Ahhh, Sunday – Father’s Day Pie

Father’s Day Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – not a knitting post!

I managed to take a break from my screen and other work to enjoy Sunday celebrating my husband and father of my children on Father’s Day! He really is an extraordinary human being and father. We made breakfast, we swam at the pool, and I made a strawberry rhubarb pie. Yummm.

Strawberry rhubarb pie

You may not know this about me yet, but I.Love.Pie. Especially sour cherry and rhubarb. And pumpkin and apple. And peach and key lime. Well, ok, all the pie :). I also love to make pie, so it’s always a win-win in my books when I make time to whip some up!

This Sunday, I made strawberry rhubarb pie, so those are the main ingredients here. I used about equal measures of each and mixed them with flour, sugar and butter. So simple!

The real key to a good pie in my opinion is a good crust. I follow a pretty standard recipe that originated from the Joy of Cooking cookbook that my grandmother gave me a very long time ago. I have tweaked it a bit to suit my tastes. The list of ingredients is below in case you’d like to try it yourself!

I start by mixing salt and flour before adding any other ingredients. I use both butter and vegetable shortening in my pie crust. Some will say pure butter is the way to go, but I think the shortening gives the crust some light fluffiness that the butter doesn’t. On the flip side, the butter provides some delicious flavor! I use cold butter that I cut up into small cubes and ideally cold shortening – though, if I’m honest, it usually is room temperature. I cut it in with a pastry cutter, and then follow by adding my cold water. I always try to mix as little as possible to keep the finished product flakey and tender.

Once my crust can form a ball, I divide it into parts for top and bottom crusts. I usually make 2 pies at a time. One for our household and another to share with the neighbors.

At my house, perfection is not crucial – so my crusts never actually LOOK perfect. They taste divine, though! Once the top crust is added, some time in the oven (10 min at 400 and then reduced to 350 for 35-45 min), and voila! As I mentioned, I made 2 – one had a . . . well, an incident, but still tasted great!

To make your own pies, you will need:

Crust (Per Pie – I made 2)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp cold butter cubed (1 cm cubes)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4-5 Tbsp cold water

Filling (Per Pie – I made 2)

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter chopped

Enjoy!

Kristine

Life Lessons and The Loopy Ewe Day Camp – July!

Estes Park Wool Market

I was able to eke in a very brief visit to the Estes Park Wool Market on Sunday. So many amazing vendors and beautiful, personality-filled animals from which our yarn-y pursuits originate! I grew up in a rural farming community in Michigan, and my grandfather literally raised sheep. However, I have to admit this was my first time attending a fiber-focused event. Yep. And I now OWN a yarn store.

I started out slightly embarrassed and a bit intimidated. I’m trying to learn to be ok with the possible ‘shortcomings’ I may encounter as I navigate new business ownership. We all have to start somewhere, and I’m working on taking each inexperience as a chance to learn and grow. It’s not always pain-free, and it’s often not easy. I can’t say I accept each challenge with the grace I should, but I am TRYING. Really, this is all we can ask of ourselves, right?

This curious little guy was there to greet me and tell me that all was ok. Going in without much experience, I could still enjoy the sites and sounds and learn a thing or two along the way!

The Loopy Ewe Day Camp!

The Loopy Ewe Day Camp, July edition is coming up! I can hardly believe we are almost halfway through June already, but there you go, blink and it’s a new week. Take this as your notification that purchasing for July 2-skein projects is now open and purchases are eligible for July Day Camp!

As a twist – because who doesn’t love a twist – if you add a summer reading theme to your July project and let me know what your summer reading inspiration is (book title, author, character, etc.) I’ll throw in a cute little book-shaped stitch marker while supplies last. This can be based on what you are currently reading, what you’d like to be reading or one of your favorite past reads.

Just add a note to your order that this is for July Day Camp, and what your summer reading connection is! No summer reading connection? As long as you purchase and use 2 skeins for July camp, your project will still be eligible – you just won’t receive the book stitch marker! Don’t think you’ll get June camp completed (or even started)? No worries – you can still order 2 skeins for July camp and get your stitchmarker! We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!

Day Camp Specifics (as a reminder from the last blog post)

  • There is no yardage or project specification on this – it’s your choice to make based your time/ambition/desire!
  • Yarn for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp must be purchased from The Loopy Ewe on or after the date of the month’s announcement to qualify for the month (consider this your July announcement – Monday, June 12, 2022!!) and for the end of summer rewards.
  • The project should not be started before the first of the month (July 1st, 2022 for the July project), and needs to be completed by the end of the month (July 31st, 2022).
  • To be counted, you should post a photo of your completed project to Instagram* by midnight, August 1, 2022. Your photo post should include the hashtag #TheLoopyEweDayCamp and should tag The Loopy Ewe (@theloopyewe). You will know it’s been approved when I like your post! Knitting/crocheting must be started and finished in the designated month – no cheating :).
  • *if you do not have an Instagram account, or prefer not to post there, email your finished project photo with the email subject line, “The Loopy Ewe Day Camp” to support@theloopyewe.com

Rewards

To qualify for a reward under the Loopy Ewe Day Camp, you must complete all three months and upload photos of your completed projects by the designated date and time. When you do this, you will get a 20% discount on your first order in September! As always, we welcome all knitters and crocheters – you do not have to complete all three months to be part of the community – come join in the conversation!

