Loopy Tipping and TNNA

DSC01512.JPGMuch to report on today. You might need to get a cup of coffee. Do you know about Cow Tipping? It’s an urban myth and it’s actually not possible, it turns out. Then there’s Tractor Tipping, as practiced by the funny folks vehicles in the Cars movie. Also, not possible. And lastly, there is Loopy Tipping. It has only happened a handful of times. You could count them on one hand and still have fingers leftover. So if you have experienced it, you’re lucky fortunate unique. It happened again on Monday night during the Wollmeise-fest. Web Guy and I sat at our computers, watching in disbelief. Website usage was 200% over our average and ….. Loopy tipped completely over with his toes tickling the air. (Do sheep have toes? No. I guess not. Hooves, right? Ok, his hooves were tickling the air.) So, apologies to any of you who were online when it happened, to any of you who have been “waiting for months to get a skein of Wollmeise” and didn’t get one, and to any of you for the slowness you experienced. We are researching another move to a bigger server once again, and I will also put future Wollmeise yarns up on their own, outside of an official Sneak Up. (The next order is due in about 6 weeks.) And a big thank you to all of you who were so wonderful and understanding about it all. We think you’re the best! (The nice thing about Loopy Tipping? He always lands in a nice big bed of Loopy kisses. There’s a lot to be said for that.)

DSC01503.JPGOn to my TNNA report! The weather was wonderful. This is a view out my hotel window on Saturday morning. The convention center was just a few blocks away. I had a great time connecting with all of our vendors and finding new things. I also had fun dining with the Dream in Color Wonder Girls (Veronica and Nancy) one night, and having lunch with Cookie A on another day. They all have exciting things planned and we had a great time talking. But you want to know what new things I found for all of us, don’t you? These orders will begin arriving soon, and will continue to trickle in through March, but I thought I’d let you know about all of them so that you can plan for it.

DSC01508.JPGI was happy to get an order in with Karida at Neighborhood Fiber Co. We’ve been emailing since last fall, but she couldn’t take on any new accounts until this month. (And she hit her max again at TNNA. Everyone loves her yarn!) Her colors are deep and intense and wonderful. We have her Fingering weight, 2 different blends of lace weight, 2 different types of roving, and her Watershed Seacell Sock coming to us. We ordered a lot, so it will come in batches over the next several weeks. I’ll be working on knitting up a sock (ok, ok – maybe I’ll do a pair) from this skein of her fingering weight, so that you can see how it works up.

Next is Paca Peds, coming from The Alpaca Yarn Co. I got a skein of their yarn last summer at TNNA and starting testing it out a month ago. I love how it is knitting up. It’s going to be warm (that wonderful alpaca) but not fuzzy, so the stitch definition is easy to see. I’ll photo the sock (ok, ok – maybe I’ll do a pair) when I’m done and will share it on the blog. They have 10 colorways (more coming this summer) in regular, and then the same 10 colorways in their “Heels and Toes” line, where you get a coordinating mini skein of a solid color. We’ll have both lines for you.

DSC01507.JPGAnother great new company that we will have here soon is Farmhouse Yarns. This is a family owned business and I really enjoyed talking with them. They have a brand new sock yarn (not even up on their website yet) and I fell in love with it. It’s squishy and soft and beautifully dyed and I am anxious to get our order in. Here is the skein of it that I now have in my own stash, and again, I will knit up a sock (ok, ok – maybe I’ll do a pair) so that you can see how these colors blend together.

Due to popular demand and pleading, we have also added Great Adirondack Silky Sock. Patti’s colors are gorgeous. I had a hard time deciding which ones to get for us, because there are so many. (I think they told me over 100 colorways. They were all lined up on hanging dowels.) I picked a bunch, and we’ll add more over time. I have had this yarn in my stash for almost a year, and thought it was great when so many of you started asking for it on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry. We definitely needed it and I know you will like it, too.

