Well most of the skeins of Cherry Tree Hill’s new Sockittome are packed up and off to your houses. I know it sold out quickly since putting it up late Wednesday night, but we could only get 100 skeins in this test run. They’re doing another small initial run at the end of June and we have more reserved in that batch, so it will be in again in a couple of weeks. I really like the new base. It’s very similar to another line that we carry and that you all have been fans of. It was fun to be able to offer you some of the very first skeins of a new sock line from one of our tried and true companies! We will always watch for great opportunities like this that we can pass on to you, whether it be new yarns, or accessories, or whatever. There are several more new sock yarns coming out from some of our other “tried and true” companies this summer – just know that we’re already on top of that for you.
It sounds like Loopy is going to be traveling far and wide in the next three months. (Why, oh why, didn’t I stipulate that I had to come along as the official photographer? Next year I’ll know better.) I think all of the places that were mentioned in the blog comments and emails I have had sound like fun! And remember – even if you’re not traveling somewhere else this summer, there are fun things to show Loopy in your own hometown. We have customers in all 50 states, and 42 countries, at last count, so those are a lot of interesting places for Loopy to explore. Thanks for joining in on the fun and playing along with us. 🙂
It has been so nice having College Guy and Knitting Daughter home this summer. (Although KD keeps leaving to make lattes and mochas down the street.) Did I tell you that College Guy aka Web Guy turned in a proposal to have The Loopy Ewe be a practicum for credit this summer for his Computer Science major? They said yes and I am thrilled. He has already made so many changes for us (most that make things easier and quicker on this end, but he has some cool things planned for your end, too!). Do you have any website suggestions you’d like to pass on to him? Now if we could only figure out how to get photos taken and color corrected faster. We’re bringing so much yarn in every day that the “to be photo-ed so it can go up on the website” corner is out of control. (Ok. It’s way bigger than a corner. You could build a fort out of all of those cases of yarn in waiting.) But we’ll keep working through it and adding more for you week by week.
Last night while we were packing orders, KD pointed out something funny. All of our order numbers are the date, followed by 4 randomly assigned numbers/letters or combination of the two. Like: B5E7 or S3RL or APQZ. Last night, there was an order that started out: 070607 (that means the year – 07, the month – 06, the date it was placed – 07) and the random 4 combination that followed made the order number come out like this: 070607-DEAD. Yikes! So here’s a little assignment – when you get an order from us this week, check and see if this one was yours. If you find it, email me and I will have a LIVE-ly gift for you, just for fun! (Hmm – I really should pay more attention to how those randomly come out. There are a lot of 4-letter combinations that would not be good!)
Today’s recipe is one that I made for breakfast this morning, just so that I could share the recipe with you today. Well, that, and because we haven’t made them in awhile and I was in the mood. We had these growing up (mostly on Saturdays) and we always loved them. Healthy? Not in the least. Delicious? Mmmmelt-in-your-mouth delicious.
1-2 tubes of refrigerator biscuits
Put 1+ cups of powdered sugar into a new paper lunch bag. Cut each biscuit in half. Fry in oil until golden on each side (don’t make the oil too hot or the outside will brown and the inside will not be cooked.) Using tongs, transfer each doughnut puff into the paper bag (about 4 at a time) and shake them up so that they get completely covered with the sugar. Remove from bag and eat while they’re warm. Generally, the whole family will be in the kitchen, willing to take them off of your hands as soon as you pull them out of the bag. That’s when they taste the best. When you get to the end of 1 tube of biscuits, you’ll say, “Should I make this other tube?” and they will unanimously vote yes.
I finally got my Loopy Summer Sock going! Had to finish off the other two pairs I had in progress. SO much fun.
Tell Web Guy that I am liking the improvements! Keep up the good work.
I have a pair of broken rib socks in Cider Moon’s June Carter colorway on the needles. I do love this Cider Moon!
Sad, bad doggie story. He is bad, I am sad. My DH came home from work the other day to find Sparky (small terrier mix) tearing around in the hall with my used to be a skein now yarn guts of Wooly Boully Autumn Leaves. I have untangled about 1/2 this morning. I will try to finish the rest later today. When I get the Cider Moon done, guess I know which pair of socks is next – the ones already wound into a ball! One of the cats must have knocked it down into doggie range. He adores yarn in skeins, balls, on the needles and I try to keep it away from him!
Mmm! The doughnut puffs sound absolutely divine. My kind of sinfulness! I think they’d be delish with cinnamon sugar too…
I have mostly socks in the swatching stage right now.
For website stuff, it would be nice if I could change my e-mail address. I used one that isn’t the one for my blog and rather wish I had kept all the knitting stuff to the one address if you know what I mean. I also second the click in the cart to go to the item page request. And the wish list or remember this list or something that was also previously suggested.
I just finished Embossed Leaves and have one sock finished using your Claudia’s in “short sport”. The 2nd one isn’t on the needles – yet! You can take a look on my blog. I didn’t pay attention to the description of how many skeins needed for socks but I made it work!!
Oh – and I made your Alpine Chicken to rave reviews!!
I wish I was DEAD – but I wasn’t – LOL! Many thanks for all the freebies you send in our orders. One request though, I couldn’t find the name of the yarn colors on the sample cards you sent – unless I’m blind. That would be a help for future orders!
