We wonder….

-3Ever wonder what we talk about as we pack your orders here at Loopy Central? Well, pretty much everything from A to Z, actually. (We have fun!) But today I kept a list of the things we wonder about all of you. (I thought this was a good “wonder” pose from Gracie.) πŸ™‚ So here are the things we’ve been wondering and discussing lately. Feel free to leave us some answers if you’re so inclined. (Also, feel free to let us know what you wonder about us!)

1. How many people hide stash from husbands or significant others? (Elf Marianne says the trunk is a great place to hide stash. Not that we’re encouraging that.)

2. What is the sneakiest place you’ve ever stashed yarn?

3. How do you find the time to F5 for Wollmeise Sneak Ups? (Many of us would rather be F5-ing than cleaning house, for instance.)

4. Do you knit at stop signs?

5. Who blogged about a Jitterbug project lately that has everyone buying the same colors this week?

6. How close do you cut it when knitting on a deadline? (We get emergency calls. We know.)

7. Speaking of emergencies, has anyone had a true knitting emergency? Other than a deadline or a birthday gift that you needed yesterday?

8. How many projects have you started and not yet completed? (Some of you may take the Fifth on this.)

9. What is your favorite colorway name? (We liked Blended Frog, in a weird sort of way.)

10. What kind of funny looks have you received when posing Little Loopy or the Loopy Postcard for taking photos? (Elf Donna had someone call her a freak when she did this out in Colorado.)

11. Have you ever had your order shipped to someone else’s house (or your work) to keep it a secret?

12. And the most important question the Elves want to know – “How come no one ever knits socks for us?” (I told them they all have to learn to knit their own socks. Some are socks knitters, and others …. are not. But we’re working on that.)

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80 comments

  1. Yes to all of the above!! I even stash at school!!
    SUmmers are hard because I can’t have it sent to school and my best friend only checks her mail once a month (weird, I know).

    Thank you and the Loopy ELves for all you do!!

  2. The only thing I wonder about you all is if you have a hard time letting the yarn and goodies go once they’ve been bought. I think it would make me sick to have to pack the boxes. πŸ˜‰

    1, 2, & 11. I’m very fortunate in that I don’t have to hide anything from my wonderful hubby. He’s happy if I’m happy. And as long as the bills are paid and he and the kids are taken care of, I’m happy when I’m buying yarn and knitting.

    3. I always seem to miss the Wollmeise sneak ups. I totally have to do something about that.

    4. I don’t knit at stop signs but I do knit while stuck in road construction which happens quite often around here in the summer.

    6. I cut it so close on knitting deadlines that sometimes I completely miss them.

    8. I’m totally pleading the Fifth on this one.

    9. Creatively Dyed Saranac Lake.

    Thanks for this! It was lots of fun!

  3. I kind of hide stash… out of sight, out of mind right? Although he knows where it is. But he doesn’t go digging or ask questions. I think he’s accepted there will be one. As long as it doesn’t overflow into his line of sight I’m good to go. I think I once stuck a few new skeins into my sock and underwear drawers quickly before Hub saw them. They later went into the sock stash, but at the moment there was no time!

    However, one thing I do all the time is make sure I check the mail before he gets home. And now I have to do it without the kids noticing because sometimes my 4Yo will tell on me. lol! And I always hope and pray that no yarn comes on Saturday!

    Elves… HOW could you work in that lovely store full of GORGEOUS yarns and not be casting on your own socks?! That would be SUCH temptation!

    Deadline? What’s a deadline? I’m late for everything.

    I do not knit at stop lights, but I do in drive thru’s. πŸ˜‰

  4. I do hide stash – no place weird, just here and there. In an effort to organize my sewing room, last week I tossed all my sock yarn in a storage tub. Over stuffed it to be exact. Later, while moving it out into the hallway, it slipped, the lid popped off, and several skeins tumbled down the stairs. I think my husband was wise enough not to say anything.

    I do knit at stop signs, traffic lights, Sonic, etc. Last week I turned an entire heel in the drive thru lane at Starbucks. It was a cold-ish rainy morning.

    My last order included a skein of Schaeffer Anne in “Penny Lane” because its the same name as my blog πŸ˜€

    I used to have yarn shipped to my office all the time, but now I work for a larger company, and I don’t want them to know about my fiber addictions just yet….

