Guess what it’s doing again here? SNOWING! What a blustery day. I am kind of hoping that this is the last one. (Me. The snow-loving-person. Now done with it this season. Bring on the sunshine and warmer days.) Despite the snow and cold, we have plenty of fun things to warm you up in tonight’s Monday Update! Just up:
– Desert Vista Dyeworks – we have a new indie dyer for you! Susan does amazing work and we are so happy to share it with you. You’ll find it in 12 multi-colors and 16 different self-striping colors. Shown here in the Dia de los Muertos colorway in a sock that Loopy Office Manager Lynn knit up.
– Cascade – we’ve re-stocked 220, 220 Superwash, Heritage Sock, Heritage Silk, Eco Alpaca, Ultra Pima, Ultra Pima Fine, and Fixation (just in time to start in on some summer socks). The bins and shelves are overflowing with colors!
– Shalimar Breathless DK – you’re heard me say (often, I know) that Shalimar Breathless is one of my very favorite fingering weight yarns. Now I’m happy to tell you that we can offer it to you in a DK weight as well! Same gorgeous colors, same wonderful feel, same beautiful fabric knit up – just a bit heavier. Perfect for warmer shawls and of course you should make a sweater out of it, too. 🙂 Shown here in Asilomar.
– Christmas at Downton – we’re re-stocked this very popular colorway from Lorna’s Laces again. We have it for you in Shepherd Sport, Shepherd Worsted, Shepherd Sock, Solemate, and Sportmate. (Do we really have to wait until next January for the next season of Downton??)
– Wooden Yarn Caddies – George also brought down more small and large yarn caddies, in time for our Spring Fling this past weekend, so those are up on the website as well. We have them in Ash, Cherry, Oak, Walnut and Red Cedar in the large size, and Cherry, Oak, Walnut and Red Cedar in the small size.
Enjoy the new stuff and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped off asap!
Mondays are always a lot of fun around here. Our Inventory Manager Rebecca gets to unpack boxes of colors and wonderful things in the stock room during the week, and on Mondays we get to see everything that is going up in the night’s Update. Woohoo – so much cool stuff! Besides getting your weekend orders out, we also spend Mondays working on stocking the new things on the shelves, so that it’s all ready to pull and pack up to ship to YOU during the rest of the week. (That part is fun, too. We like seeing what you pick out.) Last night’s Monday Update included:
Madelinetosh Merino Light – this beautiful single ply fingering weight is awesome for shawls, cowls, sweaters, gloves – all kinds of wonderful things. We have it available in over 100 colors. Here is a picture of the Faberge shawl that one of our Thursday Knit Nighters – Cricket – knit up and let us borrow for display at Loopy. She made this with Merino Light in Glazed Pecan and Earl Grey. It’s a fun knit, and you get to incorporate beads into the border, too.
Madelinetosh Sock – a handful of pretty colors from a back order. 11 in all, added to what we already have in stock.
Manos del Uruguay Serena – a wonderful Sportweight yarn that we’ve just added in. Serena is kettle-dyed on a base that is 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton. It is so soft! Each skein is signed by the artisan who dyed your yarn and the village she resides in. We have it in solids and multi-colors. Try this yarn for cowls, shawls, mitts, scarves and sweaters. (Shown here in Hummingbird.)
Conductive Thread Bobbins – hold this thread together with your regular yarn as you knit the thumb and index fingers of gloves. You’ll then be able to use your touchscreen devices (phone, iPad, etc) while keeping your fingers warm. You’ll find this in the Knitting Gadgets section on the website.
Wooden Yarn Caddies – George has been down from Wyoming to bring us more of his beautiful yarn caddies! We’ve re-stocked both the small and large sizes. (Shown here in Red Cedar.)
Kollage – sizes O, 1 and 2 are now being made and we have them in stock. Some people find that these square needles are easier on the hands when knitting.
Knitting Notions – we’ve re-stocked a variety of notions, including the magnetic Chart Holders in small and large sizes.
Have fun checking out the new things, and pop in on the Webcam. You might see us packaging up your Box of Fun! (And you did notice Valentine Loopy on the Webcam, right? Elf Roberta continues to keep him outfitted in the best costumes.)
George has been in with another batch of those gorgeous yarn caddies. Smalls and Larges in all different kinds of wood. Wouldn’t this make a nice holiday gift for you? (You can buy it for yourself, or send someone else over here to get you one.) We have oohed and aahed over each one. And there are a lot.
