A wheel, a recipe, and a contest

DSC01381.JPGYesterday, Adrienne visited The Loopy Room. She lives in Chicago and was on her way to a spinning workshop (how cool is that?) in LaMars. We were talking about spinning wheels when she came in, and she graciously offered to get her Lendrum that was in the car, so that I could try it out. (Knitters and spinners – aren’t they just the best?) She gave me some great spinning tips and it was very fun trying out her wheel. The Lendrum and the Schacht were the two that I most wanted to try out. We made her pose for a photo so that we can start the Loopy Wall of Fame. (Of course I totally forgot to take pictures of the fun people who stopped by today. I must leave the camera out so that I remember….) After shopping hours today, I left Loopy Central in the very capable hands of Susan-the-awesome-assistant and The Elves, and went to my favorite LYS – The Weaving Department. If you live in St. Louis, you know why that’s my favorite local shop. We have some great shops here, but Nancy and her gang have an awesome selection of yarns, always make you feel welcome and appreciated, and are just lovely to deal with. She also sells wheels and looms, and she had a Schacht for me to try. I never should’ve tried it. I was sold on it pretty quickly. 🙂 It helps that Kay – who works there – was an expert teacher and had me spinning away in just 10 minutes. I think I finally “get” it. It just so happens that they have a spinning class going on, so tomorrow I will go to the class (with my second class on 12/1) and at the end of the class tomorrow, I’ll take my new Schacht home. I’m excited!! (And now I’m in the poorhouse. But I’ll be spinning in that poorhouse, so all is well.) I’ll keep you posted on things as I progress. I have also started talking to some roving dyers, and am excited to have that coming here in the new year!

As promised, here is the decadent Pumpkin Dessert recipe that I promised you. Pay no attention to the 2 sticks of butter on the top. (Well, I mean YES, you do need to add those to the top, but NO, you do not need to obsess about how many calories it might add in to your dessert.)

DSC01367.JPGChristy’s Pumpkin Dessert

1 large can of pumpkin (28 – 30 oz)
1 can evaporated milk (10 – 12 oz)
3 eggs
2 sticks of butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 cup of nuts (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon.

Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil and grease it. Pour the pumpkin mixture in the pan and sprinkle the dry cake mix on top. Pat the cake mix down with a spoon. Sprinkle with nuts (if desired) and drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour (check it at 45 minutes and put a piece of foil over the top if it’s getting a little brown.) Let stand 10 minutes and turn out on a board to cut into pieces, or refrigerate. Great served with whipped topping or ice cream.

And now the November Loopy Loot contest (where you answer my question in the blog comments and I draw a name next Friday to win a gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe!) We love having music going here at Loopy Central, and I think we need some new tunes. Tell me your favorite one or two musical artists. (I know it’s hard to narrow it down. Ok, go ahead and tell me however many you want.) For instrumental music, I really like Matt Bachrach and Michael Faircloth. Matt was an artist that I ran across at our mall, of all places. They had him playing on a stage one day during the holiday season a couple of years ago. Michael has played at our church a couple of times. Both are amazing pianists and I think I have collected all of their albums over time. So suggest some new names – instrumental or otherwise, and I’ll check into them! (Note – this isn’t for playing while people shop here, since we’re not “open” most of the time – it’s just music for us to pack orders to!)

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I love listening to Hawaiian music, especially as I get older and more nostalgic for things from my childhood. I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area but at times miss Hawaii.

    Kohala – hawaiian with a smooth jazz flair
    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – beautiful voice (I like the Facing Future CD the best)

  2. There are some wonderful suggestions here. I like Celtic dance music, early music, cello, and Alasdair Fraser (Scottish Fiddle – so sweet you can’t believe your ears). So I would recommend anything by Maggie Sansone (hammer dulcimer) and this one album by Abbey Newton: Crossing to Scotland. My favorite cut is “Drunk and Night and Dry in the Morning.” Lovely traditional tune!
    Okay, one Christmas album: A Scottish Christmas featuring Bonnie Rideout (fiddle), Maggie Sansone, and Al Petteway (acoustic guitar).

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Congratulations on getting your wheel! I’d love to see a post with all it’s specs. and why you chose to go with it over others. Happy spinning!

    My favourite band of all is Steeleye Span, a great folk-rock group that stared in the 70’s — they do lots of traditional ballads & folksongs, but with a funky beat, and lead singer Maddy Prior’s voice is just amazing. there have been lots of votes for Loreena McKennit above, who I also adore, and if you also like her stuff you might want to check out Kate Rusby as well.

  4. I like a lot of the current artists out there, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood (I like most of the last couple years’ worth of idols, especially Elliott Yamin), etc. I also like classical: Shostakovich, Ravel, Beethoven, Vivaldi, et al. For this time of year, though, I like the classics: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Harry Connick, Jr. also has a great Christmas CD, while Amy Grant and some compilations are good, too.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  5. Wow…what a cool contest! I am glad to see all the Feist fans since she is the person I wake up to every morning (my alarm is set to a CD).

    As much as I love her, I will not include her in my list. I have way too many other favorites…I can’t even fit them all on my 30GB iPod! It is an addiction like knitting! Okay, so here they are:

    Damien Rice (amazing, amazing)
    Ray LaMontagne (words are hard to find…see him in concert and his voice will just consume you)

    These two are pretty mellow. I have to add one more since I have been a devoted fan since 1996 and that’s Dave Matthews Band…you can never go wrong here!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love Sara Groves, a Christian artist. Kind of mellow, plays piano, great lyrics. She lives near me, too. She has a new album either just out or coming out very soon, but try “Conversations.” I am also really enjoying Jack Johnson.

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