I’m home! And I had a wonderful time! Boy, what weather. When we left on Thursday to head out to Colorado, our plane was delayed at takeoff (due to a missing fire extinguisher on board) and we just missed tornadoes here in St. Louis. Then when we got to Denver, it was blizzarding up in the mountains. The higher we went, the more the snow swirled. We arrived in three different cars, and one of them was wind-gusted into the concrete median and then sent spinning around and around across the highway. Miraculously, no one was hurt and no other cars around them hit them. They were about 20 minutes from the condo and made it there in one piece, just a little sore from the experience. Here is a photo of the ski slopes, taken from our deck. None of us skiied, but it was fun to watch people coming down the mountain. Keystone is one of the places that offers night skiing, so the slopes are beautifully lit up at night. (I night-skiied once. Never again. It’s FREEZING riding up on the lift at night!)
Here’s our annual group photo. We were missing two gals this year, but it was still a wonderful weekend. We decided to switch our gathering time to fall (when we can avoid snow and car accidents.) Still trying to figure out how to break it to the husbands that we’re planning on this fall for the next event, because of course we’re not waiting a whole year and a half to switch to fall of 2008. I brought back some great new recipes which I’ll make up and then share with you over the next few weeks. My family will love being the taste-testers!
Speaking of family, WH and KD did a great job of getting orders packed up and shipped off to you. I also have a wonderful assistant, who has been with me in another business for a long time and has recently been switched over to helping at The Loopy Ewe three mornings a week. Susan is GREAT and I was so thrilled when she agreed to add more work hours to her week in order to help me get all of these orders out to you every day in a timely manner.
Thank you for all of your wonderful birthday wishes!! Although I do have really really great friends, I must say that I have never had SO many birthday greetings at once before. That was so fun and I appreciate every single one of you who left a comment that day. I had a great day.
Tonight is the big shop update! Truthfully, we have new yarn orders coming in every single week this month (and probably next month, too). More new lines, more fun accessories, more surprises! I did want to share my thoughts on the yarn lines with you. I know we all joke about the fact that you have to be on top of our shop updates in order to get many of the yarns we put up. And that’s true for some of the lines. Our goal is to keep the “regular” yarn lines in stock most all of the time. (Once in awhile we get caught short because the orders from the company have taken longer than expected, or because they are backordered themselves.) So count on us having Cherry Tree Hill, Lorna’s Laces, Schaefer Anne and Lola, Regia, Online, Opal, Claudia Hand Painted, Crystal Palace, J-Knits, Fleece Artist and Jigsaw in all the time. We’re working on keeping Interlacements and Apple Laine in all the time, and have another awesome major yarn line that we will keep in stock in all colors – due to arrive in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! With all of our wonderful indie-dyers – well, we have orders in with them ALL the time, but of course they can only dye up so much. (And we put in BIG orders, so it does take awhile for them to pull it all together for us.) When their orders come in, they do get sold very quickly. I’d love to get to the point where we can actually keep some of them in stock for longer than a couple of days. Just know that I always have orders in with them in an effort to continue bringing their lines to you. These include All Things Heather, Yarn Pirate, Posh, Zen String, sKNITches, Scarlet Fleece, and several more new ones that we already have on order for you. Again – stay tuned! If you’re a regular blog reader (and/or a Loopy Groupie) you are always the first to know when we get new things in for the shop.
Tonight’s update is scheduled for sometime between 8-9 pm (central time). It all depends on how long it takes me to enter and upload all of the information for you. It will all appear at once when we actually make it all go “live” for you. I can give you a hint on what to watch for, though, since it will exceed our four pages dedicated to “what’s new”. We have another batch of Loopy/Louise/Black Bart stitchmarkers going up, plus more Zecca (they are all so CUTE in this batch!), and 5 other accessories which are new to us here. We have new Zeldas and Zelda Grands going up. We have re-stocked the new Lorna’s Laces colors and will be putting those up. Half of the Scarlet Fleece Tubular x 2 colors have arrived and those will be up. (I love this photo that Josiane in Switzerland sent in of the Scarlet Fleece knit up. She says, “Scarlet Fleece is a wonderful yarn. Very very pleasant to knit, this tubular x 2 gives an extraordinary elasticity and exceptional regular stitches, I adore this yarn !!!) We also have our last Sweet Georgia order going up, more Apple Laine, more J-Knits, and one of our brand new indie-dyers – Perchance to Knit – going up. (Each Perchance to Knit Skein comes with a coordinating Swarovski crystal stitch marker – they are so gorgeous. Susie specializes in “rainbow” colors – I can’t wait for you to see them.) So be sure to pop by the shop tonight and treat yourself to some new things. Susan and I will be packing up your orders tomorrow just as fast as we can!