Archives from May 2011

Colinette Jitterbug and Madtosh DK

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 30th, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I’ve been thinking a lot of the men and women who have given their service (and some, their lives) to insure the freedoms that I enjoy. I’ve also been thinking about the families who send off their husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, not knowing when they will see them again. So many people making so many sacrifices. I have several friends with sons and daughters in the military. I saw this on my friend Nancy’s Facebook page today. Her town puts up banners to honor those in the military, and this is her son. I wish more towns did this, year round.  This post on the The Pioneer Woman’s blog today was a good reminder of the cost to all involved. To all who serve, have served, and have family members who serve – thank you, today and every day.

Since it’s Monday, we do have new things up on the website for you today. I’ve spent a good bit of my long weekend, hanging out with Knitting Daughter and knitting away. After too many weeks of getting other things done (and not knitting), it’s nice to be back at it. In fact, I’m getting some of these new yarns for myself today, because I’ll be ready for a new project again, soon!

Just up – Colinette Jitterbug in 70+ colors (shown here in Jewel). They’ve made the skein size larger, which was a very good thing. We’ve gone without a re-stock of this for almost a year (due to supplier changes) and I’m glad to have it back. The colors continue to be amazing – perfect for scarves, shawls, mitts, cowls, and socks. I made this shawl out of one of the autumn colorways. Now I’m contemplating doing one up in Charlize by Vanessa Smith (because I’m a sucker for a good ruffle like that), or Cladonia by Kristen Kapur (because there are great multi and solid color combinations in this batch.) And look at this one – Catkin, by Carina Spencer. Wow. Carina also designed the Whippoorwill Shawl that I liked knitting up last fall.

Madelinetosh DK – More colors from the big batch that arrived last week (shown here in Logwood). The colors this week are the ones that needed to be re-photoed. The thing about hand-dyed yarn is that it can look pretty different from one time to the next (no matter what company it’s coming from). I’ve learned to get it when there is a variation that I like, because it might be different the next time around! My favorite thing to knit with this weight is the Mara shawl, and I’ve made two of them. Here and here. I also found The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower, when I was searching DK weight scarves/shawls last week. Very cute. This DK weight is also great for sweaters. I shared some fun summer sweater links in last week’s blog post.

We also added in a few more colors of Claudia Hand Painted, and we’ve gotten in a new batch of our Loopy Ewe shopping bags (formerly red, now lime green for summer). These are great to take to fiber fests, farmer’s markets, and the beach. Lightweight and easy to pack into your suitcase or fold up into your purse.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and we’ll be in tomorrow to get your orders packed up and shipped out!

Sheri thevolumeofcicadasinmyneighborhoodisdeafeningtoday.
Holycow.Wishwecouldshipyouafew. :-)

Heading West

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, May 27th, 2011 in Shop News

Remember this post, where I talked about the work and updating that WH and I had done on our house this spring? (And where I asked you what you’d change about your house, if you could?)  Well there was a reason for all of that work. We’ve always planned to eventually end up in Colorado. If you’ve read the blog over the past few years, then you know how much we love it out there and how often we visit. We decided the Summer of 2011 was the time to make the move and we’re going for it. Woohoo!

We spent a whole heck of a lot of time getting our house ready to put on the market this spring. I think WH was wishing I hadn’t watched so many of those “House Hunters” and “Get it Sold” shows in the past year. However, all of that work paid off as our house sold on the first day, to a family with (obviously) great taste. :-)

Selling quickly meant we had to high-tail it out to Colorado last week, to find a house to move into. We looked at a bunch and settled on one we liked. Look at this quick pic I took from the car. Can you see the lilacs blooming in front and on that side of the house? I took it as a clear sign that this house was meant for us. I come from a long line of lilac lovers. (“Long line of lilac lovers.” Say that 12 times.) It must have been the perfect week to visit, as there were lilacs blooming all over town.

So what does this all mean and how might it affect you?

We’ll move our household in mid-July. For the time being, we’ll keep running Loopy from St. Louis and will be packing and shipping your orders from here, as usual. When our Loopy lease is up in October, we’ll be moving The Loopy Ewe to Colorado (to the Fort Collins/Loveland area). We will probably have to take a week or 10 days off to do that, so we’ll have a short period of time where we won’t be shipping orders. We’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice about those dates. I wish I was bringing all of the Loopy Elves along with me. Sadly, they’re staying here in St. Louis. That means we’ll be on the lookout for a whole new batch of Colorado Loopy Elves in the fall, and I’ll be looking forward to having the original Loopy Elves pop out for visits.

Other questions you might have:

What about the Fall Club Loopy? That’s on hold at the moment. I don’t think it would work well to be in the middle of a Club schedule and do a move. We will probably wait until Spring to start Club Loopy back up again, although we might have a fun kit or two available before then.

What about The Spring Fling? Also on hold. We’ll see what we can figure out, once we get out there. We’ll be about an hour north of the Denver airport, so it’s a matter of figuring out the logistics of transportation and lodging and such. We’ll keep you posted.

