Three Irish Girls, Another Crafty Girl, Moda, and More!

Bourbon-Street-The-Loopy-EweHappy Monday to you all! Just up in tonight’s Update:

Three Irish Girls – Kells Sport Merino. This is a new base for us and is 100% merino wool with 320 yards in the skein. It works well for sweaters, shawls and baby items (machine wash gentle, lay flat to dry.) Shown here in Bourbon Street.

Three Irish Girls – Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering. An 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend that comes 370 yards to the skein. This one would be great for many of the cowl patterns I shared on last Friday’s blog post!

Mona-Lisa-The-Loopy-EweAnother Crafty Girl – Strong Sock. This fingering weight yarn is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, which makes it great for socks. You’ll also like it for shawl and cowl patterns. Shown here in Mona Lisa.

Lorna’s Laces – Shepherd Sock. A fingering weight yarn that is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. (And why is it that every time I type the word “nylon”, I end up typing “nylong”? Kind of like every time I try to type “loop” I always type “loopy”. But that one I understand ……)

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Lorna’s Laces – Solemate. This is the fingering weight version of the 55% superwash merino, 30% Outlast and 15% nylon yarn that cools you when you’re hot and warms you when you’re cold. It also comes in the Sportmate (sport weight) version. Shown here in Mt. Creek.

ChiaoGoo Red Lace Needles – re-stocked

Beading Hooks (1.0 mm and .75 mm) – re-stocked

Brittany Birch 10″ straight needles – re-stocked

Knitting Notions – re-stocked (including Conducive Thread, Norwegian Knitting Thimbles for colorwork, Lacis Wrist Yarn Ball Holders, and Knitting Counters.)

Blue-Jacks-Project-Bag-The-Loopy-EweThe Calico Bush – Drawstring Project Bags. Holly is a new indie artisan that we’ve added in to the shop. Her daughter Toni works at Interweave and is one of our Knit Night attendees. One night, Toni brought me one of the project bags that her mom makes, and it quickly became my go-to project bag. I love the drawstring top and the fact that it also has handles to loop over your arm as you knit on the go (or in the car, or on a plane). Lots of cute fabrics in this bunch! Shown here in the Blue Jacks pattern.

Valdani Thread – Pearl Cotton 12 thread for embroidery, quilting, crochet and wool applique. This line is hand-dyed with lead-free dyes, and guaranteed colorfast.

Modern Quilt Studio – A regular pattern magazine, but without ads – just patterns and interesting articles! We have their first seven issues available.

Andover Fabrics – Amelia, Dimples, Itsy Bits and Raindrops (a sample from the lines shown below). Dimples, Raindrops and Itsy Bits are great filler fabrics when you want something more interesting than solids, but nothing too big and patterned that will take away from your focus fabrics. We have two different Short Stacks available for the Amelia and Itsy Bits lines.

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Cloud 9 Fabrics – Happy Drawing Line. I’m partial to the sheep, but all of the different animals are adorable. Short Stacks also available. (A sample few fabrics shown below.)

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Moda Fabrics – Surrounded by Love (Valentine fabrics already!). Short Stacks available. (A sample few fabrics shown below.)

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Gingham Girls – pattern re-stocks on the ones we’ve sold out of. We’ve also kitted up the Posy Polka wall hanging, because we made up a sample for the shop and have had people ask about it.

Have fun shopping and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap! (You need a Box of Fun this week, right? Me, too.)

Sheri workinglatetonight,noknittingforme

Hats!

We’ve had some hat knitting going on around here lately, and they are all turning out great. Hats are a quick gift knit, in case you’ve started thinking about what you might want to make for people this season. Here’s a Sockhead Hat that I knit out of Biscotte & Cie self-striping yarn.

I love how the striping makes a bullseye as you get smaller near the top.

Here’s an adorable Swirl Baby Hat that Loopy customer Christine brought in to show us. This was also knit with Biscotte & Cie, with the flower & band done in Three Irish Girls.

Loopy Elf Roberta got in on the hat craze by making a Sockhead Hat out of Baah! yarn in one of their striping colors.

Need some other fun hat pattern ideas for yourself or friends and family? Try:

Fingering Weight: Peerie Flooers, Ishbel Beret, Bristol Hat, Zigging Hat, Collision, Oslo Star Hat, and Ripple.

Sport/DK Weight: Jacques Cousteau, Lina, Autumn Vines Beret, Sea Beanie, Zelda Cloche, Contemporary, and Golden Autumn.

Worsted Weight: Windschief, Who?, Claudia, Waffle Hat, Nine Dwindling Cables, Twistygoo, The Natural, and Milanese Lace Topper.

Do you have hats on your gift list? What else is on there this season?

Sheri thinkingIneedtomakemyselfaTwistygoo,
justforthename.

I Love Yarn Day and Camp Loopy Winners

Today is “I Love Yarn Day” and we’re celebrating! We’ll be adding this little bottle of Wollmeise Wool Wash to each yarn order that ships out today (while supplies last, but we have lots). This 1 oz. bottle will do 5-6 washes with your hand knits, and of course the smell is wonderful. It also makes a nice size to stick in your luggage when traveling. (Not available for sale, but we’re hoping the nice folks at Wollmeise decide to sell it sometime. We like it a lot.) Celebrate “I Love Yarn Day” with some new yarn and I hope you get some knitting time in today as well!

The votes are in and we have a winner for the Reader’s Choice award for Camp Loopy’s Project Three. Thanks to all of you who voted. The winner is Trisha from Canada, who made this beautiful Vortex Shawl using Three Irish Girls Cashmerino Fingering in Curiouser and Curiouser, Moon for the Misbegotten, and a few other Three Irish colors.

We also drew three names from the rest of the 573 photos that were entered, and they also win a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate! Those went to:

Gayle from OH, who made the shawl Rocky Mountaineer using Kollage’s Riveting Sport in Sand Denim and Storm Denim.

Meredith from MA who made the shawl Piper’s Journey using Madelinetosh Sport in Cathedral and Dried Rose.

Mary Kate from PA who made the shawl Point, using Madelinetosh Sock in Candlewick, Luster, Lapis, Malachite and Scarlet.

Congratulations to all of the winners (and all of the rest of you, too. It was a fun summer of knitting and we’re already planning for next year’s Camp Loopy!)

Sheri whomightweavetocelebratILoveYarnDaytoday
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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!