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. πŸ™‚

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. It’s still on the warm side here in TX as well. Just remember: it’s still technically summer til Friday (and even then we still have to wait til October for steady cooler temperatures, at least here).

    I just found the Firestarter pattern right before you posted…YAY! I am so excited! I am waiting to stumble upon a perfect colorway…

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I’m a big de-clutterer, so I would get rid of the fall stuff you don’t like any more. More room for yarn storage! I tried to avoid trashing things though, so you could probably find somewhere to donate it to – a thrift shop or salvation army for example. That way a student or someone else on a tight budget can bust a seasonal decoration groove.

  3. I can test knit the pattern for you. I am flying out of town to my brother’s wedding (flying=knitting time, Wedding = 2 days no work) tomorrow. I also happen to have some of that yarn in my stash (let’s be honest, what yarn do you sell that I don’t have in my stash?). Just let me know πŸ˜‰

  4. Hey Sherri, I would love to test knit the Baby Monkey pattern. I have made a pair of Cookie’s Monkey socks and I have a few upcoming births to make gifts for.

  5. I would find a new home for the old things. Are they really sentimental? Do you have a specific memory of the item? Is it something that you really can’t bear to part with or it’s just something you bought? Those are the questions that I use to decide what to keep and what to part with. πŸ™‚

  6. No better here in KC…but it’s a lot cooler on the other side of the front in Omaha! Sigh. I’m ready for soup!! Oh well, I’m working on my brother’s Christmas socks with some CTH Java I was delighted to get from you….at least I’m *looking* at fall-ish colors!!! Have a wonderful weekend; I get my 2 CGs home again next weekend…woo-hoo!

  7. I’d give away the stuff you don’t want. My tastes have changed in the last few years. I’m not so much into the “cute” stuff for decorating anymore. Have fun with College Guy at Parent’s weekend.

  8. I do decorate for fall (how can I not, when I have a 10 year old daughter?) and love it. It’s my favorite time of year too! I like your candles but I’ll tell you what I did to make mine homey. Same style: hurricane with a pillar. I used (cheap) coffee beans and a golden candle. The coffee beans provide a nice dark and fragrant accent. You could mix it with star anise and/or cinnamon sticks too! How homey! And don’t forget to decorate with bowls of autumn colored yarns! (All from the Loopy Ewe of course!)

  9. Hi Sheri! I’d love to try some baby monkeys for you… I have two monkeys here that would love to model them (not the wild kind of monkey, the human child kind!)…

  10. I don’t have any fall decorations. I would probably try to find them a new home, I hate to see anything just thrown away. I can’t wait to see the pattern for the Baby Monkeys. I know a little girl that could get some use out of some of my leftovers.

  11. Hi, Sheri —
    I’d be happy to test-knit the baby Monkeys, if you don’t already have a surfeit of volunteers πŸ™‚ It’s on my list to try, so it would be serendipitous!

    I hope it cools down so you can truly enjoy your fall — I’ll send cooling thoughts your way.

  12. I don’t decorate for fall, but then again I’m in a tiny apartment with barely enough room for our stuff, let alone decorations (or a proper stash!). It was windy and cloudy today, the first day it actually felt like September and not August. It was cold enough when I left for work to justify putting on a scarf! Yay!

  13. At this time in NE it is beautiful and the weather has cooled down. Oh I am so happy about that. Decorating for Halloween is a big thing. I love the fall. As for things I don’t like anymore, out they go give away mostly, trash some. I hate clutter. More room for yarn. Hope you have a great weekend at College with CG. Hugs

  14. If you still need a knitter – I’ve got plenty of Crystal Palace Merino 5. πŸ™‚

    Welcome to the new Groupies! πŸ˜€

  15. I am inspired to decorate for Fall–although the kids jump straight into ghosts and witches! I may have to go hunting for gourds this weekend, while the kids ask for pumpkins.

    Hm, I have some more purchases before I am a Loopy Groupie. Better work on that too!

  16. Yeah, it’s supposed to be in the 80’s here tomorrow. Considering it was 45 when I woke up 2 mornings ago, it’s a bit of a drastic temperature swing. I don’t care, I’m still telling myself it’s fall! We’ve been hitting the orchard every week for fresh apples!!!

