We called in the troops!

Ok – THAT was a fun Sneak Up! (Seriously – y’all broke all previous records!) In addition to the regular Loopy Elves (Susan, Vicki and Anna), we had to call in both of my folks, WH and KD for order packing on this one. (College Guy lent his support by calling last night to tell us he was glad to be in Indiana, watching from afar. Nice guy.) We’re still working on orders – we’ll try to get them all out by tomorrow, but some may spill over into Tuesday. We really ARE working ’round the clock to get everything out to you. Monday is a holiday here in the U.S., so no mail on Monday. When this week’s orders are done, I’m taking a couple of days off to knit. It’s so nice to have a holiday in there to justify that.

Just to keep you updated – Wendy’s patterns have come and gone, but more will arrive by mid-week next week. We did sell out of most of the Dream in Color shades, but I called Veronica and she’s sending us all that she had to spare on her shelves, today. So we’ll have a bit more to hold us over until the next big regularly-scheduled order arrives the third week in September. Someone asked about the size of our orders. We always order very very big huge orders. Huge pretty much describes it. 🙂 But you all also have very very big huge appetites for DC. Huge pretty much describes that, too! We aim to keep you filled up as often as Dream in Color can send us yarn. Fortunately, they’re very good to us and delightful to work with. They’ll keep it coming to us, and we’ll keep it coming to you. Apparently you have huge appetites for ShibuiKnits, too. Either that, or you were just having too much fun adding things to your cart. Or maybe both.  They sent another order to us yesterday already. So by mid-week next week, we’ll have all of this back in stock for you again, and of course we plan to keep up with it as fast as these companies can keep us stocked after that. Thank you so much for making this Sneak Up so much fun, and for all your business. We so appreciate you!

The next Sneak Up will be fun, too. We have Fiesta Baby Boomerang, Zen String Bambewe, Chewy Spaghetti and Cider Moon Glacier all ready to pop up for you. In addition, I know that Yarn Pirate, Perchance to Knit, Yarn Love, Wollmeise, Misty Mountain Farms, and Nature’s Palette have either shipped or will ship within the next few days. And of course we have other fun new stuff coming any day, too – so it looks like September is shaping up to be a yarn-filled month for all of us. Yay! (When is the next Sneak Up? Um – as soon as the post office delivers more boxes to us. I think they really wonder about us….. I’ll keep you posted on the next one, of course.)

school-lily8-08011Look at this cute kitten. This is “Loopy Elf Junior” with her new kitten, Lily. LEJ is Susan-the-awesome-assistant’s daughter, and she was the Loopy Elf Junior this summer. She was a great order picker and we loved it when she came in to work with Susan. She got to know our Zoe and decided she really wanted a cat. Susan talked her hubby into allowing a cat into the family. (It was no easy task, believe me.) So Knitting Daughter and I met Susan and LEJ at the humane society a couple of Saturdays ago, and she picked out Lily for them to take home and love. They are having a wonderful time with her and Lily is a lucky little kitten to have found a home with them. Isn’t she a cutie? (Do you know how hard it is to be at the Humane Society and not bring another cat or dog home?)

I know I need to share more HEALTHY recipes with you, but here’s another delicious non-healthy one for today. Once you’ve tried these, you will be hooked.

DSC01035.JPGAunt Ardith’s Special K Bars (I have no idea who Aunt Ardith is, but she came up with some great bars.)

6 cups Special K cereal
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Cook sugar and syrup to boil. Take off heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well. Pour over cereal and stir to coat. Pour into buttered 9 x 13 pan. Melt chips and spread over the top.

And in case you’re needing more knitting time in your life this holiday weekend, here is the blog post I wrote last year to help you find time over Labor Day Weekend for knitting. I think the ideas will still work for you. I’m planning on adding a few into my weekend as well.

Sheri readyforcoolweather,changingleaves,andwearinghandknitsocksagain


  1. Feel free to put me at the bottom of the list … so I can hide the incoming package from the Hubster. *sigh* The sad part is that since I missed Wendy’s patterns this time, I’ll have to poke around the store again next week. Perhaps I should cut up my credit cards first?