My favorite ones are the ones that have speckles or knots or other designs in the wood. I always figure something happened to that tree during that growth time, and I like that it’s preserved to make things interesting in the caddie! Here are some examples:
We’ll have another batch of these in February, so this is it for the time being. We get batches about every other month.
Did you notice we didn’t have a Monday Update last week, due to the Labor Day holiday? (I jest. I know you noticed, because I got emails about it!) The one benefit of taking one week off from Updating, is that the week after that is bursting with new things! So get ready for lots of temptation. Tonight, we added in:
Alisha Goes Around– in the Richness of Martens fingering weight (shown above in Agave). This beautiful yarn is kettle-dyed by Alisha in Texas and this base is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% Silk. With 400 yards in a skein, it would be ideal for a beautiful scarf or shawl. (It also works for socks, but do you really want to hide it?) You might try the Calsada Scarf, or the Tiare Shawl & Scarf, or a Sliding Frogs Scarf (love the name).
The Fibre Company – in their Bulky Tundra base. This is made up of 60% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, and 10% Silk. Since it’s a bulky weight, it knits up quickly. I did their Arctic Cowl pattern with 2 skeins (shown here to the left, and below), and it’s warm and cozy. I just have to wait for winter to arrive, so I can wear it! We have it in all 12 colors. It would also make a nice hat or scarf or fingerless mitts. You might try it for a Shawl Collared Cowl, or the Chunky Dean Street Hat, or a Francine Headband, or Zephyr Fingerless Mitts/Mittens. I haven’t knit much with Bulky weight yarn. What I like about it is how fast it knits up. This would be a great yarn to use for some of those holidays gifts that you have on your list. The headband and mitts would great for teens.
Hand Maiden – Mini Maiden is back in stock! This one ply fingering weight is 50% wool and 50% silk. So soft and great to work with. It has a beautiful drape and just the right amount of sheen from the silk. With 545 yards per skein, you can make some wonderful one-skein shawls with this. How about the Sunflower Shawlette, or Ruffles and Ridges, or a Scarlet Sparkler Scarf.
Baggu – We’ve re-stocked all sizes and colors in Baby and Classic sizes, as well as the Backpacks and the accessory sets. These make such great project bags. They’re lightweight, hold a bunch, and are easy to tuck into a larger bag for a project on the run.
Scojo – I thought I bought these reading glasses mostly for me, but apparently you all like them, too! We’ve re-stocked all of the sizes and added in their cleaning cloths (which are great for glasses, but also nice for computer and iPad screens). What I like most about these glasses is how lightweight they are. I forget that I’m wearing them. (And if you have to wear reading glasses, it’s nice to at least be able to forget that they’re sitting on your nose….)
Wooden Yarn Caddies – George-from-Wyoming brought down a whole new batch of caddies, and this time we have small sizes (shown here in Walnut) as well as the large sizes. The small size is perfect for one skein of fingering weight yarn, so some of you might prefer that size for socks and small shawls. You’ll notice the price is almost the same. It’s the same amount of work for George and not really much less in materials, either. But we wanted to bring you both sizes, because we’ve found them handy ourselves. (He brought a couple down for us to try out the last time.)
Nelkin Designs – a re-stock of Laura’s popular jewelry kits. These are fun to knit up and the kits contain the yarn, beads and pattern. We have Ribband bracelets, Mudra Necklaces, Butin Collar Necklaces, Mudra Cuffs, and Rippled Necklaces in stock.
Dream in Color’s September Dream Club Yarn – We have put our final batch of the September color up on the website, and if you haven’t gotten a skein yet, you’ll want one (shown here)! There are 700 yds. in this skein of Dream in Color Baby, in a beautiful periwinkle (blue/purple) skein, with gray/brown mixed in just enough to make it interesting. We’ll be emailing you the Twilight pattern with purchase, so that you can make this skein up into a hat, cowl and mitts. Dream in Color is sponsoring a contest for anyone who wants to knit with all six of this year’s Dream Club yarns. You’re not required to use the club pattern, but at least half of each skein from each month must be used, and all six projects are to be completed by 3/31/13. To enter, post pictures of your completed projects (all six in one post, but each project in it’s own photo) in the Dream Club group on Ravelry, or on the Dream in Color Facebook page. They will be giving away 100 skeins of exclusively dyed yarn to 100 knitters who participate in the contest!
See? I told you we had a lot going up tonight for you. Enjoy the perusing and shopping, and we’ll get your orders out quickly!