Loop’s Anniversary Plans – with Kristin Perers

We’ve loved bringing you the stories behind the yarns and the patterns that have come together to make our anniversary book Loop’s 10. As the release date is on the horizon (early September!) we have a few interviews with key creatives who brought it all together. This week, we chat with Kristin Perers, who is responsible for the gorgeous photography of Loop’s 10.

Kristin Perers- image copyright of Kirstin Perers. Loop, London jpg

Kristin Perers

The custom colours are starting to arrive! Find out how you can win a skein of Dye for Yarn’s Golden Beehive at the end of the post! (Competition now closed – but we’ll have lots more in the future so stayed tuned!)

Kristin has been a designer, a painter and a stylist, all things which play a part in her role as photographer. She has been a huge part of our other publications, photographing Vintage Crochet, Juju’s Loops and many of the Loop single patterns.

Images are incredibly important to Susan, and she finds working with Kristin a perfect creative partnership – “we ‘get’ each other both visually and the mood we are trying to evoke, it’s so easy… Or, even if it is hard, to capture what we are trying to do we are both trying to make it happen in the same direction and bouncing ideas around with each other. After years in publishing before opening Loop, I know this is a rare thing and a relationship to cherish having worked on so many shoots together”

Susan chosing props for the shoot

Susan chosing props for the shoot

Susan also adds, “I have huge respect for Kristin – even after I think we have ‘got the shot’ – she sometimes will say ‘hold on a minute’ and move a twig or the way the strand of yarn is draping a tiny bit and it is even better. There is such integrity in her work…  it is always the greatest fun prepping to style shoots as I know she will get just as excited about finding the perfect ribbon, branch or old book as I am.

At the shoot for Loop's 10 - Photo Kirsten Perers.

At the shoot for Loop’s 10 – Photo Kirsten Perers.

It’s such an exciting part of a project to capture the final aspect of putting out a pattern or a book when shooting the images. It is the culmination of everything for me; the ideas behind choosing the designer, the yarn, the project – all the inspiration and work. You take those shots and it is what goes out there into the world –  it’s what gets translated to others to, hopefully, inspire them”

We asked Kristin to tell us more …

It’s strange but Susan and I knew each other before we knew we knew each other. If you can follow that. Both Americans in London, both in Islington and working together on Susan first book. I was thrilled to be asked to photograph it and soon we discovered we had both studied in New York City at the same college at the same time. It felt good to meet a kindred spirit, we shared our particular experience of being expats, memories of NYC in the 1980s and adjusting to life in London raising children.

Setting up baby shots for Juju's Loops

Setting up baby shots for Juju’s Loops

Susan has a strong natural style and working with her our visions blended seamlessly. She has an instinctive eye for colour play and layering – she would often see things lying around and use them as props in an inventive way. I love working with Susan as I know I’ll get beautiful pictures and ones that feel close to my heart if not an extension of my heart.

Exclusive Colourways for Loop. Loop

Exclusive Colourways for Loop. Loop

Photographing knit patterns you have to be at once practical and descriptive of the detail, texture, stitch, shape yet also there needs to be a romance about it. A picture that will spark the imagination and take someone from ‘nice’ to ‘oh I want to make that!’. That is the challenge and also the fun – going from the big moody picture to the detail, telling a little story that the reader can enter into.

I knit but am by no means an expert so am often looking for something simple and easy to keep my hands busy. This book in particular has me inspired by the beautiful yarns! The hand dyed colour variations are just divine and I have picked up my needles starting on Pam Allen’s simple cardigan Silene.

Silene by Pam Allen, Photography Kristin Perers

Silene by Pam Allen, Photography Kristin Perers

Loop is more than just a yarn shop. It is a place of social exchange, a hub and also a source of inspiration if you are a crafter or an artist. I often recommend my friends to go there just to look at the colours – it’s a great place to lift the spirits.

Thanks Kristin!

You can find out more about Kristin’s work on her website, and also her project This is 50, where she explores reaching this landmark through portraits of other women.

