Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving is this week! I hope everyone has fantastic plans for big happy meals with family and friends. While I have been trying to eat less meat since January, I am going to go all in for turkey and gravy (and turkey pot pie leftovers of course). I love pumpkin pie, so that is also definitely on the menu. It is an addiction I should probably get some help for.

Also, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’ve been fielding questions about what The Loopy Ewe is doing for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday. Because we actually are a small business, I’m going to go ahead and call all specials we have our ‘Small Business Saturday’ deals and divert any questions about Black Friday to that category. All that to say that we will have some specials that run Friday, 25 November through Monday 28 November.

The store will be closed on Thursday, 24 November, so we can all spend time with family. We will be open as usual (10 am – 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. As a heads up for FUTURE holidays, we will also be closed for in store shopping (always available online!) Friday, 23 December and Saturday 24 December, so plan ahead for the long weekend.

Pumpkin Pie! A family favorite at my house!

Small Business Saturday: Wollmeise Wash

We don’t often think about it, but all good yarn-y projects require quality wool washing products. To help promote that, one of our Small Business Saturday Specials will be free Wollmeise wash with purchase (while supplies last). Wollmeisenbad was created by Wollmeise, and is excellent for your woolens or any delicates you have. It can be used in your regular washing machine. As an alternative, we will also have some fun cards available with images of yarn, alpacas, or other fun photography. For in store purchases, you can choose at checkout, for online purchases, you can choose by adding an order note.

  • $50-100: 30 ml/1 oz Wollmeise Wash or 1 card
  • $101-200: 250 ml/8.45 oz or 4 card set
  • $201-300: 425 ml/14.37 oz or 8 card set
  • $301+: 900 ml (in store only) or 12 card set
Wollmeisenbad – a wash for delicates and wool made by Wollmeise.

Small Business Saturday: Joy Susan Bags

We will be offering 10% off Joy Susan bags during our Small Business Saturday event (while supplies last). If you aren’t familiar with these bags, they are fantastic. They are constructed from vegan leather and have beautiful colors. The main bag has a roomy interior that closes with a magnetic snap, and a handy outside front pocket. Each bag also has a bonus smaller bag that can be used on its own or as a removable insert to the main bag. Check out details here. For online orders, you will have to put the item in your cart at full price and I will apply the discount prior to finally charging your payment method. The time stamp on your order will determine eligibility for the discount – we are Mountain Time.

Joy Susan bags – so pretty!

Small Business Saturday: Blue Sky Fibers Free Pattern Code

Blue Sky Fibers is helping out small businesses with a free pattern for anyone who purchases a Blue Sky Fibers yarn! We’ll be handing out the codes to use on the Blue Sky Fibers Website for in store purchases, and I can provide this code to those of you who order any of the fantastic Blue Sky Fibers Yarns (Woolstok Light, Woolstok, Woolstok Tweed, Sweater) that we carry. They have some pretty wonderful patterns to choose from.

Blue Sky Fibers Patterns Image.
A sample of patterns available on Blue Sky Fibers website.

Trunk Show: Brediculous

We will also be opening a trunk show featuring Brediculous Yarns (dyed by Brea) on Friday. I’m working on getting it all set up now! The trunk show will last a couple of weeks – and I’ll have some things that won’t be available on the website (those for which only one or two skeins were provided). If you are an on-line only customer, and would like to see what is available for these, we can set up a video call – just email support@theloopyewe to get that going.

Brea has BEAUTIFUL colors – we currently regularly carry her Joxer DK, but based on reactions to the trunk show, I might consider some of her other weights/fiber contents. If you feel strongly about any of them – leave us a note!

Brediculous Yarns getting ready for display in the trunk show!

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving Week!

More important than any sales or discounts or specials is wishing you and yours a magical Thanksgiving, filled with gratitude, love and great memory making! This is one of our absolute favorite holidays because its focus is being thankful for what we have, what the year has brought, and bringing family and friends together to enjoy a meal.

My basket is full, and I hope you feel the same.

Kristine and The Loopy Crew

Six-Month-A-Versary!

It is hard to wrap my head around, but it has been six months since ownership changed over and we started running The Loopy Ewe – our Six-Month-A-Versary on October 30th! A common theme along this entire journey has been how quickly time passes. This milestone just proves my point. How did six months go by so quickly? I feel as though I’m in a time warp.

