Dreaming with Dee Hardwicke: A Butterfly Wrap, a Brand New Book, and a Christmas Window
Autumn leaves may be the only things fluttering right now, but we’ve got butterflies on the brain thanks to Dee Hardwicke’s beautiful new Dreaming of Butterflies Wrap Kit, which is available for pre-order today!
Oh my gosh we have been so excited to share this incredibly special wrap with all of you and we are so honoured that Dee has been just as keen as we are to bring it into the world! Dreaming of Butterflies is a wonderfully cosy wrap that’s a riff on a pattern in Dee’s forthcoming book The Knitted Fabric, which we’ll host a Book Launch Event for in the shop on Saturday 26 November. The kit will also officially launch that week!
Ok but more on the wrap itself and the kit we’ve made for you. As you may know, Dee’s work is inspired by the natural world and by the Welsh countryside where she lives and creates. The butterfly motif here is so joyful and tactile we just can’t help falling in love. This long rectangular wrap is knit in John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers DK, a gorgeous yarn from the bucolic Devon countryside.
We’ve brought a bit of the spirit of London to this countryside creation with some custom colourways we’ve whipped up paying homage to Mary Quant and Swinging London. The Marmalade, Crimson, and Rose Madder colourways each bring a unique expression to Dee’s fabulous sense of texture and pattern.
Each kit comes with nine skeins of Knit by Numbers DK, a really beautiful custom cotton project bag designed by Dee to accompany this pattern, a printed version of the Dreaming of Butterflies pattern, and a bonus gift pattern to make button covers in Dee’s butterfly motif using any yarn that might be left over when you’re finished with your knit.
The first 40 kits will also include a limited edition card lovingly hand-printed and hand-stitched in Ito Silk by Dee! The Butterfly Project Bag is based on Dee’s original watercolour that inspired the butterfly motif and is also available to purchase separately.
This project has been a true labour of love and a collaboration between so many incredible women, from the publishers of Laine Publishing to the co-directors of John Arbon Textiles to Dee herself and, of course, Susan and the lovely Loopettes!
We can’t wait to celebrate the launch of Dee’s book in the shop on 26 November with Dee, Jonna from Laine, and tons of samples from the book. All are welcome on the day, it is not a ticketed event. Dee and Jonna will be with us from noon to 5pm, though they will pop out for lunch at some point. We hope to see you on the day! The Knitted Fabric is full of wonderful knitwear for you and your home, including nine cushions, three wraps, three quilts, two sweaters, one vest, one hat, and one pair of gloves. You are sure to find inspiration in Dee’s artistic patterns and motifs.
We are also thrilled that Dee will be painting our window for Christmas in early November. Her beautiful work will be on full display at the book launch, or you might be lucky enough to catch her on your next stroll through Camden Passage.
Jingle all the way! The Knitting Barber’s Christmas Stitch Markers are the perfect seasonal accessory to bring even more cheer to your festive knits. These sweet little bells actually work! That little reminder that Santa’s sleigh will be here before we know it will sure keep your sticks clicking. Don’t forget you can browse all our fun festive items in our new Winter Treats section.
If you’re starting to think about decorating your abode for the holidays, start with our free Mistletoe Garland pattern. This crochet pattern is so versatile. You can make it as long as you want to hang over a mantle or doorway or even wrap around your tree, or you can make little vignettes of the leaves for brooches, earrings, or gift toppers. The pattern calls for one ball each of BC Garn Lino in colours 33 Natural, 60 Pine, and 61 Linen (all of which are in stock), but you can play with colour to your heart’s delight. Why not make one to match every room in your house, or every festive outfit you have planned for the celebrations of the season? Check out all our season’s tidings in the Winter Treats section.
You’ll definitely want to wrap up in this. We have more Crepe Myrtle Kits in both colours! This shawl is so cosy to wear out and about or to curl up with at home. We just love the texture, the generous size, and of course The Border Mill’s ‘North Coast Tweed‘, which this is knit in. The kit itself comes with a printed pattern, a Loop cotton shopper bag, and all the yarn you’ll need for the shawl.
There’s more to love from Nathalie Lété! This wonderful folk artist has created so many of our most whimsical favourite things inspired by art and lore. Our latest arrivals from her studio in France include a darling iron-on Appliqué Patch in the shape of a sweet bunny and Haberdashery Pouches featuring a range of Nathalie’s cute illustrations of animals and toys. The patches are perfect to adorn a jacket or other accessories and the haberdashery pouches are super well designed with a gusset so they can sit upright on a flat surface and a zipper to keep all your bits secure.
The latest book from PomPom Press is available for pre-order! This volume focuses exclusively on knits and crochets for little ones. Not only are these 11 patterns specifically designed for ages 0-10, they’re also made with growing bodies in mind. MiniPom is full of garments that know how kids move and what they need out of their clothes. We can’t wait for it to be released on 22 November!
We are very sorry to any customers who purchased the Mehlsen Geranium Scarf Kit and found Chart F missing. We have uploaded Chart F here: https://www.loopknitlounge.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Loop-Geranium-Chart-F.pdf and you can also find it on our Loop Pattern Errata page.