Three Things on Wednesday

DSC01440.JPGIt has been awhile since we did a Three Things post, so here goes:

Three things you asked about or commented on in your blog comments on Monday:

1. “Are you and the Loopy Elves getting time off over the holidays?” Definitely! Pretty much everyone is working a half day or two so that we can get orders out, but no one is on a regular schedule or working normal hours. (And we know you’ll all completely understand if order shipping is a teeny bit slower than normal during this time. We do reserve the right to close shop during Spring Break, however, as it seems like most of us are going away that last week of March……..) And working here this week has been SO fun because you all keep sending us things! Today we had Venti Starbucks coffee all around, because some sweet St. Louis Loopy Friend anonymously send us a group Starbucks gift certificate (thank you!!), and we have been enjoying fudge, hand-dipped chocolates, cookies, Sees Lollipops and toffee, and chocolates from Switzerland. Does it get any better than this? You all are so wonderful. No wonder we love you so.

2. “My RAK this week was just a little thing.” There’s no such thing as a little RAK. Everything you do means something special to someone, and they all add up! Don’t ever feel “bad” of “guilty” posting a RAK. Everything is meaningful to the recipient. (Are you all reading some of these entries? Really, it’s just amazing.)  Winner of this week’s Loopy Loot Gift Package for the RAK contest is Kristi in OH!

3. “Are you doing a lot of holiday knitting?” Um, no. Although I had great plans up until a month or so ago.

Three things I don’t want for Christmas:

1. A Chia Pet.
2. Any appliances (unless they’re red).
3. A full time housekeeper. (Oh, ok. That’s a lie. I’d take one.)

DSC01439.JPGThree things about Loopy’s Spring Fling:

1. Signups definitely close on Friday morning, as we had more people than spots by Monday evening already. Maybe we need to do a Fall Fling, too. We’ll see how the Spring one goes, first. We’ll email everyone Friday afternoon after the Lottery. (I know, I know. Lottery. Bummer. We really will think about doing a Fall Fling for another group of you.)

2. It has been so fun seeing so many Loopy Regulars sign up, and now we just wish ALL of you could come. We’re really looking forward to meeting you!

3. No, Zoe and Gracie won’t be visiting Loopy Central when you’re here to shop, but they do appreciate the fact that so many of you would like to meet them in person. This notoriety is kind of going to their heads.

Three things I’m tired of this holiday season:

1. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.
2. People trying to be politically correct with “Happy Holidays”. Can we just say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hannukkah”?
3. Seeing “Write Christmas Letter” on my to-do list. FPS. I’m running out of time.

Three Six things that have arrived this week and will be up in our next Sneak Up (first week or so in January):

1. Roving by Sakina Needles
2. Casbah Sock yarn from Hand Maiden
3. Perchance to Knit Sock Yarn
4. Yarn Nerd Sock Yarn
5. Oceanwind Knits Sock Yarn
6. Hams Jams Bags

(and of course lots on order that will probably be in between now and then, too!)

Three fun things to end the post with:

1. Baby Monkey Socks and Monica’s Child-Sized Fingerless Mitts are finally up on the Free Patterns page.
2. Mountain Colors Bearfoot will be arriving here any day. I love this yarn! This is the one I hinted at a couple of weeks ago, where I said it was the yarn I used in my second ever pair of socks.
3. We have two cool new Loopy Ewe items for you in the next Sneak Up. :-)

Anyone have three things to tell me?

Sheri goingtoknittonight.AfterIwriteourChristmasletterofcourse.


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  1. I don’t have three things today but I had a RAK that I observed that I had to share. I was over at my boyfriend’s office the other evening before his holiday party and he had lots of shopping bags on his desk. He told me that one of the employees he comes in contact with had missed the deadline for Toys for Tots and when his VP heard about this, he went out and bought toys for the family. Sean and one of his managers were going to get to deliver the toys to the employee so they could have a holiday for the kids. I just thought that was so cool…and I got to tell the VP that at the party that evening. Definitely a “Year of a Million Dreams” at this vacation destination…

  2. Three things we’ve been celebrating this week:
    1. our anniversary
    2. the dog’s birthday
    3. my older boy’s birthday

    Christmas is just the frosting on the cake! Oh, and the Italians get around the whole “Merry Christmas” – “Happy Holidays” dilemma by simply saying “Auguri” (“Best Wishes”). Covers everything.

