Time to Decorate. Really.

DSC00089.JPGI’m having a hard time thinking that Christmas is just around the corner. Anyone else? It’s SO time to decorate. Zoe thinks that the fall decorations are much more fun to play with. (But wait – she hasn’t see the cute Elves Themselves, yet! She’ll love those.) So I’m dragging out the boxes this weekend and I’m stating it in the blog because then I’ll feel obligated to post a picture on Monday to prove that I did it. There’s nothing quite like making your goals known…

Looking forward to seeing your Socks in Trees photos! I also had someone email and say “I don’t have trees. Can I do Socks on Rocks?” The answer is yes – we’ll do a Socks in Trees/Socks on Rocks Photo Gallery – I like it! (Remember – this is photos of any socks that you have knit up from sock yarn you purchased here at The Loopy Ewe. In the email with your photos, please tell me what yarns you have used for each pair of socks you have featured. Also let us know if you want your first and/or last name featured with your photo.) Another photo gallery that I am going to do (because Isobel sent me photos of her knitting room and I loved it) – let’s do a Knitting Nooks Photo Gallery! So, you send me photos of your knitting corner (or knitting room, if you’re lucky enough to have a whole room) and we’ll make a gallery of that, too. I always love seeing other peoples’ knitting spaces. 🙂 We’ll work on the Galleries (Ok – Web Guy will work on them) over the holidays and we’ll start putting them up in January. I had another fun idea, too. Anyone who contributes will receive one fun “We Love You at The Loopy Ewe” Red Sock Award for each category they contribute to. So you can earn one for contributing one or more photos to Socks in Trees, or you can earn a pair for contributing photos to Socks in Trees plus photos to Knitting Nooks. I know you’ll want a pair, as they’d be fun to put up in your knitting corner, or on a bulletin board, or … anywhere for a knitterly type of decoration. (People need to know you knit socks. They just do.) Should I show a picture of it, or is it more fun to be surprised? They’re cute! I’ll keep track of when you send your first contributions in to either category and earn your award. You can start sending photos now. We’re working on getting the awards all made up, so they will start going out with January orders (or mailed). Isobel – you’ve already earned your pair – but do feel free to send more photos any time. Sharon – you’re earned your Socks one!

DSC00105.JPGField Trip Day was fun! First, Dawn and her daughter Emily stopped in to shop. They had driven in from Springfield, MO (which is about 2 1/2 hours away). I know the first priority was to visit The Loopy Room, and the second was an appt. that they had in St. Louis. 🙂 Emily had fun playing with Zoe (and entertaining me with her dramatic recitations) while Dawn had fun picking out yarn. DSC00106.JPG Then an hour later, this fun knitting group (Judy, Barb, Bev and Jerri) showed up from Illinois! They were a hoot – made me wish I lived close enough to be in their knitting group (although they assured me that I could drive the 1+ hours to get there.) As you can see, they had fun adding to their knitting stash. Shopping is so much more fun when you have friends egging you on who can ooh and aah over your choices. I see beautiful socks in their future (and another Field Trip to The Loopy Room, too).

Today’s recipe is something that I once had at an airport restaurant and then came home and threw together for us. I love it because you can make all of the parts up ahead of time, and then just toss and serve when you’re ready. Our family loves it and it’s just as good the next day.

DSC00098.JPGPasta Poppyseed Salad

Pasta (I use bow tie and cork screw – about 1/2 box of each)
Fresh Broccoli (2 bunches)
Chicken Breasts (5 or 6, cooked and cubed)
Dried Cherries (can also use cranberries, but the sweetness of the cherries is better)
Whole almonds
Poppyseed Dressing (I use Marzetti’s Poppyseed Dressing)

Mix well and that’s it! (Note – I’m not big on amounts. I just keep tossing things in until it looks like I want it to look.)

602_marrakeshYou all keep snapping up these wonderful Zelda bags and I don’t blame you one bit. It’s hands-down my favorite bag for socks. Just wanted to let you know that I have added more Rainbow Stripe and some Marrakesh, with a few more coming in soon. The Traveler’s Clutch is also fun fun fun for all of your needles/scissors/knitting accessories, so get one to match! I also received a big order from Cherry Tree Hill yesterday, so we’re re-stocked on several colors we were out of.