DSC01509.JPGWe already have Lorna’s Laces (in fact we’ve had that line since we opened), but we have now decided to carry their roving, too. They have two different types – one is their Superwash Merino (great size for spinning yarn for socks) and the other is their 100% wool in a big 10 oz. package, wonderful for spinning yarn for other things. I already know how much you like their colorways, so it will be nice to have their roving here as well. DSC01510.JPGThey also have a few new colorways just out, which we are expecting to arrive any day. One of them is this blue/green combination in the roving photo above. I’m looking forward to spinning that. (It has been hard to have all of the beautiful roving arriving at Loopy Central every week. Each one is prettier than the next. I don’t know how I managed to avoid the allure of spinning for so long. All of you non-spinners, watch out. It will catch you when you least expect it. And you really ought to just go with it.)

Chameleon Colorworks is another new line for us (and another person that I first started talking to last fall. I like to think things through, don’t I?) Nancy has a great array of colors and fibers and we are glad to be adding two of their lines to The Loopy Ewe (and possibly more in the future.)

I have also added some patterns (Chrissy Gardiner - she does great sock and lace patterns), more Offhand Designs totes (the new fabrics are so fun – including a red bulls eye, which of course I had to order for myself. It’s red.), the new Malibu and Laguna Cali bags from Namaste, and more accessories which will be arriving soon. Here’s how I picked which style and colors of the new Cali bags to order. I met Jess and Casey (from Ravelry) in the Namaste booth. Jess was trying to pick out one of the new bags for herself. I said, “I can’t decide. Which style do you like best?” (there were 2). Jess said, “I don’t know! It’s too hard to decide.” (My problem exactly.) So I said, “Ok, then which colors do you think are just so-so and I can do without?” (there were 6). She said, “I don’t know. They’re all great!” (My problem exactly.) So I bought both styles in all the colors. I am definitely nabbing one of those bags, too. Although I have no idea which style, and no idea which color because I still like them all. I have a bag problem. Does anyone else suffer from that? (Well, you can’t really call it “suffering” now, can you?)

DSC01505.JPGAnd because you can “shop for your shop” at TNNA but you can’t really buy things to take home for yourself (and you really want to after seeing all of that yarny wonder), I had to go to a local yarn shop to get my yarn fix. Loopy friend Sharon picked me up for lunch and yarning on Sunday and we went to this very nice shop. I bought some Prism yarn and a pattern to make a purse. (A purse. Who would’ve predicted that I’d buy that? You see? It’s not all about socks, all the time. Just most of the time.) By the time we were done there, it was time to race to the airport to catch my plane home. (Actually, it was past time. But you know how it goes when you’re shopping for yarn.) I’m glad to be back – even with the Loopy Tipping.

We’ll send out the Sock Club Spot emails to those who are in, later today or tomorrow. There were several hundred emails to go through and it took us a bit longer than expected. Frankly, we’d just as soon have every one of you join us. But we’re a bit limited in what we can ask our dyers to do. We have room for 225 total and had more than double that wanting spots. If you don’t hear from us by tomorrow night, we’d love to have you come back next year. :-)

Sheri nowneedingtoknitupaLOTofnewsocks.Ibettergetworking.


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84 comments on “Loopy Tipping and TNNA

  1. Ooh. Bags. Some in colors that I actually like ;-). I know what I’m saving the rest of my credit for….

    (My current knitting bag is a plastic flat-bottomed shopping bag that I picked up from a printer’s exhibit booth at a publishing convention. It’s actually served quite well, but it’s getting a bit dubious-looking and has DPN holes in the sides.)

  2. Mary’s right – if you only get to visit one LYS in the greater Long Beach area, then you picked the right one. Glad we had such a nice weekend for your visit! I’m especially excited that you’ll be carrying some of the Chameleon line – they’re another Southern California neighbor, as I understand it. The other new lines sound great too – bet you’re gonna need that new & improved server real soon! :^)

  3. I was one of the ones who just happened on your site the other night just as you had put things up. I could tell right away that we were tipping dear Loopy over the edge. I finally just decided “grab some yarn quick before it’s all gone”. Whew! This is like an extreme sport to get it before it’s gone!

  4. Regardless of Loopy being topsy-turvy, your sunny attitude beats out my crabby LYS owner’s attitude every day of the week. Thanks, Sheri!

