Well, hello there. Welcome to Loops. The one-and-only, new, consolidated, bigger, even better, even loopier Loops at 61st & Yale in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This store has been nearly 10 years in the making. We invent, we grow, we learn, we reinvent. We add more spinning, more play, more fun. We add more comfort, more […]
Well, hello there. Welcome to Loops.
The one-and-only, new, consolidated, bigger, even better, even loopier Loops at 61st & Yale in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This store has been nearly 10 years in the making. We invent, we grow, we learn, we reinvent.
We add more spinning, more play, more fun.
We add more comfort, more community.
We fill it with more fashion, more style, more inspiration.
All of this came together in less than 2 weeks – and mostly in the last 48 hours. Here is what it looked like 2 days before we opened. I love this shot because it seems the guys are all doing yoga or worshiping some sort of spacecraft.
And in point of fact, none of this would have been possible without LOTS of prayers and LOTS of people! Especially Randy, the Wizard of Saws:
Sherri, who headed up the “Chain Gang” that created our window display out of Bravo Big yarn from My Mountain:
And of course, all of the amazing Loops Troops (some of whom are pictured here, and others who were too tired to stand up for the photo):
To paraphrase my shirt, WE CAN AND WE DID!
If you live near Tulsa, we hope you will come hang out, shop and stitch with us soon and often. If you live elsewhere, we hope you will plan a visit! The DoubleTree Warren Place is right across the street, and there are lots of great places to eat, shop and visit in KingsPointe Village and nearby. We are even putting together a Loops travel guide – keep an eye on our Facebook page for details! Because as Evi commented, yarn goddesses love to hunt down great LYS’s!
Looking so forward to our next decade of fiber, fashion and fun!
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Today we kick off a the 12 Yarns of Christmas with one of our favorite fast-knitting yarns: The fat, the fabulous Rowan Big Wool.
Gina R. loves Big Wool because it’s great for beginners. “It shows texture well and looks great when worked on big #17 needles. Fast and great results!” We all love that!
Gina designed one of her beginner patterns, the Appleseed Scarf, using Rowan Big Wool.
One of our other favorite patterns for Big Wool is the ever-popular GAPtastic Cowl, a free ravelry download. But I’ll let you in on a secret. Big Wool, which is spun from soft merino, is much softer, more durable and luxurious than the yarn called for in the GAPtastic pattern.
We also carry an alternative to Big Wool that’s wool, but not merino, so it’s not quite as soft. But it costs a bit less and is a great yarn nonetheless. It’s Cascade’s Lana Grande.
Big Wool and Lana Grande, together, helped me solve a little problem this season. See, my children have the most spectacular stockings, each needlepointed by their three great-aunts. These amazing aunts have made 18 of these mega-stockings for their relatives. Can you imagine?
Trouble is, next to these gorgeous handmade stockings, the little cheap store-bought ones that Brent and I have looked kinda sad. I feared that another Christmas would come and go without a new stocking for Brent. Then I spotted this at Gina H’s house:
Hooray – a handmade stocking fast enough to make by Christmas! And after just a little cajoling, Gina agreed to whip up a pattern. I picked out some blue Big Wool to coordinate with our other stockings, plus a marled Lana Grande for the contrast color. In just a few evenings, my first “Big Love Stocking” was born!
Here are some close-ups. It has the cutest little jingle bells on the jester-style tips of the cuff:
Gina has generously agreed to make this pattern free, with purchase of the yarn to make it, through Christmas, after which time it will by $5.99. Better yet, Big Wool is one of our 12 yarns of Christmas, which are on sale 20% off, now through the 24th! Shop our Big Wool selection at either Loops location or here on loopsknitting.com. Shop Lana Grande (not on sale but a great deal even at regular price), here.
Watch our Loops Facebook page every day from now until Christmas for info on our other 11 yarns of Christmas!
Sometimes, the coolest ideas just walk right through our front door at Loops.
Melanie came in wearing what first appeared to be an awesome sweater, but on closer examination, was an awesome shawl.
After we stopped oohing, aahing and possibly even drooling a little, she told us it was her own design, whipped up between shifts as an ER doctor in NYC. She kindly agreed to let us take photos.
And even more kindly, she agreed to share her pattern.
Despite my very large queue of holiday gift knitting, I began to obsess over this shawl. Melanie used a light worsted baby alpaca. So I found two great yarns in our stores that would fit the bill. Berroco Flicker is an extremely soft, airy alpaca blend with the tiniest flicker of sparkle – enough for a holiday party but also great for everyday wear with jeans. I was very, very tempted by the Violette blue (#3339).
Rowan Lima is also the perfect gauge and alpaca blend. I thought long and hard over using the off-white #890, which on closer inspection is a melange of creams with a touch of pale yellow. So pretty!
And then, my eyes landed this.
Could I really justify a fourth project in as many months with this luscious, cashmere/silk ArtYarns Ensemble Glitter Light? Well, it has 400 yards, which is just under the 2 skeins Melanie had for her project – and she had a bit left over. So the answer is, if I can get a whole shawl out of one skein, then YES, yes I can justify it!