Six-month-a-versary Celebration!

In honor of our six-month-a-versary, we’d like to thank all of you who have been here with us, supporting the shop through purchases, stopping in (or emailing) us to share kind and supportive words and gratitude, sharing your projects, and generally being the best group of creators I know! How do we thank you? There really is no way to express how much we have appreciated all the love folks have thrown our way, but we’d like to at least acknowledge you all in some small way.

To do that, we will host a small open house on Saturday, 29 October, 2022 at The Loopy Ewe! It won’t be some grand affaire, but we will have snacks and coffee/tea for visitors from 2 – 5 pm. There will be a general Halloween theme (how could we not, with it being Bob’s favorite holiday, and just 2 days away?). We’ll also have a fun ‘trick or treat’ bucket from which you can draw to win a fun treat (or trick – maybe. . . hehehe). There will be Loopy Swag, order discounts, and other fun things to draw! You are welcome to come in costume – or not! The Loopy Crew will be happy to see you visit!

Online Customer Trick or Treating

Because we would also like to celebrate our six-month-a-versary with our on-line support group, we’ll extend ‘trick or treat’ to you all! Because I’m technologically challenged, this will be extremely low-tech. If you’d like to participate, in your order notes mention you are trick or treating and select a number between 1 and 10. I will have trick or treat ‘groupings’ assigned to each number (each number may have more than one specific item assigned to it), and will slip your trick or treat into your order (or apply it to your order if you happen to select an order discount). It’s the same system I’ll be using in-store.

I’ll keep the online ‘trick or treating’ open from Saturday, 29 October through Monday, 31 October (midnight Mountain time). One trick or treat per customer 🎃.

Kristine and the Loopy Crew

Fall Sweaters!

I want to get folks around here excited about Fall Sweaters! I love knitting sweaters, and if I crocheted, I think I’d like that too. There is something so satisfying about making something that you can actually wear. I find I use sweaters far more than shawls or scarves. My satisfaction quotient goes way up when knitting them! This autumn, we are going to focus on becoming Sweater Masters at The Loopy Ewe. I know sweaters are not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ll try to come up with other fun mini knit alongs or challenges along the way. Matching hats and leg warmers anyone?

The Fall Sweaters Challenge

The Fall Sweaters challenge will be to knit up to 3 sweaters (you can certainly knit more, but credit for up to 3 only). Each sweater will earn you points in our customer rewards program. I hope everyone will feel as though they can participate, whether they finish 3 sweaters or 1. If you DO manage to finish 3 sweaters you will join the ranks of Sweater Master and receive a small prize and extra points at the end of the Challenge. To qualify for finishing all 3 sweaters, at least 1 of them must be human adult sized. Extra small adult sized is ok – just not 3 baby sweaters. You can knit 1 adult, 1 baby and 1 holiday ornament sized (hey, I know the end can be a crunch – BUT see below for points allocated based on yardage used for each sweater) to qualify for Sweater Master.

The Points

Points for the Fall Sweaters challenge will be awarded as follows for each sweater knit:

  • 1 – 199 yards: Sorry no points – but this can qualify you for Sweater Master in conjunction with sweaters using more yardage
  • 200 – 399 yards: 20 points
  • 400 – 599 yards: 40 points
  • 600 – 799 yards: 60 points
  • 800 – 999 yards: 80 points
  • Over 1000 yards: 100 points
  • Sweater Master: 100 points (in addition to points based on yardage)

The Details

During the Fall Sweaters Challenge, you can pick any sweater pattern you like – pull over, cardigan, cropped, oversized, pet sweater – you name it. Any yarn weight can be used.

Yarn must be purchased on or after September 1 to qualify for points. You are welcome to use stash yarn and join in the conversation, but I can’t award points or prizes for stash yarn used. You can combine stash yarn with purchased yarn and get credit for the purchased yarn yardages as long as purchased yarn used meets the above yardage qualifications. Only the purchased yarn yardage will count.

Yarn yardages are based on yarn being held singly. If you hold 2 strands together the the yardage will be the yardage knit, not the yardage used (qualifying yardage for yarn held double would be half the yardage used).

Photos for your finished projects can be submitted via email to support@theloopyewe.com as you complete them or as a composite at the end. All photos must be submitted before midnight my time (Mountain Standard) on December 31. Along with an image of each of your finished projects please provide for each the following information:

  • Yarn used
  • Yardage used
  • Pattern used
  • One thing you loved about making the sweater

Be advised – it may take me up to a week to add your points to your account. ALL points for this challenge will only be added at the end.

