In the Loop Inc.
April 2015
In The Loop Newsletter

The Winter of 2014/2015, the gift that keeps on giving. So we broke the record for the greatest snowfall totals in Boston/Massachusetts since the 1800's, now it's time to Spring it On! Join us in April and May for four Spring Shawl Knit-a-longs on Saturday and Sundays, with an opportunity to meet some of the dyers and designers for these KAL's. 

With Easter upon us at the end of the week and Mother's Day fast approaching, we thought we would pass along some quick gift ideas. I was able to pick up some large mugs from Pottery Barn and some cream colored bowls in the clearance section at Marshals, along with spools of ribbons, which could easily be used for a Mother's Day or "any day" gift. Fill the bowl or cup with a special skein(s) of yarn, some needles and maybe a pair of small traveling scissors or stop by your local Stop and Shop or Nursery and grab a small pot of Muscari or Mini Daffodils and transplant them into the bowl or mugs as seen in the Craft Cafe Tutorial. 


Click on the tutorials below for the planters or Matelasse PomPom Bunnies

       The Craft Cafe DIY Spring Planters                                        Easter Bunny Softie Pattern


                                                   **********   PUG ALERT    ***********

If you were able to join us for Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill, then you were lucky enough to be a part of the launch of Hobbit Hollow's new soap line. The girls will be returning to In The Loop on Saturday April 11th, with their best sellers and some new fragrances. 
                                    Don't miss out, these disappear quickly!



These amazing Indie Dyers from Tolland Connecticut will be bringing their full line of yarns to purchase along with knitted samples, for you to model. Now is your chance to grab colors in N&K's Worsted and DK that we do not have or purchase their N&K Fingering and Sport (which we will be adding to our shelves in May). Help us decide what colors we need to add to our collection of the shop's hottest yarns for spring. 

Stop by and make a Nice & Knit purchase over $40 during their visit and be entered to win a Nice & Knit Knitter Bag ($20 retail value)

**Stage Coach, Loop, Mr. Pinkerson, Kite and Bracket Form will be on display for the KAL's along with (3) other shawls from Casapinka.

During the months of April and May, we will be hosting four KAL's celebrating Spring with shawls designed by Amy Christoffers, Casapinka, Ann Klimpert and Meghan Jackson. 

Saturday, April 18th kicks off our first KAL with Gold Rush by Amy Christoffers. We will be knitting with Romney Ridge Farms Willow or Farm Blend.
Materials: (4) skeins of Willow or Farm Blend
#7 32 or 40" circulars
This pattern is charted only so you need to be comfortable reading charts.
Kelly from Romney Ridge will be joining us for the KAL.

Sunday, April 26th Kite by Ann Klimpert
Materials: 340 yards of (2) colors Isager Alpaka 2 or JaggerSpun Heathers and 25 yards of scrap fingering for edging.
#7 32 ir 40" circulars
Come meet Ann Klimpert, who will be joining us for the KAL. 

Saturday, May 9th you can cast on either Loop or Mr. Pinkerson by Casapinka  

Mr. Pinkerson by Casapinka
Materials: Julie Asselin's Gradients (500 yards) and a solid fingering (400 yards) of your choice 
#4 and #6 32 or 40" circulars

Loop by Casapinka
Materials: (1) set of Phdeaux Mini's (enough for small or large shawl) with a solid fingering (400 yds for small and 650 for large) of your choice. 
#4 and #6 32 or 40" circulars
Bronwyn (Casapinka) will also be joining us for the KAL to help with any questions. 

Sunday, 31st Bracket Form by Meghan Jackson 
Materials: (2) cones of Ito Kinu held double or (3) Quince & Co Sparrow, for a spring feel. 
400 to 450 yards of any fingering of your choice
#4 32 or 40" circular

Saturday KAL's will be held from 1:30 to 3:30
Sunday KAL's will be held from 10:00 to Noon
Registration is required.

