Welcome back to the Loop blog! We hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and we want to wish you a (slightly belated) happy new year!
January is often very grey and cold for those in the northern hemisphere, so this week we wanted to look at the fabulous book Knits About Winter by Emily Foden, which was published just over a year ago. We are also running a really exciting giveaway this week, so keep reading to find out more!
Knits About Winter is a real staff favourite at Loop, many of us have knitted multiple projects from it. Emily has written really fantastic patterns, guaranteed to keep you warm throughout the winter.
Some of our favourite patterns from the book also happen to be the ones we have started stocking a beautiful kit for! The Persephone Mitts and Interchangeable Mitten Liners are set to become winter essentials, and you can knit both pairs of these mittens with the Double Mitt Kit from Moel View.
The yarns used in this great kit are a 100% Icelandic wool, raised and spun in Wales, for the Persephone Mittens, and then the yarn for the Interchangeable Mitten Liners is the beautiful Drift base from Moel View, which is a blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere, and is naturally dyed. It will knit up a hard-wearing outer mitten, and a super soft and silky inner mitten.
The Double Mitt Kit comes in three different colours, all naturally dyed
Knits About Winter is packed with beautiful patterns, but some of our other favourites are…
Skyhill Hat and Skyhill Mitts – this set uses DK weight held double to create a super warm fabric. We would recommend either The Uncommon Thread BFL DK for luxurious knits, or CaMaRose Hverdagsuld for a more cost effective but very hard wearing alternative!
Emily’s Favourite Socks – for the perfect pair of socks! How about knitting these in one of the beautiful shades of La Bien Aimee Tough Sock?
Snowshoe Socks – these socks are fab for using up odds and ends, they use two strands of 4ply held together for a thick boot sock.
Knits About Winter also has patterns for wraps and shawls, and several different styles of garments, all designed to keep you as warm as possible through the winter. A truly special book!
Now for our giveaway news…
Today we are starting a giveaway that will run for two weeks, to win one Double Mitt Kit in the the Madder colour way and one copy of Knits About Winter. This is such a great opportunity to kick start some more cold-weather knitting for you!
To enter please leave a comment on this post, telling us what else you would like to knit from Knits About Winter. One entry per person please.
The giveaway will close on Thursday 23rd January at 12pm (GMT) and the winner will be announced in our post on Friday 24th January.
As always, our giveaways are open to everyone, no matter where you live! Good luck everyone!
Loop is working on supporting the animal charities currently working so hard in Australia, during the ongoing wildfire crisis. We have received word from the Animal Rescue Craft Guild (@animalrescuecraftguild) that the hubs in Australia are now AT CAPACITY and need breathing space to assess and take inventory of what they do have currently. They don’t need anything else sending for the moment. Please see THIS Instagram post for reference. We will be keeping you updated on the situation in the coming days, it should be via our Instagram stories, and you can always check in with UK Crafters United (@uk_crafters_united) who are based in the UK for more immediate updates. On their Instagram page, in their highlighted stories, they have a list of both local hubs and patterns for handmade items.
Lastly, we wanted to mention the fact that we have recently raised over £600 for Medicins Sans Frontieres over the holidays. We held a sample sale at the shop, and then doubled the amount we raised. Thank you so much to everyone who bought items! And thank you so much to Loopette Emma who organised the sample sale and generously gave up her own time to plan it.
All photos copyright of Emily Foden, apart from Double Mitt Kit and sample sale photos, which are copyright of Susan Cropper and Loop Knitting Ltd.