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Janice in The Loopy Limelight!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, February 25th, 2008 in Uncategorized

IMG_5007_2Sliding right in under the wire, the Monday Loopy Limelight blog post! We were still a little busy here today. And I swear that I’m going to get to all of the emails in my in-box, and all of the Loopy Groupie Ravelry posts that I’m behind on. Susan theawesomeassistant who’sinthedoghousefortakingsuch alongtwoweekvacationtoItalyFPS will be back on Wednesday and then maybe things will normalize a bit. Just in time for me to go on a little jaunt out of town! Final college visits with Knitting Daughter. But more on that later. Right now, I want you to meet my friend Janice. :-) For those of you attending the Spring Fling, she’ll be here helping out all weekend, so you can meet her in person!

Loopy: You’re one of the famous “Loopy Legends”, so we’re glad to talk with you today! I also hear that you’re one of The Loopy Lady’s good friends. How did you meet and how long have you two known each other?
Janice: It is such an honor to be named among the Loopy Legends! The Loopy Lady and I have been friends for MANY years. I can remember when we first met very clearly. It was the Fall of 1981 and I drove down to Iowa State University to visit my boyfriend (now husband) for the first time and Sheri (who had been his friend since 7th grade) offered to let me stay with her in her dorm room. Well, I was quite nervous, but Sheri made me feel quite at home. We realized very quickly that we had many things in common, especially the fact that we were both avid cross-stitchers and could both talk DMC. Over the years we have remained very close.

Loopy: So, you probably have some good stories to tell. We’ll have to talk later. But in the meantime, any interesting tidbits you want to tell us about her?
Janice: Well, she is a ‘collector’. She collects baskets; bags; snowmen; Christmas elves; Brighton; single socks etc.. and she is VERY persuasive at getting her friends to follow suit! Now confess… How many of you are now knitting a sweater out of Dream In Color Classy because Sheri thought it would be fun?? She is good!!!

Loopy: I do see evidence of some of those collections from time to time. And she is quick to point out that you are responsible for talking her into some of those obsessions interests. You’re very persuasive, too. How long have you been knitting?
Janice: Well, Sheri is the one that taught my daughter and I how to knit back in June of 2005. My daughter was a natural and took off right away, but I decided it really wasn’t for me. (GASP!) I finished my scarf (only because my daughter refused to finish it for me!) and called it good. But Sheri does not give up easily!! She knew I LOVED felted bags, and convinced me that I could do it. So on our next vacation together she helped me knit and felt my first bag! THEN I was hooked!!!! She told me, however, that I really needed to learn how to knit socks because she had a dream of starting up an online sock yarn store………..

Loopy:
What is your favorite thing to knit and what do you do with most of the things you knit?
Janice: Well, I would have to say my very favorite thing to knit is felted bags. I am a bag lady at heart, and it was after I made my first felted bag that I knew I would be a knitter for life! Of course, one can only use so many bags, so I have teamed up with a friend who also makes felted bags and created ‘Purses with a Purpose’. We sell our bags and use the profits to support a woman in Russia who works with orphaned teen girls who have been placed in a woman’s prison (the orphanages only go to age 14) to teach them the living skills they will need once they are released from the prison. I also enjoy knitting socks; fingerless mitts and hope to tackle a sweater this year! (Because Sheri thinks that would be a good thing to do…..)

Loopy: The DC Sweater KAL – good idea! You need to join in on the fun, for sure. We hear that you’re also a wonderful cook. Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share with us?
Janice: Well, I don’t know about wonderful, but I do LOVE to cook! It’s hard to choose just one recipe, but this is one of my favorites to have in the fridge for snacking on. I did start a recipe blog where I have been sharing our family’s favorites. http://jarladysrecipes.blogspot.com

IMG_5472Calico Bean Dip
1 can Black Beans
1 can Blackeye Peas
1 can whole kernel White corn
2 cans petite diced tomatoes

1. Drain and rinse all. Mix together.
2. Cut up 1-2 bunches of green onions. Add to bean mixture.
3. Chop up about 1/2 bunch of cilantro. Add to bean mixture.
4. Pour in about 8 oz. of fat free Italian dressing. (I like Wishbone Fat Free Italian)
5. Mix all together and marinate overnight (or at least 4 hours.)
7. Serve with Tostito Scoop chips.

Loopy:
I’m not sure sheep eat beans. But I know that everyone else will love that recipe. On to another subject – What is the best and worst job you ever had?
Janice: My worst job was a telemarketer for a water-proofing company in Minnesota when I was 14 years old. I still can recite most of the speech I had to make when the unsuspecting person on the other end of the phone line picked up!! And I only worked there for 2 weeks!! My best job was teaching conversational English to a group of Japanese ladies while we lived in Japan. A VERY interesting and wonderful experience! Of course my DREAM job would be a full-time elf at Loopy Central!!!

Loopy:
I have it on good authority that you’d be hired in an instant! What is your idea of a perfect day?
Janice: Well, to start out it would be sunny and 80-85 degrees. I would be spending the day with family and friends playing games, going on hikes, ordering take out and ending the day knitting and watching a movie. I would laugh until my sides hurt. There would be chocolate and a quick trip through Starbucks drive through. Oh, and I would win all of the games I played!!

Loopy: It’s a wonder that you and The Loopy Lady are friends. You know that she likes cold weather, and doesn’t like to play games, right? But I think she’d be right there with you on the chocolate, Starbucks, knitting, movies and laughing part of the day! Any weird habits that you have that you’d like to share with us?
Janice: Let’s see. I love to microwave my M&M’s. Some people think that’s weird. I also put my Diet Pepsi cans in the freezer to make them really cold, often with disastrous and messy results!! I raise tomatoes just for my favorite tomato-potato chip sandwich. And my favorite pizza is onion. Other than that, I think I’m quite normal.

Loopy: Onions on pizza? That one I don’t get. But I do M&M’s. Any book or movie recommendations?
Janice: Well, since one of my favorite things to do is to watch a movie and knit, there are several that are my all time favorites. ‘Miss Potter’, ‘The Italian Job’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, BBC’ Pride and Prejudice’ to name a few. I also LOVE the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Bourne series. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good book, as it is hard to read while one knits or spins!! I think I’ll have to look into books on tape!!

Loopy: Any thing else you’d like to add??
Janice: Yes. You still owe me a pair of socks. Two non-matching singles will do!
Sheri: They’ll be ready for you any time you want to come down here and get them!!

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