Well, hello there. Welcome to Loops. The one-and-only, new, consolidated, bigger, even better, even loopier Loops at 61st & Yale in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This store has been nearly 10 years in the making. We invent, we grow, we learn, we reinvent. We add more spinning, more play, more fun. We add more comfort, more […]
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.
“If yarn were meth, you wouldn’t have teeth.” – Karen P.’s husband