Clara Parkes will be at Loop this Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24. Join us Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm for a book signing to celebrate Clara’s latest publication, The Knitter’s Book of Wool. Come meet Clara and have her sign your copy. Bring your copy if you already own it, or pick up a copy here; we have plenty in stock.
Then on Saturday, April 24 from 10 am to 1 pm, join Clara for a workshop based on her book.
The Wonders of Wool
workshop fee: $45
Join Clara Parkes for a hands-on journey into the world of wool. We’ll follow this magic material as its makes its way from sheep to skein, learning all about the qualities that make wool so wonderful and varied. We’ll talk about things like lanolin and luster, staple and crimp, what microns are and why they matter, why wool yarns can pill and what to do about it, and how machine-washable wool is made—and why you should always swatch your superwash yarn before embarking upon a full-sized garment. We’ll pass around garments and swatches, and you’ll even have a chance to swatch some of the most noteworthy breeds and blends for yourself.
Skill level: All
Skills required: If you wish to participate in the swatching exercises, a basic knowledge of casting on, knitting, and purling is required.
Materials: Please bring a few sets of your favorite needles for swatching, ideally in sizes US 6-8. They can be DPNs, circulars, straights, whatever you enjoy working the most.
There are a few seats still available; call (215-893-9939) or stop in to reserve your space!