Archives from October 2011

It’s RED Around Here

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, October 21st, 2011 in Sheri's Recipes

st.-louis-cardinalsI’m back in St. Louis and … it’s RED around here. Red like the Cardinals. (Cardinals like the ball team, not like the pretty birds at the bird feeder.) Even though we’ve moved to Colorado, we’ll always be Cardinals fans! We have cheered on the Cards through a few World Series (some successful, some not so much at all) and we’ll be doing it again with this series. But did I mention that St. Louis goes RED when things like this are going on? Everywhere you look. Red. We won’t discuss last night’s loss ….

It’s Fall Break for College Daughter, so I met her here in St. Louis last night and am enjoying a fun weekend with her! We promised WH that we’d send photos, since he’s stuck back in Colorado this weekend. (Not that you can really call it “stuck”, being in Colorado …) I’m also looking forward to shopping working at Loopy over the next few days. I miss walking around the aisles of yarn. My little office at home is not quite as colorful.

I tried another crockpot recipe that I wanted to share with you. This one is for pork roast and it’s delicious. I found it on Pinterest, but it looks like it originally came from recipe

Crockpot-Cranberry-Pork-RoastCrockpot Cranberry Pork Roast

3 lb. boneless pork loin
16 oz. canned whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Tbl. brown sugar
1 tsp. yellow mustard
2 Tbl. cornstarch
2 Tbl. water

Brown the pork roast in a skillet, catching all sides, and then put into crockpot.

Mix cranberry sauce, brown sugar and mustard and pour over the roast. Cook, covered, on high for 1 hour. Reduce to low and cook for 6 more hours. When done, remove roast and put the cranberry sauce in a bowl.

Whisk cornstarch and water together.  Add to the cranberry sauce bowl and whisk well. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes and pour over the roast.

(Note – you can serve the roast sliced or shredded for sandwiches.)

In the mood for more great fall recipes? Try:

Pumpkin Granola (snacking time)
Pumpkin Pecan Croissant Bread Pudding (sounds like a winning breakfast)
Pumpkin Pie Dessert Bars (dessert for the weekend?)
Cauliflower Poppers (this would go well with the pork roast)
Rose Apple Pie (I can’t read the recipe, but isn’t it beautiful?)
Red Hot Popcorn Mix (which I will have to make for World Series munching…)

Are you watching the World Series? Confession: I really only watch it when the Cards make it. I guess I’m a fair weather baseball fan.

Sheri hopingyouhaveagreatweekend

Wacky Wednesday

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 in Wacky Wednesday

Wacky #1: Are you in the mood for a wacky new bag for your knitting? I found these creative bags at a little market-in-the-park this past weekend. Karin makes totes out of old books, old game boards, posters and old album covers, complete with old ties for the handles. I’ve seen old books turned into journals, but never bags like these. Very well done and definitely a conversation starter! (Definition of wacky: creative and fun.)

Wacky #2: Cats. (Skip to #3 if you could care less about cats…) These two were racing around the house, chasing each other. The front one – Gracie – thought she’d be sneaky and hide, waiting for Zoe to walk by so that she could ambush her. Zoe – the smarter one – was watching her from behind the whole time. (Definition of wacky: crazy.)

Wacky #3:  A knitted Elvis wig. And this is necessary, why? Although perhaps a few of you might need to make it for your wacky Elvis-loving relatives for Christmas? You can find the free pattern here. (Definition of wacky: scary.)

Got anything wacky going on in your life today?

Sheri whocouldaddalotmorewackiness,butwillstopthere

Sweet Georgia, Dream in Color, Lorna’s, and more!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, October 17th, 2011 in Shop News

The wind is whipping itself around today and it’s bringing down a whole bunch of leaves. It looks like someone is going to have to sweep off the back deck. (Or maybe if we wait awhile, the wind will blow the leaves all the way back to the common ground? One can dream.) One thing I know for sure, a blustery cool day calls for knitting, new projects, hot cocoa, and a fire in the fireplace. Or at least that’s what a blustery fall day means to me!

Fortunately, it’s Monday and you know what that means? More new things at The Loopy Ewe! We’ve just added:

Dream in Color Classy – in all 11 new colors and lots of re-stocks. We’ve had to wait awhile for this yarn (wool shortage – have you heard? EEEK!!) and we couldn’t get enough to get it in all colors, but we re-stocked as many as we could.  I used Classy for my Mr. Greenjeans Sweater way-back-when and it still looks great. We actually have a photo gallery of sweaters done in Classy, since we used it as a knit-a-long. You can see them here. (Classy shown here in Fierce Scarlet. I really wanted to show you Aqua Jet, but I try not to force my teal obsession onto you too often.)

