St. Louis Fall – 90 Degrees, FPS

DSC01175.JPGI am ignoring the fact that it was 90 degrees here today. It’s FALL and that’s all there is to it. I only have to continue reading through all of your fun Fall comments from Monday’s post, to keep me in the right spirit! I must say – I get hungry reading those posts. All that talk about wonderful soups and stews, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, PSL’s, crunchy apples, etc. It’s best to read those comments right after a filling meal. Otherwise, I find myself peering into the pantry and rooting around in the freezer. (And you all know that there is nothing in my freezer except a bunch of frozen chicken br*asts and half used bags of frozen veggies.)

DSC01179.JPGHey – we added two more Free Patterns for you on this blog! There is one from Monica Jines, done up in Wollmeise (but of course beautiful with any of your sock yarns.) Monica just sent me a large box of 8 different patterns that we will be offering for sale here. I absolutely love her designs. You’ve seen some of her designs at Cherry Tree Hill already. The other free pattern is from Yarnissima and is the much talked-about Firestarter pattern. I can’t wait to try this one, as it has a very interesting heel and beautiful pattern. Enjoy these free downloads, and watch for more in the future. (I have Baby Monkey, but I’d love for a couple of you to test knit it for me before I put it up. I’d like it knit with Crystal Palace Merino 5, and possibly another sport weight that we carry here. Anyone have time to whip up a pair for me and try out the directions?)

It’s time to welcome more Loopy Groupies to the bunch! Remember, you reach Loopy Groupie status when you have placed your 6th order with us. We so appreciate your business and support, and we want to give back to you in different ways. The Loopy Groupie program is one of those ways! So big hugs to all of these new Loopies: Kathy in TX, Karen in CA, Lucinda in MO, Jillian in PA, Deborah in MN, Michelle in NY, Monica in IN, Cynthia in MN, Amanda in CA, Heidi in Norway, Ellen in OK, Katrina in WA, Lynn in OK, Dorothy in VA, Beverly in IL, Mary in MA, Sydney in NY, Margaret in MI, Cathy in CA, Lucy in TX, Michelle in NC, Tammy in CA, Mink in NY, Michelle in Canada, Barb in IL, Christine in France, Shanidy in TX, Amy in CA, Polly in IL, Phyllis in MD, Elizabeth in MD, Victoria in NY, Angela in NV, Tory in TX, Suzanne in MD, Michelle in MA, Margi in NY, Linda in GA, Lynne in IL, Elizabeth (APO), Patricia in DE, Angela in LA, Sally in VA, Helena in VA, Ann in TX, Katherine in TX, Leslie in CO, Gail in MN, Janis in MD, Carin in NE, Elizabeth in MA, Heather in CT, Kim in VA, Cori in KS, Sheryll in RI, Susan in MD, Linda in NJ, Kellie in Australia, Theresa in FL, Marilyn in KS, Lori in OR, Ruth Anne in OH, Regina in CT, Channon in VA, Lynda in WV, Sharon in TX, Leah in IL, Christine in FL, Olivia in WA, Sherry in PA, KatieBea in PA, Aimee in NC, Susie in NY, Michele in ME, Carole in MA, Heide in TX, Fiona in the United Kingdom, Mary Pat in NE, Ann in VA, Linda in NM, Ellene in CA, Beth in OH, Michelle in PA, Kathy in IA, Jane in IL, Peita in TX, Selina in NY, Nancy in FL, Heather in CA, Bonnie in VA, Michelle in NJ, Kristie in CA, Hattie in WA, Ruth in NJ, Hayley in IL, Jenny in WI, Ellen in NJ, Ruth in NJ, Jennifer in IN, Kristin in IN, Daisy in NY, Gaby in TX, Maria in NY, Samantha in NJ, Christine in TX, Esther in the United Kingdom, Darlene in NY, Natasha in VA, Leslie in CA, Kathleen in MA, Shelley in PA, Jenna in VA, Rachel in VT, Martha in NY, Jill in WI, Tabitha in KY, Sylvia in TX, Carole in TX, Catherine in VA, Allen in Ga, Laura in PA, Brittani in AZ, Melissa in MA, Diane in NY, Dianne in New Zealand, Stormy in WA, Erin in CO, Cynthia in NC, Marsha in CA, Nichole in NH, Linda in WA, Catherine in WI, Carol in WA, James in MO, Frances in NC, Kristan in ID, Jennifer in NY, Glyn in AK, Van in NY, JoAnn in NJ, Liz in IL, Dionne in VA, Shari in Canada, Elizabeth in VT, Sarah in CT, Tammy in MO, Jennifer in CA, Beatrice in VA, Betsy in MN, Kitrin in MT, Barbara in WI, Judy in IL, Kathryn in PA, Eva in Norway, Megan in TX, Heather in NC, Pamela in CT, Sharon in TN, Danielle in MA, Pam in IA, Rebecca in NY, Ann in MA, Denise in OR, Kathryn in TX, Carol in Ca, Jana in NC, Joanna in Canada, Eileen in CT, Leslie in MI, Patricia in CA, Danielle in NY, Amy in PA, Anne in NY, Dawn in MO, Annie in MO, and Lynne in IL. And because we have been known to screw things up before, despite our very best intentions, please let us know if you ought to have been on this list, or you ought to have gotten a Loopy Groupie welcome bag and did not. Just email me: sheriATtheloopyeweDOTcom. We’ll get you taken care of!

