Monday, September 24, 2007

Some like it Hot Loops.

Whew! Busy weekend! First things first: The winner of the Lily Caption Contest is...Jules! Her winning caption:
"Pardon me, do you have any Gray Poupon?"

Honorable mentions go to Paula for "Knit, purl, poop" and to Jenn H. for "What?!? You didn't take time to check your gauge?"

Jules, please e-mail me with your address and I'll mail you your 3 skeins of hand-spun yarn! Congrats!

Now for the big news...Loops debuted our 7th Hot Loops Wall on Saturday night. For those of you who've never been in the store, this is a wall of 16 designs that we either create or personally hand-pick as the "best of the best" that the yarn world has to offer for the upcoming season. We try to include something for everyone - cute cardis, baby/kids items, socks, even a men's sweater! We take our own photos and have everything organized in columns with yarn, pattern, photo and knitted item. It's a cool concept that's unique to us. What's even coolor is that this time, Kendall is helping us get everything on the Shop by Project section of loopsknitting.com. So far, there are four online, with the rest scheduled to be up this week. Here are a few highlights:

This chid's coat is called "Polkadot" and it's a free pattern on the Berroco site. You may remember this from an earlier post (remember "yarn gone wild"?) The yarn is slippery but the results are so cool. Berroco says "the yarn does this work" and it's true, especially in this pattern which is just a giant circle plus sleeves.

This is the Ballet Scarf from Fiesta yarns. We are all gaga over this alpaca/tencel in dk weight that is ideal for socks, lace and garments alike! There is no "bad" Fiesta color.

This "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Beanie" is Ellen's solution to a little problem. There was a great hat in the Twinkle Handknits book and we just adore the plush Soft Chunky yarn, but the hat called for #19 DPN's...which by the way...NOBODY has! They don't exist - at least with our suppliers (and we've got a lot of them!) So Ellen came up with this Loops original pattern that uses #15 DPNs. Ingenious!
Now as for the party pics. I wore the Dress From You-Know-Where...YES it is finally done! Thanks to Diana W. for incredibly quick and brilliant seamstressing that turned Tilli Tomas' complex pattern into a masterpiece - and got it to cover "the girls."

Everyone was lovin' the food, catered by my friend Donna's new company, Josefina Cucina (lots of you asked for the phone number: It's 286-1370). We munched on antipasto with gourmet olives, pesto spread, stuffed mushrooms, ricotta cakes and burnt butter cupcakes. It was like food - yarn - food - yarn - wine - food - what a feast! Here are the early arrivers:

They came from as far away as Macalister...Coffeeville, Kansas...and these perky pals from Perkins, OK:

Good friends Pat and Linda came, even though Linda just became a grandmother to little Parker! (congrats, Bethany! little Parker will never be without a beautiful blanket to spit up on :)

We were thrilled to meet "Mr. Dr. Sid" - husband of prodigy/prolific knitter, Dr. Sid:

And here's Ellen showing Merne how to stock up on more baby yarn so she can get "just a few more projects" done before her little boy arrives. Merne just finished her Baby Surprise Jacket and plans to make 3 more!!! Better start casting on, Merne!

If you haven't seen "the wall" yet - visit soon or keep on eye on the website for updates!

- Shelley

3 Comments:

Blogger Jules said...

Wow! Thanks so much! I have never had hand-dyed yarn before!!

September 25, 2007 at 10:51 AM  
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