What Happens When ….

What happens when you only have one hand-knitted-felted-beloved cat bed and two cats? One gets it to sleep in (always Zoe, the alpha-cat who is half the size of Gracie), and one has to make-do with just touching the edge of it when sleeping. Although she’s quick to jump in there when Zoe is not around. She doesn’t fit her 12 lbs. in there as easily as Zoe’s 6 lbs, though.

What happens when you have two kids going to college and they’re spending all week packing things up? The dining room gets fuller and fuller and fuller and you wonder if all of that stuff is going to fit into two cars. (You’re also thankful that you don’t have to take materials to make lofts any more. That’s a whole other problem.)

What happens when more Wollmeise arrives at Loopy Central? We all decide that this time we’re just going to let it sit here “prettying up” the shelves for a few weeks. We will be putting it up for you next week! This time, we are doing a few things differently in order to help more people get their hands on some. The yarn will go up in three different batches at three different times next week. Each colorway will have a limit of two skeins per person. (You need one skein for a pair of socks or a scarf, you need two skeins for some shawls). Most of you buy in these quantities, but sometimes people buy several and we think that limiting it to what you need for your project will help more people be able to buy some for themselves. Also, we won’t be able to combine shipping on multiple Wollmeise orders any more. It was taking us hours and hours to match all of those up and make all of those changes. This will allow us to get them out to you quicker. We really hope that some of you who have never gotten any Wollmeise will have more luck this way (and we know that those of you who already have a lot of it, fully support everyone else getting some, too! You’re just nice that way.)

What happens when you get an idea that “a little more space here would be really nice…”? A big mess and a lot of noise and then the thoughts that go through your head like, “How are we going to fill all of that up?” quickly followed by, “Of course we’ll have no problem filling it up. Silly.” Part B: What happens when they take the wall down and the new not-yet-finished space is open to the old space? Much noise and commotion all day long. Oh, and Advil consumption goes up around here.

What happens when both kids are leaving for college tomorrow? A: The parents are sad. B: Everyone drives up to Indiana for a long weekend. C: I’m not around to do a blog post on Friday, or to answer emails for a few days. D: Kleenex consumption goes up for a few days. Bugger.

Sheri sotelluswhatishappeninginyourworldtoday?


  1. *hugs*

    For a week or two, you will wonder how you will stand the quiet.

    After that, you’ll wonder how you ever lived WITHOUT the quiet.

    In between, make sure you have the tissues with lotion.

  2. Those kitties are too cute and their Mama needs to knit a second larger cat bed. Of course that means Zoe will get the big one and Gracie will be stuck with the smaller. It is the way of Alpha cats!! Ohh! I reall hope I get some Wollmeise. I am sorry you will be sad this week end. The kids will be back before you know it. It is funny that way!!

  3. ((hugs)) Sheri! I can’t imagine dropping both off. Just dropped my son off today..whew! Hope the new space is done soon and we all know you’ll fill it πŸ˜‰

  4. What is this miraculous six-pound cat of which you speak? My sweet petite calico is 9 pounds, and the larger cat is, well, LARGE. Yesterday, my DH and I went to an amusement park with friends, and I may have made a fool of myself on the teacup ride, screaming so much. Wheee! Today: Laundry, freelance editing, and dragging DH to the dentist (or trying to usurp his appointment for myself!).

  5. Sheri,
    Oh Sheri, Sorry you will be sad to see your kids off to college. You are blessed to have such wonderful kids!
    And those kitties are very cute.
    Thanks for trying to spread out the Wollmeise. I think a limit is very reasonable-hopefully those that have never been able to get some will finally have a chance.

