The Loopy Elves take over!

DSC01380.JPGSheri’s blog today is brought to you by The “Loopy Elves”.

Why are the Elves writing today’s Blog? Well, it all started back in December when we were trying to figure out what to buy Sheri for Christmas. Think, think, think, what does Sheri want? The only thing we came up with was “time”. Now, since you cannot buy time, we had to think of some creative ways to save Sheri time. We decided a few surprises to save her some time through the year might be fun. In January, we all came in to work one night to help get the Sneak Up orders finished for that week. The February time saver is writing one blog. We could write more, but we know Sheri likes writing her blog, so we can’t take away her fun. In March, we are going to …. Oh wait, we can’t say, because that would ruin the surprise. (Vicki, Mary and Susan are in this photo.)

What happens at Loopy Central anyway? Well, we have a lot of fun. Sneak Up days can be a little crazy, but everyone seems to have their jobs. Vicki is usually the order puller, Anna is our #1 wrapper (we believe she wraps so well based on her previous life as a newborn nurse-wrapping all those little bottoms). Kathy, Inventory Manager, is the expert boxer (that is, putting the orders in boxes) and properly labeling them for whoever is printing the labels. Mary fills in wherever needed, and usually does some pulling, wrapping, and boxing before she heads home. Sue is also an expert wrapper, and prefers to spend her time wrapping and pulling instead of printing shipping labels. Sue is also great at remembering all the little notes that you all add to your orders. Susan is the main printer of shipping labels and answering the phone (but if you have a specific knitting question, you better ask for Kathy). Wendy does some of the photography (although WH still does some of the photos and all of the actual color correcting before the photos go up on the website). Rachel just started last week and is still learning the ropes. We had her jump right in.

DSC01373.JPGOther fun facts at Loopy: if it is your day off, you will be blamed for anything that goes wrong. (Well – in the most loving way possible.) We do double check orders, but sometimes we do make mistakes. (We hate that.) We don’t call them mistakes when pulling orders, we call them “tests” for the people wrapping the orders. It has been noted by several Elves, that Susan gives the most “tests” (obviously her past life as a teacher coming into play). Thank goodness our wrapping Elves are good students and catch most of the mistakes “tests” before the order goes out and then arrives at your door. (Sue, Kathy and Anna are in this photo. Rachel and Wendy are photoless – we’ll get them later.)

We do have chocolate breaks, and we all try to eat at least 4 carrots a day (Vicki’s rule). Anna and Sue always seem to know what is going on in the world and with the weather, which in St. Louis, is always changing. Several of the Elves have children at the same school, so if there is something going on at school, sometimes we leave Loopy Central shorthanded. Of course, that is one of the best things about working here—the flexibility! We also love yelling out our favorite customer names, yarn names (Eureka), and certain street names, (Savsangaregatan). We really do have fun at work, and some of us are even learning how to KNIT!

Let’s see, well, it wouldn’t be any fun if we couldn’t tell you a few things coming to The Loopy Ewe, boxes arrive everyday! (Just ask Kathy). We just received some new bags, and believe it or not, new yarn, if only we could remember the name….. :-) (We’re not really going to tell you any secrets. You’ll see soon enough!)

Anyway, thanks for letting us take over the blog for a day, and many thanks for giving us job security with all your orders!!

The Loopy Elves wholoveandappreciateallofyoualmostasmuchasSheridoes

P.S. Note from Sheri: Aren’t the Elves fun? And thank you ALL for the very fun birthday wishes!! It was a wonderful day yesterday and you put a lot of smiles on my face! Now I’m off for a few days of college visits with Knitting Daughter, so no blog on Monday and no emailing for a bit. But I’ll be back with you on Wednesday the 5th. Until then, have a great weekend and get lots of knitting done. I’m working on this pattern with a new lace line that we have coming in soon. Woohoo!


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43 comments on “The Loopy Elves take over!

