Capi in The Loopy Limelight!

KaneoheYachtsToday we have another one of our Loopy Legends in the Limelight! Capi has been a long-time customer and I know you’ll enjoy reading about her. (She also has one of the largest sock yarn stashes that we know about. You’ll see pictures!) So many of you emailed to ask if we’d be telling you more about the Loopy Legends, and we’ll do as many of them in the Limelight as we can. (Some of them may want to stay anonymous – but we’ll ask them. We think it’s more fun not to be anonymous when you’re a Legend.)

Loopy: Hi Capi! You have a very unique and memorable name. Was that your given name?
Capi: No. The day after I was born, Dad came to the hospital and casually asked what name my Mother had picked out. She told him, “Aldorpha Evangelina.” His comment: “Try again.” She then came up with Carol, which later turned out to be what everyone who had a blond-blue-eyed-female-type-kid was using. This was after the then popular Carole Lombard, who herself was actually born Jane Alice Peters. So all thru grammar school (we didn’t call it elementary back then) I was one of 5 or 6 or 9 Carols in my class. As I was getting ready to enter my township high school (5 towns), my girl friend across the street said, you definitely need a nickname. Putting our heads together, we came up with CAPI which is really just CArol PIke – the first two letters of my first and last name. It stuck and I have been Capi ever since.

This worked to my advantage at one point in my life, back when I was a shrimp fisherman-woman-person down in Mexico in the Sea of Cortez. The port captain, who controlled who could or couldn’t work on the boats (or even buy wholesale shrimp) was also called Capi, therefore making he and I namesakes. In Spanish when another person shares your name, you call one another “tocayo” – a habit we don’t have in English, but which forms a bond with that individual. Being tocayos allowed me to work on the shrimp boats … the only American AND the only woman to do so in the entire area.

Loopy: I’ve never met another Capi, so you’re we think you’re pretty unique! Although we like Aldorpha, too. You’re one of our Loopy Legends and have been a long time Loopy customer. Do you remember how you found out about The Loopy Ewe?
PICT0309Capi: Oh, I was undoubtedly Googling for sock yarn, as I did almost every night trying to build up my stash of sock yarn so I could knit socks to go with my Cayman Crocs. I had other shoes, but when some friends in Phoenix turned me on to Crocs, “Katy bar the door!” I had to have every color that they made. I now own 42 pair of them, they have their own shoe racks in the corner of the bedroom. Well, now if you have all of these lovely colors of Crocs, then you’ve got to make socks to go with them, right?

Loopy: You definitely need socks for Crocs! (And we like your display of them – kinda like having a rainbow in your bedroom.) Did you like your Loopy Legends colorway?
Capi: Do I like my Legends colorway, Capi’s Arizona Rainbow? NO, I LOVE my colorway. I truly could not have picked better colors. It’s sorta like the commercial for the brand name spaghetti sauce using people with Herb, parsley and such names….well, a little bit of….nope nope, just couldn’t add or subtract a single color…the colorway is just perfect as it is! Kudos to Sheri and the Zen String zone.

PICT0234Loopy: Well it wasn’t necessarily easy to pick colors for you because we know you already have a great yarn stash. How long have you been knitting and who taught you to knit?
Capi: I first began knitting when I was a kid, probably around 9, by my Grandma. I just knit scarves and rather non-descript doll blankets though as I could never seem to follow a pattern. Years later, while at my Aunt Mary’s house, she watched me struggling with my knitting and said in a very disgusted tone, “My Mother taught you to knit, didn’t she? I said, “Yes.” and then she explained that Grandma knit backwards, which was why I could never follow a pattern. She and later a college friend, helped me get back on track and I have been knitting ever since, with some breaks for other hobbies.

PICT0212Loopy: You learned to knit backwards? That’s funny! Do you know how many skeins are in your stash? And how long would it take you to knit that up?
Capi: Yes, I know exactly how many skeins are in my SOCK stash…well, not the skeins, but the colorways… date there are 2153, with 6 more enroute. That is to say, there are that many colorways for 2153 pair of socks…but I could probably squeeze out another 1000 pair of socks with the leftover yarns, many of which would match one another. Or I could make tons of mini-socks. I actually give away some of my sock yarn to a friend so that she can make these darling octopus toys for cats…sprayed or stuffed w/a bit of catnip…hooo boy! How long to knit that yarn up…hmm, see I am trying to insure my longevity and figure I’m gonna have to live to be at least 115 or so.

