Stephen & Steven at Loop!

by Craig on November 11, 2014

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity!

Stephen and Steven

StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis.

Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop in Minneapolis where he encourages his knit-crochet-fiber loving friends to push the limits. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: ‘The possibilities are endless.’ ‘There are no mistakes, only variations.’ And to always remember to ‘Glam it up!’

Stephen West (above, left) is currently based in Amsterdam. His shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen self-publishes knitting patterns and books, and hosts several online knit-alongs each year like the Mystery Shawl Knit Along and Westknits Shawl Club. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.

Steven & Stephen have taught classes and workshops – together and individually – at yarn shops across America and around the globe. In addition to their amazing classes, Stephen & Steven are bringing unique yarns and swag that will only be available during their visit.

Call us today at 215-893-9939 to reserve your space and be a part of this fantastic event!

INSPIRATIONAL TRUNK SHOW
$15 – Thursday, January 22, 6 to 7:30pm OR Saturday, January 24, 2 to 3:30pm

Spend some time with Stephen & Steven! See their fabulous creations and hear their true non-Hollywood stories!

MODULAR MAGIC
$75 – Friday, January 23, 10am to 1pm

Come explore the magic of modern modular knitting with Stephen West!

In this 3-hour class, you’ll play with clever seamless knitting techniques and simple geometric shapes to build your own customized fabric. Stephen will guide you through some of his favorite shaping skills while you build and piece together your own fuzzy fiber puzzle. Stephen will also cover how to apply these fabric-building concepts to stylish sweaters, shawls, hats, and more!

Materials: Bring a colorful array of yarns and needle sizes (and a few crochet hooks too if you wish). Worsted weight wool yarns are recommended but please bring other weights and fibers for experimentation. Also bring any swatches or pieces of finished or unfinished knits that aren’t too precious to you (scarves, cowls, sweaters, etc…). We can play with picking up stitches from these old fabrics and add modular pockets, hoods, and collars to finished accessories and garments.

Requirements: You should be able to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON KNITTING
$75 – Friday, January 23, 2 to 5pm

Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with Stephen West and StevenBe!

This Dynamic Duo class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Stephen & Steven’s favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment.

Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern and truly make it yours.

You will need for class:

1. A Stephen or Steven base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa, Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl, Really Rylie, or Cropped Cardi (your choice of base pattern supplied in class).

2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several fine strands can be combined in this project. Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.

3. A variety of needle sizes will be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet

How it works:

1. Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center, or top.

2. You will work on your project with guidance from Stephen and Steven for the first 20 minutes, including a presentation of their “Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven’s Tips & Tricks.” You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.

3. This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working creatively. This workshop will leave you comfortable with deviating from the written pattern and making your own design decisions

4. You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of class.

SHAWL EXTRAVAGANZA
$75 – Saturday, January 24, 10am to 1pm

View many of Stephen & Steven’s shawl and accessory patterns made up in a true trunk show. Pick your favorite Westknits shawl and StevenBe accessory and begin your inspired knitting adventure. Receive hands-on tips and tricks from the two masters.

We will consult with each student to pick the perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpieces. Students can expect a wonderful artistic class with a variety of projects to experience.

SIGN UP TODAY!
Do not miss this exciting knit & crochet opportunity – call us at 215-893-9939 to sign up today!

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Giveaway #5 Winner

by Craig on November 4, 2014

concordiaCongratulations to Sharon M who won 2 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge in Concordia! Sharon, I’ll put your prize in the mail today.

Thank you to all of you who entered our giveaways! Reading your entries on this and the others was a ton of fun. In these last ones, you can really see how so much of knitting is about connecting with other people and sharing our craft.

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10th Anniversary Giveaway #5

by Craig on October 29, 2014

This is the final giveaway in our month-long anniversary celebration. Thanks for participating and good luck!

Giveaway #5 Question: Who taught you to knit and/or crochet? Have you ever taught anyone?

Cary Grant Knitting

A friend taught me to knit as a birthday present. I’d never thought about knitting before and wasn’t particularly interested in knitting, but, obviously, I loved it! I’ve taught many people to knit in the shop and I’ve also taught friends and family. It’s such a great skill to share!

Leave your answer below by November 2 and you could win!

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Giveaway Winner #4

by Craig on October 27, 2014

royalThe winner of Giveaway #4 is Anne P – congratulations, Anne! Please email me your shipping address and I’ll send you your prize, 2 skeins of Lana Vida Francesca in Royal.

Our bag preferences are as varied as our yarn ones. Thank you for all your entries!

There’s just one giveaway left. Check back later this week!

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Paoli Wrap

by Laura on October 24, 2014

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Be stylish and warm in our new Paoli Wrap! Knit in Hannah, Paoli is a soft, luxe scarf that you’ll find yourself reaching for every day this season. The simple stitch repeat creates an amazing pleated fabric, that adds texture and flair to your winter wardrobe!

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Hannah is an incredible combination of fine merino, baby alpaca & cashmere, blended together in a classic worsted weight yarn with beautiful drape. With a palette of 15 rich hues, there is a color for every taste!

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Here’s the free pattern! Enjoy!

PAOLI WRAP

SIZE One size, 14 x 66 inches

YARN Lana Vida Hannah (45% baby alpaca, 45% fine merino, 10% cashmere; 100 g / 218 yds): 4 skeins

NEEDLES US 8 (5mm) or size needed for gauge

GAUGE 4.5 sts = 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch

PATTERN

CO 70 sts.

Row 1 *K5, p5; rep from * to end.

Row 2 K4, *p5, k5; rep from * to last 6 sts, p5, k1.

Row 3 P2, *k5, p5; rep from * to last 8 sts, k5, p3.

Row 4 K2, *p5, k5; rep from * to last 8 sts, p5, k3.

Row 5 P4, *k5, p5; rep from * to last 6 sts, k5, p1.

Row 6 *P5, k5; rep from * to end.

Rep rows 1 to 6 until piece measures 66 inches from CO edge. BO in pattern. Weave in ends.

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10th Anniversary Giveaway #4

by Craig on October 22, 2014

It’s hard to believe how quickly this month is passing! Time for our fourth giveaway – good luck!

Giveaway #4 Question: What makes the perfect project bag?

Agnes

With two cats and a dog, all of my projects have to be safely away when I’m not working on them. My perfect knitting bag is lightweight and big enough to hold at least 2 projects. I have lots of tote bags and messenger bags, but the totes are my current favorite.

Leave your answer in the comments below by Sunday, October 26. We’ll let you know if you’ve won!

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