  5. You definitely are going to be adding some wonderful things! I am so thrilled that you’re going to be carrying Chameleon Colorworks yarn. When I saw it at TNNA I was totally amazed at the softness and the colors. In fact, I told Nancy I’d be on the lookout for you just to send you her way. I’m so glad you found her and I can’t wait to place an order for it when you put it in your store. :-)

  6. I’m eager to see the sample socks you plan to knit in order to entice us into more purchases. Just thought I’d throw out a hint to you…do you know about the artist, Hundertwasser. A color genius, he created multicolored serigraphs that dazzle the eye! He never wore matching socks. When asked about it why, he just uttered his confusion about why anyone would want to confine themselves to wearing socks that matched…for heaven’s sake! Just think what this “outside the box” thinking might offer you.

    I missed out on Wollmeise this time, but am looking forward to getting the yarns I did get…and have my fingers crossed about sock club.

    Joan

    P. S. The Frog Wart socks out of the bright neon green Wollmeise were a BIG hit!

  7. I happened to wander in during the middle of the tipping fest. I had some Wollmeise but lost it 3 times before PayPal could complete the cycle but lucked out and got 1 skein inbetween the tippings. Got my fingers crossed on the sock club and keep checking my inbox in hopes of good news. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Marie in RI

  8. It was so great to meet you at TNNA, Sheri! I am busily printing and stapling away. You picked up some great yarn, too (love that Neighborhood Fiber Co!). I’ll let you know when to expect a little box in the mail from me!

    Chrissy G

  9. As anyone out there gotten their email yet saying they got in (perhaps I could live vicariously through you)? I know it is still a bit early, but just wanted to see if the emails have started yet. I am really sounding desperate now, but I am not huddled in a corner in a fetal position (yet!).

  10. Sorry to have contributed to Loopy’s little accident. At least he’s not hurt thanks to all those kisses. We all love Loopy so much that I guess we got a little out of control on Monday night. It’s like when I come home and my four daughters throw themselves at me all at once for a hug. I love it but it can be overwhelming. A good porblem to have, though.
    Glad your trip went well and it seems we have a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks. It’s good you made some time for yourself, too. You definitely deserve it!

  11. Those new lines sound great! I already have some Paca Peds! I haven’t worked wth it yet, but it sure feels soft to pet and the colors are gorgeous.

    I was one of the ones who missed out on Wollmeise AGAIN (insert scream of frustration and disappointment) — my psychic vibe came about 2 hours too late. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’m glad to know when you get more in, it will be a true sneak up. I’m going to start stalking every day in about 5.5 weeks and maybe, just maybe I’ll score me a skein.

    I think as the number of Loopy Groupies grows, your Sneak Ups may continue to tip poor Loupy, but the bigger server should help. At least he has a nice soft bed of kisses to land on. ;o)

  12. Well, lets see. I missed the Spring Fling because of job and life constraints. I missed out on the Wollmeise because I get up at 5am for work and I was sleeping when the Sneak Up occured. Didn’t get an email anyway. (sigh). What are the odds that I’m gonna miss the sock club too?…I’m just hoping my luck changes!!! But if it doesn’t, what the heck, there is always next year. I got some really pretty Sheepaints, though, the day after the Sneak Up. You make this all more fun than it already is. LOL! By the way..what does TNNA stand for?

  13. Loopy tipping…great LOL after a pretty stressful day at work. And glad to hear about Neighborhood coming on board…been coveting for quite sometime.

  14. Poor Loopy….you think he did that just to get the chocolate? LOL

    Glad you had a good time at TNNA. Looking forward to seeing the new goodies!

  15. I think that Loopy had any motives in mind….like chocolate. We all chocolate.
    I am sooooo keeping my fingers for snow so school will be cancelled or at least a 2 hour delay and that I get that golden email from the sock club…

  16. Oh, lucky you to be around all that yumminess…although I think it would break my heart to not be able to bring it home with me immediately. Can’t wait to see the goodies roll in! You know I’m a big fan of WH’s photos, so while I can sort of see how things look on the new vendors’ sites, I know I can always depend on his pix to tell me the whole (color) story.

    And I think that Loopy may have been reading the messages in the Kisses…he was hypnotized by “I Hate Mondays!”

  17. Hey Sheri, I am so glad you had a great trip, (sounds like a really, really wonderful trip to me) and I was so excited to see the skein from Farmhouse Yarn – I have the exact same one!!! Ok, maybe from a different dye lot, but very similar!! I have my fingers crossed for getting into the sock club. Welcome back!!

