First the Sale news! You know that this is our Anniversary Month (and thank you for all of your sweet anniversary wishes on the blog!). We originally said we’d do a sale of three lines, every other Monday in August. (That’s three lines, three different Mondays, to celebrate our third anniversary.) Because someone (and I’m not mentioning any names, Web Guy) forgot that it was going to be every other Monday instead of every Monday, some of you have already noticed that a new set of “three lines” went on sale last evening! So – what the heck. We decided that we’d go ahead and do three lines this week, three lines next week, and probably even three lines the week after that. Forget what I said about “every other week” sales and enjoy these bonuses! This week, you’ll find all lines of Dream in Color, all Wendy Knits patterns, and all Annie Adams accessories at 20% off. Watch for three new lines up on sale next week.
The Sock Summit is history and we’re back in St. Louis. I think I could sleep for a week. The days were long and somehow I managed to catch a bad cold (or allergies) enroute. Other than that, we had a great time out there. We were so thankful to see Loopy Groupie Lou during the setup time on Wednesday. She was one of the SS Volunteers and she came right over and helped us set up our booth. (We also had Loopy Groupie Lise’s cute kids, Annie and Craig, helping us set up shelves for a bit, but the photo didn’t turn out.) The best part truly was meeting so many Loopy Groupies (and aspiring Loopy Groupies). I’m glad so many of you were able to attend. It was also great to meet so many new people who said, “Well I’ve heard about you, but I haven’t ordered from you yet.” It was fun to connect in person. The other comment that I heard several times … “Aren’t you the shop that Wendy Knits likes so much?” And one person even said, “Do you pay her to mention your shop on her blog?”, which totally cracked me up. Of course we don’t pay for something like that. We’re just always eternally grateful that Wendy likes us here – and we love her, too!
Our booth was busy most of the time, but I was still able to bring back plenty of fun stuff to put up here at Loopy for you, soon. (It’s being shipped, so we’ll have it back here to put up next week or the week after. We’ll keep you posted.) We’ll be putting up extra Numma Numma, Tempted Luxe Grrl, Yarn Pirate, String Theory, Casbah, Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sock, and those cute new project bags from 3AM Enchantments that you noticed in the photos from our Sock Summit blog. And don’t think I haven’t already realized that if I had put all of these things up in a Sneak Up, you all would’ve bought them out quickly. You guys know how to shop!!
I had fun meeting and talking with many of the teachers as they popped in our booth. I’ve sprinkled a few photos in here. Top to bottom: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (L) and her travel companion (her book Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy was another one that I added to my knitting library early on), Loopy Groupie Lou, me with Anna Zilboorg (can’t wait for her Magnificent Mittens and Socks book to ship), Lucy Neatby, Nancy Bush (L) with Beth Casey of Lorna’s Laces, and Sivia Harding with Carson Demers. My favorite designer to meet in person was Nancy Bush. The amount of research she has done into the history of sock knitting is amazing, and I always enjoy reading that in her books. But the other reason I loved meeting her is because I hold her responsible for getting me into sock knitting. We were on vacation in Colorado one summer and I came across one of her books. After flipping through it, I decided that I needed to learn how to make socks, because one could never have too many socks, and the patterns in that book were very enticing. I told her that story, and she said, “And look at you now!” It was really fun to meet her. (The book of hers that I have used the most is Knitting Vintage Socks. Great book.) I also had a nice talk with Barbara Walker on the elevator at the hotel. Her stitch pattern books (A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) are ones that you will find in most every knitter’s library. Did you know that she invented the SSK stitch? I sat in on her “How I Became a Knitter” talk. That first Treasury came about after she spent 3 days in the Library of Congress Archives, hand-copying knitting patterns that went back to the 1830’s. Out of her four stitch dictionaries, I have found that the first and second ones have been the most useful to me.
Sorry for the long post! Too much to say and share. I’ll be back to the blog on Friday, and will also post the winner’s from our anniversary blog post contest. We’ll do another contest on next Monday’s blog. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s “Three-Lines” sale in honor of our anniversary month!
Welcome back, Sheri! Wonderful pictures of some of my favorite knitters!
