March 5, 2008
We’re back and the college road trip was a success! Knitting Daughter has settled on a college and feels good about her decision, so that is one load off of her mind. She put in many college visits and lots of prayers before settling on one. I can’t believe she’ll be heading off to college in the fall. (I really can’t think about it.) Anyway, we drove home yesterday and the road was clear and dry until we crossed over into Missouri and there was a WALL of snow! We spent the last 30 miles of our trip going about 20 mph, inching ourselves down the highway. Today is a sunny day and the snow has stopped. (We received about 11 inches of snow yesterday.) Casey-the-dog is happy as can be!
We spent a lot of time on the road over the long weekend. We were on a coffee mission, and one of the highlights was having a latte at Caribou Coffee. I always stop and get a cup when I fly through the Minneapolis airport, but they also have them in Chicago (which was one of our “stops” on the College Road Trip). The even-better coffee place we went to is in Gas City, Indiana and is a little place called Payne’s Frozen Custard. They have the very best coffee drinks and I wish that there was a way to get that more often! It you’re ever driving on 69 North or South, get off at the Gas City exit – it’s just about a block off of the highway. Gas City is next to Upland, and that’s where College Guy goes to school. We had a great visit with him. I was invited to speak to his E-Commerce class about The Loopy Ewe on Monday night, as well as the Taylor student business club (called SIFE and I can’t, for the life or me, remember what that stands for) later that same evening. I made the E-Commerce class pose for a blog photo. (Hi E-Commerce-ers!!) I told them to “wave to the knitters” and they did a great job of playing along. They send their best wishes (and probably wish someone would knit them some socks….. Don’t they look like a great bunch of kids?) I didn’t make the Business Club pose, as I figured I had probably pushed my luck with this first photo.
Sneak Up information: No Sneak Up this week, although we will be doing some good re-stocks (like all of the Smooshy, which we have in-house and will put back in stock, as well as more Namaste Messenger Bags.) Next week we have a bunch of wonderful lines going up. So far, we have: All Things Heather (mostly semi-solids – gorgeous), Lime & Violet Sasquatch Sock, New limited edition colors of the Supersock Thin from Cherry Tree Hill (at those great sale prices!), Gypsy Knits, Scarlet Fleece, Araucania, Sakina Needles Roving, and a wonderful new soap made for knitters. We will also have a second Sneak Up next week for the Wollmeise Sock Yarn that has arrived. I promised you that we’d do the Wollmeise on its own this time. The colors are amazing and again, we have as much as Claudia could do and send to us. (It will still go quickly as it always does, but just remember that we will continue to get it in, and you can also order from Claudia direct on her website.) I always like the time between when we get her yarn in and when it goes up on the website because it looks so beautiful on our shelves in the meantime. But we’ll part with it – just for you.
Sock Club invoices will go out at the end of this week, with the packages going out next week. Spring Flingers – we’re working on signups for classes and those will be ready by the end of this week or early next week. Stay tuned. We’re getting excited about having you here next month!
And finally, a big congratulations to Jessica who won the random drawing for our February Blog Contest. (Thank you to everyone who left their answers and their wonderful birthday wishes!) The prize? A beautiful yarnball charm to add to your favorite necklace, handmade by Romi. (Similar to her yarnball earrings, but the charms are bigger.) And because it looked so beautiful on that skein of Wollmeise that I posed it on, I’m sending Jessica the Wollmeise, too.