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Take a Class with Norah Gaughan!

Norah Gaughan

We are thrilled to announce that knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be teaching at Loop on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015.

Norah is one of the industry’s best. Her ground-breaking book Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (or in paperback) is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was released in 2006. In it, Norah combines her love of science and art (she majored in biology and art at Brown University) taking her inspiration from shapes found in nature.

Knitting Nature

Norah is also the author of Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers.

She has designed for many yarn companies and was the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years, where she published fifteen eponymous booklets.

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a few of Norah’s designs for Brooklyn Tweed, from L to R: Nomad, Marshal, and Denali; photos by Jared Flood

Last year, Norah joined the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team. Now we get designs from one of our favorite designers in two of our favorite yarns!

To make this most of Norah’s visit, we’re going to keep the classes small. They’ll fill quickly, so please call us at 215-893-9939 to register right away!

CABLE DESIGN
$150 – Saturday, October 3 from 10am-5pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables.

After practice putting cable symbols to paper, you’ll design your own Ogee shaped cable motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it by knitting.

Skill level: intermediate/advanced, comfort with cable charts a must

Class Supplies: worsted weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) & range of needle sizes, cable needle, #2 pencil and a great eraser

KNITTING POLYGONS
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 10am-1pm

From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus

Class Supplies: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

CREATIVE DESIGN
$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 2-5pm

Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy the class will divide into several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.

Skill Level: Ability to knit and purl, and a curiosity about knitwear design

Class Supplies: #2 pencil, eraser, graph paper, a few sheets of white paper, scissors and tape, worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

Homework: Bring 4-6 garment inspirations from catalogs, fashion magazines or print from the web

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Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro

Cecelia Campochiaro’s first knitting book, Sequence Knitting, is a thorough and fascinating exploration of 1-row patterns. We’re thrilled to have her coming to Loop this September to tell us all about it.

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From her website –

The concept of Sequence Knitting is simple: take a sequence of stitches and repeat them again and again. Depending on how you repeat them, different fabrics can be created. While a few of these fabrics are familiar, many are new to the knitting world.

Beginning with 1-row patterns, the book delves into the possibilities of this technique, expanding into methods for creating complex designs that can be worked back and forth, in the round, or in shapes like triangles. The book includes stitch dictionaries with over 190 fabrics, many of which are new and reversible, as well as over 40 patterns for simple and elegant accessories.

Click here to see all of the projects in Sequence Knitting.

Delta Wing

Cecelia’s offering two workshops during her visit. The first is an introduction to sequence knitting and the second gets you started on your first project. The first workshop is a pre-requisite of the second. When you register for either workshop, you can pre-order the book, which is regularly $60, at a 20% discount.

Colormill Scarf

INTRODUCTION TO SEQUENCE KNITTINGSOLD OUT
$60 – Sunday, September 20 from 10am-1pm

In this class, Cecilia will introduce the concept of Sequence Knitting, including:

– when Sequence Knitting makes sense,
– how to read Sequence Knitting instructions,
– reversibility, and
– common mistakes.

Please bring 2 balls of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors and size US 7-8 needles.

Twigs and Gravel

SEQUENCE KNITTING PROJECTSOLD OUT
$60 – Sunday, September 20 from 2-5pm

This is a follow up to the morning class, where you’ll plunge in and start your first Sequence Knitting project. You’ll select a project from Cecilia’s book, discuss yarn choice – gauge, hand, colors, and working with variegated yarns – swatch for your project, and learn how to read your knitting.

Please pre-order your copy of Sequence Knitting (you’ll get a 20% discount off the list price of $60) or bring yours if you already own it, yarn, and needles for swatching.

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to register!

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Learn to Felt with Artfelt!

Learn to use Artfelt with Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection on Sunday, September 13 from 12-2pm. The cost is $25 and includes a kit to make one of three projects:

an eyeglass case,

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a cellphone or camera case,

artfelt-cameracase

or a mini catchall.

artfelt-catchall

Artfelt uses a patented paper for a new and easier way felt. It’s not needle felting, wet felting, or fulling – and you can make anything from thin scarves to thick trivets.

Chuck will walk you through the process and you’ll be given instructions to finish at home. Because Artfelt doesn’t involve knitting or crocheting, this is a great class to take with non-knitting friends!

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to reserve your space!

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Stephen & Steven at Loop!

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity!

Stephen and Steven

StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis.

Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop in Minneapolis where he encourages his knit-crochet-fiber loving friends to push the limits. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: ‘The possibilities are endless.’ ‘There are no mistakes, only variations.’ And to always remember to ‘Glam it up!’

Stephen West (above, left) is currently based in Amsterdam. His shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer around the world. Stephen self-publishes knitting patterns and books, and hosts several online knit-alongs each year like the Mystery Shawl Knit Along and Westknits Shawl Club. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.

Steven & Stephen have taught classes and workshops – together and individually – at yarn shops across America and around the globe. In addition to their amazing classes, Stephen & Steven are bringing unique yarns and swag that will only be available during their visit.

Call us today at 215-893-9939 to reserve your space and be a part of this fantastic event!

INSPIRATIONAL TRUNK SHOW
$15 FREE! – Thursday, January 22, 6 to 7:30pm OR Saturday, January 24, 2 to 3:30pm

Spend some time with Stephen & Steven! See their fabulous creations and hear their true non-Hollywood stories!

