Thursday, January 24, 2013

Concussions, collections, KAL's and all that's going on!!

Hey Oh! Loopers,

It has been a fun, slightly catastrophic and very eventful week here at the Oh! Loops headquarters; I love calling it that because it makes me chuckle since our headquarters really only consists of Sarah's kitchen and my tiny little office that is actually the walk in closet in my master bedroom lol. Hopefully someday we will have a space grandiose enough to actually be a headquarters.

Okay let me explain why it's been a catastrophic week. On Wednesday I slipped on the ice in my driveway while holding my son. Well the outcome of that has been a minor concussion, bruised ribs, elbows, knees, forearms and a very sore finger that I stabbed with my keys lol!! My son thankfully left the scene of the accident 100% okay lol!! Then today poor Sarah jammed her finger and put a hole through one of her nails ouch! So needless to say we are seriously considering changing our name from Oh! Loops to Oh! Whoops lol!!! Since we are obviously accident prone! :)

Anyways, as many of you know Sarah is test knitting a shawl for Laura aka Lala of lala knits and the Knit Girls. She is making very good progress and should have the project completed this weekend  go Sarah!!!! You also know if you read our facebook page or plurks that we have some other very exciting news. Well another designer asked us if we would mind her using our yarn for the featured photo for an awesome new pattern she is designing! We were totally stocked. Sarah has also agreed to test knit this pattern, so once we have more information we will be able to share the name of the designer and the name of the pattern with all of you guys. It's a pretty cool pattern and I'm sure you guys will love it.

Okay now I will tell you want you all really want to know, the next extra credit assignment and Februarys "Out of this World" KAL project............ we love that you guys are so anxious to get started.

This week's extra credit, is to knit something with the words "Moon or Stars" in either the title of the pattern or the designers name. It can be anything you want and as big or as small as you like. Once completed please post a picture of the item in your claimed spot on the extra credit thread. We must say we are loving the extra credit items you have all completed thus far, you guys rock!

Now for project #2~ "Knitters WALK on the moon"

You must knit something for either your feet or legs using a color technique that is new to you. These color techniques could include things such as: self stripping yarn, contrasting heel/toe, a color you don't normally knit with, using a solid if you normally use variegated or using a variegated if you would normally use a solid, or you could try colorwork. Anything color related that is new to you will count. As with January's project you cannot cast on until February 1st and you will have until midnight on February 28th to complete your project and have a picture of your FO uploaded to the appropriate thread.

Please feel free to chat about this project and share your pattern and color ideas in the "Out of this World" chatter thread starting today, this thread will be the ongoing chatter thread for the entire KAL!

If you have particular questions for either Sarah or myself about this project please post your questions in the "Out of this World" KAL questions thread and we will do our best to answer them. Please remember the most important thing is to have fun!!! Don't stress, challenging ourselves to think outside what is normal for us is healthy and should only encourage us!

Real quick before we say goodbye for this week we wanted to give a few reminders and say a few thank you's!!

First we have to say a huge thank you to Casey of Tangerine Designs for her wonderful work and designs. She has agreed to create something awesome for the "Out of this World" prize packages as well as the extra credit prize.

We must also say an enormous thank you to Amy Beth of the Fat Squirrel Speaks podcast for mentioning us on her podcast. We sent Amy Beth a skein of our Little Stargazer colourway and she showed it to her viewers and has agreed to knit some hats for the "Halos of Hope" foundation so thank you, thank you, thank you Amy Beth!!!

We also wanted to thank Denise of the Knitting Den for mentioning us on her last podcast and for considering us as one of the indie dyers she would like to try this year. 

Again thanks ladies you all rock!!!

We wanted to quickly remind everyone that as of today you have one more week to complete project number one of the "Out of this World" KAL. Project one is "Put your HANDS up for knitters in space" You were asked to knit something for your hands using a new technique. Please make sure you have your FO uploaded to the appropriate thread by no later than 11:30 pm on Thursday January 31st as we will lock this thread at midnight. You must complete all four projects in order to be entered to win the awesome prize package so get those photos posted!!

Second we wanted to let everyone know that February is the last month to order the next Yarnie AA club subscription for the March/April/May colors. Our Yarnie AA club is a three month long club. You will receive one skein of yarn a month for three months. Our clubs will always contain one skein of a mild variegated colourway, one skein of a wild variegated colourway and one semi solid to match both variegated skeins. You will also receive lots of fun little extras each month. If you are interested in the next color group which will include, green, purple, teal, pink and gray, please have you order placed by no later than February 28th.

Last but not least we want to remind everyone that our newest collection will go up in the shop on Monday February 4th and there is a good chance it may resemble a February holiday hmmmmmm!

Okay guys sorry it was a long once again this week. I think I have told you all the important goings on. We hope you have a great week, we are excited to see those finished hand projects, and see what you all decide to knit in February. I will see you back here next week!

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