Fibernymph, Shalimar, Biscotte, Trekking and more!

Brrr – it’s downright cold around here in the mornings now. How about where you are? It’s the perfect weather for knitting a new fall sweater, and we have more of one of our favorite sweater yarns up on the website in tonight’s Monday Update. Just in:

Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool – a worsted weight yarn that has quickly become a favorite for many of you. We’ve re-stocked all of the colors and they’re ready to turn into sweaters, vests, scarves and hats! (Shepherd’s Wool also come in a DK weight.)

Biscotte & Cie – Did you see the cute twisted Stitch Surfer sock pattern in the latest edition of Knitty, using this yarn? We have it available in 5 different color combinations (self-striping yarn plus solid). It looks like a fun and unusual pattern for all of us sock knitters! (Shown above in the Kit 3 version – Purple Rain.) Don’t forget to check out the regular Biscotte self-striping skeins we have in stock as well. They’re fun to work with. I’ll show you the hat I made with one of them in Wednesday’s blog post!

Shalimar – re-stocks of the Zoe Sock Yarn fingering weight. This batch was done on a new Zoe Sock yarn base, which is a bit softer than the other base. We still have some of the original base left, for those of you who are a fan and don’t like change! The new base is listed on the website under Zoe Sock 2. (Shown here in Asilomar.)

Trekking XXL – lots of re-stocks in all of your favorite colors! This fingering weight sock yarn is great for gift knitting, because there is no special care required. The gift recipients can toss it in the washer and dryer and it will come out looking just as beautiful as when you knit it.

Zauberball – re-stocks in Crazy Socks, Sock, Starke 6 (DK), and Lace. We’ve also added in Zauberball 100 – the single ply fingering weight in a 100% merino wool base.

Fibernymph Dye Works– Hand dyed by Lisa in PA, this fingering weight base is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. Great for long-wearing socks and pretty for shawls and scarves, too. (Shown here in Mourning Dove.)

Austermann – re-stocks in Step, the wonderful yarn that is infused with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil. The softening/moisturizing qualities last for more than 40 washes, and it’s wonderful on your hands as you knit it up.

Zitron – re-stocks in Uni-sono Multi’s and semi-solids, and Filigran (a 100% Superwash Merino single ply laceweight with 650+ yards per skein).

Namaste – the new yellow color is now available in the Harlow Bags, the Circular Cases, the Skinny Minis (shown here), and Zuma Bags. These are a great way to add a little sunshine to your cold Fall and Winter days.

We have a winner from last week’s blog contest, where I asked you what other needle arts you like to do. The Random Number Generator pulled a comment from the bunch and the skein of Fibernymph yarn goes to Julia in TN. Congratulations, Julia!

Happy shopping, and we’ll get your orders pulled and packed up tomorrow. Tuesday’s are always a lot of fun around here!

Sheri thinkingtheElvesprobablyneedextrachocolateonTuesdays,too

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!