Inspiration Focus on: Sothia

We have had so many wonderful photos shared in our photo galleries throughout the past two summers of Camp Loopy, that I thought I’d highlight some of the patterns that have been a popular choice. I love seeing the same pattern done up in different colors and different yarn. Today, I want to highlight the Sothia Shawl. This is one that came up several times in last summer’s camp photos, and I thought it was so beautiful that I knit it up myself last fall. I did mine in String Theory Caper Cobalt and Hand Maiden Casbah in Smoke. What I love about this pattern – the shape (it makes it easy to keep it around your shoulders) and the cool ruffle. Yardage – this striped version takes about 750 yards of the main yarn (the blue, in my shawl), and 250 yards of the other color (the gray, in my shawl). Here are some of your shawls, that inspired me!

Eevi’s version out of Madelinetosh Merino Light Nutmeg and Cascade Heritage Sock (with a smaller ruffle):

Amanda’s version out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in Fawn and Rose:

Karen’s version out of Spud and Chloe Fine in Popcorn and Lipstick:

Judy’s version out of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Dove and Iron:

Margaret’s version out of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Kiwi and Eggplant:

Amy’s version out of Cascade Sock in Steel, Anis and Como Blue:

Sue’s version out of Three Irish Girls Cashmerino Fingering in Saoirse and Zephyr:

Julie’s version out of Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in Passion and Plenty:

Brian’s version out of Dream in Color Smooshy in Dusky Aurora (nice to see a one-color version!):

Leslie’s version out of Madelinetosh Sock in Molly Ringwald and Wash:

Raven’s version out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in Malachite and Moorland:

Sharon’s version out of Shalimar Zoe Sock in Buttermilk and Thistle:

Marilee’s version out of Dragonfly Djinni in Titania and Madelinetosh Sock in Celadon:

This is a large-sized shawl that is wonderful to wrap up in. Have you tried it yet?

Sheri ruffletookforever,buttotallyworthit!

Camp Loopy Project Two Drawings

Thank you for voting on our Camp Loopy Project Two entries! We have tallied the votes and the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award is Janine from Missouri, who finished this gorgeous High Seas lace shawl which she calls “Belladonna Goes for a Swim”. She used Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace in the Nightshade colorway for this stunning creation. The finished shawl is the shape of a parallelogram. Congratulations on being a Blog Reader favorite, Janine!

We also drew three names from the rest of the 672 photos that were entered, and they also win a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate! Those went to:

Tamah from North Carolina, who made the Cielo Shell out of Cascade Ultra Pima in the Cornflower Blue colorway.

 

And Traci in Nevada, who made a Pendulum Shawl out of Shalimar’s Breathless in the Glacier and Ore colorways.

 

And Christina from California, who made the Let’s Go Shopping Shawl out of Dream in Color’s Starry in the Peacock Shadow colorway.

We’ve added your $35 Loopy Gift Certificate to your accounts. And a big congratulations to all of you who participated in Camp Loopy’s Project Two. We have loved seeing all of the things that you made.

Now that we have all of the photos up and approved for Project Three, it’s time to vote on that one. Hop on over to the Project Three Gallery and pick a favorite. Then email us your vote: support@theloopyewe.com We’ll tally them up and will announce the final list of Camp winners in a couple of weeks.

The Camp fun isn’t over yet! We have some special Camp Colors coming up this fall, as well as the bonus yarn that so many of you earned. You’ll be getting an email from us in the next couple of weeks, if you finished all three projects within all of the guidelines. And as soon as the Camp Colorways are ready, we’ll share that with you on the blog. It looks like we’ll have two different batches of Camp colors, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri alsostaytunedfortheFourthQuarterChallenge,comingupinaweekortwo

Malabrigo Silkpaca, Shalimar Breathless and More

Lots of pretty colors and lots of luscious yarn up in tonight’s Monday Update! (Monday aka “Grow Your Stash Day” or “Start a New Project Day”. I think that should officially be on every calendar.) We just added in:

Malabrigo’s new Silkpaca Lace – Available in 24 colors, this  hand-dyed lace has a beautiful sheen and wonderful drape. 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk, and 420 yards in a skein. Perfect for a drapey scarf or shawl. (Shown here in Abril.) Try it for a Lancet Shawl, or Good Day Sunshine, or a Montego Bay Scarf or a Spice Trade Shawl.

Shalimar Breathless – still one of my very favorites. I just picked a few more skeins for a fall project for myself! (Camp Loopy Project Three is almost done. Time to reward myself with an awesome new project!) This fingering weight yarn is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 15% Silk. At 420 yards per skein, it’s a perfect size for one-skein shawls and socks, as well as scarves and cowls. (Shown here in Tequila Sunrise.) Try a skein for socks like: Pas de Deux, or Helen Socks, or Pillars. Or try it for scarves like: Cerus, or Kernel, or To Infinity and Beyond. Of course it is also beautiful in shawls, which is probably what I’ll use it for. Thinking about another Derecho with this. (You need a light, medium and dark color for Derecho. Easy.)

