One Graduate and Two Contest Winners

Graduation Week-end is over and we have one less college bill to pay a successfully graduated son – woohoo!  It was a fun weekend and I’m glad that my folks, WH’s mom, and my brother were all there to help us celebrate.  Here are some photos for you:

College Guy and his favorite friends (L-R): Matt, Audrey, Jen, Gretchen and Danny:


College Guy and his favorite room-mates (not Jessica. 🙂  She’s Nathan’s fiancee and since the rest of these guys are currently girlfriend-less. she claims them all for her own and calls them “My Boys”. I think she has a pretty good deal!) L-R: Danny, Nathan, Jessica, Dan and Philip.


College Guy and his friend Matt getting ready to drive off to O’Hare Airport in Chicago to catch a plane to Budapest for their backpacking adventure (they met up with Matt’s college sister over there):


Look who they ran into at O’Hare – Janice’s son A and his girlfriend C! They had just flown back from C’s semester overseas and were driving back to Iowa that afternoon. Funny that their time overlapped at the airport!


Speaking of trips, it was so fun to read all of your hometown entries in the May Blog Contest! Clearly I don’t get out enough, because every one of them seemed like a must-see. You all have some great things to do in your hometowns and it made me wish that we could just hop in a car and start making the rounds. (And then we’d have to hop a plane to visit all of you overseas.) I’m ready! We did the Randomizer to find two winners for the contest. It picked Holly in CO and Allison in CT. Congratulations to both of you!  We’re sending off your Loopy Care Packages in the morning.  Watch for our June contest in a couple of weeks – we have another fun question for you to ponder and answer.

Have you noticed my lack of knitting progress on the blog, lately? That’s because I’ve been knitting away on my Girasole. I counted up last night and I have 30 more rows to go, and then the knitted edge. That doesn’t seem like a lot, until you realize that each row is 640 stitches, and I’ve heard that the knitted edge takes forever. I’m still enjoying it, though. I’ve also started my Challenge Socks. Good thing, since they need to be done by the end of June.

In re-stocking news, we have put up: more Dream in Color Classy, new colors of Yarn Love roving, Perchance to Knit Midnight Rainbow/Harlot’s Peacock Lace, and the Knit Kits are back in. Coming up (so far) for next week: Creatively Dyed Calypso, L&V Intentions Yarn and Roving, Yarn Love Juliet, Perchance to Knit Lace, Hazelknits, and possibly Numma Numma The Usual (if we get it in time to photo for the Sneak Up. It’s in the mail!).

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  1. Welcome back Sheri! I was back in the Lou for Matt’s wedding this weekend, and sent you and the Elves a few waves as I went up and down (and up and down) 270 on airport and hotel runs.

    Glad to see the graduation went well! Enjoy the summer with KD back home, and safe travels for CG.

  2. Holy cow – I just noticed the buttons at the bottom of the post and comments – love it! (tips the mug o’Starbucks to salute your creativity).

  3. Congrats and safe travels to CG! Now you’ll have to come up with a new name for him! 🙂 Glad to see that you made it home safely from your travels, too, Sheri, and can’t wait to see the finished pics of your Girasole!

  4. Congrats to College Guy for successful graduation! I’m sure he’ll have a great time exploring Europe….sure wish I’d had that oppportunity back in the day. I need to get working on some challenge socks too. 😉

  5. Congrats again to Danny! I started Anne Hanson’s Whispering Pines shawl a couple of weeks ago and thought (LOL) that I’d finish in time to start challenge socks (Nebula in CTH Island Red). So I think my challenge socks won’t even get out of the gate. I do intend to challenge my LYS owner who’s challenged by a Charlene Schurch mosaic to a private challenge.

    I’m glad that Julia will be an elf this summer.

  6. Congratulations to Danny! How exciting for everyone – so glad y’all had a great weekend! : )

    And, congrats to the contest winners too! : )

  7. I won! I can’t believe it. Congradulations on having one college graduate. I am sure that he will have fun on his trip.

  8. Girasole takes time. That does not mean you aren’t making progress! The blanket size has over a mile of yarn in it. 1,800 yards = 5 pairs of socks! Wouldn’t you feel accomplished if you had knit that many pairs of socks in the same amount of time?

    As for me, I can’t figure out how I’m going to block my Girasole when I’m done with it. If I’m ever done with it!

    Congrats to college guy!

  9. Congragulations to College Guy and I know what you mean about those college bills! We did the Happy Dance last Friday when my middle son graduated from Texas A&M! Two down and one to go!

  10. I have a long wait before I have one out of college (the oldest is finishing 2nd grade this year) though I know that it will go by lots faster than I think. I hadn’t really noticed the lack of knitting in the blog. I guess I need to pay more attention. I am still waiting to see what you have been spinning.

  11. I remember when my first graduated. I cried. I am such a loser!
    I am so happy for CG going to Budapest. Keep us posted about his travels, we love him!
    You did a swell job on those kids!

  12. It was way too fun to see Danny at the airport!!! Had I had my passport with me, I think I would have headed to Budapest with them!! (He said I could go!)

  13. Congratulations to College Guy! My own College Guy graduated last Thursday and we have a lot of similar pictures (same poses, different faces ). And I even missed a contest over it ; ) ! But, we had a great time and had extended family come to Maryland from Florida and Denver, so we rented a townhouse at the beach and my son’s girlfriend’s family rented the one next door. Instead of trying to get into a restaurant with 20 people, we had a huge graduation party at the beach houses and then had 12 kids spend the night after another graduation party, so they wouldn’t have to drive the 30 minutes back to school. What a blast ! But boy am I tired…

  14. congrats and safe travels to you College guy 🙂

    Congrats also to Holly and Allison – i hope you enjoy the loopy care packages 🙂

  15. Congrats to College Guy, and hope the trip is fabulous!
    I hope KD has a great summer break too!

  16. What great photos! The kids all look giddy, they’re so happy! (And the parents as well, I’m guessing!) Congratulations to College Guy and hope he has a great backpacking adventure. Tell him to take notes—my older son want to do the same thing in a couple of years!

  17. Congrats, Sheri! Now CG becomes TG (travelling guy) on his way to becoming WG (working guy)?

  18. Sheri- Congratulations!. My oldest daughter graduated college a few weeks ago and my youngest will graduate high school next week. In between we have had prom and this weekend is dance recital. Busy but happy busy, the best kind.
    Congrats again.

  19. What an exciting graduation present to travel around Europe like that!

    So hey, what do we call him now if he’s no longer “College Guy?” I sort of suspect that he wouldn’t much care for “Budapest Boy” 😉 Who fills in as your Web Guy? I hope he’s not dragging a laptop around in his backpack. 🙂 You must have him watching for interesting yarn while on his travels though.

  20. Congrats on a successful graduation! It must have been exhilarating watching him graduate!

    I still need to order my sock yarn for the Q2. Hopefully I’ll get a little cash for my birthday, so I can afford to splurge!

  21. I do not know if you read past blogs comments but I wanted to send your way a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your son’s Graduation. It is such a great accomplishment for him and a nice sense of pride on the parents. An he is doing an Europe backpack trip!!!! Our son did this and it was a wonderful experience mixed with “discovering” other ways of life. I am very happy for you and your family. I hope he stays close to home when looking for work.

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