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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
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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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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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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.

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.

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!

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!

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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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.


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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Book Signing with Carol J. Sulcoski

Knitting Ephemera We’re thrilled to welcome local designer, author, and hand dyer Carol J. Sulcoski to Loop on Sunday, April 24 from 2-5pm with her latest book, Knitting Ephemera. Join us at 3pm for a trivia game using questions based on the book and get the chance to win some knitty prizes!

Carol describes Knitting Ephemera as “a collection of all sorts of bits about the knitting and fiber worlds: pieces of history, folklore, silly things to make you laugh, factoids, tips, all sorts of things that I’d call “trivia” except because they have to do with the fiber world I love, they aren’t trivial at all to me.”

We’ll have copies of Knitting Ephemera available for purchase, and some of Carol’s fabulous Black Bunny Fibers yarn.

Mark your calendars and come join the fun!

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Clara Parkes and Knitlandia Book Signing

Please join us in welcoming Clara Parkes back to Loop on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:30pm to celebrate her newest book Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. Knitlandia will be released two days earlier and we’ll have copies available for purchase and for Clara to sign.


From the publisher’s description –

Knitting aficionado and notable artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with this inspiring and witty memoir on a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world.

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes’s rich personal essays invite readers and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes readers along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris’s 13th arrondissement.

Clara will be here at 5:30pm. She’ll give a talk at 6:30pm. We’ll have drinks and light refreshments – please join us!