February 9, 2007
I’ve been waiting for this yarn forever! It has finally arrived from Germany (via the US distributor’s warehouse) and we have it up and available at The Loopy Ewe. There are some fun colors and patterns in here! If you’re not used to knitting with patterned yarn – give it a try. I find that I seem to knit faster on this type of yarn. Either that, or the emerging patterns just keep me more entertained. Maybe I’m just simple. I think you’ll have fun with it, too.
Guess what else arrived? Zoe’s Cozy Cushion. I set it down and she immediately claimed it as her own. I was so glad. (Because haven’t you spent money on something for a pet before, just sure they’d like it, and they turn their nose up at it?) Well Zoe’s sold on this cushion and now has warm toes and tummy. I haven’t seen her on the registers once since it arrived.
I wanted to give another big welcome and shout out to the newest members of The Loopy Groupies! Remember, you get to be a Loopy Groupie when you have placed your 6th order with us. We’ll send you a fun Gift Bag and include you in all of the Loopy Heads Up emails (advance notice when new yarns go up, advance notice for the Sock Club), specials once in a while, and other things. (Psst – the Yarn Pirate and I are talking about an exclusive Loopy Groupie colorway. Anyone want to give color suggestions?) I’m happy to welcome these gals, who have become Loopy Groupies in the last couple of weeks: Shelly in MI, Janice in IA, Willi in OH, Kristi in OH, Laura in MI, Josiane in Switzerland, Mary Ellen in VA, Carol in OR, Christy in NC, Robin in MN, Allison in FL, Lisa in TX, Kimberly in AL, Karen in NY, Erika in AZ, Kathleen in CA, Joan in MN and Rachel in NY. We love having you as Loopies!
As promised, here are the frosted sugar cookie cutouts that I make for most holidays. I first found this recipe in the newspaper when I was (I thought) about 2 weeks away from having Knitting Daughter. College Boy (then “Cute Little Two Year Old Boy”) and I made these together and were going to give them to the neighbors for Valentine’s Day. We were able to deliver all but one plate. One of the neighbors wasn’t home. (This is an important detail.) Knitting Daughter decided to come 2 weeks early (that night) and, well …. you know how cravings go. The next day, I was in that hospital bed and just kept thinking about how I really wanted another one of those wonderful sugar cookies. So, I sent Wonder Husband back home to raid the plate designated for the not-at-home neighbors, just so I could have another one. I guess I still owe a plate to those neighbors? I’m taking plates of these to my neighbors today to make up for it. I have called these “Julia’s Sugar Cookies” ever since, because we first made them the day before she was born. Now, they’re a family tradition!
2 sticks margarine (1 cup)
2 cups sugar
4 Tbl. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
Beat together margarine and sugar. Add eggs, milk and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and baking powder and mix well. Chill in plastic wrap for 4 hours (or overnight is even better).
Roll out on well-floured surface. Cut and bake on lightly greased cookie sheet (or baking stone.) 375 degrees for 9 minutes. Cool and frost.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
milk to desired consistency
Let glaze set until dry.
I liked Kim’s suggestion in the comments about you all sending me your best recipes – and my family would very enthusiastically support this idea. They would love to be taste testers. If you have a family favorite, send it along and we’ll test it out. In fact, next week I’m sharing a recipe for pork that came from one of you and was absolutely delicious!
Have a great weekend and make time for your knitting!