MODULAR MAGIC SOLD OUT
$75 – Friday, January 23, 10am to 1pm

Come explore the magic of modern modular knitting with Stephen West!

In this 3-hour class, you’ll play with clever seamless knitting techniques and simple geometric shapes to build your own customized fabric. Stephen will guide you through some of his favorite shaping skills while you build and piece together your own fuzzy fiber puzzle. Stephen will also cover how to apply these fabric-building concepts to stylish sweaters, shawls, hats, and more!

Materials: Bring a colorful array of yarns and needle sizes (and a few crochet hooks too if you wish). Worsted weight wool yarns are recommended but please bring other weights and fibers for experimentation. Also bring any swatches or pieces of finished or unfinished knits that aren’t too precious to you (scarves, cowls, sweaters, etc…). We can play with picking up stitches from these old fabrics and add modular pockets, hoods, and collars to finished accessories and garments.

Requirements: You should be able to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON KNITTING SOLD OUT
$75 – Friday, January 23, 2 to 5pm

Broaden your knitting horizon and change your life with Stephen West and StevenBe!

This Dynamic Duo class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Stephen & Steven’s favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment.

Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern and truly make it yours.

You will need for class:

1. A Stephen or Steven base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa, Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl, Really Rylie, or Cropped Cardi (your choice of base pattern supplied in class).

2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several fine strands can be combined in this project. Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.

3. A variety of needle sizes will be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet

How it works:

1. Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center, or top.

2. You will work on your project with guidance from Stephen and Steven for the first 20 minutes, including a presentation of their “Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven’s Tips & Tricks.” You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.

3. This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working creatively. This workshop will leave you comfortable with deviating from the written pattern and making your own design decisions

4. You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of class.

SHAWL EXTRAVAGANZA SOLD OUT
$75 – Saturday, January 24, 10am to 1pm

View many of Stephen & Steven’s shawl and accessory patterns made up in a true trunk show. Pick your favorite Westknits shawl and StevenBe accessory and begin your inspired knitting adventure. Receive hands-on tips and tricks from the two masters.

We will consult with each student to pick the perfect yarn combinations to create their own masterpieces. Students can expect a wonderful artistic class with a variety of projects to experience.

SIGN UP TODAY!
Do not miss this exciting knit & crochet opportunity – call us at 215-893-9939 to sign up today!

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Take a Class with Kate Oates!

Kate Oates, creator of Tot Toppers and When I Grow Up patterns, is visiting us on Saturday, November 8, with sample garments and accessories for you to see. Meet Kate in the morning, then take a class with her in the afternoon!

A few Tot Toppers Patterns

clockwise from top left: Roar, Gramps Cardigan, Cozy Legs, and Ollie Hat from Tot Toppers.

Kate’s designs for children and adults are fun and colorful with a modern classic style. In addition to her individual knitting pattern lines, she is the author of Knitting Clothes Kids Love: Colorful Accessories for Heads, Shoulders, Knees, Hands, Toes.

Some patterns from When I Grow Up

clockwise from top left: Gramps Slouch, Rondo, Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest, and Gramps Cardigan from When I Grow Up.

MEET KATE
free, Saturday, November 8 from 11am-12pm

Come meet Kate and see her garments and accessories in person.

GROW WITH ME CLASS
$60, Saturday, November 8 from 1-5pm

The challenge with hand knits for children is how quickly they grow out of them. In this class, you’ll learn the basics on how children grow and the best ways to get more wear out of each garment. You’ll not only receive a description of growth patterns, but we’ll walk through a little necessary math to make adjustments in patterns and gives an overview of schematic interpretation. Included are several math worksheets for adjusting stitches or rows in a particular section of a sweater. We’ll finish up by practicing some knitted grow-with-me tips & tricks for long-lasting sweaters. Handouts are provided.

Skills required:
-cast on
-knitting in the round

Required Materials:
-Yarn and appropriately sized needles for small circumference knitting at worsted gauge or heavier.
-Basic calculator, pencil, scrap paper
-Knitters tools like scissors, darning needle, measuring tape
-an open mind about some easy math and a little bit of patience with yourself!

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to reserve your spot in class!

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Jared Flood & BT Fall 14

Jared Flood Meet and chat with Jared Flood and see the sweaters and accessories from the BT Fall 14 Collection in person on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4pm.

You don’t need to sign up or make a reservation, just come on in!

Jared is a blogger, designer, photographer, and the founder of Brooklyn Tweed. He’s captured the hearts and imagination of knitters since he began blogging in 2005. He continues to inspire us with his American sourced and milled yarns, Shelter and Loft, and the knitwear designs created by him and his team.

Jared Flood Sweaters

Two new designs by Jared Flood: Howser (l) and Backbay (r).

The BT Fall 14 Collection consists of 16 sweaters and accessories inspired by fisherman sweaters. As Jared describes it:

From lush, gansey-patterned wraps to a show-stopping cabled sweater coat, we’ve tried to include a little something for everyone, with projects ranging in skill level from adventurous beginner to advanced.

Jared Flood Hats

Hats designed by Jared Flood: Skiff (l) and Hutchin (r).

The digital knitting patterns for this collection are available online for immediate purchase. We’ll have beautiful printed copies in the shop when Jared visits, which he’ll be happy to autograph for you.

I hope you’ll join us for a fun and inspiring afternoon!