I’m Thankful For …

…. so many things! But I’ll give you the ones that (mostly) relate to The Loopy Ewe:

1. I’m thankful for all of YOU. We would have no business without you. You keep us on our toes, and you make stocking the shop fun. You’re at the top of our list and we’re always happy to have you here.

2. The indie dyers who trust us to represent and showcase their beautiful lines. Such talent in that group, and we’re grateful to share their art with you.

3.  The “big” yarn companies who are so wonderful to work with. (Big is in quotes because even though they are big, most all of them work hard to be personal and friendly in all of their dealings.)

4.  Coffee and chocolate. There might be a little stress going on with this cross-country December move of ours, and coffee and chocolate are helping. (I know that I should say knitting is helping, too, but my knitting time is going to be limited for a bit….). Coffee and chocolate are staples in our Loopy kitchen.

5.  The St. Louis Loopy Elves. They’re forever a part of the Loopy family (meaning their impact here will last forever, but it also means that they get a Forever Loopy Employee Discount, and a forever free place to stay when they want to visit Colorado in the future. Also? A forever job if they realize that they’re tired of the St. Louis humidity next summer and want to move to the mountains. I keep hoping.).

6.  The moving company that will be taking all of Loopy’s earthly possessions and driving it cross-country in a week or so. If you see a bright yellow Exodus moving van in Missouri/Kansas/Colorado the first weekend in December, you might want to ambush it and plunder the yarn. (On second thought, don’t plunder. Let’s make sure it arrives safe and sound in one piece.)

7.  Your patience. I know you don’t like No-Update Mondays. I don’t either. But we are stockpiling a bunch of great yarn for our first post-move December update here in Colorado, on the 12th!

8.  Stash enhancing. Ok – beyond the coffee and chocolate stress busters, I’m also picking yarn to add to my stash. I might not be able to knit for a bit, but I can still dream about future projects in wonderful colors. And I do have cases and cases of yarn sitting at my house, waiting for your next Monday Update. What’s a knitter to do?

9.  The Colorado Loopy Elves. They know they have a lot to live up to (because they know you all love the St. Louis Elves) but they are ready for the challenge. I promise you, they are bringing their own kind of awesome to The Loopy Ewe. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

10. A long holiday weekend with my family. Nothing is as refreshing as spending time with the people I love the most. I hope you’re doing the same!

In honor of my Top Ten Gratitude List, we’re giving away 5 prizes. I’ve picked out 5 skeins from 5 different indie dyers and we’ll pick five winners. Will you be one? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re thankful for, even if you’re not celebrating an official Thanksgiving holiday this week! Prize winners will be announced on Friday’s blog (where we’ll have another Gratitude Week giveaway).

We have five winners of a copy of the Skinner Hat from Monday’s blog, and I’ve emailed the winners. Congratulations to Analiese in NY, Anna in WA, Lael in WI, Sarah in AL and Lisa in VA!

Sheri wishingthoseintheU.S.aHappyThanksgiving!

(P.S. So that the Loopy Elves can enjoy a long weekend with their own families, we won’t be shipping orders today, Thursday and Friday. You can still place orders 24/7, and we’ll ship them out on Monday and Tuesday of next week.)


  1. I am thankful for the amazing people in my life (both those known since birth and those acquired by circumstance) and for having my very own life, to live just as I feel is right.

  2. I’m thankful for a happy, healthy family this Thanksgiving. (And for beautiful yarn to knit… but above all for family!)

  3. I am thankful for all the love from family, friends, and co-workers. I am also thankful for the ability to knit and the many people I have met in the knitting community.

  4. I am thankful for family, friends and health but especially a husband who is a wonderful knitting enabler and encourager!

  5. I’m thankful for my three wonderful sons! And I am so thankful I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my youngest who will be deployed very soon, even though we had to spend it in the only restaurant in town-Chinese! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. I am so thankful for my husband and two sons. I’m thankful for my silly cat Majic and I’m thankful for being able to have Thanksgiving with my family. We have what really counts; enough food to eat, a roof over our heads and our health. All this and I’m able to knit too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I am thankful for my family, in particular my husband and son. I came down with a minor cold this weekend. They pitched in and did the cooking so I didn’t spread my cooties.
    Colorado knitters & crocheters are really looking forward to your move!

