Archives from May 2010

Cows, Dharma Coffee, and a Wedding

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 24th, 2010 in Shop News

screenshot_01Holy cow do we ever have a lot of boxes mucking up the works here at Loopy Central. Well, maybe “mucking up” isn’t the nicest way to put it. They are filled with wonderful yarn. Should I say “crowding out everything” instead? The lobby is full, the kitchen is full, and the UPS/Fed Ex guys just keep bringing more. I’d show you a picture but I think I’d scare you. If you’re coming to shop in person in the next couple of weeks, just keep your eyes halfway closed and ignore them. We’re unpacking them and getting the new stuff up just as fast as we can. Today’s update list is down below.

DSC00016Did you watch the finale of LOST last night? (No spoilers here). It’s an ending that I will have to think about and process for awhile. I can’t decide if I liked it or not. But did you know that Starbucks had Dharma coffee last night? Seriously. Check out Knitting Daughter’s cup. Cool, right? (Ok, so her friend Dima made the cup sticker, just for the finale. But Starbucks definitely SHOULD have had Dharma cups last night….) We had to stay up and watch Jimmy Kimmel and discuss possible theories after it was over. Still pondering. Had to get a non-Dharma Starbucks coffee this morning to wake myself back up again.

DSC00014We went up to Iowa to see a wedding this past weekend. It was for the middle son of our friends Steve and Janice. Web Guy flew in from FL late Friday night and Knitting Daughter arrived home from college that night. We drove up on Saturday morning and drove back on Sunday (dropping Web Guy back at the airport on our way into town.) Since our kids have been friends with Steve and Janice’s kids their whole life (literally), it was fun that we all could be there, even though it involved some traveling puzzlework to make it happen. It was a beautiful wedding and now the happy couple are off honeymooning in the mountains.

We do have contest winners from last week’s blog contest. Thanks to all of you who participated! There were almost 1200 comments, so we used the random number generator to pick 5 winners. We’ll be sending out your Wollmeise this week! Congratulations to: Cheryl R. in MI, Diane H. in IL, Barbara A. in Australia, Christine H. in MO, and Shirley N. in MN!

Finally, I know you’re wondering what went up in tonight’s Update. We have added in: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, Fleece Artist Trail Sock, new 3AM Large and Petite KIP bags, String Theory Hand Dyed in Caper/Bluestocking/Merino DK, Cascade 220 re-stocks, Schaefer Anne/Audrey/Heather, Louet Gems Fingering, SOAK wash, and new animal patterns by CID Hanscom Designs. So many fun things – come see!

I’m off for a bit now, but I’ll be back to the blog on Friday, June 4th, with photos and tales of Germany. Of course the Elves will keep things rolling here at The Loopy Ewe while I’m gone, and watch for next week’s Update on TUESDAY night (since Monday is Memorial Day). Web Guy will send out the Loopy Groupie email. Maybe I can talk him into doing a quick blog post that day to let you know what went up. (Or you can just click on the “See What’s New” link on the homepage sometime next Tuesday night – that will work, too!) If you have questions while I’m gone, call in to Loopy or email Susan (support@theloopyewe.com). :-)

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It’sallaboutpriorities.

Accountability – I Have It.

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, May 21st, 2010 in Finished Projects

DSC03828You all sure do keep me accountable. I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog that I’d have a cute baby sweater to show you today, and Cheryl immediately pointed out that I was supposed to be working solely on my mini challenge sweater. Granted, I did make that rule up myself. (And thanks to those of you who emailed and pointed that out as well.) Fear not. I have not strayed from my dedicated knitting project. Not even one tiny stitch. This cute little sweater was knit up by one of our Loopy Sample Knitters – Amy in Minnesota. (Yay, Amy!) Didn’t it turn out great? I wish I had a cute little guy to model it for us. (Do you think the Montessori Daycare across the parking lot would frown if I borrowed a cute tike from over the fence and forced a sweater upon his head so that I could take a photo? I’m thinking that might not go over so well.)

The sweater is from the Universal Cotton Kids pattern book, knit out of Beige (504) and Hunter Green (517). I love the feel of this yarn. Coincidentally, this is also the yarn I’m using for my mini challenge sweater. The one I have not strayed from. Scout’s honor. And the good news is that I know we sold out of some colors after you all had picked out your challenge sweater yarn, but we’ve just re-stocked all of that today. So pop on over and get it! Need some ideas for some short-sleeved summer sweaters? Check out the Mini Challenge thread on our Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry.

DSC03826Do you want to see what made me smile last night? I was picking up a few things from Target, and look – Biggie-sized Bonne Bell Lipsmackers in Strawberry. Seriously. Not the little “chapstick” size – a big size. Not quite as big as they came back in the day, but still. It made me smile. The smell of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers in Strawberry just takes me back to Junior High school days. That and the smell of Ten-O-Six. Do they still make that? Although come to think of it, why in the world would I want to be transported back to Junior High in any way, shape or form? Ugh.

