Biscotte & Cie, Stonehedge, Jordana Paige, and More!

TheLoopyEwe BiscotteDid any of you get snow yesterday like we did? We had about 12″ of that beautiful stuff at our house. It was a perfect knitting day! I took some pictures that I’ll post on Wednesday’s blog. Monday blogs are all about new stuff going up, and we have some fun things tonight! Just up:

Biscotte & Cie – not only do we have lots of pretty self-striping colors in their sock yarn, but we also added in some colors and skeins of their wosted weight self-striping yarn, too! The sock/fingering weight is great for socks and things like the Sockhead hat (here’s the one that I made with Biscotte & Cie – so fun), mitts, gloves, and scarves. The worsted weight is great for those same things, only it knits up faster and is bulkier. Shown here – the worsted weight hat I made last week in the A Moi le Coco colorway, after this order came in. I just couldn’t help balling up a skein and trying it out.

Stonehedge Fibers – we’ve re-stocked all of the colors of Shepherd’s Wool. This yarn is popular for sweater and vest knitting, as it’s very soft and comes in great colors. Of course it also works well for scarves, hats and mittens, as well as colorwork.

elvisSoakboxes – these make great gifts, but they’re also nice to gift to yourself. In each box you get Soak Wash, Soak Handmaid Lotion, a skein of Lorna’s Laces, matching nail polish, and a pattern to make a cute pair of fingerless mitts. We have re-stocked the ones we were out of, and added a new one: Elvis Paisley. This features the new Yuzu scent. (Shown here in Elvis.)

Soak Wash – you can also find the new Yuzu scent available seperately as a wash or a lotion. Yuzu combines tart citrus and crushed eucalyptus for a refreshing scent.

Soak Heel – Heel has been re-stocked in Cucumber, Spearmint and Scentless. This is the best stuff for your feet. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, try some. I use it every day. (And if you’re giving socks as a gift, it’s nice to include a tub of this with the socks. The label on the container says “For feet worthy of hand-knit socks.” It’s a good way to remind the recipient that hand-knit socks are special!)

HiyaHiya Notions – we have re-stocked the Knitter’s Safety pins (I love these), cable needles, and point protectors. We’ve also added in Panda Pewter Stitch Markers, Socknitters Stitch Markers, and Panda Point Protectors.

HiyaHiya Needles – re-stocked.

jordana tealJordana Paige – the new Cezanne bags are in. We have them in Stone Grey, Bordeaux, Mediterranean Teal, and Orange Poppy. You should have seen all of us standing in the stockroom when they came in. We all wanted one and had a hard time picking which color we wanted. We  had quite the conversation. They are all beautiful. I still haven’t made my final decision on color. (Shown here in the Mediterranean Teal color.) You can get a peek into part of the inside on our website.

Thanks for alllll of your comments on the Spring Fling giveaway! I am so glad that this was based on a random drawing from all of the entries, because if I had had to pick a “most deserving” winner, I would not be able to do it. I wish I could give spots to all of you. We ran the randomizer this afternoon, and the winner is: Margaret from AL, who says she’d like to bring her best knitting buddy Amy with her.

Sheri lotsofpocketsinthatJordanabag.Ilikepockets.Andbagsingeneral. 🙂

Madelinetosh, Socktopus, String Theory and More!

We just added our last official Monday Update of 2012 for you on the website. Since next Monday is Christmas Eve and the Monday after that is New Year’s Eve, this is our final one of the year. (However, we might pop one or two things up sometime between now and the end of the year, just to keep our stock room from exploding before the first Monday Update in 2013.) Just up, you’ll find:

Madelinetosh – Prairie. If you love Madelinetosh Merino Light (and so many of you do), then you will love the laceweight version of it. I am not a big lace knitter and even I am nabbing a few skeins of this gorgeous yarn! Single-ply 100% superwash merino, with a generous 840 yards per skein. Have you tried a Nuvem yet? I think everyone needs one, and it would be gorgeous in this Prairie. (You will need 2 skeins.) Lightweight but warm. Nice as a shawl or scrunched up as a scarf. Great for travel (and you can even use it as a pillow on the plane or in the car.) Other options for Prairie: Assante, Radiance Shawl, Juno Regina Shawl and Wrap, Winter Twilight Mitts, Simple Lines, and Bayfield. (Shown above in Envy.)

Socktopus – Sokkusu. Fingering weight, 100% superwash with a nice springy twist. This yarn is great for socks and shawls with texture going on in the pattern. (Of course you can knit it plain as well. But the springy twist will really make your cables and twists pop.) Some patterns you might try for socks: Angler’s Loop Socks, Flecha Socks, Tidepool Socks, Gansey Girl, and Atticus. (Shown here in Pout.)

String Theory – DK. This 100% superwash merino has 280 yards in the skein and is wonderful for sweaters and vests, hats and scarves, mittens and gloves. You’ll love the beautiful color choices. Do you need some pattern ideas? Effortless Cardigan, Acer, Poema, Cloud Chaser, Spring Garden Tee, and Lente.

Dragonfly Fibers – Merino Silk Roving. Are you ready for some spinning over the holidays? This base is 65% superwash merino and 35% silk and comes 4 oz. to the braid. It will spin up into gorgeous yarn. (Shown here in Admiral Benbow.)

Della Q – Project Bags and Needle organizers. Della comes up with some of the most practical (and beautiful) organizers out there. If you have a jumble of needles that need organizing, invest in one of these so that you’ll be able to quickly find the right needles when you’re ready to start a new project.

Stonehedge Fiber Mill – Shepherd’s Wool Worsted. This line continues to be very popular with our sweater knitters. The wool is soft and knits up beautifully, and there are many colors to choose from. Here are some ideas: Woodburne Cardigan, Vodka Gimlet,  and Wrapped Pullover. Of course it’s great for things other than sweaters, too. Try these: One Skein Boot Toppers, Turn a Square Hat, Idalia Shawl, and Jo March Mitts.

Knitifacts – Stitchmarkers. I always like these stitchmarkers, because there is nothing dangling to get in the way of my yarn as I’m knitting. They’re lightweight (made from aluminum) and sealed closed with a seed bead so there are no rough edges to catch on the yarn. Plus, they come in all kinds of fun color sets! (Shown here in Big Top.)

Lantern Moon – Owl and Sock Monkey tape measures. These are too cute. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Thank you again for your wonderful RAK reporting on last Friday’s blog. I know all of us were glad to have some positives to focus on. (If you haven’t read the RAK reports from the first day, check this blog post for more reports of people helping people.) We randomly drew two names to receive their choice of our Loopy Ewe Seasoning Series yarn and those will be going to Debbie in CO and Jennie in PA. Congratulations, you two! Our last RAK blog contest will be this Friday, 12/21 and we’d love to have you participate.

I have been picking up my knitting more than ever over the last few days. When there are things going on in the world over which I have no control (but I worry about any way), the simple act of making loops with yarn seems to help me. One of my favorite quotes on the wall here at Loopy is, “In the rhythm of the needles there is music for the soul.” The Elves and I wish you peace and calm music for your soul this week and throughout the season.

Sheri (and The Loopy Elves)

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!

Sheri needtofinishProjectTwobutanxioustostartinonProjectThree
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