Malabrigo Nube Roving – Malabrigo’s first venture into roving. This is super soft and awesome to work with, and of course it comes in the wonderful colors that they do so well. If you don’t yet spin, you might want to consider taking it up, just to work with this roving. That’s how nice it is! (Shown here in Persia).
Malabrigo Book 5 – another great pattern book! This one includes cowls, shawls, scarves and a poncho pattern, in several different weights and bases.
Inspinknity Blocking Wires – we’ve long carried tubes of blocking wires in the shop for in-store customers, but haven’t had something that would be easy to ship to all of you all over the world! That has changed with Inspinknity’s amazing blocking wires. These flexible wires are particularly great for items that you block with curves and rounded edges, as you’ll see the wires go in any direction you need them to. We have them available in Ultra Fine Lace and Ultra Fine Super Long.
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Lace – a re-stock of the laceweight balls of pretty, color-changing yarn. These are 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, and come with 875 yards in a ball.
Trekking – more new colors from Trekking, as well as a few more re-stocks. Not only is Trekking great for socks (easy care, great wear), but it’s also nice for gloves, hats and lighter weight mittens.
Have fun shopping and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun shipped right out to you!
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!
As always, TNNA Market was a lot of fun! What is Market like? Lots of booths, lots of samples knit up, lots of pretty colors, lots of designers, lots of classes, and lots of walking. I go to connect with our vendors, check out the new things for you, learn some new things in classes, and place a lot of orders. 🙂
The days start early, especially if you’re taking advantage of the many classes that are offered. There are classes that pertain to business and classes that pertain to skills and techniques, and I usually try to fit in a mix of both types while I’m there. (That does take a certain amount of commitment. Classes start at 8 am. When my alarm goes off to get up at 6:30 am, that’s 4:30 am Colorado time. Have I mentioned that I am so not a morning person? So. Not.) I have seldom taken a class there that wasn’t worth the early morning wake-up call though, so that’s good.
One of the classes I took this year was with Sally Melville. She brought lots of samples and I really liked the cuff on this sweater. She did a few rows of garter stitch, then a few rows of ribbing, then a few more rows of garter stitch to end the sleeve. The garter stitch makes the sleeve edge roll slightly, giving it almost an i-cord look (but a lot quicker and easier). If I ever get better at actually finishing sweaters (and not just starting them), I’m going to do things like this on my cuffs. So much more fun looking than a plain rib, don’t you think?
Of course you want to know what I bought, right? Besides getting in quite a few re-orders and re-stocks while I was there, I also added some extra lines from some of our favorite companies, as well as some new lines. (And one really cool exclusive thing that we’ll have in about 60 days, but since it’s so far down the road, I can’t tell you about that yet. But it will be fun!) We put orders in for all of the new Malabrigo Roving, which is as beautiful as all of the colors that Malabrigo does on their yarn bases. And we also added in Sweet Georgia’s BFL Roving (again, done in her awesome color combinations.) We do have more of her Tough Love Sock and CashSilk Lace coming soon, from an order that we put in awhile back.
I spent a lot of time in The Fibre Company’s booth, because their yarn is just luscious. We already carry Tundra and Road to China light. I added in Canopy Worsted and Canopy Fingering while at Market. This yarn is 50% alpaca, 30% merino, and 20% tencel. It’s gorgeous and soft and I can see us all knitting quite a few projects out of it! I also ordered the new colors in Spud and Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas, as well as new gradient color kits (with mini skeins, shown here at the top of the photo) from The Alpaca Yarn Company. They had a beautiful shawl done up in one of these gradient kits and I’m looking forward to making one soon.
There were new Chelsea Kits from Dream in Color that I ordered, as well as new Boy and Girl Tulip Sweater kits that will arrive soon. I added in a couple of brand new lines – 3 different yarn bases from Fable Fibers (a DK weight, an MCN fingering weight, and a big-skein – 600 yards, fingering weight. Shown here on the bottom left.). And the merino fingering weight base from Wonderland Yarns (put out by Frabjous Fibers, shown here on the bottom right). We may add in their MCN and Worsted weights as well, but thought we’d start with the fingering weight. There are a few more lines that I got samples from and am still contemplating for fall additions, so of course the shopping isn’t done yet. The yarn shopping is never done around here. I’m always finding more fun things for all of us. I love that part of my job!
That’s almost all the market news. You might have heard that we’re expanding our shop in Fort Collins. They’ve been making progress with the construction and this morning they knocked down the far wall! If you visit, you’ll see a big plastic sheet hanging across while they continue to finish out and blend together the spaces over the next five weeks. Now, with all that extra space we’re going to need a few more Loopy Elves, so we have some new positions opening up here at the shop (both full and part-time). If you or a friend are a local, enthusiastic quilter/sewist interesting in working at a growing company called The Loopy Ewe, please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to talk with you more over the next couple of weeks. Actually, have I mentioned that the TNNA Market isn’t the only market I’ve had fun at recently? I was at Quilt Market last fall and then again this past May …
Well, I hope you’re as excited about some of these new things as I am. Stay tuned to the blog for more fun things (and additional details about our new space) as we get ready for our Seventh Loopy Anniversary in August!
– Malabrigo 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.
– ChiaoGoo Needles – more re-stocks in some of the sizes that were backordered the last time. You all sure love these needles. (We do, too!)
– Loopy 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.