Pairs to share…

Well, I have more PAIRS to share. I know that all of my twinless socks made some of you feel better. (And for those of you who always knit pairs together, or always do one right after the other? We’re not speaking to you right now. Not unless you wanted to knit up some of those socks and send them on to me as an “I feel sorry for you and all your twinless socks” gift. But I’m thinking you don’t feel that sorry for me, seeing how I got myself into this mess, and I keep making it worse by starting new socks.)

DSC00080.JPG I like these from Regia. Regia has great sock yarn – long-wearing and the socks get softer each time you wash them. Plus, they have some fun stripey colors. Knitting up this other pair reminded me that I do like knitting stripes, too. I had gotten carried away with knitting all kinds of variegated yarns, but the stripes were fun. I think I need to pick out some more balls for my own stash.

DSC00081.JPGHere is another completed pair from some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock that I had in my stash. I made them really long and I love them. I think I was just having a good time doing the pattern repeats and temporarily forgot how many more socks are on my “to knit” list. What do I like about Lorna’s Laces? I love their beautiful colorways, and the yarn is so soft. I’m waiting on another big order from them, and I almost don’t want it to come in. I don’t need more yarn in my personal stash. Well, not much more, anyway….

DSC00078.JPGOne thing I’m really really liking is my Zelda sock knitting bag. I’m wondering how I got along without this! I knit right out of the bag, so no yarn goes hopping around to entice Zoe-the-yarn-snipping-cat. When I’m done knitting for the day, I just stick the sock in there and snap the bag shut. Nothing to put away, and no possible way for anyone (anycat) to get in there and play with the yarn. Plus, it’s so classy looking and easy to take to Starbucks for a few minutes of knitting while I have my Peppermint Mocha, or to a business meeting where I can sit in the back and look attentive (while knitting away). So far, everyone who has ordered them from The Loopy Ewe has emailed back to say “I love this bag!”, so that’s a good recommendation for you. Of course I still love all of my other knitting bags. 🙂 But this one will forever be my sock-knitting bag, hands down. It’s just too perfect for it.

DSC00079.JPGIn case you were wondering about the knitting in that bag, yes, it’s true. I had to cast on another sock. I’m sorry, but that Yarn Pirate Frost was just calling my name so loudly that I could hardly ignore it. Frankly, the All Things Heather Raspberry Truffle was calling just as loudly. It just so happened that I was in a blue/brown mood. I will be in the pink/brown mood, shortly. I think if I finish one pair, I ought to be able to cast on a new sock, don’t you think? (I know, I know. That will just keep my twinless pairs growing.)

College Boy arrived home last night and I’m a happy mom! We packed lots of orders this morning (I love having his help), so I’m hoping that many of you have boxes of yarn arriving on Friday or Saturday. This long weekend is going to be perfect for knitting! And eating. Yum. Speaking of which, I’m sharing a Cranberry Pie recipe with you that was recommended and shared by Loopy Friend Diane. I haven’t made it yet, so no picture.

Melt in Your Mouth Cranberry Pie

2 cups raw cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp almond extract

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 eggs

Spray a 9 or 10″ pie plate with Pam or equivalent baking spray

Spread washed cranberries in pie plate
Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup sugar and the chopped nuts

Beat eggs, add 1 cup sugar.
Gradually add flour and melted butter
Add almond extract
Pour this mixture over cranberries, covering well…this is what makes the crust…

Bake at 325 for 30 to 40 mins………..Serve warm with vanilla ice cream……..

This pie is great to make ahead and freeze….Enjoy!

Doesn’t it sound great? I need to make that soon. Thanks for sharing, Diane!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States. In this time of “thankfulness”, I want you to know that you are a blessing to our family. We’re thankful for your Loopy orders, your kind comments, your wonderful emails, your sweet blog entries about us, and even your wonderful recipe sharing! 🙂 We couldn’t do this business without you, and we wouldn’t want to. Hugs to you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheri nowI’mthinkingImightneedapairofcranberrypiecoloredsockswhatdoyouthink?

WOOPs Update

It has been awhile since I talked about my WOOPs. (see this post) Remember, many knitters talk about WIPs (Works In Progress) but I have WOOPs (Works Out Of Progress). You’d think that I would have made quite a bit of progress since the last posting of them. I did finish up three of the ten. But I, ummm, have added more to the list.

