Archives from January 2011

Snow, Cookies, and Contest Winners!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, January 21st, 2011 in Contest

Yesterday we woke up to about 8″ of snow on the ground. Beautiful! This has been one of the snowiest St. Louis winters that I can remember. I hope we’re not done with it yet. This is the tree outside our window, where all of the birds congregate in the mornings. It might have something to do with the two bird feeders right there.

Today, my Hadley Pottery rep Elaine popped in to deliver something we had ordered, and brought these cute Loopy Sheep cookies along with her. Not only are they cute, but they taste delicious. I wish I could send you one to have along with your afternoon tea.

And then the UPS truck arrived, and we have forgotten all about snow and cookies, and we’re digging through 16 cases of yarn, having a ball. Can’t wait to share the contents with you in the next couple of Updates.

I really enjoyed reading all of your comments about your Knitting Central Zone (or lack thereof) in this month’s Blog Contest. I have some thoughts about it, but I will save those for another post. In the meantime, I wanted to congratulate Lisha from MA, Jean from PA, and Allison from CA. The Random Number Generator chose their comments as the winners, and they’ve each received a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate. I know they’ll find something fun to spend it on!

Any knitting/crocheting/spinning going on in your house this weekend? Or are you out playing in snow somewhere? This is where I’ll be hanging out, working on that new blue project there.

Sheri alreadyfroggedittwiceFPS.Gaugegaugegauge.

Wednesday’s Wacky Wisdom

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 in Wacky Wednesday

Thanks to all of you for your great response to our new Club Loopy! We are happy to be done with lotteries and are glad that this new system meant that spots have lasted long enough for you to get one if you wanted one. We have a handful of 3-month spots left, and then remember that we’ve saved a batch of individual kits to put up for sale each month as we go along, too, for those of you who would prefer to get some that way.  The first kits will ship the first week in February.

Have you ever been eating outside somewhere, and watched little birds hopping around, scrounging up the french fries that people drop for them? (Either on purpose, or accidently?) And aren’t those birds just having the best day because of it? They are so happy! That’s why I had to get this sign when I saw it. I have it in my kitchen window for springtime and it sends me off in a good mood, every morning. (Well, that, and my coffee.) It’s my Wednesday Wacky Wisdom for you today. Do you have any bits of wisdom that you want to pass on today? Like: “Don’t have more than 6 projects going at once?” or “Diet Coke is better than Diet Pepsi” or “Never eat a single piece of chocolate because it gets lonely in your stomach”, or important things like that? Do share.

Sheri what’snottobehappyabout,whenyouhavefrenchfries?

Bagging It

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, January 17th, 2011 in Shop News

I’m so happy to have this new bag line at The Loopy Ewe. Mostly because I have been holding on to the samples and not using them so that I’d have them to refer to in sizing, until our own batch arrived. They arrived last week and I immediately started filling up my personal stash of Baggu Bags. What I love about them:

- the quality
- the lightweight material (doesn’t add additional weight to your projects)
- the fun colors
- the multiple sizes
- the fact that I can add zippered pouches to the open project bags (or use the zipper pouches for project bags themselves)

I took this picture to give you an idea of how the sizes compare. The teal blue bag in the bottom right corner with stuff in it, contains a pattern (5 sheets of cardstock, but no page protector) and 3 caked up skeins of worsted weight Spud and Chloe Sweater. Click on the photo to make it bigger and see the sizing labels. The Small and Medium Sets come with 3 different sized bags in a set. The Large Set comes with 2 same-sized bags. The XL Bag is sold individually. We have the bag measurements on the Loopy website. I also popped a skein of Universal’s Cotton Supreme (worsted weight) in the photo for scale.

In this photo, I kept the Large Zipper bag and skein of Cotton Supreme in there and added in the Baby Baggu (purple bag) and the Regular Baggu (lime bag) so that you could see sizing. Click on the photo to make it bigger and see the sizing labels. And the fold lines? They come all folded up and compact in a little pouch, making these bags easy to tuck in purses and luggage for times when you will need a little extra carry-all. (That is, if you’re not using them for your knitting.) That Baby Baggu is also great for small sock and scarf projects, as well as lunches. The Regular Baggu is great for large sized sweater and blanket projects, as well as groceries or fiber festival shopping.

In addition to the Baggu Bags in tonight’s Update, you’ll also find new Atenti bags and Loopy Ewe Messenger bags (the extras we had ordered with the Loopy Lite kits last fall).  See? We’ve been bagging it all week. Plus, we’ve re-stocked Spud and Chloe and Blue Sky, and added their new winter colors and patterns to the lines as well. You’ll also find HiyaHiya Bamboo Circs and accessories, a re-stock of Wendy Knits patterns and Born to Knit patterns, and Schacht Matchless Double Treadle Spinning Wheels. Lastly, we put up some remaining Loopy mugs that we’ve been selling in person here at Loopy Central. Now that we have the Loopy Hadley Pottery shipping without incident, we’re being brave and giving these mugs a go, too.

We added the Club Loopy spots to the website today, which many of you have already discovered. You can find them here, while spots last. Your price includes three kits, which will be shipped to you mid-February, mid-March, and mid-April.  A sure way to chase away the winter doldrums!

Sheri NoMailMondaymeanswewereofftoday

The Perfect Knitting Spot CONTEST

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, January 14th, 2011 in Contest

This is my favorite cabinet. I found this at an antique store when we expanded our Loopy space a couple of years ago, and it quickly found a home here. It has housed many different yarns. I had it full of Wollmeise once, but of course that never stays in there very long. This used to be in someone’s general store and it’s huge. Right now, we have moved the yarn out and put bags in there instead. (I love bags. You know that about me! We’ll continue to offer you fun bags. More are always in the works. This week the Baggu Bags came in, which is what you see on the left side. Those will be up in Monday’s Update.)

As I was taking this photo, I realized that this would be a perfect piece of furniture for a knitting room (or a knitting corner, or a knitting wall.) You could put stash in many of the cubbies, but you could also put different projects in some of the cubbies. I think if I filled the cubbies with my works in progress, I might stop casting on. There’s nothing like being confronted with tangible evidence that things have gotten out of hand. (Maybe I’d be better off putting the WIP’s in the drawers. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.) At the moment, I don’t have any room in my house for a cabinet this big. But maybe someday I’ll re-do things and find a wall for it. When I do, I’m totally taking it back from Loopy for my Knitting Central Zone in my house.

This month’s contest question: Do you have a Knitting Central Zone in your house? Or do you have supplies and projects spread all over the place? (You know, sometimes when you spread it around, it doesn’t look like you have so much of it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.) Leave us a comment and we’ll draw random winners next week. We’ll be sending the winners a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate so that you can find something fun to add to your treasure of stash. (Or a new bag to contain your stash. Did you know I like bags?)

While you’re thinking about knitting areas, you might check out our photo gallery of knitting storage ideas. Feel free to submit some photos of your yarn area, if you’d like. We love getting a peek at how others organize their projects and yarn.

Sheri happythattheweekendishere,

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