Many of you may have noticed the pattern previews for Loop’s 10 on Ravelry, where you can see Kristin’s photography and all the final details of our Anniversary collection. We’re certainly getting excited and adding these patterns to our Ravelry queues and favourites!

We’re still taking pre-orders for Loop’s 10 – remember you have until 1st September to order and receive 10% off the price of the book.  Place your order here, and please note, if you do order other items in the same transaction the entire order will be held at the shop and only dispatched when the book is available. If you wish to receive your other items sooner, please place two separate orders.

Goldbeehive - DyeForYarn. Loop, London

Now that you’ve read so much about them, you’ll be pleased to know that many of the custom colours are starting to arrive. We just had a delivery of Dye for Yarn’s Golden Beehive, and The Uncommon Thread Turbillion should be arriving any moment now – all this excitement means that we’re having another giveaway! (Competition now closed – but we’ll have lots more in the future so stayed tuned!)

This honey rich colour was used by Kirsten Kapur for the Islington Shawl, and with one skein you’re halfway there to knitting your own version! We’ll pick one winner to receive a skein of Golden Beehive, comment below letting us know your favourite shade of Dye for Yarn – ah we know it’s hard to pick just one! This competition will close Wednesday 19th August at midnight and we will announce a winner on the blog next week – good luck!

One final thing is to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. This time it was one skein of the gorgeous custom colour from Old Maiden Aunt ‘The Angel Islington’, the yarn used by Ysolda Teague for her ‘Isokon’ fingerless mitts… and the winner is Mrs Robinson who says “Beautiful! I love Bitter Bug”. Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to let you know how you can claim your prize.

Until next week… Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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144 comments on “Loop’s Anniversary Plans – with Kristin Perers
  1. Emma says:

    Lots of lovely colours to choose from but I think I like wispering shadows the best xx

    • Johanne Brøsted says:

      Beautiful colours with beautiful names.

      I would say ‘Trapped in the Underworld’ looks amazing.

    • Carole Kane says:

      Love the yarn. I hope your anniversary will be going on until Sept. 10 when I arrive in London for 8 days. The first thing on my to do list is visit Loop. I’m coming from the US and I can’t wait to see your shopl

    • Jo says:

      Losing the dark dream is one of my fav color ways x

  2. Lots of lovely colours,White Nemesis is my favourite

  3. vibeke says:

    oh heavens this was a hard one! but if i had to pick only one it would be the Lichen on a Tombstone

    thank you for yet another wonderful giveaway!!

  4. Tracey says:

    Queen Maab’s Visit is one I’d love to get some day, but Golden Beehive is limited to Loop and looks intriguing…

  5. Karen says:

    I have to say Golden Beehive is my fav. Great fall color.

  6. Sarah says:

    Molten nougat truffles- sounds good enough to eat! Such a delicate colour too.

  7. Alice says:

    Too much mint cocktail- I love the names!

  8. Barbara says:

    Well I beelieve my new fave color of Dye For Yarn just so happens to bee the beeautiful Golden Beehive! Good Luck to all!!

  9. Mindy says:

    Losing the Dark Dream!

  10. Deborah Garretty says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway. Tarzan’s Very Bad Day gets my vote.

  11. Ellen says:

    They are all gorgeous but golden beehive is my fav.!

  12. Susan says:

    Love so many! Light and Shadow, for one of top 10 or more!

  13. Karen Tolmie says:

    I think Ive fallen for whispering shadow…im such a fan of brights but this looks so gentle Im intrigued to think what pattern might let it shine through…..its like a snow laden sky!

  14. Alexandra Sebastien says:

    I am crazy about golden yellow-orange tones at the moment, so I love Fading whisky hangover :)

  15. Erica says:

    so beautiful all of it. golden beehive for the sun hanging lower in the autumn sky

  16. Serena says:

    I very much like White Nemesis. I love all the names.

  17. Ady Simmons says:

    Oh man! Such a hard decision. I guess… Dyeing Rose

  18. Judy Flores says:

    No doubt about it for me — Golden Beehive. Autumn is right around the corner!

