String Theory, Shalimar and Space Cadet

I have had a busy few days back here in St. Louis, helping my folks with a house project. Thank goodness for those awesome Loopy Elves, who keep things rolling along at the shop whenever I’m gone! I’m heading back to Colorado tonight and am looking forward to being in the shop tomorrow to see what new things have arrived while I was gone. But before I head home, I wanted to put up tonight’s Update. We’ve just added in:

String Theory Caper – one of my long-time favorite yarn bases. This is one of the softest 80/10/10 bases we have. (Superwash Merino, Cashmere, Nylon). I used it for socks, but it’s also perfect for shawls, cowls, scarves and mitts. Keep it close to your skin, because it’s really wonderful. We have it in 45 colors for you tonight. (Shown above in Beach Plum.)

SpaceCadet Creations – Stephanie is a new indie dyer to us and works her magic in Pennsylvania. We have her Oriana base for you tonight, which is an 8-ply fingering weight in 100% Superwash Merino. You’ll like this yarn for socks, scarves, hats and shawls. The 8-ply base gives a little extra strength and stability to your projects. We have it in some multi-colors and some semi-solids, all equally gorgeous. (Shown here in Beguile.)

Shalimar Missy – a Bulky weight yarn, just in time to whip up some quick hats, cowls and scarves! This soft and squishy yarn is really nice to work with and wonderful to wear. Of course being a Bulky weight, your projects will go quickly as well. In addition to hats and scarves, consider using this for warm mittens and cozy sweaters and vests. You’ll love it. We’re really happy to have added the Bulky weight to our lineup of other great Shalimar yarns available at The Loopy Ewe. (Shown here in Tequila Sunrise.)

Have fun checking out the new things, and we’ll get your Boxes of Fun packed up and shipped off to you tomorrow. I’m contemplating a new (Shalimar Bulky) hat project myself.

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Inspiration Focus: Derecho

We headed cross-country back to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend last week. The 13 hour car drive across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri certainly brings lots of knitting time! Consequently, I was able to (finally) finish my Derecho. This is the second one I have done. I did the first one in the smaller size (see it here), and chose to do this one in the larger size. The small size stops before the last two long strips on the bottom left and right edge, so you can see how the size compares. There is a lot of knitting in the larger size. I made this one out of Shalimar Breathless in Sea Glass, Neptune and Buttermilk. You need a light, medium and dark color for this pattern. For this larger size, I used 1 1/2 skeins of the darkest color, 1 skein each of the other two. Despite being a bit tired of all that knitting by the end, I did make the border a bit larger. I did 10 rows (including pickup and bindoff) instead of the 3 that it called for. I like that the border is twice the width of the regular stripes.

I wanted to share some of the beautiful Derecho Shawls (by designer Laura Aylor) that inspired me to make the two that I made this summer and fall. Thanks to all of you who chose this design for one of your Camp Loopy projects this summer.

Martha’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Wash, Forestry and Mineral:

MK’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Sock in Antler, Iris and Tart:

Beth’s Derecho made with Swan’s Island Organic Fingering in Blue, Iron Oxide and Forest Floor:

Glenna’s Derecho made with Madelinetosh Merino Light in Dusk, Mare and Sequoia:

Malia’s Derecho made with the Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Black, Slate and Malachite:

Kristi’s Derecho made with the Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Navy, Lilac and Orchid:

Jump on in to the Derecho pattern. All you need is a light, a medium, and a dark (fingering weight, 400 yards or so of each color, unless you’re doing the large size and then you’ll need more of the dark color). Or try one of Laura’s other beautiful patterns – Faberge, All the Shades of Truth, Enamored, Oak Park, Serra, and more. I think the Oak Park scarf will be one of my next projects. It looks fun to knit up! Plus, I like projects that involve more than one color. Do you?

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Fibernymph, Shalimar, Biscotte, Trekking and more!

Brrr – it’s downright cold around here in the mornings now. How about where you are? It’s the perfect weather for knitting a new fall sweater, and we have more of one of our favorite sweater yarns up on the website in tonight’s Monday Update. Just in:

Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool – a worsted weight yarn that has quickly become a favorite for many of you. We’ve re-stocked all of the colors and they’re ready to turn into sweaters, vests, scarves and hats! (Shepherd’s Wool also come in a DK weight.)

Biscotte & Cie – Did you see the cute twisted Stitch Surfer sock pattern in the latest edition of Knitty, using this yarn? We have it available in 5 different color combinations (self-striping yarn plus solid). It looks like a fun and unusual pattern for all of us sock knitters! (Shown above in the Kit 3 version – Purple Rain.) Don’t forget to check out the regular Biscotte self-striping skeins we have in stock as well. They’re fun to work with. I’ll show you the hat I made with one of them in Wednesday’s blog post!

