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An Evening in Old City

Join us for a evening of shopping, coffee drinking, and knitting at Select Shop 215, 41 S. 3rd Street, on Thursday, November 3 from 4-8pm.

KNIT WITH LOOP
We’ll be there with colorful yarn and a free pattern for a quick and easy knitted coffee cozy. As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing better than having your own unique cozy to keep your hands protected, plus they make great holiday gifts!

Bring your own US8 (5mm) double pointed needles (or 40-inch circular needle if you prefer a magic loop) or borrow some of ours at the event. While you knit and shop, you’ll enjoy delicious drinks from HubBub Coffee.

BROWSE SELECT SHOP 215
About twice the size of Omoi, its sister store on Pine Street, and located among Old City’s stellar boutique shopping scene, Select Shop 215 expands Omoi’s philosophy of thoughtful, useful goods for everyday life.

With a more indulgent selection of must-have items for home comfort, gift giving, and personal style, you’ll find home textiles, coffee and kitchen ware, jewelry and fragrance, accessories, and new additions to their expertly curated stationery assortment.

It’s the perfect place to jump-start your holiday gift shopping!

DRINK HUBBUB COFFEE
HubBub Coffee was brewed up with a creative spirit and an ambitious objective – to connect people through coffee. They combine the highest quality coffee products with unique locations, where the focus is on the coffee and the experience. Stop by one of their cafes in Radnor, Center City, or West Philadelphia for a steaming hot coffee or fresh cold brew.

You’ll enjoy delicious HubBub coffee while you shop and knit!

JOIN US
Please let Select Shop 215 know that you’ll be joining us; click here to send them an email. Feel free to drop in that night, however, even if you don’t RSVP. Hope to see you there!

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Take a Class with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina wearing her Starry Snood design.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13 for four fabulous classes with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina Bilow has over 14 years of knitting experience, including 12 years of experience as a teacher, yarn shop owner, and designer. Her designs have been featured in Tahki/Stacy Charles Publications, Noro Magazine, Interweave Magazine, and Knitscene Magazine. Click here to see them all!

Shaina is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting and Crochet Teacher and a professional knitwear finisher. Patient, encouraging, sweet, and fun, we’re very excited to welcome Shaina to Loop for the first time!

FAIR ISLE KNITTED HAT

$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 10am-1pm

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Learn how fun it is to work stranded colorwork in this workshop! Fair Isle is a color knitting technique in which you work two different colors on the same row or round to create repeated patterns in projects. Think Scandinavian sweaters! In this class, we will make a Fair Isle hat using either a snowflake, skull, heart, or checkered motif (shown above on left). While working Fair Isle in the round, you will learn to knit with your “other” hand and to read simple colorwork charts.

Materials: 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (about 120 yards of a main color and 50 yards of a contrast color that agree with your motif selection of either snowflake, skull, heart, or checkerboard), size US 7 16” circular knitting needles, size US 7 DPN, stitch markers, and a pen or pencil.

Prerequisites:: Ability to cast on, knit, purl, and work in the round on circular needles.

Homework: Using worsted weight yarn and size 7 16″ circular needles, cast on 90 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in either (K1, P1) ribbing or (K3, P3) ribbing for about 1-1.5” (your desired band width) and bring this to class with the other materials.

Note: if you prefer to work the Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith (shown above on right), please print the pattern, cast on as per pattern and work the ribbing and the increase round. We will start with chart row 1 at class together.

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BASICS OF BRIOCHE

$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 2-5pm

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Brioche knitting is incredibly popular in the knitting world right now. Learn how to work this intriguing “ribbed” stitch during this workshop. Brioche stitch brings a unique cellular texture to knitted items and is perfect for cozy accessories and simple sweaters. We will practice two different techniques of working single-color brioche before beginning another sample in two colors. Pattern ideas to practice your new skills are provided at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) knitting needles – one 24″ circular needle. Note: circular needles are necessary for the two-color swatch.

