According to Vogue Knitting, knitting is the new yoga for men! Well, I like to think so myself, even though I would say that crocheting is the new Pilates?
My Mum taught me how to knit when I was little and I still remember how we sat together in the living room, the TV running in the background and me fighting with the loops or stitches not being of equal consistency and thus my scarf having a rather different width...
Fast forward twenty some years and I'm finding myself on the sofa again. This time I'm crocheting a beanie...and this time my loops are much more consistent. I guess some skills improve with age.
For my various projects I love coming to Loop, as they have a wonderful selection of different yarns and knitting gear such as needles, tutorials etc. I also find the staff very friendly, helpful and above all knowledgeable.
Tip for all beginners: check out some great tutorials on YouTube. This is where I learned to crochet. I love the Internet for that!
Little shop tucked away on an interesting street.
Lots to choose from but I didn't see much in the way of local dyers and the staff wasn't unfriendly, but also didn't seem like they wanted to help either. Maybe I just caught them at a busy time?
Go try it...nothing to loose.
I don't go to loop enough, but that is probably a good thing as I would end up spending so much money on wool and needles and that would not be good!!
If you have knitting/crochet needs, this is def the place to go. They stock lots and lots of wool.. lace wool, sock wool, merino, silk, alpaca, basic wool, tweed, and loads of colours. Prices range from about £4.50 per ball to at least £35 for super dooper yarn (I haven't quite ventured to those lofty heights yet!).
And the staff are extremely helpful, they will advise on the most basic of questions, even help you out with any knitting queries.
I'm pretty sure they have classes in the month and there is a knit and natter once a week if you fancy it!!
A must for any knitter!!
Lovely little yarn shop.
They were so helpful when I called them in a panic from NY, right before my London flight, looking for a particular dye lot to complete a last-minute Christmas gift. They put it on hold and it was waiting for me the next day.
Such a bright and vibrant little shop. Extremely inspiring, and full of too many things i want. What really caught my eye were some chunky turquoise knitting needles! Lucky me, my friend bought them as a christmas pressie, so i have to wait a bit, but they are worth it!
The staff seemed very friendly, and didn't mind me taking lots of photos! They didn't have the wool i wanted, but it does seem rather hard to find so i wasn't surprised. This shop is a good excuse to visit Upper street!
I was delighted to find the location of a yarn shop in Islington while surfing the internet. I decided to venture out there this pass rainy Saturday. I walked down Cross Street and kept looking up under my umbrella thinking that I had missed it, but luckily they had a sign on the sidewalk or else I would've strolled right by. The building is tucked next to a larger building, so without the sign it might've been easy to miss.
I was happy to find it (and get out of the rain). It's a tiny shop, but has an extraordinary selection of... anything and everything yarn/knitting/crochet related. There is literally a wall of yarn--they'll gladly climb up a ladder to help you grab the skeins on the higher shelves. Though the cashmere is a bit pricey, I couldn't help but cuddle up to it.
Loop also has plenty of books and kits, whether you're a newbie knitter or an experienced crocheter. I was also excited to see that they sell Lantern Moon needles. They're fancy (and strong) knitting needles made with rosewood from Vietnam. I had never seen them in store before. They carry plenty of haberdashery from recognizable brands such as Clover, Susan Bates, and Boye.
Not only do they sell all this awesome haberdashery, they also sell items by textile artists. I smiled when I saw a set of beautiful vases by Annette Bugansky (cockpitarts.com). She hand makes lovely knitted textured ceramics. There were also intricately knitted blankets, gloves, and scarves for sale by other artists randomly placed throughout the store. Classes are also available, so check their schedule online.
Overall my experience here was very pleasant. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, though it got a bit crowded in there on a Saturday afternoon. I walked out with some Susan Bates crochet needles and Rowan DK wool for an upcoming crochet session (enough for 5 people). And the damage was less than £20!
A decent selection of yarns. A small store, but incredibly friendly and chatty staff.
As an American in London, the prices seem super high to me, but they're in line with yarn prices everywhere in London. The 2 gals working when I was in were helpful and searched through some unclaimed special orders to fulfill my wish of colour of Malabrigo (mmm). And they bumped me up to the next level with my punch card as I was quite close. I'll definitely be back!
This is the best knitting shop in London. Its pretty hidden off Upper Street in Islington, but its worth coming here for any supplies that you might need. You can discuss the pattern you want to make, buy one of their many books on the subject, choose from the many varieties of yarn, and you're set!!
Should you get stuck though, they even have a free session where they help you out with your knots and loops! Along with cake and tea of course. There are also a variety of classes on crochet, knitting experiments, and basic knitting.
I love the yarn here, I got a gorgeous fire red variety of wool from South Africa that I'm making a Christmas scarf for. Who you ask?! Lets see how it turns out...
Having been to three different stores before finding out about this store, I was excited to find a knitting shop so close to my house. I'd been looking for 10 mm knitting needles and also 12 mm knitting needles with no luck in John Lewis, Liberty and All The Fun Of The Fair so I decided to visit this shop in hope of finding them, and that I did but alas the prices were a little steep compared to John Lewis and Liberty and even All The Fun Of The Fair so I had to leave it and resort to eBay!
It's a cute little shop but quite pricey. Friendly staff, and quite helpful but if you're a poor student, like myself and knitting for the fun of it then it's a bit too expensive.
I'm very excited to have found this place. I've been getting back into knitting recently but hadn't really discovered one store that has it all: bamboo needles, books with pattern you'd actually want to wear, variegated yarns..until i came here.