DSC01176.JPGBack to Fall – do you find that your decorating tastes have changed? I look at some of the things that I have used for Fall decorations over the years, and …. I don’t like some of it any more. Should I get rid of it? Should I save it for sentimental reasons? (WH would say get rid of it.) Do you decorate your house for the different seasons and/or holidays? We have a “garden window” over the sink in the kitchen. I usually change stuff out in there for the season. Other than Fall and Christmas, I don’t decorate the rest of the house too much. Frankly, I’d rather be knitting. 🙂

Just a reminder – we’ll be out of town Friday morning through Sunday night, so orders placed Thursday evening and through the weekend will begin shipping out on Monday. Also – no blog on Friday, but I’ll be back on Monday to tell you any new things I learned at college this weekend. (Parents Weekend for College Guy – yay!) Also, new stuff will go up on the website next week, including some Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids that we bought at a great price and will pass on to you!

Sheri hopefullyI’llhavemoreknittingtoshowafterallofthistraveling,too


  1. I have really good *intentions* of decorating for the seasons.

    Then reality sits back, has a good laugh at my expense, and reminds me that decorating should come somewhere behind, oh, say, “doing the laundry that is rivalling Everest in size of pile” and “do dishes that are threatening to become sentient”.

    But if I had more time? Oh, I’d totally be a decorator girl. I love all that seasonal stuff, and my mom has those old decorations (like the cardboard ones from schoolrooms) that she puts up for every single holiday, so I’ve got it in my blood.

  2. I’d love to knit up some baby Monkeys! Sounds like fun…

    And my decorating tastes definitely change. Starting about now, there’s an afghan or throw on every sofa/loveseat/chair we frequent. I want more red and green in the house, whereas in the summer, it’s more bluesy. Candles aren’t burned much in the summer, but are in every room as fall settles in.

  3. I am now an official Loopy Groupie! I got my package yesterday and WOW! Thanks for being so generous! You have kicked off my fall season to a good start. I have jumped into socks with both feet. I am working on Christmas since there are only 95 days left to go. In the meantime here is a recipe for you. It is one of my favorites.
    Mexican chicken stew
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion, roughly chopped
    4 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
    2 jalapenos, seeded and sliced
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried cumin
    1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
    3 cups shredded cooked chicken ( I use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store)
    Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
    3 to 4 cups chicken stock
    1 lime
    1 cup cooked white rice
    Kosher salt
    Sour cream, for garnish
    Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

    Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno and sweat until soft and translucent. Add spices and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and aromatic. Add tomatoes, chicken, Worcestershire, and stock.
    Bring to a simmer and cook 20 minutes.
    Cut the lime in half, squeeze juice into the pot, and then add the juiced halves as well.
    Add white rice and cook 5 minutes longer to warm rice through. Season, to taste, with salt.

    Ladle into bowls and garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

  4. I like the idea of decorating for seasons/holidays/etc., but in practice, it’s limited to a couple things I hang on the front door and a seasonal fingertip towel in the master bath; I don’t even manage to get a Christmas tree up every year. (Any decorations in my house have to be able to either avoid the notice of or survive the interest of my autistic son, plus I don’t have a whole lot of storage space for off-season decorative items [I need the room for yarn!]).

