This morning I was sitting at my desk answering emails, and the Loopy doorbell rang. It was almost 10:00, which means that shopping hours were starting, and the Loopy Elves were due to be arriving. (Fridays are our Late Start days – we don’t come in until around 10 am. We love Fridays!) I knew that the Elves would just walk in, so I figured this must be shoppers. When I opened the door, there stood this delightful group! (Terri, Emily, Marjie, Anita, Kay and Karen.) They drove up from Oklahoma just to do some yarn shopping and have a fun Girls Knitting Weekend. Doesn’t that sound like an excellent group to be a part of? Not only that, but they were just a joy to have here. We made them promise to come back again some time. Thursdays and Fridays are our in-store-shopping days and we’re usually pretty busy. Since most of you know the routine around here (new stuff goes up on Monday or Tuesday, all of the Sneak Up orders for the week are typically out by Wednesdays), you also understand why we only have in-store shopping on Thursdays and Fridays (and by appt.). You keep us way too busy to do both, earlier in the week. And we like that about you! Fortunately, our post office cooperates by scheduling our mail pickups between 3 and 4 pm, and we’re still able to get the orders out on Thursdays and Fridays, in between all of that. All in all, Fridays are usually a fun day around here. (You know that we don’t put things up for sale here in person until they’ve gone up on the website for all of you, right? Look at these cute signs – attached to a knitting needle – that Elf Anna came up with. We just stick them in the new stuff that hasn’t gone up yet and it works great!)
We are, however, still buried in boxes. This week we put up more Mini Mochi, Araucania Itata, new Lorna’s Laces colors, Noro Silk Garden, Malabrigo Worsted, Dream in Color Smooshy, Cascade Fixation, Cascade Eco Alpaca, and S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo. More boxes have arrived over the past few days. Depending on what we can get photo-ed and up, you might find these yarns/lines next week. (Anything that doesn’t go up next week, will be up the week after for sure.) Colinette Jitterbug, Fiesta Ballet, The Sanguine Gryphon Kypria, Dye Dreams, Jade Sapphire Cashmere Lace, Dragonfly Fibers, Lime & Violet Intentions yarn, Tuscan Grove Bellagio, Dream in Color Classy, Cherry Tree Hill, and Farmhouse Bonnie’s Bamboo and Fannie’s Fingering. Still waiting on the new Magic Ball yarn from Skacel, the new Pearl line from Lorna’s Laces, and some indie dyer yarns that are enroute. (See? Buried in boxes. More on the way FPS. And hey – someone told me that Rachael Ray said “FPS” on her tv show this week. She stole my saying. What’s up with that??)
I do have a new recipe for you today. Elf Mary brought this in for us to enjoy one day for lunch and I’ve already made it for my family. It’s delicious, and I hope you enjoy it.
Mary’s Mexican Soup
2 lbs. hamburger
1/2 of an onion, chopped
2 (16 oz) cans of pinto beans, undrained
1 (16 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
1 can of Rotell tomatoes with chilies
1 can of chili without beans (like Brooks)
16 oz. low fat sour cream
1/2 lb. Velveeta
Brown the hamburger and onion together, and drain. In a separate pot, heat up everything else. When it’s hot, add in the meat and mix well. Serve with tortilla chips on the side. Makes a lot!
My weekend consists of a little bit of Loopy work and then some hanging out with these two three characters. I have the first 3 discs of Bones Season Two (thank you, Netflix) and am ready to jump into them with some knitting on the side. I’m working on a new indie dyer yarn that is due to arrive sometime in March, and I’m knitting it up into my first pair of Jaywalkers (free pattern on Ravelry, thank you Grumperina!). The yarn is a hand-dyed self-striping and I love watching the pattern emerge. (Poor WH has to spend the weekend working on tax stuff at his work. Doesn’t that sound fun?) What are your weekend plans? Any good movies to watch? Any fun new patterns and yarns to work with? Any big hikes to go on? Any taxes to do?