Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Biker mama in cashmere.

The scooter craze has struck the Loops Troops - literally - and so far we are 2-for-3. Two of the three proud new scooter owners have crashed-and-burned (but don't worry, Ingrid and Paula both survived to ride again). Ellen, though, is very proud of her pretty pink bike and her perfect riding record - she attributes it to years of riding horses.

Here, Ellen is modeling the new one-skein scarf she made from the super-luscious Tanglewood hand-spun cashmere.

Ellen graciously offered (or maybe I bullied her into) sharing her original pattern with you guys:

Ellen's Neck Muffler
Materials: 1 skein Tanglewood Fiber Cashmere, Size 19 needles, button
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit, inc FBL 1st, knit to last st, inc FBL
Repeat row 1 & 2 unitl you have 13 sts.
Work in SS for 10 inches, K2tog at beginning and end of each right side row.
Cast off when 3 sts remain. Attach a button on one end. Don't worry about a buttonhole - just slip the button through your stitches.

It was a busy day at the shop. We received a huge order of Plymouth Ecco Yarns, a.k.a. Earth. This is the new line of all-natural yarns I mentioned in the most recent e-newsletter. We got three of the 7 or so yarns we'll be carrying. We got Rainshadow, a super-squishy mostly-alpaca in a chunky weight...Mainland, a luxury alpaca/silk...and Ecco Silk, a 100% silk. Yum!

Still to come are cashmere, camel and a silk boucle TDF. Look for the new display at the front of the store.

Because this line is from Plymouth, it's surprisingly well-priced. And I LOVE that Plymouth went the extra step to package the yarn in paper rather than the usual plastic. Here is a happy customer with two new, full bags of yarn!

Finally, we had a surprise visit from Mama Kristin and Baby Cameron!

Everyone reports that he is an especially sweet baby. No surprise there, considering his genes :) Love that little knitted soaker - made for Kristin by Gene.

- Shelley
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P.S. We took pictures of my new cardi sweater yesterday - just waiting on Gina to send me pics and I'll post again! Oh, the suspense...


Anonymous Patti O'Donnell said...

I can't believe Ellen is on a scooter! Just too cool! But how will she get to work today since it is raining???

July 9, 2008 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not working today! But I am slightly sad that I can't drive it!

July 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even in a scarf on an Oklahoma summer day that Ellen is so, so cool. -e

July 10, 2008 at 4:49 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I am so bummed it has been raining the past 2 days! My decal did arrive, the scooter is now officially "Piglet".

July 10, 2008 at 7:44 AM  

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