Knitting and Such

sockmay28We had a great (long) weekend. I love long weekends. I think my favorite part is Sunday night, when we’re not having to get ready for going back to the working world the next day! (Except for Knitting Daughter, who ended up with a shift at Starbucks today. That was a good excuse to go down there for a Peppermint Mocha for myself.) I knitted and loved it. Do you like this Woolly Boully sock? The pattern is Parting Ways from Heartstrings. The colorway is Autumn Tremblings and it was my favorite until the others arrived in huge boxes from Jenny. sockmay28aNow I have several favorites. I also worked on my Sockapalooza Pal’s socks. We all know that I have a bit of a problem with Twinless Socks (and I did discover why – more on that later.) So for this one, I am knitting both at the same time (a la Dr. Jackie!). I’m making good progress on them and I love how they’re turning out. I’m using Scarlet Fleece and it’s making me want to knit a pair of Scarlet Fleece socks for myself. I love the way it knits up. I can’t decide whether to show a picture of these on the blog, or not. Why? DSC00717.JPGBecause it just so happens that one of YOU will be getting these. Yes, my Sockapalooza pal is a blog reader and Loopy friend. However, you don’t know who you are. So what do you think? Show the socks or not? Guess what Zoe and Casey did today? Zoe took an extended nap in one of her favorite napping places – the back porch. DSC00718.JPG(The dark chair pads get a bit warm in the heat, thus the lighter colored towel on the chair. Is she spoiled,

or what?) Casey was left in charge of watching the website today, and promptly fell asleep on the job. sigh.

Sunday was a marathon Lost TV day. Knitting Daughter and I were about 7 or 8 episodes behind, so we watched them all, along with WH and College Guy. Wow. The season finale? Wow. I can’t believe that I have to wait until next January to see the continuation of all that. There is much explaining to be done! (And here I thought that maybe Lost was losing a bit of its luster. Not anymore. I think next season is going to be good. Jack seems to have screwed himself up good.)

I have loved reading your “what day would you like to re-live” stories. Susan P. made an interesting comment: “Isn’t it interesting that most of these moments are not about what happened but rather who they happened with: my mom, my dad, my kids, my husband, my best friend. Life is only about relationships.” I had thought the same thing as I read through your wonderful comments and memories. Keep posting them – I won’t be doing the contest drawing until Monday – and plus, I just enjoy reading them. πŸ™‚

I promised a yarn update this week, since many of you have been emailing to say, “Are you getting this??” And the answer is frequently “Yes, we are!” But do feel free to keep asking. Once in awhile you tell me about a new yarn that I have not even heard of and off I go to investigate it! So here are the answers to the questions people have been emailing about: yes, we have all of the colors of Dream in Color’s Smooshy Sock Yarn on order and they will be here mid-June, I anticipate. (I’m looking forward to meeting up with Veronica and her husband at TNNA this weekend, at their special reception. It was fun talking with her a couple of weeks ago and hearing their company story, when I ordered all that yarn!) Yes, we have more Hand Maiden Cashmere coming in, and yes, we have more Sea Silk on order. (Plus, I bought up all the rest of their 150g skeins and divided it between 2 colorways – Nova Scotia and Melon.) Yes, we’re also getting Mini Maiden in. Yes, we have Nature’s Palette arriving soon. Yes, we have another new indie dyer to debut soon with a really fun yarn base that you will love, and a couple of new sock lines from well-loved companies – but that’s still a secret. Everything on the “arriving soon at The Loopy Ewe” list on the homepage is anticipated in within the next month or less, and many of the companies that we stock all the time have re-stock orders in the works. Did you notice that I did an update tonight? Woolly Boully, The Knittery, Fleece Artist Sea Wool, Schaefer Andrea, Chewy Spaghetti Lace, J Knits Light, Heartstrings Patterns, and under Fun Accessories – Moonlight Knitter and Two Sisters.

I think that about covers it all for now. We do have some fun things coming up this summer that will be discussed soon, as well as new lines that are not yet ready to be publicized. You know us – always something new coming in and always a LOT of stuff in the works. We like it that way. πŸ™‚

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  1. Wow, you have so much new stuff coming I don’t know how you keep it all straight!!
    Did a little knitting, watched “The Devil Wears Prada,” (not bad) and tonight my husband grilled pork loin chops that were to die for – not really a recipe but I marinated them in a mixure of soy sauce, oil & vinegar, fresh lemon juice, rosemary and garlic.
    Definitely a do-over!

