Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro

by Craig on August 4, 2015

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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 KNITTING
$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 PROJECT
$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!

New Shop Sample: Hitchhiker in Koigu

by Craig on July 30, 2015

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Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu

Last week, Kathy finished knitting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu KPPPM color P839-67. It’s so much fun to play with different combinations of Koigu yarn that I sometimes forget how beautiful a piece is in just one colorway. The shades of blue and purple look like an Impressionist painting.

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker is a shallow triangle made in garter stitch, so the knitting is easy. It’s stepped edge is made by binding off stitches – also easy. You don’t need to count stitches, just bind off all stitches when you have the length you want. Kathy’s version is 60 inches long and 11 inches at the deepest point.

Hitchhiker's stepped edge

To knit your own, you’ll need 3 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, a 32-inch size US 4 circular needle, and the Hitchhiker pattern.

Learn to Felt with Artfelt!

by Craig on July 28, 2015

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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,

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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!

Hikoo Yarn Tasting

by Craig on July 22, 2015

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Join us Saturday, September 12 from 2-4pm for a yarn tasting featuring Hikoo Yarns. We’ll sample 5 yarns – CoBaSi, Simplicity, Kenzie, SimpliWorsted and Zumi – with Addi knitting needles and crochet hooks.

selection of Hikoo Yarns

Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection, Hikoo’s creator and Addi’s distributor, will be our guide. He’s bringing us yarn samples, garments to see and feel, and pattern suggestions for each of the yarns.

Chuck Wilmesher

Chuck learned to knit in 2007 and has been knitting ever since. He left corporate life in Los Angeles (where he worked marketing toys for a large manufacturer), and after a few years working in a yarn shop, was hired by Skacel where he’s the Director of Product Research and Development.

Chuck played a key role in creating each of these yarns. While we swatch, he’ll tell us how each came to be, how they are made, and about the mills that make them.

The cost of the tasting is $10. Call us at 215-893-9939 to reserve your space!

Brooklyn Tweed Introduces 5 New Shades

by Craig on July 15, 2015

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New BT Colors

Brooklyn Tweed introduces five new colors to Shelter and Loft today: Cinnabar, Bale, Tartan, Flannel & Tallow. I hardly feel like I’ve exhausted the possibilities of the existing 32 shades, but who can resist more colors!

To give you a sense of the new shades in action, I grouped them with some of the existing ones.

Camper, Long Johns, and Cinnabar

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Plume, Wool Socks, and Cinnabar

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Almanac, Flannel, and Faded Quilt

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Fauna, Hayloft, and Bale

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Fauna, Hayloft, Bale, and Tartan

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All five new shades are in-store and online now – come plan your next project!

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independence day sale

Whether you’re going to the beach or the mountains or just staying home, there’s nothing like having a new project – or two – at your side!

We’re at the height of summer, so there’s plenty of time for a top in a cool cotton or a new shawl in a beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

If you’re really on top of things (and I’m not, though I wish I was), get a jump on your holiday gift knitting and save at the same time!

Everything in-store & online is 15% off – even already marked-down items. Use promo code JULY4 online. And remember, US shipping is only $5.95 and FREE on orders over $75!

HOLIDAY HOURS
The shop schedule for the holiday weekend is:

Thursday & Friday – open 11am to 6pm.
Saturday – closed.
Sunday – open 11am to 4pm.

Of course, the online shop is always open!

PLEASE NOTE: The sale applies to in-stock merchandise only. We’re unable to make prior purchase adjustments or to issue rain checks. Sale ends 7/5/15 at 11:59PM EST. All sales final.