PICT0307Loopy: We’d like to think you’ll live that long, too. What a fun stash you have! You’ve traveled a lot. What has been your favorite trip so far?
Capi: My favorite trip? I would have to say probably my favorite trip would be any one that is still in the planning stages in the future. I think the anticipation is often just as exciting as the actual trip. However that is a rather intangible answer, so I will have to narrow it down to 3 that I have actually gone on already…Hudson’s Bay at Churchill Canada to kayak with the beluga whales (those white smiley ones) who come up and visit with you and even bump your boat, but not maliciously. To Peru in the Andes and the Amazon Valley, where a full sized tapir would come into the chow hall and beg food at dinner time. And of course, China. Many aspects of China were great…I have been there 4 times. A highlight was going over at Christmas 2 years ago and going up to what was Manchuria to see the Ice Festival. It begins in Jan and lasts until April….never gets above zero.They have 4 story buildings made of ice w/neon lighting…a clock tower that actually works. Fantastic ice and snow carvings. It is like another world.

Loopy: Wow. I’ll bet it’s COLD in those ice buildings! Have you met any famous knitters along the way? πŸ™‚
Capi: No, but I hope to at the 2 yarn retreats that I will be going to in April! Oh, well I met Vanna White at ACCI trade show one year…does that count?

Loopy: We’ll count Vanna, since she does knit. Now, we also happen to know that you collect more than yarn. Care to share any of your other fun collections with us?
Capi: I used to be a rubber stamper and have probably 10,000 or so stamps…that are just crying, “what about us, aren’t we your friends anymore?” And since I began going to China a few years back, I now also collect Yixing (ee-shing) teapots, which are made from a special purple clay called Zisha. The teapots are never glazed & the clay absorbs the flavor and odor of the tea brewed in it so over time the seasoned pot becomes quite special. The pots are only made in one town in China, Yixing, NW of Shanghai. Some of the artisans are famous and command big bucks (or yuan) for their creations. (Speaking of China, this is Capi’s beautiful Bengal cat XiXin (she-sheen).

PICT0254Loopy: The teapots sound interesting. I’ll bet that is a pretty collection! We’re looking forward to having you here at the Spring Fling. Have you been to other knitting retreats – what is your favorite thing about knitting retreats?
Capi: Ah, I have never been to a knitting gathering before so this will be a brand new experience. However, by the time I get to see and meet you in person, Loopy, I’ll be coming directly from another knitting retreat being held in the San Juan Islands above Seattle. Can I bring you a salmon?….uh, no I don’t suppose youse ewe’s eats salmons. But to answer the question…I would think the comraderie and exchange of ideas would be paramount to me.

Loopy: Um, no, to the salmon. That’s correct. But thanks for the offer! Well, since we’re always on the lookout for good books – do you have a favorite?
Capi: You know, a few weeks ago, I might have named any number of mystery authors since that is my normal genre, but I recently finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen which was fantastic. Written by a woman, but told in the first person about a man in a nursing home and done in flashbacks about his time with a circus….truly wonderful insight into people. I have another book in the wings, so to speak, now loaded on my Kindle, but I haven’t begun it yet. As a fan of all of the Janet Evanovich books, one of my knitting buddies told me that Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie was of that ilk….I’ll let you know if you should add it to your “counting sheep don’t sleep, latenightreadinglist.”

I count socks when I can’t fall asleep. Counting sheep just makes me want to get up and play and doesn’t make me any sleepier. Socks – now socks make me sleepy. Anything else you’d like to add?
Capi: Are you kidding? I think I have taken up far too much of your valuable knitting time as it is….back to my sock knitting. I’ll never get those 3 pair a week socks done at this rate. Loopy, thank you so much for your time and indulgence. It has been a real pleasure and I sure look forward to meeting you, the Loopsters, and the Loopy Groupies at the upcoming Spring Fling.
Sheri whowantstohaveasmanyknittedpairsofsocksasCapidoessomeday


  1. I’m definitely sharing that yarn stash picture with my WH! Then maybe he’ll realize that my case of stashitis is way on the mild side!

  2. I love the Loopy Limelight feature! How cool to “meet” the Loopy Legends! I bow down to Capi’s stash! I can only aspire to it one day!

  3. Wow, what a great read. I think the only way to get that stash would be if my husband wasn’t home (can’t hide that many, and say, oh, I’ve had that skein for a long time). I also loved Water for Elephants.

  4. What a fascinating woman!! I aspire to have a sock stash (both knitted and unknitted) like that! Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with us, Sheri.

  5. Wow! That sock collection is amazing! And the Crocs! And the travel! And the Stash! But I think I like the picture of the cat the best! What an amazing person.