  19. Sonja Loyd says:

    I love Ghost fading under cold moon , It’s perfect with Golden beehive
    Love the beautifully delicious yarns

  20. Nikki Fox says:

    I want all of the gorgeous colours, they are so amazing!
    But my favourite DyeForYarn is: Losing the Dark Dream!!

    So pretty!!

  21. Marisa says:

    Dying Rose is so lovely. They all are, and this is my favorite!

  22. Sandrine says:

    Such lovely colours (and such great names too!). I love fading stormy night.

  23. Stacey Barbetta says:

    Queen Maab’s Visit is my fave and it matches my hair !

  24. Kathy Anderson says:

    Not too difficult….I love, love, love Kirsten Kapur’s ‘Islington’ shawl so the choice was narrowed down to either of the two it is shown in!
    If I was to be the very lucky winner I would indeed be halfway there.

    Going with Golden Beehive as my favourite :-)

  25. Sonia Fargue says:

    I love fir tree coming to dust. But it is true that choosing one only is a challenge!

  26. Sue Bone says:

    Love the name and colour of rotten strawberry and cream candy

  27. Tracey says:

    I love Light and Shadow.

  28. Elouise Kevern says:

    Beautiful yarn. I’ve always loved Dye for Yarn’s colour names. If I was picking for me, then I would pick Withering Crocus, but Golden Beehive would be perfect for my best friend.

  29. Kath Webber says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- Dye for’s Golden Beehive is THE most perfect colour yarn ever! I’ve just knitted my first shawl and can’t wait to see the beautifully-shot dreamy projects in this book. I’m ready for my next challenge!

  30. Tracy says:

    Unusual and occassionally disturbing range of names – I’m usually drawn to greys but do like rotten berry tart.

  31. Alison Hellyef says:

    Bat biting the dust. Is lovely and makes me giggle.

  32. Melanie says:

    My favourite right now is probably Tarzan’s Very Bad Day. And aren’t the names just as great as the colours? :D

  33. Christine says:

    It has to be molten nougat truffles – gorgeous

  34. Pearl says:

    I have a skein of the old raspberry icecream and started to make a search for a shawl. It’s got this delicate vintage feel to it I can’t get enough of. Both the colour and the yarn itself are absolutely stunning. Thrilled to have found this yarn.

  35. Clair says:

    The one that stands out for me at the moment is Ghosts Fading Under Cold Moon

  36. Elaine says:

    Trapped in the Underworld would be my choice, although it’s hard to choose from so many stunning colours (with such fab names!).

  37. Alice reader says:

    All such fabulous colours, but I rather like Red Rose Losing Its’ Fire.

  38. Helen says:

    Oooh probably shattered night – not least of all with two small kids I’m permanently shattered and up all night !!

  39. Jessica says:

    I love them all! I particularly like fading Chinese anenome and fading stormy night but I would say Golden Beehive is my absolutele fave!

  40. Vanessa says:

    They are beautiful and the names so intriguingly powerful too. Today I would choose Ghosts Fading Under a Cold Moon. Ask me another day and I’m sure I’d choose a different shade to match a different mood.

  41. Sofie says:

    While I adore their metal tones I think Burning red fuchsia takes the prize for me.

  42. pip says:

    Bat in a Dark Mood! *fingers crossed*

  43. Oh la vache says:

    Too hard to choose between “Lichen on a tombstone” and “Red rose losing it’s fire”… Lichen is so great, it has to be the one!
    ps: lovely yarns with great names

  44. Angela says:

    I love the molten nougat truffles such a “warm” neutral & would be perfect for another shawl – looking forward to the new book arriving, eeek#

  45. Sally says:

    Beautiful yarn, and colours. I love ‘shattered night’

  46. Wei-Lin says:

    I LOVE Bloody Valentine. So gorgeous

  47. Anna Sharp says:

    Red rose losing it’s fire is lovely…

  48. VickyD says:

    The colours and names are fantastic!
    Golden Beehive is gorgeous, but I think Burnt Cinnamon Roll is my favourite (although it reminds me of a few culinary catastrophes!).
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Lisa says:

    Dye for Yarns colours are so rich, I’ve been knitting Celestarium in ‘curse of the late hour’ and its just the most dreamy night sky blue, I love it – and how fab it would look against this golden behive!

