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?

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Three Irish, Kauni, Malabrigo and More

We’ve been busy getting your Camp Store Week orders out, but we’ve also been busy in the stock room, unpacking boxes and getting photos done! For tonight’s Monday Update, we added in:

Malabrigo Rios – this superwash worsted weight has been very popular for sweaters, vest, and baby things. Remember, Malabrigo is hand-dyed in lots of 5, and sometimes even those 5 don’t match exactly right! If you’re making a multi-skein project with this yarn, it’s always important to alternate rows and skeins. The beauty of the colors and softness of the yarn makes it totally worthwhile. How about the Arroyo Shawl? Or a pair of Vancouver Fog fingerless mitts for a holiday gift? Or the Bella Baby Sweater? (Shown here in Solis.)

Malabrigo Silky Merino – a single-ply DK weight which is perfect for shawls, scarves, hats, etc. The silk adds a bit of sheen to anything you knit with it. Try it with the Verdure Shawl, or the Silver Bells Shawl.

Stonehedge Fiber Shepherd’s Wool – Re-stocks in DK and Worsted weights. This continues to be a really popular choice for sweaters. People in-store always pick it up and comment on how soft it is. Try the Delancey Cardigan out of the DK weight. Cute for Fall! (Shown here in Berries.)

Kauni – re-stocks in solids and multi-colors. We have continued to weigh each skein that comes in, so that we can adjust the gram weight more accurately for you. I made this Citron out of a skein and loved seeing the colors progress. You could also do theSynchrony Shawl, the Chou Cowl (love that), or a Vortex Shawl/blanket.

Blue Sky Alpacas – re-stocks and new colors, including a brand new base called Metalico. This 50% Baby Alpaca / 50% Raw Silk blend is truly luscious and comes in naturally occuring shades of baby alpaca. 147 yards per skein in Sport weight. I’d use this for cowls, scarves or gloves/mitts, but we also have patterns going up on the website tonight that include a poncho and a sweater (in addition to other things). Try The Political Process Mitts, or a Norden Cowl. (Shown here in Silver.)

Spud and Chloe – re-stocks and new colors. How about the Old Bones Shawl in Outer?

Three Irish Girls – re-stocks in Cashmerino Fingering and Adorn Sock. Beautiful color combinations for socks and shawls. Need some new sock pattern ideas? Maybe Charybdis SocksStepping Stones Socks, or Lavendar Fields Forever Socks.

Yarn Caddies – George brought another big batch of Yarn Caddies in at the end of last week. We have them in Red Cedar, Oak, Cherry, Maple, White Ash, and Brown Ash. And let me just say that it’s impossible to pick just one. Speaking from personal experience. (Shown here in Walnut.) Remember, due to the size and weight of the Yarn Caddies, we’re unable to ship them outside of the 48 contiguous States. I think that means that some of you might just have to hop a jet and visit us in person, don’t you think?

Speaking of hopping a jet – we have the dates set for our first Colorado Spring Fling! We’ll be Flinging April 18-21, 2013. Details and signups to come sometime in November (watch the blog and Loopy Email Newsletter for details this fall), but I know some of you like to plan ahead. We’re so looking forward to having you here!

Now – off to shop. We’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap!

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