Moving, New House, Contest Winners

Well I have to say, it’s good to be back to Loopy-ville after having two weeks off to move and unpack. (But it was good to have the two weeks off, too.) In the two weeks that we’ve been here, we’ve already had visitors. We’ve had my parents, WH’s mom and friend, my friend Meda, and our friends Steve and Janice and their kids pop in already.  The nice thing about people visiting you right away is that they don’t expect much in terms of how the house looks (or what meals you might want to make for them) so that worked out well. 🙂  Plus, we’re very close to a place called “Serious Texas BBQ” and we have gotten good at trucking people up there for dinner when they visit.

I promised to show you my favorite part of this place and here it is: the back yard. We have an overabundance of evergreen trees, as well as common ground on one side and in the back. You can be out on the deck and not see another house. (If you had been to our St. Louis house, you know that we had people RIGHTTHERE on either side and in the back. So this is wonderful. I anticipate spending lots of time back there, once things settle down a bit.)

And a few of you wanted to know where the cats like to hang out in the new house. Here’s Gracie’s favorite place – sitting along the back of the couch, looking out the window into the back yard.  Then falling asleep for a long cat nap.

Zoe is also into cat naps and can be found anywhere there is sunshine. Like on our bed in the afternoon. Or sprawled out on the warm tile in the mornings, as the sun pours into the kitchen. This house has a lot more direct sunlight and both cats are enjoying that. They used to fight over the one little sliver of sunlight that made its way into one of our dining room windows for a few brief moments in St. Louis. Now the whole back of the house is bathed in sunlight in the mornings and they have several warm spots to choose from.

We also have a little front office that I have taken over. In addition to a desk with a computer (where I can do my Loopy stuff), I have my works-in-progress cabinet and a chair for knitting.

So that’s a few areas of the house that we’ve been enjoying during our first two weeks here. But enough about that. Let’s get onto Contest Winners! We have three winners from last week’s Blog Contest, where I asked you to share some favorite summer memories. Thanks for participating! And congratulations to the winners that the random number generator picked:  Agata from MN, Retha from CT, and Michele from Saskatoon, who each win a $35 Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate.

Now that all of the entries (751!) have been uploaded to the Project One photo gallery for Camp Loopy, pop over there and pick out some of your favorites. Aren’t they amazing? We’d like to award a Reader’s Choice Award, in addition to a couple of other awards that we’re going to do. Can you help us? Send your choice for your personal favorite to support @ and we’ll tally the votes and award prizes next week. Speaking of Photo Galleries, I’m working on the Project Two gallery. So far we’ve had 200 photos submitted and these mittens, socks and gloves are just gorgeous. Such happy colors! I’ll keep working on going through all of them to get them approved. I know you’d like to see them asap. I am just so proud of all of you who have been camping along with us this summer. You’ve inspired each other, and you’ve certainly inspired me. It has been a lot of fun! I hope you’re participating in Project Three with us. Remember, even if you have not done Project One or Two, you can still participate and join us in Project Three. Come along!

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  1. Love your knitting deck – glad that you are getting settled and have knitting chair available. We are taking a bus tour to CO next week – maybe I could forget to get back on the bus to come home and just hitchhike on up to Loopy CO. For someone who was not going to knit a “big” project in Aug, I now have 2 swirling around in my head plus West’s KAL. I need to sit down & knit or I will be dizzy soon.

  2. Wow, what an awesome deck and backyard. I bet you’ll be able to see all the stars on those clear nights. Your kitties are happy and that’s all that matters!

    I’m looking forward to finishing up my Project II (socks) today and posting a picture and then on to Project III. I just ordered my yarn today. I’m going to make Cradle Me by Anne Hanson but using Dream in Color Classy (worsted weight) instead of a sport/DK. I’m hoping my nephew’s baby is a girl because I picked girly colors. They won’t know until Aug. 15. Here’s to a beautiful, healthy baby girl!!!

  3. Where to begin, …. Thank you. My whole mentality for knitting has changed because of this camp. I have always said knitting is my de-stresser. I knit to relax, there was never any real goal to to finish my projects because I just knit for the pleasure of knitting. (I have finished many projects but they alway took forever)!

    I knit very late at night… after the 7th time of putting the kids (3) to sleep. The light is very poor and I’m tired.

    This time is different. The feeling is different, it is so satisfying to me to see so much progress in such a short time. I’m accomplishing more because It CAN BE DONE….not just in knitting but in my every day life. And my husband is all for it!!!

