Back up and running!

DSC01306.JPGWe’re back up and running in the new space – yay! We shipped orders on Friday and Saturday (which you know, if you had some “pending” while we moved) and we’re ready to do all of your weekend Sneak Up orders today. Did I throw you by having a Saturday night Sneak Up? There were so many lines that we had come in during the week, and I knew that some of you were waiting on a few of those. (Including Claudia – and more Peppermint Mocha, Louet - just in time for the two-yarns/colors Q4 Challenge, Shibui Knits – although some are on backorder, Apple Laine, Nature’s Palette, Trekking – lots of new colors!, Austermann Step – lots of new colors!, Sockina, Oceanwind Knits – almost sold out but more shipping next week, Stitchkeepers, Honey House Bee Bars, Zecca, and patterns by Cookie A and Heartstrings – fun new lace ones in there.) Whew! Now that those are all up, we can focus on taking new photos of the stuff waiting in the wings. Here’s the Sheepaints sock that I knit up – isn’t it pretty? Sabine sent us some beautiful colorways from Germany that will go up in the next Sneak Up. We also have Numma Numma almost ready to go up (you’ll remember the fingerless gloves that I knit with that – gorgeous stuff), more Seacoast, Mrs. Kwitty’s bags, and Ham’s Jam Yarn Cruisers in new fabrics. We’ll see what else arrives this week in time for photo-ing.

DSC01283.JPGThe New Loopy Room is …. not completely Loopified yet. Close, but not yet. I’ll take in-progress photos again soon. I suspect that space will constantly be evolving, just like the “old” Loopy Room did. We’re going to have a Loopy Wall of Fame in there so that when you come visit, you can sign it and we can remember that you were here! (Ok – maybe not ON the wall. Not sure the landlord would like that. But maybe we’ll have a giant sock blocker to sign, or something. We’ll get shopping hours up and going in November.) Look at this cute SHEEP cookie bouquet that my sweet friend Monica sent last week! It was fun to see that come through the door. :-)

I have winners for the Q3 Challenge! You all did such an amazing job on your projects, and there were a LOT of votes cast. The winner of the random drawing was Alison with her gorgeous Seraphim Shawl. (Alison – you also had a lot of votes, so it’s fun that you won the random drawing!) The winner of the “Knitter’s Choice” award with the most votes was Alex for her amazing Norwegian Stocking. (Alex – did you knit one sock or a pair? People want to know!) It was fun to see all of the photos come in. Do feel free to continue to add to any of the Challenge Photo Galleries as you finish up – people still love looking at them and I know many of you have said you’re still working on it. (And don’t forget Q4, now in progress!)

DSC01305.JPGOn the knitting front, here is the Alpaca Sox that I knit up while in Colorado. This yarn is so wonderfully warm and will keep your feet happy all winter long. I’m knitting this pair up for a friend who is making me a beautiful felted tote in exchange for it. She likes blues to wear with her jeans, and this colorway was perfect. Now I’m working on another yarn line that we have coming in sometime in November (which I haven’t told you about yet. These are definitely going to be Happy Socks, guaranteed to chase away the winter blues.) I also have several new Heartstrings lace patterns that were tempting me when I was putting them away this week. Like this one, and this one, and this one (and it ought to be noted that I don’t even wear things like this. They just look so beautiful that I’m thinking I need to make one or two.) I also liked this and this and this. Maybe for some Christmas gifts this year.

DSC01290.JPGOn the home front – the cats seem to be getting along well. Here they are intent on chasing the laser light across the floor. They seem to love pouncing on each other and rolling around. Zoe (on the left) has such huge eyes that I think Gracie gets intimidated as they sit and stare at each other. Gracie will bob her head and chatter, and then dash around Zoe in an attempt to get her rolling and playing. My friend Sharon assures me that the pouncing and rolling is all good cat play. No one is hissing or growling, so I have to assume that everyone is happy. Right?

Sheri yourfavoriterecipememoriesareWONDERFULbutIgethungryreadingallofyourcomments :-)


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38 comments on “Back up and running!

  1. Yep, the rolling around is playtime. I’m so glad they’re enjoying each other; that’s going to make such a huge difference when all of Zoe’s human company is gone during the day. And oh, what fun you must be having with *your* “playtime” in the new space!! Might be time for something hot and sweet to drink for a break with this cold front coming through – ?!?

  2. Two cats are definitely more than twice the fun of one. I know each of them is very happy to have a playmate. Can’t wait for pictures of the new digs!

  3. Sheri, yep the chasing and rolling around and talking is all good stuff! We’ve taken care of a few liters after the years and as soon kittens are able to they start the playing. The real little ones growl and hiss at each other, checking out all their abilities!

