Guess what I got to do over the weekend? WH and I flew down for a long weekend with Web Guy (who also happens to be our #1 son!). We had a great time and it was so good to see him. I’m just not a fan of kids moving 18 hours away from home. Why in the heck would they want to do that? Luckily, we do still get to see him from time to time. Last fall, I flew down by myself to fill up his freezer and get some long-term Loopy plans discussed. It was nice to have Paul along this year. That way, I can show you what sunrise at Deerfield Beach looks like (because he went and took this photo while I slept a little longer):
And another (click to make it bigger – you can almost hear those waves):
He also took a photo of a cute raccoon. There is a big family of them who like to investigate the tidbits that are in the dumpster at the apartment complex. I find this charming, because I’m a sucker for animals. Most of the residents of the complex (and definitely the guy who has to clean up after them each morning) find this a nuisance.
There is also a crane Great Blue Heron (thanks Wendy T!) who lives by the lake at the complex. Web Guy ways he has a damaged wing and can’t fly any farther than the other side of the (small) lake. So he’s a resident that pretty much stays put, much like the raccoons.
I did some more cooking and filling of the freezer, because as a mom, it makes me feel like I’m taking care of Web Guy a little bit. He does just fine taking care of himself, but his freezer WAS a little on the empty side. Long work hours and not a lot of time to cook. I filled it back up for him. (Burger Goo, cooking in the background. I was going to link to the recipe, but I see that I have never shared that with you. I’ll make it again and will photo it to share!)
All in all, it was a very fun weekend. By the time we arrived back home last night, it was hard to believe that we had been walking along the beach, just that morning. And I miss Web Guy again.
Today I was back at Loopy, catching up and getting ready for the Monday Update. Tonight we added in:
Malabrigo Rios - This 4-ply superwash worsted weight is gorgeous, and comes in 19 colors. Great for sweaters, hats, scarves, and heavier weight shawls (like the Tesni Shawl, which I think I need to do out of Rios.)
Knitcellaneous Mitten Keychains – back in stock and just as cute as the first batch, of course.
Alpaca With a Twist – Re-stocks in Baby Jumbo (everyone needs one skein of this, just to look at and touch when things get hectic), Fino, Socrates, and Roving.
Ysolda Teague patterns – We have both of Ysolda’s booklets – Whimsical Knits 1 and 2. There are 10 patterns in the first book and 13 in the second book.
Bye Bye Blues Kit - We had some extra kits from this Loopy Lite offering in the spring. Once these are gone, that’s it for this kit. They contain a skein of String Theory Caper in “Bye Bye Blues”, two patterns, and a set of Oh Snap Red pouches.
Loopy Scissors/Tape Measure - This went out with our summer kit to all regular Sock Club members, but we bought extras so that we could share them later on the website, too. I think you need a set in each knitting bag. (And if you’re a reasonable person, you probably have one or two knitting bags. If it’s somewhat of a problem collection interest for you, then you might have a few more than that. Like me.)
Pop over and check out the fun!
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared what usually goes on outside of my office window? People talking on their phones. A lot. And here I was, thinking that it was a bit annoying and all. I’ve changed my mind. I want more of them. When the phone talkers aren’t there, I have a skate boarder. The first time I heard this noise, I thought the street crew was back, jackhammering on the street. But no – it’s just a skateboarder, zipping back and forth on the walk that goes along the side of the building. I wish I could record the noise and let you hear it. You’re really missing out on this headache-inducer. On the other hand, I realize that there are a lot of worse things that kids this age could be doing. Maybe skate boarding after school isn’t so bad. And don’t you love it that I keep you posted on things around the Loopy Building? I’ll tell you another story about that, soon. There’s always something going on around here. I know you’re waiting on the edge of your seats. But back to the issue at hand – if there are people talking on their phones out there, then no one can skateboard. Now I need more phone loiterers.
I have a new recipe for today. WH wanted “some kind of chicken casserole” for dinner, so I took another recipe and tweaked it a bit and came up with this. Make up a fruit salad and some fresh steamed broccoli, and you have dinner.
