Loopy Lately

We’ve been busy around here, packing up fabric orders and helping in-store fabric customers. (Did you hear that we’re closing out fabric and growing our yarn shop?) We are condensing down the shelves of fabrics, moving empty shelves out, and opening more space up on the floor. I keep trying to think of a way to just take that whole Kona wall home with me. I had to settle for getting half yards of a lot of the colors. I love Kona.

We have such gorgeous quilts for sale, that were part of our Strip Clubs! (I already brought several quilts home to my house. I love having quilts made by the Loopy Elves.) Do you see one that you need? You can call us and inquire about them. We can ship to you!

It’s sad to see the fabric going, but it’s also exciting to see the new yarn making its way in! The stockroom is filling up with boxes of yarn. Of course we still need to make room for it on the floor, but everyone is working hard through this transition. The Loopy Elves are amazing.

Speaking of the Loopy Elves, Elf Cheryl made this delicious Spaghetti Salad this fall, and shared the recipe with me. It’s so good – a taste of smoky bacon in there. Might be just what you need this weekend.

Cheryl’s Spaghetti Salad

1 pound spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
3 green onions, chopped
3 very ripe, large beefsteak tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Mayonnaise (not salad dressing)

Put tomatoes in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer, so the skins come off and the tomatoes are heated through.

Cook spaghetti and drain. Place in a large bowl with bacon, green onions, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix well.

When tomatoes are ready, remove one at a time from the water. Remove the skins and center core. Chop up and add to the bowl. Add mayo as needed. (If your tomatoes are really juicy, you might only need a couple of tablespoons of mayo.)

Serve hot or cold.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Sheri

Fall Fling Information and Signups!

It’s that time again! We are excited about our upcoming Fall Fling and we hope YOU can attend. Our Loopy Retreats bring you relaxing knitting time, great classes, new friends, shopping time at Loopy Central, and a cool goodie bag. By the end of the weekend your head will be swimming with new ideas and sweet memories.

Plus? Colorado in the Fall. The skies are blue, the Aspens are yellow, the pine trees are green, and the air is fresh. How can you pass that up? (We are now doing our retreats every other year in the fall. The next one will be Fall of 2019, so if you pass this one up you’ll have to wait two more years!)

Dates & Venue:

Thursday, October 5th thru Sunday, October 8th. Registration starts at 3 pm on Thursday, and then we’ll enjoy a Dessert Buffet that evening, with an informative talk by JC Briar. Friday and Saturday are reserved for classes, Loopy shopping, Knitting Lounge relaxation and meeting new friends. We’ll wrap up with doorprizes on Saturday night, and then will send you on your way on Sunday, after breakfast. (I was going to show you pictures of the doorprize table from last year, but I decided the dessert photo might be more fun. The doorprizes are always good, too, though.) 🙂

We’ll be staying at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, which is located 50 minutes from the Denver airport. The hotel has a 24 hour fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and a full service spa. They also have a free shuttle service to nearby shopping and restaurant areas.If you are flying in to Denver, there is a Super Shuttle service that you can book to transport you to and from the airport. (This is most of last year’s group in the hotel dining area.)

 

Pricing:

Double Room $625, Single Room $800 – this includes:

  • three nights hotel stay (Thur/Fri/Sat)
  • the Thursday evening reception and presentation,
  • breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • breakfast on Sunday,
  • snacks in the Knitting Lounge Friday and Saturday afternoons
  • your retreat goodie bag
  • a trip to The Loopy Ewe
  • 1 class of your choice (extra classes available for an additional fee)
  • 8 am to midnight access to the Knitting Lounge.

 

Teachers & Classes:

JC Briar returns as a Fling instructor for us, and I can tell you that people always come out of her classes raving about them! JC is a puzzle solver, a technique freak, a chart fanatic, an unconventional knitter (in her own words!) and an author. She will be teaching Beginning Brioche and Charts Made Essential.

 

 

Sivia Harding has been a fiber artist since the early age of 14, when one of her pieces was chosen to be shown in an Atlanta Museum. She is known for her amazing designs with lace and beadwork, and has been widely published. She will be teaching Beaded Button Bracelets and Lace and Beads Workshop: Diamond Fantasy Shawl.

 

 

Rebecca Danger believes that knitting is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. She has been writing patterns since 2009, including her very popular Big Book of Monsters book. She will be teaching Make an Owl Workshop (Xavier the Observant Owl) and Make a Mama and Baby Monster.

 

 

Laura Aylor is always coming up with something new, and I’ll bet you will recognize some of her designs (like the Derecho, or Lizard Ridge, or Faberge). She likes to designs things she wants to wear. For our Fling, she will be teaching Faberge Swatch Workshop and TD4S (Top Down Seamless, Simultaneous, Set-in Sleeves!).

 

 

 

 

Since we typically have more people interested in attending than there are spots, we do the signups as a lottery. Before you sign up, please make sure you have checked airline prices, childcare options, time off from work, and anything else that needs an OK before you can attend. If the lottery gives you a spot, we want to make sure you do intend to come and use it! We will run the lottery and let you know if you have a spot by Tuesday, May 23. The first (non-refundable) deposit of $100 is due by June 21, and the balance is due September 1st.