Kristine and The Loopy Team

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The Loopy Ewe Day Camp!

We have something fun for the upcoming summer months! For this year only, in lieu of a traditional Camp Loopy, we are excited to announce The Loopy Ewe Day Camp. Day Camp is Camp Loopy-lite, and will give you a taste of what Camp Loopy is like, but with a bit more flexibility on project size and scope! We will be hosting camp groups on the Loopy Groupies Ravelry discussion board and on our Loopy Ewe Knitting Circle group on Facebook. We look forward to chatting with you all over the summer months and, of course, seeing all the beautiful projects you create and the adventures you have along the way!

I must admit I was a little sad this week, as this is the traditional Camp Loopy Announcement week, but having this made me happier! Rest assured that Camp Loopy as you have known it will be back in its full form next year – I’m committed to making that happen! 

The Challenges:

As with traditional Camp Loopy, The Loopy Ewe Day Camp consists of three distinct monthly projects in June, July, and August. The specifications for the monthly projects are much simpler, though. For this summer, June will be a one-skein project, July a two-skein project and August a three-skein project! There will be no penalties for going over the skein requirement.

Specifics

  • There is no yardage or project specification on this – it’s your choice to make based your time/ambition/desire!
  • Yarn for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp must be purchased from The Loopy Ewe on or after the date of the month’s announcement to qualify for the month (consider this your June announcement – Tuesday, May 10, 2022!!) and for the end of summer rewards.
  • The project should not be started before the first of the month (June 1st, 2022 for the June project), and needs to be completed by the end of the month (June 30th, 2022).
  • To be counted, you should post a photo of your completed project to Instagram* by midnight, July 1, 2022. Your photo post should include the hashtag #TheLoopyEweDayCamp and should tag The Loopy Ewe (@theloopyewe). You will know it’s been approved when I like your post! Knitting/crocheting must be started and finished in the designated month – no cheating :).
  • If you add an order note that your order is for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp, I’ll pop in a cute camp-themed button. Note – these are getting here later than planned, but should arrive by Friday, so if you would like the pin, your order may be held until then!
  • *if you do not have an Instagram account, or prefer not to post there, email your finished project photo with the email subject line, “The Loopy Ewe Day Camp” to support@theloopyewe.com

Rewards

The current Loopy Rewards Program awards points for each dollar spent and for your birthday – make sure you are signed up, or set up an account to start earning! Each time you hit 350 points, you can trade those in for a $20 Loopy credit (or trade in 250 points for free shipping). While you will still get points for your purchases, completion of the Loopy Ewe Day Camp projects will operate outside that rewards system.

To qualify for a reward under the Loopy Ewe Day Camp, you must complete all three months and upload photos of your completed projects by the designated date and time. When you do this, you will be provided a 20% discount on your first order in September! This will, incidentally, coincide with our planned first Loopy Ewe Sweater Knit-Along month, so it could certainly help you get your sweater yarn! As always, we welcome all knitters and crocheters – you do not have to complete all three months to be part of the community – come join in the conversation!

Kristine and The Loopy Team

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Loopy and his Gnomies are excited for The Loopy Ewe Day Camp too!

Big Thanks and Big News!

Kristine and Bob Bennett

Hi Loopy Friends!

First a very big thank you for your response to our Retirement Sale and all of your kind messages, emails and phone calls. I so appreciate you and your well wishes on my retirement from the yarn business! 

Now – onto what comes next:

Big News!

I am SO happy to finally be able to tell you that long time Loopy Elf Kristine and her husband Bob (above) have bought The Loopy Ewe, so Loopy lives on! Kristine is an amazing knitter with a passion for beautiful yarn – the perfect person to take over the reins here at Loopy. 

Watch for a re-opening around May 1st (new stock already rolling in). They have a fun new rewards program for you, plans for retreats, and other exciting things coming along, which I know you will love. It makes me happy to know that the shop will soon be filled with yarn again, with Kristine at the helm!

A few more details:

You will find many of your favorite yarn lines back soon, as well as some cool new additions that Kristine is adding in.

To keep updated on things as they progress, be sure to follow Loopy on Instagram and Facebook, where Kristine will start posting in the next couple of weeks. And watch for her Loopy email newsletter closer to May 1st about the re-opening. 

The online shop is empty for now, but we still have some things we’re selling in-store. The in-store shop will then close March 31 and re-open April 30 under the new ownership.

I will be here running ColoradoCrossStitcher in the back corner at Loopy at least through the end of the summer, before finding a new place to land with that business. Pop back and say hi when you come in!

Again, we could not be happier to see Loopy staying in Fort Collins and in the online community, knowing that he is in good hands for the years to come. We hope this is good news for you, too! 

Sheri