Archives from April 2009

Top Ten Reasons Why I Almost Forgot to Blog Today

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, April 17th, 2009 in Sheri's Top Tens, WH's Photos

theloopyewe-1comI was just getting ready to head home and realized …. it’s Friday. I didn’t blog!  And would you like to know why the blog was an afterthought today?

1. I was too busy enjoying the spring flowers. (Ok, this isn’t true. I haven’t been outside all day. But I wanted an excuse to put one or two of WH’s flower photos on here.)

2. We haven’t had a second to sit and breath all day, because we were working on getting all of your orders and Sock Club Consolation Kits out the door. (This IS true. Whew! Our mailman is also glad that this week is done.)

3.  I’ve been engrossed in Wendy’s new book and couldn’t put it down for blogging time. (True and false. The new book is wonderful! I’m can’t remember the last time I bought a book where there were SO many patterns that I could see myself making. I anticipate knitting up several of these designs, which makes the book a steal. And the photos are great. But of course I wasn’t reading it today. I finished it last night.)

theloopyewecom4.  We were too stuffed from the Spinach Quiche lunch that 3 AM Keri dropped by for us today. (Well, true. Except it was more likely the M&M’s for dessert that caused the ultimate “stuffing”….)

5.  My mind was overly full of the last minute things that need to be done before the Spring Flingers arrive next Thursday. (And Claudia and her husband and two friends arrive from Germany on Tuesday – whee!)

6.  We spent the last two hours of the afternoon (after the mailman had left) re-arranging yarn and making spaces for the new stuff. (Time to expand the space again??)

7.  I was having too much fun reading about all of your wonderful dreams from this month’s blog contest. (Not true. Although it WILL be fun, and your dreams ARE wonderful, I haven’t been reading them today. I have been saving them to read this weekend, with a big cup of coffee by my side!)

8.  We had too much fun watching the daycare kids across the parking lot, playing “throw the stones at the cars”. (And we were thankful that we hadn’t parked on that side of the parking lot today. Fortunately, the daycare teachers put an end to that game pretty quickly. But it was fun while it lasted.)

theloopyewe-2com9.  I was trying to figure out how James could purchase an intricate  shawl pattern and yarn 3 weeks ago and then show up with it over halfway done today. (Of course he reminded us that we had made bets that it wouldn’t be done until Christmas of this year. Maybe that’s why he made so much progress on it.)

10. We had lots of in-store shoppers today and were having a good time chatting with all of them. (Although one of these busy days, we’re going to nab them and make them wrap some orders before we let them out the door again. Think we could get away with that?)

Sheri didyougeteverythingdoneonyourtodolisttoday?

Got a Dream? April Contest!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 in Contest

dsc02464It’s time for our monthly contest and I was all set to ask a different question, but then this You Tube video came through in an email from my mom and it changed my direction. (And then I promptly got it in 3 other emails, saw it on a couple of blogs, and heard Anderson Cooper talking about it on CNN last night.) What a great video! It’s all about a gutsy lady who had a dream and made something happen with it. So this month’s contest is to leave a comment and tell me what your dream is. Now I know fully well that some of you will not be brave enough to write it down for everyone to see, with your name attached! But I hope that you do. It seems like step one in any dream is to be bold and put it in writing, right? Of course not many people take the time to read the blog comments on our monthly contest (except for me!), so you don’t have to worry that someone you know might see and recognize you. On the other hand, some people DO take the time to read them and with a question like this, you could inspire a whole lot of people by putting your dream out there. I look forward to seeing what you all dream about doing or having or being, somewhere in the future. Will you share? (Hmmm – and another thought – if any of you read a comment and your first thought is, “Well I could help her/him with THAT dream. ” – email me. Maybe we can put some dreamers and enablers together to make things happen.) One of my dreams is to live in Colorado one day – thus today’s photo. We’ll draw for winners next week on Wednesday, so you have a week to leave your comment. I have some skeins of Wollmeise to give away.

