Archives from June 2007

New Loopy Groupies!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 in Shop News

You can always be pretty sure that if I haven’t blogged during the day on one of my blog days, it’s because I’ve spent the day filling your orders. Susan-the-awesome-assistant and Knitting Daughter and I worked on them all day, and we’ll finish the rest of the Sneak Up orders for you tomorrow. We have fun packing your orders and sending them off! Plus, we need more room on the shelves for the other cases of yarn that have come in yesterday and today. (In Friday’s post I’ll let you know what has come in and will be up next week.) We have expanded shelves as much as possible in The Loopy “Room-but-I-really-shouldn’t-call-it-a-room-because-it’s-way-bigger-
than-that.” The next step? Everyone will have to move out of the house. That’s all there is to it. Shelves and yarn everywhere.

Very SheriSo – last night’s Sneak Up was fun. You do need to check out the fun colorway that Knitting Daughter and Georgia the Yarn Pirate collaborated on for me for Mother’s Day this year! (Remember when I had Georgia do one for KD for her birthday in February, called Sweet Jules? Well, KD thought she’d return the favor!) It’s called “Very Sheri” and it is very much me. Cranberry, hunter green, and chocolate. I absolutely love it. I’m glad several of you were able to get a skein, too! We’ll have it here again.

Did you notice the other new feature on the website that you’re been asking for? Now you can see sold-out colorways! The last page from each current yarn line is a “0″ and it will show you colorways that are currently out of stock. For yarn lines (like Yarn Pirate) that are completely sold out, just click on the button and it will give you the option of seeing past colorways from there, too. I have to say, I’m really liking having Web Guy work on The Loopy Ewe full time this summer. During the school year, the “to do” list gets pretty darned long, while waiting for him to fit it in between classes and college life and such. (Oh, ok. You’re right. That’s what he’s at college for.)

Once again I’m past due in welcoming new Loopy Groupies to the flock! You reach Loopy Groupie status when you have placed your sixth order with us. We send you a fun gift bag to celebrate, and then you’re on the Loopy Groupie notification list for Sneak Ups, as well as getting in on some fun specials now and then, just for you. We love our Loopy Groupies! A special welcome to the newest members of the group:

Linda (DE), Tracy (WA), Tamara (OR), Nell (CA), Debra (CA), Tasha (AK), Jean (PA), Danielle (Quebec, CA), Marcela (NY), Linda (OR), Lynda (OK), Meryl (CA), Gina (HI), Mary (ID), Kathy (MO), Maya (TX), Heather (IL), Debbie (CO), Krystal (NY), Chauntel (CA), Emma (OK), Dawn (CT), Bronwyn (TN), Cheryl (MA), Laura (NC), Maria (NC), Malin (Sweden), Donna (FL), Kelli (IN), Jaci (WI), Del (OK), Barb (IL), Rebecca (MN), Sonia (TX), Joni (NY), Jennifer (OH), Laurie (WA), Gretchen (ND), Julia (AZ), Lauren (CO), Stacey (IL), Lesley (MD), Patti (ME), Naomi (FPO), Karen (OH), Jennifer (NJ), Deborah (WI), Sara (OH), Nicole (WI), Lori (NJ), Mitzi (ID), Michelle (VA), Christine (MN), Deborah (PA), Michelle (AZ), Anne (GA), Georgia (WA), Betty (HI), Jacqueline (FL), Lisa, (CA), I-Chun (CA), Julie (TX), Ketzia (NY), Zonda (NC), Belinda (CA), Emily (MI), Julie (CA), Brenda (IA), Barbara (KS), Melissa (NY), Elizabeth (VA), Margaret (TX), Laurie (MA), Ruby (CA), Mickie (MA), Dawn (VA), Karen (IL), Jessi (CO), Laura (UT), Meridith (MA), Lori (WI), Virginia (CO), Brenda (IL), Laura (NY), Katherine (MN), Jane (WA), Marianne (MI), Suzzanne (MD), Roberta (MO), Katy (PA), Jean (CA), Michele (WA), Deborah (WA), Harriet (NC), Tempe (MO), Jessica (AL), Lori (PA), Debi (FL), Alicia (NE), Naomi (CA), Alison (NY), Kristin (PA), Margie (IN), Eleanor (CA), Terri (Alberta, Canada), Celeste (NC), Phyllis (MI), Melanie (WA), Linda (WA), Grace (IL), Karen (MI), Katherine (OH), Amanda (MA), Judie (FL), Stephanie (CA), Pamelyn (IL), Joan (MN), Donna (IL), Elizabeth (TX), Beth (OK), Tanya (MD), Elizabeth (IN), Elizabeth (MI), Rosi (NY), Hope (GA), Diane (MA), Karen (IL), Shannon (FL), Rebecca (CO), Nadine (MD), Wendy (MD), Lori (PA), Amy (WA), Sharon (NY) and Kim (IL). Big hugs to all of you! :-)

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Top Ten Places to Store Yarn

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, June 11th, 2007 in Sheri's Top Tens

Based on the past few months, I’m thinking there are probably a LOT of you who are going to need new places to hide store all of your yarn. So I walked around my house and found some new hiding storage places that I thought I’d share with you today.

