December 6, 2013
We’re back with our Random Acts of Kindness Friday blog posts for the month of December! If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you might know that this is a fun tradition that we share around the holidays. (You can find links to past RAK posts here, if you need some ideas!) We encourage you to go out of your way to do something nice for someone (anonymously or otherwise), and then come back to the comments section on this post and tell us about it. Why tell us about it, when the nice thing to do is to be humble about your acts of kindness? Well, because we’re all inspired and encouraged by your great ideas and kind hearts. And to encourage you a bit further, we’ll be randomly drawing names from the comments to win one of these sweet kits from Blue Sky Alpacas! Included in each kit is the pattern (mitts, cowls, hats) and yarn to make the kit (small balls of Blue Sky Royal – the most luscious alpaca around). We had this trunk show at the shop in November and loved the little kits so much that we quickly knit up samples to keep on display, when it was time to send the trunk show back to Blue Sky! We’ve had these for sale in-store for a month now, and will add them to the website next week. But – you might win one for free if you participate in our December contests by doing something nice for someone!
Here’s something fun that Melissa in California does for her co-workers every year. She knits them hats! This year, she used Cascade 220 and made them in all colors of the rainbow. I’d say those are some lucky co-workers, wouldn’t you? And that is a whole bunch of RAK’s all at one time. You don’t have to knit for this contest (although you can if you’d like). You can visit a lonely relative, buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive-through, pack up extra yarn and drop it off at your local retirement center, shovel your neighbor’s driveway, clean the snow off your co-worker’s windshield at the end of the day, make cookies for the teacher’s lounge at your local school, or any number of other things. (See why we need you to leave a comment telling us what you did? It gives the rest of us more good ideas!) Pick something to do in the next week, and come back to this blog post to tell us about it. Next Friday, I’ll announce the winner from this week and we’ll start a new contest for next Friday’s blog. Be creative and have fun with it! Need some more inspiration? Watch this video. At the end, it will take you to a screen with 12 more videos of RAK’s. Heartwarming!
November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the U.S.! I love having a holiday that focuses on thinking about all the things we are thankful for in our lives. I am thankful for a lot of things and thankful for a lot of people. Every one of you are on my “Thankful For These People” list. I’m so glad to know you through The Loopy Ewe, and the Elves and I are grateful for your business and support. We love what we do, and we’re happy every time we pack an order up for you and ship it off to your home. Thank you for letting us be a part of the creative side of your life!
We’ll be home (being thankful and eating good food) tomorrow, but we’ll be back in the shop on Friday, ready for you to pop by the shop in person or online! In fact, we have a couple of things coming up for you. On Friday, we’ll be putting up a new batch of Wollmeise DK. The boxes are hot off the postal truck, direct from Germany! (See what I did there? I told you about a Wollmeise update ahead of time. We’ll see how that goes.) Then on Monday, we’re celebrating Cyber Monday by putting all of our true solid colored yarns and solid colored fabrics on sale for 20% off that day. We’ll have the sale prices adjusted on the website, so you can be sure which yarn and fabric is a part of sale. We have a LOT of solids! Several Cascade lines, Stonehedge Fiber’s Shepherd’s Wool, Blue Sky, Spud and Chloe, The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, etc. I’ll link to the bases that are on sale in Monday morning’s blog post, so check back with us. We won’t have a regular Monday Update on Monday, since we’ll be working on the sale.
Have a great rest off your week, and we’ll be back to the blog on Monday!
Sheri and The Loopy Elves
P.S. Congratulations to Jenny in MO, Diana in GA, and Nancy in OH for winning our Downton Abbey Fat Quarters contest. The fabric will ship out to you today!
November 13, 2013
As you know, we had our Grand Opening for the fabric side of The Loopy Ewe this past weekend. A big thank you to everyone who came by to see us and celebrate! We drew for door prizes and handed out a free Christmas pattern to everyone who attended, and we promised to share the same with all of you blog readers. Here’s a picture of the quilt that we have written up the pattern for. I actually made this quilt top more than 20 years ago (which might be obvious from some of those fabric prints), but brought it in to Loopy a month ago and had the Loopy Quilting Elves do their magical quilting on it, to finish it off. If you’d like a copy of the pattern, just leave us an order note on your next fabric order between now and the end of November, and we’ll include it in your order.
We also promised that we’d share some of the new Downton Abbey fabrics with you! There are 37 bolts in the Downton collection, and they are not yet available in stores. But I did purchase all 37 of them in fat quarters at market. I have pulled some out to make a quilt, we gave some as doorprizes over the weekend, and now we have these 12 left. We’ll bundle them four to a set so that we can draw three winners from your comments below! If you’d like to enter into the drawing, just leave a comment and tell us if you’re a Downton fan (and if so – do you have a favorite character?). We’ll draw the winners next week! (I also have a Downton fabric poster that I had the Costumer Designer and the Production Designer sign at Market. I’ll mail that off with one of the three fabric sets as well. You can see them signing the poster on this blog post!)