  5. Well, I certainly don’t have answers for all of them, but I’ll attempt a few. I don’t have to worry about hiding yarn from anyone – a benefit of being single. : ) I have time to F5 because I’m good at multi-tasking, lol. I now have to figure out how to work, plurk and F5 for sneak-ups! I managed it this week, so I think I’m good. No weird looks yet when taking Little Loopy pics – I have a fun one to blog about – need to do that soon. And, send to TLE, too! I haven’t knit socks for anyone other than myself – but will one of these days – I’ll add the elves to my list. I mainly worry because I’m afraid they won’t fit the recipient. I can try them on for me and I have a smaller foot than average – and I like mine tight. Must stop the worrying. Anyway, sorry for squishing all my answers together – but it goes faster, lol! : )

  6. OK you asked for the answers your gonna get HEHE πŸ™‚
    1 and 11: I dont have to stash yarn Brian actually encourages the stash aquisitions. As long as the bills are paid and I allow him to play his games hes happy πŸ™‚
    2: Laying in the open on our bed HEHE, Brian cant “see” what is right in front of his face so I’m safe that way (he isnt blind just a guy πŸ™‚
    3and 4: I dont F5 for Wollmeise usually, well ok you got me HEHE. I knit whenever I’m in the car…I dont drive!!
    I have 5 pairs of socks started (I updated my blog today with the pics) The Cardi hasnt gotten anywhere past the swatch.
    I’m loving the Lime and Violet Blended Frog also!

  7. Do KIDs (Knitting Is Done) count as unfinished? In that category, I have a kimono, two sweaters, and a vest waiting to be seamed up, plus a shawl that needs blocking (five items).

    In the Hibernation category, I have three large shawls, an Alice Starmore Henry VIII pullover, a Bohus Red Edge cardigan, and a side-to-side Xmas cardigan (six items). These should be finished eventually. In the WIP category, I have three pairs of socks, a cardigan sweater, and two large shawls (six items). These should be finished by the end of the year.

    So that’s 17 unfinished projects, counting KIDs, Hs, and WIPs. I will take the Fifth on my SDS (Some Day Soon) projects! Lucky for me, my husband encourages knitting, and doesn’t object to the size of my stash–although he probably should. πŸ™‚

  8. Let’s see … first off, I noticed in your last lines, you commented on noticing interesting street names. I’ve worked on list management for non-profit special events. I’m always amazed & amused when looking at the lists and seeing the names of people & their spouses. Sometimes I think “oh that’s a nice name”. But often I think how could that be a person’s name.

    Anyway, I live on my own so I don’t have to worry about the stash. But, even though I’ve been trying for years not to care what others think … I still worry that my mailman thinks I get too many packages. Honestly, I only get a package once or twice a month.

    So many questions, not enough time to answer.

  9. I don’t even know what F5 is. I am computer illiterate and I always miss the Wollmeise. That means that means that the Universe says I really don’t need it.And
    I have learned the hard way that it’s only yarn. I only hide yarn from
    myself. It scares me to see so much stash that I haven’t knitted and probably
    never will. Still keep buying though. I don’t do deadlines anymore. Too stressful.

  10. I used to knit in slow traffic, the kind that moves 2 feets, stops for 5 minutes, moves another 2 feet. Lots of dishcloth knitting done then. Now I don’t usually encounter that kind of traffic anymore, since I ride the train.

    Projects started and not finished — I’m attempting to get a handle on how many there are, and then start to work them down. But new needs keep getting in the way. A friend is ill and needs a prayer shawl. A coworker is having a baby. Etc. There are many started years ago for children who are now much older, some grown ups now. Don’t know if I should donate the end result to charity, or ask them if they want the ‘heirloom’ I didn’t complete during their childhood!

    Why am I not knitting socks for the Elves? Why am I not knitting socks for me?? Why do I keep using sock yarn for other projects (baby sweaters, a shawl, and now a clapotis)? I love the weight of sock yarn, but I’ve always knit it at a looser gauge than socks take. The only socks I’ve knit so far were Magic 28 socks for charity from worsted weight yarn. One day, maybe.

    Hope you’re all safe from the flooding, both at TLE and at home.

  11. I have my stuff shipped to my work address so I can fondle it right away. I currently have 60% of my stash in the kitchen pantry, some in plain sight as decor and in my loveseat there is a neat little cubbyhole for keeping TV remotes that holds a few skeins. Yes, I keep my husband in the dark about the true size of my stash, there are some things he doesn’t need to know.