  18. Hey Sheri,

    That does stink about the tipping over and all. I hope your able to find an awesome new server/fix for it. :)

    Your Cali trip must have been awesome! It will be exciting to see all the new yarns to come.

    Sheri, you and your Elves just plain out rock, I was amazed through the craze of the sneak up stocking, everything wasn’t MORE boggled with orders alone!

    You all are doing a fabulous job!

  19. Poor old Loopy!

    The next urban legend will be mail truck tipping….

    Did you even have time to sleep, what with running around TNNA signing up new yarn lines for us? This is going to be exciting! Rest up and get some knitting done, Sheri, you deserve a break!

  20. *Nose pressed to virtual glass storefront, hands cupped around my eyes as try to peek in* re-enacting the old Kohls’ commercials… chanting… “open..open…open” only instead of waiting for the doors to open.. I’m waiting for an email to open! ;)

    teasing. kind of.

  21. I am so drooling over those bags. You have very good taste in bags, I still love my City Girl bag that I bought from you, it’s my perfect purse.

    Now, back to obsessing over the sock club email.

  22. Am I the only one who hears Heidi Klum’s voice in my head?

    “Welcome to Project Sock Club! Some of you will be IN and some of you will be OUT.”

    I would just like Tim Gunn to be the one to tell me how sorry he is that I didn’t make it in if that’s what happens ;-)

  23. The suspense has been killing me all day, which has been kind of fun and exciting, at times. It is just like waiting for a sneak up! and knowing that there are many many other people waiting just like me makes it even more fun! I haven’t heard if anyone has gotten an email yet…just wondering and waiting…

  24. I just got my “no sock club for you” email. So, no sock club for me, and no retreat for me either. *Sigh* I guess that means I should buy a powerball ticket – surely my luck is out there somewhere!

  25. Maybe Loppy can fall into strawberry flavored kisses – they’re not bad! So sad, I don’t think I got in the sock club. I was hoping this would be my way of getting the Wollemeise yarn.

    I love reading your blogs, it brigthens my days.

    Cheryl

  26. Ditto Keri — I am not in the sock club. What a huge disappointment. And when I saw the heading “Sock Club Info” I thought I was in and was doing my happy dance. Sigh… I think I’ll go to bed now. :(

  27. Well, THIS time I did no aid in the tipping of Loopy…poor thing. I went to sleep(I wondered what people did at night when not working or looking at ayrn or knitting) and missed the sneakup. Bummer….there are still so many beautiful yarns available though. AND to come from the looks of your update. Chameleon yarns are wonderful…I was in the sock club. The others all look wonderful as well. Glad to hear you had a terrific time…isn’t it a wonderful things that we don’t seem to ever tire of yarn?

  28. OH MY GOD! I am not able to check my emails when I am at home since my husband and my son are both computer hogs! So, I wait until everyone goes to bed and then I check…there it is…I can’t believe it…I got an email that I am in the sock club! After one year of waiting, I can’t believe it…yes, virginia, there really is a santa claus…I feel like I should be making a speech, like I have won the academy award. Who to thank, God, my parents, my high school craft teacher for always pushing me to work harder, my local LYS for always being there for me when I just didn’t think that I could go on waiting for an answer any longer, and, of course, this couldn’t be possible without the wonderful Sheri, without her, there wouldn’t be a loopy ewe sock club to be striving for, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Bless you Sheri! Am I laying it on too thick – I don’t think so since there are probably 200+ people who were waiting and wondering if they were getting a spot too and I don’t take lightly how luck has shined on me today. If it’s any consolation, I never win anything and I have missed every Wollmiese update, so this was my time to be lucky.

  29. Yikes! I thought I got in REALLY early for the Sock Club, but, like Wollmiese, it’s eluded me. I doubt I’ll try for either again, just too many people trying for too few spots, or skeins.

  30. I’ll just be making a purchase each month- my private sock club *sniff* wipes a tear… pouts with a stiff upper lip;)

    Sheri- you must feel like Santa with not enough toys in your sack—this jhas to be hard cause I think you’re a softy;)

    We love you and Loopy whether we’re in- or out… (I’m out)

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