  50. Beverly Hetherington says:

    My favourite colour is Too Much Mint Cocktail, so delicate, and as that’s how you feel after too many mojitos, very descriptive!

  51. Jules says:

    As much for the name as the colour my favourite is Tarzan’s very bad day!

  52. Anja says:

    So much gorgeousness! Shattered night is a fave :)

  53. Alicia says:

    Giant Clam, closed forever – beautiful colour and thought-provoking name…

  54. What fabulous names. Lichen on Tombstone for me!

  55. Jacinta says:

    Love the ‘Old Raspberry ice-cream’ colour way. Mmmmm

  56. Monica says:

    I love Dyeforyarn and one of my favourites is whispering shadows I can not wait for the book to come out

  57. Dominique says:

    All colors are fantastic and the names are great, but my favorite is Red Rose Losing it’s Fire. Such a rich color, I already know what to make of it for this fall/winter.

  58. Sue says:

    So many beautiful colours and the names are so inventive – I would love to knit socks in Ghosts Fading under Cold Moon.

  59. Joanne says:

    Bat in a Bad Mood, all of them in fact, Someone’s on the same wave length as myself describing colours.

  60. Christine Barrett says:

    Faded Stormy Night for me. Love the fab names.

  61. Jane Stewart says:

    The dramatic Fading Stormy night is my favourite

  62. Mel McLaughlin says:

    my favourite shade would have to be “Red rose losing its’ fire” absolutely gorgeous and the name perfectly describes the colour.

  63. Jane says:

    I love Golden Beehive – memories of a hot Summer !
    But I also love the idea of a lacey shawl knit with ‘molten nougat truffles’ and ‘ghosts fading under cold moon’ – these colours suit me better .
    Dye-for-yarn’s titles are so evocative.

  64. Annie Wells says:

    I am in love with this yarn, my favourite is ‘Lichen on a Tombstone’ such a beautiful colour with many variations in it. I can see this knitting up beautifully for a cardigan or sweater in the Loop 10 book x

  65. Debbie S says:

    So many choices, Mud On My Wall, is mine!

  66. Katrin says:

    Fading stormy night:)

  67. Jane Simants says:

    Rotten Berry Tart must surely be the most delicious!

  68. Helen Nash says:

    Really tough decision, but if I’m forced to choose: Burnt Cinnamon Roll! They are all so beautiful…

  69. Kathy Radic says:

    Oh my Gosh, I just love this new issue. I have your first book and can hardly wait for the second. It is fabulous. Dye for Yarn’s colorways are so gorgeous. I would be happy with any of them. I really seemed to be drawn to Last Dance is Over. Thanks!

  70. Judith burke says:

    Gothic rosewood is my favourite although it is hard to choose from such beautiful colours

  71. Andrea says:

    I love them all!!! But Lichen on Tombstone and Antique Doll ‘spoke’ to me straight away. The Golden Beehive is a wonderful colour but I already have a yellow autumn project on the go. I want to try different colours now. Happy knitting everyone – I can’t wait for your lovely Loop’s 10 book to arrive!!!

  72. Emma A says:

    As luck would have it, I’m loving yellows at the moment so Golden Beehive is actually my fave!

  73. Love the Dyeing Rose color the best, but with Dreams of a Dyeing Periwinkle a close second!

  74. Carole C says:

    This was very hard…..but Golden Beehive I think…..perfect for the soon to be here autumn .

  75. steph says:

    so so many….but i’d have to go with golden beehive, loops ‘signature’ color!! (plus….i just have an affinity for anything ‘bee’ related—even a color!)

  76. Chiara says:

    Hard choice … Losing the dark dream. Thanx!!!

  77. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Beautiful depth of color in this yarn! Golden beehive says it all.