  6. Sheri
    What a great read and CAPI is a legend for sure. All that yarn and all those socks that she has knit. I’m sorry that I’m not coming to the spring fling. I would have loved to meet and talk with her. She sounds like she would have some great stories.

    I’m also sorry that I will not meet you and Loopy but the time and airline cost was more than I can handle at this time.

    Hopefully in the future.

  7. Holy Cow x 3!! That Crocs collection is just amazing, but then I got to the sock drawers! OMG – how wonderful to have that many pairs of HANDMADE socks to choose from…maybe some day I will get a fourth of Capi’s stash made for myself…and then I came to the sock yarn stash…I am still picking my jaw up off the floor – and I thought I had a hard time trying to decide which yarn to use next!! Oh, and the kitty is beautiful!

    Thanks Loopy for sharing Capi’s story with us…what a wonderful and interesting live she had led!

  8. My, my, what a beautiful Show and Tell!! Beautiful cat, beautiful socks, beautiful Crocs, beautiful YARN!!! What a fun interview; thanks, Loopy!!

  9. Great interview! Thanks for letting us get to know Capi! I can only wonder if I will ever have a fraction of stash and socks that she does.

  10. Ohmygosh. I cannot believe that stash. I am going to show my DH ’cause he says I have too much. Well, I only have about an 1/8 of that!! Sheesh!

  11. Woohoo Spring Fling becomes much more cool. No time for knitting at Spring Fling, I need my whole concentration for CapiΒ΄s stories, donΒ΄t want to miss one.

  12. Capi definitely is worthy of being a Loopy Legend! What a wonderful stash and collection of socks, and a beautiful kitty. And she is knitting 3 pairs a week! I’m lucky to get 3 socks a month!

  13. Wow, what an amazing stash! Let me know if you need some help playing in it and I’ll be right there!

    Great interview, nice to meet you, Capi!

  14. What a great interview…I also really liked Water for Elephants! I just sent the stash photo to my husband so he can compare and contrast Capi’s yarn collection with mine which only takes up 4 container store plastic bins! Too bad I’m missing the fling…it sounds like you all are going to have a great time!

  15. 3 pairs of socks a week! WOW!
    I have finished 2 pair this yr so far and have 4 more on the needles one of which is about half done one that is about 75% done and the other 2 are about 25% done. I better get back to work so I can order more Loopy sock yarn
    Have a Nice Day!@!

  16. Wow! The Spring Fling sure is going to be fun! I look forward to meeting Capi:)

    I agree with the others, sharing the picture of her “tiny” stash should really make my hubby feel like he has it made:)

  17. I can’t imagine having that many finished pairs of socks. Drawers full. I showed off her stash to one of my non-knitting friends and it elicited a Whoa.

    Is that all of the stash or is that just the sock yarn stash?

  18. Fun interview! Capi’s passion for Crocs, knitting socks, sock yarn, teapots, travel,
    etc is inspirational.

    I too enjoyed “Water for Elephants”.

  19. Even the big LYS’s around here can’t much the number of skeins of sock yarn, let alone anything approaching that variety of color! THREE pairs of socks/week???? Is that fingering weight? I don’t think I could do that even if I won the lottery and could sit and knit 5 or 6 hours every day!

  20. I will have to find this out now, my husband is a hemophiliac and there is a Hemotologic/Onocologic nurse at the Childrens Hospital here in San Diego, her name is, you guessed it- Cappi. I have no idea where the name came from or if it is a ‘nickname’ or her given name. Now I will have to go ask! I guess you have one more tocayo. Does it count if it is spelled different by one letter? It’s okay, we though we gave our daughter a diff. name- Tigerlily, and since her birth we have heard of two more Tigerlily’s that live in the Bay Area. haven’t met yet, but someday we will. They come to Comic-con every year and we have missed them by one day everytime!! We never thought she’d get a tocayo!! I used to dream I met a girl who looked identical to me, but that was as a kid. Now, I haven’t had that dream in years… nice to meet you and OMG on the stash!!!

  21. I am really liking the limelight Mondays. I would love to help Capi knit away that stash hehehe. I will have to show my youngest daughter all her Crocs she is crazy about them too.

