Loopy Academy (and new stuff!)


Happy Monday, and Happy February 1st! (rabbit, rabbit, rabbit – do you say that on the first of the month?) We have new things up on the website, and Loopy Academy Spring Semester info for you today. We just added in:


Malabrigo Rios


Malabrigo Rasta


Cavallini

Need a new bag, notebook, and pencils for your Loopy Academy Spring Semester? (We know we do!) We added in new designs and re-stocked the regulars, perfect for your project bags, project planning, and all around joy-bringing:


Notebooks: Small, Large, 3-Set Smalls



Other fun accessories to go with your notebooks: Pencil Tins, Sticky Notes, Tin of Stickers



Bags: Totes and Vintage Pouches



Loopy Academy, Talented and Gifted, Spring Semester


Time for the new challenges! Each semester we give you three challenges. When you complete all three within the parameters, we will reward you with 500 Loopy Reward Points! You can trade points in for Reward Store items (including discounts on yarn).


Parameters: Each of the three projects needs to be a minimum of 400 yards singly knit/crocheted, with yarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe 2/1/21 or later, with photos uploaded to our Loopy Photo Gallery by midnight, 5/31/21. Points will be added to your account in June, 2021.


Challenge: We’re revisiting school days with this one. Pick 3 different patterns. One that relates to grade school, one for junior high, and one for high school for your three projects. These can relate by pattern name, color or color name, style, designer name, or any other way you can tell us that it relates! (We like to be easy, but we also like giving you something fun to think through and choose!)

You might use school colors, or a designer who shares your Junior High BFF’s first name, or a color named after your mascot, or a pattern with your state or city name in it, or a style you wore back then, or a pattern that celebrates a special memory from that time, etc.


Extra Credit: Complete a fourth project celebrating life after high school. This could be related to college days, or career days, or post high school travel – anything you did right after high school. (Same parameters as above.) We will add an additional 175 points to your Reward Totals for completing this fourth project.


Want to discuss options? Join us in our Loopy Groupies on Ravelry, or in our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle on Facebook and tell us what you’re contemplating!


We hope you’ll join in on this semester of fun!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Fall Challenge: Back to School LA TAG

Fall Challenge The Loopy Ewe

Back to School looks a little different this year for many of you. Are you supervising some of your kids at home? Are you teaching kids from home? Do you have a Zoom classroom? We’re ready to be back to school, too, with this year’s Fall Challenge!

Our Fall Challenge takes us right back to school, and we’re calling this Loopy Academy, the Talented and Gifted edition! Moving forward, we decided to keep the Fall and Spring Semester challenges as a part of Loopy Academy. That umbrella gives us the opportunity to still offer the first four years for those who want to build their knitting skills, plus the TAG (Talented and Gifted) version each semester for those of you who have done the other options (or for those of you who just want to jump into TAG! You do not have to complete four years of undergrad Loopy Academy in order to do the TAG version.)


Fall TAG Challenge:

This semester, your job is to major in one designer. You’ll be completing three projects from this one designer, so pick someone who has lots of patterns that you’ve been wanting to do!


To successfully complete the semester, you’ll need to:

  • Complete three different projects from the same designer, started and finished between 9/8/20 – 12/31/20.
  • Use at least 400 yards, singly knit, for each of the three projects. (Meaning yarn held single, not yarn held doubled.)
  • Yarn for each of the three projects needs to be purchased from The Loopy Ewe 8/31/20 or later.
  • Photos of each of your three completed projects need to be uploaded to the LA-TAG photo gallery at The Loopy Ewe by 12/31/20. When you upload your completed photos, you’ll need to leave the pattern and designer name in your photo notes for each project.


Rewards:

For successfully completing the semester (all three projects), we’ll be rewarding you with 500 Loopy Reward Store Points!


Extra Credit: Independent Study

Would you like to do a fourth project? The Extra Credit challenge is to take parts from two of your designer’s patterns and make them into one. How would that work? Perhaps you like a stitch pattern they used on a sweater, and can transfer that into one of their cowl patterns. Or you like the edging on one shawl pattern but want to combine that into another shawl pattern. There are so many options, and we hope you have fun playing with this idea!

The Extra Credit option is available to those who have completed the three regular LA TAG challenges for the semester. The same purchase/yardage/date requirements apply. Since this challenge is a bit more work, you’ll earn an additional 300 points for this one. So you have the opportunity to earn 800 points for your semester instead of 500.


Would you rather work on regular Loopy Academy for your Fall Challenge?

