Strolling Down the Garden Path with New Welcome to My Garden Mitts!
This week we’re welcoming to Loop a brand new kit for the “Welcome to My Garden Mitts” and just like the winter bulbs they represent, they’re the perfect piece of joy to knit on a winter’s night!
Designed by Laura Menéndez, owner of the yarn shop Mimosa Cafe Lanar in Asturias in the north of
Spain and knit with Biches & Bûches Le Petit Lambswool, these mittens are soft yet rustic and oh so lovely. They’ll warm your heart, they’ll warm your hands, they’ll warm the winter! Laura designed the Welcome to My Garden Mitts based on the winter bulbs in her garden. Just a bit of colour and hope at this quiet and dark time of year. The joy they’ll bring will be just like the joy of winter flowers, even if you don’t have a garden to grow them in.
The Welcome to My Garden Mitts Kit has two options: a mitten version or a fingerless version. Both are included in the PDF pattern, which will be emailed to you when you buy the kit. This pattern has fabulous support, with videos explaining the different techniques. The kit includes one ball of Le Petit Lambswool, the pattern, a Loop cotton project bag of course, and a KnitPro wave crochet hook that’s perfect for the flower embroidery.
Speaking of the flower embroidery, the yarn for the flowers is the one bit of these mittens that isn’t included. That’s because Laura wants to encourage you to use gorgeous leftover bits from your stash or special new mini skeins you love. Mohair also works really well for these.
Best of all, you should be able to get two pairs of mittens out of the one ball of yarn contained in the Welcome to My Garden Mitts Kit. Or instead you can use what you have leftover from the first pair to make some flowers with the main colour yarn.
December is here and the holiday spirit has fully arrived! We love love love this time of year, especially in Camden Passage, our cosy little corner of London, which always looks so joyful and festive. It’s also a time of year when we have an excuse to give beautiful things to the people we love, or get something extra special for ourselves. Some of our very favourite little haberdashery bits are perfect for this time of year, like The Knitting Barber’s Jingle Bell Stitch Markers, which come in a set of 10 with a candy cane progress keeper to boot. This year we also introduced our Loop Haberdashery Bird Tins with Stitch Markers, which were part of our Christmas boxes and are now available to purchase à la carte. This decorated tin made just for us comes with 10 plain markers and a swallow charm progress keeper, and there’s plenty of room to add your own favourite haberdashery items. And of course nothing makes a knit feel festive like a very special project bag. Our 2023 Loop Holiday Project Bags are on their way now, with our special dove of peace emblem and a festive feel. These are perfect for keeping holiday knits together or to use as re-usable wrapping this season! If you’re still stumped, you can always check out our Gifts section, which has ideas for crocheters, knitters, haberdashery lovers, and more — plus a corner just for Winter Holiday Gift ideas.
From Beatrix Potter to Kate Bush, join British knitwear designer Susan Crawford on a journey through 24 knits inspired by the real and fictional women who have influenced her. Echoes is out today from Laine Publishing and we’re thrilled to sit down and stitch with the authors, musicians, activists, gardeners, and more who Susan pays tribute to in this unique volume. With patterns for cardigans, sweaters, vests, jackets, a dress, shawls, socks, hats, mittens, a blanket, and even a tie, this book is a beautiful homage to the continuing impact of others on each of us, and the layers of inspiration that are passed from generation to generation.
We have a gorgeous new colour of Sophie Digard’s Crocheted bag with Puffy Embroidered Flower Stems. This is a really special and unique hand-crafted piece that will be such a lovely addition to any ensemble. We love Sophie’s work so much and it’s always such a joy to see what she can do with the incredible materials she uses. The puffy felted wool flowers with embroidered embellishments that adorn this bag are such an original Sophie touch, and the base of the bag and centre of each flower is hand-crocheted with the loveliest wool.
Judit Gummlich’s hit book Embroidery on Knits is back in stock! We’re so glad you all love this book as much as we do. There are so many fantastic ideas for how to embellish your knits, and no matter what you’re knitting for this holiday season Judit is sure to have an idea that will take your project to the next level. It would also make a fantastic gift for a crafter on your list. Maybe you could even put together a gorgeous package of Embroidery on Knits and some of our fantastic embroidery tools and threads.
With the holidays upon us, we’re happy to say we’ll extend our opening hours to 11am to 6pm (opening half an hour earlier and closing half an hour later) from Wednesday 13 December to Sunday 17 December and from Wednesday 20 December to Saturday 23 December. We’ll be closed from 24 to 28 December, open 29 and 30 December, and then closed again for New Year. There’s more information about our opening times and holiday hours on our Visit Us page. You can see our full list of last shipping dates here — the first deadline is 13 December for International Tracked Services, Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Bulgaria, Caribbean, China, Far and Middles East, New Zealand, Norway, and Portugal.
Enjoy the weekend!