    Your two girls are gorgeous. I’m jealous – we’re down to one cat right now, but since we’re in a small space for a while yet, it just doesn’t make sense to get another cat. Somehow that doesn’t stop me from checking out every kitten I see :>

    The new space looks great Sheri. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the new place.

    Carol in Prince George, VA

  4. I think your kitties are bonding. :) I bet it’s so hard to leave them to go to work now.

    Oh, and I think the landlord wouldn’t mind the signing on the wall. As long as it’s something any future tenants could just paint over it would be OK.

  5. I have been tempted by lace lately too. I think those “rings” would look great with your winter coat to keep your neck warm. Go for it. Knit outside the socks. LOL

  6. Pouncing and play fighting is definitely good. It makes me want a cat…or two…

    And YAY! *Does cartwheels.* Also, sorry if anybody is disappointed, I only knit one, but nearly did it twice–I redid the cuff with the elastic in it twice, knit to the calf decreases before ripping it out to change the needle size, knit the foot four times because I messed up a pattern repeat or forgot to do a final gusset decrease, and then redid the toe because the written pattern makes the toe look like a pointy elf shoe. Whew!

    Let me know when you’ll be ready for people to visit; I can’t wait to sign the “wall.”

    For the Q4 challenge, I’ve got three possibilities–(Ravelry links)
    Eunny Jang’s Entrelac Socks
    Hidden Passion Socks from Favorite Socks
    Snowflake Socks from IK Fall 07

  7. Glad all is getting settled in the new Loopy place…your socks look wonderful. Congrats to the 3Q winners!! I’ll have to post my 3Q challenge pic to the photo gallery. Still need to finish the other half of each pair, but the challenge was to do both a top down and a toe up sock and not necessarily a pair of each, at least for me…
    And, thanks for the picture of Zoe and Gracie – so cute! Sounds like they are having loads of fun!! : )

  8. Congratulations on the new Loopy Ewe digs! Love the sheep cookie bouquet :-)

    No worries about Zoe and Gracie. Their play behavior is completely normal. In fact, you’ll probably see minor shifts back and forth as to which girl assumes the “top cat” role. Right now (and for the foreseeable future), Zoe’s the boss!

  9. Congratulations, Sheri, on the move and the success of your business. If you are growing this fast, you are obviously doing several things right. One savy businesswoman, if you ask me. btw, I can’t wait for the Wollmeise to arrive!!

  10. Can’t wait to see the new lines of yarn!!! I’m trying -to – hold – out – till – then….

    I also bought the Alpaca Sox yarn and can’t wait to start knitting with it. I’ll be making a pair of warm socks for my neighbor will be going through chemo for breast cancer this winter. I hope they keep her warm while she’s not feeling well.

    Glad to see the kitties are becoming good friends.

  11. I am knitting a pair of socks in that same blue Classic Elite Sox It is yummy yarn.
    We had cats when I was a child. They would chase each other up the Christmas tree during the Christmas season. Every morning we would find ornaments on the floor.

    Can’t wait to see the new yarns

  12. I was so happy that you put a sneak up on the weekend. I was focused on looking for yarn for my loopy pal, though so all I could see was the colorways she likes :)
    Glad to see the kitties are getting along fine. Zoe won’t be lonely during the day.

  13. Glad to hear you are all moved in! Those cats are the cutest! It almost makes we want one, but of course the hounds consider them chew toys… I do have a neighborhood cat that’s really friendly. I’m finally finishing up my Q3 socks. Once my Loopy order comes in I can get started on Q4: socks in my university colors (USF gold/yellow and green). I settled on Louet’s Shamrock and Goldilocks. Hopefully those will be a good match. The more I look at the colors the more I rather use a yellow than gold. I really want to get them finished by graduation this December. Wish me luck!

  14. Oh my goodness.. my toes are so excited for my new Alpaca socks!! I can’t wait to feel their yumminess on my feet. And I LOVE the color! Perfect. Now to get your tote finished…..

  15. Congratulations on getting mostly settled in your new Loopy Room space! That is wonderful! I am really happy for you. If you are like me, you will still be moving things around for a while, until you get everything “just so”.

    Yes, you threw me for a loop with the Saturday night sneak up! I so was not expecting that.. I had just checked your web site, looking to see if you had any more Fiesta Boomerang or Dream in Color yarns up. And I was checking my email one last time before I went to bed. I was already falling asleep. I had no plans to buy anything this sneak up, ha ha. When, lo & behold you had Claudia’s Strawberry Latte up, the first time that I’ve seen that in months, so I had to get that! And, you had the two Heartstrings lace scarf patterns that I have been looking for that you had not carried before. So, of course I had to get red yarn to make their heart lace scarf. And then I had to get a couple of other yarns that I had not tried before. So much for passing this one up! LOL But, I am delighted to finally get my Strawberry Latte and those two patterns, et al.

