Archives from August 2010

Waiting for Fall

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, August 30th, 2010 in Shop News

DSC00440It was hot again today. Actually, more humid and muggy than anything. I made a Sam’s run for more peppermints and tootsie rolls for all of you, and was never more glad to get into the car’s air conditioning after loading all of those packages up into my car! Even though it’s hot and humid, I’m ready for Fall weather. Are you? In the hopes of speeding it along, I brought out all of our Fall house decorations and put them up around the house yesterday. I think this is my favorite season for spicing up the house – even more fun than Christmas. When we moved into our house 15 years ago, I didn’t really like this over-the-sink window in the kitchen. It was just kind of …. weird. But I soon discovered that I could fill it for each season, and now I’d be hard pressed to give it up. The little window looks into our screen porch so it can’t really be called a “garden window” any more, but it’s just nice to have changing scenery to look at. (The other thing I like about this photo? It shows – clearly – that I need to add in a few more things. Which might necessitate a little shopping. Yes, I do like a fun mish-mash of things full up in there for Fall.)

But I know the real reason you came over to check out the blog tonight. You were wondering what went up in the Update tonight, right? Well let me tell you. We added in:

- Namaste’s Messenger and Hip Holster bags in black. (We also have these two styles in Peacock.) The Messenger bag is great for larger projects. It also has a padded divider and I know some of you are using it to carry your laptop around. The Hip Holster is great for smaller projects (like a sock-in-progress), but several of you have mentioned that you’re using it for a purse. Also a great idea!

- Fleece Artist’s BFL Sock. You’ll like making socks out of this yarn, but it’s also perfect for shawlette’s – those 1-2 skein patterns for keeping you warm around the shoulders in the Fall. (I have Fall-on-the-brain. I can’t help it.)

- The Loopy Ewe Solids Line. We’ve added in one of the three missing colors – Vintage Rose (#69-84). That means, there are only 2 colors left to get in, and we expect those within the next two weeks. THEN we can get those color cards done and ready for you. I know you have been waiting patiently!

- Dream in Colors September Dream Club Yarn. This month’s skein is Groovy, their bulky weight yarn, in a colorway called Bayou. What’s nice about it is, it’s quick to knit up! The pattern with this is for Slipper Socks, which we will email to you separately. Here’s the thing you’ll want to know about this. We have a lot of people on pre-order for this yarn each month. We aren’t taking any more to the list, as we had to turn our numbers in to Dream in Color awhile back. However, we’ve also added extras to be able to put up on the website each month for the rest of you. Plus, the pre-order people have the option to buy it or not to buy it from month to month. That means that we’ll continue to add in extra skeins (if there are pre-order people who take a pass on it), each evening. All pre-ordered skeins need to be paid for by next Monday, so by Tuesday, we’ll have the final counts up for everyone else to purchase. Make sense?

Back to my knitting, now. For some reason I didn’t get very much done over the weekend on any one of my knitting projects. Did you?

Sheri didyougetaPumpkinSpiceLattefromStarbucksyet?
MoreevidencethatFallisjustaroundthecorner.

I Don’t Like It

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, August 27th, 2010 in Shop News

DSC00435aThe house is quiet. Way too quiet. Knitting Daughter went back to school on Wednesday. There are no more computer cords, water bottles, extra shoes, piles of mail, and books laying around. (Oh, ok. There are. But none of them belong to her.) She was happy to be back in the college environment, after having a perfectly happy summer at home. WH and I are both glad that she is in a place that she loves. But jeez. We miss her. And the house is quiet. Way too quiet. We might’ve sought comfort in a little bit of Ivanhoe’s on Wednesday night. (In the form of a Trojan Three Shake – peanut butter ice cream, chopped peanut butter cups, topped with a scoop of cookie dough ice cream. Ivanhoes is reason #2 to visit little Upland, Indiana. 100 flavors of Shakes and 100 flavors of Sundaes. Reason #1, of course, is visiting Knitting Daughter.)

