Loopy Academy Fall 2021!

How can it be September 1st already? But the fun part of that is that it brings Loopy Academy back in session! And this school year, we have something fun for you and it involves some of our wonderful indie knitwear designers.

Loopy Academy Knitwear Designers

Fall Semester Challenge: Three projects. Each pattern should be from different knitwear designers that we have featured in our Blog’s Designer Spotlight in the past. (So you’ll be doing one pattern each, from three different designers.) If you’re having a hard time choosing, just know this will also be our Spring Semester challenge, too. That way you’ll have a chance to do six different designers, if you do both Fall and Spring Semesters. Spring Semester goes from February 1 through May 31.

Details:
– If you complete all three Fall Semester Projects following the parameters, we’ll add 225 points to your Loopy Reward Totals. (Points will be added by mid-January, when we have confirmed all of the projects.)
– Yarn for Fall Semester needs to be purchased from The Loopy Ewe starting September 1, 2021 or later.
– Photos of each of your completed projects need to be emailed to us by 12/31/21 (support@theloopyewe.com) You can email them as you finish them. Sarah keeps an amazing master spreadsheet!
– When you send in your photo, please include date of yarn purchase, name of pattern, name of yarn, name of designer and yardage used.
– Each project needs to be a minimum of 400 yards, singly knit.

Here is a link to all of the Designer Spotlights on our blog: The Loopy Ewe Designer Spotlight

Here is a list of past designers and a link to their Ravelry pattern shop (unless otherwise noted):

Liz Abinante
Adventure du Jour
Paola Albergamo
Alfa Knits
Alina Appasova
Heidi Alander
Susan B Anderson
Laura Aylor
Rose Beck
A Bee in the Bonnet
Martina Behm
Melanie Berg
Amanda Berry
Blue Bee Studio
Kelly McClure
Butterflylove1
Hilary Smith Callis
Casapinka
Amy Christoffers
Thea Coleman
Alan Dart (on his own website)
Jennifer Dassau
Katie Degroff
Elizabeth Elliot
Elizabeth Smith Knits
Rich Ensor
Laura Fahlin
Jen Geigley
Hunter Hammersen
Handmade by Kunbi (on her own website)
Lisa Hannes
Sivia Harding (on her own website)
Heartstrings Fiber Arts
Taiga Hilliard Designs
Romi Hill
Caitlin Hunter
Susanna IC (on her own website)
Inspiration Knits
Irish Girlie Knits
Irmian Design
Darling J’Adore (on her own website)
Emilie Luis
Libby Jonson
JimiKnits
JulieKnitsinParis
Anna Johanna
Heidemarie Kaiser
Janina Kallio
Heidi Kirrmaier
Isabell Kraemer
Melissa LaBarre
Jennifer Lassonde
Joji Locatelli (on her own website)
Stephanie Lotven
Annie Lupton
Nancy Marchant
Judy Marples
Linda Marveng
5410 Studio
Meiju Knits
Leah Michelle Designs
Andrea Mowry (on her own website)
Cassie Munksgard
Natasja Hornby
Noma Ndlovu
Nicola Susen
Megan Nodecker
Ambah O’Brien
OGE Knitwear Designs
Linnea Ornstein
Alicia Plummer
Alasdair Post-Quinn
Retro Lemon Studio
Josh Ryks-Robinsky
Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre
Virginia Sattler-Reimer
Sarah Schira
Amy Christoffers
Jennifer Steingass
Susanne Sommer
SweaterBabe
SweaterFreak (on her own website)
Tellybeanknits
Alexandra Tinsley (on LoveCrafts)
Tiny Owl Knits
Dominique Trad
Julia Trice
Asa Tricosa
Truly Myrtle
Very Busy Monkey
Stephen West
Yamagara

I’m already having a hard time picking my own patterns and designers for Academy this semester. There are so many I want to do! But …. I’ll start with three and go from there.

Here is what I’m thinking so far:

Dillon Blue Bee Studio Knitwear Designers
Dillon © Blue Bee Studio (thinking about knitting it in stripes with Blue Sky Skyland)
Sunshine Coast HeidiKDesigns Knitwear Designers
Sunshine Coast © Heidikdesigns (thinking about knitting it in Uncommon Thread Merino DK)
Grate Stephanie Lotven Tellybean Knits
Grate © Stephanie Lotven/Tellybean Knits (thinking about knitting it in Malabrigo Rios)

Why yes, I do intend to start knitting myself a whole new sweater wardrobe. 🙂 And yes, I know I’m going over the 400 yard requirement each time. But right now, all I’m thinking about is getting new sweaters in colors I love!