Hey, if you happen to get the Duet sock yarn in before 3pm Monday, will you let me know? Then I can come and take Loopy to Shakespeare in the Park. =) I’ve already been toting my current sock in progress (Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch from Knitting Vintage Socks) around to various places around St. Louis this summer.
I’m already seeing the changes Web Guy is making to the Loopy Ewe–I like the new “What’s New” pages.
On the needles? Lots of things in my imagination! Unfortunately, I’m cooking for 150 teenagers at camp the week immediately after the cast comes off, so that particular brand of physical therapy will have to be limited for a bit! I just got “Favorite Socks” in the mail, so there’s ALL kinds of things planned for the Loopy yarn that’s hopefully in the mail, too!!
I would love it if your website had a wishlist feature so that my family would buy me yarn for my birthday!
I think college guy has created the BEST website out there!! I do like Wendy’s idea of downloadable doughnut puffs….. I think maybe he needs to build in blocks of ‘down time’ once in awhile so you all can get a little rest from packing all that yummy yarn……..
I just started my Cider Moon ” Cherry Bomb” socks using Wendy Johnson’s new toe-up pattern with a gusset and slip stitch heel. It is already beautiful. I just love this new yarn!!!!!
On the needles oh, this is very scary. I have a serious problem with castonitis. I make both of my socks at the same time so I don’t suffer from the dreaded second sock syndrome. I have the worse habit going, that is to get to the middle of the feet and then cast on again. Currently working on Cl pepermint mocha. Love the yarn. To many projects to mention. Web Guy has done a fabulous job the site keeps getting better and better. Favorite Socks is a great book.
I second most of the other suggestions that have already been made, especially the one about being able to click back on a yarn already in the shopping cart—sometimes I get distracted and don’t remember if it’s a “1-skein-per-pair” or a “2-skeins-per-pair” yarn. And one doesn’t want to waste valuable time in the middle of a sneak up!
On the needles, a pair of Panda cotton socks that were going to be plain vanilla socks until I decided to throw a little lace in there. So now they are going slowly because they are not mindless knitting any more. (And I do get distracted…) There are also the socks for the husband in PBTLE (Purchased Before The Loopy Ewe) yarn; right now it’s so hot that he’s not impatiently waiting for them, but I need to get them finished to free up the needles.
The doughnut puffs sound really good, unfortunately the essential ingredients aren’t available over here!
I love the “what’s new” display! Much easier and more can be see at one time! Hurray!
I would love to see a wish list feature. It would be wonderful to be able to pick out stuff I love so that people will know what to gift me on certain occations. It would be super cool if one could add out of stock items to said wish list as well! 🙂
I need to place an order today, my medium sock blockers are back in stick! Woot!
I love the new two column set-up, too, especially since my computer seems to get awfully slow when the site is busy.
I completed CM Glacier socks in the June Carter colourway for my daughter (size 10 feet) this morning. She adores them and they were done so quickly with the sport weight yarn. Now I’ve begun CM Icicle socks in Lost for my husband for Father’s Day (I hope) and I’m loving the way the colours are unfolding so far, and also the texture of this yarn. Can you tell I’ve really gotten hooked on Cider Moon yarn? Gail and Jacki certainly have a way with colour and the yarn bases are amazing, too.
Thanks for the doughnut recipe, but no doughnuts for me today. It’s my third daughter’s ninth birthday today, so I just made a Devil’s Food cake and am about to ice it. We’ll be indulging in that tonight!
I love the new pins! I seem to have a knack to go look at TLE’s web site sometimes, out of the clear blue, & lo & behold–there they were! Some of them remind me of some English/Scottish quilt pins that I had when I used to wear kilts to school some back in early college years, etc. And, there are more modern ones, too! I like the fact that you can choose from silver or copper. And, I am really glad to have been able to get one to hold stoles or shawls or shrugs or scarves, or whatever!
And, please tell Web Guy that I really do love both his new 2-column setup in the What’s New part, as well as the ability to link from the picture in my shopping cart to the actual page for the item so I can double-check colors or specs, or whatever. That was really fast service in making requested changes to the web site! Many thanks to Web Guy for a job well done!
The doughnuts look so good! I have several socks OTN: Regia Cotton Surf-plain jane socks for nieces October birthday, Trekking/shades of black/grey- ankle socks for son’s July birthday,Lorna’s/Tahoe- for me in a design by my sister Monica, Regia/Red-Black-Natural- for me using the Edelweiss pattern from Vogue Knitting, Panda Cotton/Seascapes-Menehume Cobblestones pattern. There are a couple more that I can’t remember yarn and patterns. I’ll be mailing in my hats soon.
I am a little behind after being sick this weekend, but Loopy can come see Oklahoma with me! (And Nebraska)
currently on the sticks is Stillwater Socks in Fleece Artist’s Blue Lagoon. Really coming out beautifully and the colorway looks exactly like dappled sunlight on water and a tiny bit of seaweed floating in the colors, too. It is really beautiful!
Loopy should come to maine in the summertime…in the winter he’d just blend in with the snow!
Those donut puffs look really yummy…how is it that you’re all so thin?
Hi, Sheri!! I think it’s FANTASTIC that WG can get credit for working on your site. You guys should try to use Zen Cart. It’s free, it’s EASY and it has great support on their forums. I did my soap site using that and it is very easy to manage on the back end of things and on the designing end. I’m not sure what you use now…but I know that ZC has made life easier for MANY people.
I’m open to discuss if he’d like. Just drop me a note!
Ciao for now!