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Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration


Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration
Friday, June 17 from 6 to 8pm: FREE!

Come see what weaving’s all about! With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet. And you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, weaving is a great stash buster! On Friday night, Liz Gipson will demonstrate how to set-up and use a rigid heddle loom and have the samples from her book, Weaving Made Easy.

Liz Gipson is one of weaving’s top – if not the top – rigid heddle weaving designers and teachers. She has a degree in wool science and has worked in the industry at companies like Schacht Spindle and Interweave. She’s appeared on PBS, The DIY Network, and HGTV. Liz is the author of Weaving Made Easy, which was recently revised and updated. Now working on her own, Liz designs weaving patterns and teaches rigid heddle weaving. We’re very excited to welcome her to Loop and hope you’ll join us for an evening of weaving!

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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.

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

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

$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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A Day with Carol J. Sulcoski

Come spend the day with local author, designer, and yarn-dyer Carol Sulcoski on Saturday, February 8, 2014 – our first special guest of the year!

Carol's Books

Carol is the author of Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn and Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, and Knitty, and other publications.

Black Bunny Fibers Yarn

Carol also handpaints and sells yarn through her company Black Bunny Fibers. You may have seen her yarn in the shop; you can also find it in her online store.

Black Bunny Fibers Yarn

Carol will teach a class on working with handpainted yarns in the morning and give a talk on sock yarn in the afternoon. We’ll have a lots of beautiful Black Bunny Fibers yarn on hand – fresh from Carol’s studio! I hope you can join us!

Knitting With Handpainted Yarns
$45 – 10am to 1pm, Saturday, February 8

If you love handpainted yarns, but don’t understand why they sometimes pool and splotch, if you are disappointed when projects knit in handpaints don’t look the way you thought they would, or if you’d like to learn more working with handpaints, then this class is for you!

We’ll start by talking about how handpainted yarns are made and how they differ from machine-dyed yarns; we’ll cover some basics of color theory; we’ll learn how to divide handpaints into three categories and select patterns that will work with each general type. You’ll learn why handpaints pool and pick up some concrete tips for how to prevent pooling and other unattractive effects.

We’ll discuss the new art of intentional pooling – trying to harness the yarn’s colors to create deliberate patterning. And we’ll finish by looking at tips and tricks for designing with handpaints – or selecting designs that make the most of the unique qualities of these yarns.

You’ll never look at your handpaints the same way again!

Sock Yarn Studio: All About Sock Yarn
$15 – 2 to 3pm, Saturday February 8

In this informative and enjoyable talk, we’ll take a close look at different types of sock yarn and how picking the right sock yarn can help make or break your project.

We will start by talking about different fibers (such as wool, silk and nylon) that are commonly used in sock yarns, including the pros and cons of each fiber. We’ll talk about sock yarn construction (for example, looking at plied yarns vs. singles) and see how construction affects performance and appearance. We’ll also talk about self-striping and self-patterning yarns, and learn why they work and how to work with them. We’ll finish up by looking at some patterns that use sock yarn in traditional and untraditional ways.

I’ll linger with you in the shop after the talk to help you select just the right combination of socks yarns and patterns.

Register today!

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to register. Full payment is required to reserve your space. Refunds will only be issued if your space can be filled or if the class/talk is canceled.

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Anna Hrachovec and Mochimochi Land at Loop!

Mochimochi Land creator Anna Hrachovec will be here on Sunday, December 8. She’s teaching her Knit a Tiny Gnome class from 10am to 1pm and will be in the shop for a book signing and trunk show from 2 to 5pm.

Tiny Things Collection 5

Ann was inspired by Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Dr Seuss to create Mochimochi Land, a world of knitted toys that she’s shown in art galleries around the world. She’s published several knitting pattern books – Knitting Mochimochi, Super-Scary Mochimochi, and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi – so that we can knit our own tiny creations!

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

In her latest book – Huge & Huggable Mochimochi – Anna has played with the scale of her work and created super-sized toys. She’ll have samples from the book for us to see.

Gnome No Evil!