You’re welcome to do that! We are simplifying the rewards there and will be adding 500 Loopy Reward Store Points for a successful completion of any of those semesters, moving forward. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re working on regular Loopy Academy (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior years), you’ll need to email us with the year and semester you’re going to be working on (send your email to: support@theloopyewe.com). That way we can keep track on our spreadsheets, so that we’re sure you get rewarded for completing the semester.

Click here for all of the regular Loopy Academy assignments:

Regular Loopy Academy, Freshman through Senior Year


To Make it More Fun:

Fall Challenge The Loopy Ewe

We have Loopy Academy Tote Bags and Accessory Pouches if you’d like to tote your projects in style!

We will be discussing projects and plans in our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle group on Facebook, and in our Loopy Groupies group on Ravelry. Jump in and tell us what designer you’re majoring in this semester, and what projects you’re contemplating. And if you need color advice? There are lots of people ready to help with that as well.

Fall Challenge The Loopy Ewe


Recess, Cafeteria, Fall Fun Night

This Fall Challenge comes with Recess Breaks, School Contests, Cafeteria Connections, and Fall Fun Night options, so watch for those in upcoming blogs, newsletters and Facebook/Instagram posts. We are going to have fun!


Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Loopy Academy Grad School 2nd Semester

For those of you who completed 1st Semester, Congratulations!! We are working on getting all of the photos approved and will be adding in your reward points this month.

Now, it’s on to 2nd Semester assignments! But first, a recap of what this is all about.

We offered Loopy Academy for four years (and you are still welcome to work on the different semesters. Find the info here.) Now it’s time to focus on an area of interest with your knitting, so we have five different majors for you to choose from.

You do not need to have completed Loopy Academy OR Grad School 1st Semester to participate this semester. Just jump in with us!

Step One: Pick your major. Which would you like to focus on?
Socks
Shawls
Sweaters
Accessories
Home

Step Two: Pick three assignments from your major. (We have listed five options under each major.)

Step Three: Decide on your patterns and order your yarn from us. Leave us an order note that it’s for Loopy Academy Grad School so we know you’re participating.

Step Four: Knit (or crochet) your projects and upload individual photos of each of the completed projects to our Loopy Photo Galleries.

Here are the project options for each major.

If your major is Socks, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a pair of socks using a slipped stitch pattern
* a pair of socks with unusual construction (seamed, grafted, started in the middle, etc)
* a pair of socks knee high or taller
* a pair of socks featuring a colorwork design
* a pair of socks in your own design

If your major is Shawls, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a shawl that includes beads in the body
* a shawl out of laceweight yarn
* a shawl that includes brioche or fisherman’s rib
* a shawl with a colorwork edging
* a shawl featuring your own design

If your major is Sweaters, pick three of these projects to complete this semester (two of the three can be child sweaters if you’d prefer):
* a sweater knit in pieces then seamed together
* a sweater worked top down
* a sweater for spring/summer (either in design or yarn choice)
* a sweater that includes pockets
* a sweater of your own design

If your major is Accessories, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a pair of colorwork mittens
* a cabled scarf
* a pair of felted slippers
* a cowl that starts flat and then joins in the round (like some of Hilary Smith Callis cowls)
* a hat or cowl or mitts or scarf in your own design

If your major is Home, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a Log Cabin blanket
* a set of four mini stuffies (each 100 yards or less)
* a cabled pillow
* a valance that incorporates a lace pattern
* a design of your own, for use in your home

A few more details:

*Your challenge is to complete your three chosen assignments from one category (socks or shawls or sweaters or accessories or home) between January 1 and April 30, 2020.

  • Minimum yardage requirement: 300 yards per project.
  • Photos of each completed project need to be uploaded to our Grad School Photo Gallery by midnight 4/30/20.
  • To qualify for Loopy Graduate Points, the yarn for your projects for first semester needs to be purchased from The Loopy Ewe anytime 1/1/20 through 4/15/20. Points will be awarded during the month of May, 2020.
  • Your projects all need to be completed within one category in the semester. It doesn’t have to be the same category that you did for first semester.

You’ll earn Loopy Reward Points for your total yardage completed during your semester. (You’ll need to notate your yardage in each photo you upload, please.)

You’ll earn 75 points for every 300 yards. So if you complete one 300 yard project during the semester, you’ll earn 75 points. If you complete all of your projects and do a total of 900 yards between all three, you’ll earn 225 points. If you are doing higher yardage projects and use (for example) 2100 yards in your projects during the semester, you’ll earn 525 points. (Limit three Grad Projects per semester per person, because we have to do all of the figuring manually on our end!)