  1. Great post Elves!!

    That’s four MINI carrots, right? ;-) I have this vision of getting my next shipment not with chocolate kisses, but with a neat little packet of mini carrots!

    Ok, I think I have a future career as a “wrapper.” My experience isn’t near as exciting as Anna’s, but I spent 2 years as a teen working at Wendy’s and even though that was a long (LONG) time ago, I find that I STILL wrap things just like I was wrapping up a burger.

  2. Great blog entry, Elves….

    And now for Sheri, my musical rendition…Happy Birthday to Ewe, Happy Birthday to Ewe, Happy Birthday, Dearest Shereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Happy Birthday to Ewe!

  3. So nice to meet the Loopy Elves and get to know a little bit about them! I am so jealous of their jobs! Have a great weekend with KD, Sheri!

  4. What a wonderful post and I think a little extra time is a perfect gift.

    Have fun touring colleges with KD. I get to start the college crawls next year, she is looking forward to it, me ….. not so much, as it means my baby will be leaving home soon.
    Have a great, long weekend!

  5. It’s so nice to be able to see all your lovely faces! Thank you for making The Loopy Ewe a top-notch business with a wonderful side of customer service. I’ve spoke to all my coworkers about the TLE; however, most are poor grad students. Hopefuly, they will one day have a career that enables them to knit to their heart’s desire.

  6. How sweet of you, Loopy Elves! Looks like so much fun! And, you guys did a great job with the blog entry,too. I hope you all have a great weekend! : )

    And, Sheri, I hope you and KD have a good time looking at colleges. : )

  7. Thank goodness for Loopy Elves!! You all do such an awesome job. Loopy Ewe is my favorite place to order from for a variety of reasons, but especially for the personal touches you all give.

    Thank you

  8. Wow, you guys have too much fun! I, for one, wouldn’t mind getting carrots instead of kisses – it seems my very naughty cocker spaniels have gotten more than one bag of loopy kisses (I know, dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate but mine seem to thrive on it!). I get to pick up the red confetti on the floor and the occasional wrapper scrap.

    You all *define* customer service for me – and as someone who lives in a rural area and *lives* for the mail/ups deliveries, fast shipping gets bonus points in my book!

    Sheri – enjoy your time off!

  9. You Elves are awesome. You’re better than Santa’s Elves could ever dream of being. Thanks for your hard work. You are appreciated.

    I have to eat a couple of mini carrots too when I eat Loopy Kisses for lunch. I hope to meet you all in April.

    Sheri have a safe and nice trip.

  10. Thanks for all your great work, elves. The testing must be working because all of my orders have always been perfect.
    Hope the college visits go well. They sound both exciting and a little scary!

  11. what a wonderful gift for Sheri. You little elves are just wonderful. It is exciting to hear about the behind the scene stuff..glad you all enjoy your jobs & SECURITY! ! ! the ever changing weather is fun..my family live in Louisville..when we drove home one time the first place we stopped was White Castle..home for Derby & I get to eat them almost everyday!!!

  12. THis is a fun blog. How nice to have gotten almost all of you on photos this time, You all look way prettier than i had imagined. Most likely because i was picturing you all in elfin outfits. lol. Just dont go turing into Loopy bunnies now from all the carrots.
    By the way where is Loopy? DId he keel over from too much excitement or is he to exhausted from all the kisses he gave Sheri yestureday? I hope he behaves himself at least somewhat when Sheri isnt in the house.
    I want to be an elf too. I love packing and wrapping. I am so glad that all of you elves got such a wonderful place to work. Thanks for all the work you do. I cant believe how fast the mail is to my little place, just a couple of days when i normally have to wait 5-12 days fro mail. Thanks again so much

    Sheri I am glad you had a wonderful day. Hope you get to see CG and if you do remember to celebrate a 2nd Bday with him. Have alot of fun doing college/university -hopping. I hope KD finds what she is looking for. My DD#2 wants to go to U of Mich. really badly. I so hope they take her. ANd then they are gone and you are constantly worrying even though you trust them completely. sigh.

