January Monthly Mixers

The Loopy Ewe Monthly MixersThe Monthly Mixers are fun challenges to add a little variety to your knitting or sewing/quilting projects. You get to mix it up with things you might not have thought of, and you get to meet new friends you might not have met! You can participate in one or twelve or any number in between. There is no due date – take as long or as little as you need to finish it. And if you’d like to share photos and talk about it? We have a Monthly Mixers thread on our Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry. We’d love to have you join in!

I know quite a few of last year’s Mixer participants used their Mixer projects for gifts during the year, which is a great idea. Each year I think I’ll be more on top of gift knitting and quilting, and yet I still ended up making two quilts in November and a cabled vest in December because I didn’t plan ahead. The Mixers are a good way to go!

January Yarn Mixer: We want to start the year out as colorfully as possible – use 3 colors of yarn (or a skein that has 3 distinct colors in it) in your project this month.
Ideas for Multicolor skein: Hitchhiker, Brickless, Downtown Cowl, Favorite Scarf Ever, Charade, Stitch Sampler Shawl, Samen, Scylla, Sonnentau, Manic Panic Cowl, Aquaphobia Socks, and Ananke.
Ideas for 3 different colors: Stranger Things Cowl, Random Act of Color Wrap, Three Color Slouchy Beanie, Drachenfels, 3 Color Cashmere Cowl, Tamdou, Three Colors Sweater, Happy Street, Therapy, Lindgren, Chevron Delight Infinity Scarf, and Ma Belle Amie.

January Fabric Mixer: One of the most colorful fabrics in our aisles are the batiks. Gorgeous from one end of the long row to the other! Use at least 3 different colors of batiks (or a batik that has 3 distinct colors in it) in your project this month.
Ideas for batiks: Tile Style, Batik Triangle Stars, Blooming Batiks Wall Hanging, Autumn Batik Table Topper, Log Cabin Pillow, Batik Baskets Wall Hanging, Strips and Squares, Rainbow Wall Hanging, Triangles Table Topper, Batik Patches Quilt, Botanical Wall Quilt, and Batik Jewels Quilt.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew

Organization Tips and a CONTEST!

Today I’m sharing some knitting and sewing organization tips that I use around my house, in the hopes that YOU will then share some tips that you use around your house! (Thus the contest. To get you to share!) Here are a few of mine:

I like old things, so I am always looking for jars and vases to keep things in. Like my knitting needles and my buttons.

I also like interesting glass jars, which make the perfect storage for leftover balls of yarn. You’ll also see I have a few of my favorite pattern books out. And my very favorite ones get spiral bound at the office supply store for easier use.


Old cubbies are a nice way to store thread
, and I use the old heart-shaped cake pan as a magnetic board when I am working on a project that I need to keep notes for.

I got tired of re-printing patterns that I wanted to knit again, and finally organized all of my printouts in 3 ring notebooks so they are easy to fine. (The bonus is that if I have used the pattern before, I’ve probably made notes on the pages which are helpful the next time.)

I also got tired of always having to look up the directions for the Kitchener stitch, Judy’s Magic Cast On, and Wendy’s Toe Up Gusset instructions. And apparently I don’t use them enough to memorize them. (We’ll go with that. We won’t say I just have a bad memory.) So I printed them out, laminated them, and spiral bound them into a little book that I keep in my project bag.

We carry three items that I use all of the time. Pattern Holders, Needle Tubes, and Piece Keepers for quilt parts waiting to be sewn.


I gave up on the pretty needle organizers and got these hanging ones. Now I am very good about putting them away when I am done, instead of leaving them in project bags. (You can see that I left them in bags too many times and just kept buying new ones. I am a little overstocked ….) I did tuck them in a corner next to a big bookcase. They are not the prettiest thing to put on the wall, but they sure to help me to stay needle-organized. Let us know if you want to order any of these. We don’t regularly carry them, but I need to change that I think.


So tell us your tips and tricks! We will draw a winner and will award that person a $50 Loopy Gift Certificate in a week or two.

Spring Fling Goody Bag Contest: We do have not one, but TWO winners of the Spring Fling goody bags from our last contest, because I ended up having an extra bag. These are shipping out to Enid in Michigan and Cindy in Louisiana. Congratulations to both of you and thanks to all who participated!

Sheri alwayslookingfornewtipssothanksforsharing

P.S. Due to the Memorial Day holiday we won’t have yarn or fabric updates this coming week. But we already have beautiful things in for the week after that!

The Best Peanut Butter Recipes

It’s the weekend! (Well, after we get through today…) I thought you might need a good bar recipe to take you through the next few days. These are delicious and come from the kitchen of Knitting Daughter (highly recommended by me). The recipe comes from My Baker Lady. Be sure to check out her other recipes too as they look amazing!

Peanut Butter Bars The Loopy EweChocolate Peanut Butter Bars 

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (either boxed or grind yourself)
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup + 4 Tbl. smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Mix together the melted butter, cracker crumbs, sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter until well blended. Press into an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.

In a bowl, carefully microwave and melt the chocolate chips and 4 Tbl. peanut butter, stirring until smooth.

Spread over the peanut butter layer and refrigerate an hour or more before cutting.

In the mood for more peanut buttery goodness? Be sure to check out Peanut Butter Fudge Cups, No-Bake Peanut Butter S’Mores, Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle, Peanut Butter Cup S’more Bars, Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies, Whoopie Pies with Peanut Butter Filling, Peanut Butter Dessert, Peanut Butter Frosting, and Peanut Butter Pie.

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Loopy and His Wild Friends

It was so fun seeing all of your Loopy in the Wild pictures from our first Camp Loopy photo contest! You voted Oliver the Hedgehog the winner as your favorite photo, so his owner Lyndsie won a $35 Loopy credit for that. 🙂

Oliver and Loopy

Here are a few fun ones, but do click over to the whole gallery to see the rest. You all have some beautiful “wild” animals!

Loopy and RubyTrevor and Loopy

Loopy Loves PoniesLoopy and the Frog

Maggie and LoopyLoopy and His Turtle Friends

Giraffe and Loopy
Loopy and the Sheep


Loopy and the Dinosaur

Loopy and the Buffalo

Loopy and His FriendsLoopy Gets Licked!

A Taste of LoopyLoopy and Ricky

Loopy and the LionCoco and LoopyLoopy and BeckyLoopy and the Fairy


Loopy and the BirdLoopy and the Rhino


Loopy and His Dog FriendLoopy Arthur and Olive

Loopy and KittyLoopy and Sonny

One of my wild animals (the youngest one, of course) dumped Loopy in her water bowl recently. What is it about cats dunking things in their water bowl? I’ve never had a cat do that before. We had to hang him up to dry. Silly cat. And poor Loopy.


We have another photo contest coming up in a week or so, so stay tuned!