Driven to Distraction.

DSC01448.JPGSusan-the-awesome-assistant gave me this today and I couldn’t love it more. Doesn’t everyone need a Panic Button? Plus, when you have Hoops and Yoyo telling you to “stay calm, stay calm, stay calm” until they change their mind and tell you to “PANIC!!!”, it only makes you laugh. This will come in so handy here at Loopy Central. You know, when the phone is ringing off the hook, or the mailman arrives too early, or a skein of yarn goes missing, or …. you’re trying to settle all of the attendance details of The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling Knitting Retreat. Stuff like that. I hit that ol’ Panic Button a lot today. But I think the Fling is finally finished. (I haven’t emailed anyone yet. Don’t hit the Panic Button if you haven’t heard from me yet. I’m doing that next.)

So, the Fling. Just a few bits of information so that you know how it went.

– We had a lot of people sign up. (We love that!)
– There are not spots for everyone. (We knew that. But we still don’t like it.)
– This is being put on as a Customer Appreciation Event for The Loopy Ewe. What that means is that we didn’t pad anything in the price to make money from it. (Not that any of you complained about the price – which was nice. But I still wanted to tell you that we’re just covering our costs – nothing more, nothing less.) And it’s not a knitting convention with classes and markets, open to anyone who wants to pop by. It’s a way for us to give back to you, our wonderful customers. It’s, 1) a weekend knitting retreat at a hotel and 2) a way for out-of-towners to be able to visit us here, since you’re not in town and able to pop by whenever you want (although we do have a few great St. Louis customers spending the weekend with us, too) and 3) a way for us to be able to put faces with the names that we have had fun “getting to know” over the past year and a half and 4) a chance to have some knitting fun together. Those were our goals when we set this up.
– Since it’s a Customer Appreciation event, Loopy Groupies did get an extra ticket in the lottery. It wasn’t a guaranteed “in”, as we have many non-Loopy Groupies who will be coming, too, (and probably a few Loopies who didn’t get pulled) but it did give you a leg up. Also, any of our indie dyers who wanted to come, got an extra ticket, because we sure appreciate them, too! Lastly, those of you from other countries who signed up – I’m so impressed that you’re willing to come all this way to visit us here. What fun! You got an extra ticket, too.
– We have a good sized Waiting List and I fully expect some cancellations, so some of you will still get in.
– Because I’m a sap, I did add five extra spots to the weekend. I just hate telling people no, and that was five less that I had to disappoint. (I’m fully capable of saying no, however, so don’t think you now have me figured out. Ask WH and my kids.)
– Wendy and Cookie have graciously agreed to each add a FOURTH class to their schedules, because I saw so many of you on Ravelry talking about wanting to take both of the classes. I’m hoping that this will allow many of you to do that. (Yay, Wendy and Cookie!)
– We’re really excited that you want to come, and we’ll do our best to make it a great weekend for you.

DSC01445.JPGI think that’s it. Now I need to start sending out the emails (you’ll hear from us either way. If you haven’t received notice by tomorrow – Saturday, please email me, as it means your email didn’t go through). I’m not sure about the blog schedule next week, as we’re taking some time off (although your orders will still go out!) and we’re heading up to Iowa for a wedding next weekend. I’ll check in via the blog if I can. (Well, I’ll do a quick blog on Monday, so that you can post your RAKs for the week.) I hope we all keep these up even after the holidays are over. Someone mentioned in one of the comments this week, how people are more conscious of helping other (with clothing or finances or extra time or whatever) during this season, but there are still so many needs out there in January and April and September (and all of the other months of the year.) I’m hoping that this has put me in a better habit of reaching out and sharing all year long. I’m working on that.

Sheri hopingtodosomefuncookingthesenextfewdayssothatIhavenewrecipestoshare,too


  1. Love the panic button Sheri. I certainly need it. I work for a major insurance company and it is our year end push to get applications issued by December 31st. That button would certainly be used. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe trip to Iowa.
    Kristi πŸ™‚

  2. I SO wish I could come to the retreat!! A lot of reasons why I can’t (this year!). I just wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas..and a wonderful New Year. Its so fabulous you got such a great response to your retreat. I’m truly happy for you. I’ll live vicariously through everyones postings about it next spring. Thank you, again, for being here for all of us, and esp for me!! πŸ˜‰

  3. But it’s a good kind of distraction. πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas! (a little early, yes, but I’m feeling festive this evening)

  4. Wow! My DIC Classy is turning into a gorgeous Irish Hiking Scarf for Buddy Bill. I’m so excited.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Sheri. πŸ™‚ I didn’t even try for a spot at the Retreat because I knew I couldn’t attend.

  5. I am sure that panic button will come in handy. And it is so cute too!

    I think it is wonderful that you have had such a response to the retreat. Wish I could go, but there is always next year.

    Enjoy these next days, and I will be looking for those new recipes!

  6. I’ve been checking my e-mail every hour hoping to find out “I’m IN!” I just told my friend I’m looking for a “Christmas Miracle!” She lives in SL and is dying for me to come out to see her too! Sheri, you and the Loopy Ewe have made 2007 so much fun. Have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!