What are you thinking about doing this semester? Can’t wait to see what you pick from all of these wonderful knitwear designers. Come talk with us on the Loopy Groupie Board on Ravelry and/or The Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle on Facebook, and tell us what you’re thinking for the semester.

Have a great rest of your week!

Sheri

P.S. If you prefer working on Undergrad Loopy Academy, you’ll find the list of assignments on our Ravelry Undergrad Thread or on our Loopy Academy blog post.

August Camp Loopy Challenge!

It’s time to share our August challenge for Loopy Circus Camp! Remember, this is a virtual camp, so all are welcome and no traveling involved. Even if you didn’t participate in June or July, you’re still welcome to join Camp Loopy in August.

August Challenge:

This month we are celebrating the Main Event. The Act to top all Acts. The Best Act of the evening. The Showstopper! So pick something that is worthy of being showcased in the main ring. It could be something that challenges your skills, or something that wows with color. It could be something that incorporates multiple stitches, or something that is simple but mighty. What says Showstopper to you? Your August project must use 800 or more yards, single knit.

Camp Store Week:

We are offering a 15% discount on the yarn you are using for your August project, between July 12-19, 2021.

You will need to leave us an order comment telling us which specific yarn will be used for your project. If there isn’t a note, then we won’t be able to apply the discount.

Also, please note that you are welcome to use Loopy credit OR the discount. We aren’t able to add both. If we see that you’ve used Loopy credit, we’ll not add in a discount on top of that.

To receive Camp Points for your project, please make sure you check these boxes:
  1. Yarn for the project must be purchased from The Loopy Ewe July 12, 2021, or later.
  2. Project must use at least 800 yards, worked single (or 1600, if held double).
  3. Project must not be started before August 1, and must be completed by August 30.
  4. A photo of the completed project must be emailed to us by September 1. (support@theloopyewe.com)

Need ideas? Color opinions? Project encouragement? Join us on Ravelry in the Loopy Groupies, or on Facebook in our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle. We all love brainstorming and seeing what everyone is working on!

Loopy Groupie Rav Groups for July (these will go up August 1):
The Ringleaders (those of you with birthdays in: December, July, April, March)
The Ticketmasters (those of you with birthdays in: November, August, June, January)
The Concessionaires (those of you with birthdays in: October, September, May, February)

Happy pattern perusing, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you choose!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Visiting Loopy Circus Camp in July!

Loopy Circus Camp from The Loopy Ewe

It’s time to share our July challenge for Loopy Circus Camp! Remember, this is a virtual camp, so all are welcome and no traveling involved. You can participate all three months (June, July, August), or just pick the months that work best for you.

July Challenge:

This month we are celebrating stripes – like the stripes of the big top tent! You can do stripes of color, stripes of sections of stitches, stripes of beads, etc. Just so your project has stripes of some sort going on. (see some examples below). The July project must use 600 or more yards, single knit.

Camp Store Week:

We are offering a 15% discount on the yarn you are using for your July project, between June 14-21.

You will need to leave us an order comment telling us which specific yarn will be used for your project. If there isn’t a note, then we won’t be able to apply the discount.

Also, please note that you are welcome to use Loopy credit OR the discount. We aren’t able to add both. If we see that you’ve used Loopy credit, we’ll not add in a discount on top of that.

To receive Camp Points for your project, please make sure you check these boxes:
  1. Yarn for the project must be purchased from The Loopy Ewe June 14, 2021, or later.
  2. Project must use at least 600 yards, worked single (or 1200, if held double).
  3. Project must not be started before July 1, and must be completed by July 31.
  4. A photo of the completed project must be emailed to us by August 1. (support@theloopyewe.com)

Need ideas? Color opinions? Project encouragement? Join us on Ravelry in the Loopy Groupies, or on Facebook in our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle. We all love brainstorming and seeing what everyone is working on!