  12. No need to hide, the cats don’t care when new yarn arrives. Well, they like to play with the boxes and the red crimpy paper stuff in the bag with mints or kisses… πŸ™‚

    I do find the instinct to hide is strong when my boyfriend is visiting, but he doesn’t really care about the stash as far as I can tell.

    I don’t have a ton in progress, 3 socks, a sweater, a scarf and some dishclothes.

    Don’t knit at stop signs, but occasionally at a long red, or a train crossing or when stuck in a traffic backup. Depending on the pattern, I can knit and walk at the same time which can be an invaluable skill some days. The go-knit pouches are great for that!

    I’m partial to amusement park-ish colorway names… there is a good chunk of my stash that was named for some variation of “carousel”.

  13. !. I don’t have to hide stash (single). My trunk is full of quilt fabric so couldn’t hide anything there.
    2. If my husband was still around and I had to hide yarn, I’d hide it in a trash can. Emptying them was his job and I’m still waiting for him to empty one and it’s been 30 years.
    3. Never F5ed for Wollmeise but have for other things. Last time at work I set Mozilla on autorefresh every 5 seconds and did some work that didn’t require much attention or computer.
    4. Stop signs no knitting, stop lights yes.
    5. Wendy blogged about Shibui
    6. I’m deadline oriented so I set a deadline for every project and am pretty good about not cutting it too close. But frog happens…
    7. Knitting emergency short 50 yards of colorway from indie dyer who’s sold out and waiting for supplier to send her stock so she can dye more. Really not emergency yet.
    8. I’ve got 5 projects in the works OTN and one true UFO that just needs assembling (for 2 years now)
    9. Whiny Bu*t has to win this one.
    10. No funny looks yet. Those in my presence when I did pose Lil Loopy were bloggers who understood.
    11. have shipped to work to give my mail carrier some rest but not to hide
    12. Dear Elves, Sorry–I’m selfish. I knit socks they’re for me. I’ve made 2 pairs of dorms socks for my nieces, 4 mini socks, and a pair of exchange socks. I’ll make you a prayer shawl, dishcloths, dishtowels but the socks are MINE!! So take Sheri’s advice and learn to knit your own.

  14. Oh, boy. I hope it wasn’t MY phone call that started you all wondering about “cutting it close” knitting projects. I must say, normally I knit well on deadline. I was missing a color of DC Classy for the Tulip sweater and realizing I was missing it and ordering it were the reason for my delay. I swear it is true, but it does sound a bit “the dog ate my homework” doesn’t it?

    What I wonder, is what you all really think about all of the Loopy crazed knitters. I would love to know if you have nicknames for the ones who order weekly or if you have inside jokes with each other about our funny quirks or street names or whatever.

    Spill it girls!

  15. 1. I don’t really hide the yarn, so much as I don’t announce its arrival. Then I pull it out of the china hutch that it all lives in and go, “This? Oh, I bought this AGES ago…”

    2. Sneakiest was in a box of diapers Β¬.Β¬

    4. Stops signs, waiting for meetings, yes Β¬.Β¬

    8. How many projects have you started and not yet completed? That I haven’t had the courage or honesty to frog? Um, more than 20

    9. What is your favorite colorway name? Pirate Booty!

  16. You asked & shall receive!

    1. How many people hide stash from husbands or significant others? (Elf Marianne says the trunk is a great place to hide stash. Not that we’re encouraging that.)

    Yes, that’s what under the bed space is for right?

    2. What is the sneakiest place you’ve ever stashed yarn?

    The flour container, don’t ask, yes, it was clean =)

    3. How do you find the time to F5 for Wollmeise Sneak Ups? (Many of us would rather be F5-ing than cleaning house, for instance.)

    Well, I put off potty training for a week, the house sustained itself on hot pockets all week & my Mom & I tag teamed to get the wollmeise we wanted =)

    4. Do you knit at stop signs?

    No, can’t afford an accident, my yarn budget would plummet

    5. Who blogged about a Jitterbug project lately that has everyone buying the same colors this week?

    Not me, have 4 other projects going… but maybe I need another one?!?

    6. How close do you cut it when knitting on a deadline? (We get emergency calls. We know.)

    Finished a baby blanket & sent it on the mom’s due date. It was waiting for her when she got home from the hospital from having the baby.

    7. Speaking of emergencies, has anyone had a true knitting emergency? Other than a deadline or a birthday gift that you needed yesterday?

    Does stabbing yourself with a knitting needle count? Oh, not THAT kind of emergency.