  2. Sheri, I’m so excited you’re getting in the Dream In Colors sock yarn. Can you please, please carry their patterns as well? There are no retailers here in CA and I’ve had to search on line for their patterns. They did email me a resource but I’d sure love to just add them to my orders with you! (I think I’ve only got one or two more to be a Loopy Groupy!!!)

  3. I love the sock. I did knit this weekend but I didn’t knit on any socks. I worked on a sundress for my 6 year old and I knit a few more squares on a baby blanket. It’s been a pretty productive weekend here in our house. I even threw in a little cleaning to shake things up. πŸ™‚
    The yarns are all beautiful and have caused me to drool a few times. Oh I can’t wait till I can buy yarn again. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been working on the same ole blanket for a friend’s new niece all weekend. Sigh…BUT. I saw an amazing movie today, “Black Book.” IMDB’s summary says this: “Set during the end of WWII, Black Book is the story of a Dutch Jewish girl who narrowly survives the war in Holland. She joins the resistance to find out who betrayed her family after all of them were killed in an attempt to reach the liberated south.”

    Oh man…it was so dark, but I was riveted.


  5. No cooking to speak of here this weekend, though it was rather torturous smelling all the bbqs in the neighborhood. I watched a number of cool documentaries, including a really interesting one on the Chicago fire in 1871, and another on the JFK assasination. I do so love History Channel stuff!

    I spent most of my weekend working on a cabled cardi that I’m really enjoying, and hope to finish the body by the end of the week. I’ve also got a gorgeous pair of blue STR socks on the needles that are about 2/3 of the way done. I work both socks at the same time on two sets of dpns…maybe something for you to try? I find it really satisfying, and I’ve NEVER had a case of SSS.

    That Autumn Tremblings sock is gorgeous…makes it really hard to stick with the budget, you know! πŸ˜‰

  6. No knitting…still mending broken wrist….Did lots of housework (my right arm and shoulder are building muscle like you wouldn’t believe..), made fresh salsa, grilled pizza, banana bread and chocolate mousse (with family’s help, of course). Watched “The Good Shepherd” with hubby. Watching “Flight Plan” right now on t.v. with my oldest College Guy who’s been home all weekend. We even got a bonus day, as he was supposed to be back at work tonight, but the power’s out where he works, so he’ll be here ’till tomorrow, woo-hoo!!

  7. I finished my thigh-high stockings for the wedding!! πŸ˜€ And I watched a lot of TV (marathons of Monk and CSI + nothing better to do = couchprints on my behind). And while I did all that, Travis cleaned the house for my birthday, which was today and which I celebrated by never getting dressed and never leaving the house, just knitting and watching movies – I did get up for a little while to get the house ready for the guests….tonight’s our last night to ourselves before everyone arrives and all the last minute stuff begins!

    (Oh, and for my birthday, Travis ordered me the perfect skein of All Things Heather from your last shop update! Hee! He’s so good!)

  8. Woot…I just got in on two skeins of yarn, had to calm myself after the many arrived last week. I just got into work at second job and checked email as I always do and was surprised to a Sneakup…almost setting directly above the email notifying me of my credit..yes….yarn was nearly free…heehee Free yarn, gotta love it. OK NOW I will tend to my waiting patients…Thanks Sheri

  9. Wooly Bully Fishing with my Father for DH and FAS Seashore, haven’t had any yarn with the sea cell yet. Oh there are so many others I want…but there is always tomorrow.

  10. Love the sock!
    I finished up and blocked a shawl and then spent all freaking night knitting frogging and re-knitting the same 4 rows of a shawlette. I have no idea what my problem was so I just ripped back 10 rows to try again.
    I’m trying to resist the new yarns (saw some Woolly Boully that is screaming my name), saving my bank account for some yarn pirate. I stress the word Trying. πŸ˜‰

  11. Hey…now you’ll have two that match…you’ll see!

    Ohmygosh you have great yarns. I should just throw my stash in the bathtub and lie down in it! I have to stop buying yarn faster than I can knit it up!

    We just got back from three days in Ohio, watching WD#1 graduate from college! It was a perfect morning for the ceremony today, and it was wonderful. Yesterday there was a champagne brunch, and a circus show, and several concerts, and an ice cream social. So many activities. We are all exhausted, but it was worth it (especially after the $120,000 that was spent on her education!).

    And I got some knitting time in the airport and on the planes (our flight home was delayed 2 hours so they could “fix something” on the plane. Not sure if that makes me feel more or less confident…hmmm.) Almost finished up with my Skinny Dippers (yup, both of them), and started some toe-up lace Panda Cottons (both of them too). Plenty of knitting time while they called the other 674 graduates’ names….)!