If you finished all 3 months of The Loopy Ewe Day Camp, you qualify for 20% off your first order in September, so this would be an excellent opportunity to use that!

Fall Sweater Ideas

For those who are local, we do have 2 EXCELLENT sweater classes this fall starting in September. These would be fantastic to help you get started. There is a Steeked Sweater class taught by Debbie O’Neill and an Everybody’s Favorite Granpa Sweater class taught by Kara Rudnick. Both are done over the course of 4 months to give plenty of time to finish, and both will be amazing.

I have a lot of sweaters in my queue and a lot of yarns I’d like to use. Because Blue Sky Fibers just launched (TODAY) a new yarn base – Woolstok Tweed, and it looks so amazing, I know I am going to be working with that for at least one of my projects! Just look how amazing it looks! It’s an Aran weight yarn, so should knit up pretty quickly, and Blue Sky Fibers has some excellent patterns out.

We hope you will join our Fall Sweaters Challenge!

Add an order note to let me know you are participating! I’d love to see what people are working with!

Kristine and the Loopy Crew

December Mystery Gnome Yarn & Goodies Pre-Orders Open!

I am excited to be able to carry on the annual Gnome Adventure tradition in collaboration with Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes! Did you participate last December? I LOVED gnome-ing along with the group and getting to be carried along with the storyline Sarah wove for us all. It helps that I have never seen a gnome she’s designed that I didn’t like! Well, this year is going to be just as fun, just as cute, and just as imagination-filled! It’s time to pre-order kits for the 2022 Mystery Gnome!

Imagined landscapes and The Loopy Ewe December Mystery Gnome announcement.
December Gnome Event with Imagined Landscapes and The Loopy Ewe!

Yarn Details:

As last year, we are offering 2 color options for yarn sets to knit your Mystery Gnome – Rudolph’s Favorites and Solstice Sunrise. This year, a 5th skein has been added, because Sarah has been working out some extra magic! These will be 100% superwash merino in 100 yards per mini skein, dyed for us by Dream In Color Yarns. Click here to order yarn!

Goodie Bag Set Details:

Also, as last year, we are offering a fun Goodie Bag Set. This will contain 12 wrapped and numbered gifts for you! The gifts will be notions or other fun things to treat you through the month of gnome-ing. Many will be gnome-themed. Some can become part of your gnome (or not – and none of them are required for the Mystery Gnome knit along). The 12 items will come in a cute project bag. Please note that the Goodie Bag Set does not contain any yarn – just 12 fun gifts. (In case you’re using stash and still wanted the fun 12 surprises!). Click here to order your Goodie Set.

Candle Holder Details:

This year we have a fun extra that you can treat yourself with! Colm and Veronica at Lemonwood have created an adorable candle holder that features this year’s Mystery Gnome image for the knit along, and a cute gnome-home. This item is so adorable! It’s made of wood, so I’m sticking to flameless tea lights for mine – I’m sourcing some now so I can add one to each order for this item! The candle holder will come flat and require some assembly (to facilitate shipping and protect it from breakage)! Click here to order your Candle Holder.

Ordering Details:

We are happy to have you order as many sets of things as you like, but please check out with ONLY these yarn sets/goodie bags/candles in your order. We can’t mix pre-orders with other items.

Mystery Gnome items (yarn sets/goodie bags/candle holders) will ship out by the end of the second week in November, with international shipping happening (hopefully) a bit earlier.

Pre-orders will be open through September 10 at midnight mountain time. I will be ordering a few extra of each yarn color set and a few extra candle holders, but the Goodie sets will only be available through this pre-order so I can be sure I have enough of everything!

Imagined Landscapes Details:

Sarah Schira from Imagined Landscapes will be providing the Mystery Gnome pattern for purchase separately. Each year this comes with 24 days of emails filled with stories, recipes and brilliant imagination and creativity that Sarah brings. The pattern will be available for purchase through the Imagined Landscapes site, with the first email/clue arriving on December 1st. To read more about it, click here.

I am beyond excited for another Gnome Advent-ure this holiday season! It’s so fun to see the personality of each gnome come out differently for it’s creator. I hope to see yours come alive as well!

Kristine and the Loopy Crew!