    Since you wont be on til WEnsday have a nice trip and hope to see the elves on Monday too. I am glad they are gifting you with time. Use it on yourself and relax.

    Ithinkthisisallsuchagoodkindofblogandnicesurpriseandhopetoseemoreofyou all and hopingforgoodweatherfortheweekendforyouandKDforyourtrip!

    loveya

  13. Thank you Elves, for all you do! It was great fun learning more about you and the goings on at Loopy Central. You are all doing an excellent job and I appreciate it so much.

    Good luck, KD, in finding just the right college!

  14. Hi Elves,

    Nice to meet you. Thanks for your great service!

    Sheri,

    Enjoy your time visiting colleges. We’ll be ready for the Wed blog because we wouldn’t want to go into blog withdrawal now would we.

  15. Will trade…one nursing job in New York City for a fun-filled job at The Loopy Ewe!
    I can make “tight hospital corners” on the tissue paper that covers the pretty sock yarn!! :)

  16. Glad to see all the elves. I hope we get to meet you at the Spring Fling.,

    Thanks for the wonderful job you all do to get our packages so fast. I for one can never wait to get those packages.

  17. Thanks for such a nice blog about the “inner-workings” at the Loopy Ewe! It’s always like getting a present to receive an order from you!!! You all do a great job!

  18. Nice to meet you all, Elves, and thanks for the great job that you do! It’s so nice to see the faces that go with the names. (Susan, I hope you had a good time in Italy! Are you over the jet lag yet?)

    Have a good, safe weekend, Sheri, and good luck to KD on finding the perfect college!

  19. It was great to see what goes on behing the scenes. Thanks for the wonderful post, and it’s good to know Sheri has such great elves to help out. Have fun, Sheri!

  20. This is great getting to meet the elves! Thank you all for wrapping all that yarn so fast so that it arrives on my doorstep later in the week. I’m glad you guys have some much fun and who wouldn’t with all the chocolate and yarn around.

  21. What a great entry! Nice to see a little of what goes on behind the scenes. You all make it a real joy to order from The Loopy Ewe! :)

    Oh, and tell Sheri thanks a lot! I just had to go order that gorgeous scarf pattern, like I need something else to work on!! ;)

  22. Sheri,

    You’re making lace with a new “lace line”??!!!???!?! Aren’t you supposed to be doing a DIC knit-along??? :P

    I suppose I should ask how many WIPs you have… Do you follow the “Rule of Three?”

    Lisa Kay

  23. YAY!! We get to meet the elves!

    **waving**

    Thanks for all you do! Great to put names and faces on most of you, anyway. :-)

  24. Wow! thanks for the great post Elvlings! How neat that you did that! I am looking forward to meeting you all during the Spring Fling!

    capi

  25. You guys are awesome! What a great present–time. It makes me want to move back to St. Louis, move in with my mom, and work at The Loopy Ewe. Well, almost. :) There are details like the job here and the husband and the horse and . . .

  26. Hi, Loopy Elves! You are all the best! It’s so nice to see your smiling faces and hear your perspective. I think you should write a communal blog post once a month featuring your Loopy favorites….you know similiar to other company’s “staff picks”. For some odd reason I get a thrill out of knowing other people’s favorites.

    I’ll be putting you to work again soon. I’m working on the yarn from my last Loopy purchase….after a brief time off the wagon, I am once again knitting the yarn as it’s purchased so I don’t have a stash……

    ~katie

  27. Those Elves are awesome! I appreciate all your hard work!

    Sheri – glad to hear you had a great b-day! I LOVE that lace pattern. I can’t wait to see what kind of lace-y yarn goodness you have waiting for us!

  28. We had such a nice springlike day on Sunday. Now we’re buried under a foot of snow!! *L* I live in Alton, right across the river from St. Louis. It’s pretty, but at this point I think my spring flowers would be prettier. I suppose some nice springy socks will have to suffice… ;)