And who better to pitch in and help you than Richmond’s own Lou!
Sounds like you had an awesome time at Sock Summit! So glad you were able to bring stuff back so those of us that couldn’t get to Sock Summit can still enjoy some of the goodies. And a high five to Web Guy…sounds like he is watching out for us…hehehe!
You and the elves are awesome! Thanks so much for all that you do!!!
Sorry for the long post??? I’ve been anxiously waiting to hear about the Sock Summit, since I couldn’t be there. Please tell us more and show us more pictures!! The pictures of your booth were great! Looked very Loopy! 🙂 Thanks for the anniversary specials!
It was great meeting you all at Sock Summit! Looking forward to seeing what is coming down the pike at Loopy Ewe in the coming months. It’s always a pleasure….
Thanks for the update about sock summit – I’ve been drooling over all the pictures and hearing about what a wonderful time it was (but could not be better than Spring Fling!!!)
Hope you feel better soon and thanks for saving the bed for me 🙂
but curious minds want to know….were you stuck hauling tons of stuff back to loopy central? or should you have packed more? We were worried about you guys! Glad to hear it was fun!
Hey Web Guy,
thanks for the great sale. I’ve taken full advantage and added a bunch of DiC to my stash.
I’ve been waiting for your after Stitches blog post like someone who hasn’t had news or mail for a week! How pitiful is that? Loved hearing more about your trip to Portand and seeing all of the pictures.
So sorry you picked up a cold. Whenever I do a conference, I usually end up coming back needing major sleep and on the verge of a cold. Get lots of fluids and some rest. And feel better soon. We’ve missed you all.
Happy Anniversary month! I love hearing about your adventurous Sock Summit. I so wish I could have been there.
Thanks for sales this month. 🙂
I was delighted with your long post! Try to take some time and rest up.
I am also delighted to help relieve you of any Sock Summit Numma, Swiss Mountain Sock, etc. Do let us help you help us 🙂
I hope the trip was successful and look forward to hearing more about new lines.
I already helped out at SS and can’t wait to help you unload some more String Theory Caper now that I’m home 🙂
So now I know who to blame for ordering stuff today! Glad you had a great time, hope that you get rested this week.
Glad you are back—missed your blog. Thanks for all the geat pics of the SS, and some of the stories, especially talking to Nancy Bush. I, too, admire her and have a couple of her books. What a great experience, soaking in all that knowledge!
I love all you guys . . . and no one is paying me to say that! 😀
I’m so glad you had time to shop while you were at SS! that would have been too excruciating to be in the presence of soooo much yarn and not be able to look at/buy any.
Those of us who could not attend Sock Summit have been hanging on every word. Glad you had such an awesome adventure!
Sorry for the long post? Those of us who couldn’t make it have been crawling the internet for every morsel of news we can find. You could post 20 times more and it still wouldn’t be enough.
Thank you thank you for sharing what you did .
A lot of the people who attended the Sock Summit hadn’t posted yet this week. I assumed you were all having a well deserved sleep in. It sounds like it was fun but amazingly exhausting!
Welcome back! What a great post. It’s nice to attend vicariously through the blog posts I’ve been finding.
Barbara Walker invented SSK? WOW. Who knew?
Long post? You are so right. I hate reading about all the cool people you met and stuff you did at the Sock Summit. I just hate living vicariously through someone else. You are too funny!
Wonderful pics, great post! Can’t wait to see what you brought back!
Feel better soon! I always seem to get sick traveling too. 🙁
Welcome back! It was great to meet you 🙂 And wasn’t Barbara Walker’s talk fabulous? Now if only I could sleep for three days…
When’s some more Bugga going up?
Thanks for all you do!!
Nancy Bush is also one of my favorites – I took three straight classes from her last year and loved the stitches she taught! Also, her passion for the people on the Island is wonderful – she sells their mittens and shows off their work all the time. She also has a great deal of patience with us slow learners.
That looks like so much fun! Wish I could’ve gone!
Welcome back and thanks for sharing your SS pictures. Thanks to WebGuy for this week’s sales.
