The Loopy Ewe Day Camp!

We have something fun for the upcoming summer months! For this year only, in lieu of a traditional Camp Loopy, we are excited to announce The Loopy Ewe Day Camp. Day Camp is Camp Loopy-lite, and will give you a taste of what Camp Loopy is like, but with a bit more flexibility on project size and scope! We will be hosting camp groups on the Loopy Groupies Ravelry discussion board and on our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle group on Facebook. We look forward to chatting with you all over the summer months and, of course, seeing all the beautiful projects you create and the adventures you have along the way!

I must admit I was a little sad this week, as this is the traditional Camp Loopy Announcement week, but having this made me happier! Rest assured that Camp Loopy as you have known it will be back in its full form next year – I’m committed to making that happen! 

The Challenges:

As with traditional Camp Loopy, The Loopy Ewe Day Camp consists of three distinct monthly projects in June, July, and August. The specifications for the monthly projects are much simpler, though. For this summer, June will be a one-skein project, July a two-skein project and August a three-skein project! There will be no penalties for going over the skein requirement.

Specifics

  • There is no yardage or project specification on this – it’s your choice to make based your time/ambition/desire!
  • Yarn for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp must be purchased from The Loopy Ewe on or after the date of the month’s announcement to qualify for the month (consider this your June announcement – Tuesday, May 10, 2022!!) and for the end of summer rewards.
  • The project should not be started before the first of the month (June 1st, 2022 for the June project), and needs to be completed by the end of the month (June 30th, 2022).
  • To be counted, you should post a photo of your completed project to Instagram* by midnight, July 1, 2022. Your photo post should include the hashtag #TheLoopyEweDayCamp and should tag The Loopy Ewe (@theloopyewe). You will know it’s been approved when I like your post! Knitting/crocheting must be started and finished in the designated month – no cheating :).
  • If you add an order note that your order is for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp, I’ll pop in a cute camp-themed button. Note – these are getting here later than planned, but should arrive by Friday, so if you would like the pin, your order may be held until then!
  • *if you do not have an Instagram account, or prefer not to post there, email your finished project photo with the email subject line, “The Loopy Ewe Day Camp” to support@theloopyewe.com

Rewards

The current Loopy Rewards Program awards points for each dollar spent and for your birthday – make sure you are signed up, or set up an account to start earning! Each time you hit 350 points, you can trade those in for a $20 Loopy credit (or trade in 250 points for free shipping). While you will still get points for your purchases, completion of the Loopy Ewe Day Camp projects will operate outside that rewards system.

To qualify for a reward under the Loopy Ewe Day Camp, you must complete all three months and upload photos of your completed projects by the designated date and time. When you do this, you will be provided a 20% discount on your first order in September! This will, incidentally, coincide with our planned first Loopy Ewe Sweater Knit-Along month, so it could certainly help you get your sweater yarn! As always, we welcome all knitters and crocheters – you do not have to complete all three months to be part of the community – come join in the conversation!

Kristine and The Loopy Team

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Loopy and his Gnomies are excited for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp too!

Retirement for Loopy!

Hi Loopy Friends!

We’re popping in today to let you know that Loopy is retiring! We have loved being in the yarn business with you for the past 15+ years, helping to enhance your stashes, encouraging finishes and projects through Loopy Academy and Camp Loopy, and sharing photos of your beautiful work. Now we’re ready to retire from the yarn business and move in some new directions. We’ve been working on this process and the timeline for several months, and the good news is – it’s time to start the sale!

Starting now, everything at The Loopy Ewe is on sale for 25% off! The 25% discount will be applied to your cart.

A few things to note for both online and in-store orders:

  • Our phone and email time will be limited as we process orders online and in-store.
  • If something in your order is missing or out of stock, we’ll delete it from your order and send the rest.
  • If something has mixed dyelots, we’ll send it if we determine it’s a great match. If you prefer us not to do that, just leave an order note stating no mixed lots.
  • We aren’t able to change or combine orders or apply the discount to previous orders.
  • We aren’t able to offer free shipping options, reward points, or winding services. (You can still use Reward Points – we just aren’t adding more points for these sale purchases.)
  • All sales are final and we are not accepting any more returns.


