RAKS are Back – Get Ready!

It’s December! In previous years, we’ve done a contest all month long involving RAK’s. (Random Acts of Kindness). Last year we didn’t officially sponsor any RAK contests, because we moved the shop from St. Louis to Fort Collins the first week in December, and it was a little over-consuming. But I missed it, and we’re putting it back into the regular December schedule again. This will be our fifth year of December Friday RAK contests, and I’m so looking forward to reading the comments to see who is participating and what you have chosen to do. Thank you in advance for the love that you’re going to share!

There are three Fridays before Christmas, so each of those Fridays will be a RAK reporting day here on the blog. If you’d like to participate, you’re encouraged to do something special and unexpected for someone around you each week. They can be cost-free or expensive, big or little, anonymous or not. Pick something extra nice and out of the ordinary. Not things like “I held the door open for the mom with 3 toddlers at the grocery store.”, because I think we all do those kinds of nice things all the time. Or at least we should be! Need some ideas? If you click on the Random Acts of Kindness blog category over there —> on the right side of my blog, you can read comments from past RAK posts.

Why do we ask you to report back in on Friday? Because your RAK’s inspire other people to go out and do the same. I love the emails that I get in December, where people are telling me how inspired they were when reading someone else’s comment about something nice that they did. You have no idea how your one idea might spur or encourage lots and lots of other people who read about it. That way, your RAK goes even further than you originally intended. To further encourage you to report back in via a blog comment here, we’ll be drawing one name for every 50 RAK comments we get on the Friday blog posts (12/7, 12/14, 12/21). You will win your choice of yarn from our new Loopy Seasonings Series, and we’ll also be adding something extra to your prize as well, because that’s all part of the fun.

Our first reporting day is this Friday and we’ll announce the winner next Monday. You have a few days to do something nice and leave a comment on Friday’s post. (Then – you will have another opportunity to do something else next week, for that Friday’s post.) I hope you’re up for it!

Sheri alreadyplottingmyfirstRAKoftheseason

Anniversary Kits, Socktopus, BAAH, and more!

We’re excited to share our Sixth Anniversary Kit with you today! We worked with two great companies – Lorna’s Laces and Lantern Moon, and one great designer – Debbie O’Neill, to pull this together for you. You’re also getting a sneak peak at our new “Seasonings Series”, which we’ll bring to you this fall. More on that in a minute.

The kit comes with a full skein plus a coordinating mini skein, in our favorite Loopy color – red, with charcoal mini. The yarn is dyed up on Lorna’s Laces’ awesome Shepherd Sock base. Debbie O’Neill has designed all of our anniversary kit patterns, and this year she has a great sock pattern with cables, that works for guys or gals. Since we’re celebrating our anniversary during Olympics month, we thought we’d commemorate both with the title of this colorway, “Tickety Boo”. If you watched the opening ceremonies, you might have heard Danny Boyle (the producer) say that working with the Queen on the Bond Skit was Tickety Boo. I looked it up and it means “everything is fine”. Although everything is GREAT here, so our translation for Tickety Boo is “Everything is Great!” (And aren’t there going to be days when you will need to wear your Tickety Boo socks or shawl for a little extra “everything is great!” good luck?)

When the skeins arrived earlier this summer, I realized that this skein+mini would also work well for another one of Debbie’s past club patterns – A Breath of Fresh Air. Some of you already have this pattern, but if you don’t and would like it when ordering the Anniversary Kit, just leave us an order note and we’ll send that one, too. Both the shawl and sock patterns will come to you via email. To round out the kit, we worked with Lantern Moon for the cute drawstring project bag with embroidered Loopy, as well as the little heart stitchmarkers that we’ve included in the kit.

Back to our Seasonings Series – this is a new line that we have in the works for this Fall. (Why Seasonings? Because every skein comes with a coordinating mini skein and everything works better with a little spice, right? We’ve had a blast coming up with the colorways and the spices!) We’ll keep you posted on that. Tickety Boo is a limited edition just for the Anniversary Kit, so if you love the red/black combo, get it while it lasts.

Of course it’s not all about the Anniversary Kit tonight. We have other things that went up in tonight’s Update as well! We added in:

Socktopus Sokkusu – A very popular line here, dyed by Alice and her gals in the UK. This fingering weight yarn works well for socks and shawls. If you haven’t already picked up Alice’s Socktopus book, you might want to get it. I love so many of the patterns in there.

BAAH Yarns – This is the beautiful yarn that inspired me to use two solids and a multi for my Thin Ice Shawl for Camp Loopy Project Two. We have many coordinating multi’s and semi-solids in this line, as well as several patterns from BAAH that use that technique. (Shown here in Brazilian Emerald.)

Scojo Eyeware – I’ve been wearing these reading glasses all day for working on the computer, and I keep forgetting that I’m wearing them. They’re so lightweight and comfortable. We have the Gels line, which incorporates the latest in rimless eyewear technology, infused with beautiful color and a precise mounting system. I’m taking all of my cheap reading glasses and adding one to each purse that I use, and then keeping my Scojo glasses for computer and knitting. (I admit, I mostly added in this reading glasses line for myself. When you wear them for so many different activities, you want them to be good!) Each pair comes in it’s own plastic case.

Namaste – We have the new Purple Oh, Snap sets, the Circular Cases and Buddy Cases in Pumpkin Spice, and the Harlow Bags in Carribean Blue, Espresso and Eggplant. (Pumpkin Spice Harlow’s still to come.)

GoKnit – New colors from GoKnit! The Jewel Collection includes the small, medium and large GoKnit Bags in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst and Champagne Gold. (Shown here in the Medium Amethyst size.) We’ve also added in their cute Bracelet Kits, which you can whip up in an evening. Each kit includes the materials to make a thick and thin bracelet. The thin bracelet can also be worn as a necklace.

Lavishea Bars – Four new scents in this wonderful hand bar line. We’ve added Jasmine Vanilla, Aloe & Green Clover, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Plumeria. These tins are great to keep in knitting project bag, purses, and backpacks.

We’ve had a busy week, haven’t we? So much fun stuff. Don’t forget that you can enter into last Friday’s Blog Contest to win a free Anniversary Kit (which would be handy if you wanted to make the scarf/shawlette pattern and socks to match).

Sheri sorryfortheLONGposttoday
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