We look forward to watching your finished project photos roll in! Meanwhile, watch for blog posts this semester, highlighting some of the beautiful projects you all did this past semester. Beautiful work!

Please let us know if we can help in any way!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Loopy Academy Grad School!

Remember back in your school days when you took general classes in high school? And then maybe you went to college and majored in something cool? And then maybe you decided you wanted to really dial down into a certain part of your major, so you went on to Grad School?

Well – it’s time to dial down into your knitting “major”, and focus on an area of interest. We are happy to share our new school year challenge – Loopy Academy Grad School!

Everyone can join in! (No need to have completed Loopy Academy prior to Loopy Grad School)

We’ve taken our Loopy Academy assignments a step further for Grad School, to help you explore different techniques within your graduate program. This challenge will have two semesters, lots of fun challenges and contests, and lots of cool things to learn. First thing first:

Which area would you like to focus on and learn more about this semester? After you’ve chosen what you’d like to major in, check out the assignment options below.

If your major is Socks, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a pair of socks with a Fish Lips Heel
* a pair of socks with an Afterthought Heel
* a pair of socks knit from a charted pattern
* a pair of socks by Hunter Hammersen or Cookie A
* a pair of socks with stripes in more than 2 colors (not self-striping yarn)

If your major is Shawls, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a shawl with a picot edge
* a shawl out of worsted weight yarn
* a shawl with an applied (knit on or crocheted on) edging
* a shawl requiring a center graft
* a shawl done using 2 or 3 different colors

If your major is Sweaters, pick three of these projects to complete this semester (two of the three can be child sweaters if you’d prefer):
* a sweater with a colorwork yoke
* a sweater worked bottom up
* a sweater that is steeked
* a sweater that includes a lace pattern
* a sweater that has cables in the pattern

If your major is Accessories, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a colorwork cowl
* a cabled hat
* a grafted infinity cowl
* a 2 color brioche pattern (cowl, hat, scarf)
* a pair of lined mittens

If your major is Home, pick three of these projects to complete this semester:
* a set of 3 felted bowls (in graduated sizes)
* a circular afghan
* a colorwork pillow
* a stuffie with parts that need to be sewn together
* a knitted or felted bowl of knitted items (4+ of the same type item – ornaments, fruit, snowmen, little monsters, etc)

*Your challenge is to complete your three chosen assignments from one category (socks or shawls or sweaters or accessories or home) between September 1 and December 31, 2019.

  • Minimum yardage requirement: 300 yards per project.
  • Photos of each completed project need to be uploaded to our Grad School Photo Gallery by midnight 12/31/19.
  • To qualify for Loopy Graduate Points, the yarn for your projects for first semester needs to be purchased from The Loopy Ewe anytime after 9/1/19. Points will be awarded during the month of January, 2020.
  • Once First Semester has been completed, we’ll debut five new challenges for each major on January 1, for your Second Semester assignments. Again, you’ll get to choose three of the five options to complete.
  • Your projects all need to be completed within one category in the semester, but you are welcome to change your category for second semester if you’d like.

Of course you want people to know that you’re in Grad School, right? (You’ll have to let them know you won’t be available for things like cooking or working or running errands, because you have Grad School Homework to be focusing on.) We have Loopy Academy Grad School pins for your project bags! They’re cute and they have a clutch back so they stay where you put them.

We have a Loopy Academy Grad School thread started up today on Ravelry, so you can share ideas, comments, thoughts, etc. We also set up a Loopy Academy Grad School private Facebook Group for people who’d like to chat there. It’s always more fun to see what everyone is doing, and to have a group where you can ask questions and get opinions on patterns, colors, designers, etc.

You’ll earn Loopy Reward Points for your total yardage completed during your semester. (You’ll need to notate your yardage in each photo you upload, please.)

You’ll earn 75 points for every 300 yards. So if you complete one 300 yard project during the semester, you’ll earn 75 points. If you complete all of your projects and do a total of 900 yards between all three, you’ll earn 225 points. If you are doing higher yardage projects and use (for example) 2100 yards in your projects during the semester, you’ll earn 525 points. (Limit three Grad Projects per semester per person, because we have to do all of the figuring manually on our end!)

So are you ready?
1. Pick your major
2. Pick three projects
3. Order your yarn
And go!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew Professors

P.S. As you are getting your yarn order in, you’ll also want to check out our September Scissors (Pumpkin handles!), NeedleMinder (sweet sheep), Sewing Kit (Wine Tote), Yarn Kit (Another Way Scarf), all just up today.