6 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 cup sour cream (I used Light)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups milk
1 md. onion, chopped
3 cups cooked noodles, al dente (I used the German noodle spaetzle, but you can also use corkscrew or small macaroni noodles)
2 Tbl. poppy seeds
Combine the above ingredients and put into a 9 x 13 pan. Then top with:
2 tubes of Ritz crackers, crushed
1 stick of margarine, melted
1 Tbl. poppy seeds
Mix together and put on top of the casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (longer if you make it ahead and refrigerate it first.)
Every knitter I know has yarn bits n’ bobs. You know, little leftover balls from the numerous projects you have knit up over the years. I have gone into my B & B containers a few different times, looking for the leftovers of some yarn that I need for darning or mending purposes. I’m always glad to find it. I figured a long time ago that these colorful balls should be out on display. I like keeping them in glass containers. (I think this came from Home Goods, a couple of years ago.)
Big bowls – wooden, ceramic, metal – are another good storage idea, and it’s easy to have one or more of these sitting out on display. (Although then you have to dust them. Another reason to like glass containers with lids.)
I think many people have all of their B & B’s stuffed into bags and plastic containers as well.
And others of you don’t let them sit around at all because you’re using them up in your Sock Blankies, or you have bought this great pattern of Wendy’s and you’ve turned them into other useful things.
Here’s the contest question of the month (and we’ll randomly draw winners next week for Loopy Ewe Gift Certificates): What do you do with your leftover yarn bits? Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll let you know who won, next week!
Thinking about holiday gifts already? I’ll have some knitting ideas for you next week. But for the people in your life that don’t get the knitting (or when you want to give a “just because” gift in September, for instance), how about these amazing cookies in a cute bag? You can even download the gift tags from the post. This is my new favorite blog and it just so happens to be written by one of my very favorite friends, Monica. In some of her recent posts, I also learned that Hydrogen Peroxide is the perfect cleaner (tried it on my bathroooms over the weekend), learned that there was a much easier way to make iced tea (and the flavors – oh, my!), decided that I needed to make up a big batch of pesto, and … well, you can check it out yourself to see what you learn. It’s really a “yummy” website with great recipes and ideas.
Today is my hubby’s birthday and it’s a big special one. That’s all I’m going to say. (Ok, he’s 29. Never mind that we have two kids in their 20′s.) This cute photo arrived on his birthday card from his mom, and I thought I’d just share that with you. I’m sure his momma wonders where the time has gone, just like I wonder that about our kids, every time their birthday rolls around! I’m also sure that she is happy that I put this on the blog, and WH is probably not happy about it. It can be dangerous to have a wife (or mom, or good friend) who blogs, right? Anyway, Happy Birthday, Paul – and you’re still cute.
We have a great update for you tonight – I know you’ve been waiting! Just up:
- Big re-stocks of Cascade (220, Heritage Sock, Eco Alpaca)
- NEW colors in Cascade Heritage Sock
- Big re-stocks of Spud and Chloe (Fine and Sweater)
- NEW – the Spud and Chloe Outer line. This bulky weight yarn is so quick to knit, and feels wonderful. Check out all of the new patterns in Spud and Chloe, as well.
- Big re-stocks in Blue Sky Alpacas Silk and Skinny
- NEW colors in Madelinetosh Pashmina (that great wool/nylon/cashmere blend)
- Big re-stocks in Dream in Color Starry
- NEW, our exclusive “Joy in the Morning” colorway in DC Starry. This was our anniversary color this year. We won’t have it re-done on Smooshy with Cashmere (that was exclusive to the kit) but so many of you have asked us to dye it in some of the other DC blends, so we’ve started with Starry. We will probably also do this in Classy.
- Big re-stocks in Della-Q needle organizers in several different variations
- Schacht Matchless Double Treadles and Ladybug spinning wheels are also back in stock.
- NEW Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks (because this is the brand our TNNA crochet instructor recommended, when we took the beginner class at market!)
- NEW Lavishea Bars in small and large sizes and 6 different scents. This stuff is addictive.