    The red yarn that I got is Louet Gem Sport. I really wish that Louet made a good Christmas green (like a forest green, one with more blue than yellow in it), to go with their good Christmas red! Is there any chance of that?

    Oh, and I have two projects that I can’t wait to start. One is fingerless mitts (I have both of Monica’s patterns, or I might make Fetching). The second one is the Heartstrings Heart Lace scarf (not the right name for it). :-)

    Congratulations, again, Sheri and team, on getting pretty much settled in Loopy’s new home! I hope you enjoy it! Take care.

  16. I was so happy I just happened to catch the sneak up because I was working the overnight shift in the ER! And what do I do on my night shifts if I have some down time? Why…knit, of course! And/or stalk the Loopy Ewe website!

    I’m so anxious to come see the new Loopy Room…just let me know what day those doors are opening!

  17. Congratulations on getting everything moved into your new sock home.
    The two cats seem to have it off really well. I had a cat once, but she was very shy
    and only came out when I was alone in the house. I think she had been abused and
    I got her through someone else. Most of the time, we had dogs. I think your
    cookie basket is great. I would like to know where she got it. I am working on
    the lead and follow scarf and had to have a lot of help, but then I am not as I use
    to be. Did you get my e-mail on “how to talk to a real person, instead of pushing
    butttons”?
    Good luck with your new endeavors.
    Barbara

  18. Wow, thank you! Glad to hear you’ve settled into the new space. My 2 cats spent a couple of weeks trying to kill each other before they finally settled down, and now they’re best buddies.

  19. (nodding in agreement with other comments) Yup, playtime. Don’t freak out though if they have an occasional screeching fight. Just like sisters or roommates, sometimes there’s an argument. I used to have two abbys who normally got along great but every once in awhile, I thought I might be living with monsters making incredible noises and there would be actual fur flying through the air as they went at each other (ok, providing fresh catnip and getting the kitties stoned is likely to increase this possibility). Sheri, truly, they would NOT be sitting so close to each other if they weren’t getting along.

    I can’t wait for more pictures of your new digs :-)

  20. You should definitely use the giant sock blocker idea. That way when you move into even more space in three years time you can take it with you without having to take the whole wall. That I’m sure the landlord would have an issue with.

    I can’t wait to see pics of the new Loopy Room once it’s all Loopified.

  21. Jumping and rolling is great exercise too. They look so precious together there watching the laser. You have definitely been working hard to be able to knit, send orders and move all at the same time. …..I think you need to sit down and put your feet up when all is done and maybe have a cup of tea!!!!

  22. Congrats on the new digs! So how many lattes did that make, total? :-) Glad you’re in (mostly) and happy.

    (Also, um..I’ve been e-mailing you somewhat frantically, but I’m not sure if you’ve received anything or if you’re just horribly backlogged – which of course wouldn’t surprise me, given your current level of busy-ness In any event, please let me know if you’ve missed my messages…I’d really appreciate your help!)

  23. Congratulations on getting all moved in! Of course it’s not completely Loopy yet—it’s a work in progress, right? (Like my house…!)

    This Sneak Up caught me by surprise; I’ll bide my time till the next one!

  24. Lurking and wanted to say how purty your girls are!! I have 2 an 11yr old tortishell manx and a 3 yr old black and white and they get along great!! They play most if the time and having what we call the kitten (even after 3yrs-compared to the older one shes the size of a kitten :-) ) has been really good for the 11yr old! As of today they havent had a hiss and spit fight (in 3 yrs). Enjoy having fun watching the antics as they continue to grow closer to each other!!

  25. What the heck is a “sneak up”? I don’t see it explained anywhere on this blog but maybe it doesn’t search prior entries?

  26. Love the alpaca and other socks. What are the patterns you used, Sheri?
    The move and filling orders must be really exhausting-time for that PSL, ehh?
    Will be knitting socks during the World series-GO ROCKIES!

  27. Yep, I got the sneak up email before I went to bed – I have got to stop shopping. Seriously. I have no more room for the stuff! Not to mention so little uninterrupted knitting time. But I looove the Peppermint Mocha and have always missed it, and then the Apple Laine Godiva looked so yummy, too (I think my taste in yarn that night was a fair match for my sweet tooth!)… so they are MINE. Hee.

    I love the look on Gracie’s face – I’ve always found that wide-eyed, intent, far-too-excited kitty look to be too adorable for words!

  28. I know you have a zillion things to do, but if you ever have chance, would you share the baby monkey sock pattern? I love how you did them and I have the perfect little baby I would like to make them for. :)