Life Lessons and The Loopy Ewe Day Camp – July!

Estes Park Wool Market

I was able to eke in a very brief visit to the Estes Park Wool Market on Sunday. So many amazing vendors and beautiful, personality-filled animals from which our yarn-y pursuits originate! I grew up in a rural farming community in Michigan, and my grandfather literally raised sheep. However, I have to admit this was my first time attending a fiber-focused event. Yep. And I now OWN a yarn store.

I started out slightly embarrassed and a bit intimidated. I’m trying to learn to be ok with the possible ‘shortcomings’ I may encounter as I navigate new business ownership. We all have to start somewhere, and I’m working on taking each inexperience as a chance to learn and grow. It’s not always pain-free, and it’s often not easy. I can’t say I accept each challenge with the grace I should, but I am TRYING. Really, this is all we can ask of ourselves, right?

This curious little guy was there to greet me and tell me that all was ok. Going in without much experience, I could still enjoy the sites and sounds and learn a thing or two along the way!

The Loopy Ewe Day Camp!

The Loopy Ewe Day Camp, July edition is coming up! I can hardly believe we are almost halfway through June already, but there you go, blink and it’s a new week. Take this as your notification that purchasing for July 2-skein projects is now open and purchases are eligible for July Day Camp!

As a twist – because who doesn’t love a twist – if you add a summer reading theme to your July project and let me know what your summer reading inspiration is (book title, author, character, etc.) I’ll throw in a cute little book-shaped stitch marker while supplies last. This can be based on what you are currently reading, what you’d like to be reading or one of your favorite past reads.

Just add a note to your order that this is for July Day Camp, and what your summer reading connection is! No summer reading connection? As long as you purchase and use 2 skeins for July camp, your project will still be eligible – you just won’t receive the book stitch marker! Don’t think you’ll get June camp completed (or even started)? No worries – you can still order 2 skeins for July camp and get your stitchmarker! We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!

Day Camp Specifics (as a reminder from the last blog post)

  • 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 July announcement – Monday, June 12, 2022!!) and for the end of summer rewards.
  • The project should not be started before the first of the month (July 1st, 2022 for the July project), and needs to be completed by the end of the month (July 31st, 2022).
  • To be counted, you should post a photo of your completed project to Instagram* by midnight, August 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 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

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 get a 20% discount on your first order in September! 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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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

PS – if you aren’t already subscribed to our newsletter, make sure you do so on our website to get the latest product updates each week!

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