    Imagine that.

  4. Looks like a lovely place to knit and relax. Thank you for all of the time and effort you’ve put into Camp Loopy…I’ve been enjoying my projects and seeing everyone’s photos.

  5. I LOVE YOUR YARD!!!! 😀 I can see why it’s your favorite place!!! And I’m glad to see that Grace and Zoe have settled in. Glad to have you back! You’ve been missed!

  6. Beautiful.

    And I have to say that the gallery for Project 1 kind of blew me away. It is amazing what people have done with the first project. I’m definitely in for the 3rd project, though I’m going to need to super speed my mittens to finish (I think I’ll be finished mitten 1 by Thursday night).

  7. Was your move to be closer to family? I might have missed the details in your earlier posts about vacations to Colorado and I have been curious about your move several states away……………and if you saw all of the “stuff” in my garage, you would understand that I one of those people who has made her last move!!! Beautiful deck, yard and red leather chair!

  8. Great pictures! Wish we were still visiting our FT Collins friends with the similar back porch–it was just too hard to come home to this midwestern heat wave!….But sure looking forward to next year’s visit, when the Loopy Store will be there too–

    The list of drawing winners above prompts a question on whether one was done for the “2nd quarter Challenge?” But maybe I just missed reading a blog entry…

  9. Wonderful deck and wonderful spot for knitting – thanks for sharing your pictures of your new home. And then I read on and discover I’ve won a gift certificate – what fun! Thank you so much 🙂

  10. What a gorgeous deck!! You will love spending time out there WITHOUT all the bugs you left behind in St. Louis!

  11. Glad the cats are comfy-never underestimate the power of a good sunbeam. That goes for humans, too.

    Funny how just a little privacy can affect your whole outlook. Our first house in St. Louis had neighbors on both sides and in the back. It seriously stressed this country girl. Our current home is on 3 1/2 wooded acres-bliss to look out and just see trees.

    I am so glad you have the relaxation of a peaceful home.

  12. Wow. Only pick one favorite? I looked at them all and picked 4 I thought were outstanding and blew me away.

    Congrats on the great deck and move. Hope it wasn’t to stressful for you.

    Texas bbq? Could it be authentic? Being a Texan I can ask that.

  13. Love the Ft. Collins area. I am soooo Jealous. I agree, with a previous post, this camping thing has made me look at knitting in a different light. I have not made a 2 color shawl before and now have plans for several. One of them is for challenge 3! Thanks for the stretching exercises.

  14. Oh my Sheri you are a lucky lady- what a beautiful new home you have! Thank you so much for quelling our curiosity about the favored kitty spots too. : )
    I’m not gonna make excuses for not doing Camp Loopy this year – I’m just going to encourage all who are doing it to keep up the amazing creativity !! (it doesn’t count as ‘work’ if it’s fun and gorgeous!)
    Glad you’re back to Loopy-ville via the site at least. Good luck with moving the Loopy Store later on too.
    Happy Thursday from Jersey. : )

  15. Your new home looks absolutely wonderful. I am sure you will be filling it with lots of great memories soon.

  16. Kitties really know how to find the sun spots don’t they!? Your yard is fabulous.
    Enjoy you new home!!! It looks great.

  17. Gorgeous deck and view. Looks like you might be on a Golf Course. It’s so relaxing to sit with your knitting and watch. A couple of Kennedy Rockers would be beautiful and comfy” out there. I’m wondering if its wood or Trex. Whatever, its quite lovely.

  18. What a beautiful deck and backyard. Glad that your kitties made the adjustment well.
    It is nice that you could be off and get settled in! Visitors- good- makes the transition much better.
    I have enjoyed Camp Loopy and am ready for project 3!

  19. Hey Sherri, Congradulations on your new home and moving to an area where you want to live.
    I totally understand being in an area where you have dreamed about living, as my husband and I made such a move last year. We moved from IN to NM.
    I’m loving it out here, the only thing I really miss is my family.
    Enjoy your new place and your new state.

  20. Welcome to the neighborhood! Can’t wait to see what sort of shop you open in our area. I don’t shop online a ton cuz I try to support my local shops – so lucky for me you’re a “local shop” now! We’ve got a great knitting community here. You’ll love it.

  21. Love, love, love seeing your new home!!!! Even from the few pictures here, it looks beautiful 🙂 Congratulations!

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