August 11, 2009
First the Sale news! You know that this is our Anniversary Month (and thank you for all of your sweet anniversary wishes on the blog!). We originally said we’d do a sale of three lines, every other Monday in August. (That’s three lines, three different Mondays, to celebrate our third anniversary.) Because someone (and I’m not mentioning any names, Web Guy) forgot that it was going to be every other Monday instead of every Monday, some of you have already noticed that a new set of “three lines” went on sale last evening! So – what the heck. We decided that we’d go ahead and do three lines this week, three lines next week, and probably even three lines the week after that. Forget what I said about “every other week” sales and enjoy these bonuses! This week, you’ll find all lines of Dream in Color, all Wendy Knits patterns, and all Annie Adams accessories at 20% off. Watch for three new lines up on sale next week.
The Sock Summit is history and we’re back in St. Louis. I think I could sleep for a week. The days were long and somehow I managed to catch a bad cold (or allergies) enroute. Other than that, we had a great time out there. We were so thankful to see Loopy Groupie Lou during the setup time on Wednesday. She was one of the SS Volunteers and she came right over and helped us set up our booth. (We also had Loopy Groupie Lise’s cute kids, Annie and Craig, helping us set up shelves for a bit, but the photo didn’t turn out.) The best part truly was meeting so many Loopy Groupies (and aspiring Loopy Groupies). I’m glad so many of you were able to attend. It was also great to meet so many new people who said, “Well I’ve heard about you, but I haven’t ordered from you yet.” It was fun to connect in person. The other comment that I heard several times … “Aren’t you the shop that Wendy Knits likes so much?” And one person even said, “Do you pay her to mention your shop on her blog?”, which totally cracked me up. Of course we don’t pay for something like that. We’re just always eternally grateful that Wendy likes us here – and we love her, too!
Our booth was busy most of the time, but I was still able to bring back plenty of fun stuff to put up here at Loopy for you, soon. (It’s being shipped, so we’ll have it back here to put up next week or the week after. We’ll keep you posted.) We’ll be putting up extra Numma Numma, Tempted Luxe Grrl, Yarn Pirate, String Theory, Casbah, Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sock, and those cute new project bags from 3AM Enchantments that you noticed in the photos from our Sock Summit blog. And don’t think I haven’t already realized that if I had put all of these things up in a Sneak Up, you all would’ve bought them out quickly. You guys know how to shop!!
I had fun meeting and talking with many of the teachers as they popped in our booth. I’ve sprinkled a few photos in here. Top to bottom: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (L) and her travel companion (her book Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy was another one that I added to my knitting library early on), Loopy Groupie Lou, me with Anna Zilboorg (can’t wait for her Magnificent Mittens and Socks book to ship), Lucy Neatby, Nancy Bush (L) with Beth Casey of Lorna’s Laces, and Sivia Harding with Carson Demers. My favorite designer to meet in person was Nancy Bush. The amount of research she has done into the history of sock knitting is amazing, and I always enjoy reading that in her books. But the other reason I loved meeting her is because I hold her responsible for getting me into sock knitting. We were on vacation in Colorado one summer and I came across one of her books. After flipping through it, I decided that I needed to learn how to make socks, because one could never have too many socks, and the patterns in that book were very enticing. I told her that story, and she said, “And look at you now!” It was really fun to meet her. (The book of hers that I have used the most is Knitting Vintage Socks. Great book.) I also had a nice talk with Barbara Walker on the elevator at the hotel. Her stitch pattern books (A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) are ones that you will find in most every knitter’s library. Did you know that she invented the SSK stitch? I sat in on her “How I Became a Knitter” talk. That first Treasury came about after she spent 3 days in the Library of Congress Archives, hand-copying knitting patterns that went back to the 1830′s. Out of her four stitch dictionaries, I have found that the first and second ones have been the most useful to me.
Sorry for the long post! Too much to say and share. I’ll be back to the blog on Friday, and will also post the winner’s from our anniversary blog post contest. We’ll do another contest on next Monday’s blog. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s “Three-Lines” sale in honor of our anniversary month!