Loopy, Sister Louise, and Brother Black Bart

DSC00465.JPGYou know, I kind of have fun with Loopy, our mascot. I have this stuffed sheep at the entrance to The Loopy Room that we call Loopy. I knit him 4 red socks and added big googly eyes. He started life in the kindergarten room that my mom taught in, and he has been in the manger scene for the Christmas play at our church. He has been around. Now, he’s just Loopy. :-) (Granted, he should really have a tan face to exactly match the Loopy logo, but we’re letting that slide. We still like him, even though he’s not an exact match.) It has been fun to see Loopy on our totes (did I mention that I added a new little sized tote?) and I especially loved him done up in clay by the talented Katie who makes our stitchmarkers. (Did I mention that those are now back in stock, with more on order?) When I was talking to Angelina over at Zen String, we talked about some exclusive colorways that she might be able to do for The Loopy Ewe. I told her about Loopy’s Sister Louise and Brother Black Bart, and she came up with this fun colorway called “Bart and Louise in the Garden”. (I can assure you, they’re up to no good in that garden – eating all of Mr. McGregor’s vegetables, no doubt. That garden is not just for rabbits.) Come check out our new yarn line from Zen String, just added! Also – new solid colors of Supersock from Cherry Tree Hill. These are beautifully done and match the colors in their variegated colorways as well. Try knitting your toes and heels out of a solid color, and the rest of the sock out of the variegated (or vice versa) for a fun look. Solid colors also show off your intricate lace patterns beautifully. And, everyone’s favorite, Yarn Pirate has been updated as well. This is the first time we’ve had Loopy Blues, Mermaid, Neopolitan, Sweetheart, Malamute and Viola in the Merino/Tencel blend. It’s so interesting to see how the dye takes a bit differently on that yarn base. I love the sheen. Merino/Tencel is great for socks, but also makes beautiful scarves and shawls. I’m thinking I need socks out of the regular Sock Loopy Blues, and a scarf out of the Merino/Tencel Loopy Blues. You know, to match the Vera Bradley Java Blue purse. I love those blues and browns.

DSC00462.JPGMy first Frank sock is done. (Tiger Lily from All Things Heather.) Is this BRIGHT or is this BRIGHT? I decided if I was going to make a Frank, then I would make a major Frank. I actually like it a lot. I’m just trying to imagine wearing it beneath jeans. You can bet that people will see them, and comment on them. I guess that’s a good thing? It has been fun hearing about all of the Franks and Marthas you are working on. Keep up the great work! Another thing I discovered – I can knit during “24″, but I cannot knit during the American Idol tryouts. There is just too much to focus on. Did anyone watch it last night? I don’t even usually watch the regular show, but the tryouts are so entertaining! I think Randy spent way too much time laughing and Simon was just downright mean. Not sure I can stomach too many nights of it, but at least I watched the first one.

DSC00463.JPGCheck out the cute new sheep that came to live here. The first one with the tall spindly legs is impossibly soft and impossibly cute and arrived in the mail from impossibly kind L-B. :-) She sits on top of my computer. (The new sheep. Not L-B.) DSC00464.JPGThe second one I found last week when I was out shopping with Janice-the-Felting-Queen. Now any time I see cute sheep, I think I need to bring them home. (I have yet to feel the need to knit them all red socks. That was just for Loopy.) Does anyone out there have a sheep collection that you want to share pictures of?

(Added later: Yes, it’s true – as usual, the stitchmarkers flew out of here today. Never fear – more are on order and I’ll let you know as soon as they arrive!)

Sheri Ihavenovoicetodaythiscoldisthepits


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18 comments on “Loopy, Sister Louise, and Brother Black Bart

  1. Hope you get your voice back soon. I lost mine for four days a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard for a talker not to talk!

    Great new stuff in the shop. I just got my stuff from you yesterday. The personal touches, the needle inventory cards and the handwritten note, really do mean a lot to knitters. Thank you!

  2. I see it’s open season on L-B today! ;-) My house may be filled with more sheep than yarn. Here’s a good excuse to start documenting them! My husband collects wolves, but the sheep and wolves live peacefully in our home!

  3. aw, cute sheep!!

    i watched American Idol last night. i think it’s good to knit while you watch it. i covered my eyes with the sock i was knitting several times out of embarrassment. but am i embarrassed for the contestants or the fact that i am watching the show?? i highly recommend Tivo for shows like that. you can fast forward over all the stupid banter and rewind and watch the terrible auditions over and over.

  4. I have a cute sheep that you would like. But I collect sea turtles instead of sheep. And if it weren’t for the fact that I know L-B lives in a different part of Virgina than Wendy, I would swear that L-B is really Wendy’s alter ego.

