I mentioned on Monday’s post that WH and I snuck up to Chicago for a quick weekend, last weekend. (Birthday fun!) On Saturday, we stopped by Lorna’s Laces for a tour and then lunch with Beth and her husband, Michael. What a fun place to see! It looks like an explosion of color in there. There was a knitting group just finishing up a tour, so Paul wandered around and took photos (as he likes to do) and I kept seeing yarn that I wanted to take home. (Never mind that it was all colorways that I already have here at Loopy. Seeing it there put me in shopping mode. I can’t explain it, but I know that you all understand this.)
They have lots and lots of name stamps on trays, so we found our Loopy Ewe stamp (for our Loopy Ewe colorway) and our Team Spirit stamp. And obviously I need to order more of both lines, today. Smart way to put names on your labels, if you intend to sell lots of that colorway. We also found some of our yarn hanging up to dry, so I know we’ll be seeing that shipped down here soon. I think we have shipments coming from Lorna’s Laces almost every week. (Because we love it and you all love it.)
I really enjoyed watching Beth dye some special yarn. She had me pick the colors that I wanted to include, and it was really interesting watching them come together. Of course I had to leave it there for now. It still had to go through the “setting the colors, washing, drying, skeining” process, but I’m anxious to see it when it’s all done. I’ll show it to you when I can.
And another thing? It convinced me (not that I have ever considered it anyway) that I am happy to leave the dyeing to the dyers. I have no interest in trying my hand at it. I DO love ordering it and unpacking it and putting photos of it up on the website and knitting with it and shipping it out to all of you. But I don’t want to make it. I just want to appreciate it. I guess Beth is in the best job for her (she loves her job!) and I’m in the best job for me. And that’s why it all works like it’s supposed to. 🙂
I love the last picture so much, because it makes me want a room where instead of curtains I have these glorious long skeins of yarn hanging down.
Obviously this is one of my few cat-free rooms, because my poor little bugger would try to eat it all!
I’m excited to see the special yarn.
Also, I know exactly what you mean about leaving the dyeing to the dyers. I am a notorious collector of hobbies, but somehow I can tell that in my case, dyeing is better left to the professionals.
If I were there, someone would have to give me oxygen!!
Such a fun place to go, isn’t it? The Guild here has a trip each year. I went one year and I’m still using up the stuff I bought 😀
Lorna’s Laces was probably one of the first sock yarns I bought from The Loopy Ewe and I’m still buying it!
I would have been in heaven! I hand dye and love it. It’s so fun to see what you’ll get! On my next trip to Chicago I am going to ask the hubster to take me there!!!!
hi Sheri! I have a new blog shouting out knitting greatness, and I posted about The Loopy Ewe today! I hope you like it.
Now that is my idea of Heaven!!!! I knit my very first pair of socks out of Lorna’s. Loved it then and it continues to be my go to yarn for socks! I think I see Whitewater hanging in the first picture— one of my all time favorites.
I think I have just added another place to visit to my bucket list!
I AGREE!!! lol I love walking into a nice shop with the yarn all wrapped up in tidy skeins ready for me to knit. I don’t want anything to do with the dying….or spinning for that matter! lol
What fun! I love Lorna”s Lace’s. It is my favorite yarn. The color’s are just out of this world and the name are such fun. Wish I could visit there & the Loopy Ewe someday.
So glad you had fun up there and had a great birthday.
You should try Kool Aid dying a yarn once. It is so much fun.
What pretty colors!! I’ve admired Lorna’s Lace’s alot and I see now that I’m going to have to get some for my stash… and maybe to knit up right away! How exciting to go there and see how it’s all done.
How fun! What a great birthday trip!
It was great seeing you there by accident!!!
I love Lorna’s Laces. I went there when they had an Open House and it was amazing. Now I just have to make to the Loopy Ewe!