La Bien Aimée Kumo Makes the Lightest, Softest Tiny Tassels Shawl
We love Tiny Tassels and we love La Bien Aimée, so this is a match made in heaven! Plus there are three excellent options — La Bien Aimée’s own Sansa, Laines Vilaines’s Fing Solitaire, or Madelinetosh Merino Light — to make the eponymous tassels that complete this shawlette!
Kumo is the newest, softest base from La Bien Aimée, inspired by Aimée’s travels to Japan. Kumo means cloud in Japanese, and this base is true to form, combining silk and suri alpaca into the loftiest, softest yarn you can imagine.
The Kumo Tiny Tassels is a perfect summer shawl as Kumo is so lovely to wear next to your skin. It’s the perfect thing to throw over strapless, sleeveless, or thin strapped tops and dresses as summer days turn to summer evenings, or as the season begins to change.
We absolutely adore the Heliodore colour of Kumo and we’re really pleased with how well our three tassel colours bring out the different tones in this airy, ethereal colour. As with all fine yarns, and especially gorgeous variegated hues like this one, there is some variation between skeins that makes each one beautifully unique.
This Kumo Tiny Tassels Kit contains all the yarn you’ll need to make your very own soft, stunning shawl plus a Loop cotton bag. The pattern is available for free and there is a wonderful tutorial on making the tassels available for free as well.
If you love the shawl but want a slightly different look, why not check out the Fizz Wizz Tiny Tassel Kit, Qing Tiny Tassels Kit or the La Bien Aimée Cashmerino Tiny Tassels Kit. Or come to the shop and choose your very own yarns with help from our phenomenal Loopettes!
Another delivery of some of our favourite tools! Hikaru Noguchi’s brilliant designs never last long in the shop, but our latest crop of Handmade Darning Discs and Stitch Threaders went especially quickly. Not to worry, though! Both are back in stock. The Darning Disc will change the way you mend. It’s super easy and comfortable to work with either held in your hand or placed on a flat surface, and the drawstring will keep your work in place. And style meets substance in the sweet lamb-shaped needle threader, which has two hooks, one suitable to thread needles with cotton thread or laceweight yarn, and the other fit for up to sportweight yarn or thicker thread.
There’s more from Mette Mehlsen! We love everything she plant-dyes and this week we got more than 20 colours of her fabulous Mehlsen Naturally Dyed Singles. Mette’s love of craft began before she even learned to read, and her passion for plant dyes stems from a project she did with naturally dyed fabrics from the 1800s. These days she sources most of her dyeing materials near her home in the western part of Jutland, Denmark. Perfect for colourwork or fine knits, this organic wool will take you far.
We’re glad to be able to bring you more Beginner Knitting Evenings and Improvers Knitting Classes this autumn! These are tried and true Loop classes that help you get started knitting or take your stitches to the next level. The Beginner Knitting Evenings take place over two Thursday evenings and teach you all you need to know to get started knitting — the basic knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing, a few basic pattern stitches, casting off, and basic pattern reading. By the end you’ll be all set to plan and knit your first project! This autumn’s series will take place on 21 & 28 September and 19 & 26 October. The Improvers Knitting Classes are three-hour sessions for those who have mastered the basics and want to take on some more challenging stitches. We’ll cover striping and colour changing, mastering double-pointed needles, cabling, the kitchener stitch, and adding to your portfolio of cast-off methods to achieve different effects. Join us on Sunday 3 September or Sunday 8 October!