Spreading Sweetness and Light

DSC00091.JPG(Today’s Fall Photo: Zoe, once again, playing with the Japanese Lantern plant. Luckily it’s silk…)

I love this quote that Beth shared with me:

“It was the custom of Lady Bostock, when the weather was fine, to sit in a garden chair on the terrace of Ashenden Manor after luncheon, knitting socks for the deserving poor. A believer, like Lord Ickenham, in spreading sweetness and light, she considered, possibly correctly, that there is nothing that brings the sunshine into grey lives like a sock or two.”

From Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse

So think of sock knitting as spreading sweetness and light. I like that. (And for enabling purposes, who can argue with purchases because “I consider it my duty to spread sweetness and light via sock yarn.” Sounds good to me.)

Some of the Loopy Groupies over on Ravelry have organized a Loopy Ewe Swap! It’s open to anyone and here is their website if you’d like to get the details and join up. I think we have such a fun group of Loopies over there on Ravelry. If you’re already on Ravely, come join the group. You don’t have to be an official Loopy Groupie! Go to the “Groups” tab and type Loopy Ewe into the search engine. You’ll find us. Sometimes that group gets the inside scoop on things going on around here. Not that I don’t follow it up pretty quickly with info on the blog for you all, but …. you know. They just get information out of me at times. That’s all I’m sayin’. If you’re not yet on Ravelry – get your name on the list and join us when you get there!

DSC01212.JPGLook who stopped by yesterday for a visit to The Loopy Room. It’s Travis and Jacki – Jacki being half of Cider Moon (and Gail being the other half). They have been on a 2 week camping vacation and were staying in our area. It was fun to have them (and their two dogs) pop by. You can see that Jacki found a few things that she “needed” here. Travis even wound two skeins of it on our ball winder just in case Jacki wanted to start working on any of it before she got home. What a guy.

I’m off to the mountains for five days of cool weather and beautiful trees! As usual, I have packed way too many things that I want to knit. I’m planning on finishing my Alpaca Sox sock and my Sheepaints sock (Sheepaints is due in very soon). I have another not-yet-announced line that I’m knitting up and gosh, do I ever love the fun colors. I have two other potential lines that I’m test knitting and am taking along. I’m also taking my Chevron scarf, and I made the mistake of helping someone else pick out two colors of Fiesta Boomerang for their scarf and totally fell in love with that combo, too. So I may need to take that as well. Note to self: must.stop.starting.chevron.scarves.just.because.I.have.to.see.how.two.colorways.knit.up. Way more knitting than I will ever get done, but heaven forbid that I might ever get close to running out of stuff to knit with time left in the weekend. FPS.

I’ll put up the Q4 Challenge in Monday’s blog, along with opening up the Q3 Challenge for voting at that time. Watch for it!

Sheri I’llmissyouallwhileI’mgonebutwillbringbackprettypicturesoftheAspensfortheblog

P.S. We have a couple of Loopy customers doing some good work to raise money for wonderful causes. (And – they have fun prizes!) Check out Jill’s blog for information on how she is raising money for Making Strides against Breast Cancer. And Aimee is raising money for Lupus with a fun drawing going on.


  1. I hope you have a wonderful getaway with your friends! Sounds like a lot of fun!! I think I need a weekend getaway soon…
    And, I’m looking forward to the 4Q Challenge. In the meantime, I hope to wrap up my 3Q challenge by the end of the weekend, but we’ll see what happens… : )

  2. Sweetness and light. I wonder if DH will buy that one…

    Bring lots of warm snuggly sock to wear this weekend. It’s not supposed to be very nice in the mountains this weekend. They said maybe even rain or snow- burr!

  3. Hi Sheri, hope you have a great time away. Lots of time to relax and knit. How neat that Travis and Jackie stoped by. I do love Cider Moon. Sweetness and light, love it. Hugs

  4. Sheri, I love the PG Wodehouse quote and now I’ll have to look for the book!
    I’m with you on the chevron scarves…they are so much fund and I have bought so many combinations it will take me awhile to get them done!

  5. Missing Colorado more than ever with all the allergies we have around here. I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful time!

  6. Enjoy your trip Sheri! And remember, there’s no such thing as taking too much yarn, especially if it’s sock yarn because we all know it doesn’t count 🙂

  7. Don’t you love Wodehouse? I’m using the “sweetness and light” argument whenever I engage in stash enhancement. I’m not sure my husband will like it, but it’s worth a shot! Have a great time in the mountains — we’ll all be here when you get back 🙂

  8. Have a great time in Colorado with your friends. I knew 2 times a year would be alot better than waiting 18 months to get together again. I just got my Ravelry invite last week and the site is totally addicting. I’ll need to hurry over and join the Loopy group. What colors are you using in the new Chevron scarf? Good to see Jacki and Travis at the Loopy Ewe. I found out they live close by me here in Ohio.

    ~I see there is another Kristi now 🙂 …I’ll change to Kristi ~ Ohio

  9. Don’t you know, that’s rule #1 of traveling: Pack what appears to be too much knitting, as you never know. 🙂

    Have a great time in the mountains! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  10. Have a great time in Colorado Sheri with your friends. I’m so glad you get to go 2x this year instead of waiting 18 months between visits. I’m glad Travis and Jacki got to visit the Loopy Ewe. I found out that the Cider Moon gals don’t live too far from me here in Ohio. I just got my invite to Ravelry last week and the site is so addicting. I’ll now go over and join the Loopy Ewe group. Again…hope you have a great time.