    8. How many projects have you started and not yet completed? (Some of you may take the Fifth on this.)

    (sigh) OK, I have a 3 yr old. That sums it up (5.. I forgot to add one in the above count)

    9. What is your favorite colorway name? (We liked Blended Frog, in a weird sort of way.)

    Wellensittichvogelfeder….. the world’s best name for blue/green/yellow =)

    10. What kind of funny looks have you received when posing Little Loopy or the Loopy Postcard for taking photos? (Elf Donna had someone call her a freak when she did this out in Colorado.)

    None, my son took it & claimed it as his. Once again, 3 yr olds.. what to do….

    11. Have you ever had your order shipped to someone else’s house (or your work) to keep it a secret?

    No, but I have the only mailbox key in our household…. Muahahahahaha

    12. And the most important question the Elves want to know – β€œHow come no one ever knits socks for us?” (I told them they all have to learn to knit their own socks. Some are socks knitters, and others …. are not. But we’re working on that.)

    Well, maybe if we had some dern measurements, color & fiber preferences etc.. that wouldn’t be a PROBLEM!?!!!

  17. 1. We just don’t talk about my stash. He knows better. πŸ™‚

    2. Hmm…sneakiest place? stuffed in an old purse that was buried in my closet. In my car trunk, of course. Other people’s houses?

    3. My job requires me to be on a computer all day long anyway, so it’s easy. It’s beating everyone else TO the Wollmeise that’s the problem.

    4. No knitting at stop signs, but I did knit in the drive through at McDonald’s once!

    5. I have no idea about the jitterbug. lol

    6. I don’t like to get myself into deadlines. I try to finish way ahead of time.

    7. I’ve never had a knitting emergency. Aside from obtaining Wollmeise. That qualifies, right? It certainly gets MY adrenaline going.

    8. Definitely going to take the 5th on this one. I’ve finished more than I haven’t, if that counts for anything.

    9. I like Sarah’s Perfect Day self striping colorway called “Ten Thousand Daffodils”. It just sounds so heavenly.

    10. I had to muster up the courage to ask Lucy Neatby (LUCY NEATBY, FPS!) who I’d only just met to pose for a photo, but she was so nice about it.

    11. No, I’m not in deep enough to ship something somewhere else. Yet.

    12. Socks take too long. πŸ™‚ And I’m greedy and like knitting them for myself.

  18. First of all, to Sheri and the Elves a big thank you for your terrific service. I have to say yu have spoiled me. I am so used to getting my orders so fast and efficiently that it drives me crazy when I have to wait on orders from other places.

    I am a stash hider. Some people think I have more yarn than I will ever knit, and for that reason thinks I don’t need more (nonknitters ???) But he knows it makes me happy

    I knit in traffic jams, but not at stop signs. I have back up knitting in the van for such knitting emergencies.

    UFO’s … not as many as I first thought, and they are all big progects, sweaters, and shawls and 2 or 3 single socks, that will be finished after the SoS and before the Fall weather.

  19. I’m boring. I have no one to hide stuff from.

    Most of the socks I make are gifts. I have made socks for someone at The Loopy Ewe, so Elves ask the Big Loopy who got socks from me.

  20. No stash hiding here, just long, exaggerated sighs from the children when a box arrives…. Hubby has his own hobbies; and his is a LOT more expensive than mine (an airplane!).
    One UFO, ’cause I haven’t gotten around to practicing steeking on my swatch yet so I can put the arms into the sweater….
    I have knit at stop lights, but not stop signs, and even that not often. Mostly doctor’s appointments and sermons!
    No F5ing for me these days…I’m painting the inside of the house….boy, do my feet hurt….
    I like the Wollmeise colorways…’cause it challenges me to figure out what they mean in English!!

  21. OOPS, Sent before I was finished.

    I love the name Whiny B@TT.

    I don’t F5 because I never have enough hours in the day and have little computer time. Usually I buy after all the sneak up fun.

  22. I have all my Loopy stuff, as you know, shipped to my office. It’s not that I’m hiding it, it’s that I’ll never get it if it goes to home.

    People look at me a little strangely when I’m with Little Loopy and taking pictures, but I shrug it off. The looks when he was in the Cherry Tree were just priceless. I should have taken pictures of the on lookers, but really now, what fun would that be?

    I’m sitting at the computer ususally when Wollmeise comes along, right now, I’m waiting for Poison #5 and hope to score one soon.

