I don’t know about you, but I have KNITTING scheduled for my weekend. Wonder Husband has flown the coop (oh, he’ll be back) and Knitting Daughter and I have declared it a “Girls Weekend” for movies and knitting. Yeehaa! Actually, Wonder Husband is heading to Iowa to visit his mom and sister and since KD has to do the Starbucks barista thing on Saturday, we’re staying home. I’m working while she’s working, but other than that we have things lined up to watch while we knit. What a great weekend plan, right? I started (barely) a pair of socks from my new Favorite Socks book – the ones on the cover. I’m doing them in Louet Gems in an eggplant color, and so far, I love them. I’ll take a photo when there’s enough to photograph. Why Louet Gems? It’s the next big yarn line that we’re getting in! I ordered all 36 solid colors in the fingering weight, plus 20 colors in the Sport Weight, and it’s scheduled to arrive next week. (Some of the colors are on backorder – so we’ll get the rest in asap. I ordered LOTS of each color so that we wouldn’t run out!) With all of the lace knitting going on, I wanted more solid color options. (Although we do have great options in our Cherry Tree Hill solids, as well as the Regia solids, the Argyle solids, the Apple Laine solids, and the Regia Silks.) Speaking of the Regia Silks, did you see this very cool pattern in the latest issue of Knitty? Made with Regia Silk. I can’t wait to try it out.
We do have some new yarns in – not yet up on the website, as they’re waiting to be photo-ed – and I don’t know if I’ll ever announce a shop update again. HA! Well, ok. I will. It really was fun watching all of that go on on Monday night, but it did take me almost the whole week to recover from all of those orders. The mailman was so funny. We mailed them in three batches, but the middle day had the most. I went out to help him load his truck (did I tell you they upgraded the size of his mail truck a couple of months ago? Hmmm -wonder why?) Anyway, he said, “Well, are you going to beat your record number of packages today?” I said, “I have no idea. What’s my record?” and he told me what it was. (Hilarious that he keeps track.) He was so funny – seemed excited to learn that we had beat it by more than 20 packages that day. As I was walking in the house when we were done loading his truck, I heard him muttering the number under his breath and saw him shaking his head & laughing. I could just see him going back to the post office and having fun showing off that full truck. Here I thought he probably just tolerated this whole thing, but he actually acted like he was cheering us on and having a ball. He’s a good mailman.
Here’s the fun hat that I knit with our latest new yarn line – Cider Moon. I LOVE their yarn! We have big batches of both their Glacier (sport weight) and Icicle (fingering weight) coming in. The Glacier shipped to me this week, so that will be up as soon as we can get the pictures done. They have been just lovely to work with and we’re excited to have them at The Loopy Ewe. Who blogged about them? I was reading through some of your blogs (I really do read your blogs – and have a lot of fun doing that) and one of you had posted that your favorite two places to buy sock yarn were The Loopy Ewe and Cider Moon. Well, I clicked right over to Cider Moon and ordered myself a skein of their yarn and a pattern. It didn’t take but a second to realize that we needed their yarn here. But I can’t remember whose blog I was reading at the time. So if it was you – a big THANK YOU for introducing me to them!
Here’s my first sock out of Breezy by Perchance to Knit. If you missed out on that yarn this week, we do have another big order in with Susie. I’m hoping to have that in sometime in April. She’s waiting on more base yarn. For those of you who received that yarn in your orders – don’t you love it? You know how I have vowed to take very few skeins out of the orders that come in here. I really really do try to save them for all of you. But I had to have a Primarily from this latest batch. And – there are more that I will need from the next batch. Sorry.
In-house and popping up on the website next week: a new batch of All Things Heather (I love Jelly Beans and Sunrise), and Cherry Tree Hill’s new DK weight yarn. Also coming in any minute – the other half of our Scarlet Fleece order (the other colors that we didn’t have in this week’s update – although I have had to order these first colors again, as they’re pretty much sold out from this week already.) Also, our big order of the merino/bamboo yarns from Seacoast shipped this week and I can’t wait to get that in. The colors are gorgeous! Also due in soon – Interlacements Tiny Toes, more Schaefer, more J-Knits, more Panda Cotton and more Fleece Artist. There. You’ve all been notified about upcoming shop updates. That may be all I’m going to tell you, so keep checking in on the What’s New button on the website!
1 head of lettuce
1 bag of cabbage mix
3 Tbl. sesame seeds
1 pck. Ramen noodles, broken up (don’t use flavoring packet)
1 cup dried cranberries
cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup oil
1/8 cup vinegar
3 Tbl. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Accent
4 tsp. sesame oil
Brown noodles and sesame seeds in butter, stirring constantly. Chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Mix all ingredients. Add dressing just before serving.
Hope you have a great weekend. What will you be knitting?