Saturday, April 10, 2010

A very public knit-off.

Apologies to our faithful readers for my short blog absence, and also for the blog move, which was necessitated by some technical changes that our blog service instituted out of the blue. (Surprise, Shelley!) If you read your last Loops Scoop, you know why I've been too busy to blog. We announced that the second Loops location will open this summer at the Renaissance Center near 83rd and Memorial in Tulsa.

We are stupendously excited about this next phase in the growth of Loops. Since the day we opened at Utica Square, almost 5 years ago, we've been inundated with requests from our customers in Broken Arrow, Jenks, Catoosa and beyond for a "South Tulsa Loops." At long last, we found the perfect location, in a beautiful center with easy access to the Creek Turnpike and 169. We will be joining two other Utica Square merchants, Ihloff Salon and J. Spencer, along with several other wonderful restaurants and stores. Our new space, which will open this summer, will have several lines that will be exclusive to this location. We're having so much fun designing and buying new yarns!

Meanwhile, there's lots of exciting stuff going on at our Utica Square store. We unveiled the new Loops Wall for spring to rave reviews. If you haven't had a chance to get by and check out the new wall, you can see the new projects at Loretta has five of the most popular new projects up, and the rest should be up soon. Here's one of my faves, the Just A Sek shawlette by Holly:

While you're at it, check out our home page, where we've added links to our loopalicious group on, as well as a facebook box in the upper right corner. Check out our new facebook page (where there is a secret unadvertised special on a certain line of luxury yarns this weekend, hint hint).

If you've been following us on Facebook, you no doubt saw the impromptu "knit-off" between Cassidy and me last weekend. Cassidy had vowed over margaritas (a dangerous thing) to finish her first sweater, Klaralund, in Noro Silk Garden. (By the way this is a great beginner sweater pattern - you just make four squares and sew them together to make a sweater.)

A small but thrilling house fire temporarily delayed her - ironic, since her hubby is a firefighter. In an effort to spur her on, I challenged her to a knit-off. If she could finish her sweater before I finished by Meandering Vines Scarf in our new Araucania Cashmere, I would buy her Starbucks for a week. Or vice versa. It was on. Throughout the day, we were posting our progress on Facebook. I was knitting like a madwoman all day. Here I am in the car on the way back from church (don't worry, I wasn't driving and knitting).

By the time we went to my mom's for Sunday night dinner, I had knit about a foot of lace. Still, the ball of yarn did not appear to be shrinking, and time was running out!

We got home from dinner and I checked Facebook with growing dread...And yes, there was the undeniable proof, Cassidy had finished her Klaralund:

She even broke her Chibi darning needle in the process. Broke. Her. Chibi. Those things wear like iron. Seriously, this girl is competitive!

The knit-off was so much fun. Why not start your own knit-off with a stitching friend? You could pick a new spring project, or challenge each other to finish a WIP. And if you're on Facebook, post your photos so we can follow along. It's a win-win, even for us losers who are left to buy our own Starbucks - because everyone makes progress on projects.

And by the way Cassidy, my shawl is done now. Nanny nanny boo boo.

- Shelley
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Blogger Ms Blondie Knits said...

Great picture of the new location! It's a hop skip and jump from my house! You said in one of your messages that you will have some different yarns from the Utica location. So now, I'm trying to figure out what they might be!!Congrats to Cassidy on her first sweater!

April 10, 2010 at 7:47 AM  

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