  12. My weekend was more spent toward finally getting out to buy our annuals, figuring out where I wanted them planted, etc. We got about 60% of them planted today. (We always wait to plant until Memorial Day Weekend to get past the greatest danger of a frost.) So, I should have my splashes of color this summer, yeah!

    My youngest son played and marched with his high school band in our town’s Memorial Day parade this morning, while my husband and middle son walked in the parade with their Boy Scout Troop. (My College Guy is up at college this summer, working & going to school.)

    This is the first time that your email alerted me to the Sneakup, as I wasn’t expecting it now. Thank you for the note. (When I am expecting one, I watch the What’s New part pretty closely.) Anyway, I am looking forward to getting my Wooly Bully Fishing with My Father, among other things. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  13. Hey, there’s still stuff on the website for me to look at! Nice. Still waiting for the Duet, though–I hope I get there before it shows up on the site.

    I actually finished a sock just today, on a long-ish car ride. I went with my boyfriend and his parents to a golf course out past Eureka. It was my first time playing golf, and I was horrible. Hee hee.

    Side note: if you ever order from Schachenmayr or whoever supplies Regia, I recommend Regia Tweed, which is what I just used. The yarn is different from regular Regia 4-ply; it’s 70% virgin wool, soft and lovely. Almost as good as the Regia Silk! I’ll have to show you the finished socks when I stop by.

    Poor Casey; can’t blame her, watching the website is a full-time job. =)

  14. I had a super weekend. I finished my shawl, went to A Day Out With Thomas at a nearby historic train line in company of four cute little persons (one thinks he is too old for Thomas now), and listened to a lot of bagpiping (the cemetery across the street assigned pipers to play for an hour all day today).

  15. I think you should show your sockapalooza socks. I wouldn’t mind getting a pair I’d seen on someone’s blog. You could always just post a link to the photo so people could avoid seeing them if they wished.

    I finished some gift knitting that’s been on my plate for a while. Now to get myself to the post office–not an easy task for me.

  16. My weekend? Moved all clothes and furniture out of master bedroom except bed. Put 2 coats of pain on ceiling. Edged out the room with new color (turtledove). Need to finish edging the closets and painting room and trim. Then, new floor! WHEE!!! Knitted on my 2nd sock of first pair of socks ever. Almost there.
    Went to the Farmer’s Market and got local blackberries. YUM!
    Saw the sneak up – monitoring for it closely. Soon will be a groupy and see it via e-mail. Got the Cherries sock yarn – cashmere yum and the color is divine and some other stuff. Got to run – work is waiting!
    PS Thanks for doing the sneak ups in the middle of the night. It means I actually get stuff I want. I don’t have time during the work day to check!

  17. Hubs and I had a wonderful lazy weekend. A few allergy attacks tried to spoil the fun, but they didn’t last long…whatever is blooming here in Southern Ohio is out to get me! πŸ™‚

    We were also catching up on Lost all weekend long. We had them all on our DVR, and finally got around to watching them. I was breathless at some parts. I loved the “Ben” episode and wish they would show more of his and the islands past.

    Now we’re off to Dallas for an audition tomorrow! I’m knitting a Yarn Pirate sock and loving every second of it. πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good weekend!

  18. Oh, you should show the sock!!!
    I spent the weekend working in the garden and yard. I don’t really like to do it, but, it has to be done. (Like housework…)
    I also got to do something I liked…worked on 3 socks. I am working on Thuja in CTH Loden, Jaywalkers in Stone Barn Orchid Petals, and Crosshatch Lace in CTH Turq. I find I don’t get so bored in doing the second sock if I can jump between socks all of the time. They are all coming out very nice. This is my first attempt at a pattern other than plain ‘ole stock. st.
    Love the new yarns!!!

  19. Your sock looks beautiful, Sheri. I like the pattern a lot, too. I think you can show your Sockapalooza socks on your blog. Then, when your pal receives them, they’ll be instantly touched to know who they are from.

  20. Oh Lost had me so confused with the Jack episodes. I was thinking his drunken self was all before the crash and then when the end came, you know with Kate OMG I realized sooo different. I agree “What we have to wait until when now…” LOL.

  21. Hi Sheri! Thanks for the quote. Nice to know when something I write strikes someone. Speaking of writing, you have all inspired me. I joined the blogging universe last night (nothing good on television will do that – too much time on my hands) I am extremely new at this, so I hope anyone who finds me at will be kind.

