John Arbon Textiles Is Taking the Guess Work Out of Colour Coordination
It was love at first sight when John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic first landed at Loop a year ago. We just cannot get enough of the incredible wool from this wonderful English mill. So it’s with great excitement that we welcome Knit by Numbers DK to the shop.
The whole mission of Knit by Numbers is to help you find just the right shade for your knit. Available at Loop in 93 colours, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Here’s how it works: Each colour range is available in six different shades, each of which corresponds to a number. The higher the number, the lighter the shade.
For instance, KBN56 is a deep vegetal green and KBN61 is a lovely lemongrass hue (both pictured in the centre image above). Both of these colours contain the same pre-dyed green ‘top’. It’s the specific percentage of white that each is mixed with that makes the colours different. Armed with this scientific system of categorising colours, matching and clashing are a breeze.
Knit by Numbers is a DK weight yarn spun from 100% organically farmed Falklands Merino wool. As long-time readers will know, John Arbon Textiles makes a point of sourcing as much as their wool as possible from British farms and working with independent, UK-based producers at every stage in the wool production process.
If you’re looking for the perfect piece for autumn, why not try the Anemone Shawl? We were so happy to bring this Dee Hardwicke designed masterpiece using JAT Yarnadelic to the shop and we have a few kits available right now! We hope our creative collaborations with John Arbon Textiles continue long into the future, especially as lovely former Loopette Sonja Bargielowska takes the reins!
We’ve been huge fans of Miesje Chafer’s signature geometric shapes and bold colours for years here at Loop, and we’re so glad to have some fabulous needlepoint kits featuring her designs in the shop! Available in three designs — Sunface, Swans, and Blooma (in two colourways!) — these kits are super easy to use and the end product is super fun. Sometimes you just want a project you can pick up and start without any forethought and this is it! Each kit contains a 15×15 cm full colour printed Zweigart 12 hpi canvas, all the Appletons 100% wool tapestry threads you’ll need to finish your needlepoint, two tapestry needles (size 22), a full colour chart of the design, and full colour printed instructions, plus a box to keep everything together. These also make fantastic gifts.
Super sweet new project bags have arrived from our friends at Biches & Bûches. These lovely little drawstring bags feature the original logo designed by Caroline, one of the daughters behind this mother-daughter yarn business. These bags are 100% cotton and machine washable.
This past spring, Isager invited nine designers to use their yarns to design knits on the theme ‘Botanica’. The result is a gorgeous collection that they’re rolling out every other day from 2 to 20 September on their Facebook and Instagram profiles. Tune in as they roll out patterns from the likes of PetiteKnit and Midori Hirose, then stop by Loop to stock up on all the Isager yarns you’ll need for your favourite design! We especially love Anne Ventzel’s Robinia Sweater, which was released as part of the Botanica Collection last Sunday. We are making kits of this sweater in distinct Loop colours using Isager yarns —keep an eye out in the next week or two for their release!
We just love it when a favourite yarn comes out in a new colour. It’s got all the dependability of the fibre you know with just a bit of added excitement. And just in time for sock season, we have new colours in one of our favourite sock yarns, Lang Jawoll! Rosé, Apricot, Melon, and Sage are lovely additions to our already large collection of Lang Jawoll colours, making striping and contrasting toes a breeze. This yarn is 75% wool and 25% acrylic, plus it comes with a spool of nylon to hold together with your yarn to reinforce toes and heels for extra hard wearing socks.
We have received more skeins of the lovely limited run Corrie Confetti from La Bien Aimée! Both ‘Greybow’ and ‘Aimée’s Peach Sweater’ are beautiful colours with very fun specks of recycled offcuts from other fabulous LBA projects. We have also restocked our Loop Handmade Swatch Gauge, which includes both a needle gauge and a handy square to measure swatches and get your project off to a great start!
Some of our favourite yarns are on sale! Mominoki German Merino Light is a wonderful sport weight yarn with a light and airy structure and a rustic feel. It’s the yarn used in Midori Hirose’s Snowy Forest Sweater, so if you’ve had your eye on that why not stock up! Super fun Caracurl Lanamania is also on sale. This bouclé yarn creates the cosiest clothes and accessories.
It’s almost time for the Knitting & Stitching Show to return to Alexandra Palace! From 6-9 October, hundreds of exhibitors will set up at Ally Pally and we’re delighted to be able to offer Loop customers a discount on tickets. Use the code LOOPKNIT for £2.00 off adult advance tickets and concessions from now through 23:59 on Wednesday 5 October, when the code expires. Please also note the discount is not available for tickets on Saturday 8 October. We are also excited to have five pairs of tickets to give away. Stay tuned for more details on Instagram and next week’s blog!
Happy weekend to all!