    And do you ever sleep??? You knit more than I do. But I also have several pairs of socks on the needles at all times. I plan to get season 2 of Emergency this weekend and I will be knitting all day Sunday on the couch while I am watching it. Maybe I can make some progress on my Martha sock.

  5. Loopy’s original name was “Mutton Chops” a named coined when he lived in my Kindergarten room…… surrounded by books in the reading corner…..I prefer his new name…..

  6. Hey! A comment from Sheri’s mom! Hi Barbara! Loopy is a nicer name. He certainly has a quieter life now, living among all the fabulous yarn. He’s probably not even afraid of Zoe, after life with all the kindergarteners!

    Love the tiger Lily/Frank sock! I have that yarn too…

  7. “Mutton Chops?” That’s like naming a chicken Buffalo Wings or something…haha.

    Oh, the lovely, lovely new yarns. The solid colors are great, I may just have to do some socks with contrast heels and toes…or the Railway socks from Knitting Vintage Socks…or…etc. I hope there’s still some left when I get there. =)

  8. hi sheri,
    i didn’t even get all of your blog read. i want the the little ewe stitch markers but didn’t find them when i clicked on the highlited word. oh please don’t say they are all gone again!! i can’t stay and chat right now but want to say also, i had company last weekend too and after reading the blog on sunday morning, we had to make the brownies. not a chocoholic but i am a brownie-aholic. ( : oh they were so good too. thanks for sharing that recipe for sure. and i loved your friends blog too. had to check up on her too. gotta run but will pursue all this when i have more time. happy knitting. i’mtryingtoknitababyblanketbythissunday!

  9. Funny you should mention merino tencel and not-a-sock knits. My Merino Tencel All Things Heather is being knit into a Balloon Scarf from Scarf Style. Went down a needle size.

  10. Loopy is so adorable! And, as soon as you get a restock on the stitch markers, I definitely plan to order some… And, your Frank looks great. I’m hoping to start mine this weekend. : )

  11. Love Loopy and the new sheepies. I don’t collect them but I do have one sheep someone gave me which I will try and photograph for you. (He runs around alot so hard to get a shot.) Also love your Frank – woohoo! So let people comment on them and take it as a compliment. :>)

    I have yet to see the Loopy and Black Bart stitch markers. I want some!! Next time maybe.

    As for TV and knitting… I don’t have TiVo so I have learned the best thing to knit with is a favorite old movie … you know the pictures so hearing the words is enough.

  12. I think Loopy is very happy with his new name… Mutton Chops sounds like he’s headed to the dinner table with one wrong move!! I KNEW I should have snagged those stitch markers when I was down last weekend!!!!! I think I need to order some more….I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be a Loopy Groupie! In fact, maybe I’ll go work on my socks…….

  13. i love your frank sock. so beautiful and bright. your feet will be so happy to show off those socks. i don’t collect sheep but yours are adorable. i’m a panda person myself. also, went to the merino/tencel and loved the viola. loved the solid at cherry tree hill in amethyst. do you see a pattern here? i love anything to do with purple. oh, i know there was something in the zen string too but have forgotten the name already. you must feel like it is yarn heaven having all that beautiful yarn at your finger tips. while i’m taking this break from the baby blanket knitting, think i’ll go visit janice and drool some more over her felting. ttfn.

  14. I had a great mail day. Mail from the Loopy Ewe. The Bee Bar is amazing. I will be ordering more of those as gifts. My first Martha sock is coming along nicely and I am done with the heel.
    Hope you are feeling better quick!

  15. When it comes to knitting for myself, I’m a Frank sock girl. I have socks in Opal Tiger, Opal Bumblebee, lots of other self-striping yarns, Lorna’s Laces, and various boutique hand-dyes. Color, color, color! Love it.

    Dad has a pair of socks in camouflage colors (to match a sweater I made him) and a pair with intarsia-knit cowboy hats and six shooters. Those were fun to knit (for certain values of fun involving reknitting the ankle section twice and the toes twice courtesy of Mom’s poor measuring). Dad’s socks are Semi-Frank.

    Mom seems to prefer Martha socks. She’s got a pair of Regia Jacquard in bright earth tones, but all the rest are blue or not-bright earth tones. She actually asked me for two pairs of blue rib-knit-cuff-plain-foot socks. Oy. I gave her one pair already, and the third of the four socks is on the needles, but they are/were SO BORING. No color changes, no cables, no lace, nothing interesting. I blame her for my recent excessive buying of bright-colored hand-dyed sock yarns for myself! Palate cleansers. Not an addiction. :-)

    And after working on that navy-blue rib-knit sock on the DC Metro the other night, I’m ready to buy *more* pretty yarn.