    I have about 4 projects going that I am actively working on and definately a few that probably won’t see the light of day anytime soon. Always knitting though is a good thing

  23. I’m single, so no hiding for me. My kitty thinks the more yarn, the better!

    I’ve always missed the Wollmeise Sneak Ups; I’ve been fortunate enough to get some from Claudia’s site, though, so I want to let someone who doesn’t have any Wollmeise have a chance. Not that I would’t love more!

    Projects not completed? Definitely taking the fifth on that!

    I don’t knit at stop signs or traffic lights. I live in Boston, the city of crazy drivers. It can be tough enough just to drive here!

    For colorway names, there are lots that I love. For a funny one, I’ll have to go with Numma Numma’s Whiny Bu*t!

  24. I am happy to say, I don’t have to hide my stash from my husband. Since it is stored on sweater shelving in our bedroom closet, he can see it all there in plain sight. I am a stay at home, of 2 very busy little boys. I think he feels that the yarn is cheaper than therapy, so I can indulge all I want.

    On the needles, well, I do face some teasing about that. currently, I have 7 “active” WIPs, with 2 others that were put aside, that I’ll get back to. He’s forever asking me if I ever finish anything other than socks. I do, but I guess I don’t get as excited as some of them, as I do about my socks. I’ve always got socks on the needles, and carry my “project” with me, every where I go. You never know when I might steal a few minutes to knit a row or 2 πŸ˜‰

  25. 1. How many people hide stash from husbands or significant others? My husband is so nice, I don’t have to hide it.

    2. What is the sneakiest place you’ve ever stashed yarn? N/A

    3. How do you find the time to F5 for Wollmeise Sneak Ups? (Many of us would rather be F5-ing than cleaning house, for instance.) I teach piano lessons, so I am free during the day; and in the evening DH usually watches the news all evening.

    4. Do you knit at stop signs? Only when traffic is bad.

    5. Who blogged about a Jitterbug project lately that has everyone buying the same colors this week? Not me πŸ™‚

    6. How close do you cut it when knitting on a deadline? (We get emergency calls. We know.) I have had to stop knitting on deadlines to save my sanity.

    7. Speaking of emergencies, has anyone had a true knitting emergency? Other than a deadline or a birthday gift that you needed yesterday? I think L-B once went to the ER with a knitting needle thrust through her backpack into her back; I would call that a true knitting emergency.

    8. How many projects have you started and not yet completed? (Some of you may take the Fifth on this.) I couldn’t even begin to count them.

    9. What is your favorite colorway name? (We liked Blended Frog, in a weird sort of way.) I really like Mars Quake.

    10. What kind of funny looks have you received when posing Little Loopy or the Loopy Postcard for taking photos? (Elf Donna had someone call her a freak when she did this out in Colorado.) I haven’t gone anyplace πŸ™

    11. Have you ever had your order shipped to someone else’s house (or your work) to keep it a secret? Heck no, I want to see it in MY mailbox!

    12. And the most important question the Elves want to know – β€œHow come no one ever knits socks for us?” (I told them they all have to learn to knit their own socks. Some are socks knitters, and others …. are not. But we’re working on that.) OK, I will adopt an elf. Send me her name and her foot and low calf measurements. Wait, is she buying the yarn?

  26. I own every color of jitterbug except two (which are on my wish list). Which are the popular colors of the week? I haven’t heard anything.

  27. 1. I don’t have husband or SO, and as long as I pay my parents the rent I owe them, they don’t say a word. Other than my mom occasionally lusting after the socks I am working on, anyway.
    2. I don’t hide anything.
    3. I don’t F5. I love Wollmeise, but really …
    4. Heck no.
    5. No idea!
    6. I don’t do deadlines. You get presents from me when you get them. And you like it!
    7. No emergencies here.
    8. Currently on the needles and not touched in over a week (or waiting for a second sock for at least a month) .. 6 projects.
    9. I really like Whiny Butt. Wish I had seen it in time!
    10. I haven’t taken any pics yet!
    11. Nope.
    12. Send me a skein of yarn and a foot size .. you’ll get socks back!

  28. Regarding the hiding of stash from the husband, I am lucky in that he doesn’t pay too much attention, so as long as I slide it into the yarn bowl when he’s not looking (with the price tag hidden underneath), I’m generally pretty good πŸ™‚

    As for yarn emergencies, I did have one once, when I was test knitting a pattern and took it to the doctor’s office to work on. I hopped up to get the door for someone in a wheelchair (when the perfectly fit young man right next to the door wouldn’t get up), and tangled my feet in my yarn, and ripped half of my lacework right off the needles and down the shawl. If that’s not an emergency, I don’t know what is! Luckily, an hour or so of work put it right again, whew!