    On the knitting front, I started three new projects this weekend (strictly to see if the pattern and yarn were going to match up the way I hoped.) Check my new blog for the details. (It’s amazing how intimidating it is to suggest that!)

    As for me, I have six (count ’em) six “Bridget Jones” (i.e.singleton) socks and four more on the needles, for a total of ten BJ’s. Ah the call of the yarn…


  22. This weekend I spent it knitting a baby blanket for my cousin’s baby who’s due in September. I spent all the knitting time while watching season 1 and half way through season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy and I was bawling my eyes out through the whole thing. I really do have to stop falling for tv series where the heroin constantly gets screwed over by love because I clealy can’t handle it. I’m still watching it to late into the night even though I”ve had to get up for work the past two days because I won’t stop until I know Meredith gets Dr McDreamy and I can only hope that it happens on the second season or else I’ll be completely forlorn until the third season comes on DVD.

  23. I did a little bit of knitting over the long weekend. I am in mad love with the 3 x 3 Cable with Moss Stitch pattern in Sensational Knitted Socks. I’m using the “Chocolate” colorway from Claudia. Its been so addicting… so much so that I have been ignoring the second Gentleman’s sock I’m supposed to be working on… No movies for me this weekend, but I did catch up on the last few episodes of “The Tudors” which I’ve been following this season. I’m also currently reading “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” but am happy to report that I’m on wife #5, so am now way ahead of the show. I find it quite fascinating to see how they make the drama come out on screen. And, I’ve still been catching up on old L&V podcasts…I really am slow to catch on to some things… I must say, they’ve been quite hilarious to listen to while knitting…

  24. I did zero knitting, saw 2 good movies and ate out 5 times. No cooking needed. The movies were good: ‘Saving Grace’ and ‘Notes On A Scandal’, both Brit films. Eating out so much bc (1) we were celebrating mom’s birthday a couple of times and (2) too much running around and swimming to feel like cooking. Yay!

    I did organize my knitting space a bit so that is *sort of* like knitting.

    I really like both the Parting Ways pattern and the Autumn Tremblings colorway. Hmmm. I just ordered stuff too.

    Also I really love the new sublty-shaded mostly-solid chewy Spaghetti laceweight. Wanted to buy all of them but showed a modicum of restraint this time. :>)

    Happy Short Week! I live for short work weeks.

  25. Sheri,
    You’re killing me with these updates! I couldn’t pass up the Knittery – their yarn is gorgeous – wonderfully soft, and gorgeous colors! πŸ™‚ I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather! I am working furiously on my second sock (Lorna’s Laces Sport in Mixed Berries) for a co-worker that is retiring – she is a knitter, and she will appreciate them. πŸ™‚ Any idea when Zen String Serendipity will be on the update list?

  26. Love the sneak-up… I waited all weekend for it! πŸ˜‰ I hope y’all will be getting in more Preppy soon. πŸ™ That and the Ice Cream Sundae. Hope to see them posted soon!

    I am working on finishing up my Branching Out Scarf… It’s almost done! Hope to finish it before the Harlot tomorrow, we’ll see. What are you working on?

  27. Sheri,
    You wanted comments on what day you’d re-live – mine will seem kinda of odd, but it’s th day DH and I decided to NOT rent a house. We had a few difficult years after that and whenever we look back, it seems that the day we made the decision to not rent started us down the wrong path for a bit. Things improved, so overall I’m not complaining. When you asked this question you definetely made me think!

    As always, I love browsing through the Loopy Ewe web site – I must stop by a couple times of week. Thanks for all the goodies you offer!

  28. Hi Sheri!

    I just got the Schaefer Anne I ordered along with your nice note. Talk about fast and wonderful service! I am very impressed and will shop with you as often as my stash allows (I raise sheep, goats, and alpacas so am never short on fiber but you know sometimes there are things out there that you have to have.) I do have a question about the Anne though. Unless I am pulling a Lauren, there is no suggested needle size; I am making lacey fingertip towls for a friend who remodeled her bathroom. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  29. Shucks, we were off camping and I missed the update. That Moonlight colour from the Knittery will have to be mine someday, though. Well the guys had a great time hiking and seeing critters, and I knitted almost an entire sock in 1 1/2 days on my splendid new Celtic Swan needles!

  30. It was a good finishing weekend. I finished a top from Katia Irina and a pair of Regia socks, and knit 90% of a to-be-felted oven mitt (I finished the knitting today). I also started my first Apple Pie socks. No movies over the weekend, but I watched Guys and Dolls last night.

  31. Hi Sherri-
    Thanks for entering my stitch marker give away contest and thanks for your sock knitting wishes! Looks like you are a majorknowerofallthingssock! i will check out your store and blog. Wishing you continued knitting happiness !

