Archives from December 2011

Malabrigo Arroyo, Shepherd’s Wool, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, December 19th, 2011 in Shop News
It has been a busy Monday here! We moved into our brand spankin’ new space over the weekend and we’re still trying to find everything. But we pulled and packed orders today and have some great new things up on the website for you tonight.
  • Malabrigo Arroyo – A new yarn base from Malabrigo, this Superwash Sportweight is beautiful and perfect for sweaters, vests, scarves, hats and mitts. Note – we did not get our full order of this. We got all of the colors, but not the quantities that we had pre-ordered. They have promised to send us more in 2 weeks, and then more 2 weeks after that. We’ll keep it re-stocked as often as possible. (Shown here in Vaa).
  • Re-stocks in some colors of Malabrigo Sock, Worsted, and Rios.
  • Juliespins – A few more new colors of the Laceweight that we put up last week.
  • Woolen Mill Street – You all snapped up Christina’s roving when we put it up, and now we’re happy to have her beautiful colors in her fingering weight yarn. (Shown here in Tardis.)
  • Prism Lace – Re-stocks and new colors. (My favorite – Spruce. It’s teal-y. No surprise there.)
  • Sweet Georgia – Tough Love Sock and Superwash Sock in all kinds of beautiful colorways.
  • Stonehedge Fiber Mill – Shepherd’s Wool. I’ve been hearing talk about “the best sweater yarn” and this brand came up. Just as I was investigating it, I got a few requests from some of you to carry it – so we ordered it. And now I see what everyone is talking about. It’s beautiful. Great for felting, and great for sweaters and vests – handwashed, of course. Don’t accidently felt your work if you’re not meaning to. It comes in 52 colors. (Shown here in Michigan Blue.) I’m using the Sun Yellow for my next pair of mittens. Ever since I made mittens for Camp Loopy, I’ve been wanting a bright yellow pair, too. I’m making the new Ice Time Mittens by Debbie O’Neill.

This is our last Monday Update of the year (since we’re running into Christmas and New Year’s now), but we’ve already started collecting new yarn for the January 2nd Update, so we’ll be back at that again very soon!  In the meantime, enjoy tonight’s update and check in on the Loopy Webcam tomorrow to see part of our new space and to see if you can catch your order being packed up.

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Weekend: Soup + Moving

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, December 16th, 2011 in Sheri's Recipes, Shop News

the-loopy-ewe-space-fort-collinsThat title pretty much sums up what I’ll be doing this weekend. Our new space is done!! (Well, ok – they still have a few ladders, tubs and tables to take out from the construction.) Here’s what the long part of the U-shape looks like, empty. (Compare that to this one, before they had started the finish work.) So we’ll have the same group of movers back to wheel things from one side of the hall to the other on Saturday morning. Then we’ll spend the rest of Saturday and more time next week, fine tuning everything over there.)

So many of you asked about having the webcam going for the moving in process, so we’ll be sure to connect that first thing. Not that I don’t think you have better things to do a week before Christmas. But if you’re sitting and knitting those last minute gifts and want to pop in to view the chaos once in awhile, we’ll be there!

Since this will be a busy weekend, there’s nothing better to have for dinner than a hearty soup that you can toss in the crockpot in the morning. This has turned into my favorite soup recipe this fall, and it’s easy!

Wild-Rice-and-Chicken-SoupWild Rice and Chicken Soup

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half and half (can use fat free, or a mix of both, or be brave and go full fat….)
1 cup sliced carrots (or a pack of frozen, sliced carrots)
1 cup diced celery

Combine broth, water, carrots, celery, chicken and rice (including the seasoning packets from the rice mix) in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 4 hours).

Take chicken out and shred it. Add it back into the slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour mixture slowly, whisking to form a roux. Whisk in the cream a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and let cook on low for 15 more minutes.

(I usually double this recipe so that we have lunch leftovers for the next couple of days as well. It reheats well.)

Enjoy your weekend and we’ll be back on Monday to let you know about the new things going up Monday night. A new line, a new base from a favorite company, and some gorgeous re-stocks!

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Thatcan’tbegood.Brrrrrr.

 

Elves – Working Fast, Learning Quickly

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 in Shop News

Well, you all did a great job of initiating the new Colorado Elves into their first Monday Update. We’re up to our eyeballs in boxes (heading your way!) and I thought you might like to see the friendly people who are packing up your orders and talking to you on the phone. They have jumped in with both feet, have volunteered to work extra days/hours, and keep finding things they want to order for themselves, as they pull and pack up your orders. It’s a job hazard. (I can so relate.) Learning the ropes in a new job that is currently housed in temporary space is not easy, but they are sailing through it with flying colors. Thanks for all of the welcoming notes you’ve left for them on your orders this past week!