    You don’t want a Chia pet? Why ever not?

  3. 1. I have decided that when wishing someone a “holiday greeting” and it is just one person I stick with Merry Christmas because 80% of American’s and 95% of the people in my town celebrate Christmas so I have pretty good odds of getting it right ( I have never had anyone correct me). As for a group of people that look diverse (not related to each other). I would probably say happy holidays. My employer says happy holidays but I also think that is correct because of the diverse group of people I work with. It just makes sense, so I say do what you think is right for the situation. :)
    2. I made Christmas cookies the other day and have been giving them out to all my neighbors and even the mail lady (cuz she needs love too)
    3. I just need to get one more gift (a gas card for my Uncle cuz that is what he wanted)

    Merry Christmas to you Sheri and all of the Elves. To everyone else Happy Holidays!

  4. three things that made my day:

    1. The dude who runs the digital press brought in his annual cookie trays. Gourmet cookies. I nearly kissed him.

    2. Mountain Colors Bearfoot. : D

    3. Chuckle, overheard at daughter’s preschool party:
    Santa to HSH: So what do you want for Christmas?
    HSH: Everything.

  5. My very randon three things:

    1. I’ve decided that I need take a week’s vacation before Christmas along with my week after Christmas.

    2. I have no idea what I want to knit next year except socks which are a good thing but I’m feeling the urge for a little variety.

    3. I received gift card to Barnes & Noble for an anonymous Santa. I really want Cat Bordhi’s new book but it’s not stocked at B&N.

    BTW, Sheri, I hate to do this but would you please remove my name from the Spring Fling list. I have a work commitment that will be running that weeken. Unfortunately, I’m part of the committee and therefore, commited. Thank you!

  6. Its -40 this morning in Fairbanks with ice fog and with winter solstice on the way, our day is only 3 hours long. This morning while walking into work, I tried to think of reasons to be positive. So, here are 3 of those random thoughts.
    1. Its supposed to warm up to -25 tomorrow.
    2. After solstice, we will start to slowly gain sunlight again.
    3. The cold makes us more social. We still have to go to work and school and there’s nothing like meeting your friends at the local coffee shop when its -40 to swap cold weather horror stories. (for instance forgetting to plug-in your car and having your fluids freeze or at the least get too thick to move through the engine. Oops.)
    4: Okay, I’ve added another. Christmas is on its way, I have all my knitting done and mailed, and all the packages have arrived at their destination. Have a great Christmas!

  7. 1) I’m with you, Sheri. The Happy Holidays thing goes too far; it especially bugs me when I hear a tv commercial say, “I was shopping for a gift for my mom for the holidays.” Doesn’t he know what holiday his mom celebrates? I celebrate Hanukkah; it’s over now and it doesn’t offend me one bit to hear “Merry Christmas.” If people say it to me, I just return the greeting. It’s the spirit and the good wishes that count, I think.

    2) I’m about to do a gauge swatch on the Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist I got from you. I haven’t been able to keep my hands off the skein, I love it so much. It had to wait, though, until I finished charity knitting; afghans for Afghans, last minute mittens for Soaring Eagle project, and then baby stuff for my husband’s co-worker’s new baby (young parents who need all the help they can get.)

    3) I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the Spring Fling drawing. When I saw that your dates fell on my birthday weekend, I thought that would be an awesome way to celebrate (shopping at the Loopy Ewe!) If I don’t get in, I’ll have to do a half-birthday in the fall, assuming there’s a Fall Fling.

    All the best to you and yours, Sheri. You keep us knitters happy all year long.

  8. Hi Sheri,

    just wanted to drop by and leave a short note! Got my order today… I just want to cuddle with that sock yarn I ordered from your shop! *Yummy* I really can´t believe that my order has already arrived: that was some quick shipping to Germany!
    You can bet on my ordering again!!!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your “gang”!

