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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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10th Anniversary Darby Cowl Kits


The Darby Cowl Kit was created as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration. We’ll donate 10% of October’s kit sales to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer by focusing on prevention and finding the cause.

Darby is a textured cowl made with soft and warm Lana Vida Francesca yarn. Wear it long indoors when the office gets cold then double it up for extra warmth around your neck when you head outside.


Each kit includes: 2 skeins of Lana Vida Francesca in either Blush (light pink) or Pink (bright pink), the Darby Cowl pattern, and 1 pink beaded bracelet from Chavez for Charity. Chavez for Charity donates 25% of the gross profit of these bracelets to the Foundation, so your purchase as added impact!

You will need a 32- or 35-inch US11 circular needle, which is not included in the kit. Thank you & happy knitting!

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Charity Knitting Update

A few months ago we began knitting hats, scarves, and lap blankets for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s Family Comfort Rooms at CHOP. The response has been great, and yesterday we made our first delivery of knits by Loop customers and staff!

charity knitting hats

Hats have been the project of choice so far. Jim and Heather have been our most prolific charity knitters. Both are going through their stashes for bits of yarn and yarn they bought but haven’t used, and knitting beautiful, colorful hats.

charity knitting blanket

We also received this fantastic blanket. It’s knit with a variety of yarns, some blocks contain more than one. What a great way to use up leftover yarn!

We’ll be knitting for the Ronald McDonald House through the end of the year, so please join us! You can use any yarn and any pattern for kids from newborn to 18 years old. They especially need hats, scarves, and lap blankets.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the effort! Your generosity is appreciated!

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New Charity Knitting Project Kick-off!

At tonight’s Stitch Party we’re kicking-off our new charity knitting effort for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House services families with seriously ill, hospitalized children in the oncology and cardiac units. They provide families with a home away from home, a space to gather as a family, to eat a meal together, do their laundry, or just spend time together.


They are in need of knitted and crocheted items such as fun hats, scarves, and lap blankets. Lap blankets are especially needed for the children in the cool hallways as they are transported in their wagons or wheelchairs, or even just to be out of bed. The children range in age from newborn infants to teenagers. This is a great way to use yarn you have left over from other projects or yarn you’ve bought but haven’t used.

All of us at Loop will be making items for the Family Rooms from now through the end of the year. We invite you to join us in our effort. Come knit and crochet with us on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm or drop off your contributions and we’ll get them to the Ronald McDonald House.

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Knit One, Save One

Knit One, Save One is a program developed by the international organization Save the Children that collects knit and crochet hats for prematurely born babies in poor countries. According to their research, “Four million newborns die each year within the first month of life – half within the first 24 hours after being born.” By providing antibiotics, immunizations, training for birth attendants and education about infant care – and hats to keep premature babies warm – Save the Children can save lives.

Loop friend and customer Yvette Jiggetts has organized a gathering this weekend to make hats for Knit One, Save One. All crocheters and knitters are welcome. Bring your machine washable yarn, hook, and needles and join the effort to make 100 preemie caps.

WHEN: 11:30 am to 1 pm, Saturday, December 13
WHERE: The University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street

If you are unable to attend, you can still participate by making a hat and bringing it to Loop by December 30. We’ll give the hats we collect to Yvette to send in. To get you started, you can find patterns for preemie hats at Knitting Pattern Central and a few more at the Knit One, Save One site.

Preemie hats are so small they would fit a grapefruit. So take a few minutes, some leftover yarn and give one more gift this holiday season!

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Charity Stitching Project – Helping Iowa Flood Victims

Since we opened in 2005, we’ve offered patterns from Cottage Creations. These fantastic patterns have clear directions, fun illustrations, and something for everyone in the family. The Wonderful Wallaby and the Rambling Rows Afghan are two of their better known patterns, but peruse them all and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

The Wonderful Wallaby Pattern
The Wonderful Wallaby Pattern

While you may know their designs, you may not know that Carol Anderson, the woman behind the patterns, lives and works in Iowa. She recently told us that she’s collecting knitted items for victims of this season’s floods and could use our help. (Carol had only a little flooding at her home; neighboring counties were hit hardest.) Carol is collecting mittens, caps, scarves, afghans, prayer shawls, baby blankets, dishcloths, socks, and sweaters for infants, kids and adults.

We’d like to help and you can too! Bring your knitted and crocheted items here and we’ll ship them to Carol. Each item should have a card attached with the following information: name of item, size if applicable, fiber content (machine washable and dryable are preferred but not required), your name and address and any words of encouragement.

As a thank you for helping, you’ll receive 10% off any purchase you make the day you deliver your donation (classes, private lessons and gift certificates cannot be discounted). There’s no limit to the number of donations you can make or discounts you can receive. The last shipment will be sent to Carol on November 1, so that will be the last day donations are accepted.

This is a great opportunity to help others, so please spread the word!