Archives from July 2009

Those Jackhammers….

Photo: Sheri Berger
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 in Shop News

Remember in yesterday’s post I mentioned the trucks that were jack-hammering the street outside our building? They have been there for more than a week. Today they cut the phone lines to the building. They are SO on my bad list. Now we have a whole building full of businesses who rely on phones and the internet, who can’t work.  So I just wanted to let you know in case you are trying to call us (no phone service here) or watching for your order to ship (no internet/shipping services without computer lines). It sounds like it will be out for most of the day. We’ll be back up just as soon as possible. And of course the website isn’t affected at all – you can still shop and order. We just can’t get the orders processed until they fix our phone lines. FPS.

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Knitting Groups and a CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 in Contest, Loopy Challenges, Shop News

DSC02893There’s not enough knitting going on around here at the moment. (For me, personally, that is.) Here are two things that are currently “in-progress”. The first is the scarf that I’m working on out of Malabrigo Silky. I’m using two skeins. I plucked the stitch pattern out of a stitch dictionary and I’ll add it to the Free Patterns link when I have a finished scarf to photo. In the meantime, if you want to start one, here are the basics:

Cast on 39 stitches (or a multiple of 6, +3.) I’m using a size 4 needle with this Malabrigo Silky. Knit four rows in garter stitch.  Work the following pattern (6 rows) until scarf is desired length, knit four more rows in garter stitch, bind off.

Pattern (repeat stitch sequence in brackets until the end of the row):

Row 1:   P3 [K3, YO, P3]
Row 2:   K3 [P4, K3] 
Row 3:   P3 [K1, K2tog, YO, K1, P3] 
Row 4:   K3 [P2, P2tog, K3]
Row 5:   P3 [K1, YO, K2tog, P3]
Row 6:   K3 [P3, K3]

P= Purl, K=Knit, YO=Yarnover, K2tog=knit two stitches together, P2tog=purl two stitches together 

DSC02894The other thing I’m working on is a Cabled Rib Wrap out of Shibui Baby Alpaca and Silk Cloud. (Knit together, it takes 4 skeins of Baby Alpaca and 3 skeins of Silk Cloud.) I’m using the natural color. The pattern says it will end up being 18″ x 67″ and I can’t wait to wrap up in it this fall and winter!  I wonder if it would be fun to knit this with one color of Baby Alpaca and a different color of Silk Cloud? I may end up making a second one out of another color, too.

DSC02895I know you’re waiting for our Third Anniversary Kits to go up! We’ve decided to start pre-sales for them on Friday. (Too many of you have emailed and begged us to do this, so that you don’t miss it. You talked us into it.)  We’ll process the pre-sales as you order them, and then we’ll start shipping them out next week and the week after. This year’s kit revolves around “Loopy’s Knitting Lounge” and it’s a theme that we have more plans for in the coming weeks. (There may be some opportunities for some of you to be an Honorary Loopy Elf in the future. :-) Interested?) I’ll have a photo of the kit on Friday’s blog, when they are available to start ordering. (Oh ok, here’s a teaser photo, but you can’t see everything. Remember when I said that this rug in our Knitting Nook here at Loopy Central would play a part in something later in the summer?) More info on Friday!

This month’s blog contest question has to do with knitting groups. Do you belong to a group that gets together regularly to knit? How often? If you don’t have such a group, do you wish that you did? Or do you like knitting on your own? (Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll draw for prizes next Wednesday.)

Congratulations to all of you who completed your Second Quarter Challenge Socks!  Please take a minute to vote on your favorite from the Q2 Photo Gallery and email your answer to support AT theloopyewe DOT com. We’ll announce the winners next week!

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Gotta Give ‘Em Wings

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 20th, 2009 in Uncategorized

DSC02881I know, I know. You’re supposed to bring your kids up so that they have wings to fly on their own – and that’s a good thing. (That’s a good thing. That’s a good thing.) I really appreciated all of your comments on last week’s blog (and all of you who sent personal emails about it, too). Each new stage takes a little getting used to, but I know that things all work out in the end. Like many of you, WH and I are pretty attached to our kids. I remember when it was hard to send them off to camp or on a mission trip for a week in the summer. (FPS. Now that seems so laughable!) Then we had to get used to having them off to college and “only” getting to see them every month or two when they had a break or a long weekend. (FPS. Now that seems like a luxury.) Having Web Guy move 18 hours away and not having the chance to see him as often is sad. But I know we’ll all adjust. (WH and I will adjust. Web Guy has already completely adjusted just fine, of course.) I think of all the situations that we could be facing instead, and I know I’m lucky that this is how things are. He has a great job (Deerfield Beach, FL area, for those of you who asked), he has a nice apartment to live in (and I’m really glad that I got to see it this weekend), and he’s happy. It’s all good. And he will definitely continue on as Web Guy at The Loopy Ewe. We couldn’t do this business without him!