Shalimar – re-stocks of the Zoe Sock Yarn fingering weight. This batch was done on a new Zoe Sock yarn base, which is a bit softer than the other base. We still have some of the original base left, for those of you who are a fan and don’t like change! The new base is listed on the website under Zoe Sock 2. (Shown here in Asilomar.)

Trekking XXL – lots of re-stocks in all of your favorite colors! This fingering weight sock yarn is great for gift knitting, because there is no special care required. The gift recipients can toss it in the washer and dryer and it will come out looking just as beautiful as when you knit it.

Zauberball – re-stocks in Crazy Socks, Sock, Starke 6 (DK), and Lace. We’ve also added in Zauberball 100 – the single ply fingering weight in a 100% merino wool base.

Fibernymph Dye Works– Hand dyed by Lisa in PA, this fingering weight base is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. Great for long-wearing socks and pretty for shawls and scarves, too. (Shown here in Mourning Dove.)

Austermann – re-stocks in Step, the wonderful yarn that is infused with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil. The softening/moisturizing qualities last for more than 40 washes, and it’s wonderful on your hands as you knit it up.

Zitron – re-stocks in Uni-sono Multi’s and semi-solids, and Filigran (a 100% Superwash Merino single ply laceweight with 650+ yards per skein).

Namaste – the new yellow color is now available in the Harlow Bags, the Circular Cases, the Skinny Minis (shown here), and Zuma Bags. These are a great way to add a little sunshine to your cold Fall and Winter days.

We have a winner from last week’s blog contest, where I asked you what other needle arts you like to do. The Random Number Generator pulled a comment from the bunch and the skein of Fibernymph yarn goes to Julia in TN. Congratulations, Julia!

Happy shopping, and we’ll get your orders pulled and packed up tomorrow. Tuesday’s are always a lot of fun around here!

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Skein, Shalimar, Socktopus and More

Happy Monday! We’re bringing you lots of wonderful things tonight, and then we’ll have no Monday Update next week due to Columbus Day (and a No Mail Monday). Just up today, we added in:

Skein – Top Draw Sock. This fingering weight yarn is dyed up by Kristen in Australia, and comes 437 yards to the skein. It’s 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Nylon. Kristen is known for her beautiful color blends! This would be great for socks, but also one-skein shawls, cowls and mitts as well. (Shown here in Night Owl).

Shalimar – Breathless. A few more colors from our last order. This fingering weight yarn is one of my personal favorites because the yarn base (75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk) is so luscious. If you’re making special holiday gifts, you might want to use this. It would be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls and hats.

Camp Loopy Colors – We had the tent groups in Camp Loopy’s Project Three come up with Camp Colorways and inspiration photos, and Lorna’s Laces took them and turned them into the most beautiful colors. We have: In The Wind, Nature’s Glory, Lilac Fields, Northern Lights, Orange Sunset and Soft Sunrise available, and you’ll find them under the Camp Loopy section in Yarn. (Shown here in Nature’s Glory).

Malabrigo – Silkpaca. You all have been having fun with this. (Or at least you’re having fun ordering it!) This laceweight yarn comes 420 yards to the skein and is 70% Baby Alpaca and 30% Silk. It’s beautiful and feels soft and wonderful. You’ll love using it for shawls and scarves.

Socktopus – Sokkusu. This yarn is hand-dyed in the UK and has a wonderful twist to it. Your patterns will really pop! The 100% super wash merino is great for shawls and scarves, and equally popular for socks. (Shown here in Ayame).

Mountain Colors – Bearfoot. More colors in this warm sock yarn base. 60% Superwash Merino, 25% Mohair, and 15% Nylon, with 400 yards to the skein. You might also try these colors for a triple-color shawl, like the Thin Ice shawl I made awhile back. Pick a multi-color that you like, and then two different solids to go with it.

Della Q – New fabric yarn caddies and yarn dispensers from Della Q, in addition to a re-stock on needle cases.

Loopy Ewe Tote bags – Project Keepers (great for 8 1/2 x 11 pattern plus yarn and needles), Purse Pals (great for notions like your tape measure, scissor, darning needle, stitch markers, etc), and Large Project Totes (holds everything).

Dream in Color – October Dream Club Yarn. (Shown here). This new base is a fingering weight with 75% wool, 25% silk and comes 440 yards to the skein. When you purchase a skein, we’ll also send you a free emailed pattern for the Autumn Fern Mobius Cowl. (Remember, we will have more skeins available again next week, so check back if we run out.) In addition to the cowl, you could also use this gorgeous yarn for shawls, scarves, socks and mitts.

Enjoy your browsing and shopping and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped off to your house asap!

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