  78. iaia_me says:

    OMG! So many beautiful colors with fantastic names.. choosing is so difficult!
    Dyeing rose is probably my fave, anyway. Thank you for the chance given,
    As soon as possible I have to pay a visit in Islinghton!

  79. Gwen Kading says:

    . . .crumbling nori sheets, what a cool name

  80. asteride says:

    Dry Steppe. I can see this color in a beautiful shawl!
    asteride on Ravelry

  81. Sali Morris says:

    I like Ghosts Fading Under Cold Moon. A subtle colour, perfect for pairing with something brighter.

  82. Andre says:

    For me the shade is Dyeing Rose, gorgeousness in a skein.

  83. claudia horner says:

    Too Much Mint Cocktail — what a story that might tell! All the names are a hoot, which adds to the joy. Thanks!

  84. Julie G. says:

    These yarns have all got such fantastic names! I am almost tempted to choose on name alone – but my favorite colour has to be Withering Crocus. And it looks like I am not alone since that one is currently out of stock! Am off to Ravelry to see what else people have been knitting with it!

  85. Donna says:

    Love the quirky names, will have to pick Withering Crocus.

  86. Adriana Salgado says:

    I love Dry Steppe! :)

  87. Jill says:

    Thank you for the contest – I love Lichen on a Tombstone.

  88. RENE WALKIN says:

    So difficult to choose! I love the moodiness of Dolphin on the Beach.

  89. Vicki says:

    Bat Biting the Dust… but they’re all gorgeous!!

  90. Aileen says:

    So many gorgeous colorways! I’ll say Dyeing Rose

  91. julia Hawkins says:

    Love giant clam

  92. Carole Finger says:

    Dark Dolphin on the Beach. All though, here in Rhode Island, USA,
    it is more likely to be a small shark lying on the beach. Never-the-
    less, the shadows in this colourway speak to me.

  93. Emily says:

    What a beautiful ,rich color. It so fits in with my October birthday and fall.

  94. Kathy burr says:

    Love, love, love Goldrn Bee hive!

  95. Bordergirl says:

    If I had to choose just one, it would be Antique Doll. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  96. Vanessa says:

    Golden Beehive would be my choice. The colours of Autumn trees and Autumn sunshine. Bliss.

  97. Christie says:

    Old Raspberry Ice Cream and all the rest of course!

  98. Jackie Markham says:

    “Bat biting the dust does it for me” – fantastic name conjures up knitting by the fireside on a dark autumn evening.

  99. Margene Lehman says:

    Love the evocative yarn color names and the colors themselves. I’d choose Lichen on a Tombstone; I keep going back to it. Can’t wait to see that color, Golden Beehive and Bat in a Dark Mood when I visit Loop late August.

  100. Felicity says:

    I love all th colours and their names too – but my favourite is ‘Ghosts fading under cold moon’

  101. Kate Duncan says:

    Dyeing Rose. Although it is dyeing not dying, I would love the opportunity to bring it to life. Any article in this colour would have wow factor

  102. Sheryl Collier says:

    Faded stormy night…inspired by our current weather! You are so generous with these giveaways and can’t wait for Loop’s 10 …….Tif’s and Ysolda’s mittens will be first on my list to beautifully adorn my hands while I play piano during the winter!

  103. Anne-Maree says:

    Mud on My Wall – cool name, warm colour.

  104. I’m going through a yellow/mustard phase at the moment so Golden Beehive is definitely on my list!! Can’t wait to get the book!! Great work as always!! Happy anniversary…looking forward to the next ten years x

  105. Sarah says:

    Shattered Night or Dry Steppe. Yum!

  106. LisaN says:

    My fav is Light and Darkness.

  107. Ikkinlala says:

    Tough choice! Today I think my favourite is Shattered Night.

  108. kim mast says:

    Gasp! Shattered night takes my breath away. Gorgeous.

  109. Aara Suksi says:

    They are all so beautiful, but Golden Beehive really is my favourite.

  110. angelina says:

    beehive is awesome, this book rocks!!!!!