  29. I sneak the yarn in the house and stick it in the stash when he isn’t looking, he hasn’t seemed to notice that. For some reason the sock club packages he always seens to be home for, but he knows about that!
    f5 who has time for that?
    I haven’t knit at stop signs but I have knit while standing in lines, you get funny looks.
    Right now I have so many projects that I am supposed to be kntting I don’t even want to think about it!!!
    Have no idea about the jitterbug
    Our vacation isn’t till the end of July, I am sure that my sons will give me some looks
    I am all over the name whinny bu*t!
    Could you include my daughter in the knitting lessons, I am trying but she is left handed and I am right, so we have not had too much luck as of yet! But she FINALLY learned to cast on so there may be hope yet!

  30. I don’t do any hiding or sneaking around of stash or orders since I live alone and the cats don’t mind as long as they get their nightly treats, a fresh container of grass available, and food, water, and lots of hugs πŸ™‚

    I’ll take the 5th on projects started and not finished although recently I frogged several cause I figure if they sit for too long, then I’ve lost interest and am ready to move on to something else with the yarn (which perhaps makes me at least 50/50 as far as process/product?).

    “Butter Peeps” is my favorite name. Several years ago a (FUNNY) sister of mine had a running Peep gag thing going every Easter with everything from “Peep Pie” (jello with embedded Peeps) to a Velvet Peep Painting (yes, very big) and my favorite, a video of a Peep doing farm activities that was a play on the old Mr. Bill of Saturday Night Live fame (let’s just say that the Peep driving the tractor didn’t do well!). I finally indulged in a skein of Butter Peeps Baby for the lace KAL πŸ™‚

  31. No hiding here. My husband said he’s happy if I’m happy. Therefore, he bought me the Atenti bag which I’lI get when we get home this weekend. However, he did sit right there when I bought the bag so nothing else could jump in my cart. I am typing this from my seat here at Wrigley Field waiting to watch the Cubs & Orioles play. It’s sooo hot & steamy sitting here. Love guys!

  32. Okay, I have to learn what F5’ing is, because I feel like I am missing out on a secret club of something.

    And I’ll tell you about my mom – now, I am okay with ordering whatever whenever (as Sheri well knows) because I’m a single parent with two boys who know if I’m not knitting, I must be sick, so yarn is a way of life for all of us…

    but my mom… orders yarn and has it sent to my house, then takes it out of the packaging and tucks it into grocery bags, and THEN waits till my dad is out walking the dog before she brings it in from the deep recesses of her car trunk –

    I swear he thinks she’s been knitting the same thing for 30 years…

  33. 1: Yes. I have. But not often.

    2: The couch pillows. I did leave a skein in my bag for a week once…

    4: Yes. I knit at stop signs and green lights. Despite a learner’s permit for much too long (everyone I once baby sat can drive now) I don’t drive. It’s great for knitting …

    7: I forgot my commute knitting on the day I had to go to the dentist. I didn’t want to buy overpriced needles or yarn (only thing near the office is $$ and I don’t like them very much).. Thankfully the bead store near the train had a ball of crochet thread and a double crochet hook (two diff sizes) for about $4. It was worth it. so was finding out that I didn’t need my wisdom tooth yanked.. yet. Why couldn’t I take the stash that I keep in the office? I didn’t want to own up to the extent of it infront of my admin. He’s seen some of it (and i’ve made him socks) but … (it’s really not much .. but ..)

    8: I hide these more than the stash…

    12: Give us yer foot sizes elves. Otherwise I’ll make ’em all my size, and I think I qualify more as “brownie” feet than elfish.

  34. Lately I’ve been ordering late at night and not telling my husband. I don’t know why though. He supports my hobby(habit). I guess I’m feeling a little guilty for some reason.

    I would love to knit socks for the Elves. We need foot sizes and free yarn!!!!!!!!!

  35. Stash? Nah, I share my apartment with 2 minature poodles, who know better than to get into my yarn. I do keep a notebook and list sock yarn by company, so I don’t *have* to get it out the yarn every time I’m looking for something. Right now the yarn is in boxes, moving next door so I can have my floors refinished. It surprised me how many boxes there are!!!

    Don’t knit in the car, knit mainly at home. Haven’t knit socks for anybody else yet, though my niece’s measurements are in my sock book. I did knit her legwarmers for Christmas last year, and have a new pair that I’m working on for her.