Your booth looked so nice at Sock Summit. I enjoyed meeting you.
Very educational! I didn’t know much about Sock Summit. It’s interesting to learn about different designers. Glad you had fun!
Welcome back, Sheri! Looks like you all had a Loopy time!
Thanks for the pictures in the post, it’s great for those of us who couldn’t go to live vicariously through you 🙂
Nancy Bush got me into sock knitting, too! I was on the mailing list for her shop, The Wooly West, back when it was a brick and mortar establishment. One fall a sock class was announced. It was a weekend when we would be out of town, but I went by the shop to see if they had a book that would teach me instead. The nice, curly-haired lady behind the counter said that she did, and got me a copy of Folk Socks. She also gave me the pattern for the class and the sport weight yarn the pattern called for, because it would be a faster knit for a beginner.
Then she asked if I wanted the book autographed. I looked at her, and then at the picture on the back of the book. Huh? Since then I have taken every class she’s taught in Salt Lake if I could possibly get in. There are waiting lists 🙂 Folk Socks is still my favorite of her books. I have a backup copy so that my autographed one can stay safely on the shelf.
Welcome home!! Unfortunately, it’s August as usual in St. Louis – way too hot and way too humid. I think I may have to try to go to the next Sock Summit – I can’t imagine meeting people whose books I own.
Thanks for the great blog. No, it wasn’t too long especially since I couldn’t attend. Sounds like great fun with sock overload. On second thought that isn’t possible. There is no sock overload.
I’m looking forward to my sale order. Thanks for the great sales!
glad you enjoyd being out here on our West Coast & sorry you got a cold/allergies! Can’t wait to see all the goodies you are shipping back..feel good fast..and get some sleep & tea will help!!
I have checked your blog at least 6 times in the last 2 days hoping for news of the sock summit. I so wish I could have been there — and shopped at your booth.
Look’s like you guys had a wonderful Time! God bless!
Glad you made it home okay, Sheri. I know what you mean, I feel like I could sleep for a week. I’m happy I have a week at the beach coming up in two weeks. Sorry to hear you are sick — hope you are feeling better soon. I’ve been having some allergy-like symptoms too.
It was great to see you, KD, and Elf Susan at SS. I enjoyed helping you guys set up. Any excuse to fondle yarn is a good one. :o)
It was so nice meeting you, KD, and Elf Susan at Sock Summit. Although I’ve seen pictures of you on your blog, it’s great meeting you in person. Someday I hope to see you in person in St. Louis.
Sock Summit was a blast. It was so cool to see the “Rock Stars of Knitting” at one event.
Thanks for the update. We need a sock summit East!!
Thank you, Web Guy! I love Dream in Color…….
The updates on Sock Summit are much appreciated. Hopefully, it will return in the future. So many are interested!
I have been dying for SS09 updates since I couldn’t go, so thank you for the long post! And thank you Web Guy!
Never ever apologize for “long posts”. Like so many others I’ve been waiting for your report on the Sock Summit that I have decided to go to next year if I have to walk all the way from Virginia.
Hope you’re feeling better.
Just wanted to say, there will never be a time where I am inundated with emails from TLE. Never-ever-ever. 🙂
OMG…I am sooo sorry I couldn’t have gone…
Your post revealed a coincidence to me! Two years ago I was on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado and stumbled on Nancy Bush’s “Knitting Vintage Socks” at The Stitchin’ Den. I’ve been hooked on knitting, especially socks, since then. I’ve completed five pairs of socks from that book alone. Here’s to synchronicity in this wonderful world!
Love hear all the news about sock summit. I had to stay home.
It was a pleasure to meet you in person. You had a nice booth and looked like you were having great fun. Glad you came. I promise to comment more but rest assured I am a faithful reader.
The Sock Summit looks like an absoultely fabulous time!
At the risk of sounding a little crazy…you wouldn’t happen to know the pattern for the shawl/scarf that Beth Casey is wearing in the photo above…would you? I’ve been searching through Rav patterns and the internet looking for it!
Glad you all made it home safe and the most wonderful time 🙂 Web guy is putting some serious pressure on my wallet .. i likes smooshy lots.