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Amaro Mitts

The Amaro Mitts are a simple pair of hand warmers that use color-blocking for a touch of color. They are made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a bouncy DK-weight yarn that’s soft and warm. Perfect for keeping the cold at bay!

Arbor is Brooklyn Tweed’s first worsted-spun yarn, so it has a round, smooth finish. It’s spun from a finer wool fiber than the others, so it’s softer too. And it’s a 3-ply yarn, which gives it a great stitch definition and bounce.

The Amaro Mitts pattern includes two sizes, women’s medium and men’s medium. We used colors Gale & Alizarin for the women’s mitts and Porter & Gale for the mens. To make your own, you’ll need two skeins of Arbor, each in a different color.

The pattern is free with the purchase of two skeins; it’s available for purchase individually too.

The Amaro Mitts work up quickly, making them a great gift too!

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Mountain Laurel Yarn Company Trunk Show

Mountain Laurel Yarn

Join us on Saturday, January 28 from 12-4pm when Mountain Laurel Yarn Company will be here with their beautiful breed-specific yarn and a trunk show of samples. Mountain Laurel is a local, women-owned small business – we’re very excited to welcome them to Loop!

Mountain Laurel’s yarns are made with locally-sourced fiber and milled here in Pennsylvania. Some of the yarns they’ll be bringing include: CVM/Silk blend, BFL, Shetland, Romney Corriedale, and Merino. They also have a beautiful luxury blend yarn of Merino, Cotton, Linen and Silk!

Here are some projects they’ll be bringing for us to see!

Mountain Laurel Yarn Cardigan

Hope you can join us!

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Favorite Scarves in Woolstok

Our Favorite Scarves use simple stitch patterns for a tried & true classic look. Our latest versions are knit in new Blue Sky yarn, Woolstok. A worsted weight 100% fine Peruvian wool, Woolstok is a soft, delightful wool perfect for our favorite scarves.

Woolstok comes in a beautiful variety of hues. Every color comes in a 50g hank, but a selection of 5 neutrals comes in mega 150g hanks. That’s what we used for our scarves- just one skein each!

Clockwise from top left: Basketweave, Mistake Rib, Rib, Seed.

Here are the patterns for our 5 favorites- just in time for some last minute holiday knitting!

FAVORITE SCARF PATTERNS

YARN
Woolstok 150: 1 skein or Woolstok: 3 skeins.

NEEDLES
US 8 needles

FARROW or MISTAKE RIB

Cast on 41 sts or a multiple of 4 + 1.

Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat row 1 to desired length. Bind off in pattern.

2×2 RIB

Cast on 40 sts or a multiple of 4 + 2

Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Repeat row 1 to desired length. Bind off in pattern.

GARTER STITCH

Cast on 30 sts.

Row 1: K
Repeat row 1 to desired length. Bind off.

SEED STITCH

Cast on 31 sts or an odd number.

Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 to desired length. Bind off in pattern.

BASKETWEAVE

Cast on 36 sts.
Row 1: *K4, P4; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 2: *P4, K4: rep from * to last 4 sts, P4.
Row 3: Repeat row 1.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Repeat row 1.

Row 6: *P4, K4: rep from * to last 4 sts, P4.
Row 7: *K4, P4; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Row 8: Repeat row 1.
Row 9: Repeat row 2.
Row 10: Repeat row 1.

Repeat rows 1-10 until 2 yards remain. Cast off and weave in ends.

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Spinning with Jillian Moreno

Join us January 20, 21 & 22, 2017 for a weekend of spinning with Jillian Moreno! We’ll kick off the weekend with a book signing and spinning circle on Friday evening. Then join us Saturday for a full day class based on Jillian’s new book, Yarnitecture, and on Sunday for two half-day classes. Read on for details!

Jillian’s been spinning – and knitting, crocheting, weaving, and being generally crafty – for many years. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Ad Manager and Catalyst of Knitty Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to Ply Magazine, and currently sits on the editorial board. Jillian teaches spinning across the country – and now, right here in Philadelphia!

yarnitecture

Yarnitecture Book Signing & Spinning Circle

FREE! – Friday, January 20 from 5-7:30pm

See the designs from Jillian’s latest book, Yarnitecture, in person. We’ll have copies here for sale, which Jillian will be happy to sign for you. Bring your wheel and join us for a little spinning time together!