  7. I can’t tell you how excited that I’m IN too!!!! Its going to be wonderful to meet everyone… : )

    May you and the Loopy Elves have a very Merry Christmas with your families. I leave Sunday to go to Kansas – I think there is a strong chance of a white Christmas – how exciting!

    And, definitely take some extra time away the blog, if it means spending more quality time with your kids. : )

  8. I so wish I could come to the retreat!!! As you know I wrangle brides for a living and while you are all laughing so hard you need Depends and knitting your silly heads off, I’ll be putting up with a woman in white. And her mother. ACK!

    But I will be living vicariously!

    LOVE the panic button, that is way cute, I need one!

  9. Please send the Panic Button to IOWA ahead of you guys! (I’ll give it back AFTER the wedding.. I promise!!) We have over 400 coming and a Panic Button would be quite useful right about now!!! (Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm…….)

  10. Sheri, I was so distracted last night trying to finish Christmas teacher knitting for my daughter that around midnight I was checking my email, your blog, ravelry, everywhere I could think of to see if emails had gone out – I couldn’t find any info anywhere – cuz it was Thursday, not Friday! Duh! Then just now I checked my mail and I’m IN!!! Woohoo – merry Christmas to me! Thank you!

  11. Aren’t Hoops and Yoyo just awesome? They are SO MUCH FUN. My life is too “up in the air” to plan on the retreat, but I’m sure everyone will have a wonderful time. I have really enjoyed your blog this year and am just itching to keep diving into my cabinet full of sock yarn that has mostly come from TLE. Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to more amazing TLE yarn in 2008!

  12. Oh, I’m sooooo excited to be joining the Fling, even though I am a Groupie and a frequent in-person-at-the-Loopy-Room-and-then-at-Loopy-Central shopper! As it gets closer, I hope you’ll let us know who the indie dyers are who will be joining the fun. James will be so sorry he can’t be there. I noticed on Ravelry that Kellie is coming all the way from New Zealand! Now that’s a Groupie! Will Wollmiese Claudia be there too???

    I absolutely love your Hoops and Yoyo Panic Button. I could sure use one of those. So just put one in my stocking. What, you say, it’s not off the needles yet…well, yes I admit it, I am temporarily working on another felted bag. Got the bag bug this year. Almost done with a pair of Opal socks though, and then have to knit a pair of “Smokin’ Socks” for bro in CT.

    For my not-so-random RAK this week I shall be working in the ER Saturday (i.e. tomorrow), Sunday, Christmas eve, Christmas day, and Wednesday till midnite! It is my voluntary act of kindness so my Christian friends/colleagues can enjoy their celebrations with their families. My Hanukkah candles were all burned as scheduled a few weeks ago!

    Sheri, have a great trip and a very fabulous holiday with your family. Thank you for bringing us all so much wooly joy and cheer throughout the year…and I’ll see you at L.C. next Friday!

  13. How awesome of Cookie and Wendy to add on another class! And thank you so much for setting this up. We’ll need to send YOU away for a weekend as an appreciation gift from all us loyal customers. πŸ˜‰

    I’m so beyond excited, I’ve even forgotten about my crippling shyness!

    Have a wonderful Christmas, enjoy every minute!

  14. I’m hoping that someone will produce a journal report on the retreat, so that those of us unable to travel at that time will be able to enjoy it vicariously. It’s truly wonderful of you to put this together, Sheri. I know how much work is involved in making such an event happen.

    Love the Panic Button. I still have two buttons that I wore occasionally at work back in the day when I had two shops…one was GUTS (which was an acronym for Get Underway, Try Something!) and the other was “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.” I’d send that last one to you, but I’m afraid it’s pretty beat up…been worn a lot! Being a successful entrepreneur (with a staff of up to 30!) isn’t an easy task. There were those times…..when a panic button comes in handy.

    Have a very merry Christmas, Sheri…and a happy and prosperous new year.


    P. S. I’ve got Josh Groban’s “Noel” CD playing in the background. Lovely!

  15. Love the panic button, Sheri! I’m so glad that you got such a good response for the retreat, and how great of Wendy and Cookie to add on another class! I”m sure it’s going to be so much fun for everyone! I’m another one who can’t go (at least not this year—you will be having more of these in the future, yes?) but I’ll live vicariously through the rest of you. Safe trip to Iowa and a wonderful Christmas to you, your family, and your Loopies! And a terrific 2008!

  16. Sheri wishing you and everyone at LoppyEwe a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I ccan’t attend the retreat, but can’t wait to hear all about it! Maybe someday I can attend..

    The panic button is awesome, I could use one… work sometimes gets me riled, but I think it is just a fun, silly, accessory!

    Oh and Merry Christmas to all who read this blog!

  17. Sheri May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    I won’t be attending the retreat this year, but am anxious to hear all about it!

    The panic button looks like something everyone with a little stress could appreciate!

    Oh and Merry Chrsitmas and a Happy New year to all who read this blog!