    UFO’s — there are quite a few. At least 5 pairs of socks on needles and half a dozen shawls. I’ve broken through the 400 yard barrier on a shawl I’m knitting out of Somoko, so I feel pretty proud of that. It’s knit from the top down, and I’m well into the border, so maybe within a month, it will be a Finished Object.

    I haven’t taken pictures of Little Loopy yet, but when he arrived last week and I was showing him the office, one of my bosses chuckled — I think it was because of the bag of peppermints wrapped in his arms.
    Y’all at The Loopy Ewe are great!

  36. Hiding stash? Yes, I hide packages when they come. In fact, I go so far as opening the box and then going to the recycling center to get rid of the box. Otherwise, hubby would want to know what I got in the priority mail box. Not a good thing, always. I don’t do this for the sock club, since he knows those are coming.

    I don’t F5, so I always miss the Wollmeise.

    Favorite name so far is Whiny Bu**.

    No, I don’t knit at stopsigns and usually not a stoplights unless I know its going to be a long one.

    I have 5 socks OTN, and probably 10 other various projects. I love the starting of projects but can sometimes have a problem with the finishitis part. What usually happens is I have about 5 coming off the needles at the same time and then I freak because I have “nothing” on the needles…..15 projects-5 finished = 10 still otn. Makes no logical sense, but its okay.

    I’m sort of having a knitting emergency right now. It would take a novel to tell the details, but I am working on Cider Moon Rainbow trout socks, which I bought from TLE awhile back, for my brother who has size 12 feet. Well, even though this is generous yardage, I’m not going to have enough, I don’t think. So, I pulled some Claudia’s handpainted from my stash and made the toe of the first sock. I’m hoping this small change will help enough so I can finish the second sock in the same way. Because, as I understand, the Cider Moon girls aren’t dying anymore yarn so I can’t get anymore rainbow trout colorway yarn. If I run out this will be an Emergency!

    Usually the comment I get about Little Loopy or Flat Loopy is, “Okay, what’s up with the loopy kid?”. LOL. So of course, you get an advert then :-).

  37. Y’know, I would be happy to knit socks for the elves & test new sock yarn at the same time. Just send me 1)foot measurements of elf in question, 2)sock yarn
    3) pattern or needles, where applicable. But I do like to knit socks.

    I have somewhere around a dozen UFOs right now. I am really trying to cut down on yarn purchases until I get them done.

    I don’t knit at stop signs. I don’t knit while the car is running (hell-o, waste of gas), but I do knit while it is off & I am waiting for something or someone.

  38. I must be a pretty boring knitter because none of those questions apply to me. As for stash, I get lucky because DH used to come home from work after me. Guess who got to the mailbox first!! And he’s never asked about my never-ending supply of yarn. He has his hobbies, which cost more than mine, so I think he feels less guilty about his.

    Once, I mentioned the Spring Fling to my DH and a couple of friends. I got the “deer in the headlights” look. They just don’t get it:-)

  39. I don’t hide my stash intentionally – I just want to keep it conveniently “out of sight”. The less he knows, the better. He does know I get packages and do sneak ups, but I don’t think he’d like to see how much it’s accumulated. But he does know I’m always knitting on socks, so it must get used, right?

    Sneakiest place? Probably under our bed until I could get it to the stash place when he wasn’t looking πŸ™‚

    I have never sent yarn other than my home. I have nothing to be ashamed of.

    I have 3 skeins of Wollemeise, so F5ing non-stop isn’t important to me now. If I luck out without trying too hard, well so be it.

    I do not knit at stop signs or lights. I do knit at my son’s 3 hr golf lesson, while getting a pedicure, dentist office, work lunch time, etc.

    I haven’t taken Loopy’s post card anywhere yet, but people have asked what The Loopy Ewe was after seeing it on my water bottle & red knitting bag. I proudly tell them.

    Sorry, I don’t have a funny street name. And I can’t think of a funny yarn colorway at the moment, although I know some have made me laugh. I did like Pecan Pie from Frannies Farmhouse cuz it’s a favorite pie of mine.

    That’s all the answers I have for you.

