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Knitting Cables with Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan returns to Loop on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017. She’s teaching 4 classes on knitting and designing cables. Read on for the descriptions and sign up today!

Norah is one of knitting’s top designers, teachers, and authors. She served as design director at JCA Yarns and at Berroco Yarns for many years and she is the author of several pattern books.

Norah’s most recent book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, is a must-have for every knitter’s library. It contains more than 150 new cable stitch patterns, how to design your own, and how to mix and match cables in a knitting pattern, 15 new patterns for wraps, sweaters, and accessories, and photography by Jared Flood.

We’re thrilled that Norah is able to visit us again. Don’t miss this chance to experience a class with her!

Cabled Hat

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 10am-1pm
Register online.

Design a cabled hat without the hard work part. Choose from a variety of different cable charts designed for the class, and learn how to complete your hat by following pre-written design templates for a beanie, slouchy hat or beret. All three styles can be knit seamlessly in the round or flat, then seamed. Experience reading charts is helpful, but if you’ve never done it before, you can learn it here.

The variety of charts will include a range of difficulty so intermediate or advanced knitters can forge ahead and take on a more challenging chart while beginners can keep it simple.

Homework: Test your yarn to make sure it makes an attractive, firm fabric at 5 sts / inch. Bring your blocked swatch to class.

Materials: Approximately 200 yds of worsted weight yarn – gauge 20 sts / inch. Needles to get gauge + 2 sizes smaller, your choice of straight, 2 circulars or double points. Two circulars are recommended so you can learn the method of seamless knitting using 2 circular needles at once. Cable needle or dp needle to use as a cable needle

Knitting 2 Sided Cables

$75 – Saturday, March 18 from 2-5pm
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Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Materials: Worsted weight wool in a light or medium color. Needles to match the yarns + cable needle or dpn.

Cabled Cloche

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 10am-1pm
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Learn some of Norah’s favorite techniques while knitting her cabled cloche and customizing it for yourself. You can knit it as shown in the photo or substitute your own choice of cables from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, US 7 & US 8 needles, cable needle or dpn, and stitch markers.

Make It Your Own – Patterned Yoke

$75 – Sunday, March 19 from 2-5pm
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Do you love knitting from the top down? Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Join designer Norah Gaughan for this fun hands-on workshop. Begin by choosing from the variety of textures or cables Norah has designed and practice on a cowl. Learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s ‘fill in the blanks’ template.

Materials: Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches with worsted or bulky weight yarn. Grab Sizes 7-10 so you’ll have the right needle for both ribbing and the pattern stitch. You’ll need both 16 and 24″ lengths. Bring a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.


PLEASE NOTE: Non-refundable pre-payment is required to reserve your space. Please make sure you can make the class when you register.

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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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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
Sketch Pads
Soap (sensitive skin)
Winter Jackets
Playing Cards

for Boys
Hygiene gift sets (Axe, Old Spice, etc.)
Pajama pants
*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
Bath & Body Works
Flat Iron
Hair Care Products
Toys (Ages Infant through 12)
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!