January 7, 2011
Many of you have discovered our new Loopy Webcam already. Isn’t it fun? We talked about where to aim it, and I thought it’d be fun to aim it at the order packing island, because there is activity going on there the whole day. (The Elves vetoed that idea.) We settled on the front entry, just because that’s where it says our name, and that’s where new boxes come in and get unpacked from day to day.
Why a webcam? We had to install security cameras due to shoplifting. (Note to shoplifter: bring back my grandma’s vintage knitting needles that you took from the red cabinet in the front room. And the yarn that you put in your purse. Seriously.) As long as we were doing cameras for a not-so-fun reason, why not do one camera for a positive reason? If you come to shop in person and want to have your webcam photo saved in the Webcam Gallery, just let us know and we’ll make sure your photo gets saved. Are you on Twitter? Tweet and let your peeps know that you’re shopping at Loopy and will wave to them on camera. Wondering what it looks like when all of the Spring Fling shoppers are here? Now you can peek in and take a look! Want a clue as to what will be up in next week’s Update? Watch and see if you can catch it.
The photo changes once a minute, during our normal working hours (9 am – 4 pm, Central time.) Sometimes it will look the same, because nothing changed right there during that minute. Other times you’ll see someone pulling an order, sorting inventory, matching skeins, stocking shelves, or shopping. Today, you might have see me updating yarn signs for our shop. Yesterday you may have seen our Cascade Rep Michael, when he stopped by for a visit. Or Tammy, or Kathy, or Joy. Once in awhile we’ll do a contest, and let’s start that today. I put a pile of yarn (same colorway) on the island. The first person in the comments to identify the yarn, will win a skein. (It’ll be a little bit of a challenge, since you can’t zoom in and get up close to it. Are you up for it? Somehow I think someone will figure it out. You all are smart like that.) If you can’t identify it, you can leave a comment telling me what yarn you WISH was sitting there – ha! If no one guesses correctly, we’ll randomly draw a winner from all comments. If someone guesses quickly, then maybe I’ll put a second pile up there! Edit: Jenna guessed the first one correctly – Three Irish Girls Adorn. The second batch was Fiber Optic and Seanna Lea guessed it right away. Third batch was Mountain Colors Bearfoot, won by Elizabeth. Our fourth and final batch was correctly identified by LisaPB – a skein of Dream in Color Everlasting. Thanks for playing along today. We’ll do it again sometime! And for those of you in the comments, wondering where the yarn pile is – we did this during the day on Friday.
Remember my Cable Challenge problem? Turns out it’s all user-error. (Um, that would mean it’s my own fault. The user.) I know that’s no surprise to anyone. The lovely Judy (Hollygrove designer) contacted me and could not have been sweeter in helping me figure out my snafu. Apparently I started the first chart row in error. It was supposed to be a WS and I made it into a RS, which puts the whole chart off. One of these days I will have this chart thing completely under my belt, I’m just sure of it. Cables ARE easy – I promise. And one day I will learn to read directions more thoroughly, instead of breezing through them and figuring, “I got it.” Despite my snafu, the pattern is turning out just right, after my self-imposed adaptations. I usually like to make things as complicated as possible.
Finally, one more big round of appreciation for all of you who participated in our RAK’s contests on the blog throughout December. It has become one of my favorite parts of the season, over the past few years! The final winner for the last week’s contest is Carrie in ND, who wins a tub of our Soak Heel creme, two skeins of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in her choice of color, and a pattern of her choice. Congratulations, Carrie!