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Yarn buyer. No doubt it’s one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Getting to see all the new yarns before the rest of the world, endlessly fondling and petting new fibers…yeah, it’s a pretty cool gig. I never tire of it, but must admit that sometimes, it all starts to look the same. Everyone’s doing self-ruffling, or chainette construction, or the hot Pantone colors.
And then something like this comes along and blows my hand-knitted socks off.
Lumio, a soft, bulky, washable yarn from the My Mountain range of Schachenmayr original yarns, does something completely and utterly new: It reflects light – from a camera flash or more importantly, from a headlight beam. This amazing feature makes it ideal for runners and bikers who don’t want to give up their passion for fitness when the daylight fades. This has not gone unnoticed by athleticwear trendsetter Lululemon – rumor is they will be debuting knitted, reflective accessories in the near future.
But for you, my dear knitters and crocheters, that future is now.
Now, stay with me here as you behold the magic that is Lumio. I made this trendy infinity cowl for my friend and sometimes doubles partner, Jana. She is a Lulu fanatic, so she always looks adorable, whether playing tennis, running or doing yoga. Here she is modeling her new cowl outside of our tennis club.
Jana is also a huge Oklahoma State fan, bleeding orange all the way down to her shoelaces. So I knew she would love the very, very bright Lumio orange.
Now watch what happens when I turn on my cameraphone flash and take another picture in the bright sunshine. You can start to see the reflective effect:
And now, we move inside and I snap another flash photo. WHOA!
This photo is not retouched, folks. It really does that. And yes, it’s really, really cool.
Now, here’s the pattern. I made the entire cowl while getting my hair done. (It was a full color and cut, but still, that’s pretty fast!)
Lumio Infinity Cowl
2 skeins Schachenmayr original Lumio and size #19 US circular needles, 32-40″ long
Cast on 100 stitches and twist before joining.
*Knit 4 rounds. Purl 4 rounds* Repeat from *
Knit 4 more rounds and cast off loosely. Block very lightly. That’s it!
I made this cowl to be a companion piece to Mount Yale, one of Loops’ many, many free My Mountain hat patterns. I really love knitting Lumio on #19 needles, because at that gauge it has a drape and softness that feels like a much more expensive yarn. You can find the Mount Yale pattern here, and shop the entire My Mountain yarn collection here. As a My Mountain distributor, Loops carries every color of all 6 My Mountain yarns (though they have been selling so fast, it’s hard to keep them all in stock at once)!
Enjoy the free pattern, and happy knitting!
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At Loops, we have been selling the new My Mountain range of Schachenmayr original yarns like crazy. We decided early on to carry the full line of these yarns, because we really loved the whole concept: Using washable, affordable yarns in tons of great colors to make personalized, lifestyle hats.
Of course, who could resist the Lumio yarn with its reflective thread? And the Lova yarn with its pops of neon? But the best part of the line may be the 40 colors – count ’em, 40! – of Boston. There’s everything from naturals to neon, and it’s all a squishy, chunky gauge that makes superfast hats. Plus, this season, Schachenmayr introduced Boston Style, which is just like Boston, but with a multicolor “mouline” effect. Not sure what “mouline” really means, but it sounds cool and frenchy. And it looks great.
Holly, one of the Loops Troops, was especially inspired by the Boston Style colors, and grabbed 1 skein of Boston Style and 2 skeins of Boston, and came up with 2 hats for her 2 boys for Christmas.
Boston Boys Hats – mini stripes version (beige and orange)
2 skeins of Boston (solid) and one skein of Boston Style will make both hats. CO 56 on US9 16″ circular needles. Work 2×2 ribbing (k2, p2 repeat) for 1-2 inches. Change to #11 needles, begin alternating colors every round, and knit for about 7″, then begin decreasing as follows (switching to DPNs when necessary):
1. (K5, K2tog) to end.
2. K round.
3. (K4, K2tog) to end.
4. K round.
5. (K3, K2tog) to end.
6. K round.
7 (K2, K2tog) to end.
8.(K1, K2tog) to end.
9. (K2tog) to end.
Boston Boys Hat – wider stripes version (beige, grey and orange)
Work as above, but only knit to 5″ (instead of 7″) before you start decreasing, and instead of alternating colors every row, work this color sequence:
cream for rest of decrease
And if you love making these hats, check out the Magic Mountain pattern – a Loops original by Tracy Keeter. It’s so fun to work, with the swirls that form as if by magic!
Into crochet? You’ll love this Mini Mountain set by Sherri Torrez. Every little fashionista needs one!
Have fun on the mountain! You can shop our whole My Mountain range (including tons of free patterns) here.
I am so excited to introduce our latest member of the “Loops Troops,” Kathleen.
Kathleen learned to knit from her mother. Her first love was sewing, but she stayed with the knitting as well, adding crocheting to her repertoire along the way. But she “really got into it” about 4 years ago, when she discovered Loops! She was thrilled to discover a world of new fibers and colors beyond what she was used to seeing in the big chain stores.
I was immediately drawn to Kathleen’s smile (her eyes twinkle and squint up, like mine!) and her easygoing yet elegant demeanor. And then she started pulling out her recently completed projects. Oh, mama!
On her needles right now are two cute vests, which I can’t wait for her to finish so I can show you. And finally, kudos to Kathleen for being more than willing to model her work in a job interview. That is cooperation (and bravery), folks! Kathleen will be working primarily at our Utica store, so stop in soon and meet her!
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