Click here to sign up.

We can’t wait to spend time with you here in Colorado in October!

Sheri

Exercises for Knitters

Have you been joining us on Wednesdays and Thursdays for our Facebook Live posts? They’re fun to do and we love seeing your names pop up as we are filming! We’ve missed a couple of different days in the Live filming for one reason or another, but most of the time we’re there at noon, Mountain Time.

This week, we did a video on neck and shoulder stretches for knitters. I’m doing the talking and Lynn (Loopy Office Manager) is doing the exercise modeling!

Last week, we did a video on hand and wrist stretches for knittings. 

You can find all of our past videos under the Videos tab on our Facebook page.

If you’re not on Facebook, here is a list of the exercises that we featured (originally shared online by Pam Allen and Shannon Okey and other miscellaneous sources). Repetitive tasks such as sewing, stitching and knitting can create stress on the muscles and joints in our wrists and hands, neck and shoulders. Stretching frequently certainly helps.

Neck and Shoulder – do these exercises before, during and after knitting or sewing. Always hold the stretch 5-20 seconds, so the muscles get a good pull, and repeat each exercise several times:

  1. Tilt your head forward to gently stretch the back of your neck and hold.
  2. Turn your head to one side and look over your shoulder and hold. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Tilt your head to one shoulder (ear down to shoulder) and hold. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Bring your shoulders up to your ears and hold. Then relax and push shoulders down towards the floor.
  5. Interlace your fingers and stretch your arms out in front of you (palms facing away) and hold.
  6. Keep your fingers interlaced and reach your arms over your head (palms facing up) and hold.
  7. Interlace your fingers and cup the back of your head, then push elbows back (imagining that you are trying to get your shoulder blades to touch back there) and hold.
  8. Place your right hand on your left shoulder. With your left hand, grab your right arm just above the elbow and look over your right shoulder. While looking over your shoulder, use your left hand to gently pull your right arm to the left until you feel the muscle stretch. Hold. Repeat on the other side.
  9. Place your hands in the small of your back and stretch your shoulders backward, trying to make your elbows touch and hold.

Hand and Wrist – do these exercises before, during and after knitting or sewing. Always hold the stretch 5-20 seconds, so the muscles get a good pull, and repeat each exercise several times:

  1. Hold your fingers up in the air and gently spread your fingers apart. Hold, and then bring them back together.
  2. Hold your hands upright, fingers apart. Draw your fingers into a light fist with your thumbs on the outside. Hold, and then return to the regular position.
  3. Put your hands in the “thumbs up” position and gently rotate your thumbs in circles in one direction and then another.
  4. Hold your hands upright with your fingers spread comfortably apart. Touch your thumbs to the tips of the littlest finger and then open your hand back up. Next, touch your thumbs to your ring fingers, and then open them back up. Then your middle fingers, and back. And your index fingers and back.
  5. Rest your forearms on the edge of a table or on the arms of a chair, so that your wrists are supported but your fingers dangle. Bend your wrist back and then lift your hands and arms toward you.
  6. Rest your forearms on the edge of a table or arms of a chair with your thumbs pointed up. Move your wrists up and down through their full range of motion.
  7. Hold your right hand out, palm facing up. With your left hand, grasp the fingers from your right hand and pull down and hold. Repeat on the other hand.

Here is another good reference for stretching muscle fascaie (and why it is important).

Of course practicing good posture (a strong core is helpful here) and changing sitting positions will also help. You might also consider resting your arms on a pillow on your lap, if your chair doesn’t have armrests to support your arms while you knit.

Leave us a comment below if you have other exercises that you do for hands, wrists, neck and shoulders. We want to keep all of those areas healthy and happy!

Sheri tryingtogetintotheregularroutineofdoingthese

 

Loopy Academy Winter Break and a CONTEST!

What are you and Loopy up to during this month of Winter Break from Loopy Academy? We noticed our Little Loopy doing some selfies today and thought we’d share them with you.

He picked out new yarn for a project.

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He checked out the stock room and contemplated opening up the new deliveries.

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He went to the library “to study”, but I can see that he’s looking at novels, not instructional books.

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And he broke his dieting resolution, by stopping by Mary’s Mountain Cookies on the way back from the library.

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All in all, no resolution-keeping and no studying going on around him this month.
He needs Loopy Academy’s Second Semester to start up soon and keep him a bit more occupied.

What are you and your Loopy up to this month? Leave a comment or email us a photo (support@theloopyewe.com) and we’ll use the random generator to pick a winner next week. What do you win? A $50 Loopy Gift Certificate, which you can use now, or spend on Loopy Academy projects in a couple of weeks, or save for a rainy day!

Sheri and Mischievous Loopy

P.S. The final winner from our second Random Acts of Kindness blog post in December is Jan in VA who wins one of our Blue Sky Alpacas kits! (Let us know which one you’d like, Jan!)