I kept my mind occupied on the flight home last night by immersing myself in a murder mystery. That kept the tears at bay! (Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins. I read the first two books in the series in Colorado.) Have I mentioned how much I love the Kindle that I got for my birthday this past February? I’ve read more books over the past 5 months than I have read in the past 5 years. Wendy told me that I can also download my knitting patterns onto my Kindle, but I haven’t done that yet. It’s great to be able to take a bunch of books on a trip, and have them all fit in that little Kindle. It’s also great to not have books to store in my  house any more. I was out of book cases, and this seems like a very tree-friendly alternative.

Now that I’m back, we’re in full-tilt Sock Summit mode. We have boxes and boxes (and boxes) of fun things to freight out there. The truck leaves on Wednesday. Then we’ll turn our attention to boxing up anniversary kits. When we get back from the Summit (the first weekend in August), we’ll have our Third Anniversary kits ready for you, as well as a few other fun things. It’s going to be a great Fall around here, so get ready!

Wednesday – check back for our July Blog Contest and to vote on Challenge Socks. I’m still approving photos for that gallery. I love seeing all of the socks that you have done to challenge yourself!

Sheri alsoworkingonSneakUpStuffalittlelatertonight 

Three Things on Monday

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 13th, 2009 in Three Things

DSC02856See this? This is how I’m feeling this week. A little crazy. (Yes, my hair probably looks like that – I have a haircut appointment for tomorrow, because I can’t stand it any longer.) Yes, I can mostly be found working or walking around Loopy with a Cup ‘o Joe. Caffeine is good for stress, right? (ahem) No, I’m not wearing red shoes. I ought to be. (This cute coffee lady comes from here.)

Three things I’m working on this week:

1. Getting the Sneak Up done. (Check – it’s up! You’ll find tons of Malabrigo – Lace, Worsted, Silky, Seleccion Privada, Dragonfly Fibers, Dye Dreams Comfy Sox, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Dream in Color Classy, Fleece Artist Merino 2/6, Hand Maiden Casbah, Lorna’s Laces Wooltop roving, and Knit Girl/Knitting Nerd card decals.)

2. Getting stuff finished up for the Sock Summit Boooth. (I love my yarn companies and indie dyers. They’re kickin’ butt booty to get things done.)

DSC028503. Overseeing Web Guy’s move to Florida. (If you have a 22 year old, you know that “over-seeing” is a misnomer. He’s taking care of everything. I’m just pretending like I’m somehow involved a bit.)

Three things I enjoyed last week:

1. Having Audrey, Gretchen and Jen down to visit from Indiana. Friends of Web Guy’s. Nice nice gals.

2. Having Jess visit from Virginia. Friend of Web Guy’s. Nice nice gal.

3. Starting a new project with Malabrigo Silky. OHmygosh is this stuff ever amazing. I’m making a scarf. I’ll show pics and share the pattern soon.

Three things I will enjoy this week:

1. The nicer weather. It’s gorgeous out today – low 80′s, low humidity, totally do-able for summertime in St. Louis. More just like this for most of the week. Good thing, as the All-Star baseball game is here tomorrow night.

DSC028522. Driving down to Florida with Web Guy. Does he need company to drive down there? No. But he lets me come along because he knows that his mom will sleep better at night if she can picture where he is, safe and sound.

3.  Knitting in the car for the 18 hour trip to south Florida.

Three more things you ought to know:

1.  We leave on Wednesday  morning, so I’ll be away from the blog and email the rest of the week. Call or email support AT theloopyewe DOT com if you need anything!

2.  Susan will also be out the rest of the week. (It’s a busy week for everyone!) But the rest of the Elves will be here, getting your orders out and answering the phone and support emails.

3. Our huge order of Alchemy Juniper is due to arrive this week, so hopefully we’ll be able to photo it all and get it up for you next week. They have been a great company to work with and I know you will love this yarn.

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