  111. Lulu says:

    Amazing colors! So difficult, but I love Fir Tree Coming to Dust!

  112. Deborah Olie says:

    Molten Nougat Truffles. Delicious in every way

  113. D. Kershner says:

    I love Dye for Yarn’s greyish purples. My current fav is “Army of the Dead.”

  114. Janet says:

    Gorgeous colours, fantastic names, I think I’d go for Bouquet of Dark roses – but they’re all wonderful!

  115. Suzanna says:

    All so delicious, but I think Lichen on a Tombstone is my favourite.

  116. Sally Simons says:

    Antique Doll would be very nice! Love all the Gothic names.

  117. Cynthia says:

    wow, exquisite yarn and great names! very hard to choose, but this one is wonderful: Giant Clam Closed Forever

  118. Vee says:

    Mud on My Wall for its subtlety & simplicity, and how well it would coordinate with others. Fir Trees Falling to Dust and Queen Mab’s Visit are also “my” colours.

  119. Charlotte Cunningham says:

    Rotten Strawberry and cream candy, what a name and what a colour!

  120. Naomi says:

    These colors and names are to dye for! Hard to choose favorite but I will say Dark Dolphin on the Beach

  121. CathyS says:

    C’est juste trop trop trop beau ! J’attends mon Loop 10 avec impatience et j’ai hâte de commencer à tricoter avec toutes ces belles laines et ces belles couleurs ! Just beautiful !

  122. MonicaF says:

    I’m so excited about the anniversary book and all of the new bespoke colours. My favourite colour is Antique Doll. It’s so rich. Thanks for the giveaways.

  123. adrienne says:

    There are so many amazing colours, but Hazy Winter Sky is one of my very favourites.

  124. Sue H says:

    I love the perfect combination of green gray in Lichen on a Tombstone. Thanks!

  125. Stina says:

    All the colours are lovely, but Dry Steppe would go perfectly with my fall wardrobe.

  126. Peggy Mead says:

    All the colours are beautiful and the names delicious so it’s difficult to choose one favourite. However I’m going through a denim-ish phase at the moment so choose Fading Stormy Night, which is also evocative of the view from my caravan (not too often fortunately).

  127. Terry says:

    I actually like Golden Beehive so much that everyday I’ve taken a peek before I leave for work and a couple of times when I get home. I would love to make another shawl from Juju’s Loops book with Golden Beehive – yummmmm!

  128. Benedicta says:

    I have to pick “smashed blackberries” as I have been out in the garden picking (and eating) blackberries!

  129. Brenda says:

    I love Kristin’s photos and would love to make a Golden Beehive “beenie” for my beekeeper friend KarelXX

  130. Sarah says:

    My favourite is definitely Giant Clam Closing Forever – I love that shade of turquoise! Can’t wait for Loop 10 to be published!

  131. Christine says:

    ‘Red rose losing its’ fire’ is my favourite, I love all the colours and the names describe them so accurately.

  132. Teresa Day says:

    Has to be the Golden Beehive – I can honestly that colour makes my heart sing :)

  133. Shannyn Shafer says:

    My favorite has to be glass frog.

  134. Kaeleigh says:

    Red Rose Losing Its Fire is totally gorgeous – I don’t usually work with such bold colours, but that’s a beauty! Looking forward to seeing all the bespoke colours together soon :D

  135. Marisa says:

    I love blue and my favourite is Fading Stormy Night

  136. Brenda says:

    Love Red Rose…. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  137. Fiona Brennan says:

    I love the brightness of red rose losing its fire. Although mostly I love all the names given to the lush colours

  138. Marika says:

    O sweetness, sooo many lovely shades and all those cool names but I say Losing the dark dream is my fav.

  139. Anna says:

    Hmm I’ll choose Mud On My Wall… But there were many beautiful ones.

  140. Sabine says:

    I´m in love with Tarzan´s Very Bad Day

  141. Angie Ross says:

    I love ‘Dream of a Dying Periwinkle’; such a delicate purple.

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