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CHART-OGRAPHY: A knitter’s guide to reading charts

$60 – Sunday, November 13 from 10am-1pm

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Learn the language of knitting charts and never shy away from charted knitting patterns again! Not your average chart reading class, we will be coloring, knitting up cables, and starting a lace shawl together.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, familiarity with different knit and purl stitch patterns (seed, stockinette, ribbing, etc.), and some basic knowledge of cables and lace stitches is helpful.

Materials:
1 ball of medium to light-colored, smooth worsted weight yarn, One pair of size US 7 or 8 needles, One pair of size US 9 knitting needles, Pen or pencil, Lock-ring stitch markers, Cable needle (or a size US 6 or 7 Double-pointed needle), Row counter (if desired), Ruler or post-it notes, Highlighter pens in a few colors.

During this class we will also be starting a shawl. You can practice starting the shawl with the worsted weight yarn you’ll bring to class and size US 9 needles.

If you prefer to start your “actual” shawl rather than practicing, you’ll need at least 250g of a smooth texture, solid or subtly multi-colored or striped yarn (no marled yarns or high-contrast multi-colors). Fingering weight is on a size 4 needle, sport weight is on a size 6 needle, DK weight is on a 7 needle, and worsted weight is on a size 9 needle. You can use whichever weight yarn you prefer or have in your stash.

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GATSBY BEAD KNITTED NECKLACE

$60, plus $25 yarn & bead kit – Sunday, November 13 from 2-5pm

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Make this stunning 1920’s-inspired necklace during this class. Learn how to knit with beads, work a special bead cast-on, make short-rows, and how to professionally finish your necklace. These make great gifts!

Prerequisites: Ability to knit and purl.

Materials: Size US 3 knitting needles (either 14″ straights or 24″ circulars), 4 small stitch markers, and a US C/3 crochet hook. Gatsby Beaded Necklace kit (available in-store) for $25 OR 16 yards of sport or DK weight yarn, 130 size #6/0 seed beads, one .75” – 1” button.

Homework: string all of the beads onto the yarn before class.

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Stranded Knitting with Mary Jane Mucklestone

Knitwear designer and teacher Mary Jane Mucklestone will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, 2016 to teach 3 stranded knitting classes. Read the descriptions below and sign up today to reserve your space!

Stopover Pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone is a hand knitting designer who loves to knit, especially with color. She’s the author of 2 new books featuring stranded colorwork; the stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs: The Knitter’s Directory, and Fair Isle Style a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 popular designers. Her first book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Directory was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages.

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Mary Jane travels the world studying traditional knitting techniques and learning about the history of the craft. She’s a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She’s taught all over the world – we’re thrilled to finally have her here at Loop!

TWO COLOR KNITTING – LET’S BEGINSOLD OUT
$150 – Tuesday, November 1 from 10am to 5pm (includes 1-hour lunch break)

Let Mary Jane introduce you to the world of stranded colorwork, often called Fair Isle knitting. In this technique class, you’ll learn the basics, covering several methods of holding your yarns, how to introduce new colors, what yarn dominance is, how to avoid tangled yarns, weaving in those pesky ends and finishing techniques.

This class is for absolute stranded knitting beginners and those looking to brush up on their technique. We will begin knitting a stranded colorwork headband or hat.

Skills covered: left handed, right-handed and combination style stranding.

Prerequisites/Experience: Knowledge of knitting and purling and how stitches are mounted on the needle; knitting in the round.

Supplies to bring: 2 or more colors of worsted weight yarn – make sure the colors have high contrast, 50-100 yards each. 16-inch circular needles in US 6 (4mm) and US7 (4.5mm), one set of dpn in US 7 if making a hat. Your usual ditty bag of knitting notions, including stitch markers, tape measure, scissors and tapestry needle. Paper and pencil for notes.