DSCF2892.JPGI’m still working on My Log Cabin Blanket is still in-progress. You may detect that I haven’t added a row since the last blog photo. You’d be correct. I still love it and it will be finished. I have just been too busy knitting socks. Has anyone else started and finished a Log Cabin blanket this fall? Because I’d like to hear about it and then be jealous.

DSC00069.JPG Here are all the twinless socks that I have. I do have two more in progress (sigh) that are not in this photo. As I was putting on socks this morning, I decided that the twinless knitting just has to be a priority because there are so many times when I think “Oh, the chocolate socks would be great with this.” Of course the chocolates sockS means the chocolate SOCK (singular) because there is no plural to them right now. And this has to stop. (Note: since I was dragging all of these socks out for a photo, I decided to organize my stash. As I was organizing yarn, I decided to organize my projects in my different knitting totes. As I was organizing my totes, I decided to organize my patterns and knitting books. As I was organizing patterns, I got hungry for lunch. Is it any wonder that more actual knitting does not get done around here? Maybe I do knit fast. Maybe the problem is something else……..)

Now that I’m all re-organized, this weekend is going to be about knitting. (This weekend was supposed to be about knitting with my favorite friend who was coming to visit with her hubby. Unfortunately, her daughter came down with the flu and the weekend of fun has been postponed. But I’m still knitting.) Don’t expect pairs and pairs of socks in the blog on Monday, because I don’t knit fast enough. Although to read the Yarn Harlot’s blog, I ought to be knitting up a sock a day which means that I could have four new pairs by Monday evening, just knitting up the twins. I will leave you with another of our favorite family recipes. Let me know if you try it and like it!

DSC00067.JPGGarlic Chicken Pizza

6 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 1/2 cups sliced green onions
8 cloves minced garlic
8 Tbl. rice or white vinegar
8 Tbl. soy sauce
2 Tbl. olive or cooking oil
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
2 (12″) Boboli Crusts
4 Tbl. cornstarch
2-3 cups shredded mozzarella and Monterey Jack
8 Tbl. sliced almonds

Cut chicken into 1/2″ pieces. In large bowl, combine garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, 2 Tbl. oil, red pepper, and 1/2 of the green onion. Add chicken. Stir to coat. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.

Drain and reserve marinade. Heat the rest of the oil in a large pan and add chicken. Stir and cook until no longer pink (about 3-5 minutes). Heat marinade in separate pan. Whisk in cornstarch and stir until heated through. Add this mixture to the chicken mixture and stir until thick and bubbly.

Spoon onto Boboli crusts. Top with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Add the remaining green onion and nuts on top, and bake an additional 2 minutes.

Save leftovers for lunch the next day, but you had better wrap it in foil and hide it in the way back of the fridge or someone else will steal it first.

Have a great weekend and make time for your knitting! 🙂 (and actually – since those twinless socks look so good on the sock blockers – don’t they? – maybe I’ll just keep them there and start a new pair. I have a new skein of Loopy in the wonderful merino/tencel blend from Yarn Pirate, that is SHOUTING my name. Oh wait – you haven’t seen that yarn on the website yet? Hmm. Well stay tuned over the next couple of days for that, and more wonderful yarn just in…..)

Sheri IthinkI’llneedseveralPeppermintMocha’stoseemethroughtheweekend,don’tyathink?

A New Flock has Arrived

DSC00064.JPGI have the cutest flock of sheep, herding themselves in front of my computer. Here is a sneak peak. As soon as I can corral them, I will introduce you to Loopy Stitchkeepers (which include Loopy, sister Louise, and brother Black Bart.) They are as fun as can be and ought to be going up on the website tomorrow. What do you think of their red socks? 🙂 I’m going to have to keep one on top of my computer, as they just make me smile!

DSC00062.JPG Today’s recipe is another family favorite. There are two ways to make this delicious soup – with fresh vegetables, carefully hand-cut and added to the pot, or with frozen alternatives, dumped in quick and easy. I won’t tell you which method I use. I will say that I started with one method (for years) and have evolved into the other method.

Cheddar Chowder

8 cups of water
1 large bunch of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (or a bag of frozen broccoli)
4-5 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (or a bag of frozen carrots)
4 potatoes, cubed (or a bag of frozen, cubed hash browns)
2 onions, chopped
2-3 cups of cubed ham
Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil water and add all of the above. Cook until tender, but not mushy. (Note that the carrots and potatoes take longer to cook. I usually wait until the end to add the broccoli.)

