March 11, 2009
What is wrong with this weather? Yesterday it was 79 degrees here in St. Louis, and today I woke up to a 17 degree wind chill. That’s just wrong, no matter how you look at it. (Is the weather wacky where you live, too?) The good news is that I made it up to Indiana and back, and had a great time meeting with the classes and seeing College Guy and College Girl. Here’s a photo of the second class I spoke to. Some of the students in the first class overlapped to this class, so they got the evening off and didn’t have to listen to me twice. I know how much they appreciated that! This was the E-Commerce class (the first one was a Systems class) and they had some great questions at the end. It’s always fun to talk to people who are interested in what you do. This is the last year that Web Guy will be there to back me up – I’m a little sad about that. Of course no trip to Gas City/Upland/Taylor would be complete without coffee at Paynes (don’t these Caramel Lattes look wonderful?) and ice cream at Ivanhoes. I wish you all could experience both. We might’ve gotten coffee at Paynes more than once in the 3 days I was there. (Or maybe even more than twice….) They roast their own coffee on the premises and they really need a good website so that people could buy it online. I brought some home with me.
Look what came in the mail recently – a gorgeous new scarf. Claudia (who introduced me to Wendy’s Feather and Fan scarf last year at the Spring Fling), made this for me for my birthday, only she took that pattern and knit it lengthwise instead of horizontally. I love the new look. I asked her about the details in doing it this way (because I knew you’d want to know, like me) and she said that you would cast on 400 stitches if you’re a loose knitter, and 418 if you’re a tight knitter. I think I knit on US 4′s when I did Feather and Fan scarves in Wollmeise. (I’ve made a few of those – you’d think that I would remember that detail.) I will have to give this new pattern a try.
We did do a Sneak Up this past Monday night – I know that almost every single one of you found it, because the Elves have been super busy getting all of those packages out this week! We added in all of the new colors of Dream in Color Baby, Bugga from The Sanguine Gryphon (which you immediately bought out), Toasty from Numma Numma, more Dream in Color Smooshy in the new colors, new patterns from Through The Loops, Knitspot, and Nutty Creations, Schaefer Anne, Schaefer Lola, Schaefer Nichole, and a restock of Knitting Nerd/Knitting Girl/Crochet Geek vinyl stickers for your car. And guess what else just arrived today? Little Loopys! We’ve had the larger sized Little Loopys for awhile because the smaller size was backordered, but they have arrived. (Can you pick out the one in this bag who is obviously looking for trouble? Or most anxious to get out of the bag?) We’ve emptied all of the boxes and bags of the little guys and they’re now cavorting all over here at Loopy Central. I love it when we have lots of them here because they just make us smile. I hope you’re already planning on taking Little Loopy (or the Little Loopy postcard) on your summer vacation in/out of town this summer. It’s our very favorite yearly contest, and it starts again on June 1st. (Postcards will be going out with all of your May orders.)