January 26, 2007
Hi. Ahem. So about that Loopy Ewe Seasonal Sock Club. I’m so thrilled with the great response. (and seriously – I wasn’t worried about crawling in here today. You all have been very understanding, and even cheering us on, which is downright upright of you. You all are the best!) We had waaaaaaay more than I anticipated. Obviously I have had my head in the sand. (Actually, I have had my head in a pile of yarn.) I thought 50 would be a nice number to shoot for, with sock club participants. And then I quickly upped it to 75. Then 100. Then 125. Then, I upped it one more time to 150 and had to stop and put blinders on and go sit in a corner. You see, I really hate telling people no. Especially when we were full in about 12 hours, keeping in mind these were hours when most people are sleeping (7 pm – 7 am). If it were up to me, I’d be happily sending out welcome emails to any and all who wanted to participate, regardless of the rising numbers. Or at least until Wonder Husband got home and knocked some sense into me, or Zoe pushed the screensaver button to watch the fish some more. But there are limits to what I can ask my awesome dyers to do. And isn’t that one of the things that makes a sock club special? The exclusivity of it and the unique, one-time-only colorways you get? Next year, I’m going to try to find a way to make it 200-ish. Someone will have to come over here the day of sign-ups and keep me from upping it and upping it again. Or else I’ll have to develop more discipline in this area. We’ll see which sounds like more fun when I get there. Thanks to all of you for wanting to be a part of this and for such great encouragement. YOU make this such a fun business for our family!
Speaking of all of you, I did want to give a big shout out to the latest new members of the Loopy Groupie Club, over the past couple of weeks! A very warm welcome to these gals who have received (or it’s in the mail) their Loopy Groupie Gift Bag: Sarah in FL, Phoebe in MO, Vickie in CO, Rachel in NY, Pam in CA, Rosemary in TX, Barbara in MO, Dynna in MI, Stacey in CA, Michelle in MI, Capi in AZ and Theresa in Italy! (Theresa gets the distinction for being our very first international Loopy Groupie, but there are a few others who are not far behind!) You know we love you here!
Guess who comes home this afternoon for a long weekend? College Boy!! And we’re working on getting our fun photo galleries up on the website while he’s here. So I’m closing this out for the day, but will leave you with a super easy crock pot recipe. Why do I like crock pot recipes? Because you can throw dinner in there and knit all day long. Why do I not like crock pot recipes? Because it makes the house smell wonderful all day long and it makes me feel hungry all day long. Note re: the food photos on this blog – there is a reason that I’m a knitter and not a food stylist. I know it needs sprigs of parsley and all kinds of other wonderful things to give it color……
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick of margarine or butter
1 pck. dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Add all ingredients to the crock pot. (You can even put the chicken in frozen – how’s that for not having to plan ahead?) Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with rice or noodles. YUM!
Thank you again for all of the wonderful memories you all shared about your grandparents. That will probably always be my favorite post ever, because I loved reading about how special they were to you. I have used the “random number generator” to pick a winner of The Loopy Loot for this month, and Minnie is the winner! Minnie – email me your address and I’ll get this fun gift off to you!
This weekend – I’m still working on my Franks. However …. I just got the most wonderful skein of yarn from one of our new indie-dyers that I haven’t told you about yet, and I do not think I’m going to be able to pass up the chance to start knitting with it a little bit. I’m trying to resist, but I think it will be futile. It’s too enticing. (Speaking of knitting – is there anyone out there who might ever want to be a test-knitter for me from time to time?)