Rather be Loopy…..

DSCF2735 (rev 0)There are a lot of things that have gone undone in the past few months, because I was just having too much fun doing Loopy things, getting ready for our opening. I wish I was the kind of person who loved working in the garden, but I’m not. I plant things in May because I like the look of flowers and growing vegetables, not because I love the process. (Do you think there are any gardeners out there who would work in exchange for yarn?) This May, I was too busy ordering yarns and contacting people to do anything in the yard. Here is the sad evidence. These pots, are supposed to be filled with bright flowers and positioned on either side of my front porch. They are tucked behind the columns in shame.

DSCF2734 (rev 0)This is my vegetable garden where I usually plant tomatoes and peppers and green beans. This year, I am raising weeds. I saw a sign while out shopping today that said: “Garden of Weeden”. I really should’ve bought it and stuck it in my garden small plot of dirt and weeds.

DSCF2733 (rev 0)Despite my complete lack of effort in planting, look what popped up spontaneously in one pot out on the porch steps. It makes me smile just because it was feisty enough to survive winter in the seed-state, and grow all on its own once warm weather hit. I hope it comes back next year.

DSCF2586 (rev 0)I wish I could say this was on my porch. It is a picture I took in Colorado this summer, where the weather is cool and gorgeous all the time, and the flowers all look like this. I took about a dozen flower pictures. Maybe I could be a gardener if I lived in a different climate. At any rate, I thought a nice picture of flowers would perk this entry up a bit.

Along the lines of “so much I’d rather be doing than working outside in a garden in 100+ weather”, I started another pair of socks. Interestingly, I have come up with my own way of avoiding Second Sock Syndrome. (The one where you don’t want to do the second sock because you already know how the yarn knits up, as shown in the first sock you just finished.) I do one sock, then go on to another sock with a different yarn, and maybe even a third sock – and then I come back to the first one and knit the twin, move on to the second and do the twin, and then hit the third and knit the twin. This seems to work well for me. I still know how the yarn is going to look knit up, but I’m not so bored with using the same colors again when I’ve worked with others in between.

DSCF2755 (rev 0)I finished one sock in Cherry Tree Hill, Java (cuff done in Wildhorse Farm Designs Switchback Socks). I pulled a skein of Java out when I was unpacking all of the Cherry Tree colors, just because I thought the browns and chocolates in there were so pretty. DSCF2754 (rev 0)Now I have started a new sock in Claudia Hand Painted, Donna’s Favorite. I love this springy yarn and the colors in this skein are gorgeous. (It’s also nice to be knitting on size 3 needles, after several pairs of socks on 1’s. These will go together quickly. Maybe I can discipline myself to finish both socks in sequence this time, instead of going back to do a twin of something else. We’ll see.) Zoe wanted to be in this photo, too.

Tomorrow I am off to MN for a long weekend. I have held off officially announcing The Loopy Ewe opening until after I return, because quick shipping and great customer service is so important to us. I didn’t want anyone to order while I was gone and have to wait a few days for their package to be mailed. If you’re like me, you want it the very next day! And while we can’t promise that (unless you live here in St. Louis with me), we can promise that your order will go out within 24-48 hours, M-F. (Truthfully – 99% will go out within 24 hours, but I figured I should give us a LITTLE fudge factor, just in case.) Fudge. That’s what Cherry Tree Hill Java yarn reminds me of.

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Everything is Loopy Around Here

Welcome to my Loopy Life! (Loopy as in making lots of loops via knitting – not meaning craziness. But come to think of it, that probably fits some days as well….) It has been a lot of fun putting this business together. We started with the idea way back in January, and did a lot of research and praying about it. Should we do it? Should we not? Aren’t our lives busy enough? 🙂 But our love of knitting and our entrepreneurial spirits won out and here you have it – The Loopy Ewe. We’re excited about it and hope you grow to love it as much as we do.

familychristmas.jpgHere we are – that’s my graphic designer husband Paul on the end – he was in charge of coming up with our Loopy logo (the ewe with the red socks) and he has been putting in double time, photographing the yarns and inventory. (He also gets SO much credit for attending the needlework market with me in June, so that he could get a real feel for this new business of ours. He says once in attendance was enough for him. All that fiber, you know.) Danny is next – our college son who did the whole website design, construction, etc. (And my own personal emergency computer-aid person.) He is amazing. I don’t know how he does it. I’m next, wearing the green scarf with yarn from Austria that my daughter finished knitting the day before. I have been in charge of the researching, planning, projecting, ordering, communicating, organizing, and writing. Last in line is our daughter Julia, who is in high school. She is my favorite knitting companion, and has done all kinds of things to help with getting our business up and running. She is the “go to” girl, for sure and she always says “sure!” when we ask for help. Such a sweetheart. So, you can see that this really is a family business, and a labor of love.

Not everyone knows what a ewe is. Isn’t that weird? I called to get phone and fax lines installed in May. I told the gal the business name at the beginning of the call, and spelled “Ewe” out to her. (Because even my daughter thought we were naming it “The Loopy YOU” until she saw it on paper.) At the end of the 10 minute call, the phone gal said, “Ok – to recap – we have a phone line and a fax line going in for you under the name The Loopy ooo-ee.” OOO-EE? Sigh. Obviously not a knitter. I didn’t even bother correcting her. If you’re reading this, you probably totally get the name. Come back often, as I’ll be sharing my loopy life via the blog, and we’ll be adding new yarns, products, tips, and other fun stuff every single week. Our priority is top customer service and inspiring you to find a little extra time in your day for your knitting. Let us know how we do.

Don’t forget to enter our Grand Opening Contest! Send me an email (sheri at theloopyewe.com) with the answers to our six quick questions, and you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe. We’ll do the drawing on August 15th and will notify YOU if you win! Tell your friends, so that they can enter, too. (Check out our “tell a friend” deal. From now until the end of the year, if you refer a friend to The Loopy Ewe and they place an order with your name as their referral, you will get a $5 Loopy Credit as our thank you!)

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