$42 – 10am to 1pm, Sunday, December 8, 2013

Learn the basic tiny toy knitting techniques: starting with a small number of stitches on DPNs, joining I-cord legs into a round, pulling an I-cord through the toy to make arms, and simple embroidery/finishing.

The class fee includes a Tiny Gnome Kit. Please bring a set of size US1 double pointed needles.

free – 2 to 5pm, Sunday, December 8, 2013

Meet Anna and see and talk with her about her work. Feel free to bring copies of her books for Anna to sign, if you already own them. We’ll have copies of her newest one, Huge & Huggable in the shop.

To see more of Anna’s work, visit her blog and her Flickr page; then join us on December 8!

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Julie Hoover and Michele Wang at Loop!

Michele and Julie

Michele Wang and Julie Hoover are two very talented knitwear designers with two very beautiful and distinctive styles. They self-publish their designs and, along with Veronik Avery and Jared Flood, are part of the 4-member Brooklyn Tweed Design Team.

If you don’t recognize their names, you’ll certainly recognize their work – click here to see Julie’s and here for Michele’s. And now you’ll have a chance to know them even better when they join us on October 12 & 13, 2013. Get ready for a wooly and wonderful weekend!


Meet + Greet
11am to 12pm

Kick off the weekend by joining us in welcoming Julie and Michele to Loop. See and feel garments and accessories they’ve designed and chat with them about their work.

Tubular Cast Ons and Bind Offs with Julie Hoover
1 to 4pm

Hudson by Julie Hoover
Hudson by Julie Hoover

Tubular cast ons and bind offs give your knitting clean, elastic, and matching ends. They’re perfect for scarves and wraps, cuffs on socks and hats, neck and waist bands. In this class, you’ll learn tubular cast ons and bind offs for 1×1 and 2×2 rib worked flat and in the round.

Supplies: Light colored fingering or sport weight yarn, straight and 16-inch circular needles in the recommended size for your yarn and one size smaller, a blunt tapestry needle, and cotton or linen waste yarn in the same gauge as your working yarn.


Inside the Designers’ Studio
11am to 12pm

Ever wonder what’s it’s like to work as a professional knitwear designer? Julie and Michele will discuss their experience working as independent designers and as part of the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team. Topics include where they find inspiration and their creative process.

Introduction to Chart Reading with Michele Wang
1 to 5pm

Topiary by Michele Wang
Topiary by Michele Wang

Knitting charts don’t have to be intimidating anymore. Learn how to read a knitting chart and decipher knitting symbols while creating Topiary, a beautiful lace and cable scarf or wrap. The ability to read this visual and graphic method of depicting stitch patterns will become an indispensable tool for you and will open up your world of knitting.

During this one day workshop, we’ll learn how to knit a versatile scarf or wrap – the perfect companion to your fall wardrobe! This class is ideal for advanced beginner and intermediate knitters.

Supplies: Topiary pattern and 3 (6, 8) skeins of Shelter or approx. 375 (725, 1050) yards of worsted weight wool yarn to make scarf (medium wrap, large wrap), needles to obtain gauge and one size smaller.

Homework: Cast on for desired size and work ribbing. Class will begin with the first row of the charted pattern.


Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in today to register! Seating is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment is required to hold your space. Refunds will only be issued if the class is canceled.

Hope you’ll join us!

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An Afternoon with Alana Dakos

Thank you to everyone who came to meet Alana Dakos yesterday! It was wonderful to see you – I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much I did.

In Alana’s class, we learned mattress stitch on stockinette and reverse stockinette knitting. We tried our hand at kitchener stitch and the 3-needle bind off, and ended with a lesson on weaving in ends. Good finishing adds so much to garments, we all appreciated Alana’s tips and tricks!

alana in class

mattress stitch

alana teaching

3 needle bind off

kitchener stitch

alana and stiudents

Several students brought projects they’d knit from Botanical Knits. Alana’s designs are just beautiful, and it’s great seeing them in different yarns.

me and alana

Alana only had a little time in Philadelphia, but she really liked it. She ate her first cheesesteak and visited some of our historic Colonial sites. I think we can convince her to come back and see us again. I hope so!