Extra things you might want to know about them:

Vickie, Sarah and Roberta were all diehard Loopy Groupies before getting hired. They’ve known and loved Loopy for a long time.

Michael’s wife Sheryl is a Loopy Groupie and thought he’d be perfect for an Elf job. Our first male elf!

Emily (a college student) makes us all thankful that we are no longer taking Finals, writing papers, and studying.

Ginnie and Cathy have conquered the cavernous unfinished inventory space. They are our order-pulling-experts this week.

Jody’s daughter got a Golden Retriever puppy last weekend and she brought it by Loopy today. What a sweet puppy. (Jody – don’t forget to email me the info on that litter. I am not getting a puppy. I am not getting a puppy. I am not getting a puppy.)

So – is there anything that you’d like the Colorado Elves to know about you? They’re already learning some of your favorite colors and lines, by pulling your orders!

Sheri Newpostofficelovesus.Orhatesus.Wecan’ttell.

Madelinetosh, Lorna’s Kits, Malabrigo, and More!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, December 12th, 2011 in Shop News

It was so fun working on a Monday Update again today! We’ve missed having updates just as much as you’ve missed seeing them. Fortunately, we didn’t stop getting products in during our moving process – they just backed up at my house for a bit! And now we’re ready to share them with you. Just up tonight, you’ll find:

Lorna’s Laces Holiday Kits - Lorna’s Laces and Soak teamed up to provide these great kits for the holidays. Four varieties, each containing a skein of Solemate, a tub of Soak Heel Creme, and a sample of Soak in the Lacey scent. (Shown here in Purple Club).

Madelinetosh DK – I think Elf Roberta wondered about me when she saw how many cases of Madelinetosh DK were waiting for her (as our new Inventory Manager) to check in. We have 114 colors up, so pick your favorite and knit a new sweater or vest over the holidays.

Twentyseven 27 Soap - Handmade soaps, made by Keri right here in Fort Collins, CO. I have been using this soap for two months and love the scents and the quality. Made with goat’s milk (from a goat – not a can!), and they’re all phthalate free, sodium lauryl sulpahte free, paraben free, and gluten free. We have it in 15 scents and they make great gifts to tuck in with handknit washcloths. (Shown here in Mocha.)

Malabrigo Worsted – this continues to be such a favorite for everyone. The colors are amazing and it’s wonderful for sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, cowls, and felting.

Malabrigo Lace – great for shawls, these come with 470 yards per skein, at a great price.

Malabrigo Rios – we have a hard time keeping this base in stock, as people have found it great for sweaters and vests. We’ll keep getting more as often as possible.

Malabrigo Silky Merino – I’m working on a scarf out of Silky and loving it. It’s also great for cowls, shawls and mitts. The 51% Silk/49% Merino Wool base gives just the right amount of shimmer to your project. (Shown here in Indiecita.)

Shibui Sock - fingering weight in their 100% superwash merino base. 191 yds. per skein, so you’ll need two skeins for a pair of socks.

Shibui Heichi – 100% silk, great for vests, sweaters, hats, and shawls.

Shibui Silk Cloud – this 60% kid mohair / 40% silk base is light as a feather and great knit up on it’s own or combined with merino.

JulieSpins Lace 960 – a 960 yd. skein of gorgeous colors (no matter which colorway you pick – they’re all gorgeous!). Great yardage for medium-sized shawls.

Socktopus Sokkusu Original – more yarn from Alice in the UK, with re-stocks in some favorite colors and a few new colors as well. This fingering weight yarn has a tight twist that shows patterns well.

GoKnit re-stocks in Small Fur, Ostrich and Crocodile, and Medium and Large colors.

Perfect Notions Cases – for small scissors, stitchmarkers, darning needles, etc. I have one of these in every knitting bag!

We now have Romney Ridge Calendars for 2012! Our Loopy Groupies get one free as a special thank you with their first order in December, while supplies last. We love working with Kelly at Romney Ridge to put these out every year. We also have extras up for sale on the website.

Enjoy the new things and we’ll get busy on your orders first thing in the morning. It’s the Colorado Elves first Monday Update. They say they’re ready for it!

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