Home Again to Hot St. Louis

DSC01945.JPGThat’s the only complaint I’m going to make about the heat. Just what’s in the title. But let me just say that at least the ocean breezes cool things off at night in Florida, whereas it just goes from “hot” to “still hot” in the evenings here in St. Louis. FPS.

Hey – I’m back! Thanks for all of the welcome home emails – that was nice. πŸ™‚ We had a great time in Florida (did I mention that it cools down a bit at night?) and I think that Web Guy was happy to see us. Or he was happy for some home-cooking. One of the two. It was nice to see where he is spending his summer and we enjoyed touring the company he is interning with. Seems like a great group there and we’re so glad he has had this opportunity and experience this summer. Knitting Daughter was glad to have her brother to spar with battle in Guitar Hero for a few days. We had fun hanging out, watching fireworks on the beach, shopping in downtown Venice, and catching a few movies. And a few cooking shows on TV. Remind me not to watch any more cooking shows on TV. It becomes painfully clear that, although I thought I was a pretty good cook, I am not. Not in the least.

DSC01948.JPGI did some knitting, although not as much as I thought because I did a lot of reading. I miss having time to read and it was a great way to spend a few evenings! I finished a second sock and did another sock from a new indie dyer. I’ll show you those later. Check out this lovely Neighborhood Fiber sock (“Shells” pattern, Cooper Circle colorway). I just love the depth of color (and the yarn base) in this line. I also did a Feather and Fan scarf for myself, since I fell so in love with the other one I made this summer and sent to a lovely person in a swap. This one is Wollmeise Krauterbeet. (I thought the DSC01947.JPGnew shoots on this bush would look so pretty in this photo, but what they ended up doing was just making the scarf look lumpy and bumpy. It really is a great scarf, away from the pokey branches.) Speaking of Wollmeise – we will put up over 300 skeins next week, in its own quick Sneak Up. (It will go quickly, the skeins aren’t reserved for you until you complete the checkout process completely, and yes, I know it’s frustrating to try and get Wollmeise.) Here are the colorways that we’ll put up (in the 100% Superwash base): Indisch Rot, Barista, Veilchen, Emil, Lowenzahn, Poison Nr. 5, Franz with Chicken Pox, Krauterbeet, Zenzi, Pfauenauge, Spice Market, Am Kalten Polar, Birkenrinde, Turkis und Karneol, Raku-Regenbogen, Campari Orange, and Rhabarber.

DSC01942.JPGI also found the yarn shop where I want to spend my weekly Knitting Night, once I retire. (Although that might be a touch difficult since WH and I want to eventually retire in CO and this shop was in GA…) I had a great time at Knitch and you have to stop in if you’re ever in the Atlanta area. DSC01943.JPGKim and her staff couldn’t be nicer, and the whole place was beautiful and welcoming and relaxing. It’s one of those shops where you walk in the front door and breathe a sigh of relaxation. πŸ™‚ Also, they have a cute bug out front, knitting away, who was very happy to see Loopy and have a picture taken with him. (And two cute Italian Greyhounds – Tank and Olive – who will make you want to own one.) Definitely worth a visit.

Oops – I just hit “publish” and I meant to hit “save”. FPS. Anyway, I just did a quick little Sneak Up, so head on over and check it out. We have a brand new yarn base from Cherry Tree Hill called Select Supersock and it’s wonderful. The lower micron count means that it’s as soft as can be, and it also takes the dye very intensely. We have it at a special introductory price of $22 a skein, going to $24 a skein soon. Also, we added Chic Knits patterns, more Fiesta Boomerang, Chewy Spaghetti Sport, more Atenti bags, and Spindle City Yarns.

Sheri betterclosequicklysinceIhavehalfofapostsittingupthereandhavenoideahowtotakeitbackoff.


  1. I’m so happy that you had a relaxing vacation with the family πŸ™‚

    Will be stalking next week for the Wollmeise, hopefully I can get the two I want πŸ™‚


  2. Man, how did Karen beat me as the first comment, lol?! I’ll be stalking to for a colorway I’m interesting in. : )

    It is so nice to hear you had a lovely trip. I always enjoy hearing about your family vacations. Glad you got some reading in. It’s always so hard for me to decide between books and knitting because I enjoy them both.

  3. Knitch certainly is a wonderful shop and the folks there are as nice as you said. I had a wonderful visit there earlier this year and will be going back as often as I get to Atlanta, which given that my sister lives near there should be at least a couple of times a year!

  4. Glad you’re back and that you had some nice well-deserved family time. I won’t have to visit Knitch to want an Italian greyhound–I already do. A local lady here shares hers with me when I go to the bank sometimes. His name is Keebler, and he’s a sweetie. (Debit D Dog says she don’t want no stinking greyhound. Her dogsitter has them too but I can’t pet them if Debit’s watching.) I better get back to work so I can buy more yarn and patterns.

  5. Well, I’m glad you’re back safe and sound. Of course, I know there is no way
    that I am going to get a skein of Wollmeise. I need a miracle for my health
    and a miracle to get one of those skeins of yarns. I see someone posted that
    she wanted two skeins. Good luck to her. I’m glad you got to spend some
    quality time with WG. My daughter-in-law use to fly for American Airlines and
    she said that was a very nice yarn shop in Georgia but she bought some
    wonderful yarn in New Orleans. Maybe the next time you go you can look for
    that knit shop. Glad you are home. I missed your blog. It’s part of my ritual and
    it throws me off when you’re not there. Of course, my usual complaint, I couldn’t
    see your sock, but I did see your scarf. You just never know what my computer
    fairies are going to do.

  6. Welcome back! I’ll be stalking next week for sure and hoping that this time I get lucky and score some Wollmeise!!!! I keep missing out, so it’s my turn, right?

