. (Mt. Loopious, Mt. Fiberopolis, Mt. Knitsalot, Mt. Tinknomore, and Mt. Kaytwopeatwo.) Look for the starred mountain on your Camp Loopy order form. If you’re knitting your camp project from stash, feel free to choose one of the groups on your own. Jump into the discussion and share which project you’re going to make and what yarn you’re using, then report on your progress during the month. You’ll make new friends each month, because we’ll have another way to group you for the next month! (Not on Ravelry? No worries. Participating in the groups is not required. We just add those in for extra fun.)
We’re so looking forward to camping with you again this summer, and we have lots of fun things planned. Grab your hiking boots and your project bag, and get ready to roll! (Need a new project bag? We had some special owl bags done up for Camp Loopy!)
ChiaoGoo Interchangeable Sets – More of the Large, Small, and Complete Twist sets. The Small set has needle sizes 2 (2.75) – 8 (5.0), the Large set has sizes 9 (5.5) – 15 (10.0), and the Complete set has everything.
Sajou Scissors – If you want something truly beautiful to add to your notions case, check out these scissors. They’re pricey because of the labor that goes into each one. It takes a dozen people to make each pair! We have them in several styles. (Shown here in Tortoiseshell.)
Clover Beading Hooks – I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out hook sizes. To add to the confusion, some hooks seem to have different sizing than others. We have added in two sizes of hooks for the two sizes of beads that we carry. You’ll want the 1.0 mm for the 6/0 beads (that’s the size bead that fits well on fingering weight yarn) and you’ll want the .75 mm for the 8/0 beads (that’s the size bead that fits well on laceweight yarn.) I ordered every one of the hooks they had in stock and put more on backorder. So if we run out, just know that we hope to have more again soon.
Namaste– re-stocks in Boardwalk Bags, Hermosas, Harlows, Laguna, Mini Messengers, Monroes, Zumas, Buddy Cases, Circular Cases (some of those colors are on backorder), and Oh Snap bags in Eggplant.
Soak – Handmaid Creme (in the perfect size for purses and knitting bags) in Aquae, Celebration, Lacey, Yuzu and Scentless. Soak Wash in large and small sizes in Aquae, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless, as well as Yuzu in the small size and Travel Kits that contain 8 mini Soaks.
Blue Q Bags – We continue to have a lot of fun with these bags! We’ve re-stocked and added more. You’ll find them in the Handy Totes (the perfect project sized bag, although I’ve heard some of you are using these as gift bags, too), Shoulder Totes (the perfect multi-project sized bag with a zipper on top), Messenger Bags (great for one-skein shawls and scarves), and Large and Small Pouches for your notions and DPN’s.
Have fun checking out the new stuff, and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap!