Janet and her husband, who hosted a dinner at their church after the Christmas program.
Jane, who bought two bags of food for the local food pantry.
Bonny, who has been inspired by all of you to look for RAK’s. She did several at the Newark airport, while waiting for her son’s delayed flight!
Kandice, who donated to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Susan, who finished a sweater for a stranger whose mom had passed away before she could finish it.
Ann’s husband, who volunteered to help at the local tree lot, when he realized there was only one elderly gentleman working that evening.
Julie, who donated 30 pairs of handknit socks to one of her city schools.
Geraldine, who baked nine cheesecakes for her husband’s co-workers.
And many more! I love reading about the creative ways you have found to help others during this season. This is our last blog post of the season for collecting RAK’s. I hope you find something fun to do for someone. Sometimes it’s even more fun after Christmas, because people don’t expect it as often when the holiday has passed. Leave a comment below and let us know what you found to for someone else over the next few days!
P.S. The randomizer picked comment #1 as last week’s winner, so we’ll be sending off a Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Petite’s Kit to Seanna Lea in MA!
We’re finishing up the orders today and then heading home to enjoy a few days off for Christmas. We’ll be closed in-store on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, so if you place orders online during that time, they will ship out when we get back in the shop on Friday. We’ll look forward to seeing what you picked out with your Loopy Ewe gift certificates! (And we know many of you are getting those, because we have seen them processed through the shop. You have some nice friends and relatives.)
All of us here at The Loopy Ewe wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday week full of joy and blessings!
Sheri and The Loopy Elves
P.S. If you’re looking for something new, we did just add all 37 fabrics from the Downton Abbey collection to the website. There are different fabrics for different characters and we’ve had fun playing with combinations. Pop over and check them out!
Lisa – who helped a friend serve a meal at their local Neighbor 2 Neighbor group for the homeless.
Kim – who saw a cold bell ringer at the grocery store and went home and knit him a scarf.
Janet - who took all of her loose change to a coin machine and turned it into supermarket gift cards for senior clients.
Betty – who did two RAK’s. She shoveled her neighbor’s sidewalk and driveway, and knit 6 baby hats for the hospital.
Windy – who dropped off pet food and extra blankets at her local humane center.
Barbara’s mom Kathy – who was in a waiting room where someone admired the lace scarf she was making, so she asked for the lady’s address and sent it off to her when it was done.
Bonny – who helped four of her neighbors shovel their sidewalks and driveways.
Alicia – who noticed the Angel Tree at their church still had tags left, so she took 4 of them and bought coats for new refugee families. (It always makes me sad when I see a few leftover tags still on Angel Trees. I like what Alicia did, and I will be on the lookout for this next year.)
Michelle – who, along with her husband, took a man shopping when he showed up at their church and needed help.
Geraldine – who gave an extra bike to someone whose bike had been stolen.
Jan – who filled a grocery bag with food for the food pantry and included lots of vegetables.
Carolyn – who spent an evening collecting and sorting food for her local food pantry.
Judy – who buys books for some of the behaviorally challenged students in her school.
Christine – who sent a special gift to a friend who had recently experienced a loss in her life.
Of course there are more in the comments on that blog post – pop over and read them all and also check out the ones from the week before! We randomly drew a name to win one of the Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Petit Kits, and that goes to Denise in IN, who finished the mittens she was working on for the Caring Tree and them promptly fell and broke her finger. Despite this, she also cleaning out closets and added 5 winter coats to the Caring Tree, as well as encouraging 2 of her co-workers to do the same.
Thanks to all of you for the inspiration. Leave a comment below and let us know what you have done this week (or in the coming few days) and we’ll do another drawing and one more RAK post next week. I know this is a hard time for many, and the small things we do to encourage one another can really make a difference.
Now that the Yarn Challenge Week is about over (you have until the end of today to get a discount on your project yarn), we wanted to introduce our very first fabric challenge! This one will be fun, and we’re anxious to see what you make. Be sure to share the challenge with your sewing friends, so they can get in on the fun, too!
The Challenge: Use one of our Loopy Short Stacks plus one fabric of your choice from a different fabric company (not the same one that your Short Stack comes from) for a new project. You can make whatever you’d like (quilt, wall hanging, new bag, patchwork pillows, apron, etc), as long as it incorporates some of each of the fabrics in the Short Stack and the additional fabric choice you pick. (You can use the additional fabric choice for the backing, or you can incorporate it into the front of the design.)
We are offering a 15% discount on one Short Stack and one additional fabric starting today and going through December 27th. You will need to leave us an order note indicating which Short Stack and 1 additional fabric in the order is for your challenge. We will apply the discount when we print out your order. If you’re going for free shipping in the U.S. make sure that the discount will not take your total under the $75 level, because the website will add the $5.95 postage cost back in. (Discount limited to one Loopy Short Stack and one additional fabric. Must be ordered in one order, so calculate carefully before ordering.)
If you purchase project items from us during Challenge Week (12/18 – 12/27) or later, and you upload a photo of your completed project to our gallery you could also earn an extra Loopy Credit! Assuming you complete your project and…
- upload your photo on or before January 31st, we’ll give you a Loopy Credit equal to your original discount;
- or, if you upload it in February, we’ll give you a Loopy Credit for 75% of your original discount.
For example, if you order $40 for your challenge project during Challenge Week, you’ll get a $6 discount on your order that day. Then, if you finish and upload your project to our photo gallery in January, we’ll put a $6 Loopy Credit in your account. If it takes a bit longer to finish your project and you upload it in February instead, we’ll give you a $4.50 Loopy Credit. (Note: one discount and one Loopy Credit per person.)
We’ll start a Fabric Mixers thread on the Loopy Groupie Board on Ravelry, so feel free to join in on the discussions there! You are welcome to participate in the Fabric Challenge, even if you are also already doing the Yarn Challenge. I’m thinking I might need to design myself the ultimate knitting bag. Maybe strips of fabric on the outside, different fabrics for pockets on the inside. Lots and lots of pockets. I like places for everything in there.
All Loopy Short Stacks are comprised of 8 Fat Quarters, and there are lots of great patterns out there using FQ’s. Here are some ideas: Fat Quarter Friendly Quilt Patterns, 25 Things to Do with Fat Quarters, Bright Four Patch Throw, Old World Snowballs, or books: Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags, Fat Quarter Friendly, Simply Fat Quarters, Fat Quarter Winners or one of the fun patterns we have in the shop. If you’re a quilter, there are a lot of great sampler quilts/wallhangings that would work well for this challenge.
So – pick one of our 45 Loopy Short Stack options (I’ve only shown you 24 here – lots more on the website) plus one additional fabric from a different company, incorporate at least some of each of those 8 + 1 fabrics into your project, and then upload a photo of your finished project to the Loopy’s Fabric Challenge Photo Gallery (which we’ll put up in January.) We’re looking forward to having you participate in the first Loopy Fabric Challenge!