  18. I love the panic button…..I am so happy that you have such a great group of followers that would travel from all over to be a part of the retreat…regrettfully I couldn’t sign up this year….different trip, same time frame for me……I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and gets lots of Loopy yarn from Santa!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family….

    Blogless Diane

  19. That panic button looks like something everyone needs this time of year! I’m loving hearing about the retreat; I’ll just have to plan to live vicariously through folks who can make it this year πŸ™‚ I’ll try to post my RAKs on Monday, but since I’ll also be madly preparing the food for the traditional Christmas Eve party that my husband loves so dearly (a RAK in itself — what sane person would eat pickled herring by choice?!), it’s hard to tell if I’ll make it. Travel safely, and have a wonderful Christmas!

  20. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year everyone.

    Can’t wait to see what wonderful yarn choices Sheri makes for us in the New Year…and also am so anxious to finally meet Sheri and the Elves. Thanks for the email, Sheri!

  21. Love the panic button (although I admit that I have no idea who Hoops & Yoyo are – I may be the only one!) & could use one myself at times! I’m so glad to have gotten a spot for the Spring Fling, & hope that those who didn’t get a spot this time or were otherwise unable to make it, will get another chance before long. I’m really looking forward to meeting Sheri (& the Elves, too, I hope!) as well as so many of you whose comments I’ve been reading both here & on Ravelry, and of course Cookie & Wendy!

  22. How cute! I love the panic button. I wish I’d had something like that when I was sys admining. It would have been very handy.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Sheri!

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sheri, and all the Loopy Elves too! I so wish I could have signed up for the retreat this time around, but hopefully next time I can…just too much going on with changes at work to try to commit to something that far out at the moment. By next time around, things will be settled, and I should be able to squeeze in a few days off! Have a safe trip to Iowa, and I am looking forward to seeing those new DIC colors come up after the holidays!

  24. You are the best πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you, your family, and all the Loopy Elves. I just couldn’t afford to even try to get a spot to go to the retreat. Maybe next year.

  25. Merry Christmas to all I am so excited that I am in. I never win at any lottery!!! Now all I have to do is survive working all of the holidays.

  26. Merry Christmas Sheri!! i hope you have a fabulous break, full of yummy food, wonderful times with your family, and plenty of yarny relaxation. So looking forward to meeting up with you and all the other dedicated Loopy Ewe lovers in April (although i’m slightly concerned that people may think it’s a bit odd/stalkerish to come all the way from NZ to knit – I swear I’m a nice girl, lol!).

  27. How are your Noro socks coming along? I am knitting a pair on size 0 Addi’s, and my gauge is 9.5 sts. per inch. In the thick, slubby parts of this yarn, these needles are WAY too small. I’m thinking this yarn is like the real Kureyon—there is allot of variation in weight from skein to skein and even within any given skein. I’m going to knit my next pair on size 2.25mm needles and see how that goes. This yarn is beautiful, as Noro yarns are, but it is definately much different to knit with than a standard four-ply sock yarn, like Opal. I’m also thinking about mittens or a lace scarf with this yarn—I love to knit socks, but some of my favorite colorways are too gorgeous to be hidden away in my shoes. If you could figure out what to use as a solid color, this yarn would be good for fair isle knitting, like Norwegian mittens. What do you think? How are your other customers using it?

  28. I love the panic button – I think we could all use one of those.

    I’m so excited to be coming to the retreat in April. My sweet man saw me doing the happy dance when I got my email that he said he was getting my airline ticket so that I can go πŸ™‚

    I look forward to meeting you and everyone at the retreat

    Have a wonderful holiday!!! πŸ™‚

  29. Sheri!

    I LOVE Hoops and Yoyo…they got me through many a stress while I spent a year in Baghdad as my husband sent me their e-cards on a regular basis…and sent me the little figurines as well. I must get me a panic button!

    I also wanted to let you know I had a wonderful time with the woolpets kit I ordered from you in my last order. The kit for “one large or two small” penguins yielded a family of five. Pics and details at if you’re interested.


  30. Sheri
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
    Congratulations on creating the first of I hope annual retreat to St. Louis. I wish that I could come this year, but not enough vacation time and money to fly to St Louis. But I will watch for all the blogs on how wonderful the weeked was.

    Now I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get into the Sock Club lottery and that this is the one lottery that I will win.

    When will the sock club sign up start?


  31. Sheri,
    Merry Christmas and thanks so much for the wonderful year of yarn from TLE! Your personality and work ethic make all the difference in being a success or not-and you’re definitely a success, with your family and worker-elves.
    Happy New Year
    Looking forward to more SOCKS!!

  32. love the panic button ~ now looks I need one since all the retreat spots are taken. ;( well, if there is a waiting list, please ~ pretty please can you put me on it. I really need a vacation, retreat thingy to look forward to. ;D

    btw ~ thx for putting this together.

  33. oh speaking of figuring you out ~ how ’bout I offer to be luggage girl, chauffer (sp) and all around super-duper helper, huh, huh! would that get me in on this flingy thingy?! I’m an excellent volunteer if I’d say so myself. heehee ;D

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