Looking for a gift for those yarn loving folk in your life? We’ve got our hand curated selection of gorgeous yarns, books and haberdashery for every maker, so you’re bound to find the ideal treat.
Make sure to read to the end of the post to find how you can win a £20 gift voucher to spend at Loop!
First a tribute to socks – the portable, practical one skein wonder project. It’s no surprise there are so many knitters who love to make and wear them! First find inspiration with a project – sock queen Rachel Coopey has that covered with book ‘Socks‘ and the pattern ‘Hippity Hop‘ which she designed for Loop!
Next you’ll need needles and if you favour double pointed needles, we have it covered! Blue Sky Alpacas Rosewood needles are handmade by artisans in Vitenam, who receive a fair wage for their skilled work. Each size comes in a tin with a different design and colour, so you can collect them all and know that your purchase also contributes to an educational trust fund for the make0r’s children.
We also have bamboo and metal needles from Chiagoo, both in neat zip up cases and also Addi Colibri Lace & Basic Double Points. The unique design feature of these means each needle has one standard tip and one fine point, so you can work with the one you prefer or use different ends depending on the project. Genius! And while we’re on the subject of good ideas, why not invest in some Coil Needle Holders? Use to keep your needles in order when in storage or when on the move.
Of course you’ll need yarn, shown here is The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock Turbillion (our exclusive colour!) with Leaden, plus our custom colour from Madelinetosh in Tosh Sock ‘London Cosmopolitan’. After all that hard work, finish your socks with ease with some sock blockers – not only do they neaten your knits, it allows them to dry much quicker.
What could be better than the gift of knitting? Give a beginners a boost with a bumper crop of haberdashery from the Clover Accessory Kit – this nifty purse includes stitch markers, a needle gauge, darning needles, point protectors, a row counter and stitch holders, (many of which are available separately too if you need to top up your own kit!) Also pictured is a walnut wood needle gauge which includes a handy ruler on the side and all of it is kept tidy in a pretty project bag
Our selection of beginners books will also get you started and guide you through your first projects. Shown here, Simple Knitting, Learn To Knit Love to Knit, Stitch Encyclopedia, Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters and Charts Made Simple.
And we haven’t forgotten you crochet lovers either. Beautiful books such as The New Crochet and the stocking filler sized Hello Crochet! are full of techniques and inspiring projects. Or use the Crochet Stitch Encyclopedia to guide you though every stitch you’ve ever wanted to know.
For hooks, you can go big with a 25mm whopper from Loopy Mango, or use the ultimate in handmade luxury courtesy of Furls. These hooks are hand carved to ergonomic perfection using the finest materials such as Olivewood and Rosewood. Or if you know someone who needs to stock up with a hook in every size, the full set of Tulip hooks with their soft grip handles come in a pink roll up case
Now, if there is one thing any crafter has a love of, it’s haberdashery. Threads from Sajou in every shade make sure you have the right colour for darning (with a darning egg!) and embroidering knits, while Wool Soap from Twig & Horn keeps them smelling lovely. Essential tools such as Sajou’s Tape Measure, Rosewood Cable Needles and Sajou Blocking Pins prove that things can be useful and beautiful too. Our selection of buttons (shown here Red Riding Hood, Wooden Mouse, Vintage Pearl and Brown Rabbit) and shawl pins add the finishing touch. And for the knitter who has everything, what about a Vintage Bakelite Yarn holder? Practical, and also a lovely piece of knitting history that looks just charming on the shelf.
And here’s a category that everyone should fit into… the lovers of all things Loop! Handmade needle gauges help you keep track of your needles sizings and are the ideal mini gift for those chums at the knitting group. We also have all our anniversary yarns that were custom dyed for us for that exclusive special skein of yarn (check out this blog post for a reminder of all the amazing shades and patterns to match!)
Plus, you can’t call your knitting library complete until you’ve got a copy of Juju’s Loops and our anniversary publication Loop’s 10. Top it all off with a Loop tote bag and you’ve got yourself a gift bag too!
Of course if you really can’t decide, don’t forget we sell gift vouchers for any amount. We do not sell these via the online shop, so please give the Loopettes a call and we will be happy to help +44 (0)20 7288 1160
And speaking of gift vouchers, after all this talk of presents we thought we should start the Christmas cheer early by giving you lovely folk the chance to win a £20 voucher! Simply comment below letting us know what is on your wish list from Loop and for extra entries, head over to our Instagram LoopLondonLoves and follow the instructions there – just make sure to let us know that you did in a separate comment on the blog.
This competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 9th December. A winner will be picked at random and announced on next week’s blog – Good Luck!
If you are planning on popping to Loop next Saturday for your Christmas shopping you’re in for a treat as we have extra special guest Clara Parkes visiting! We’re welcoming the yarn whisperer herself, Clara Parkes of The Knitter’s Review, to Loop on Saturday December 12th from 2 – 4pm. She will be signing books and reading from her brand new, not yet published book – we can’t wait!
We are also thrilled to announce that Bristol Ivy is coming to visit us in 2016! Bristol will be teaching three classes, an Introduction to Brioche Saturday 12th March Saturday 10am – 1pm, Shawl Shapes Saturday 12th March 2 – 5pm and Knitting Outside The Box Sunday 13th March 11am – 4pm, an experimental class focusing on inspiration and design.
As always, please call the shop if you would like to book onto any course – +44 (0)20 7288 1160
Until next week, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!