Archives from May 2011

It’s Native

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 16th, 2011 in Shop News

Did you hear that Dream in Color has a new lace yarn called “It’s Native”? It’s a luscious blend of Kid Mohair and Extra Fine Merino – all 1000 yards of it. It feels soft and wonderful and we have it in 21 colors, perfect for your next shawl.

Also going up tonight, you’ll find lots of re-stocks! We have re-stocked Spud and Chloe in all three bases – Fine, Sweater and Outer. We’ve re-stocked Blue Sky Alpacas in Skinny Cotton and Alpaca Silk. We’ve added in more of the Chic-A bags in the Double Yarn Keepers, Single Yarn Keepers, and Ort Keepers. We refined our Lavishea line and added in two more scents. They’ve decided to phase out of the large tins and some of the scents, and focus the smaller sized tins. We’ll continue to carry all of the scents they offer, as we love this line (and you do, too!).  You’ll also find more Dream in Color in Smooshy, Starry and Classy, more Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, and new patterns from Through the Loops.

Pop on over and check things out. The awesome Loopy Elves will get these all boxed up and shipped out to you tomorrow. (Hubby and I are still tromping around in Colorado for a few days. More on that when I get back next week!)

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Working on the House

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Friday, May 13th, 2011 in Around the House

WH and I have been doing a lot of work around our house over the past two months. It’s amazing what a difference a little thing like brushed nickel door handles and new light fixtures, make. We’ve been in our house for 16 years and I didn’t realize how much I did not like the gold door handles and fixtures until we got rid of them. One of my very favorite things about our house is our screen porch. We added it to our house 8 or 10 years ago, and we use it daily. I recently saw the blue-ceiling porch photo (below) in this fun online magazine, that shows a blue ceiling on a screen porch. I think it makes it look like a beautiful blue sky. (Not sure I could get WH to buy into a blue ceiling on our porch and I’m not sure it would look right on ours, but it sure looks perfect on the one in the photo.)

My friend Janice and I were talking about things we like and don’t like about our houses this week. What’s one thing you love about your current house/condo/apt and/or one thing you wish you could change?

Thanks for all of your blog comments on the May Contest post. We bring a LOT of years worth of knitting experience together! If there weren’t over 1200 comments, I’d go through and add up all of our years. :-)  But just suffice it to say, it’s a LOT.  I drew two names for the two Spring Fling Goodie Bags that I set aside for our May Contest. We’ll be sending those out to Caroline from Oregon and Maria from MN. Thanks again for participating in the contest!

WH and I are heading out to Colorado for a quick few days this next week. I’m leaving the Lovely Loopy Elves in charge here at Loopy, and one of Knitting Daughter’s good friends in charge of housesitting and cat watching at home. (I’m betting he will gravitate to the porch on most days, just like we do. I’m also betting he’ll be glad that we didn’t paint the ceiling baby blue before his housesitting job began.) I’ll do a blog update on Monday to fill you in on the Monday Update stuff (but probably later in the evening), and then I’ll be back to blogging again on Monday, the 23rd. In the meantime, back to the blog question today – what do you love and what would you change about where you live?

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Needle and Pattern Storage

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 in Yarn Storage

I’ve done posts in the past on storing stash yarn (including serious posts and not-so-serious posts), and on what you can do with yarn bits ‘n bobs, but I haven’t done posts on storing needles or patterns, yet. Several months ago, I got tired of my basket of misc. circular needles and decided to get organized, once and for all. I picked up three of the Namaste Circular Needle Cases and stocked them with all of my circs. (Three, because it took three to fit all of them in.) I use the green one for the 8-16″ lengths. (Green for “growing”. I figured that would help me to remember it’s the littlest lengths of needles). I use the red one for 22-32″ lengths. (Red because it’s one of my favorite colors and I knew I’d be using that one most of all.)  I use the black one for 36-60″ lengths. (Black because we had more black cases in stock at the time!) I really like the way this has worked out. The cases are compact and easy to store, and it’s easy to grab one of them if I’m going on vacation and want to take some with me.

I haven’t organized my straights and DPN’s into one good system yet. I have several small organizers that I’ve picked up over the years, but the problem is, that leaves all of my needles in different places instead of into one system. (The other problem is, I happen to like all of the different little small organizers that I have. So maybe I’ll leave that alone for the time being.) I do have misc. straights and DPN’s in vases like this, both here at Loopy and at home. I like the way it looks, even though it’s not set up for quick and easy needle-finding. If you do this, be sure to cut a piece of felt to put in the bottom of the vase, to protect the points.

The other thing I don’t really have organized are my patterns. Who has some good tips for pattern organization? With many of my sock patterns, I’ve typed up the stitch pattern into a larger font (hello eyes that can’t read tiny print like they used to) and I store them inside the page protector for that pattern. I also keep several of my favorites written up on index cards. I like the ones that this etsy artist has. And I use Dropbox between my computer and iPad for the patterns that I have scanned and saved as pdf’s, so that I have some current patterns available there as well. But I don’t have any easy way to access ALL of my sock patterns or ALL of my shawl patterns, etc.

Do you have any needle or pattern storage tips that you can share?

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Three Things on Monday

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Monday, May 9th, 2011 in Contest, Three Things

Three things I wonder:

1.  Why do the purple iris’ in my back yard smell like grape Kool-Aid? (Turn the smell-o-meter up on your computer and you can smell it. I think that’s the F6 key.)
2.  Why is it going to be 92 degrees here tomorrow and yet it’s only May? Is that really necessary?
3.  What roll do weeds play in the whole scheme of things? (Also Poison Ivy.)

Three things you need to know:

1. There won’t be an Update tonight because I got distracted by the Fling and didn’t order yarn for two weeks. FPS. Call me a slacker.
2. We had a big batch of Wollmeise (the slightly underweight skeins that Claudia’s mill sent her by mistake) that we put up this afternoon, instead. It’s sold out now and we’ll get these orders out for you tomorrow.
3.  We put the whole batch of Wollmeise up at once this time, so that’s it for this shipment. No need to watch for more this week.

Three bits of news about Loopy contest:

1. The randomly drawn winner of the First Quarter Challenge is Dana from WA. She knit up a beautiful Capelet with 2 1/2 skeins of Bugga. She won a $30 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate.
2.  The “Knitter’s Choice” winner of the First Quarter Challenge goes to Barbara from IL, who knit a lovely Smocked Cable Coat out of Madelinetosh Vintage. She also won a $30 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate.
3.  You still have a chance to win a Spring Fling Goodie Bag! Leave your comment on this blog post. We’ll draw the winners on Friday.

Three things I have not been doing lately:

1. Knitting.
2. Knitting.
3. Knitting.

Is there anything that you have temporarily slacked off on lately? (Good or bad?)

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