In a separate pan, combine:

3 cups milk
1 stick of butter or margarine
4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar

Stir until the cheese is melted. Whisk in 1/3 cup flour to help thicken the sauce.

Add cheese sauce to vegetable pot (don’t drain water out of vegetables) and stir well, being careful not to let the soup come to a boil

Enjoy with salad and rolls!

I’m still enjoying reading about all of your favorite knitting spots! The drawing is Monday, so if you have not left your comment, scroll back to Monday’s post and get in on the action. I will say that reading them has made me wish for these things, while I am knitting:

1. That I had a mountainous view out my windows (not under my control)
2. That I didn’t have a dog that snores like a freight train at my feet (not under my control)
3. That I had a cup of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha on the table next to me (completely under my control)

Sheri havingabusyweekendbutlookingforwardtoyarntherapyinthemiddleofitall

Knitters=Nice

I love this industry. Even though The Loopy Ewe has only been open a few months, I already feel like I have made some of the nicest friends here. You trade emails, you answer a question here and there, then you find yourself emailing again, and then …. well, pretty soon, they feel like a friend. I like that!

DSC00053.JPGLook at this fun box of goodies that arrived this week from one of my new fiber friends. Wool from her beautiful sheep! I especially love the little sample bags of wool that come with a picture of that sheep attached. I can’t tell you about this place yet, because I have ordered something for my Loopy Groupies Club and I want to get those in (middle of November, maybe) and mailed out to them first. But eventually I’ll tell you more! Plus, these wonderful yarns and items just might be available online by the end of this year. Right now, they’re sold at their farm in Maine, exclusively. I want to go and sit and knit in the pasture with Kelly’s charming sheep. Do you suppose the sheep put up with that sort of thing?

So – about those Loopy Groupies – what IS that exactly? You know that we include fun little gifts in your first five orders from us. Why five? Because that’s how many fun little gifts I could come up with! 🙂 With your sixth order, you become an official member of the Loopy Groupie Club. (I’m calling you “Loopies” for short). With that, you’ll receive:

– a fun care package to welcome you in (a cool tote – I’ll photograph it when they arrive – with a couple of goodies inside)
– Loopy Kisses with each order (you’ll have to wait to see those in person)
– Advance notice of all new yarns and products right when they go up on the website (although if any of you have a particular yarn line you’re watching for, of course you can email me and request to get notice of that yarn early. We’re always happy to do that.)
– special sales and offers, exclusive to the Loopy Groupies
– random freebies in future orders, if we find something else that would be fun to include for you (and I’m always on the lookout!)

Right now, I have quite a few of you who have already become “Loopies”, and are waiting for these care packages. I promise that as soon as all of the components arrive here, they will get turned around and shipped out to you. Just know, you’re on The List and we love you here!

One thing that the Loopies found out about this week – they received an email when I put all of our new Posh Yarn (cashmere/wool blend) up for sale. Have you seen it? Wonderful colors and truly a special yarn to knit socks out of. You might think of using it for a special person for your holiday gifts, or for yourself. All of us deserve our own special pair of socks (or two or ten) right? To see how this yarn knits up, check out Monday’s post where I showed you a sock in Highland Mist.

It’s Friday – time for another recipe. Now this salad will sound weird, but trust me – it’s so good! People always ask for the recipe after they’ve tasted it. It goes great with everything, but I especially like it with barbecue or burgers. Try it and let me know what you think.

Fritoa Frito Pea Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 red onion, chipped
3 Tbl. sugar
1 lg. bag frozen peas
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup Parmesan
1 bag of Fritos

Layer ingredients in the following order: lettuce, red onion, sugar, peas. Mix Parmesan with mayonnaise and “frost” the salad with this mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. Before serving, crunch the Fritos in the bag and then sprinkle over the top. Mix up the whole salad and serve.

Next week’s recipe – another favorite family soup recipe.

Guess what I’m doing today? Knitting Daughter has the day off from school. Yippeee! We’re starting our morning at Starbucks, and then we have a whole bunch of knitting and movies on our schedule. If I could just get it to snow so that I could have a roaring fire in the fireplace, it’d be about perfect….

Sheri catjustdoveatthewindowinmyofficeandgavethebirdsaheartattack