…. because you never know what you’re gonna get. (That’s a nice way of saying that today’s post contains much miscellaneous information.) And because I wanted to show you a picture of the way-too-fun felted chocolates from my friend Claudia. Notice Zoe’s paw in the corner of the photo – she wanted to try them. They are so realistic looking!
We had fun reading your answers to Wednesday’s “we wonder” questions! You know, the “Why doesn’t anyone knit socks for us” was totally a joke. Well, they did actually say that, but they weren’t seriously wondering. That’s kind of like asking, “Why doesn’t anyone give me a million dollars?” The fact that several of you were up for knitting Elf Socks was so sweet! I’ll see if any of them would seriously like to take you up on that. 🙂 Many of you wondered how we can pack orders all day and not want to take all of this yarn home to knit. Well, half of the Elves aren’t knitters, so it’s less of a temptation for them. Although it IS making them feel like they want to learn. We’re going to set up a Knit Night this summer, to teach them. (And I can say that I have a very difficult time passing up any of the yarn, as my stash will bear witness to. It’s just more knitting time that I need!) I liked what “Northmoon” had to say: “I never have knit emergencies. That’s the beauty of knitting – if it doesn’t work, frog and start over. If I don’t finish a gift in time for a birthday, buy something else and aim for Christmas.” and as Gretchen pointed out, “I avoid cutting close to deadlines by not setting myself any. Sure it may take three years to knit up those socks for Christmas, but Christmas comes EVERY YEAR.” That got me to thinking – the phrases “knitting emergency” and “knitting deadline” go completely against why I knit, which is to relax, enjoy, and have fun. I’m deleting “knitting deadlines” from my phraseology.
We have new Loopy Groupies to welcome in, and as promised in the last Loopy Welcome, I didn’t wait nearly as long this time to post about them, so the list is manageable. (Like about a month, instead of several months this time!) We love our Loopy Groupies and are so happy to have each one of you join in with us here. So hugs and congratulations to the latest batch: Laura from DC, Kara from NE, Kaye from OK, Lisa from PA, Maria from GA, Gerry from TN, Jenny from IN, Kelly from CA, Denise from OH, CG from KY, Chelsea from CA, Jane from MA, Jan from OH, Debbie from WI, Joan from WA, Amy from ID, Sheryl from RI, Shannon from APO, Carolyn from AK, Marsha from NY, Kelly from KY, Linn from Norway, Susan from WI, Gladys from FL, Ceylan from TX, Jane from MD, Athena from CA, Mary Anne from ID, Maria from MN, Diane from PA, Kathleen from VA, Nancy from OH, Malia from VA, Sheila from GA, Mary from MO, Miranda from MO, Marianne from The Netherlands, Whitney from NY, Melissa from CA, Rebecca from MI, Kristi from IL, Sheryl from OR, Sally from NY, Mette from Norway, Vicki from PA, Andrea from Canada, Toni from AZ, Sandy from NE, Heather from NY, Sue from IL, Lee Ann from TX, Diana from MT, Loretta from VA, Wanda from NY, Corey from NC, Wendy from VA, Marita from VA, Cindy from PA, Jean from OR, Jennifer from PA, Gail from TN, Cynthia from NC, Patricia from IA, Crystal from MA, Marianne from PA, Alyssa from NY, Ashley from IN, Bonney from NH, Diana from MO, Erin from CA, Marisol from CA, Clair from Canada, Alice from NC, Andrea from VA, Maria from MN, Ebony from MD, Nancy from MN, Llynn from TX, Misty from CA, Cindy from OR, Nancy from MN, Kimberly from CA, Lisa from PA, Kelley from AZ, Kim from OR, Lisa from IL, Susan from NY, Sharmista from WI, Vicki from MA, Zoe from CA, Thao from CA, Janet from PA, Carol from VA, Sandra from IL, Heather from IL, Rhoda from CA, Deborah from MA, Amber from IN, Rebecca from IL, Shari from FL, Kathy from NY, Pamela from NY, Emily from IL, Donna from GA, Jan from MD, Jacqueline from WA, Sharon from Australia, Michelle from IL, Betty from Canada, Shawneed from CO, Melana from CA, Nancy from IL, Andrea from ND, Martha from ID, Susan from OH, Maarit from Finland, Sarah from IL, Gloria from PA, Sarah from NJ, Marie from CA, Heather from AZ, Juana from FL, Gina from WA, Judith from Canada, and Rebecca from VA. Yay!! (How do you get to be a Loopy Groupie? By ordering from us! When you get your sixth package from us, we include a Loopy Groupie Welcome Bag and promote you to official Loopy Groupie-dom. It’s that easy. It’s our way of letting you know how much we appreciate your continued business.)
There are winners from our blog contest last week, and I don’t know about you, but I got downright hungry reading all of those responses. Since there were over 500 entries, we drew for 2 winners instead of just one. So congratulations to Kristy from Ohio and Kimberly from Canada. Both have been notified by email about their $30 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate. (Just in case you’re also a Kristy from OH or a Kimberly from Canada and are hoping that it might be you….) We have fun contests coming up for July and August as well, so watch the blog for that!
July Sock Club packages are being assembled and are almost ready to go out. Watch for your invoice in the next few days, and we’ll start shipping them out next week. (Note: The Loopy Ewe Sock Club runs for a whole year at a time and we’re completely sold out for 2008. We’ll have 2009 sign-ups in mid-January.)
We’re heading off on vacation, and you know what that means? Some great knitting time in my near future! We are driving down to Florida to see Web Guy. (I know. Florida in July? Craziness. What we don’t do for our kids. Or rather, for ourselves, when it comes to seeing our kids.) The Elves will be here packing up and shipping out, so you won’t see any disruption to your ordering. They’ll even write on your order notes while I’m gone! And yes, we think we will have a Sneak Up for you next week. We’re still trying to get more photos done, so I can’t even tell you for sure what will be up. I can tell you what is here that we’re working on photo-ing: the new Mountain Colors roving (doesn’t it look pretty?), Neighborhood Fibers Sock, Sugar Bunny Blvd, The Dyeing Arts Roving, Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Sakina Needles Roving, and Farmhouse Fannie’s Fingering. Wonderful stuff! Our next Wollmeise order has started to arrive and we’ll work on getting that photo-ed, too. We’re waiting for the rest to come in, so don’t be watching for that until after the Fourth of July sometime. But at least you know it’s coming soon. (Claudia did a new colorway named in honor of Knitting Daughter called “Barista”. We love it!)
I’ll be off of emails and the blog until I get back in on July 9th. (Although I have two Limelights done that we’ll put up this Monday and next Monday, so check back!) If you need something while I’m gone, feel free to call in, or you can also email Susan (susan AT theloopyewe DOT com). I’ll look forward to re-connecting when we return!