We will offer 15% off your yarn purchase for the KAL's (Quince yarns not included) when purchased PRIOR to the KAL date. 
To participate in our KAL's all that is required is:
-You must register in advance for the KAL
-Patterns must be purchased on Ravelry prior to KAL
-Yarns are purchased at In The Loop and wound prior to KAL date. We will not be winding yarn during KAL
-Attendees arrive on time for KAL with all necessary materials 
Please remember that KAL's are non-instructional and everyone is there to enjoy the company of their fellow knitters.


We're Going to Build a Bear
 Arne & Carlos Bamsen Teddy Bear 
(Teddy 6369) that is!

Date: Monday May 11th and 18th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00pm
Fee: $65.00 (yarn for body included but you will need to supply a small amount of fingering for the snout, eyes and mouth) 

Materials: (1) skein of Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos
Small amount of fingering in color of your choice for face
Remnants of Black of Gray Fingering for Eyes, Nose and Mouth
Darning Needle
#1 or #2 16 inch circular
#1 or #2 DPN's
or #1 or #2 40" circular for Magic Loop Method
Pattern is free on Ravelry. Click on the Teddy 6369 link above.

Bamsen was originally designed in A&C's latest book Norwegian Knits with a Twist but with the release of their new yarn from Schachenmayr, their instant Fair Isle yarn from Regia makes this bear a breeze to knit. 
Space is limited so please register/pay and pick up your yarn no later than April 8th. 

Celebrating it's fifth year, the GREAT RHODY YARN CRAWL  will run April 16th, 17th  and 18th. We have had several inquires as to our participation in the crawl but this is a Rhode Island tradition which remains steadfast. However, since many of our customers will be crawling and have planned a trip here to ITL as part of their crawl, we will be supporting and celebrating right along on Friday the 17th from 10-2 and Saturday the 18th from 10-4, by offering 15% off * to Crawlers with passports in hand, along with a special gift at your time of purchase. 
Make sure you check out the Fiber Artist Market Place on Sunday the 19th, from 10-4, at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol RI.
* Your passport must be presented at time of check out (we won't be stamping them but just checking to see you are participating) and discounts cannot be combined with any other offer and does not include speciality items, Quince and Company Yarns or PUG products.   

Spring It On!
What's hot on our needles for April

Coco Knits Everyday Wrap  (2) skeins of Leinen Los wool/linen blend  or (2) skeins of Juniper Moon Zooey cotton/linen blend will take you from spring to fall in Coco Knits revamped "ponchette". Pattern available on the Coco Knits website. 

Lambing Mitts by Veronika Jobe (1) skein of Peace Fleece Worsted for this simple, free, fingerless mitt pattern, available on Ravelry. 

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm (1) skein of Cascade Pima Cotton and (1) Ella Rae DK Print. We decided to spring up the hottest craze in knitting with a cotton version of the ZickZack. 
Pattern is free on Ravelry.

Maritime Cowl from Nice & Knit (1) skein each color Nice & Knit DK. 
Pattern available on Nice & Knit website. 



With all the talk of spring cleaning going on around the table in classes, I began thinking about the cleaning and purging stash. What is that skein without a label? What weight of yarn is that hank with a beautiful label and no gauge/needle information?

To figure this out, use the WPI (wraps per inch) technique. Here's how:

Wrap the yarn in question around a pencil, not too tightly. The strands of yarn should be touching not overlapping and no spaces. Next count the number of times the yarn is wrapped around the pencil in the first inch. This number will give you valuable information about the weight of your mystery yarn.

Lace                 WPI > 35
Fingering          WPI 19-22
Sport                WPI 15-18
DK                   WPI 12-14
Worsted           WPI 9-11
Bulky               WPI 7-8
Super Bulky     WPI < 6   



Save 20%
Are you celebrating a birthday in the month of April?
Clip this coupon and bring it in for a (one time only) 20% savings on anything in the shop during the month of April, excluding Quince & Company, already discounted or custom items, workshops,
classes or special events.


**We are very happy to celebrate your birthday with you by offering you these savings but we ask that this coupon be presented at time of check out during your birthday month only. Thank you for understanding. *Coupon may be redeemed in-shop only.

Offer Expires: April 30, 2015