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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!

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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)
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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
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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
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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.

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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!

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Knitting for Covenant House

To help make the holidays a little brighter for kids at Philadelphia’s Covenant House, we’ll be knitting and crocheting them hats, mittens, scarves, and baby blankets. If you’d like to help us, you can join us at Knitting Circle on Sundays from 3-5pm to work on your donation or drop them off any time during store hours.

Covenant House has been helping homeless youth in Philadelphia since 1999. They “work to help homeless, runaway, trafficked and at-risk youth escape the streets forever and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment.” You can read more about Covenant House and their work on their website.

Most of Covenant House’s clients are 18-21 years old, so please size your knits accordingly. You’re welcome to use any pattern you like – pick an old favorite or try something new! You can also use any yarn you have, although yarn that’s machine washable will be easier to care for.

For every item you donate, you’ll get a chance to win a $25 gift card to Loop. Hats and mittens earn you 1 chance, scarves earn you 3 chances, and baby blankets earn you 5. We’ll draw one winner at the end of November and one at the end of December, so you’ll have plenty of time to participate.

We’re also collecting items from Covenant House’s wishlist, so even if you don’t have time to knit, you can still participate. Here’s a list of things you can donate:

for Boys and Girls
Gift Cards for Movie Theater, Target, Walmart, Grocery Stores, $5 McDonalds
Umbrellas
Tokens
Sketch Pads
Journals
Pens/Pencils
Washcloths
Towels
Soap (sensitive skin)
Lotion
Winter Jackets
Gloves
Scarves
Hats
Thermals
Robes
Wallets
Headphones
Playing Cards

for Boys
Basketballs
Footballs
Socks
Boxers
T-shirts
Hygiene gift sets (Axe, Old Spice, etc.)
Pajama pants
Belts
Joggers
Hoodies
Sweatpants
Watches
Backpacks
Brushes
*Clothes Can range in size from S-XL But mainly M and L and should be in Black/Blue/Gray*

for Girls
Nail Polish
Lip Gloss
Socks
Bath & Body Works
Pajamas
Weave
Flat Iron
Hair Care Products
Children
Toys (Ages Infant through 12)
Diapers
Bottles
Strollers
Infant Carriers
Infant Seat Covers

Please note that they are asking for new items only, nothing used, at this time. For every non-knit item you donate, you’ll receive a chance to win a gift card too!

We all know how good it feels to wear something you knit and to receive a hand knit gift. Just imagine how good it will feel if no one’s ever made something for you. That’s what we can give these kids by doing something we already love to do.

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Spinning Circle – November 5

Join us for our first ever Spinning Circle! This Saturday, November 5 from 2-4pm.

Bring your wheel or your drop spindle and come spin the afternoon away.

This isn’t a class, just a time to gather with other spinners; however, if you’re curious about spinning, feel free to drop in and chat with us about it.

Please RSVP if you can, but you’re welcome to drop in too!

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A Certain Darkness in Canopy Fingering

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It’s time to start layering, and the snuggly softness of Canopy Fingering definitely needs a place in your Fall wardrobe. A simple shawl with a pretty edging, A Certain Darkness by Sylvia McFadden is the vehicle for that incredible coziness!

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Canopy Fingering is a luxe blend of baby alpaca, merino and bamboo. The alpaca & merino are super soft and the bamboo adds drape and a touch of shine. The fabric knits up light and warm; just what you’re looking for in chilly weather!

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A Certain Darkness is worked sideways and on the bias, creating a triangular shape in a unique way. Mostly stockinette with a few garter ridges along the way, this design is finished off with a pretty picot edge.

To make this, you’ll need:

4 skeins of Canopy Fingering. We used the Red Ginger colorway.
US 4 32-inch circular needle
Pattern

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