  17. Wow- look at all the new groopies! Wonderful!
    I do put out some decs for fall, mainly on the mantle, front door & porch, and a few other places. Not a ton of stuff. Taste changes over the years, if you don’t love it, get rid of it. I have things I bought when we were first married – 20 years ago – that just don’t do it for me anymore and I’ve passed it on. (some of it is stuff I was given that I never did really love -oops!)

  18. Well, I’m probably the wrong person to ask about whether or not you should part with the decorations you no longer like – I tend to keep many, many things for sentimental reasons…good luck with your decision!
    And, enjoy Parents Weekend – I’m sure all will have a great time!

    As far as food goes, I just tried the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin as SB today – never mind that it is LOADED with calories, I just needed it today and it was sooo worth it! : )

  19. i agree with your husband– get rid of it. give it to someone else who likes it or donate it to a church thrift shop! you can always take photos of stuff to remember them by, but why add clutter to your life if you’re not going to use the stuff anymore?

  20. Ooooooo, I lOVE fall….it’s been in the low to mid-70’s around here for the past couple of days and it is heaven! Of course, it’s gonna get back to like 85 this weekend….typical Virginia weather….but I’ll take what I can get!

  21. Wow! 90ΒΊ??? It was (a little) cooler here! That’s insane! I say decorate how you feel, our tastes are always changing! If they never did, we’d all still be knitting/crocheting with undyed wool!

  22. The only time of the year I ever decorate is during Fall, for Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, and Christmas… The rest of the year, the house kind of falls by the wayside πŸ™‚ All the good holidays are at the end of the year!

    I can sympathize with the 90-degree September… I used to go to Mizzou and also attended Kansas State University, and I remember, having moved from the East Coast (where there were “real” seasons), why the weather didn’t seem to obey the months in the Midwest! My freshman year of college, during Fall semester Finals week, it was 70 degrees one day, and the next morning we woke up and there was 7″ of snow on the ground. My 8 years in the Midwest were CERTAINLY an experience and made me appreciate the change of seasons I had as a kid!!

  23. Welcome to all the new Groupies!! I’d love to knit up some baby monkeys. I just finished my first real pair and they were so much fun!! I think I’ll use them for my Q3 challenge socks! Have a great time at Parent’s weekend. Wow. Two weekends in a row with college guy. You must be pretty happy πŸ™‚

  24. I’d love to test knit a pattern for you!!! Please, pick me, pick me!!!

    I am a “flybaby” ( and Flylady always says if it doesn’t make you smile, then get rid of it! So, now you know what to do: See what makes you smile! Then, toss, toss, toss!

    Now, we have so many more “Loopie Groupies” to compete with, LOL!!! Big welcome to all of you!!!

  25. It was 84 here today, but it was a beautiful day! Now, Friday, for the HS football game, it is supposed to 85, humid, & possible showers. That’s not what the band members wanted to hear with their heavy wool uniforms. Oh well…

    My family loves fall, with the fruits of the harvest, as long as the pretty colored leaves remain on the trees. But, we are not looking forward to what that signals, 7 months with no leaves on the trees, the uglies, and very cold weather! πŸ™ Then, we can’t wait for spring, & leaves on the trees again. Sigh!

    Have a great Family Weekend with WG! I wish we could go up for my son’s Family Weekend in a couple of weeks. They have two really special performances by the Alan Parson’s Project Band on campus, but my son will be working all weekend for the band stuff. That, coupled with my fractured back that refuses to heal, will keep us home. It just was not meant to be. Oh well.

  26. Wow!! I love to see how far and near the Loopies are. That is impressive, and says a lot about your excellent customer service.
    And I know what you mean about the heat, it was 90 here too. At least last week it got cool in the evenings, but not this week.
    Have a great weekend with CG!!

