It’s a busy week here, with 130+ people flying in for our annual Spring Fling Retreat. (Well, annual except that we took last year off, since we had just moved to Colorado and were still finding our way around here!) Of course since it’s April and it’s Colorado, we spiced things up a little by getting 20+ inches of snow in the past 48 hours. It’s really beautiful out there, and we definitely need the moisture. Here’s a picture of our yard at 6:30 am yesterday morning. Those poor trees are heavy laden! WH went out there and knocked some snow off after this photo. We swept off the deck once yesterday, and it filled right back up. Fortunately, it’s supposed to warm up tomorrow, and the snow will start melting quickly. But we’re enjoying it while it lasts.
I won’t be able to blog on Friday, but I’ll be back with you next week with a Fling report and photos, as well as a chance for you to win one of our Spring Fling Goodie Bags!
Although it doesn’t look much like Spring (or Mother’s Day) out there, it’s coming right around the corner and we’re ready for it. We put together a special Mother’s Day Kit for you! (Or you can call it a Spring Kit, if you just want to buy one for yourself. Totally allowed.)
For this kit, we had Julie of Juliespins dye up a special color for us on her Glimmer base. Glimmer is a fingering weight yarn with 430 yards, 75″ Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina. It has a little glimmer of silver running through the skein – just enough to catch the light.
We had cute mugs done up, and they come with a little dish that you can use for a coaster, for a lid (to keep your coffee or tea warm), or for a little catch-all container when you’re knitting (beads, darning needles, little scissors, stitch markers, etc). To round out the kit, we’ve added a sweet little sheep notepad and a Happy Spring stitch marker, made for us by Knit Girl in Idaho.
This yarn would be beautiful knit up in a shawl, scarf, cowl or mitts pattern. I’m planning on using my skein with the Little Jazz pattern that we shared with you a few years ago in one of our Club Kits. If you’d like a free copy of that to go along with your kit, just leave us an order note and we’ll email that to you when your kit ships out.
Since we had to pre-box these with plenty of packing to protect the mug, each kit must be shipped by itself and can’t be combined with other orders. For international shipments, we will do our very best at wrapping the mugs carefully but we can’t guarantee no breakage, so just know that you’re taking a risk. Unless you want us to come visit you and hand-deliver your kit? That would be fun.
We don’t have a regular Monday Update tonight, but we will be re-stocking Addi Turbo needles, Knitter’s Pride needles, Cascade 220, and Cascade 220 Superwash in the next day or two, if you’ve been waiting on any of that.
Sometimes we get samples from imprinting companies, hoping that we’ll place an order for something with our name on it. Last week, we got sunglasses in the mail and a few of the Loopy Elves had fun with them. They wanted to see who looked best (and who got to keep the sunglasses). It was unanimous. We all decided Loopy looks best. He gets to keep them. (Although I think Jody, Cathy and Roberta all look great in them, too.) If you’re following us in Instagram, you saw this last week when we put it up there. We try to find something new to share with you every day on Instagram. Usually just a little peek behind the scenes at Loopy Central.
What else have we been sharing on Instagram?
We showed you the gorgeous Cassidy sweater (by Chic Knits) that Deb made out of Malabrigo Rios:
And Webcam Loopy’s new springtime outfit:
A secret project we’re working on for you:
And photo evidence of Loopy’s fondness for diving into the Tootsie Roll bag (and eating them):
There’s always something fun going on around here! Have you been doing anything fun at your house this week?
Well last week it felt like Spring with temps in the low 70′s. But this week? Not so much. Although our latest predicted blizzard didn’t come through on Monday night, it was just 10 degrees when I woke up this morning. Brrrr. Even though it’s not quite Spring on the outside, it’s spring on the inside here at The Loopy Ewe. (You know it’s official when we change the displays!)
Do you like my flowers? I used the Pompom Tool Kit to do these in a couple of different sizes, but of course you can also just cut a piece of cardboard the width you want it, then wrap the yarn around and around and around. (Much more yarn than you think, if you want the poms to look fluffy. And you do, of course.) I had seen stems made from twigs, but since we have a lot of vintage knitting needles on display around here, I thought they’d make a better stem. I just poked the pointy end through the top of the pom and a flower was born! I tried to make a couple of pom poms on a Christmas gift in December and my make-shift poms were just pathetic. That’s when I decided we needed the little kit. In addition to the flowers, I’ll be making some nice package poms with my leftover yarn bits and bobs, because who doesn’t like pom poms?
Is it feeling springier in your neck of the woods?