    I see that there is another Kristi now 🙂 I’ll use Kristi ~ Ohio. See ya 🙂

  11. I LOVE boomerang. It’s so springy. I’m making the Mr Greenjeans sweater on Knitty out of boomering. I went on your site in the middle of the night and ordered Mini Boomerang to make matching socks.

  12. Have a great trip!

    (What you really need is a pattern like Lizard Ridge for sock-weight yarns, so you can test a couple colors and just knit enough for an afghan square! Or maybe you’ll just unvent the Chevron Sampler Afghan?)

  13. Hey, Sheri! It was so great being able to see you and visit the Loopy room in person! I’m still fondling all of the yarn I picked up. By some strange fluke, I was able to score some of the Claudia Peppermint Mocha, so yay me! I’m thinking of maybe doing gloves out of it. Have fun on your trip to Colorado, and enjoy missing out on the 87 degree weather here. 🙂

    -Jacki, with sporadic internet access, still in the wilderness with Travis and the dogs.

  14. Have a wonderful trip to Colorado. That’s always been one of my favorite places to visit, and now I’m moving to Denver in a week! I keep having to pinch myself!

  15. I always pack waaaaay too much knitting. I try not to let it creep out of my Loopy Tote, but if it fits in the tote, it’s fair game. Usually I take the lace I’m working on, at least two socks’ work of yarn, and something else. RIght now, my something else is Lizard Ridge, so I have enough for at least two squares in the bag at any given time, sometimes more if I get more than halfway through finishing a square.

    Also, thanks so much for announcing the swap! The group is starting to grow, we have plenty of people volunteering to be Stealth knitters, and I really think it’s going to be a blast and run with minimal problems. I’m so excited! Watch me bounce!

    Also… where do people keep finding these guys that are yarn-friendly? Is there a database where we can look them up?

  16. Great quote! Does it still cound as spreading sweetness and light if the socks aren’t donated to the deserving poor, but are just made for one’s own family? I’m not sure if my husband, kids and I can be counted among the deserving poor but the socks certainly brighten our lives.
    Have a fabulous time in Colorado and get lots of knitting done.

  17. Have a great trip—– enjoy!

    AND—– make sure you grab a cuppa the new white mocha maple latte at Borders. Please. Seriously……… ooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I think I might like it more than Pumpkin Spice latte and we know that is sayin’ a lot!!!

  18. Have a great trip to the Colorado mountains! I love fresh mountain air, as long as it is not winter, and we are below the tree line! Those mountains are gorgeous! I hope you will take some pictures to share. Enjoy your trip and your time with friends. And then, you’ll have to plan another one for spring, so you get two a year, LOL.

    I just ordered my DIC in Petal Shower! Hooray! Now I can get back to work on my other stuff, instead of hitting screen refresh, waiting for it to pop up, LOL.

    Do you know of some nice patterns for fingerless mitts or gloves that use sock weight yarn? Thanks in advance.

  19. Wishing you a fabulous weekend with good friends and plenty of knitting!

    Thanks for the info about the Ravelry group. I joined!

  20. OOoooo, have fun in Colorado! You know Loopy went there this summer…to Steamboat Springs. (I have pictures.)

    Are you making chevron scarves with regular Boomerang or Baby Boom?

    Notice Cider Moon Jacki’s socks in the photo!!

    I haven’t had much time to play on Ravelry, but I did make it in a couple of weeks ago!

  21. Have a GREAT TIME!!! Will love to see the pics when you come back.
    I joined the Loopy Swap!!!! Yeah it’s my first swap ever.
    I check regularly for the Baby Monkey sock pattern…would love to try it in “small” first.

  22. Oh, right, sweetness and light—I can’t wait to try THAT line on them!

    Have a great time in the mountains, Sheri, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures (both of the scenery and of your knitting)!

  23. Snow/rain forcast for Sat. aft. and Sunday. Good chance to enjoy knitting and looking at scenery. I love knowing your in Colorado. Wish ewe were in Gunnison, I’d buy you coffee!

  24. jacki called me a few minutes after she left to share the wonders of the Loopy Room. I think it’s totally awesome that they were able to come for a visit! I don’t blame her for taking a whole pile o’ Loopy Goodness home. There’s nothing like a little Loopy Love to brighten any vacation.

    Have fun camping. I bet the mountains are spectacular right now.

  25. I love the quote, hope you have a great weekend, and am somewhat sorry for the information I am about to share (perhaps because I’m tempted to buy them all for myself). Starbucks is selling Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos at grocery stores now. My friends and I found some yesterday, I’ll not repeat what followed, suffice to say that it was good

  26. I hope Columbus Day isn’t a holiday for Sheri and the Loopy Ewe!! Friday was sad enough without a wonderful blog post…..you just CAN”T take today off too!! I guess it’s still early in SL and I know it’s still summer here in NJ–86 crazy degrees today!

  27. Sheri…we miss you! Come home already! 🙂

    Actually, you completely deserve time off. And I know it’s hard to come by with a growing business and a kid at home.

    Still. We worry.

  28. Hi Sheri, I was interested in your comments about the Chevron Shawl. I am doing one that I like but don’t think is as contrasty as I would like it to be. I am using a yarn from Pick Up Sticks which is nice but I really, really want to do one in the Fiesta colors. Would your recommend a nice contrasty pair using Cosmopolitan as one of the colors? I was looking at the pictures and couldn’t quite make a choice.I would surely appreciate it.
    Ann Carpenter in Dallas

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