A few of our favourite summertime bits and bobs
What a lovely time of year late July is. Long afternoons stretch into luscious evenings and everything slows down just a bit. We love making during these tranquil weeks, and we also love the opportunity to take stock before the pace of life picks up again in the autumn. This week we’re looking at some of our favourite things that have arrived in the shop recently.
Two gorgeous crocheted scarf kits by Mette Mehlsen are back in the shop. These unique pieces are worked in granny squares using Mehlsen certified organic wool, which is naturally hand-dyed in hues found near Mette Mehlsen’s Denmark home. These kits are true labours of love and are available only at Loop. We’re delighted to have Wildwood kits in ‘Lilac’ and Flower Power kits in ‘Autumn’ and ‘Rococo‘.
We’re over the moon to have assorted Fabric Swatches from the beautiful textile brand Mina Perhonen. Founder Akira Minagawa is an artist, textile designer and illustrator who uses his unique eye to develop new materials and techniques and produce alluring, timeless garments. These swatch packs are perfect for mending, quilting, toymaking, or any other sewing project that requires small pieces. These unique bundles tend to go quickly, but we will be adding more stock on Sunday morning.
Like its larger counterpart Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, the new Clover Thread Cutter is a great, portable answer to the persistent question of where you left your scissors. This clever design with a built-in sharp circular blade can be worn as a pendant or set in the top of a thread wheel. The Thread Cutter is 3cm in diameter and comes in ‘Old Silver’ or ‘Antique Gold’. If you happen to be taking a flight this Summer, they are small enough to be allowed on planes so you can carry on with your stitching mid-air!
Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and that’s certainly how we feel about our vast range of buttons. We’ve recently had shipments of some elegant, simple ones that make lovely finishing touches for whatever you happen to be working on. Lustrous shell buttons include the Misty Lilac Shiny Shell Button, Agoya Shell Classic Button and Deep Troca Shell Button, which is hand carved. Or, for a more rustic look, the Flat Metal 4 Hole Button comes in ‘brass’ or ‘old silver’. We love the ‘wrong side’ almost as much as the front of these buttons.
Andrea Mowry has released her fourth annual sweater design for New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) in collaboration with Spincycle Yarns and Magpie Fibres! The ‘Illuminate’ pattern combines Spincycle Nocturne, which is the sister yarn to Spincycle Dyed In The Wool, and Magpie Feather, a silk mohair. It has been released in enough time that keen knitters could have a finished piece to wear to the festival in October. If you want to knit along, make it your own with Loop’s large selection of Spincycle Dyed In The Wool and select from our range of mohair: the psychedelic colour range of Qing Kid Mohair Silk, the rich hues of ITO Sensai, Isager’s soft pastels, SHIBUI Silk Cloud’s earth tones, the stunningly large range of Gepard Kid Seta, or La Bien Aimée Mohair Silk. For knitters who prefer not to use mohair, CaMaRose Midnatssol would also be a great choice.
Two books we find ourselves coming back to again and again are Strands of Joy and 52 Weeks of Shawls, both published by Laine Publishing. These two tomes contain patterns to keep your needles clicking for a good long while and inspiration for a lifetime. They are both in stock now in the shop and online, and if you want to hop right in we also have kits available to knit the Venus Shawl, which can be purchased alongside 52 Weeks of Shawls.
As we head toward autumn, we’re excited to get back to skill sharing in new series of Beginner and Improver knitting classes, both of which will run in October (we’re running these courses in September as well but they’ve already sold out, so act fast!) Autumn will also see the return of our £5 Fridays, a series of short introductions to useful techniques. These evening classes are fun and social, so bring along a friend! Scheduled £5 Fridays include:
- Friday 24 September – Intro to Cables
- Friday 1 October – Magic Loop
- Friday 22 October – Understanding Charts
- Friday 29 October – Increases and Decreases
The next issue of Making Stories magazine is due out on the 1st of September. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, we’ve made it available for pre-order on the website. This issue is all about looking upward, and contains 12 exciting patterns inspired by the things you can see when you look toward the sky. Think trees, clouds and light.
Please note that Loop will be closed on Sundays during August as we soak in the last of the summer rays. We’ll still be open as usual each week from Wednesday to Saturday and our online shop is always open!