May 27, 2011
Remember this post, where I talked about the work and updating that WH and I had done on our house this spring? (And where I asked you what you’d change about your house, if you could?) Well there was a reason for all of that work. We’ve always planned to eventually end up in Colorado. If you’ve read the blog over the past few years, then you know how much we love it out there and how often we visit. We decided the Summer of 2011 was the time to make the move and we’re going for it. Woohoo!
We spent a whole heck of a lot of time getting our house ready to put on the market this spring. I think WH was wishing I hadn’t watched so many of those “House Hunters” and “Get it Sold” shows in the past year. However, all of that work paid off as our house sold on the first day, to a family with (obviously) great taste.
Selling quickly meant we had to high-tail it out to Colorado last week, to find a house to move into. We looked at a bunch and settled on one we liked. Look at this quick pic I took from the car. Can you see the lilacs blooming in front and on that side of the house? I took it as a clear sign that this house was meant for us. I come from a long line of lilac lovers. (“Long line of lilac lovers.” Say that 12 times.) It must have been the perfect week to visit, as there were lilacs blooming all over town.
So what does this all mean and how might it affect you?
We’ll move our household in mid-July. For the time being, we’ll keep running Loopy from St. Louis and will be packing and shipping your orders from here, as usual. When our Loopy lease is up in October, we’ll be moving The Loopy Ewe to Colorado (to the Fort Collins/Loveland area). We will probably have to take a week or 10 days off to do that, so we’ll have a short period of time where we won’t be shipping orders. We’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice about those dates. I wish I was bringing all of the Loopy Elves along with me. Sadly, they’re staying here in St. Louis. That means we’ll be on the lookout for a whole new batch of Colorado Loopy Elves in the fall, and I’ll be looking forward to having the original Loopy Elves pop out for visits.
Other questions you might have:
What about the Fall Club Loopy? That’s on hold at the moment. I don’t think it would work well to be in the middle of a Club schedule and do a move. We will probably wait until Spring to start Club Loopy back up again, although we might have a fun kit or two available before then.
What about The Spring Fling? Also on hold. We’ll see what we can figure out, once we get out there. We’ll be about an hour north of the Denver airport, so it’s a matter of figuring out the logistics of transportation and lodging and such. We’ll keep you posted.
What about the St. Louis in-store shoppers? You’ll all have to come out and visit us in the mountains! I guess one benefit is that you won’t have to pay Missouri tax on your purchases, once we move. That’s good, right? And you’ll have the fun of stalking your mail person for your orders now. I hear that can be interesting. Seriously, though – we’ll miss seeing all of you local knitters on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are some great yarn shops in the St. Louis area, and I know you’ll continue to be well taken care of. And you know where to find us online!
What will the Colorado Loopy space be like? Well, we don’t have it lined up yet, but I can tell you what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping it will be a little bigger than what we have now. We’ll be adding in a few more things. I’m hoping to continue to avoid any kind of warehouse type of space. The set-up we’ve had in St. Louis has been great. I can promise you that we’ll still have awesome Elves to help you, colorful walls and shelves full of yarn to tempt you, and Monday Updates every week to keep you inspired and motivated. We’ll continue to keep fast shipping and top-notch customer service a high priority. And we’ll expect you all to come see it all in person. Soon. (Road Trip! There are other great yarn shops in Ft. Collins, too, as well as a wonderful downtown area. Come explore.)
Paul (WH) and I are really excited to be able to move to a place we love. Did I tell you that Web Guy moved to Denver last Christmas? So it will be fun to have him near by. And Knitting Daughter would love to end up out there one day as well. She’s a mountain-girl at heart. Funny thing – you take your kids to a certain spot for vacations their whole life, and they end up wanting to live around there. Good plan, right?
Where would you live if you could uproot and go anywhere?