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somysummersweaterisgoingonabriefhiatus,ok?

The Week Before Vacation is Always….

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 in Uncategorized

Busy. And crazy. And then you throw in several appointments with yarn reps and a bunch of orders in and out, and getting ready to be gone for a week, and you have busycrazytothemax. That’s what this week has been so far. (On the plus side, I’m seeing and ordering some fun yarn for summer and fall. That’s always good, right?)

lostI did take time out to watch LOST last night. Of course there is no knitting during LOST. It’s too dangerous. I always end up messing up the pattern in one way or another. I am sad that this show is coming to an end on Sunday night. But on the other hand, it IS fun to see some of the quirks of the show coming together and making a little more sense, now that the end is near. Do you watch LOST? Or have you completely avoided the whole thing? We have watched it from the first season and I’m still not sure how it’s all going to end. It has never been predictable!

Next week, Knitting Daughter and I are going to Germany to visit Claudia, the Wollmeise and her family. We are so excited! We’ve been planning the trip for a long time and if anything like a volcano spewing ashes interrupts this, I will not be a happy camper. She has promised me a visit to her workshop (dye lesson, maybe?), and hanging out at her Wollmeise store next weekend. (Pretty sure I’ll find some yarn that I need. See those red couches? I’ll be sitting there, knitting.) We’ll also get in some shopping and some touring. My grandparents are from a town just a couple of hours from there, so we’re looking forward to visiting that. I’ll take pictures and tell you all about it when we get back. In the meantime, I’m working through this busycrazytothemax week and trying to maintain some semblence of order. I’m not sure it’s working.

Are you having one of those weeks, too? Or are you floating through a relaxing few days and enjoying the peace and quiet?

Sheri whohasacutenewbabysweatertoshowyouonFriday

Ongoing Project List … and a CONTEST!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 17th, 2010 in Shop News

DSC02991.JPGIt’s time to update my lists. I keep adding projects. It’s not my fault. I have to walk by shelves and shelves of yarn every single day at work. It’s a job hazard. But I decided something. There are some single socks that are going to stay single socks for a long time. That’s just the way it is. I like having them up on display and if I make the match to it, I’ll just have to knit another single for the wall. That’s my theory. But there ARE some socks that I want to wear instead of having on the wall, so those are on my list.

Do you keep a list of ongoing projects or “soon to knit” projects? And do you update it? Mine looks like this:

DSC02520Need to Finish – in no particular order:
1. Malabrigo Silky Merino Green Grey scarf
2. Shibui Knits Ivory Cable Rib Wrap
3. Schaefer Anne Girasole shawl
4. Noro Silk Garden Worsted sweater (just one sleeve left – come ON!)
5. Zoe Cardi in Universal Cotton Supreme (worked on it all weekend. Still not done.)
6. My Sunshine Socks in Lorna’s Laces Butterscotch.
7. Froot Loops in Spud and Chloe Fine. (I initially typed Froot Loopy – my fingers work independent of my brain sometimes and I think I’ve typed out “loopy” too many times…)
8. My second sock in The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga. (we have more of this yarn going up next week – another big order for you!)

Need to knit: 4 different yarn lines that I’m contemplating adding in at the moment.

Want to start, not necessarily in this order:
1. Tesni Shawl in …. undecided. Maybe the new Cascade Eco Duo?
2. Seaside Shawlette in one of our new Loopy Line colors (coming in June!)
3. Clothilde in a gorgeous skein of handspun that Lynn from Denver gifted to me at the Fling. (And she is the best spinner I know. I am tempted to just save that handspun skein and put it on a pedestal, but she made me promise to use it, so I will.)
4. Ishbel in Blue Sky Alpaca Silk.

(Please note that anyone with 8 things on the *To Finish* list and 4 things on the *Need to Knit* list, has no business coming up with a *Want to Start* list. I know.)

And this is why the quote above the Cascade 220 Wall is so appropriate for me. You, too?

Here’s the blog question for you to answer in the comments (to be entered into the contest. Prize? Wollmeise. Awarded? Next Monday.) When do you do most of your knitting? For me, I knit more on the weekends than at any point during the week. I’d probably double my output if I could find more time in the evenings to knit.

Just in case you need to add to your *Want to Knit* list, tonight’s update included: Cascade Eco Duo (new!) and 5 new Eco Alpaca Twist colors, new Cascade Heritage Solid colors, 8 more coloways in Madelinetosh Vintage (including Tart – your favorite), Sajou Scissor re-stocks, Dream in Color Smooshy re-stocks, HiyaHiya needle re-stocks, as well as more of those cute Puppy Snips, Needle Gauges, and Interchangeable sets, and finally, a re-stock of Marie Mayhew patterns, including a new Woolly Sheep and a new Woolly Sheep Kit.  Enjoy!

Sheri myknittingprojectslistwilllookcompletelydifferentinaweek
I’mgoodattweekingandaddingtoit

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