  27. Im a new Loopy! Wheee!!! Got my package today πŸ™‚ Decorating? I’d give just about anything just to be done unpacking from the move! ::hanging head in shame::

  28. I’d knit Baby Monkeys but I’m sooooo slow you probably don’t want me to. I say get rid of the decorations you don’t like anymore. It’ll leave more room for yarn. My tastes have definitely changed over the years and I am slowly getting rid of things as I go. ‘Course when you have an elementary age kid, you end up having to have more of some kinds of things than you normally might. I love your decorations btw.

    Are those coffee beans???? They are aren’t they! Oh how I love the idea of coffee beans supporting candles! All that lovely coffee smell. Yum! Unfortunately both DH and DD would say YUCK! Hmmm, maybe I could do that in my studio though. It’d keep them out. Which in the months preceding the holidays is a good thing.

    We had a little blustery weather run through today. It was great! It put me completely into a Fall mood. Time to root out the holiday decorations. I think tomorrow I’ll buy a door wreath. You are such an enabler, Sheri!

  29. Wow! Congratulations and welcome to all the new Loopies!

    I wish I lived closer (and was a faster knitter)–I’d love to test-knit for you!

    I sympathize over the 90F weather—when I was growing up, we always got those kinds of temperatures the first week of school. It’s still too warm here, too, but not THAT warm.

    I agree with those who say to get rid of the decorations you don’t like anymore—if you can give them away, it might be easier. (Not that I follow my own advice. I’m the greatest pack rat that ever was!)

    Have a great weekend!

  30. We are still having hot days (low 90’s) here in SE Texas too, but at least the nights are starting to cool off…What a treat to walk out in the early morning to cool (mid to high 60’s) and relatively dry air instead of the hot stickys we have had all summer!

    I usually decorate some for fall, but my big thing is Christmas…I don’t have any advice to offer on what to do with your old stuff – I am really bad about keeping EVERYTHING!

    Have a great weekend with CG!

  31. Have a fun weekend! (Geeze, it’s kinda weird saying that on a Wednesday post, but at least it’s Thursday morning now.)

    I was very stubborn and didn’t turn our A/C back on until yesterday, when it was so muggy and miserable that I had to give in. Stupid heat.

    I don’t really decorate with the changing seasons. The only changes I tend to make are to put up the new pictures of Anna when we take them.

  32. Have a great trip to college! I change my decorations for the seasons also…I love your little picket fence…how cute! I have all my knitting packed for the long plane ride to Vegas from here in Mass…….hope to get alot done while I’m on a plane tonight!

    Enjoy your time with your son…My college guy is having a great time at school and his soccer team is doing great!

    Blogless Diane

  33. Hi Sheri I would be glad to try out baby monkey -I have a new nephew so perfect excuse!!!

    Advice on decorations you no longer love- pass them on to someone who does so you can fill their place with something special to you now!!!!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend


  34. I recommend finding a new home for the fall things you don’t care for anymore. That way you have more room in case you find something new that you can’t live without! (read: guilt-free decorating with new stuff)

    Have a safe trip!

  35. Sheri, I love the candles and coffee beans – anything that makes the house smell like coffee is a good thing! I’d get rid of the older decorations – I find that holding on to items I don’t use any more and aren’t sentimental clogs up my storage space and discourges me from finding good new stuff! Also seems to clog up my decorating mojo.

    Have fun this weekend!

  36. I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie! I’m a Loopy Groupie!

    I could test knit the pattern for you. I’m a foster parent with a couple babies right now and I would love to be able to make something other than plain stockinette socks for them.

    I also think that you should donate any things that you don’t want anymore. Someone else will love them!

    Have fun this weekend!

  37. I’ve got a few friends who are expecting…I’m more than willing to try out the Baby Monkey pattern for you πŸ™‚ I just need to find that yarn that you mentioned!

  38. Oh the cute baby monkeys! If you are still looking for people to rest knit the pattern I’ have some Zen String Serendipity Sport (from her club not bought at TLE, but you sell the Serendipity Sport so I figured colorway doesn’t matter?) in the stash and a new baby in the family (born Sunday! aaww).

    Have a lovely weekend!

  39. Sheri,

    I would love to test knit your baby monkey, if you need any more volunteers.

    You’re just the best..have a great weekend with College Guy!

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