It’s Monday, and you know what that means? More pretty things up on the website for you. This week we have re-stocks of some popular lines, new colors from others, and a new Shawl Kit to share with you. Just up:
Colinette Jitterbug– I know, I know – it has been a long time since we had a good re-stock of this popular yarn. We bought lots, so you have many gorgeous colors to choose from! Jitterbug is a fingering weight yarn with a great, squishy twist, making it perfect for socks, shawls and scarves. I made this Multnomah Shawl with 2 skeins and really enjoyed working with it. (Shown here in Gaugin.)
Manos del Uruguay Alegria – Oh, this is a pretty fingering weight. 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Polyamid (nylon), with 445 yards in the skein. Great for socks, shawls and scarves. Even though fingering weight yarn takes a little longer to knit up (than, say, worsted or bulky weight), the fine texture and drape that you get makes it so worth it. (Shown here in Butla.)
Fleece Artist Trail Socks – A full re-stock on their fingering weight yarn on the 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon base. One of the things I love the most about Fleece Artist is their wonderful sense of color. You’ll find some old favorites and some new inspirations as well.
The Fibre Company Road to China Light – This sport weight yarn is 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel and 10% cashmere. Can you even imagine? It’s luscious. If you’re in the holiday gift-knitting mode, this is one of the yarns that people will unwrap and say, “Ohhhhh. Wow.” And isn’t that what you always want them to say when you have spent the time and money to knit them a gift? Try it for scarves, cowls, hats, mittens and shawls. (Shown here in Ruby.)
The Alpaca Yarn Company Passi Shawl Kits – A fun gradient shawl pattern that comes with 6 (90 yd) skeins of gradient-dyed colors to knit it up. You’ll find six different color of kits to choose from. The yarn is Paca Peds (65% Superwash Wool, 20% Alpaca, and 15% Nylon.) What fun!
Enjoy the new things, and the Elves will get your orders all packed up and shipped off as soon as possible!
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 email@example.com – 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!
Loopy is well dressed and ready for March! (Elf Roberta designs all of Loopy’s holiday costumes and has a lot of fun with it. This month, she crocheted his leprechaun outfit to celebrate National Crochet Month.) I especially like his orange, very Irish-looking beard this month. You can catch Loopy and his outfits in the top corner of the webcam. He gets a new outfit every time there’s something new to celebrate.
In honor of March (and green leprechauns, and green grass and green trees coming soon), I let Mischievous Loopy play in some green yarn this morning. (You might remember Mischievous Loopy from another post. He’s always getting into something. Don’t confuse him with Webcam Loopy. Webcam Loopy is as sweet as can be, which is why he gets to wear the costumes.)
He had a fun morning. Now I have to figure out how to train him to put all that yarn back. He hightailed it into the kitchen for M&M’s, once the photography session was over. (I’m pretty sure Webcam Loopy would have stayed around to help. He’s much nicer that way.)
We had a great Snow Day yesterday! (Not a Snow Day in terms of being off from school or work, but a Snow Day in terms of it being beautiful and white and wintery all day long). I know the Midwest was hit by a big snowstorm yesterday, too. I love snow and am always happy to see those big flakes coming down. Knitting Daughter and I took last weekend off for a Girls Birthday Weekend higher up in the mountains (here’s a photo I took while we were there) and got a lot of knitting and movie watching done. OK, and a little bit of shopping. But mostly we wanted to just hang out and knit.
One of the projects I worked on last weekend was a pair of mittens. (It’s a free pattern: Super Bulky Mittens).You might remember that I made a pair of these before Christmas, too. I gave those to my sweet mother-in-law. But I knew at that time that I’d have to make myself a pair. They are just so thick and warm. I used Malabrigo Rasta, but I think these would be equally gorgeous in Fibre Company Tundra, Shalimar Missy, or Spud and Chloe Outer. If I had anyone else to make mittens for, I’d make another pair. They knit up so quickly and are fun to make. Like before, I changed the pattern slightly by adding 10 rows of ribbing on the cuffs and added a total of 4 stitches to each mitten to make it a little larger. The pattern calls for 66 yards, so I used a bit more than that with my additions. Given the snow yesterday, it’s a good thing I made them last weekend, just in time to keep my hands warm!