Amended Hours:

Beginning now, we will be closed on Mondays. Our regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

For shopping in-store: we’ll keep an eye on numbers in the shop so that we can continue to practice social distancing. If you are sick or have been exposed to Covid, please do not come shop in person. You are welcome to place your order online and do a parking lot pickup.

We also have a lot of furniture, shop models, and displays for sale, if you’re local and can pick up! 

Thank you again for your business over the years, and the fun we’ve had together. If you have any favorite Loopy memories that you’d like to share with us, we’d love to read those! We will be sending a few more emails along the way, so you’ll hear from us again soon.

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

P.S. Stitchers – ColoradoCrossStitcher.com is continuing and will be growing! We’ll be in this space for awhile yet, and will be looking for just the right new spot for the cross stitching business. Please be sure to sign up for our CCS email list if you want to keep up with what we’re doing there.

I Want to Knit a Sweater

Want to knit a sweater? Not sure where to start? Here are three pattern ideas that are great for beginner sweater knitters.

  1. The Weekender by Andrea Mowry. This is on the list because it was one of the first sweaters I knit. If I can do it, you can do it! Dropped shoulders, positive ease, flattering for everyone. You will need a worsted weight yarn – I used The Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted. You might also try Madelinetosh Vintage. Now – it calls for a Tubular Cast on and Bind Off. I did not do this, and I don’t consider that beginner sweater techniques. I just did my regular knitted cast on and bind off to keep it easy.
I want to knit a sweater. Weekend by Andrea Mowry
Weekender © Andrea Mowry



2. Jessie’s Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits. This quick-to-knit summer sweater is drapey and oversized, perfect to pull over a tank in the summer, or over a long sleeve shirt in the winter time. Try using Cascade Ultra Pima for a cotton version, or Malabrigo Susurro for a Silk, Linen, Merino blend.

I want to knit a sweater. Jessie's Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits
Jessie’s Girl © Elizabeth Smith Knits



3. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier. Knit seamlessly from the top down with small details that make it special! Try this in The Uncommon Thread Merino DK or Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt.

I want to knit a sweater. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier.
Sunshine Coast © Heidi Kirrmaier

Handknit sweaters are the best – you can pick your perfect color, you can adjust the length of the sleeves and hem, and you can knit it up in the perfect fit. But beware – once you start wearing handknit sweaters, that’s all you will want to wear!

Sheri

*All photos used with permission

Designer Spotlight: Christal LK Designs

Today we have Christelle from Christal LK Designs in our Designer Spotlight. Christelle resides in Belgium and I can tell that she takes inspiration from her beautiful surroundings. I hope you find a new fall pattern that you just have to make! (Pattern links go to Ravelry, yarn links go to The Loopy Ewe.)

Winter Wonderland Christal LK Designs
Winter Wonderland © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper)

Loopy: Hi Christelle! Thanks for being with us today. Tell us, how long have you been a knitter and who taught you to knit?

Christelle: Hello Loopy! I have been knitting now for over 30 years. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 11-12 years old.

L'Envolee
L’Envolée © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Malabrigo Sock)

Loopy: I always love hearing that knitting instruction has been passed down from older generations. I hope we all continue to do that, moving forward. What is your favorite type of item to knit?

Christelle: Without any hesitation the shawls.

Margaux Christal LK Designs
Margaux © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Wollmeise Pure)

Loopy: Shawls are so versatile, aren’t they? Worn as a wrap or a scarf, and something beautiful to bundle up in. What is the most challenging thing that you have knit to date?

Christelle: The most complex thing I’ve knitted is what I’m currently knitting: the Woodland Animals Shawl by Jenise Hope, a large stranded colorwork wrap!

Brise d"automne Cowl
Brise d’Automne Cowl © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper)


Loopy: That’s an amazing pattern – I can see what it is challenging! When did you start designing, and what spurred that interest?

