Knitting Groups and a CONTEST!

Last night was our late-night shopping hours evening. We’re open later the first Thursday of each month. Some Thursday nights are crazy busy, and other nights are calm and laid back. Last night, we had a great group of knitters pop over from Illinois to hang out, shop, and knit. In that group there were experienced knitters and brand new knitters, which is always fun. Some of them were just learning to knit socks and were being encouraged and instructed by the more experienced knitters in their group.

But the unique thing about this group? Some of them were the very first in-person shoppers to visit The Loopy Ewe. Here’s a photo of their first trip, back when Loopy was just a teeny tiny corner of shelves in my basement. They could stand in the middle of it and reach any shelf and any skein of yarn. (I’m not exaggerating.) The thing is, I think they had just as much fun on that first visit as they did on this visit (and all of their visits in between). It doesn’t matter how many shelves of yarn you have – just getting knitting friends and yarn together pretty much guarantees that fun will follow.

I made up a couple of extra Spring Fling Goodie Bags, just so I could share them with you in a blog contest! This year’s bag was a clear vinyl tote with shoulder straps, that came with a yellow-checked Loopy Ewe Mug, a sample of hand lotion, a Loopy sticky note set, and a skein of Wollmeise in a variety of colorways. Would you like to win one? Just leave us a comment below and answer this question: How many years have you been knitting? We’ll draw for the Goodie Bag winners next week.

Sheri hopingyourweekendbringsyourelaxationandsometimetoknit!


  1. Mom taught me…maybe around 8 or 9, so……..55ish years!
    And my daughter learned about the same age and now has a stash to end all stashes!

  2. More than 1200 comments ahead of me! Yikes. The odds are not good! I began knitting as a kid. Then stopped in favor of a bunch of other crafty pursuits. Then started again in the 70s. I really love knitting today b/c of the amazing variety of yarns available now that weren’t back then.

  3. I have been knitting 11 years. I paid for myself and my two sisters to all have lessons at a lys. Somehow i knew what i was getting into and i am not going back.

  4. My great Aunt Hilda taught me to knit when I was about 7 or 8 yrs old. I have kept it up through schools, boys, children, jobs, and plan to take it with me to heaven.

  5. Let’s see … about 56 years ago! I learned on two pick-up sticks and a ball of light blue yarn that had been hanging around the house all through the 1950’s. My mom taught me, and she was never a knitter. But I just ran with it! Now, well, OK. They make fun of me. I knit a lot!

  6. Over 25 years. I didn’t have anyone to teach me so I bought a learn to knit book. I have had a lot of mistakes over the years but I learned. I now love to knit socks. I think I like socks so much because they to take as long to get done.

  7. I have been knitting for 58 happy years. My Grandmother, Mother and their friends taught me to knit while sitting on the beach im Miami. I’ve knit for magazines, Anne Klein, and local shops as well as just for myself and my family. A day without knitting is definitely a day without sunshine. I am an unrepentent collector of fine yarns. Life is too short to knit with the cheap stuff!!!!!

  8. I got my mum to teach me to knit when I was in my 20s…but returned to knitting in a big way about 7 years ago. I’m obsessed now, always have a sock on the go in my handbag, and yarn fumes make me weak in the knees!

  9. My grandmother taught me to knit when i was 5. I remember getting wool for Christmas that year, and my FATHER winding it as I held it in my hands. I didn’t start SERIOUSLY knitting until I was 15 though. So 45 years is a good number.

  10. Off and on for 48 years. Girl Guides taught me the basics. My frustrated mother refused to “help” me unless I brought her a problem with loose stitches on the needles. My grandmother said, “Learn to knit your own socks. I don’t have time to keep Grandpa in socks…and you too! I’ll help you if you have problems.”
    Tough Love forced me to forge ahead on my own…and I’ve loved every minute of it.
    I am turning into a yarn junkie lately though…today’s yarns/fibers are so intoxicating!!!

  11. Ive been knitting for about 5 years from a free class at our local library. Picked up some needles and havent put them down!

  12. I have been knitting for 35 years. My mom taught me how to knit when I was a teenager, and I have been knitting ever since. My teenage daughter has learned knitting from me, and has been teaching her friends at school. This is a gift that keeps giving.

  13. I’ve been knitting about 8 years now. It makes me so sad that I didn’t know how to knit for the 40+ prior to that!

  14. I’ve been knitting for 38 years! I didn’t knit much when my children were young but now that 2 are adults and my “baby” is 17, I can not imagine not knitting. It’s funny how you don’t realize how much free time you had before kids but when they grow up you find out! I’ve taught several other people to knit and it is very gratifying to see them grow as knitters.

  15. I’ve been knitting for 6 years now. I am self taught and can’t wait to pass on the tradition when I have children.

  16. I have been knitting for about 15 years! I started by making tons of scarves when I was a teenager and then couldn’t stop! I am now just finishing a lace shawl for my wedding!

  17. I am so happy to found you on line. I have been knitting for 3 years since I have been retired and I love to knit. Lately I have been knitting shawls and I can’t stop it. I have knitted 3 Harunis and Summer Flies, Ashton Shawlette, Miami Beach Shawl, Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl, Ethereal Triangula Shawl and now I am on Blooming Fuchsia Shawl. I am so hooked on all kinds of Shawls. Some I used beads and they are so beautiful. I am so glad that there are so many people loves knitting. I like your blog and other stuff. Can’t wait till go back to your store again.

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