Yarn Coming In, Yarn Going Out

DSC02952Whew – what a week. You all had fun with the Dream in Color, didn’t you? In fact, although we were well stocked before the sale, the shelves are sadly empty today. You cleaned us out! Just a reminder that the Dream in Color, Wendy Knits Patterns, and Annie Adams accessories sale goes off tonight, so if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a couple of things, get your order in. 🙂 Thank you to every one of you for your orders (and continued anniversary wishes) this week. You’ve kept us busy! 

DSC02953Just as those orders have been going out, the boxes from the Sock Summit have arrived back in. We’re working on getting those unpacked and logged in and set aside for photos. I’ve included some shots to give you a peek at what we will have for you soon! Are you one of those people who always takes/makes too much? We used to joke about my German grandmother, because she always fixed way too much food when she had us over for dinner. Heaven forbid that we should run out and someone would go home hungry. She loved fixing meals for her family and friends. Now my family jokes about me, because I have developed the same habit. When we have people over for dinner, there are always lots and lots of leftovers. Is this a German thing? Or just a thing in my family? I think I must’ve had that mindset for the Sock Summit as well. We certainly sold a lot of yarn while we were out there, but heaven forbid that we should run out. So I packed extra. Plenty extra. But the good news is that even if you missed being at the Sock Summit in person, you can still get in on the beautiful yarns! (You know, if we would’ve sold out, I would’ve ordered more of it for all of you anyway. I will always watch out for you, whether you go to these events or not.) So we’ll keep working on the unpacking and photo-ing, and we’ll get it up for you as soon as we can.

Thank you for all of the anniversary wishes! It has been fun to read through them and we really appreciate you taking the time to comment. We have used the random number generator to pick five winners from last week’s comments. We’ll be sending fun prize packages out to Jocelyn in Dubai, Terri in TX, Cheryl in MO, Michelle in OH, and Bonnie in CA! (I emailed all of you, so check your email boxes if you’re wondering if this is you.)  We’ll have our second contest this coming Monday (the 17th), and our third and final blog contest on the following Monday (the 24th). And of course we’ll have more “3 lines” sales starting both of those Mondays, too, so watch the blog and your email for news of that. Then we’ll be doing a whole lot of re-stocking of all of these lines that you’ve enjoyed cleaning us out of!

Knitting Daughter reminded me this week that she goes back to college in a week and a half. Where in the heck did this whole summer go? Aaaackk!!!

Sheri whoisdeterminedtocatchuponsomesleepthisweekend.Andknit.


  1. I’m part German, but also half Polish, and I can attest that the “You have to FEED people” gene is present in large quantities for the Poles, too.

    You always take such good care of us, Sheri!

  2. Hmm…both maternal grandparents are/were German (Volga German actually) and we always had PLENTY of food at family gatherings. I used to sort of chalk that up to the fact that they grew up in huge farming families (slightly under a dozen kids each – still…that’s a LOT). My Grandma used to cook for all the farmhands during harvest and I know that 4 little girls didn’t quite eat like farmhands but maybe she always allowed for random drop-ins at dinnertime 😉

    I’m good as long as the leftovers aren’t strictly sauerkraut!

  3. Sheri,
    my Mom is a German who always cooked too much food even just for us. She had five (5) kids. We’ve all moved out and she still cooks way to much for her self. Who knows, she’s always afraid of not having enough. Oh well, glad you’re back safe and had a great trip.

  4. OMG!!!! what is that I MUST HAVE color that is in the middle of the DIC picture? (The brown with the purple) It must come live with me 🙂

    My grandmother and Mommy are the same way. When we were little, there would be enough food for about 60 people and there were about 20 of us. Now that there is about 10 of us, there is still food for about 60 people. Some things never change.

  5. I do the same with food and also with wool. You never know, you *may* run out – and that would be an awful thing! Thanks to your wonderful anniversary celebrations I will not run out of wool for a long, loooonnnng time!

  6. I know how you feel! Taking our college daughter back on Sunday of this week. This is her 3rd. year and espcially difficult this year. She is having some medical issues and I would love to keep her home so that I can watch for any changes…… Guess I will just have to rely on her friends at school (which are a great bunch of girls) to watch over her. One good thing she has to come home in 3 weeks for more blood tests so I will get to see her again soon….

    As far as the food issue we have the same problem and we are Irish so it isn’t just a German thing.

  7. I have the same plans this weekend – catch up on sleep and knit. Looking forward to next week’s sneak up!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. My oldest daughter goes back to college too on the 22nd. We’ll just have to console ourselves with some squishy yummy yarn!

  9. I’ve had many a holiday dinner with a friend who is the type to make a ham…and lamb…and several kinds of sausage…and two turkeys. For 10 people! I think it’s a mid-to-eastern European thing.

  10. Hi Sheri, I am Hungarian and I can tell you that everybody cooks way too much food. It most definitely is an eastern European thing. Better to have too much food than too little. But, many Americans think less is more!