In yarn news – we put up the rest of our October Giftables Kits if any of you were hoping to get your hands on one of those. This was the last kit in the three-series set for Fall Giftables. We still have limited quantities of the first two kits in the series as well. If you’re behind on your holiday knitting, pick up one of these kits and whip up a project or two! We’ll have information on the Spring Giftables signups coming in January. The kits will be coming out in March, April and May and I’m really excited about the yarn, designers and extras that we’ve lined up for you for Spring! Keep an eye on the blog and the monthly email newsletter for details after the holidays.
October 18, 2013
It seems like at least once a week, someone will ask me how we like living in Colorado. As many of you might remember, we lived in St. Louis for a long time (27 years) and moved to Colorado just over two years ago. Why? Because we had vacationed in Colorado forever and decided that instead of spending 2 wonderful weeks a year out here, we should be spending all of the year out here! So we up and moved our household and The Loopy Ewe, and landed in Fort Collins. We love living here. I drive home from work, looking at the mountains, and being so grateful that we get to live here. Fall is just one of the many reasons we love it here. Aren’t the colors gorgeous? (Photos by my husband the photographer. Click to make bigger! One of the many reasons he likes it out here? Great subject matter for his photography business and a great art gallery in Fort Collins Old Town that sells his photos!)
Are you living in your most favorite place? If not, where would you rather be living? Leave a comment below and we’ll draw one name to win a print of one of these photos – your choice! (Approx. 11 x 14.) That way, you can have a little bit of Colorado fall color in your life, too!
October 2, 2013
What a fun book! The kind folks at Lark Crafts sent me an early copy of the new AmiguruME book by Allison Hoffman, and I had such a great time going through it all. This title will be available sometime early this month, but you can have my copy now, if you’d like! (Please note – the only reason I’m not keeping this gem is because my crochet skills stop at straight lines and granny squares. Making a doll is beyond my current skill set. Although the book includes directions on how to crochet and do the different stitches, if you’re like me and aren’t sure you have the skills. That does make it tempting to keep….)
The photos and directions are very clear and concise, making it possible for you to crochet-up your own likeness, or that of your kids or friends. There are directions for faces (adults and kids), different hair types, different body types, different clothing options, and different shoes (even flip flops with toes-ies showing!). Here are a few more pictures:
If you’d like my copy, just leave a comment below and tell me who you’d like to make first, with this book. Yourself? Your kids? Your BFF? One of the cute patterns in the book just as it is? I’ll randomly draw a winner next week and will send this book on its way.
We have just added a new Photo Gallery to the website, but it’s empty and we need you to help fill it up! We thought it would be fun to have pictures of you with your Boxes of Fun, when they arrive. (Not the contents of your box – just your smiling, happy face posing with your box with the Fun sticker showing!) We may also use your Box of Fun photos in the video that we are putting together for our quest to the Super Bowl ad, so be sure you’re ok with that if you upload a photo. We can only use a few of those, but we’d love your help with that. International Loopies – we leave the Box of Fun stickers off of your envelopes to help make them as generic looking as possible (hoping that helps them avoid Customs), but we’re happy to include a sticker on the inside if you’d like to apply it to your package after it arrives, for the photo. Just leave us an order note if you want us to put a sticker inside!
P.S. I’m off for a long weekend with some of my favorite friends for our Annual Girlfriends Weekend, so no blog post on Friday. But I’ll be back on Monday with another Monday Update for you!
September 20, 2013
If you read last week’s blog post, you know I’m in Germany this week, visiting Claudia (the Wollmeise). Last fall, Claudia and her friend Maria came to visit me, and we had a great time knitting, shopping, and hanging out. Usually, Claudia comes for the Spring Fling each year and we are so busy that we don’t get enough time to just sit and knit and chat. So it was fun to have her here during a non-Spring Fling time. (And it’s fun being with her here in Germany this week!) One thing that happened last fall when Claudia and Maria were here? I was bitten by the Nuvem bug. They both got off the plane wearing these beautiful scarf/wrap creations and I was immediately interested. Even MORE so when I tried it on. The Nuvem is knit with about 1700 yards of lace, making it really lightweight, but at the same time, really warm. I wanted to start one immediately.
So, I jumped right in using a skein of Spice Market. (It had been caked up to be a sweater, but you know my history with sweaters, up to this point.) The Nuvem pattern requires a lot (a LOT) of knitting around and around. But I really don’t mind that kind of knitting. You don’t have to think about it. One row is knit around. The second row is knit around, plus making about 12 increases along the way. That’s it! See how the ends flare out a little? That’s where you do the increases. (The true color is shown in the second photo.) And I liked working on it so much, that I started a second one while the first one was soaking in the wash, getting ready for a blocking. I thought it would be great knitting on the plane and in Germany. I did make some changes when I knit it. I made it longer (I cast on 230 stitches to begin with), I made it a little narrower (I think about 22 inches across), and I did 9 rows on the ruffle instead of 6.
So here’s the thing. I had caked up two skeins of Spice Market Lace when I thought I was making a sweater out of them (knitting it holding two strands together.) Since I changed my mind, I used one cake for my Nuvem and I have another Spice Market all caked up, ready to give to someone else. Would you like it? Leave a comment below telling me about your adventures in knitting lace (Have you knit a lace scarf or wrap before? Would you do it again? Have you made a Nuvem? Or would this be your first time on a lace project?). I’ll draw a number next week and will let you know who wins the big, beautiful cake of Spice Market Lace.