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Sock Summit or Not?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, July 31st, 2009 in Shop News

Are you heading to The Sock Summit next week?  If so, read on. (If not, you can skip to the last paragraph….)  We’re really looking forward to seeing so many of you at our booth next week in Portland. Many of you have been emailing to ask what we’re going to have there for you, so I thought I’d share some of the things that you’ll find. Our booth is going to be all about touch. You will find some of the softest, loveliest sock yarns around – many of your favorites!  We’ll have:

DSC02886Numma Numma Toasty
Numma Numma The Usual
Tempted Luxe Grrl
Hand Maiden Casbah
Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sock (brand new!)
String Theory Caper
Yarn Pirate
Intentions Yarn by Miss Violet
Dream in Color Smooshy (in 5 exclusive new colors)
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (including Sock Summit colorways)
Fiesta Baby Boomerang 
Intentions/Yarn Pirate/Gale’s Art/Scarlet Fleece Roving
and of course fun accessories!

DSC02885For those of you who saw the Dye for Glory entries on Ravelry, we’ll have the special colorways from Lorna’s Laces, Numma Numma, Scarlet Fleece, and String Theory for sale at our booth. And watch for special out-of-the-blue Loopy Trivia questions at random times in our booth. There will be prizes!

We shipped a ton out there. Literally. A ton. I’d show you the final photo of palettes and crate, but it’s not for the faint-of-heart. It makes me a bit weak-kneed when I see it. (Mostly because I hope it sells and we don’t have to ship that much back. You all are going to be shopping out there, right??) Here are a few of the boxes that arrived for weeks and stacked up at Loopy. We felt like we had lost a bunch of weight when it all shipped out! 

In addition to yarn, roving and accessories, you’ll also find some celebrities spending time in our booth:

1. Loopy Groupies (yes, it’s true. The Loopy Ewe booth will be the best place to find the largest gathering of Loopy Groupies at one time. And you know we have the BEST knitters in the world in our Loopy Groupie bunch. We can’t wait to hang out with you, and we consider you the best celebrities of all!)

2.  Beth Casey, owner of Lorna’s Laces, will be at our booth to meet all of you on Friday and Saturday mornings. She’s an amazing color person. She took the photo of our Loopy Knitting Nook rug and turned it into the anniversary colorway that you all are loving right now! I know you’ll have fun meeting her. Come tell her all of the color combinations that you’d like to see and we’ll work on some new Loopy colorways with her.

3.  Brad and Jeannie Duncan from Fiesta/7 Dimes will be in our booth Friday and Saturday afternoons. We have a hard time keeping Boomerang and Baby Boomerang in stock, because you love it so much. Come meet the couple behind one of your favorite lines, and pick up some Baby Boom while you’re at it.

4.  Allen Butler of Numma Numma will be in our booth on Friday afternoon, which was the only break she had from classes!  We’re so happy she wanted to spend it with us. As you know, Numma Numma is one of those yarns that come in and go out immediately (with barely a pause in between) and there’s a reason for that. Well, two reasons. 1) the yarn base that Allen has spun up and 2) the unique colorways that she comes up with.  You have to meet her.

Of course so many of our awesome indie dyers will also be at The Sock Summit with their own booths. Make sure to stop and see Gryphon at The Sanguine Gryphon booth (where you can also meet Kate of Dragonfly Fibers), Josette at The Enchanted Knoll Farm booth, Stephanie and Mona at the Dye Dreams booth, Kim at the Happy Hands (Toe Jamz) booth, and more. (Plus, there are a couple of our upcoming new indie dyers who will have booths there, but that’s all still a secret!)

Have I mentioned how excited we are to see you? Loopy Elf (aka Office Manager) Susan, Loopy Summer Intern (aka Knitting Daughter) Julia, and I will all be working at the booth, taking care of things for you. We’ve worked hard to bring you a booth packed full of wonderful, touchable, must-have yarn, fun knitting celebrities, and contests. Come see!