  11. My mom is Armenian and is like this too. In middle eastern cultures it’s considered extremely rude to not have way too much food for any occasion with guests, etc.

    (Armenian isn’t middle eastern so much but close enough.)

  12. Just wanted to add my congratulations to all of you. You guys are definitely the gold standard for how to do things right in this business!

  13. It’s always better to have too much food (or yarn) than too little. I think that’s a motto most of your blog readers would live by. 😉

  14. I’m drooling over the first picture. I was so sad I couldn’t get shopping in time for the DIC sale. Though, I did read that you took new colorways to the Sock Summit. Are those some of the new colorways in the first picture??? I’m excited. 😛

  15. Yes I am the same way, whenever entertaining it is in my blood to always have more than enough, rather than not enough. I never want anyone to say they were not able to have any. This summer has flown by, school shopping was this week, and the 31st will be here before we know it. I don’t know whether to do the happy dance that day or lament that the summer is over….

  16. What beautiful yarn you’ve got there! I agree, more food than everyone can possibly eat is required when entertaining. When I was a girl, I quickly learned that my German American Grandmother would provide any food that she thought we might want/like. Good to know who to be around when the ice cream truck was making it’s evening rounds.

  17. Food is a German thing. My mom’s side of the family is full blooded German and we always had more food than we knew what to do with at holidays. Always.

  18. Sheri,
    I hope you get that much needed sleep this weekend. If your sale lines next week is anything like the DIC flying off the shelves you’ll need your strength.
    Happy knitting!

  19. Better to make too much food than not enough – a relative (who will remain nameless) served us dinner one night when we were visiting – I think she had less on the table for the eight of us than I make for just the three of us. But the pie she served for dessert was fantastic and we were all still hungry enough to eat it – so maybe there was some method in her madness. By the way, German in my background, too.

  20. My German grandma did the same thing. While we were in Germany in Dec lots of things minded me of her & her cooking. Especially her potato salad & potato cakes. But we never had them with applesauce..yum The sauerkraut was delicious!! making myself hungry. It was good to see where you are from. We always had lots of food also. Have a good weekend

  21. I think it’s just that some people show their love with food, maybe because it is sometimes all they have. It’s a way of cherishing people. My family all come from different parts of the UK but they’re just as prone to over-cater!

  22. Well my mom’s background was Scottish and English but she too, cooked for an army when there was company – which was often. I’ve always thought it was because she was Southern but I’m intrigued by the suggestion that it may have been the lingering effects of the Depression. Of course, I do it too but that’s because we do become our mothers!

  23. I have the same food problem….I’m Polish………I was cooking pasta last night for 20…..I made 10 lbs…hoping that’s enough…..my thought process is I would rather have more than not enough……

  24. Thank you again so much, Sheri and everyone at TLE! And to the random number generator thingie of course!

    Congratulations again and here’s to many many more happy years for The Loopy Ewe!

  25. I’m sure it’s a German thing. My grandmothers both did it, my mom and aunts all do it, and so do my cousins and I. Glad to hear Sock Summit was a success! I’ve been out of the loop on vacation in Canada and just now thought to look for Summit news!

  26. Hope you caught up on your sleeping and knitting. I’ve been away from the weekend at church “gathering” and was able to do lots of knitting while listening to speakers.

  27. I have been wondering about where this Summer went to also………I do not think I am ready to even think that Fall is jusdt around the corner!! Oh well at least I can wear my wool socks again soon!!:)

  28. Knitting full speed ahead…am on chart C of Wendy’s Order to Chaos shawl…in the lovely DIC Smooshy Midnight Derby I got when I visited on Thursday! It’s gorgeous.

  29. My grandmother came from English and Scottish stock and she ALWAYS cooked enough to (in her words) “feed a threshing crew” but after she put all the dishes on the table she’d always say something like “well, that’s all there is” …..and there were always leftovers sent home with whoever wanted them! BTW, my Mom (her daughter) did NOT inherit this trait from her!

  30. My oldest daughter is back at college too. And it is her last year!!! And middle daughter graduates from high school this year and the little bit starts high school!! eeekkkkkkk
    Love the new yarns!!!!

  31. One of my friends is Egyptian, and she does the same thing. I’m an American mutt and definitely have plenty of leftovers at most gatherings.

    I think it is part of the culture that makes food the highest form of hostessing. We all do it!

  32. You should be ashamed having my favorite supersock Cherry Tree Hill on sale! Oh my. BTW I first heard of you from reading the blogs of knitters; I think Yarn Harlot mentioned you first. And I have enjoyed doing business with you very much. I love the look of your store. Congratulations on your three successful years and wishing you many more.

  33. Happy Anniversary. Thanks to Wendy knits for directing me to your site. Its a running joke that no matter where i go there is always some food with me. Being a vegetarian this comes in handy very often.

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