    Decorative items that I really don’t like anymore — mostly I’m pretty good about unloading them, but there’s a few items I inherited that I feel like I ought to offer to someone else in the family first. For the stuff that I bought, though, I’ll cheerfully pass it on to someone else; if it’s got sentimental value, I can always take a picture first, and then I have a memory that takes up much less space. (In your case, you could always ask your kids whether item X is meaningful to them, and if it is, hand it over ;-).)

  5. Congratulations to all the new groupies! **waving at bff who was in the group**

    I personally don’t decorate at the moment, since I take care of my mom and it’s her house where we live and she used to be a grade school teacher. She decorates for EVERYTHING: Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day…. She does it really well, but our basement is something to behold, with all the stuff stashed down there. I won’t have to buy much when I get my own place, though.

    When I did have my own place, I decorated, though not as much as Mama. I did for the seasons and major holidays and that was it. Perhaps my next place, I’ll do more.

    Enjoy your college weekend!

  6. I know I’m probably the thousandth person to ask this, but I would LOVE to voluteer to test-knit the baby Monkeys. I have a couple of partial skeins I’m dying to use, so I really would love to.

    I’m sorry the weather is so hot out there. It’s hot here too. (KC, MO area) But I’m still doing my yay-it’s-finally-fall dance! I’m hunting through my yarn for fall-ish projects and patterns.

    Have fun hanging out with college guy at parents weekend!

  7. Sheri,

    Have a great weekend with CG! We’ll see ours in a couple of weeks for an intense football rivalry with a very large, well-known local university. Not really sure who I’ll cheer for. My long time favorite or the son’s current university. Doesn’t help that my sister (who I see about three times a year) is a grad of the local favorite, and will be there with her young son. Split decision. Just yell “Go team!! Go get ’em.”

    Please consider donating the fall decorations that are out of favor with you to a local teacher. Beginning teachers literally have NOTHING to enhance their classrooms with. In the elementary grades and early middle school, a few well-placed decorations can really make a classroom seem more comfortable and welcoming. Hope you can connect with someone who can really use them.

    Have a great time!

  8. Thanks so much for the patterns. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with CG, and that you get lots of knitting done!

  9. It’s 90 degrees in Texas today too and it looks like it will stay that way for at least another two weeks. I’m still insisting that it’s fall though. I got out my seasonal placemats yesterday and I’m making chili tonight because IT”S FALL!

    Have a great weekend!

  10. I know you are very busy, but just a note to tell you that becoming a Loopy Groupie is the high point of my knitting life so far, so you can understand my disapointment, when I did not see my name on the list. Just kidding, I am not upset. I really enjoy your blog, your store and all of its wonderful treasures, Thanks and keep up the great work. Pat

  11. if you dont like it anymore, toss it! however, if you have older kids, see if any of them would like it first. i know id be sad if my mum got rid of stuff she didnt realise i loved. just my two cents.

  12. I agree with Tola…if you don’t like it, pass it along, toss anything that won’t store well, and if you’re on the fence, put it away. I love to rediscover things like that.

    A big thanks for the new free patterns! I’m pretty sure something in my Loopy Stash will be perfect for those Firestarters…and if not, time to get something red! Isn’t it funny how we go through color phases? Pink always floats my boat, but I have flirtations with blues and greens…sometimes one, sometimes the other.

    Have a great Parents’ Weekend! Drive safely and enjoy yourselves! 🙂

  13. Have fun at Parent’s Weekend!

    If the decor you have is not to your liking anymore, but it’s in good shape, you could take it to a local consignment shop to sell and then you can buy more decor (or yarn). Or, some church or group might be interested in those things and you could donate it and get the warm fuzzies for doing so.

    I’d be glad to be a Baby Monkey test knitter! My SIL’s baby is having her baby Jan 2 (scheduled C-section) so I have a baby to give them to. Just email me if you still need test knitters.

  14. WOW!! I shamelessly ordered some Fiesta Boomerang in Sheri’s chevron scarf colors on Tuesday afternoon and thought the package would be mailed out on Monday. Obviously cannot read with understanding. It came today. Is Sheri’s customer service the BEST? Have a fun weekend.
    I for one love the summer. And we are having some this weekend.

  15. I have a hutch when you enter our house. I usually decorate it seasonally. I too haven’t decorated much. I think when you get older it doesn’t matter as much. I don’t know why. I do love fall, getting back from vacation I will be getting out my pumpkins & scarecrows this week. Our weather is seasonally cool today, like 62. Mostly like Oregon weather. It does feel good. Making stews this week. Hope you had a great time at college.

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