  8. Most of all I am thankful for my son’s heath, so far no complications, and that I remain in good health to take care of him. My daughter is visiting this Thanksgiving, which makes him happy. And of course, my feline companions!!!

  9. I’m thankful for my friends who are my family and for spending Thanksgiving with them! I’m also thankful for my new job and a healthy kitty Phoebe.

    Lots more to be grateful for but only two really count: life and love. May your Thanksgiving be filled with both.

  10. I am most thankful for my family and friends. It has been a challenging year and they have all been there for me. Also I am thankful for the companionship of my knitting friends and the ability to knit which is my solice.

  11. I am thankful that all 3 of my girls were here for thanksgiving and that I could make a fabulous turkey dinner for my family, eaten in our own home.

  12. I’m thankful that my 88 year old Mother lived to see this Thanksgiving and have her daughters with her. (She was in the hospital last week and not expected to make it.)

  13. Thankful that the fiberglass on oven door shattered after I took the cake out, that the glass shreds cascaded harmlessly to the floor, and that we could juryrig the oven so we could still bake the turkey (opening an oven door without a handle is a tad tricky).

  14. I’m thankful for my wonderful family who seem to understand my obsession for yarn and all things fiber. I also feel so blessed that my Dad is still here to celebrate at 96

  15. It’s an oldie, but true. Glad for health, wealth (in enough measure to enjoy life and share) and the time to enjoy them. But most of all loved ones to share all of that with.

  16. I’m thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and God. I’m also really thankful that I’ll be getting my master’s degree next semester!

  17. In 2010 several tragdies occurred. I lost my home. My mom passed away. And I injured my leg so badly that it looked that if I was ever able to walk again that it would be with excurtiating pain.

    I am thankful beyond words to have a warm cozy house for me and my family to live in. To have almost fully regained use of my leg without the pain that was a possibility. (I’m not running marathons but I could walk most of one I think.) And all my wonderful brothers and sisters and their extended families that my mother instilled in us all the true meaning of Family.

    It could have been so much worse and yet I am thankful and feel incredibly lucky fir all the gifts I’ve received this year.

  18. I’m grateful for my wonderful son, my parents, the delightful women of my knitting groups, the great people I work with, and the people I’ve found at my new church.

  19. Along with my family, my job and my health, I am thankful for The Loopy Ewe – for reminding us that a small business can have a huge impact! Thank you Sheri and the elves for always providing us with wonderful, personal service. Its not just yarn you sell – I am pretty sure you have figured out how to package a touch of love and magic as well. I am wishing you well in your new home in Colorado and giving a huge thank you to the St Louis elves – I hope you all stay a part of TLE somehow.

  20. I’m thankful for all those things people should be thankful for: health, family, friends, love, a generally blessed life. Also, yarn. And ponies!

  21. I am thankful for my wonderful family, the gift of nature and the gift of knitting. I am, also so fortunate to have wonderful, good friends; two legged and four legged.

    Peace and Joy to you and your family!

  22. I’m thankful for my family both birth and chosen. I’m thankful for my bosses, who have been so understanding during my recent health issues and are allowing me to work part time. I’m thankful for my friends. I’m thankful for my knitting which allows me to be creative and keeps me sane, when the family, job, health and friends make me a little crazy!

  23. I am thankful for my family and friends, my pets, my beautiful home, and my job! Thanks, Sheri, and all of the elves in St Louis AND in Colorado, and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  24. I am thankful for my wonderful family, a roof over my head, food to eat, and a fabulous hobby that makes me a better person!

  25. I’m Thankful for my family, I’m Thankful I know God, I’m Thankful for medical technology which means I still have all my family (DD and then hubster both had cancer in the last 5 years) I’m Thankful for the stress relief and joy that knitting beautiful yarns brings to my life.

  26. I am thankful for my large extended family and that I get to see them all often – parents, sisters, brother-in-laws, cousins, etc. I am thankful for the wonderful friendship I have with my mother – we knit together often and I cherish that. I realize you make your own joy in this world and that you must make time to share that joy with the ones you love!

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