  7. FPS! I wasn’t even going to TRY and get into the craziness of a Wollmeise update, but your scarf has me wanting one of my own……..

    Glad you had a nice vacation!

  8. Well, darn! You were in my lys and I didn’t know it! Those doggies are very cute! Glad you had a good visit with Web Guy and got home safely. Oh, for a cool night breeze…. πŸ™‚

  9. Sheri,
    We are so honored that you came to visit! We’re voting for you all to ditch retirement in CO and pick Atlanta instead! Glad to hear the vacation was fun and relaxing!

  10. Welcome back Sheri. See, now I told you Florida’s not so bad in July – at least it cools a bit at night πŸ™‚ You do realize that the 300 skeins of Wollmeise sneak-up is going be crazy with a capital C!!! Wouldn’t it be cool to figure out what the odds are of getting a skein – like they do for winning the lottery. I’ve no brain for math but I’m betting it’s at least 1 in 1000.

  11. Welcome back. Sounds like it was a good time.
    Your sock is beautiful, and the scarf is also.
    Hmmmm Wollmeise, I will be glued to the computer next week.

    I have to say Colorado would win my vote for retirement. I do so like the cooler to cold weather, and really dislike hot and humid.

  12. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. Your knitting looks great! And don’t get me started on how addicted I am to Guitar Hero!

  13. So glad that you are back. I really missed your blog. See how spoiled we all are, you do a great job at that. Happy for you and family on having a wonderful vacation. I’m sure the R&R was great. Hugs

  14. Great to have you back, Sheri! We missed you! You certainly deserved time off, though, and it’s good to hear that you got to enjoy some family time. As for the cooking, there are lots of different definitions of a ‘good cook’, and I’ll bet your family thinks you’re just great, based on the yummy recipes that you pass on to us. My family prefers simpler recipes; if I try anything too unusual or ‘gourmet’ they beg me to go back to the basics most of the time.
    Love the scarf and socks. Finally a lace scarf all for you!

  15. So glad you had a great vacation!! How fun!! I wish i could go to other yarn shops and announce I was you (the owner of such another great shop) that would be fun traveling and meeting other people that did the same thing you did, then keeping in touch, seeing how their stuff is similar/different…cool very cool!!
    Okay, Sheri, this WHOLE week I couldn’t find ANY substitute teaching jobs, and until you passed word down that no Wollmeise till NEXT week, I was F5ing…PLEASE don’t post while I’m at work!!! I have a wonderful Kindergarten Class that I am subbing for the whole week next week- I’ll be gone from 7-3pm!! I will be so sad if the SU happens while I am at work:( take pity on us substitute teachers….wait until we get home or hit the ‘go’ button before we leave for work:) that is all FPS!!

  16. Welcome back, Sheri! Hope Little Loopy managed to hold things down while you were gone! I know the Elves did a great job!

    And I second Juliblue’s sentiments, about not sneaking the Wollmeise during work hours. It’s so hard to F5 unobtrusively. πŸ™‚

  17. Sheri, I’m glad you had some good family time, and I’m glad you all had a safe trip.

    My sis has 2 Italian greyhounds that were rescues, Rudy and Kramer. They are TOO SWEET!

    As for retirement, move the biz to the Front Range in CO now and you can play here every weekend and I could come see you! There are lots of spinners, knitters, weavers, and fiber producers here, too.

    Am checking out the CTH in just a minute!! Missed you!

  18. I am new to your blog and it is a delight to read.
    I don’t know what FPS means???

    My son is moving to Atlanta, so I am thrilled to hear about Knitch. Thank you for the information.

    Welcome home.

  19. So glad to hear that you’re back safe and sound and that you had such a good visit, Sheri! I sure understand about being torn between reading and knitting. Reading tends to win out in this kind of weather. The softest, prettiest wool yarn, even in my favorite colors, somehow loses some of its appeal when it’s this hot and humid outside (and we don’t get a cooling breeze at night, either)!

    Don’t let those cooking shows intimidate you. What you don’t see is the army of behind-the-scenes workers making it all look so darn easy. Heck, anyone could cook like a pro if they had a pro cutting up their vegetables off camera!

  20. Welcome home, Sheri! So glad to hear you had a great time with Knitting Daughter and Web Guy. It sounds like you enjoyed the time in Florida and enjoyed the cool breeze off the ocean in the evening. (We’ve been having some nice weather here in Michigan lately in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s with a nice breeze., which I am thankful for.)

    The scarf you made is beautiful! Glad you were able to get some knitting and reading in and were able to just relax and enjoy your family time together. πŸ™‚

    I’m SURE you’re a fantastic cook! Just take remember all those yummy recipes you share with all of us! πŸ™‚

  21. Welcome back. Glad you had such a good time. I am going to get to see my son, who is away at school during an internship next week hopefully. It’s nice to get to see them! I will be stalking for some Wollmeise too next week. I keep on “just missing it” so I am hoping that this will be my turn!

  22. oohh, maybe that’s what I’ll do with my krauterbeet~! Lovely.

    We are having some hot weather here in Maine too, but at night it’s cool and breezy….

    Looking forward to next week’s update (sorta!)

  23. Sheri,

    It would be nice if you would post the quickest way to determine if the Wollmeise yarn is available on your website. There will be lots of knitters stalking your website. The last time you had it for sale, I thought I was properly checking, but obviously not because I was left with O…:-)

    Would you consider this??? Might knitters who have tried and tried to get the yarn with less frustration.


  24. Welcome back, Sheri,

    I grew up in Florida and I must say…going to Florida in July seems mighty brave! Around July 4, my Dad used to suggest we try to fry an egg on the sidewalk to check whether it was hot enough outside yet πŸ™‚ Glad you found some evening breezes, and had a nice visit with your son.

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