  32. It was going to be a great, productive weekend, but then my 2-year-old started throwing up….

    I think it would be fine to show the socks on your blog as long as you don’t post any identifying details about your pal. I’d love to see them!

  33. The day, or actually even days, that I would like to relive all the holidays. My Dad used to drive me crazy wanting me to make sure I came down to his house for the holidays. I never understood then why it was so important to him… We visited, ate, visited some more, said our goodbyes, and made the long drive home. The same deal every holiday, and foolishly I almost dreaded these times. More likely than not, I always went, but holiday gatherings are different for the adults (as you all know) than for the kids – so many chores, things to catch up on at your own home, step-family drama, etc. It was almost an hour’s drive each way, plus the time spent there, and I was generally exhausted by the time I arrived because of things I felt I had to do. My dad passed away in 10/2004, and it took two years plus for the mental fog to lift. Looking back, I should have realized what the holidays meant to my Dad and why. I must be a slow learner, but better late than never, and now I wish I could relive the holidays because you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

  34. I was so busy at work that I didn’t see the yarn update until late in the afternoon. I’m really wanting to try some beautiful Knittery yarn. Alas, I’m still on a yarn diet.

    I didn’t get much kniting done because…..I got a new kitten!! His pics and story are on my blog.

    BTW, that Autumn Tremblings colorway is very very pretty.

  35. Oooh, yay Nova Scotia Sea Silk! This weekend, though not actually a holiday, was my last weekend in Cairo. I seamed the second Mets Arrgyle for my brother and got started on the foot. I’m reeeeally hoping to get it done on the plane so I can fall face-first into the Schaefer Anne for my Sockapalooza pal when I get home, which will be Saturday (!!!). Speaking of which, totally flash the socks you’re working on. Getting to see the process is half the fun!

    Will the Yarntini be in the next update you think?

  36. Hi Sheri. Your sock is so pretty. I really like that pattern also. I’m sure Zoe and Casey are spoiled like most of us seem to do with our beloved pets. They are such good company for us and deserve to be spoiled.

    I did do some knitting along with working this past weekend. Trying to finish up my Q2 challenge projects this week. I’m ready to be knitting socks or baby item gifts for later this year. I did see a couple of good movies on the TCM or AMC channels. And I did make your rhubarb dream bars that I had the recipe to and seemed to have lost. I thought it very interesting that you posted the recipe I was looking for. Thanks for helping me out there. That is just one of my most favorite rhubarb recipes.

    Looking forward to seeing new sock yarn lines. It is amazing how many kinds of sock yarns there are and how many different hand dyed ones too. No wonder so many of us are addicted. ( :

    Happy knitting to all.

  37. I had the weekend off – marched in our town’s Memorial Day Parade – I’m a volunteer EMT – what fun! And the next day hubby and daughter and I went to Massachusetts for the Wool and Sheep Festival there. SO much fun. GREAT hand spun yarns, spinners, home made goat’s milk soap. Irresistible!

  38. I missed the update, which breaks my perfect streak of being there when it happens. Of course, this was all in the name of Italian zombie movies – which I think it a really great cause. Holidays are one of the few days my roommate and I can hang out, because of our disparate work schedules. And foreign zombie flicks are simply something that must be done. (A review of the film can be found here: – it’s written by the afore mentioned lovely roommate. Some of mine are up there also, but most of my work on the site is behind the scenes).

    I’m not sure how I ended up with the Chewy Spaghetti yarn. I clicked, hoping for some of the sport yarn, and there was the lace. And I remember going, “OOOH! Clicky!” and looking at the lovely yarn. And then reminding myself that I have enough lace yarn to last me about a year of solid lace-only knitting. So I decided against it.

    And then, somehow, it was in my cart when I checked out. Is this normal? πŸ˜‰

  39. Hey – I missed you while I was in Italy….and many of those great yarns! But I think there are a few left for me to scoop up still. I love seeing all the new colors!

  40. I never even got out of my PJs on Monday! And the entire day was spent knitting, with the exception of a half hour snooze and a little bit of reading. I tried not to feel too guilty about my laziness, but the rest of the weekend had been spent volunteering all day on Saturday at the animal shelter and then family obligations on Sunday and I just decided that Monday was MY day…ALL MINE – I did nothing that I didn’t want to do. It was heavenly!

    I am still forcing myself to forget I ever heard about making the second sock at a later date. It is so tempting to start a few socks at once! But I know I’ll never get the second sock done.

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