Next Friday, we’ll see you (those of you who are lucky enough to be going) at Edinburgh Yarn Festival! This is our last post and last Prize Giveaway to celebrate the road to Edinburgh!
Last Autumn one of our lovely regular customers from Norway, Ragnhild Vaaland, came into Loop wearing a beautiful sweater. We loved the slightly cropped and boxy shape and the light textured fabric with the sweet pockets. When Susan asked her what the pattern was, she said that she made it up. Ragnhild had never written a pattern before but with very little persuasion agreed to work with Loop to make it come to life. With the help of Juju Vail and Rachel Atkinson (pattern writing and tech editing), Blink was born!
Ragnalhild is a friend of Julie Arkell, who suggested the name “Blink”, when the pockets reminded her of the house in Jacques Tati’s film “Mon Oncle”.
At Loop we love a casual knit, that is great for layering. This piece is perfect! It’s oversized enough to fit over most garments, but lightweight; it won’t weigh you down and the plant fibre from the Japansk Cotton means it is a cool and light sweater. This is also a super easy knit as it is pretty much all garter stitch!
The fabric is a beautiful combination of Mohair and Isager Japansk Cotton Tape.
We’ll have four kit versions for you to buy at EYF: Blackberry, Pop Pink, Bordeaux and Duck Egg! The kits include a printed copy of the Blink pattern and enough yarn to make the small/medium or the medium/large version of the sweater and it all comes in a Loop cotton shopper bag.
The kit comes with all of the yarn you will need but the provisional cast-on pockets means that you can also have a play deciding on the colour of your own pockets using a little stash yarn to customise the kit if you like. While we have been test knitting the pattern we have seen so many lovely versions that we can’t wait to share with you in a few weeks!
Each kit includes five balls of Ito Sensai Mohair and 4 balls of Isager Japansk Cotton Tape as well as Lang Jawoll yarn to make the matching pocket (seen in the middle of each photo above), the pattern and a bag. These kits are a great savings as the real value of them is over £93 but they will be £84 as a treat to you. These are limited editions – there aren’t tons of them, so try and come to our stand, E5, early if you can.
If you are not going to EYF, no worries- we’ll be launching both the single pattern as well as a lot more beautiful Blink kits in just a few weeks!
Blink will be available as an individual pattern after EYF! Stay tuned for more details about that later in March. Thank you to Ragnhild and to all of the test knitters!!! We’re so excited about this beautiful knit and can’t want to start seeing all of your blinks!!!
Prize Winner and New Prize Draw!
This week is our last prize giveaway on the road to Edinburgh Yarn Festival! We’ve had a great time offering prizes for those who don’t have the chance to see us at EYF! Thanks for being involved!
The lucky winner of the kit is Susan, who commented on the blog. Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to get your address and colour choice.
Our final giveaway is a kit, in colourway of your choice for Blink! We will draw the winner on March 21st and announce the winner on March 23rd. (If you should buy a kit before then, and win, we’ll find a nice alternative prize for you!)
There are two ways to win! You can do both, if you want to double your chances!
- Follow us on Instagram and either repost our image (above) in a post of your own (this is very important – it is not enough to leave a comment in our post with the hashtag, it has to be in a post in your IG feed), or use an image of your own, but be sure to tag it with #LoopEYF18Gift.
- Leave a comment here, on our blog.
One winner is drawn from the total combined entries. Good luck! And we hope to see you at EYF!