Sunday, December 10, 2006

Ice Capades.

At long last...the Loops blog has arrived. Since opening Loops in May of 05, I have regularly sent out newsy e-mails to our ever-expanding group of "loopies" - people who shop at our flagship yarn store in Tulsa, OK. Ya'll apparently love these e-mails. And there's so much to tell. Every day, at least five hilarious, cool or touching things happen at the store. Still, I feel that anything more than 2 e-mails a month can be an imposition.

With a blog, I can rattle on at length, and if you choose to keep on reading, well, there is no guilt on my part.

I also hope to convey a bit of the wonderful community you feel in the store. Since adding e-commerce to our site a couple of months ago, our online and phone sales have taken off, and our list of customers across the country keeps growing. We want you to feel the same stuff our customers feel in the store - a sense of contentment to be among fellow stitchers, a feeling of inclusion, excitement over new yarns and projects. We want you feelin' the Loops love.

That said, I will jump right into the latest...

Famed knitting heretic/goddess Annie Modesitt recently graced us with a weekend of workshops. The weekend was off to a literal rocky start when, after picking Annie up at the airport, I took us on a death-defying icy drive (Tulsa had just been hit by a record-breaking blizzard - so where were the snowplows?). Then I took the wrong exit off I-75 and ended up on icy backroads around Pine and...somewhere (the signs were all covered in ice). Then we sat at a railroad crossing that was flashing for, um, 15 minutes or so - never saw a train. After jumping the tracks across the ice (hope my mom's not reading this) and pointing the car toward the tall buildings of downtown, we finally made it to Annie's hotel. And from there, on to the Loops holiday party. Things were finally looking up.

Here are some of the Loops Troops at the party wearing their new "loopalicious" t-shirts (Ellen, Marisa, Ingrid and Annie F.). The wine bottles behind them are an indication of the BIG fun had by all.

Annie's classes were very creative and full of interesting detours (much more enjoyable than our impromptu detour through downtown.) Annie developed a Modular Knitting class just for us, and an original pattern to go with it. Below is Gina H.'s version of the bag. Ever the over-achiever, Gina had her bag completed and felted overnight (proof of what we always suspected: Gina is a vampire.) Seriously, like all of Gina's work, it is just gorgeous:

From Loops, Annie moved on to tape an episode of "Knitty Gritty" in L.A., where we can only assume that Vicki Howell did NOT get lost driving Annie through an ice storm.

Happy knitting,


"If yarn were meth, you wouldn't have teeth." - Karen P.'s husband


Blogger nekkidknitter said...

WOO, a blog! Every knitter should have one. Now you just need a cat. :D

December 11, 2006 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger loretta123 said...

Sorry I missed the Annie class but happy to read the report and see the results via Gina's bag. Stunning!

December 11, 2006 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger emzfly said...

Woot!!! I remember that story. Yay for the Loopies blog!!

December 13, 2006 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Those Loopies are fun to be with! If I'm not laughing, I'm learning, and I'm usually doing both at the same time with these people!

December 23, 2006 at 7:08 AM  
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