For those of you not going to Sock Summit – are you just positive you can’t hop in the car and road trip it?Just spur-of-the-moment like? Throwing caution to the wind? (sigh). Well we haven’t forgotten about you and we don’t want to make you feel sad for missing out. We’ll be blogging and sharing photos next week, to keep you in the loop. (or to keep you “Loopy”.) You’ll also want to check my Monday evening blog post, which will have our August Anniversary Contest (great prizes!) and some more fun information that you’ll want to know. That’s all I’m saying right now. Shhhhh.

And because we’re all about “touch” with our yarns, Web Guy has come up with a brilliant new device called “Loopytouch”.   That’s right, you can now reach through your computer and touch any yarn you’d like on our website. Simply click on the “Search The Loopy Ewe” link in the blue box on the homepage, and then type in the word loopytouch (no spaces) in the search box. We like to think of it as bringing the yarn right into your home. 

Now I’m off to spend a fun weekend with my friend Janice and her daughter K, who drove down from Iowa. I expect it to be full of knitting, shopping, lattes, good food, and fun. (Poor WH. I hope he doesn’t feel too left out. It is definitely going to be a GIRLS weekend.)

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Definition of Futile

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 in Wacky Wednesday

DSC028581. The squirrel, trying to get into the squirrel-proof birdfeeder. (Notice the teeth marks all around the metal top. He never gives up. I’m sure it’s a he. With dull teeth.) And really, I know the second photo focused on the window screen instead of the outside, but I had to include it. You have to give the squirrel credit for his gymnastics.

2. Trying to pick a winner from all of the Second Quarter Challenge Sock entries. You all did an awesome job! It’s always fun to tally the votes and each time, the votes are spread out over lots and lots of entries. Different projects appeal to different people and that’s great. This time, the Knitter’s Choice award goes to: Diane’s for her Highland Fling socks and the “everyone who entered gets a ticket in the random drawing and one person wins” award goes to Cynthia, who made a beautiful pair of Cookie A’s Mingus socks.

3. Trying to decipher things in this economy to guess when things are going to start turning around. (So far, I’ve come up with, “Not quite yet.”)

DSC028574.  Whittling my way down to having only a couple of projects on the needles at any given time. (I’m not trying to do that. It just seemed like a good way to define “futile”.)

5.  Attempting to explain to the postman about sock knitters and anniversary kits and packages that go all over the world.

6.  Trying to change my attitude about grocery shopping. (Note: it’s not a good attitude.)

DSC029077.  Attempting to figure out where the summer went, and how it can be August in just a couple of days.

8.  Keeping the top of my desk all neat and tidy, every single day. Today? Not bad. Tomorrow? Probably futile. That’s why I took the picture today. (And I had to re-take it. The first time, there were a couple of secret items shown that you can’t know about yet. I ought to have re-taken it a third time, as I see that my desk blotter calendar is still on June. Oh, well. That’s pretty typical. The Two Cows screensaver is a free download from here. Ya gotta love cows.)

9.  Getting myself to bed at a decent time. Why can’t I be a morning person? (And while I’m at it, why can’t I love to exercise and be a vegetarian? Just wondering.)

10. Trying to come up with a number 10 on the list (it’s futile – my mind is blank). But I’m a little too particular about such things to let the list just end at nine.

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Monday Mumblings

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, July 27th, 2009 in Uncategorized

DSC02883I hope you all had a great weekend and got some knitting time in. I feel like I lost my knitting mojo for a week and it bothered me. Have you ever lost your desire to knit?  What did you do to get it back?  I’m thinking that a week isn’t anything to worry about, but still. It was weird. I knit yesterday again and was fully into it, happy to be back at it.  But all last week? Didn’t feel like it. At all. I had time in the evenings to knit, and I never picked anything up. I think what snapped me out of my knitting-stupor was playing with yarn at Loopy on Friday. We’re always re-arranging the yarn to make room for something that has just arrived, and I was doing a bunch of that. I kept thinking, “This is such GREAT yarn. I need to make something out of this!”  It wasn’t one particular yarn that I was comtemplating, but every single yarn that I was moving. (Because, you know, we don’t stock any yarn that I don’t love!) So I think that playing in your stash (yet another reason to HAVE a stash), or poking around The Loopy Ewe (whether in person or on line), is a good way to un-stupor yourself.

