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Kelbourne Woolens’ Aleda KAL

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Kelbourne Woolens is hosting a knitalong for their Aleda shawl that starts May 1. Co-owner Kate Gagnon Osborn designed Aleda for their book Little Things, and now co-owner Courtney Kelley wants to knit one for herself – it’s easy to see why!

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Aleda is knit with two skeins of The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering. It’s not a new yarn, but it’s new to us and we love it. It’s a soft, smooth blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and bamboo from viscose that’s kettle-dyed in fantastic heathered shades. Combined with Aleda’s leaf and bud motifs, it’s a perfect spring shawl!

Read more about the Aleda KAL on Kelbourne’s blog. And be sure to show us yours when you’re done!

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11th Anniversary Celebration!

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11th anniversary project bag.

This month marks our 11th anniversary! We’re celebrating this weekend with 11% off storewide (enter code 11YRS if shopping online). Shop now for the best selection!

And, with your purchase of $30 or more, you’ll get one of our limited-edition 11th anniversary project bag (shown above). Perfect for storing your next project!

Thank you for your business and your continuing support. We love being a part of your creative adventures and we couldn’t be here without you!

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Book Signing with Carol J. Sulcoski

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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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Portfolio Scarf Plus!

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Portfolio Plus

The Portfolio Scarf continues to be one of our most popular patterns. It’s alternating bands of garter stitch and simple lace are knit on the bias for a great looking piece that’s the perfect size for wearing under a coat and indoors.

Portfolio was designed for our Studio yarn, which is a sport weight. We couldn’t help wonder what it would look like in worsted weight Studio Plus. The answer is FANTASTIC!

Portfolio Scarf Plus

Bigger isn’t always better, but Portfolio knit – just as it’s written – with two hanks of Studio Plus on a size US 8 needle, yields a big, beautiful scarf that’s 75 inches long and 12.5 inches at its widest point. It’s soft and cozy, plump and squeezable, and perfect for wrapping up in!

We used the color Landscape but it’ll look fantastic in any shade – click here to pick your favorite!

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Sweater Class

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In Sweater Class we’ll help you plan a pullover, cardigan, or vest that’s designed to fit your gauge and your shape using Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit. We’ll guide you through the process from following your pattern to blocking the pieces, sewing them together, and working the neck and/or button bands.

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from L to R: Alight, Harbor Island, and Pilot House

Custom Fit is designed to create everything from a classic crew neck cardigan or a v-neck pullover to dozens of Amy’s beautiful designs. All of the sweaters have set-in sleeves and are knit in pieces. Beyond that, there are many, many options!

Before Sweater Class begins, you’ll select your yarn and knit a swatch. If it’s your first sweater, we recommend you choose a worsted weight yarn. It works up quickly and is easier to seam than finer weights. You can choose any yarn, however, just remember that the thinner the yarn, the longer your sweater will take to knit! We’ll give you specific instructions for knitting and blocking your swatch, and ask that you bring it back to us at least a few days before the first class.

At that time, we’ll take your measurements and ask you to pick your pattern. You can select one that Amy’s already designed, like the ones shown above, or you can choose each individual sweater element, like neck style, sleeve length and body length. We’ll create your pattern using your swatch and your measurements and have it for you at the first class.

Sweater Class meets 8 times, so you have plenty of time to knit and to get help. By the end, you’ll have a brand new, great fitting sweater you can enjoy wearing for years to come!

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Bristol Ivy Collection

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Bristol Ivy's Hester Sweater

Hester in Cumbria color Grizedale Forest.

Bristol Ivy designed 6 sweaters with The Fibre Company’s Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering yarns. Both yarns are a wonderful blend of South American merino wool, British brown masham wool from rare breed sheep, and mohair. Hearty, yet soft, and with a palette of glowing shades, Bristol did a fantastic job of showing off Cumbria’s crisp stitch definition and gorgeous colors.

Cumbria is a worsted weight yarn. You’ll get 4.5 to 5 stitches per inch on a size US 6-8 needle. It’s used for Hester, shown above, and for the two following designs.

Hylda Pullover by Bristol Ivy

Hylda in Cumbria color Windermere.

Myrtle in Cumbria

Myrtle in Cumbria color Appleby Castle.

Cumbria Fingering is available in the same colors as Cumbria. It’s knits up at 6.5 to 7.5 stitches per inch on a size US 1-3 needle.

Lita

Lita in Cumbria Fingering color Buttermere.

Prue in Cumbria Fingering

Prue in Cumbria Fingering color Helvellyn.

Vera in Cumbria Fingering

Vera in Cumbria Fingering color Castlerigg.

Click here to see all 6 designs in the Bristol Ivy Collection. You can see Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering in our shop and online.