March 16, 2007
We have so many fun things in the works that …. well, I can hardly stand it! There. Just wanted to tell you. But that’s all I can tell you. Just know that we’re going to be having some fun new lines coming in in the next few months. Did I mention that I can hardly stand it! Hee! Ok. I will tell you that we have another HUGE order in with Seacoast (in both the Bamboo/Merino, which we had this week, and the Superwash Sock, which will be new to us.) Plus, other fun lines on the way – both re-stocking and new ones. If you ever miss out on a certain line, don’t worry. We will get it back in!
Speaking of the next few months, as planned, our Loopy Ewe Seasonal Sock Club will debut the first two weeks in May. The yarn is being dyed up right now (although I have four skeins of it here and boy, do I love it!) and the pattern is done and Lisa did such a great job on it. I can’t wait to send these boxes out to you! If you’re one of the 150 who got in, you can expect an email from us mid-April, with a few more details about it. (And if you’re one of the people who didn’t get in – we’ll expand it next year. I promise!)
Here’s the sock I’m making with the Louet Gems in Grape that I told you about. (Using my Celtic Swan sterling silver DPN’s which I love. Those will be back in stock late spring. Molly is working on them for us!) I’m finding that I mostly only knit on Sundays. Too busy during the week to sit and knit. I wish I could find a solution for that. My 5 basket tower of personal sock yarn
stash buffet is overflowing. I really ought to count how many “socks to be” are in there. Or …. probably I just don’t want to know. I just keep adding to it and I like the look of it. A tower of inspiration.
Today’s recipe comes from my friend Michelle in California. Or, actually, it comes from her mom Ardith in Utah, via Michelle. You have to make these. They really are incredible. (And remember – when you make a special treat for your family, it buys you knitting time. As in, “Here! I made these for you! You enjoy them, and I’m going to go sit down and knit for awhile.”) The bonus with this recipe is that they’re caramels. They’re chewy and gooey. It’ll take them a while to eat them.
2 cups sugar
2 cups white Karo syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, quartered
2 cups canned evaporated milk
1-2 tsp. vanilla
chopped nuts (optional)
Butter a large jelly roll pan, or multiple smaller pans. If using nuts, spread them out in the bottom of the pan. Combine sugar and Karo syrup in heavy non-stick saucepan. Stir with wooden spoon and cook to 240-244 degrees. Next, add butter pieces and evaporated milk alternately, while stirring. Cook until temperature is back up to 240 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour caramel mixture into pan and spread evenly. Let cool completely until firm. Cut into small rectangular pieces. Wrap each piece in wax paper (making sure the caramel is on the waxed side of the paper.) Twist the paper ends of each piece.
So back to the personal sock yarn
stash buffet. Are you of the mindset that it’s fun to have lots of beautiful yarns in there to inspire you, or are you of the mindset that you’d rather just buy one or two skeins ahead of what you’ll be knitting? (I think I know the answer. After all, I see your orders!)