  40. I can really only answer #10 – when I posed Loopy (postcard version) on Leon Trotsky’s tombstone in Mexico City, both my dad and the museum curator gave me the hairy eyeball. even after I explained why. I suffer for my art πŸ™‚

  41. Too many questions…. I don’t knit at stop signs (yet). I plead the Fifth on No. 8! I do hide stash in odd places and have had friends get yarn for me at their homes… I’ve done my share of F5ing for Wollmeise, sometimes to no avail. Loopy is going to Guatemala with me next month!!! I’ll try to get some good pics. So what is the hot color in Jitterbug? Now I’m curious.
    To the elves I would say, teach the elves to knit socks and you’ll have sock knitters for always. Give them socks and they’ll just want more but won’t know how to do them (kind of like the fish story)

  42. This is what I wonder about the elves: As they pack our orders, are they thinking….

    1. Why did she order the same color from different companies?
    2. She must like blue
    3. Didn’t we just pack her an order yesterday?
    4. Wow, this order can pay for my week’s groceries!
    5. Our Boomerang are not moving.. Sheri – can you blog about Boomerang?
    6. oh-oh, it’s that crabby lady again. We better make sure we get her order right
    7. Wow, this order is bigger than my car payment!

    Sometimes, my mind wanders…

  43. One of the many “perks” of no DH—I can buy as much yarn as I can afford without someone giving me the evil eye!! I have about 4 pairs of socks on the needles, a Forest Canopy shawl, 2 purses, a baby sweater…waaaay too many UFO’s. I HAVE to finish something soon! I bet the elves think I live on an Indian Reservation in a teepee ..my street name is Algonkin and my town is Manasquan!!

  44. My knitting emergency was years ago when I entered a competition, handspun and knitted a jersey (sorry, sweater for those of you in the US), then had to start again because I missed the bit about pure wool (I had included mohair). I stayed up all night before the entry deadline and knitted so much I wore a strip of skin off my finger (noticed when the blood stains appeared in the knitting!). It was all worth it though – I won first prize, and the garment is now in the local museum.

  45. hiding yarn–while i don’t HAVE to hide the yarn i buy, i do get the “what are you making with that?” from the hub when i order some yarn without a specific reason other than NEEDING IT RIGHT NOW. so, i’ve started to squirrel it into my craft room before he can see it just to avoid the questions. he mostly doesn’t care–he’s a musician with a bad guitar habit, which is far more expensive.

    also, i’ve been lucky and made all my deadlines. so far…… of course i start knitting for christmas and weddings months in advance, so that helps. i also keep a stock of baby blankets on hand should someone magically pop one out when i wasn’t paying attention. you might think that wouldn’t happen, but i’ve given away 2 blankets last second….for other people.

    none of the other questions really apply to me. i’m kind of surprised there wasn’t a question about ordering at all time of the day and night. that’s an easy one–i work 3rd shift. other people’s night is my day. it’s why i prefer to shop on-line—–they’re never closed.

  46. I don’t really worry about hiding my stash. I will usually come home and say, I’ve been bad. It’s when I’ve ordered yarn or went to the LYS after work. Occasionally it is “I’ve spent a lot of money.” but those tend to include donations to charity and other things.

    If I knit something sexier, he’s pretty willing to forgive yarn purchases for quite a while. ^_^;

  47. I think there is a reality show (or YouTube video) in the making about Loopy Central!

    Loopy and the Elves Explore the Yarny Side of Life and Share the Secrets of Yarn Stashers Around the World!

    Hear About the Lives of the Loopy Clan and their tales of surviving 2-3 days inside a Priority Mail box with a suffocating amount of yarn, knitting patterns and gadgets (to say nothing of all that tissue paper and plastic wrap!) It’s amazing that the Little Loopies don’t resort to eating those chocolate kisses and mints to survive!

    You get the idea…I’d be glad to come to Loopy Central and make the video…gotta keep my job skills up so I can continue to buy yarn!

    And who would send yarn to a friend’s house? I can’t imagine that I’ve done it more than once or twice? πŸ™‚ And it would take me a while to answer the other questions, and I really need to get ready for work!

  48. Hi there,

    Nope, don’t hide anything from the husband. His business, turning wood, means we have 1,000# burls and huge logs and stacks of wood everywhere. Yarn pales in comparison. And I haven’t been buying all that much this year anyway. (You may have noticed. )

    I don’t attempt to knit while driving, even at stop signs, but I do take the easy sock in progress along to knit while sitting at my Farmers Market booth. I do have a neighbor that bemoans the fact that the socks are never for him. I haven’t looked but I suspect he has big feet since he is a rather big man. That would mean lots of yarn and lots of knitting. Eeep! Although I would make him socks, he’s that nice of a man.

    Hmm, maybe I should take Little Loopy to market with me? Do you think he’s like that?

    Karen

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