Ten 10th Anniversary Giveaways!

by Laura on April 14, 2015

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This weekend marks our 10th Anniversary at 1914 South Street! We’re amazed at how quickly the time passed and so grateful for 10 wonderful years.

To thank you for all your support, we’ll be giving away 10 yarn-erific prizes at our Anniversary Party this Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th from 11-6.

To enter, come to the shop either Saturday or Sunday and drop your name in the giveaway jar. That’s it! We’ll announce the winners next week. Check out the prizes you could win!

1. 10 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in your choice of in-stock colors.

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2. 4 skeins of Lana Vida Hannah in your choice of in-stock colors and an Easy Fold Poncho Pattern.

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3. 1 skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in our custom color, Susquehanna, and a Rivulet pattern.

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4. 1 skein of our Loop Studio Yarn in your choice of in-stock colors and a Portfolio Scarf pattern.

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5. 1 Climb & Swirl Kit in your choice of in stock colors.

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6. 1 Paintbrush Mitt Kit in your choice of color.

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7. Fringe leather stitch marker holder, stitch markers & 1 pair of Little Gems scissors.

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8. Knitter’s Pride 3 needle size interchangeable circular needle set.

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9. Set of 3 Baggu Zip Pouches: small, medium & large. Your choice of in stock prints.

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10. Loop Tote Bag

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10th Anniversary Celebration

by Craig on March 30, 2015

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10 Year Celebration

Next month – April 17, to be exact – is the 10th anniversary of our brick-and-mortar shop at 1914 South Street in Philadelphia!

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. We’ll have new Loop swag, door prizes, some very special yarn, and, of course, food and drink!

I hope to see you!

Wrapped in Color

by Craig on March 18, 2015

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Wrapped in Color

Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit is the latest book from mother-daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra, the makers of Koigu yarn.

When Laura and I saw a preview of it at the Winter Trade Show in Phoenix, we wanted to sit right down and start knitting. Koigu yarn is gorgeous in the hank, but the way Maie uses the different colorways together in her designs is just incredible.

Here are four of my favorites from the book.

ALLIGATOR WRAP
finished size: 30 by 100 inches
made with 10 hanks of KPPPM, 2 each in 5 colors

Alligator Wrap

CHARLOTTE’S DAUGHTER JOY
finished size: 47 inches wide, 23 inches from center to point
made with 5 hanks of KPPPM, each in a different color

Charlotte's Daughter Joy

RHAPSODY IN COLOR
finished size: 15 by 20 inches
made with 120 mini KPPPM skeins

Rhapsody in Color

STROKE OF MIDNIGHT WRAP
finished size: 18 by 82 inches
made with 10 skeins of KPPPM

Stroke of Midnight Wrap

These are just 4 of the 30 stunning designs in the book. Click here to see them all!

Paintbrush Mitts

by Craig on March 13, 2015

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Paintbrush Mitts

Paintbrush Mitts are striped hand warmers made with our super soft Studio yarn. They’re perfect for a little extra warmth anytime you need it. Knit in the round with an after-thought thumb, they work up quickly and easily.

Paintbrush Mitt ColorsLoop Studio in Cadmium, Smock, Landscape, Smock, and Watercolor.

Our mitts are made with the colors Cadmium and Smock. We’ve made kits for them in this and two other color combinations: Landscape and Smock, and Watercolor and Smock. Click here to see the Paintbrush Mitt Kits.

Studio Collection

The Paintbrush Mitts are the third accessory we’ve knit with Studio. They’re pictured above with the Gallery Hat and the Portfolio Scarf. Follow the links for the patterns, and click here to shop for Studio!

PAINTBRUSH MITTS PATTERN

SIZE
One Size, Women’s Medium
11 inches long, 6.5 inches in circumference.

YARN
1 Paintbrush Mitt Kit or 25 g each of 2 colors of sport weight yarn.

NEEDLES
US5 double pointed needles (dpns).

GAUGE
6 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.

Stripe Sequence 1:
Rounds 1 & 2: Knit with Color B
Rounds 3-6: Knit with Color A

Stripe Sequence 2:
Rounds 1-4: Knit with Color B
Rounds 5 & 6: Knit with Color A

Cuff
With Color A, cast on 40 sts and distribute evenly among 4 dpns. Join in the round being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of round.

Work Round 1 seven more times, 8 rounds total.

Work Stripe Sequence 1 ten times total.

Work Stripe Sequence 2 and the same time work thumb opening as follows:

Right Mitt
On the first round of Stripe Sequence 2, K5. Using waste yarn, K7. Slip the 7 sts you just knit back to the left hand needle.

Knit these stitches again with Color B and continue in Stripe Sequence 2.

Left Mitt
On the first round of Stripe Sequence 2, K9. Using waste yarn, K7. Slip the 7 sts you just knit back to the left hand needle.

Knit these stitches again with Color B and continue in Stripe Sequence 2.

Work Stripe Sequence 2 a total of 4 times.

Top Edging
Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of round. Work Round 1 seven more times, 8 rounds total.

Bind off loosely in rib.

Thumb
Carefully remove waste yarn and place 14 live stitches on your dpns.

Round 1:
*K1, p1; repeat from * to end of round.

Work Round 1 four more times, 5 rounds total.

Bind off loosely in rib.

Weave in ends. Enjoy!

Classic Baby Cardigan in Studio

by Laura on March 3, 2015

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Our new yarn Studio is 100% US made superwash merino. It is so soft and pretty and we have made some lovely women’s accessories with it (if I do say so myself!). Since it is machine washable, we wanted to show it’s versatility as a baby yarn. Enter the Classic Baby Cardigan by Lori Versaci- a sweet little sweater made for either boys or girls!

Knit all in one piece with the sleeves being picked up and worked towards the cuff, Classic Baby has minimal finishing. Erika knit this up after just a few afternoons in the shop, and it looks just darling!

Sized for babies from 3-24 mo, there’s plenty of options to knit for a baby now or to wear next fall. We knit the 12 month size- it took 2 skeins of Studio in Sketchbook and we had enough yarn left over to make a matching baby hat.

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The final touch to all that denimy blue merino goodness is our new alphabet buttons! Spell out a name- you can always add more buttonholes for more letters! These brightly colored characheters add some fun and pop to this classic cardigan!

Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

by Laura on February 26, 2015

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Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is!

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Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy and a little stretchy. Bateaux Mouches is big enough to use as a full wrap, yet the fabric is thin enough to scrunch down and wear like a scarf. Since the pattern is all knitting, this makes for a great travel project, as it’s easy to pick up and set down. But really, the yarn is so nice you won’t want to set it down until you’re finished!

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Bateaux Mouches uses just 2 skeins of Alpaca 1, the pattern and a size 7 needle. With a rich range of colors, there’s opportunity for fun accents or workhorse neutrals that go with everything! Add it to your Ravelry queue here!