Dream in Color Classy – a re-stock of all colors, just in time for fall sweater knitting. Classy is a worsted weight yarn that is machine washable and comes 250 yards to the skein. Great for sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, mittens and easy-care kid clothes. Check out these fun patterns that call for a worsted weight: Dark and Stormy (or really any sweater by Thea – I love them all), Arroyo shawl, Windschief hat, or a Pine Forest Baby Blanket.

Dream in Color Tulips Baby Sweater Kits – in both boy, girl and unisex color choices. Each kit comes with the mini skeins needed to knit one sweater, as well as the pattern. (Finished sweater shown here. Colors will vary.)

Chic Knits Patterns – Bonne Marie’s patterns are always well written, stylish and timeless. I have about 10 that I want to make for myself. I really need to get into a sweater groove and jump in.

Have fun shopping and we’ll have fun pulling your orders and packing them up just for you tomorrow!

Sheri whoalwayslovesgrowingheryarnstashonMondays

Shalimar, Alpaca with a Twist, Lorna’s, and More

It has been really fun to read all of your sweet comments on last week’s Anniversary Blog post. (Did you leave a comment? We’re drawing at the end of the week for Wollmeise Lace, so get in on it!) I know that we have a lot of blog visitors on Mondays because you all want to see what just went up for the week. Thanks for making Mondays (and Tuesday packing days) so fun for us. We look forward to seeing what you pick out. 🙂 Tonight we just added in:

Shalimar Breathless – We have 18 colors that went up tonight, and more coming again soon. I made my first Color Affection with three colors of this luscious yarn and it immediately moved up to my “most favorites” list. It’s just a pleasure to work with and wear. (Shown above in American Beauty). It would be perfect for Line Break, or Stripe Study, or Miss Doolittle.

Kollage Riveting Worsted & Sport – The yarn made from recylcled jeans! I used this for the My Kind of Saturday Cowl that I made last year. There’s just something nice about knitting with yarn that is like your favorite old pair of jeans. Try it for a Pipit Sweater, A Day at the Beach Sweater, or the Tabitha top.

Lorna’s Laces – new colors and re-stocks in Shepherd Sock and Sportmate. I like that they went with a formal theme for the new colors this season. Very fun! (Shown here in Shepherd Sock Pocket Square.) Look for Ascot, Bow Tie, Cummerbund, Pocket Square, Spats and Waistcoat). This would be fun in a Venomous Tentacula (how’s that for a name?) or Eiku, or a Mizutama Shawl.

Dream in Color Smooshy – A re-stock of all of your favorite colors in one of your favorite fingering weight bases. Smooshy knits with no striping or pooling – just all over beautiful color for socks, shawls, cowls, scarves and lighter weight sweaters. Try Hidden in the Forest, or Buckwheat, or Temperance.

Alpaca with a Twist Sock – I’m a sucker for alpaca. It’s soft and warm and so nice to work with. This sock base is great for warm, wonderful socks. I also used it to make a Feather and Fan Scarf, because it’s just as nice around your neck or in shawls. How about Berlioz, or Saint Michel Socks, or Amelie.

Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist– The yardage in this DK weight skein is great – 549 yards. This would make a very nice, warm sweater or vest. Also nice for shawls and scarves. Knitting Daughter just finished a blue and gray scarf out of it like this scarf, and she’s anxious for cold weather to get here so that she can wear it. If you have someone in your family who really hates the cold, you need to make them a Neverending Scarf. The double thickness makes it a great barrier against the cold. (Shown here in Blue Corn). It would be wonderful for the Kudzu Shawlette, a Houndstooth Bandana, or the Stellaria Shawl.

Alpaca with a Twist Fino – The nice thing about the Fino base is that it’s laceweight. It gives the warmth that alpaca brings, but in a lightweight yarn. Definitely shawl yarn, although those cute vests made from laceweight would also be pretty out of this. How about the Featherweight Cardigan, or a Kiwassa Shawl, or Camelot’s Embrace.

Kollage’s New Square Circulars – in the 24″ cable length. Kollage has improved their needles and moved production to the U.S.  They are rolling the different lengths out on a specific production schedule, starting with the 24″ ones. We’ll get each length as they are released and we’ll keep you posted as they arrive.

I’m working on finishing up the photo approval process for the last Project Two photos for Camp Loopy. As soon as we’re done with those, I’ll get the Project Three Gallery up. I have gotten so many new (cool!) pattern ideas from all of your Camp projects this summer. It’s one of my favorites parts of the photo galleries. Thanks for sharing with us!

Sheri stillhaven’tstartedmyownprojectthree.
Buriedwithotherknitting.Stillhopeful,though.