  9. Three things I love about Christmas:

    1. Watching my kids (age 6 and 3) faces when they enter the living room on Christmas morning. The joy and wonder in their eyes is truly amazing.
    2. The Loopy Ewe!
    3. That (hopefully) there will be lots of yummy yarn under the tree for me from Santa (or my husband, it doesn’t matter who really! )*

    * Sheri, are you sure that there is no way I can bribe you to tell me what I am getting??? :)

  10. :-P I know what you mean about “Happy Holidays.” I think it’s gone too far. I was coming out of Mass the other day (in Church, FPS!), and one family walked up to another (both of them were also coming out of Mass) and said, “Happy Holidays!” OK, I can see it if you’re unsure about which one the people you’re greeting celebrate, but I think if they’re attending Mass, you’ve got a pretty good idea. :-)

    Three things that have made me really happy so far this Christmas:

    1. Having a CD player in my new car (got it in April) so I can listen to the Christmas CD that our Church Choir made. It’s really quite good, and while no one will ever mistake us for Christchurch Oxford conducted by Sir Christopher Hogwood, their first thought will NOT be, “Oh, it’s a Church choir!” :-D

    2. Watching Paddy try and get the ornaments off the tree. He likes the fuzzy ones, and will work on that as only a cat can do. ;-)

    3. The remote control ’59 VW Bug I got in our office grab bag at the holiday lunch today.

  11. A recipe for some pretty darned good Peppermint Mocha… in a hurry when you don’t have time to drive to your local coffee shop….

    2/3 cup coffee of your choice
    1/3 cup warm milk
    2 rounded teaspoons Penzey’s “Hot Chocolate with a Hint of Mint” mix.

    Stir, light fireplace, grab knitting, and enjoy!

  12. Three things I’m grateful for – no, make that 4 things:
    1 – my daughter (who, by the way, likes Chia pets, FPS!),
    2 – my family & close friends,
    3 – knitting & the new friends it’s brought me, both near & far,
    4 – We have Monday off! (Fed. gov’t employee)

    Three things I’m hoping for in 2008:
    1 – a better start to 2008 than 2007 (lost my dad this past January)
    2 – a spot in TLE Spring Fling!!
    3 – successful & as low-pain as possible, oral surgery for my daughter next summer.

  13. Oh I can’t wait for the Ham’s Jam! I was hoping they would be up so I could get myself a xmas present, :o) Can’t wait for January, hope you have a wonderful & relaxing holiday!

  14. Three things I am grateful for:
    1. My family – a daughter home from college who has adjusted well to being away from home; a younger daughter who brings so much joy to our lives and is doing well in high school so far; a very patient husband who smiles and nods most days during this crazy time; a sister who just flew in last night from AZ for the week; my mother who continues to share the spirit of Christmas with others.
    2. Wonderful friends professionally and personally
    3. The opportunity to have a career I love as a teacher :)

    Three things I am lookin forward to this next week:
    1. Time off from school ! I plan to read grown up books instead of books for 4th graders, and to KNIT and shop!
    2. More Peppermint Mochas
    3. The opportunity to be with those I love.

  15. 3 things:
    1. Lori’s RAK made me cry.
    2. I really want to start a drive in April “Kids are hungry in April too” — I love that the holidays bring out the giving in people, but as I see what my company’s adopt a familys (and we are big enough for 2) receive it both warms my heart and makes me sad, as I imagine the rest of their year is pretty bleak. Maybe a back to school drive for kids who can’t get new clothes? I don’t know. I am going to be thinking about it over the holidays.
    3. I never seem to be ready for this time of year.

  16. 1. I am packing to move and I hate it
    2. We are going home for Christmas even tho we have to come back Christmas day and we are moving to the same place next weekend.
    3. I don’t know what RAK means.

  17. Next sneak up…Perchance to Knit! One of my VERY favorites…yippee…like I need more sock yarn….but maybe I will find two more colors for another chevron scarf!

  18. Have a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and for those who dont, Have a Happy Holiday or Winter Season !
    3 things:
    1. Ex Husband is being nice (he must be sick!) and we get to have Son here for all but Christmas Day this yr
    2. Son Is Here!!!!
    3. Christmas Knitting isnt done, but will finish what I can and box up yarn for the rest with a hand written IOU and pattern for what is to be made with it for the rest to see (so atleast they know what is coming sooner or later :-)

  19. Merry Christmas! I love Christmas, and I agree that people are getting too sensitive. :) Let’s all just enjoy ourselves, could we?

    Three things I can’t get enough of:

    1. Sleep
    2. My family
    3. These RAKs! I think I’ll try to continue with it for a bit after Christmas and all. Everyone should always be kind.

  20. Contest:

    OK, I’ll admit it. Cleaning out a cabinet I ran across 6, yes 6, boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese. Oh the shame!

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