Christelle: I really started designing my own patterns in 2011, but I already experienced a while ago by adjusting other designer’s patterns. I also tried several times to create some garments from scratch. At the age of 16 , I designed and knitted myself my very first sweater (without any notes of course). It was an oversized sweater in plain stockinette with long cabled 2*2 ribs.

Loopy: That’s an early age to start designing, especially with cables in it! Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve designed?

Christelle: I love all the patterns I’ve created, sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more,  but if I had to name a recent pattern, it would be the Ines Shawl, a shawl with bobbles and mosaic knitting.

Ines Shawl
Inés Shawl © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Cascade Heritage Sock or Silk)

Loopy: Such a beautiful pattern – I love the colorwork. What is your favorite part of your designing? And your not-so-favorite part?

Christelle: My favorite part of my job is drawing and imagining the pattern while on the other hand, I don’t like grading sweaters at all! Excel files are far from being my favorite part.

Simplicity Christal LK Designs
Simplicity © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt)

Loopy: I’m with you on that. Excel files, spreadsheets, no fun. But the imaginging part is all good! Do you do this business full-time, or on the side?  And is that hard? Do you have other jobs outside of pattern designing?

Christelle: Until 2015-2016, I worked as a IBCLC lactation consultant and teacher for healthcare professionals. Since then, I have been creating my patterns full time and recently started my own yarn brand.  It’s not always easy because the financial returns are sometimes random.  Moreover, with the Covid crisis, all the shows were cancelled and I could not give any more classes.

Skogar Mitts
Skogar Mitts © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Uschitita Merino Sock)

Loopy: Covid has really changed so many things, hasn’t it? I hope we can all get back to in person classes and shows by next year. Does anyone else in your family knit? (Would you like to tell us about your family?)

Christelle: I was raised by my grandmother and it was with her that I learned to knit and it was with my mother that I learned to crochet. No one else knitted or crocheted. I have three children and a husband and only my son crochets, mostly amigurumis. He recently learned tunisian crochet. My two daughters have learned to knit a little but they are not really interested. My youngest, on the other hand, really likes punch needle.

Fresnel Christal LK Designs
Fresnel © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Cascade Heritage Sock or Silk)

Loopy: I like that all three of your children are finding their own path in the needlearts – whether with knitting needles, crochet hooks, or punch needles. Having a hobby like that will serve them well in life. Are there other hobbies that you enjoy?

Christelle: Before the covid crisis, I was doing a martial art: Iaido. Unfortunately, I haven’t practiced for more than a year. I hope to start again soon. Otherwise I like reading, cooking and especially baking bread and pastry.

Isay
Isay © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Primrose Roan DK)

Loopy: I had to look up Laido. That looks interesting! What would be your favorite way to spend a day off?

Christelle: When I take a day off, I always knit but not necessarily my patterns. I also like to walk with my whippet or visit historical monuments, museums, new places in new countries.

Flamel Christal LK Designs
Flamel © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Magpie Swanky Sock)

Loopy: Ok – last set of questions for you – Morning or Night person? Coffee or Tea? English or Continental? Solids or Multicolors? 🙂

Christelle: I am both morning and evening person, I don’t sleep a lot so I get up early and go to bed late. I knit English style (sort of) but I use continental style when I knit stranded colorwork (I use my two hands) I drink coffee -a lot- and rarely tea but I still sometimes drink white tea, which is my favorite. Talking about colors, I like everything even the very variegated yarns and neon colors. But still, my favorite color is lilac.

Rosa Bonheur Christal LK Designs
Rosa Bonheur © Christelle Nihoul (try it in Uncommon Thread Merino DK)

Loopy: That’s my goal – sleeping less so that I can stay up late AND get up early. I’m glad to know you can do that! Thank you again for being with us today, Christelle!

Christelle is offering you 20% off of one pattern of your choice from her Ravelry Pattern Shop. The code is: THELOOPYEWE21 and is valid September 10-17, 2021.

Did you find a must-make from Christelle? So many good choices, and we have beautiful yarn to match, for you.

Have a great weekend!

Sheri