Squishy, Soft, and Super Warm — We Love Zakami!
There’s nothing quite like a chunky yarn. Tactile even before it’s knit or crocheted, and only improving once on the needles or the hook, chunky yarn is one of life’s true pleasures. And Zakami Merino Chunky has to be one of the best out there.
Zakami is a really lovely indie dyer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Husband and wife team Melinda and Gergely along with their infant daughter have dedicated years to studying everything there is to know about the yarn-making process. And boy are we happy to reap the rewards of all they’ve learned.
Zakami Merino Chunky is a plied chunky yarn, and our stock is dyed exclusively for Loop. Super squishy, just as you’d expect from a chunky yarn, and really wonderfully soft, just as you’d expect from a merino. Plus warm to boot. We absolutely adore all of these phenomenal colours, some of which are solid and some of which have a marled effect. The colour “Sea Whip” is a particular favourite, a Loop Pink that’s exclusive to our shop!
Two of our favourite Loop patterns are absolutely perfect for this chunky yarn. The Grant Scarf designed by Juju Vail for Loop and the Cecelia Cowl by Rachel Atkinson (the founder of Daughter of a Shepherd). The Grant Scarf is our go-to chevron scarf and it’s perfect if you can’t choose between the many gorgeous colours of Zakami Merino Chunky as it’s designed to use multiple colours. The Cecelia Cowl is a fantastically quick pattern that uses a skein very efficiently, but for this yarn you’ll want to use 10mm needles rather than the 12mm specified in the pattern.
Zakami Merino Chunky is a superwash yarn so it can be laundered in the machine, though Loop always recommends hand-washing for the best results. The skeins we carry are 150g, so they’re equivalent to a skein and a half of other yarns.
Time to dust off our very special Aimée Gille klaxon! One of our favourite yarn-makers and knitwear designers has curated another collection and we are so excited to launch it at Loop on 28 and 29 April. Our Launch Event for La Bien Aimée Neons + Neutrals will be split over two days: On the evening of Friday 28 April, Aimée of La Bien Aimee and Jonna Hietala of Laine Publishing will join us for a cosy and casual evening of knitting or crocheting and chatting, and more friends including Layla of Qing Fibres will join us throughout the weekend. Please note this evening event will have limited space and you will need to book in advance. We’ll have drinks and nibbles in the evening. Then on Saturday 29 April the pair will join us again for an exclusive shopping time with juice and French patisserie and a Neons + Neutrals trunk show and a celebration of some of Loop’s favourite knits with LBA yarns, like Cashmerino Tiny Tassels, On the Spice Market, and the Uptown Shawl. The morning shopping session will be ticketed separately from the Friday event, and the shop and trunk show will then open to the public from 2pm. All ticket holders for Friday and Saturday will also get a specially designed Loop drawstring project bag. Hope to see you there!
We love this lovely crochet book! Anna Nikipirowicz’s beautiful nature-inspired motifs in Embroidered Crochet are totally wonderful and whimsical. They’re just the ticket to add something really special to your crochet, and this book has absolutely everything you need to confidently execute these really special pieces. Each of the 10 projects have a step-by-step guide to both the crochet and embroidery pattern, plus there are detailed introductions to the materials and methods of both crochet and embroidery. Each pattern has a corresponding transfer or chart for the embroidery pattern that you can very simply iron on to your finished crochet as a guide. There’s a handy pocket in the back of the book to keep transfers safe. Many of these gorgeous embroidery designs would work on knit fabrics as well, so if you aren’t totally confident in your crochet there’s still plenty of inspiration! We can’t wait to get stuck in!
The thing about our favourite garments is that they usually end up being our most-worn garments, and the thing about our most-worn garments is that they usually end up being our most-torn garments. Katrina Rodabaugh to the rescue! In two separate Visible Mending Class sessions on Sunday 2 April, Katrina will teach you the basics of stitching and patching before helping participants mend a favourite pair of jeans, linen shirt, or family quilt. Join us from 10 am to 12 pm or from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to start your visible mending journey!
When Laine Publishing’s 52 Weeks of Easy Knits first hit our shelves, it flew off faster than you can say knit-one-purl-one. We’re delighted to say it’s back in stock and as ready for cast-on as ever. Equally suited to beginners and experienced knitters who want an easy-going meditative knit, this book has tons of ideas for fabulous garments that you will be super proud to wear out on the town. These hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, socks, and cardigans also make great gifts — and they won’t end up in the bottom of the recipient’s drawer, never to be seen again. A real treasure trove of knitted delights. Thank you Laine!
All Hue Loco yarns are on sale while supplies last! These phenomenal yarns from Colorado in the US are truly a sight to behold and we have adored having them in the shop. 50s Merino Sets and Merino DK are such lovely yarns to work with and this team of women has such creative ideas. Get some skeins before they’re gone!
Don’t forget you can get discounted tickets to The Stitch Festival using the code LOOPKNIT23 for £2 off standard adult or concession tickets booked before 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 March. The Stitch Festival will be at the Business Design Centre in Angel from 23 to 26 March. Crochet, sewing, knitting, dressmaking, embroidery, textile art, and needlecraft will all be on display. Unfortunately this code won’t work for child, VIP, or group tickets and won’t be valid for tickets on Sunday 26 March. See you there!