Lots going on today and I’ve been singing some songs. Want to know what?
“I’m Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”. Tomorrow I leave for a long weekend in the mountains in Colorado. This is my annual Girlfriends Weekend with a few (or 11, to be exact) of my dearest friends. All 12 of us convene in my parents’ condo near Keystone/Breckenridge for a weekend of talking, shopping, movies, eating, and scrapbooking. This year my plan is some simplified digital scrapbooking and as much knitting as I can work in. (Because knitting and talking is easy.) I’ll be back on Sunday night, and WH and KD will be packing up your orders this weekend while I’m gone. (Unless you’re all waiting for the shop update on Monday night/Tuesday – which is going to be fun!)
“One of These Thing is Not Like the Other” – wasn’t that a song on Sesame Street? (Great. Now that song is going to be running through my head all day long….) Zoe had a few friends over yesterday and I thought I’d snap their photo. Quite a challenge to get four cats to line up and stay put, but we pulled it off. They tore up the house together and we’re not inviting them back.
“Born in the USA”. Or maybe it should be MADE in the USA. Are these stitchmarkers cute or what? Katie (who makes our extremely popular Loopy/Louise/Bart stitchmarkers) has come up with a fun way to celebrate Project Spectrum – with a Stitchmarker Club! You need to go sign up. Katie is also coming up with another set of stitchmarkers “exclusive to The Loopy Ewe” based on this new technique, so stay tuned for more on that later. (I probably could’ve found a more appropriate song title for this one, but I got tired of reading the song titles list in the “B’s” and so this one won. Are there song titles with sheep in them? How about a song about stitchmarkers? That’d be catchy. Or knitting in general? I couldn’t think of a one. Someone needs to write one for us.)
“Happy Birthday” to me! Today is my birthday and look at the wonderful cake that Wonder Husband and Knitting Daughter baked for me! Are they the greatest, or what? (Some of you might think this looks suspiciously like a dessert from our cruise. Ok, you’re right. I’m just wishing this was my birthday cake!) How am I spending my day? Knitting, dinner out with Wonder Husband and Knitting Daughter (very much missing College Boy) and packing to leave town tomorrow. I hope you all have a great rest of the week and I’ll catch up with you again on Monday!
Well here it is Monday evening, and still no blog for the day. Where has the day gone? Well, here is a bit of what kept me busy and blogless today: Boxes coming in and boxes going out. This is pretty much the way it is around here. The yarns come in, and the yarns go out. It’s a good thing. (You know, they look a lot nicer going out, don’t they?) Just an FYI for you – I’m heading out of town on Thursday (I’ll tell you about it in Wednesday’s post) so we’re not putting any more new yarns up on the website until next Monday evening. That way, WH and Knitting Daughter will have just manageable amounts of orders to get out while I’m gone. But OH MY do I ever have great stuff to put up next week and in the weeks to come. Things are really exciting around here! I have more Apple Laine that arrived today, and our newest indie dyer (Perchance to Knit) shipped our order today. Zen String shipped to us last week but it hasn’t arrived yet, and more Panda Cotton shipped today. We also have more Yarn Pirate, more All Things Heather, Sweet Georgia, 4 brand new lines, and 2 new accessories expected in any day. Plus more Loopy, Louise and Bart stitchmarkers arrived today. And just wait till I tell you about the new stitchmarkers Katie’s going to do for us, and the other cute ones she’s doing. Picture on Wednesday. But remember – I’m saving all of this to put up next Monday night …. or Tuesday. We’ll see how much I can get done on my first day back from my long weekend off. You will definitely want to check in. Consider yourself warned…..
Today IS the day that I announce the winner of the February Blog Contest and the person who gets the monthly Loopy Loot! Your knitting tips were amazing – what a treasure trove of ideas. Thank you so much for sharing them. I loved reading through every one of them and I know others did as well. We had 146 entries and I used the random number generator to pick a winner. The winner is: Tracey! Tracey, email me your address (sheriATtheloopyeweDOTcom) and I’ll get your fun prize out to you.
That’s all for now – back to unpacking boxes of new stuff, waiting for their debut. Hugs to you all.
Time for another Three Things Post today. (Why three? Because it’s easier than thinking of four.)
Three things I’m in the middle of knitting: (ok – that would’ve been easy to make four)
1. My second Frank sock.
2. My second Faded Jeans Panda Cotton sock.
3. My second Cherry Tree Hill Java sock.
(See a pattern there?)
1. This wonderful sheep by talented Laurie (seriously – go see all of her stuff. Now I want the big brown sheep.)
2. The book Favorite Socks by Ann Budd and Anne Merrow (had to order it at Barnes & Noble, but it finally came in)
3. The book The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
(Not that I have time to read. But I have delusions of time.)