Yarnitecture : Building Exactly the Yarn You Want

$185, includes fiber for class – Saturday, January 21 from 10am-5pm (includes a 1-hour lunch break)
Click here to register!

Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can’t make happen? Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don’t like how it looks knitted?

In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top — yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch.

We’ll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision. We’ll break yarn down into all of its parts. We’ll build your yarn’s foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations. The walls – they’re the different drafting and plying methods we’ll work with. Finally, the roof goes on as we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you’ve chosen just the way you want them.

All along the way you’ll get tips to keeping your yarn’s end use or yarn vision in mind and your yarn consistent. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

Twist and Ply: The Difference Ply and Twist Direction Make to Your Knitting

$90, includes fiber for class Sunday, January 22 from 10am-1pm
Click here to register!

Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn’t right? Maybe your cables were floppy or your lace wasn’t open enough? The answer may lie in your chosen ply. The answer may also lie in the direction of twist and your style of knitting, or a combination of both.

In this class, we’ll spin and knit while exploring the effect ply and have on knitted fabric.

Together we’ll answer these questions:

• What makes cables pop?

• How to ply for open lace

• What about singles for knitting?

• What is chain plying good for?

• Why use more than 2 plies?

• Does the way I knit add more twist to my knitting or do I lose twist?

• How do I compensate for twist loss or gain in yarn?

We’ll also discuss the effects fiber breeds and blends, preparation, and woolen and worsted drafting can have on plying.

Cheaper by the Dozen: Twelve Ways to Spin Variegated Top

$90, includes fiber for class – Sunday, January 22 from 2-5pm
Click here to register!

How many ways are there to spin a variegated top?

You are only limited by how fast you can spin. This class will take you through at least a dozen ways to work with variegated top. In this fast paced class we’ll explore spinning variegated tops to combine and blend colors for stark contrast or beautiful subtlety.

You’ll spin yarns and knit samples that will show the effects of changing the color flow on variegated fibers. You’ll learn ways to keep your yarn colors exactly the same as your fiber braid. You’ll learn the whys and how-tos of combining multiple variegated tops.

In this class we’ll explore:

• Mixing colors with plying

• Blending colors through drafting at the wheel

• Mixing 2 or more braids

• The easiest way to choose multiple braids to mix for a hat or for a sweater.

• How yarn size, fiber prep and your drafting style affects variegated yarns.

This class will give you a better idea of how braid in hand looks after it’s spun and knit After you spin in this class you’ll never look at your stash the same way again.

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Elliana Scarf

Elliana is as much a necklace as it is a scarf. Flowing and shimmering, it’s light enough to wear whatever the weather and dresses up any outfit.

Elliana Scarf detail

Made with The Loome’s Risoni, a 100% silk yarn with slubs that create the unique fabric all on their own. You just knit and purl and – ta-da! you’re wearing a beautiful new scarf.

To knit Elliana, you’ll need 2 balls of Risoni and a 24-inch size US8 circular needle. The pattern is free with your purchase of the Risoni yarn; if you’re ordering online, just put “Elliana” in the comments section and we’ll send it with your order.

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Meet North Light Fibers

This fall we’re excited to have North Light Fibers‘ special yarn, Water Street DK, in the shop. North Light operates a Micro Yarn Mill on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. Their small team handles every step in the process to make this and other beautiful yarns.

Sven Risom, one of the mill owners, will be here on Sunday, December 11 at 1-2pm to tell us about his mill and yarns. Sven’s presentation includes a hands-on discussion about fibers. We’ll learn about different types of wool and fiber, how the grade of fiber is key to the yarn, and how different fiber blends impact the yarn. Find a guard hair in alpaca, understand why fiber staple length is important to yarn construction, and see how yarns are impacted by the actual fibers.

Sven will then take us through a virtual tour of their Micro Yarn Mill as they skirt, wash, and dye the fibers, then pick, dehair, card, spin and finish the yarns to make knitting with them even more pleasurable.

After we learn how the yarn is made, we’ll see and feel garments and accessories made with North Light Fibers yarns. I hope you’ll join us for this free event!