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Behind your frames
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In your Crocs
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In the cookie jar
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In your coat sleeves
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With your cookbooks
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In the plants
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In your baskets
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Under the piano cover
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In the harp
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In your ceiling lights

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Doughnut Puffs for Breakfast

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, June 8th, 2007 in Sheri's Recipes

sockittomeWell most of the skeins of Cherry Tree Hill’s new Sockittome are packed up and off to your houses. I know it sold out quickly since putting it up late Wednesday night, but we could only get 100 skeins in this test run. They’re doing another small initial run at the end of June and we have more reserved in that batch, so it will be in again in a couple of weeks. I really like the new base. It’s very similar to another line that we carry and that you all have been fans of. It was fun to be able to offer you some of the very first skeins of a new sock line from one of our tried and true companies! We will always watch for great opportunities like this that we can pass on to you, whether it be new yarns, or accessories, or whatever. There are several more new sock yarns coming out from some of our other “tried and true” companies this summer – just know that we’re already on top of that for you.

It sounds like Loopy is going to be traveling far and wide in the next three months. (Why, oh why, didn’t I stipulate that I had to come along as the official photographer? Next year I’ll know better.) I think all of the places that were mentioned in the blog comments and emails I have had sound like fun! And remember – even if you’re not traveling somewhere else this summer, there are fun things to show Loopy in your own hometown. We have customers in all 50 states, and 42 countries, at last count, so those are a lot of interesting places for Loopy to explore. Thanks for joining in on the fun and playing along with us. :-)

It has been so nice having College Guy and Knitting Daughter home this summer. (Although KD keeps leaving to make lattes and mochas down the street.) Did I tell you that College Guy aka Web Guy turned in a proposal to have The Loopy Ewe be a practicum for credit this summer for his Computer Science major? They said yes and I am thrilled. He has already made so many changes for us (most that make things easier and quicker on this end, but he has some cool things planned for your end, too!). Do you have any website suggestions you’d like to pass on to him? Now if we could only figure out how to get photos taken and color corrected faster. We’re bringing so much yarn in every day that the “to be photo-ed so it can go up on the website” corner is out of control. (Ok. It’s way bigger than a corner. You could build a fort out of all of those cases of yarn in waiting.) But we’ll keep working through it and adding more for you week by week.

Last night while we were packing orders, KD pointed out something funny. All of our order numbers are the date, followed by 4 randomly assigned numbers/letters or combination of the two. Like: B5E7 or S3RL or APQZ. Last night, there was an order that started out: 070607 (that means the year – 07, the month – 06, the date it was placed – 07) and the random 4 combination that followed made the order number come out like this: 070607-DEAD. Yikes! So here’s a little assignment – when you get an order from us this week, check and see if this one was yours. If you find it, email me and I will have a LIVE-ly gift for you, just for fun! (Hmm – I really should pay more attention to how those randomly come out. There are a lot of 4-letter combinations that would not be good!)

Today’s recipe is one that I made for breakfast this morning, just so that I could share the recipe with you today. Well, that, and because we haven’t made them in awhile and I was in the mood. We had these growing up (mostly on Saturdays) and we always loved them. Healthy? Not in the least. Delicious? Mmmmelt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Doughnut Puffs

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1-2 tubes of refrigerator biscuits
powdered sugar
oil

Put 1+ cups of powdered sugar into a new paper lunch bag. Cut each biscuit in half. Fry in oil until golden on each side (don’t make the oil too hot or the outside will brown and the inside will not be cooked.) Using tongs, transfer each doughnut puff into the paper bag (about 4 at a time) and shake them up so that they get completely covered with the sugar. Remove from bag and eat while they’re warm. Generally, the whole family will be in the kitchen, willing to take them off of your hands as soon as you pull them out of the bag. That’s when they taste the best. When you get to the end of 1 tube of biscuits, you’ll say, “Should I make this other tube?” and they will unanimously vote yes.

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Take Loopy on Vacation!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 in Loopy

DSC00729.JPGYou probably noticed some Loopy postcards that were in some of the photos from the weekend. :-) Here’s the one I took of my friend Janice, to prove that he went with us to Ohio. We have a special “Take Loopy on Vacation” contest that will go from now until September 1st. Here’s what the back of the postcard says:

“Loopy wants to see the world and meet new people this summer. Take him on vacation, or show him the sights in your hometown, or let him in on your family barbecue! Pose with this Loopy postcard in front of fun places and/or with interesting people, and then submit your photos to the “Loopy’s Summer Vacation” photo gallery at www.theloopyewe.com. On September 1st, we’ll award Loopy Gift Certificates for “farthest destination”, “most famous person that Loopy met” and a few other fun categories (as well as general drawings from all submission.) We can’t wait to see where you take Loopy this summer and we hope you have fun with him!”

We will include a Loopy postcard with orders starting this week, in case you’d like to participate in the summer fun! You can pose with the postcard, or set him up somewhere by himself. Let your kids in on the picture, or prop him up by your dog. (He loves dogs and cats. He has to.) I’m hoping that Loopy gets to all 50 states and all of the countries that we have shipped to. He ought to be well-traveled by summer’s end. (I only wish I could come with him as part of the deal.) As you can see from the gallery, so far he has been to the TNNA Market in Columbus and already found some pretty fun people to pose with! Where will he be found next?

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