DSC00417I’m keeping myself occupied with knitting. I’ve been working on Wendy’s Shetland Pi Shawl knit-a-long. I’m making mine out of The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (Giant Stick Insect – although I prefer to think of it as “that really pretty green”). I kind of wish I had used Skinny Bugga instead, as I think this is a little heavy and thick. Plus, I’m in love with Red Spider Mite (although I prefer to think of it as “that really pretty red”). I know it looks like a big green blog so far, but just you wait. When it’s blocked, it will look smashing! This is a great pattern and if you haven’t started in on it, you ought to. When you focus on just one chart at a time, it’s totally do-able. I might make another one when I’m done.  I guess maybe before I do Shetland #2, I ought to finish Girasole #2 first. That would be the responsible thing to do.

September’s Dream in Color Dream Club yarn has arrived! For all of you with pre-orders, we’ll be sending your invoices to you on Monday. Dream in Color asked all of their stores not to sell it or show photos of it before Monday, the 30th, so we’re going by the book. Technically, that’s still 2 days before it’s officially September, so you’re still getting a jump-start. :-) The rest of the yarn (yes, of course we ordered extras for everyone else) will go up Monday night for you.

Is your house quiet or loud today? If it’s loud, can I come over and absorb the noise for a few hours? Just to see if it makes me feel better?

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“noknittingdaughter”situation,too

Anniversary Sale of Fours!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Shop News

happinessWe’ve had fun celebrating our Fourth Anniversary this month! We’ve had two rounds of Anniversary Kits go up (all sold out), we’ve done a big blog contest, and now we’re rounding out this special month with a sale for you. Since we’re celebrating four years, we focused on that number for the sale – including, having these items (listed below) on sale for four days. Well, actually, today is a bonus day for you. The sale started today, and ends Sunday night at midnight, Central time. We’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap.

You’ll find four yarn lines at 20% off:
1.  Malabrigo
2.  Kollage
3.  Prism
4.  Lana Gossa

You’ll find four pattern lines at 20% off:
1.  Gardiner Yarn Works
2.  Heartstrings
3.  Shibui
4.  Knitspot

You’ll find four accessory lines at 20% off:
1.  Atenti Bags
2.  Della Q
3.  Primitives by Kathy
4.  Loopy Logo items (this includes everything in The Loopy Ewe section under Accessories, and also the bags in The Loopy Ewe section under Bags and Totes).

We hope you enjoy the Sale of Fours and find a few things that you need. Thanks for helping us round out a great anniversary month. And thank you again for your encouragement, your well-wishes, your wonderful testimonials and blog posts, and your ongoing support. These four years have been a whirlwind. We know how lucky we are to have you here at The Loopy Ewe, and we love having you around. :-)

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Feelingsad!

Between You and Me …

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, August 23rd, 2010 in Shop News

DSC00416Between you and me, I’m happy to have a husband who jumps in to do laundry and can be counted on to do an emergency run to the grocery store when needed. So far be it from me to complain about him bringing the wrong thing an alternative item back from the grocery store. It just doesn’t seem right to focus on that little snafu. But I’ll be darned if I know what in the heck I’m going to do with all of that garlic. (The list said “large jar of minced garlic”. Please note the “large jar” size I was referring to is the empty one, on the right. That’s “large” compared to the one that is half that size and also available at the store. Never in my life have I seen or purchased the honking big ridiculously oversized 32 oz. jar that came home in the bag on this shopping trip. Seriously?) I made our favorite Garlic Chicken Pizza the other night. That used up a whopping 4 tsp. of garlic. Anyone have any other good garlic-y recipes?? Because I have a bit to use up.

DSC00422The Socks for the Cure Kits from Skacel went up tonight. I love the blue color of the Trekking yarn. To re-cap, these kits come in a cute little zippered pouch with Trekking yarn (dyed especially for this kit in the Ovarian Cancer Research color), and a special sock pattern, along with beads for the socks. Skacel is donating 100% of their proceeds from this kit to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, and The Loopy Ewe is donating 100% of our proceeds from this kit as well. You can’t get any better than that! We can get more if we run out, so don’t worry about it. We bought a lot for this first go-round, but if we run out, just email us and we can make sure that you get notification when they go back in stock again.

Also up tonight: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn’s Caper Sock (!), a brand new sportweight yarn from Enchanted Knoll Farm, more Sweet Georgia’s Cashsilk Lace, two new Monica Knits patterns, and the new Messenger and Hip Holster bags from Namaste (in Peacock. The black is enroute and will arrive later this week). Come check it all out!

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