Loopy Groupie Rav Groups for July (these will go up July 1):
Awesome Acrobats (those of you with birthdays in: January, May, September, December)
Terrific Tightropers (those of you with birthdays in: February, April, June, October)
Jolly Jugglers (those of you with birthdays in: March, July, August, November)

If you aren’t camping with us in June, still feel free to jump into the ongoing June Camp groups now to get ideas and advice for your July project!

Examples of striped color patterns:
On Ravelry: Susurrus, Noncho, Evenfall, Slipestravaganza
On DreaReaKnits: The Daily, Wildwood Shawl, Hug Hug Kiss Kiss

Examples of striped stitch patterns:
On Ravelry: Dotted Rays, Pretty Ribbons, Rainforest Canopy Shawl, Boneyard Shawl
On DreaReaKnits: Moonwhistle, Fade Névé, Liminal Shawl

Examples of patterns where you could do stripes of beads:
On Rav: Holden, Traveling Woman, Afternoon Tea, Quaker Ridge Shawlette
(you can add stripes of beads to most any shawl in different rows!)

Happy pattern perusing, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you choose!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Camp Loopy 2021: Circus Camp!

Step right up to the Greatest Camp on Earth! That’s right, we’re hosting Circus Camp with our make-believe, sock-wearing circus animals! This virtual summer knitting camp comes with monthly challenges, groups to chat with during the process, and rewards for completion at the end. All the fun thing of participating with friends, from the comfort of our own homes.

June Challenge:

We’re celebrating the three rings of the circus with this one. Pick a pattern with 3 different stitches going on, or three different colors in the pattern, or changing the stitch or pattern every three rows, or even the word “three” in the name of the pattern or color! You’ll need to knit/crochet 400 or more yards in this June project (single knit, not held double). As always, we want you to knit something you love. If you can explain to us how your project celebrates “three” and you’re hit the 400 yard mark, we’re good!

Specifics

  • We are offering a 15% discount on the yarn for your June project. You will need to leave us an order note telling us which yarn in the order is for Camp. We’ll apply the discount after the order comes through to us. The discount is valid May 13-20, 2021. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S., please make sure your discount won’t take you below the $100 level for free shipping.
    (Note – we are not able to combine the discount with the use of any Loopy credits. You are welcome to choose either. If your order comes through and you have applied your credit, we won’t add a further discount.)
  • Yarn for the June project needs to be purchased from The Loopy Ewe on May 13, 2021, or later.
  • The project should not be started before June 1st, 2021, and needs to be completed by June 30th, 2021, with a photo of the completed project emailed to us by midnight, July 1, 2021.

Rewards

As you know, we’ve simplified our Loopy Rewards with our new website. Each time you hit 350 points, you can trade those in for a $20 Loopy credit. You get points for each product dollar spent, for your birthday, for referrals using your personal referral code, and for challenge completions.

Points for Camp completions (for projects completed within the specifications above): June = 50 points, July = 75 points, and August = 75 points. Plus, if you complete all three months, we’ll add an additional 75 points to your totals. These points will be added to your totals in September, after Camp has been completed.

Camp Swag

Let’s Chat!

We will start a Camp Chat thread on Ravelry and our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle on Facebook, later this afternoon. Then closer to our June 1 start date for Ravelry, we’ll split everyone into three groups for June Camp Month. We’ve added extra group moderators to help this summer! Sarah 1 (Loopy Manager), Sarah 2 (Loopy Instructor) and Karen (Loopy Elf) are all looking forward to chatting with you, answering questions, and encouraging you along with our other Loopy Groupie mods. Which Ravelry group will you be in for June?

  • Leaping Lions (anyone with birthdays in January, February, March, or April)
  • Dancing Elephants (anyone with birthdays in May, June, July or August)
  • Juggling Monkeys (anyone with birthdays in September, October, November or December)

We look forward to having you as part of our Loopy Circus Camp, and sharing in on the fun!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe (Circus!) Crew

P.S. If you haven’t already logged into our new website, you’ll need to set up a new password by clicking on the Password Reset link. We also have your past orders archived, which you can access by going to the archive site. And finally, if you’d like to invite your friends to do Camp with you, share your personal referral code with them! If they’re new to our site, they’ll receive $5 off their first order from us and you’ll receive $5 off after they have placed their first order. Find your personal code by clicking on the Loopy Rewards round red heart button on the bottom left of the homepage.