I thought I’d show you the sign out front. After hearing all of you tell me that we really ought to be on that sign (because initially I told them we didn’t need to be on there), we went back and said we would be on there after all. So, if you come to visit, the sign will help you spot us. (You might have to click on it to make the photo bigger so that you can actually read it.) I really was waiting for them to email us back and tell us that they “couldn’t” put a sheep in socks on the outdoor sign. To their credit, they didn’t bat an eye. Or at least they didn’t verbally bat an eye – ha! We still have a few people here who wonder. The other day we walked out the door and someone was standing there “trying to figure out what you all do at The Loopy Ewe”. The door doesn’t give any hints. See? Just more signage with our name on it and a doorbell to let us know you have arrived. It’s hard to get lost on your way here with all of the signs. If all else fails, follow your nose. It usually smells like cinnamon in our entryway. (That would be Sweet Cinnamon from Yankee Candles). And it smells like Peppermint Jack Frost at the back of Loopy Central where my office happens to be. Mmmmm. Back to the outdoor sign – it does make me smile to drive by and see Loopy standing there in his socks. This road is on the way to most places from our house.
Let’s see, on Fridays I frequently tell you about the new things that will be up next week. Due to go up, we have:
Araucania Ranco (solids and multi – a very good selection, but we still have half of our colors on backorder. More to look forward to! 10 semi-solids and 10 multi’s are in, 10 more semi-solids and 10 more multi’s on backorder.)
Alpaca With a Twist – Baby Twist (12 colors in, a few more coming)
Alpaca With a Twist – Roving (5 natural colors in, 2 more coming)
3 new colors from Spritely Goods (Summer Sky, Desert Rose, Olivine)
Duets (in all 3 weights – Original, Skinny and Middy)
Chewy Spaghetti (more great colorways)
And some fun sheep-y accessories!
We also have a special for you from Cherry Tree Hill. Cheryl at Cherry Tree had a great deal on her Supersock base yarn and of course we jumped on it. She had large or small skeins, and we opted for the larger ones (450 yds. in each. Great yardage for longer cuffs, longer feet, more intricate patterns, hat plus fingerless mitts, etc.) Instead of picking their regular colorways that we stock all the time, I asked her if she could do all new colorways with this batch. She had new dyes that she was anxious to try and thought this was a great idea, and I think they had a lot of fun playing! Consequently, these are all one-of-a-kind colorways from Cherry Tree Hill and there are 22 of them for you! We have a lot in stock, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. (Although she did say, “Maybe our next new colorway will be in that batch!” – so you might see a variation of some of these down the road eventually. But you get the first skeins and you can only get them here at The Loopy Ewe!) The other great thing about this is that she offered this to us at a great price, which we are passing on to you. Each skein is just $17.75 from this batch. (Regular Supersock is 420 yards and sells for $21.00 a skein.) There are some really fun new colorways in here, so watch for them next week.
For the Sneak Up after next week (which will be our last one for 2007 – wow) we will have: Tempted Yarns (ohhhh, will you ever be tempted by these!), Zen String (including a gorgeous new exclusive colorway), and Yarn Pirate BFL Semi-Solids. Also, our Noro Sock yarn has shipped (yay!!) so we expect to get that in and up, as well as our next Dream in Color order (Smooshy, Classy, Baby Lace, and the new colors), and anything else that pops in in the meantime. Many of you have asked about our next shipment of Wollmeise Sock Yarn. It left Germany this week. (Thank you Claudia!) Depending on the mood at the post office, we ought to be able to get it up the first or second week in January. We have some other really fun things coming up in January, too.
Today’s recipe is from Wendy (Loopy Photographer Elf). This is the crockpot recipe I promised to share with you from Wednesday. The thing I love about crockpots? You can throw dinner in there in the morning, and sit and knit right up until it’s time to serve the meal. (Well – in an ideal world, I guess.)
Oven Beef Stew
1 lb. stew beef, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 stalk of celery, sliced
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 Tbs. Tone’s beef base
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil leaves, chopped
2 tsp. Minute tapioca (optional)
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
Preheat over to 325 degrees. Toss all ingredients into a large Dutch oven or roasting pan. Bake covered for 4 hours until meat is fork tender. Stir once during the last hour to test the meat.
Or to crockpot: Toss everything in the post and cook on High for 4-6 hours.
Top stew with fresh grated Parmesan. Serve with rolls and tossed salad. Serves 3-4.
We’re about ready to tell you all about Loopy’s Spring Fling and we’re excited! Is it better to open up sign-ups BEFORE or AFTER the holidays? (Before – you can include it in your “I want this for my present!” list. After – you can include this in your “I got money as a gift and this is how I want to spend it!”) What would be your vote?