It’s going to be a nice calm week here at Loopy. We finished up Sock Summit stuff last week (more on that in a minute) and we have a week of peace before we head out to Portland. We’ll be working on getting all of your Anniversary Kit orders out in the next few days.  Thank you for such a great response to the kit! I’m so happy that you like it and also happy that they lasted through the weekend and so many of you had a chance to get one. We had 600 available and we have less than 5 left as I write this.(So if you’re still pondering, ponder quickly.) Edit: Now gone. Since it lasted a few days, we won’t have to do a re-run. It’s always my desire to have things last at least a few days, here. I have high hopes that one day the Numma Numma/Bugga/Wollmeise knitting wells will be filled enough for us to be able to actually STOCK those lines, and not just have them visit briefly for 10 minutes, every month or two!

My hubby was in charge of shipping our inventory and fixtures to The Sock Summit last week. It all had to be crated and put on palettes, and we needed a dock for the truck to pick it up. His work location was a perfect place to do all of that. He said that when he called to schedule the pick up, they asked what was in the shipment and he had to repeat “yarn” three times before they got it. Finally the lady said, “Wait – you mean yarn …. like KNITTING yarn??”  People continue to underestimate knitters, don’t they?

We have gorgeous naturally-dyed Earthly Hues and brilliantly colored Spirit Trail Fiberworks going up in the Sneak Up tonight. YUM.

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Special Anniversary Kit

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, July 24th, 2009 in Shop News

DSC02898We’ve cooked up a fun kit to celebrate our Third Anniversary next month! And while we have fun contests planned during the month of August for our anniversary, we thought we’d get a jump on offering the kits now. (Well, that, and they take up a whole bunch of space here at Loopy Central. They might as well be on their way to your houses!) Although if you want to get technical about it, we did have my mom and my good friend Janice test out the website by placing orders that last week of July in 2006. So I guess the real anniversary can be considered the end of July, even though we say August 1st! Here is what you will get with the kit:

DSC02903Since YOU are a big part of the reason we are celebrating our anniversary, we came up with a way for you to have a piece of things here. We worked with Lorna’s Laces to come up with a yarn colorway that matches the cheerful rug in our Loopy Knitting Lounge.  Full of reds, golden yellows, sage greens, and robin’s egg blue, we hope that it brings a smile to your face and reminds you of things here at Loopy Central. Each skein has 215 yds., so you will receive a total of 430 yds. in the kit – enough for a pair of socks.

DSC02899Debbie O’Neill at Nutty Creations designed a pattern to go with the socks, called Poppycock. Why the name? On the pattern she says, “For all those people out there who doubt the power of sock yarn, I say Poppycock!” Designed to be knit top down with three sizes to choose from, the flame-like pattern flickers down the ankle and onto the top of your foot.

DSC02901Since we’re usually having coffee while we knit, we wanted to include a Loopy Ewe coffee mug. We’d prefer to have you pop over for a Knit Night in person, but since most of you are too far away, maybe you can grab a cup of coffee in your “Loopy’s Knitting Lounge” mug and we’ll just have to pretend. Kind of like a virtual Knit Night. The inside of the mug is colored in a pretty robin’s egg blue, to match your yarn.

DSC02900Rounding out the kit, we’ve added a Loopy Tape Measure Carabiner. It has a metal 10 ft. tape (with stop switch) and the carabiner hook lets you attach it to the handle of your knitting bag so that it’s always within quick reach. Now you can measure everything from socks to Girasoles and be right on the mark. (And you get Loopy hanging out with you on your knitting bag.)

Please note – due to careful packing requirements for the mug, these kits must be purchased and shipped by themselves in a special sized box. Please check out with only this kit in your cart. We’re happy to send these out internationally as well, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee the mugs when traveling outside of the U.S. We’ll do our best to wrap them up carefully, but order at your own risk if you live outside the U.S. Or maybe we’ll just have to hop on a plane and come deliver them to you in person. That would work, right? Will you send us a plane ticket?

The kits will start shipping out toward the end of next week. Cost is $39, plus shipping. Limit one per person. (Note – if they sell out, we may do a re-run. Watch the blog for details next week.) Here’s the link for the kit!

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