Three questions that you all have been asking:
1. Are you getting any more Sweet Georgia orders? (Yes. One more.)
2. Are you getting any more Loopy Stitchmarkers? (Yes. Soon. And always more in the works!)
3. Are you getting any more Apple Laine soon? (Yes. Soon. And always more in the works!)
Three things that have bugged me this week:
1. My printer just spit out foreign characters instead of a bar code on a shipping label. (What??)
2. The stray cat that keeps meowing outside our front door at night, making me panic that Zoe got out.
3. The fact that I can’t ever seem to get to bed before 1:00 am.
Three things that have delighted me this week:
1. All of your fun emails/testimonials/blog comments/knitting tips. (You know, I think you’re wonderful.)
2. All of your great orders. (You know, I think you’re wonderful.)
3. All of the incredible recipes you have sent me. (You know, I think you’re wonderful.)
One of those came from Dynna, my Loopy friend in Michigan. She sent the recipe, and then she just went ahead and sent me the homemade cookies, too!! (And the most wonderful bag of Michigan dried cherries that I have ever tasted. I’m trying to save enough to make my own batch of cookies, but I keep snacking on them.) You must try these. The tangy cherries and the sweetness of the soft cookie, just make these downright delicious.
3/4 c. dried cherries
1/4 c. orange juice
Put these together in a small pan and bring to boil. Cool and drain.
1/2 c. soft butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
Cream together and then add:
1 tsp. vanilla
Next add dry ingredients that have been mixed together:
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. quick oats
1/2 c. toasted pecans
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Delicious!
Three things I’m going to do today, in this particular order:
1. Get a Peppermint Mocha.
2. Drop off all the international orders at the post office.
3. Head to my LYS to look at someone else’s yarn for an hour.
So, what three things do you want to tell me today?
I had to look up how to spell idiosyncrasies – and it still doesn’t look right, but my Webster’s says it is. More on that in a moment…..
I’ve had a great time reading all of your knitting tips! I’m pulling out some of my pretty crystal vases and using them for needles. (And I loved the tip about using your first spinning bits for the bottom of it. Except that I’m avoiding spinning for as long as possible. I’m afraid that I will love it and there is no time in the day for it now.) I like that the tips ranged from actual technique tips, to organizing tips, to …. well, pretty much all over the board. Keep adding to them. And I would love for some of you to take photos of your storage/organizing systems for our “Knitting Nooks & Storage Ideas” gallery. That would be fun. Several of you commented on the fact that you write everything down in a notebook. That’s exactly where the idea for Loopy’s Knit Notes for Socks came from. I was writing things down and just wanted a nicer little book with fill-in-the-blanks on part of the page so that I wasn’t re-writing the same things over and over. Of course there is plenty of space that is blank as well, for adding any other details. Thank you for all of your great tips – I knew you’d rise to the challenge!
Today’s topic – Search Engines. I was perusing the list of things that people had typed into Search Engines (like G**gle) that brought them to The Loopy Ewe. It shows what the word or phrase was, and how many people, using that phrase, have then clicked on The Loopy Ewe and come for a visit to the website. So – there is something on the website or in the blog that makes the search engine think that THIS is a viable option for what they are looking for. Here are just a few that I jotted down. Some are understandable, and some just left me scratching my head:
- “how to put perm rods in your husband’s hair”
- “loopy people photos”
- “How much is too much front loading washing machines”
- “How many shots in a venti Starbucks”
- “Ugly foot contest”
- “Grey wool birkenstock clog”
- “Chocolate covered strawberies longevity”
- “Purchase 12 silver bed and bathroom door knobs”
- “What pan size do you use for St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake”
- “Vera Bradley recipes corn salad”
- “martha frank”
- “life with loopy”
- “college fun movie”
- “for what did they eat colonial peanut butter fudge”
Search Engines are handy, but they’re also a bit weird, aren’t they? Just makes you wonder. (And if any of the above have meanings that I don’t know, then I don’t want to know. Ok?)
In Loopy News – more yarn is expected this week and next (and we’ll put them up when we get them photo-ed). Yes, I have one more Sweet Georgia order coming in, but it’s small. About 1/3 the size of our regular Sweet Georgia orders. (The size and colors were up to Felicia this time, so I have no idea what colors we’re getting.) I don’t anticipate putting that up until the first or second week in March – it hasn’t arrived yet. I do have some fun accessories coming in that you’ll like, and I have two more indie-dyers that I made plans with this week, who will show up later in the spring. More Scarlet Fleece shipped yesterday, and more Apple Laine is on the way as well. We’re always watching out for you and your knitting needs!