We’re certainly starting to enter into the festive spirit at Loop! As well as ensuring that lots of goodies for gift knitting and presents are carefully parcelled up and sent to you all across the world, we’re thinking of our own stash supplementation too!
This is the Loop staff Christmas wish list and it’s just the thing if you are looking for some ideas on how to spread a little wooly goodness to someone this year. Remember, you can also create an online wishlist from any shop using the Amazon Universal Wishlist Button. That way, as you’re browsing our online shop, you can add things to your own wishlist for Father Christmas to see!
The lovely Jane, sock knitter extraordinaire and fibre expert would love a ‘big basket of yellow yarns to brighten up the grey days of winter.‘ What a grand idea! We’re more than happy to suggest a selection of our most cheeriest sunshine yarns, such as Squoosh which is used for our Josephine Shawl pattern.
If you love bright colours, but are not sure about a whole garments worth then the solution is socks! Channel your kaleidoscopic colour love with the amazing Wollmeise Twin, a mix of hardwearing superwash merino and nylon. Above is Emmas’ choice, a Loopette who is as multi-lingual as a skein of Wollmeise is multi-tonal, and just as wonderful! Emma has been prolific in her production of our free Top Up Socks pattern, and we predict many more.
For a more classic look, she is also eager to learn the tricks of fair-isle and would love some of the Eden Cottage Bowland DK to make her own yoked cardigan.
Also keen to develop her colourwork skills is Loops’ super star manager, Jemima. Alice Starmore’s Charts for Colour Knitting is a exhaustive resource of source material and inspiration, suitable for beginners and advanced colour knitters too.
As well as musing on her next colourful knit, Jemima has plans to spend the holidays designing some cosy beaded handwarmers. She’s chosen a skein of the Lotus Cashmere Fingering, the perfect complement to her elegant vintage style.
Our only LoopLad, the stylish Colin, would like a whole herd of Miga de Pan mini Elephants! These pachyderms come in nine colours and are the alternative accessory for Christmas trees everywhere. Hand crocheted in Argentina, Colin deems them ‘elephantastic!’
With her own yarn shop of delights to chose from what would Loops’ wonderful owner Susan want from Santa? ‘I would love a set of all of the grey tones in The Uncommon Thread as I am crazy about the depth of colour in her greys…I love how they look with plum, mauve and yellow ochre colours (of which I have a lot of in my stash!)‘
Planning her winter knits, Fiona is hoping for a jumpers worth of the beautiful Shilasdair DK. A favourite of many of the staff, this unusual blend of lambswool, cashmere, baby camel and angora has a range of exquisite naturally dyed colours.
Fiona is getting creative with substitutions and thinking about using the Shilasdair for Sous Sous, our jumper pattern by Norah Gaughan. Of course, to keep track of the stitch pattern, she needs some equally smart tools and these silver stitch markers are ideal as a stocking filler for any knitter.
Another lover of our mini Elephants is the charming Marine, who has also fallen for our Cat Tape Dispenser – and who doesn’t deserve a kitty to organise your tape!? Of course if Father Christmas is feeling extra generous, a huge stocking filled with her favourite, Madelinetosh Merino DK would make her very happy too.
Also a fan of Madelinetosh, is Laura, who is inspired by our shop sample of the Bubble Wrap Cowl. This project has an easy slip stitch pattern that is easy to memorise making it perfect for occupying your hands during Christmas telly marathons!
You can either chose to make a 4ply version with one skein of each colour in the Madelinetosh Merino Light, or a heavier weight version that will take two skeins in each colour of the Madelinetosh Merino DK. Laura is considering the Merino DK in Antique Lace and Vishnu – the ideal shade to go with her gorgeous periwinkle dyed hair!
Sophie is hoping to spend her Christmas curled up with a copy of The Knitters Almanac by the formidable Elizabeth Zimmerman. A year’s worth of knitting ideas and seasonal projects with delightfully informal advice from one of the knitting greats. Though the jury is still out on whether she will be making November’s suggested project of knitted nether garments.
She would in fact love her next knit be a cardigan in the squishy Berroco Ultra Alpaca Aran. So if Father Christmas has enough in an autumnal colour such as Garnet Mix or Tigers Eye…
If you get really stuck, we also sell gift vouchers for any amount. These can be used for anything, from yarn to classes and are a great idea as they can be redeemed online as well in the shop.
In the spirit of gift giving we also have our winner of last weeks giveaway! The winner of a copy of our latest Loop pattern Wintermute by Melaine Berg is… Tracey! Congratulations! She said that the colour ‘Loop London’ would be her choice and reminds her of her first visit to London with her husband this past February. We’ll be in touch to let you know how you can claim your prize.
If you weren’t lucky this time, don’t worry as we’ll be having lots more giveaways in the future.
And if you can’t wait for the next giveaway, you can buy a ticket for our Christmas Raffle! This year we are raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We have a beautiful collection of luxury hand dyed yarns from the likes of The Uncommon Thread, Dye For Yarn, Sublime, Eden Cottage Yarns, Jade Sapphire, Koigu and several books to inspire too. Tickets cost £2 each, or 6 for £10 and can be purchased from the shop.
We will draw two winners for the raffle on Saturday 20th December at 4pm. The contents of the basket will be split evenly and randomly between the two winners. Anyone can enter the raffle but must be able to collect their prize from Loop either on the day of the draw or by 15th January.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!