What about the St. Louis in-store shoppers? You’ll all have to come out and visit us in the mountains! :-) I guess one benefit is that you won’t have to pay Missouri tax on your purchases, once we move. That’s good, right? And you’ll have the fun of stalking your mail person for your orders now. I hear that can be interesting. Seriously, though – we’ll miss seeing all of you local knitters on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are some great yarn shops in the St. Louis area, and I know you’ll continue to be well taken care of. And you know where to find us online!

What will the Colorado Loopy space be like? Well, we don’t have it lined up yet, but I can tell you what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping it will be a little bigger than what we have now. We’ll be adding in a few more things. I’m hoping to continue to avoid any kind of warehouse type of space. The set-up we’ve had in St. Louis has been great. I can promise you that we’ll still have awesome Elves to help you, colorful walls and shelves full of yarn to tempt you, and Monday Updates every week to keep you inspired and motivated. We’ll continue to keep fast shipping and top-notch customer service a high priority. And we’ll expect you all to come see it all in person. Soon. (Road Trip! There are other great yarn shops in Ft. Collins, too, as well as a wonderful downtown area. Come explore.)

Paul (WH) and I are really excited to be able to move to a place we love. Did I tell you that Web Guy moved to Denver last Christmas? So it will be fun to have him near by. And Knitting Daughter would love to end up out there one day as well. She’s a mountain-girl at heart. Funny thing – you take your kids to a certain spot for vacations their whole life, and they end up wanting to live around there. Good plan, right?

Where would you live if you could uproot and go anywhere?

Sheri nocicadasinColoradobuttheydohavetornadoesonoccasion

In Our Neck of the Woods

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s still storming each day. Praying for no more tornadoes. This has been a terrible tornado season so far. (The photo is raindrops on a table, but I can assure you that there is rain everywhere.)

We are working on skeining up the 72 different colors of Colinette Jitterbug that arrived this morning. Watch for it in next Monday’s Update.

The 13 year cicadas are hatching and leaving all of these old bodies around on trees and shrubs and decks:

… and debuting their new look. Want to know what my neighborhood sounds like right now? This. Multiplied by about 1000. (And I think it would serve that photographer right if the cicada flew right into his face.) Only the male cicadas make that noise. These bugs are harmless – they don’t bite or sting and they don’t damage most trees. But still. Ick.

I’m drinking a new brand of coffee. Knitting Daughter worked on a marketing project for this company (through one of her spring semester classes) and it turns out that it’s now one of her favorite coffees, so she brought me some. She has developed quite the coffee palate since her early years of working as a Starbucks barista, so I always pay attention when a certain coffee catches her eye and her taste buds. I agree with her on this one – very delicious.

Anything new in your neck of the woods?

Sheri wholikesthecicadasoundsbutnotthelooksofthem.

Madelinetosh, Team Spirit, Bugga

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 in Pattern Links, Shop News

Whew – it has been STORMING again today. What is up with the weather? Seems like we had our snowiest winter ever, and now there have been more rain storms and tornadoes this spring than I remember in the past, too. The electricity has already blinked on and off once. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the storm passes quickly. I’m a big fan of thunderstorms, but I don’t like any storms that bring high winds. Did you get storms today?

We do have lots of wonderful choices for you in today’s Update!  Just up, you’ll find:

Madelinetosh DK - re-stocked in 24 colors, bringing our total to 45 (and shown here in Black Currant). This has been a popular yarn for sweaters. You might check out GoodaleStreamside or Tidal, all by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. Cute short-sleeved sweaters, perfect for summer.

The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga – Our monthly shipment, with plenty of beautiful colors for you. How about a quick and easy one-skein shawl? Try the Multnomah by Kate Elsa or the Demiluna Shawl by Lhevinne Amor.

Team Spirit - We have your favorite team color combinations all stocked up again (shown here in Navy and White). These two-color skeins knit up as mini-stripes when used for socks. You can see my red and white one, here. We also have solid skeins that match the colors, in case you want solid toes and heels or a solid border on your scarf.

Claudia Hand Painted - I know – you’ve been waiting for us to re-stock the Claudia. It’s here! They continue to come up with some of our favorite color combinations. These are 45 g. skeins, so you’ll need two for a pair of socks (or for a shawlette). Try it in the Mad Color Weave pattern, by Tina Lorin.

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock - Do you need some Boogie Earbuds? Because we just got in the Rainbow color and I think it would look great with that pattern. Or in Wendy Dayus’ Lace Cowl. Or socks, of course!

And because you’ll need new bags for all of those new projects, we’ve added in the Original and Large Quick Draw bags from Chic-A (shown here in Silver Cherries). Bright, cute, and reversible.

I’ve been working away on a fun pattern using Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted, but I got a new skein of something else from one of my yarn reps today, and I think I need to cast it on. Hoping to have this new line in a week or two, so I’ll fill you in as soon as it’s here! (Then back to my Glenhaven project. That might be THE most luscious yarn to knit with, ever. Loving it.)

Sheri plussideofstorms?Greengreengreengreengrassandtrees.

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