October 20, 2006
More new yarns up at The Loopy Ewe today. New, amazing, to-die-for Claudia Hand Painted colors. Tell me, please – at what point will I become immune to the gorgeous colors that keep coming through my door? When is it that I will be able to see new skeins of new colorways and yawn? At what point will I be able to knit through my sock yarn stash (excuse me, my “personal sock yarn buffet”) and not be adding colors to it faster than I’m taking colors out? Because, frankly, I’m tired of desiring it all. Something must change here. Either I learn to knit faster (like Wendy. I want to be like Wendy) or I stop taking all of these skeins for myself. I’m not even going to tell you about these yarns. You don’t want to know. You’re just going to want to buy all of the new colors and: we.must.resist.together. We must.
So instead, I will share the salad recipe, as promised last week. And look – College Boy is home and the World’s Best Mother-in- Law came to visit, too! I promised them that they could have some salad if they’d pose with it. This is one of my favorite salad recipes. I’ll share another great salad recipe next week. I love good salad recipes almost as much as I love good dessert recipes. Almost. This one came from my friend Susan.
Susan’s Winter Fruit Salad
1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
4 oz. (1 cup) shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup cashews
1/4 c. sweetened dried cranberries
1 apple, cubed
1 pear, cubed
Poppy Seed Dressing
Chop the apple and pear and put them in a bowl of white soda (do you call it pop?) while you’re doing the rest of the salad. This will keep them from turning brown in your salad. Drain and add to all other ingredients. Toss with Poppy Seed Dressing.
I must say that I never measure the stuff. I just add all of the ingredients in the amounts that we like. (I add more apples and pears, and more cranberries. Not more cashews, because I have eaten a handful of them while preparing the recipe and by that point there are no extras to add to the salad.)
So – try it out on your family and let me know how you like it.
For those of you who missed out on Yarn Pirate’s Loopy Ewe colorway, and several of her other ones that sold out in a blink – I already have more on order. Same with the All Things Heather colorways. (Boy – the Merino/Tencel blend raced out of here!) Watch the blog, as I’ll let you know as soon as they arrive. All Things Heather will be around Thanksgiving, and Yarn Pirate the first week or two of December. That’s also when we’re slated to get all of our Sweet Georgia fingering weight in.
Did you want to know the next yarn line that we have coming to us? It’s Yarntini – as several of you guessed! I drew from the correct guessers, and GAIL, you are the winner! Send me your address and when Yarntini comes in, you get to pick your first skein of it for free! You all will love this new line. I’m ordering it in her self-striping colorways. Her yarns do beautiful things, and the color combinations are so fun. Most are named after drinks, except the one called: 4-8-15-16-23-42 Did I mention that I also love her sense of humor? She is also working up an exclusive Loopy striping colorway – but it will be totally different from the Yarn Pirate Loopy colorway. I think you’ll love it! Watch for Yarntini in early December as well.
Back to the present – OK, who am I kidding? Of course I’m taking the new Claudia colors for my personal sock yarn buffet. Not ALL of them at once. Just a few. I’ll start with a few. Like these. (Clockwise from the top: Boot Camp, Spring Break, Leopard, Toast). And if I’m getting some, then you need to get some, too. If I’m not resisting, then you had better not resist, either. And for those of you who have already ordered from us twice this week? – and there are several of you – Get ready for a third order. That’s how wonderful these new Claudia colors are. You will love me for enabling you to buy them. You really will. We’ll figure out how to add more knitting hours to our day some other time. Right now, there are yarns calling to us.