  2. Sheri, now that we’ve seen the Loopy Room in all its glory, I’m sure I speak for many of us when I ask if we can see what it looks like after we’ve worked you poor people half to death to get yarn out to us? I’m picturing torn tissue …random strips of wax paper…tape wads…and scattered skeins alone on their pegs. Am I close?

    Note to self: do not write comments after taking Ambien. And knitting while on Ambien is also not so good. I go sleep now, dream of yarn. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe you have that recipe! I have been making those cookies for years! I use chunky peanut butter. Everyone loves those cookies. I kid people and tell them they are health food because they are made from Specual K!!! They are always a hit.
    Will you be getting Classic Elite Alpaca Sox yarn or some other alpaca blend? My mom (96) is always cold and I thought that yarn would be warmer on her feet.
    Thanks for all the yummy yarn. Love it all!

  4. Thank you for the kind Lily comments! Lily is wanting to play right now! She is very lovable and sweet. Sheri helped LEJ pick out a great kitten…and Julia also convinced me that Lily was the one.
    Off to the Loopy Room to finish up your orders 🙂
    Enjoy the weekend..and happy knitting.
    To answer Gina’s comment….yes, there are some very cool colors in
    the Baby Boomerang 🙂

  5. Ooh, oooh – Baby Boomerang…and Zen String…and more DC… and…I can’t wait!! I am squeezing in knitting time whenever I can this weekend – Will finish a pair of socks for a friend tonight – woohoo! Then I have to get the last sock of a pair of mini-waffles (I am keeping this pair for myself!) done and I will be ready to get into my stash and decide what I want to do next, as well as cast on a felted purse for my mom and get back to my chevron scarf…So much yarn and knitting, so little time! And those yummy Special K bars look wonderful…might have to squeeze in some time to give that recipe a whirl…yikes!

  6. Sheri, I have officially knitted 3 rows of the fiesta. A girl on my hall is teaching me. At this rate I will be finished with it by November.
    I am so excited about the new kitten!! I wish I could have been there for the blessed event! I never thought it would happen but the same was said about me knitting.
    And sorry, but i laughed out loud about the sneak up.
    take care!

  7. Sheri, have you and Wendy considered making her patterns available for download? Then you (we) wouldn’t have to wait until you got more in. We could just buy ’em and print them off. I’ve done this from other designers. I have no idea what’s involved, but I’m sure computer guy does.

  8. I am soooo glad LEJ found Lily at the Humane Society! Wouldn’t it be nice if ALL the cats and dogs could be so lucky? Please, have ’em spayed and neutered, critter parents! Too many worthy and wonderful animals become “throw aways”.

    Yarn? Oh, yeah, thanks Sheri for staying on top of the yarn and orders. And thanks for stocking Wendy’s sock patterns, too!

  9. I’m not a cat person, but the kitty is cute.

    I’m from the mid-west and we credit the Special K bars to my Auntie Po. Her real name was Florence, I’m not sure where Po came from, but it stuck. (I’m sure some kid couldn’t pronouce her name and that’s where it came from.) Anyway, Special K bars are the best…I prefer them over a Rice Krispie Bar any day of the week….something about the combination of Chocolate and Peanut Butter, YUM! Oh, and for anyone who is wondering, even though it calls for butterscotch chips, you really don’t taste them…to me, they may the chocolate topping taste more chocolate-y. Anyway, I think I might have to make up a batch of those soon…my mouth is watering!

  10. Hey Sheri…the yarn from the last sneakup is gorgeous as usual. I am in the midst of stash sorting as DS2 left for school and his full size bed came free. I am amazed how much of the stash is from LE….
    Can’t wait to see what comes next…

  11. Congratulations to Susan and LEJ for the new addition to their family! I too had a Lily kitty. She was a really wonderful kitty who came to me as a stray. She passed away suddenly in April of last year. I am sure that this beautiful new Lily will be just as wonderful for her new family. Good job to you too Sheri for helping arrange the adoption!

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