Lorna’s Laces Solemate - the temperature-controlled yarn in new colors and re-stocks. I have two skeins of this in my stash and can’t decide on which sock pattern I want to make. I’m thinking this one or this one. What do you think?

Sweet Georgia’s Cashsilk Lace - pure luxury in a skein. Seriously. This heavy laceweight/light fingering weight yarn is 45% Cashmere and 55% Silk, with 400 yards per skein. I’d like it around my neck (think cowls) but it’s also beautiful in one-skein shawls that have some stitching interest (like 22 Leaves or Taj-Mahal). Shown here in Coastal.

Amy Butler Belle Organic – re-stocked in DK and Aran, as well as 3 new colors in each. This is a great yarn for sweaters (adults, kids, and babies) as well as scarves and hats.

Austermann Step – the yarn with the Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera mixed into the super wash merino and nylon. Feels good knitting it up, and feels good on your feet or hands (for mittens and gloves).

Schoppel Wolle Zauberball – the long color changes in this yarn make it a fun one to knit up. Here’s a stunning shawl to try – Crowning Glory Lace Shawl. I’ve set aside a ball of this to make the Lazy Katy for myself. Shown here in Fuchsia. (And why is Fuchsia not spelled Fuschia like it sounds?)

Zitron Filigran – single-ply lace weight with a generous 656 yards per skein, perfect for those larger shawls that don’t work with the typical skein of sock yarn. How about the gorgeous Echo Flower Shawl or the open weave Easy Lace Stole?

Trendsetter Cashwolle – 16 new colors, which makes 32 in stock. The yardage is great (1650 yds.) and the price is great ($19.00). This used to be Lane Borgosesia Cashwool, but has been rebranded and packaged into a larger skein, balled and ready to knit.

Three Bags Full - a variety of Project and Tall Mia bags in cupcakes, monkeys, sheep, and peonies, handmade by Michele in Maine. Shown here in the Sock Monkey Mia bag.

Addi Needles and Crochet hooks - re-stocked and ready for your new projects.

String Theory, Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series all re-stocked in a couple of colors that were low or out.

I think that’s it for tonight. It was a busy week of photoing (thanks, Sharon!) and checking in and stocking (thanks, Sue!) and we’re already working on those same tasks for next week.

Sheri whosawtheBIGGESTraccoononourbackdeckthispastweekend.


Chocolate Oreo Dessert

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, October 14th, 2011 in Sheri's Recipes, WH's Photos

perfect-fall-dayIt might just be the perfect fall day, today. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing a bit, and there is a nip in the air. Not too much. Just enough for you to know that it’s fall and not spring. I think I’ll call it “National I Love Fall Day” today. That means you should get out and do something to celebrate fall. Jump in some leaves. Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Take a walk before dinner. (It’s ok if you don’t have fall weather where you live. Celebrate anyway.)

Or we could call it “National I Love Yarn Day”, as The Crafty Council has suggested. That means you get to buy some new yarn, start a new project, and leave work early to celebrate and knit. I suspect we might need to extend that throughout the entire weekend. How can you celebrate all of that in just one day?

As long as we’re making holidays, let’s also call today “National I Love Chocolate Day” so that I have an excuse to share a decadent dessert with you. (Not that I need an excuse to do that, I know.) I found this on Pinterest, and it comes from Kevin & Amanda’s blog. I do like the way she stacks two bars for each serving. Not sure I could eat that much since it’s so rich, but it looks impressive!

Oreo-Brownie-Chocolate-Chip-DessertOreo Brownie Chocolate Chip Dessert

1 brownie mix (for 9 x 13 size pan)
1 batch of chocolate chip cookie dough (or 1 tube of slice and bake)
1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreo’s)

Press the chocolate chip cookie dough into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. (Or, if using slice and bake – slice the cookies, layer them so that they cover the bottom of the pan, and then press them together to seal any openings.)

Put a single layer of chocolate sandwich cookies on top of the cookie dough batter.

Mix the brownie mix as directed and pour that over the top of the chocolate sandwich cookies.

Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

Let cool slightly and then slice and enjoy with ice cream.

There you go. A triple dessert celebration for a triple national celebration day. Fall, yarn and chocolate. Yum.

What else should we be celebrating today? Since I made up two days (chocolate and fall), you get to make some up, too.  National I Love …. what?

Sheri  hopingyouhaveagreatweekend!

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