I’ll keep ya’ll posted on the progress. Nancy came by yesterday while I was choosing yarn, and she decided to knit along with me. She chose the Lima (4 balls).
If you’d like to knit along with us, here is the pattern:
Yarn: 440 yards alpaca or alpaca blend
Needles: #15 24″ circular
Cast on 110 sts.
Knit 10 rows.
Begin 4-row box stitch repeat:
1. k15, *k2, p2, repeat from *, k last 15 sts
2. k15 , *p2 k2, repeat from *, k last 15 sts
3. k15, *p2, k2, repeat from *, k last 15 sts
4. k15,* k2, p2, repeat from *, k last 15
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length for shawl is reached.
Knit 10 rows. Bind off. Receive many compliments
Thanks again for sharing, Melanie!
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When I was little, one of my favorite picture books was about warm fuzzies. The book urged me to be the kind of person who gives lots of warm fuzzies, not cold pricklies.
Introducing “Friend or Faux.”
Is it real fur, or is it faux? With the amazing depth and richness of Prism Yarn’s hand-dyed colors, we defy you to tell the difference! And when I snuggle this cowl up against my neck, it feels just like when I was a little girl, burying my cheek in my grandmother’s fur coat.
The original cowl had been created by the Prism genius, Laura Bryant. However, it required two different needles, and was done in an allover K1, P1 rib which, frankly, is quite a pain when working with the Plume faux fur yarn. So I created my own version. Here is how to do it.
Friend or Faux Cowl
Using Plume and US #10, 24″ circular needles, cast on 78 stitches and join into round, placing a marker. Knit 12 rounds in Plume.
Change to Merino 12 and knit for 6 inches.
Switch back to Plume and work 12 rounds more. Bind off loosely. Lightly block if desired.
To purchase your Friend or Faux kit, click here.
Now, fair warning, this is not a cheap project. This is a treat to you, or someone you love. It’s a treat to knit, and a treat to wear with your favorite black coat, or denim jacket, or long boyfriend cardigan.
You may be tempted to recreate this with a lesser faux fur yarn. I’m telling you this as your friend – resist the urge. “Fun fur” and the like will never, no not ever, measure up. This is one time you should do it in the good stuff, or not at all.
That said, there is one other faux fur on the market that I love almost as much as the Plume. It’s Fourrure by Bergere. It is not hand-dyed, but it is incredibly soft and there is a nice array of colors. Match it up with one of our chunky yarns for the Merino 12 section, and you are good to go. Of course, we’re always here to help you make the perfect match.
Either way, the cowl will only take you an evening or two to knit up. And we promise, you’ll have a new best friend for your neck, sure to give you warm fuzzies for many winters to come.
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The knitters have spoken.
Loretta’s brilliant new scarf pattern will henceforth be titled the Effin Scarf. Thank you to all who voted in our blog naming contest. After eliminating the “write-in votes” (all very creative, thanks!), as well as the votes for Stupid Effin Scarf (an intrinsic tie), the final tally was 29 for Effin, and 14 for Stupid Scarf.
Originally, Loretta herself was somewhat opposed to Effin. However, after reading the last blog post, she was convinced by those who know her best – namely, her husband and both of her sisters – that Effin is the perfect choice!
For those of you who knit the scarf for minister’s wives, children or others with very tender ears, we have a suggestion. If they happen to see the title of the pattern, simply say that it’s a typo and it is really elfin scarf. You know, for cute little elves.
I am also pleased to announce the new pattern is now available in Loops stores and on Ravelry, here. It is only $3.99 and in many cases, takes only one skein of yarn!
Here is the Effin Scarf as modeled by Sarah. This is the Noro King version:
And here is Sarah, modeling the Lang Sol Dégradé version in orange/brown:
Here is Sarah’s friend Emily, wearing the Sol Dégradé version in Blue:
Thank you Sarah (hope it has an “h”) and Emily, for letting me snag you out of the South store for these impromptu pics! Now, here’s Loretta’s niece, Lindsey, modeling the Alchemy Silken Straw version that she had on the needles in the scarf video. Just one skein! Lindsey already made off with this version, so Loretta will be buying more Silken Straw to make one for herself and probably her daughter, too.
Lang Sol Dégradé (Loretta used 1 skein for the blue version shown, and barely went into a 2nd skeins for the orange/brown): At both Loops and online here.
Noro King, one skein, at Loops Utica and coming in the next day or so to our online store here.
Alchemy Silken Straw, one skein, online here and at Loops Utica (more colors coming online soon).
Louet Euroflax (Utica and online here) and Blue Ridge Linen (South), one skein. More Euroflax colors will be online in the next day.
Remember, if you need a certain color or want guidance, the Loops Troops are happy to help you pick the perfect skein – just call us at 1-877-LOOPSOK or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for the moment you’re all waiting for…the big winner of our blog contest. “dskba” voted for the Stupid Effin Scarf. dskba, you win a pattern and a skein of Noro Taiyo Sock yarn! Please email email@example.com with your email, phone, and which store you would like to pick up your prize from. Congrats!
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