  22. Well, Capi, you certainly have had an interesting life. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard
    of anyone with that much stash. I hope you get it all knitted. Sheri’s computer
    and my computer don’t always see eye to eye, so I didn’t get to see the pictures.
    Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Somedays they appear only to disappear
    again. It really irritates me that I miss some beautiful things. I really enjoyed
    your interview with Loopy. Have fun at the Spring Fling and your other knitting

  23. WOW-WOW-WOW–I want to come and live at your house, Capi!! I love sock yarn, Crocs and am also a rubber stamper!!! Or maybe you would like to come to lovely NJ in the summer (to escape the AZ) heat and we could switch houses for a week!! I think I need to buy more sock yarn to make you feel at home!
    I am going to be your BEST FRIEND at the Spring Fling!!!! Can’t wait to meet you!

  24. Capi’s sock yarn stash puts mine to shame! My sock yarn stah is pretty big and impressive, but I believe she has me beat. I’ll have to show my DH that photo so he thinks I don’t have enough sock yarn yet and tells me I should go buy more … like that’ll happen.

    Hey, I’m going to the same retreat in the San Juan Islands so I’ll get to meet Capi. SHe should be easy to pinpoint — I’ll just look for the Crocs. :o)

  25. Well, I love the Crocs and the Stash! WOW! I thought mine was big. It’s rather small in comparison!

    And what lovely drawers of handknit socks – you are one lucky woman!

    Sheri, I really enjoy these spotlight blogposts! πŸ™‚

  26. I have to agree with several other commenters—Capi’s collection of sock yarn and finished socks totally changes my perspective on what a sock yarn stash is; my 15 skeins seem like nothing now! The same goes for my shoe collection (if 3 or 4 pairs of shoes can be called a collection! Speaking of which it’s about time to think of buying a new pair of spring shoes to show off my socks. hmmm….). Capi has a beautiful array of sock yarn and shoe colours. It must be a pleasure to walk into the room and see all of those colours every day. Kind of like walking into The Loopy Ewe I imagine!

  27. Great interview! So nice to meet you Capi. Love your yarn stash. and your Croc collection. I thought I had a lot of Birkenstocks – 12. I’m calling my husband over now to see Capi’s yarn collection. Then he’ll realize that I don’t have nearly enough sock yarn yet. I’m looking forward to meeting you Capi at the Spring Fling. πŸ™‚

  28. I can’t wait to meet Capi-what a critter! I love everything about her life-what an adventure. I love the STASH and all the great socks.
    Thanks, Loopy, for the great interview. Mondays are just FAB.

  29. Reading this latest “blog” entry….well….I would call it a “very good read”!!! Capi…you are so interesting!
    I am jealous of your yarn stash….and may you live to 120 young years so you can knit up all that yarn! Your crocs are simply “out of this world”…..too cute!!!


  30. Capi your stash is impressive but I have to admit I a REALLY impressed with your Croc collection. Being a big Croc fan I think you are the Queen of Crocs!

  31. Hmmmm, those sock drawer pictures were dated last April and July. I want to know what they look like *now*!! πŸ™‚

  32. Oh Loopy, and Capi, thank you for that wonderful interview. It does my heart good to know that my stash (which I have always thought was embarrassingly enormous) doesn’t even hold a candle to yours! Which means I can continue to stalk the website and purchase yarn from TLE absolutely GUILT-FREE!

  33. I always thought I had an impressive stash, but the sock yarn stash is, well, WOW! Capi, do you have a stash of other yarns, too?

  34. Loved the interview. I hadn’t heard the word Tocaya in a looong time. But she’s right, you do develop a special bond. Would love to meet Capi. I’m in awe of her stash and knitted sock collection. A true Loopy Legend!!

  35. What a great interview! I so wish I could make it to the Spring Fling and meet Capi in person. She sounds fascinating! The travel, the Crocs, the socks, the STASH! (And I thought my stash was over the top. Nuh-uh. Plenty of room to grow.) Thanks again, Loopy!

  36. Hi All….

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Just wanted to clarify the stash. YES, that is all SOCK yarn, w/the commercial stuff (you know, the pull from the center skeins) in their own bookcase, on the other side of the room. Some of the non-sock yarn is hanging out in that room, but most of it is hiding out downstairs in the guest room w/the roving.

    One thing I would like to point out to those who might envy my stash & wish they had lots more…..I don’t have family to buy things for, not for birthdays, nor other holidays…therefore, I have more disposable money for yarn indulgence. There is always a trade off in life and its tough to say Merry Christmas to a roomful of yarn. No, no, I don’t mean that as a ‘poorme’ ploy…it’s just the way it is. So those of you who have lovely families, be thankful for them.

  37. Nice to meet you, Capi. Love your travel stories and especially your fabulous yarn stash! No wonder you’re inspired it to create 3 pair of socks a week!!! It takes me about three weeks a pair πŸ™‚ I guess I better get shopping!

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