Homework: On smaller needle cast on 84 stitches. Join for working in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. K1, p1 rib for 1 inch.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

SCANDINAVIAN COLORWORKSOLD OUT
$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 10am to 1pm

Explore what makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions by examining color choices and classic motifs used in stranded knitting. You’ll learn techniques for tacking down extra long floats found in many motifs, the Norwegian purl, and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects.

Technique Requirements: Two Color Knitting class or some experience with color work

Prerequisites/Experience: Knitters should be comfortable with knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles, some colorwork experience essential.

Supplies to Bring: Two or more colors of DK weight yarn, 100% wool preferred. Needles, 16-inch circular, the smallest size recommended on the ball band, and another one or two sizes larger. You won’t finish your hat in class, but to do so you’ll need a set of dpns in your larger sized needle.

Homework: With smallest needle, Cast on 84 stitches and knit one row.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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MAKING IT UP: FAIR ISLE HAT
$75 – Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 5pm

Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat. In this design class a you’ll be given a basic hat pattern with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own.

Experiment with color! Go wild and even invent your own pattern motifs – MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.

Prerequisites/Experience: This design class is for intermediate knitters. You’ll need to know how to knit/purl; cast on/bind off; several methods of increasing/decreasing; working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading; and have knit several stranded color work accessories.

Supplies to bring: 3-8 colors of worsted weight yarn, 100 – 150 yards each of two high contrast colors and 20-50 yards of additional colors, 16-inch circular needles in US6 and US7, one set US7 dpns or your preferred needles for working small diameter pieces in the round; tapestry needle, stitch markers, calculator, graph paper and a pencil for taking notes. Colored pencils if desired.

Homework: Choose which size you’d like to work on. Our target gauge is 20 stitches per 4 inches, but we’re really making a sample shaped like a hat, and the size your resulting hat is bound to fit someone you know, or you can donate it to a worthy charity. For our class, fit is less important than what we are learning. Sizes: S (M, L) = 16 (19, 22) inches.

On smaller circular needle, with color of your choice, cast on 72 (88, 104) stitches, join for working in the round taking care not to twist. Work K1,P1 rib for one round. If you know you would like a ribbed brim continue for as long as you would like your ribbing to be, at least an inch. Other options would be different rib patterns, corrugated ribbing, moss stitch etc.

Note: Class fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.

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Liverpool Yarn Trunk Show

Join us Saturday, October 1 from 12-3pm for a visit with Liverpool Yarns!

Liverpool is a Philadelphia company owned by Erika Flory and Colleen Puckett. Working with other women-owned businesses, they produce wool yarn from local Shetland sheep that’s spun in Pennsylvania, and original designs created especially with these unique yarns in mind.

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Shetland sheep come in a wide range of colors. Liverpool doesn’t dye the fleece, so the different colors are naturally occurring and vary from year to year, making them even more special.

Erika and Colleen will bring us a selection of their beautiful yarn and all of their garments for you to see and try on in person. Please come join us!

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11th Anniversary Celebration!

11th anniversary project bag.

This month marks our 11th anniversary! We’re celebrating this weekend with 11% off storewide (enter code 11YRS if shopping online). Shop now for the best selection!

And, with your purchase of $30 or more, you’ll get one of our limited-edition 11th anniversary project bag (shown above). Perfect for storing your next project!

Thank you for your business and your continuing support. We love being a part of your creative adventures and we couldn’t be here without you!

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Spinning Demo – Saturday, March 19

Schacht Drop Spindles

Join us Saturday, March 19 from 11am to 1pm for a spinning demonstration. See how you can use drop spindles and spinning wheels to make your own yarn! Try it yourself and if you want to learn more, sign up for our new spinning class (details coming soon).

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If you’re already a spinner, we’d love to hear from you. We’ve begun stocking fiber – we have Malabrigo Nube and Louet Coopworth and Dyed Corriedale – and would appreciate knowing what you like to spin, what your favorite tools are, and what classes you’d like to see offered.

Hope to see you!