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Friday, June 27, 2014

Camp Loopy 2014, Project 2

Project Two begins on July 1 (next Tuesday), but I thought I’d go ahead and show you my yarn and what I’m doing today.  The challenge is to use 600 yards or more of any weight yarn in a project that reminds you of your favorite vacation or relaxation spot.  It can also be a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet.  I really love the way they’ve done camp challenges this year.  I feel like while there are obviously requirements, they’ve left things open ended enough that there’s plenty of room for interpretation by each individual knitter.  Also, since there haven’t been yarn weight requirements, I feel like the store isn’t getting ransacked by the other campers.  There’s a sense that you can actually think through your project before ordering rather than just grabbing the first thing that you find, and then finding a project.  Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Sheri is giving us plenty of wiggle room within the requirements of the projects.
I will be knitting the Storyteller Hoodie in Malabrigo Rios in the Aguas colorway.  I decided that I didn’t want to use buttons on this, but instead I got a leather clasp.  I saw one of these a few months ago and I loved the look of it (there are a few different styles and sizes).  My inspiration for this second project is the woods.  I love being in the woods, walking through the trees, and seeing the little squirrels and birds busily doing their woodland chores.  When I picked the Storyteller Hoodie for my pattern, I thought of Little Red Riding Hood, and I felt like this clasp would be the kind of thing Little Red might use to clasp her cloak.  I think it will add a subtle fairy tale style to what should be a useful little vest.  Unfortunately, The Loopy Ewe doesn’t carry these, so I ordered it from Jimmy Beans Wool.  Just in case you’re curious, it screws onto your knitting and snaps closed, and while it has some weight, I don’t think it will be a problem on worsted weight knitting.  The leather is also super soft, not floppy, it holds its shape, but it’s still really soft.  I’ve got all five skeins of yarn wound and numbered - since it’s hand dyed yarn, I’ll be alternating balls every two rows and I wanted to make sure I had them in order before I started knitting.

I can’t wait to start this project Tuesday and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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