Heading West

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?

Sheri nocicadasinColoradobuttheydohavetornadoesonoccasion


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166 comments on “Heading West

  1. I moved to Colorado two times, and two times, work sent me to D.C. I now live in the Blue Mtns of WV. Of course they are nothing compared to the 14ers in CO. I convinced my sister to move to CO, so I hope to visit your Loopy store the next time I visit her. This year we planned to meet in Vegas, so I will not make it to CO. A sad thing is that my husband does not like CO, so I don’t see living there anytime soon. He would rather live in Barrow, AK. He wants the cold, snow, and altitude all year long!
    Best wishes and happy knitting!
    Kelly (wvkelly in Ravelry)

  2. Wow! This is great! I love living in Colorado and I’m sure you will too. However, the only thought that is going through my head is “Am I in trouble now!” Since you’ll be about 2 hours away, and my parents live in Loveland, I’m going to have to restrain myself from coming into the store in person and going crazy!

    Can’t wait for the brick and mortar store – but until then, I’ll be spending as usual on the web.

    Good luck with the move! (both of them)

  3. When I was a child we lived in Colorado for a while, just due south of where you will be in the Fort Carson/Colorado Springs area. Some of my best childhood memories are from that time.

  4. I am SO excited! You just made my day!

    I’m a groupie and thought I would never be able to visit the store, meet the elves or afford spring fling………….and now it’s all possible………….once I get some money of course! I thought spring fling was something I could never consider, but now it’s a possibility and the chance to visit the store is just so exciting!

    I am sorry for everyone in St Louis, you are probably all very sad, but this is great news for us in CO. And I am a Brit transplanted to CO and while the climate is very different, it’s not humid, it’s hot and sunny, not much rain and the scenery is pretty good too!

    Wendy

  5. My husbands family has been vacationing in the Outer Banks NC since he was born so of course he’d love if we could move there. Maybe we’l retire there. Good luck with the move!

  6. Congrats to you for being able to live your dreams! It’s 17 hours from where I live in California and there is a direct flight from my town to Denver!! Maybe I’ll make it to spring fling this time!! Wish I lived there – I would so want to be an elf!!

  7. I heard on the Round the Twist podocast that you were moving to the Loveland/Ft. Collins area and my ears immediately perked up! That is because I used to live in Loveland about 9 yrs back, moved to GA and am now in the process of moving back to CO! Not in the Loveland area this time, maybe in Broomfield or Westminster. I would like to be halfway between Boulder and Denver. So nice to have a new yarn shop in Loveland/Ft. Collins. I will drive to go to your shop from whereever I’ll be living. I am watching HGTV like crazy now to get our house on the market. I would love to sell our house in a day-that sounds like a dream! I hope to win the HGTV Green home though in Stapleton-pray for me! LOL

  8. I was just catching up on the blog and saw this – oh my gosh! I am a groupie, love the Loopy Ewe, and live in Ft. Collins! If you need part time help in the fall, I am your girl. Welcome to Colorado!

  9. I was on extended vacation and just saw this…

    Congratulations!! I’m really happy for you! Very exciting!!

  10. We just moved our business (but only about 10 miles) and Comcast messed us up so we had no phones and limited internet for a couple of weeks…major business nightmare. I have a few minutes waiting for a client and just saw this post! We took our knids to Northern Michigan for vacations all their lives and my oldest moved up there (from Maryland) two years ago. Alas, there was no work, so he moved home this past winter. But he loved it up there. And I am more likely to get to the Loopy Ewe in Colorado, believe it or not, as I have a sister living in Denver. Good luck with the move.

  11. Great news for you!

    If DH and I could move anywhere (and money was no object), we’d move back to the Boston metro area.

  12. This is fabulous for me, as you guys will be so much closer to AZ! Can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for us. :) I love Colorado, so beautiful there!

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