  6. This week begins a new and wonderful phase of life for your entire family. Oh yes, you all will be a little sad for a few days, but adjustment will come and everyone will be fine. I promise! Can’t wait to hear what KD thinks of college. These are some of the best years of their lives and I know they will enjoy them to the fullest. Perhaps since it will be you, hubby and the kitties, there might be time in the schedule to knit and felt a larger kitty nest. That is an absolutely adorable photo and they are just so cute!! I have no doubts that in short time you will have the new space filled. I hope the other businesses in the building shoo you away if you come eyeing their spaces while carrying a measuring tape! LOL Safe trip, positive thoughts and have some good coffee in Indiana.

  7. It’s tough when both kids are away. At that point in my life I was divorced and really living alone for the first time EVER. Big adjustment. However some refer to this as the yo yo generation- since they keep coming back. After college my DS lived with me for almost 3 years. Enjoy each phase the best you can.

    I “get” to go to Chuck E. Cheese Saturday for my grandson’s 5th birthday.

    Good luck with your expansion project. It’s always more work and time than you think.

    I appreciate your efforts to spread out the Wollmeise. I’ve never even gotten close to purchasing some. Hope springs eternal:-)

  8. Thanks for trying to spread out the Wollmeise. I’d love to get my hands on some! Another idea (borrowed from WM Sock Club signups), let people sign up, then randomly pick names and let each of those people take a turn ordering two skeins each? It would be a HUGE hassle to coordinate, I’m sure, but I’d be willing to pay a few dollar surcharge for the amount of work y’all would be putting in just to get a better shot at getting some WM!

  9. I still remember how I felt when you went away to college, Sheri. I missed you so very much.
    My prayers for you, WH and our wonderful GRANDkids.

  10. What’s up in my world today?

    I explained to the Engineer in charge of Food at our company BBQ this weekend that ordering trays of sandwiches to be delivered to the picnic site just-won’t-do.

    Oh, and suddenly looking for a felted cat bed pattern. Thanks ALOT! ha!

  11. What’s happening here?

    Well, I’m in the throes of the hiring-of me–to the company that I’ve been contracting with (YEAH! WOO!). My Boy and I will be gallivanting around a little more than usual tomorrow, as he has a half day off from daycare. My Husband is getting over a cold.

    And am trying not to cast on for the cat bed that I have all the supplies for. I’ve got a DIC Baby KAL Clapotis to finish!

  12. Yeah for the Wollmeise ordering changes. Just maybe I’ll get some this time…
    I know what you mean about getting the college guy and knitting daughter ready for college. Our only is heading off in just one more week. Like you, our dining room has become the staging location for packing. It will seem so very quiet around here when he is gone!
    Have a good and safe trip to Indiana. Keep those tissues at the ready — I know that I will need mine!

  13. The sun is finally shining here instead of the cloudiness and rain.

    Thanks for the Wollmeise order changes. I can’t wait to try the yarn if I’m lucky enough to grab a skein or two.

    Since I’m a west coaster, I’ll have to get a early start in stalking the site. LOL! I have my wishlist ready.

  14. What happens when the kids leave for college?


    And pray they don’t have to move back in…

  15. My daughter just turned 15. Every year I’m surprised we are here and I’m always very emotional (I’ll cry if I see a cute kitten, thats how bad it is). She had a rough start to life and somehow time has flown and she is growing up. Next bit will be similar to you Sheri, it’s unimaginable, exciting and takes my breath away. Isn’t life fantastic?

  16. Today I’m preparing for an out-of-town conference and surfing the Web for spinning wheels. I’m sending good vibrations your way in anticipation of the next Wollmeise WWE event.

  17. Well. I am thinking I may have to make Gracie a bed as well!!! (Poor thing!) Thought of you all weekend – I know it was filled with mixed emotions! Our weekend was spent washing windows and other exciting things around the house.

  18. My Mom and I just got our first skeins of Wollmeise! We’re so excited! It’s the perfect thing to brighten our day before I have to go back to college (which is halfway across the country from home πŸ™ )

  19. Oh, Sheri, I feel the empty nest syndrome already and I have a year left before she leaves for college. I feel the year slipping away and we’ve only just begun.

    Since there are two going to college from your home, you may need two boxes of kleenex.


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