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Stitch N’ Pitch 2008!

Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Stitch N’ Pitch is Tuesday, August 5 at 7:05 pm. Bring your knitting, your crochet, your needlepoint or embroidery, your family and friends, and join us at Citizens Bank Park for an evening of needlearts and baseball!

Tickets are available through the Phillies website. We’re out of the sun and into the shade on the 3rd base side this time! The first 1000 people to purchase tickets will receive a free Stitch N’ Pitch tote bag to carry their summer projects.

I hope you’ll join us for the needlearts event of the summer!

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Introducing Spool!

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Laura and I are pleased to announce the opening of our new fabric shop, Spool. Please come to our Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Spool offers a bright, modern collection of cotton print fabrics for quilting and sewing. We also stock sewing patterns and books, thread, batting, and a full selection of notions. Later this Spring we’ll offer sewing and quilting classes for all skill levels.

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Spool is located at 1912 South Street – right next-door to Loop! – and is open the same hours, everyday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us in our new crafting adventure!

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Introducing Knotions!

Knotions is a new online knitting magazine published by lifelong knitter and long-time blogger Jody Pirello.

My aspiration for the magazine is not just to publish free patterns. Although there will be plenty of those, what will really thrill me is if Knotions helps you to achieve better fit, identify and fix pattern issues, select appropriate yarn, and use the best techniques. In short, I want Knotions to help you knit smarter.

So head on over, fill out the reader’s survey, and take a look around. Be sure to add Knotions to your bookmarks – there’s lots of good stuff to come!

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Join the Knit-Along

This Thursday, February 28 is the second meeting of our 2008 Knit-the-Almanac Knit-Along. We’re knitting our way through Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac – though not necessarily in order!

Pi Shawl Start

Like a few others, I started with July’s Pi Shawl. It’s a clever, of course, and fairly simple shawl that can be knit in almost anything. I’m using Sheep Shop Yarn’s Sheep 3, which I think is one of the best yarns on the market. It’s a blend of silk and wool so it has great shine, it’s plied which gives it depth and makes it wear well, and it works up at a very knittable and wearable 5-6 stitches per inch. Oh – and the colors are gorgeous and don’t pool.

February Baby Sweater

If, however, you want to knit the almanac in order – which Kathy H. is doing – then February is Some Babies’ Things. This chapter includes the very beautiful Baby Jacket.

The Knit-Along is not a class, just a time to knit together. There’s no fee and no need to reserve a spot. Just come on down. Hope to see you!

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Happy New Year

We hope you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations and are ready for 2008!

At Loop, the New Year begins with our annual ritual – inventory. So we’ll be closed today and tomorrow – Wednesday and Thursday, January 2 and 3 – and will re-open on Friday, January 4.

We’ll see you then!