Speaking of Wollmeise, we did a mini update with some of it yesterday, but since the great majority of our boxes are being held up by customs in Chicago, we won’t have more for who knows how long. In the meantime, we have a few things to take care of around here (Spring Fling, May Sock Club, “Don’t Be Blue Kits”) so even if it does arrive soon-ish, it will still be awhile before it’s going to go up. (Translation: no need to stalk and watch for it.) Maybe some of the customs agents in Chicago have had a dream to capture a case of Wollmeise for their very own….

Sheri whohadadreamtohaveafamilybusiness

Rainy Monday Here

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, April 13th, 2009 in Shop News

dsc02507Normally, I love rainy Mondays. (Well, rainy ANYdays, but especially rainy Mondays.) Today, the kids are driving back up to school and I’m not so happy that it’s a rainy day while they’ll be driving.  The good news is that I still get them home for a few more hours, and I’m making the most of that time by baking some cookies to send back with them and hanging out for a few more hours. Luckily, the Elves are here at Loopy packing up all of those weekend orders for you, even though I’m playing hooky.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! It was beautiful here on Saturday and Sunday and we had a nice weekend. Here’s a photo of our colored eggs. The bad news? After I set these out to take a photo, I forgot to put them back in the fridge and so they sat out all night. 18 eggs down the drain. FPS.  I think I have too many things on my brain these days.

We have more great stuff going up in the shop this week. (I’ll come back in to Loopy and work on that later this afternoon and evening, after the cookies are baked and packed and the College Kids sent back northward.) Watch for: Malabrigo Lace and Worsted, Fleece Artist Trail Socks, more new colors of Cherry Tree Hill Semi-Solids, Opal Cotton, and a special shipment from Fleece Artist, “Sea Three”.  This base  is 70% silk and 30% seacell in a worsted weight. 245 yds./150 gr. Gorgeous!

I did knit this weekend. I thought I’d do my Challenge Socks, but all I did was the toe.  Then I made the mistake of starting in on a second project (“just to get it started”) and it kept me captivated. I’m making it out of this yarn and I’m practicing my chart-reading skills. Any guesses as to what I’m making? (Sharon and Claire – you can’t guess, because I already told you both!!) Hopefully I’ll make some progress on my Challenge Socks this week. That is, if I can set this other project down for an evening or two…..

Sheri hasanyoneelsestartedtheirChallengeSocksyet?

It’s a Happy Weekend

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, April 10th, 2009 in Sheri's Recipes

dsc02476What a great weekend! Easter Celebrations happening, the weather is going to be beautiful, and we have a chance to have these two favorite kids of ours home for a few days.  They arrived last night and don’t have to go back until Monday. (It’s so nice that they can hang out all day on Easter, instead of traveling back to school in the afternoon. That makes for a very relaxing day.) We have plenty of things planned – dinners out, dinners in, movies, church, hanging out, visiting with friends, and … probably some catching up on sleep, as all college kids seem to need to do. (Or is it just that you sleep better when you’re home in your own bed?) I’m so glad to have them home.

dsc024881Here’s a new recipe that I tried last week, after a walk through the fresh produce section, where the peppers were just too colorful to ignore. I just continued through the rest of the aisles and pulled a few more things that sounded good in here. This is great warm the night you make it, but it also tastes great cold the next day as a leftover.

dsc024901Bells and Clucks

4 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
1 box whole wheat pasta
2 cups snow peas
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 tsp. basil
2 Tbl. olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
Italian Vinaigrette with Blue Cheese Crumbles Dressing
(I used Marzettis)

Prepare pasta according to directions on box, and drain. Cut peppers into thin strips and toss them into a large pan with olive oil. Add snow peas and basil. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, then add in the chicken broth and steam for 3-5 minutes with the lid on. Don’t overcook!

Add everything together and toss with dressing as desired.

Easter Blessings to each one of you. I hope you have a great weekend!

Sheri whowillbeworkingonChallengeSocksthisweekend

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