DSC00107.JPGGuess what today is? SNOW DAY!!! It “iced” all day yesterday and into the evening, and then snowed last night. So we have a lovely layer of ice under all this (and the trees are creaking. It’s weird.) Knitting Daughter and I are having a knitting day. Might need to head to Starbucks for a Peppermint Mocha, first. It’s much too treacherous to get kids to school (thus all the schools around here are closed) but of course it’s never too treacherous to get to Starbucks. Know what I mean?

Sheri lovelovelovethesnowandcold!

12 comments

  1. The SAID we could get 1 to 2 inches, but we didn’t get anything. I’m a bit disappointed, really. We’re really not that far away, but St. Louis gets more snow, and I miss that!

  2. I do know what you mean about Starbucks never being too far away:) We have lots of snow today in Michigan and I love it. It is so cozy to settle in and knit while watching snowflakes out the window!

  3. Um, no snow here. In fact, it is supposed to be 74. Not what most think of for traditional Christmas weather. But that’s California in December! Stay safe in the ice and snow everyone.

    Zoe is going to have lots of fun with the Christmas decorations! I made a mitten for each of my yarn snipping, project stealing, needle biting cats (three little kittens who lost their mittens…) and Belle managed to pull one off the cord they were strung on. Clearly not going full out on the decorations was the correct decision! Can’t wait to see how festive your rooms look, Sheri!

    I’m off to take photos of my yarn room… I want to earn a pair of Red Socks!

  4. It’s 65 here today…I wish it would snow! My house is all decked out…..last weekend’s project…so this weekend is off to finish the shopping…you’ve got me hooked on those Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Latte’s…(thanks…..) I hope to finish shopping tomorrow…..(I like being done early so I can relax) but you should see College Boy’s room…..More wrapping than I care to think about…

    Diane

  5. Gosh, I can’t wait for our first snow day!! Any excuse to curl up and knit all day with my daughter!! And, like you, it is never TOO treacherous to make it to Starbucks! Hope your day is wonderful wonderful. Can’t wait for MY Loopy Room field trip… hopefully soon.

  6. Sheri, my photos will have to be in a lavender plant because the trees are too high for me to reach! But first I need to finish a few pairs!!!

    And kitties just love Christmas. All of those new toys (read decorations) for them to play with since their humans put them out. I can’t wait to see the photos.

  7. My Loopy box arrived in the mail – my Fleece Artist (if you haven’t given it a go round you really should – makes wonderful socks – and the colourways will steal your heart), my stitch markers and my wonderful Loopie Gift Bag – I am speechless – the calender is an absolute hoot – great pictures of the sheep and llamas – not to mention the chocolate – which will be put aside for those “only chocloate” wil do moments. I hope you and your daugher had a wonderful day of knitting and a warm and cozy time at Starbucks. – enjoy your weekend

  8. GAH! Snow! (Good thing I sent a St. Louis friend her early Christmas Present made of warm woolies!)
    I just received the All Things Heather Merino Tencel and took it to a knitting group so they could admire it. It is much loved and don’t be surprised if you have a small run on orders. By the time they handed it back to me, the yarn felt warm!

    I didn’t know you had a kitty. If any of your other customers are allergic to cats, please rest assured that Loopy Ewe Yarn is cat-free. I shoved my skein all over my face, took a few good whiffs, and survived perfectly fine. Didn’t even know you had a cat and lemme tell ya, my cat+yarn sensor is good.

    Lovely packaging, too. The box (with all closures taped down), a plastic bag, then the tissue ensured an element of surprise. It was like receiving a present!

    So So So! doing a Loopy visit when I come to visit my best friend in St. Louis early next year. That is, if you’ll be kind enough to have me. I’ll bring you some Starbucks! (Or Peets! Many a knitter has fallen to their doom at Peets.)

  9. that cat looks like a christmas tree climber to me. i know the look. i’ve got one myself.

    i want to send you a picture of my yarn dyeing studio for your gallery. my nook is way too boring. just a couch and a blanket.

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