I was looking for a particular Debbie Bliss book that I'd seen in America and not only did I find it here amongst her whole range, but I picked up a Louis Harding book too, a designer who marries wool with high fashion - yes, it IS possible!. I'm a big fan of Alpaca wool, so I bought a few balls of Frog Tree for £5 each and some lovely picture buttons from the haberdashery section. There's a lot of classes you can take here too, a very relaxing way to unwind and meet like-minded knitting freaks.
I adore Loop. Yes, it's at the pricer end of yarn stores but it's a fairly acrylic-free zone and if you want cashmere you'll have to shell out the pennies for it.
If at all possible, visit during the week as it gets so crowded at the weekends. One baby buggy in there and the place is impenetrable.
Good stockist of notions and needles and artisan yarn. There's a loyalty card and staff are good about calling you back when out of stock products become available again. Some classes are held downstairs too.
A lovely knitting shop in Islington. They have a great selection of yarns, from designers like Rowan to more unusual, hand spun yarns.
Its really nicely done, and feels really homely and well stocked.
They are really friendly, and run a clinic on Saturdays where you can bring your projects in for help if you have gone wrong.
The classes they do are really excellent. They do begginner and more advanced classes and the teachers are great.
Definately worth a visit if you are into kniting/crochet, or if you want to learn
Loop Knitting has only just moved location. As of 19 June 2010 they are no longer at 41 Cross Street, but 15 Camden Passage, closer to Angel tube station than before (very handy!).
Directions (because the map marker is still in the old place as at time of writing):
Come out of Angel tube station, walk straight ahead as if going towards Essex Road, stay on the right. Pass the York pub, you will be in Islington High Street (I never saw such an itsy bitsy 'High Street'! It's a short stretch of cobble stoned mews like street, running parallel to Upper Street and completely undeserving of the High Street name) - walk on until Islington High Street makes a short sharp turn to the left: leading off from that short sharp turn is Camden Passage. Walk straight ahead, Loop's new location is three shops from that corner on your left - opposite the Pierrepont Arcade. Easy!
The new shop is wonderful. There are two floors of selling space (yay!) with the stockroom above and obviously out of bounds. The ground floor holds laceweight and sock yarn weights as well as lots of accessories. The first floor sports the DKs and chunkier wools, also books (under the stairs) and other accessories.
I love that paper mache figure in the corner with its blonde hair and mischievous look!
There is a big comfy sofa on the first floor (other seating is dotted throughout) so I am not sure if there may be a knitting group or any workshops or similar be taking place in future, I'm afraid I forgot to ask - not difficult to do during the melee and sad crush that was the re-opening!
It was fun!
This place is ace!
It's jam packed with beautiful yarns and craft paraphernalia and best of all, really friendly helpful staff.
Everything is well designed. I noticed some great local events being advertised in the window.
Word on the street is that they run a Knitting SOS - a much needed support group for knitting mishaps and perhaps those needing some needle recovery...
As sock knitting is the craze du jour, I have been reliably informed that you can pop in for some expert instruction when your Magic Loop goes horribly, horribly wrong. Like mine has.
Be warned. I thought knitting would be an integral and nostalgic part of my credit crunching, money saving drive.
However, I walked away having committed some heinous credit card abuse. It's all too easily done.
Although I no longer live in Islington, I have been known to make trips back just for Loop. Situated a fair trek from both Angel and Highbury & Islington stations, you might want to hop on a 73 or 38 bendy bus up the road from Angel a bit (that hill can be wearing if you're already tired).
The yarn in here is so beautiful that I actually just want to throw myself into it and rummage around like a small animal. I have been known to buy things on the basis that the colour was pretty, or it was soft. Nice.
The shop is enormously friendly, and although rarely busy, the only downside is that an Islington yummy mummy may be totally blocking any hope you have of getting to see anything with her double buggy and little darlings.
My major recommendation for Loop is that you know what you need and don't allow yourself to be distracted by shiny things!
I made the mistake of thinking as a non knitter I would be able to cope. I was wrong. The overpowering scent of wool mad ladies and their serious pattern needs almost tipped me over the edge. I left just in time to retain my dignity and my sanity. Non knitting partners, you have been warned
Loop is a yarn boutique and serious knitters understand what they have here. It's difficult to compare to a department store, because Loop carries the local indie dyers that are hard to find. I raced the clock to reach their locked doors; they must have understood the wild knitter look in my eyes, because they unlocked it for me and gave me three minutes. When I uttered the magic words, "souvenir yarn" they pointed me to the Old Maiden Aunt bin. I had been tipped ahead of time that they stocked Wollmeise and they had a nice selection of that yarn. Very nice service; too bad I didn't get to spend much more time in the store but liked what I saw.
Really nice little shop in such a cute, unassuming spot. Their products are of very high quality and are appreciated by a customer base of very seasoned knitters (I could tell by the shoppers while I was in there). The only problem for me is.....the price! It's REALLY expensive! I'm a huge fan of Honor Parry in Battersea and can't really wrap my head around paying nearly double the prices, especially since Loop is lacking Honor Parry's most valuable asset- the little shop keeper woman!
Loop is a very nice shop to poke around in if you're in Islington, but honestly I'm not sure how people can afford to shop here on a regular basis. That said, I bought some gorgeous green alpaca yarn (grand total of nearly £15) but don't plan on revisiting again too soon...unless of course I get a massive pay raise!
The main plus for this sweet and stylish little knitting shop is its presentation. Light, bright and airy with wool piled on shelves in a tactile display and friendly service from knowledgeable knitters this is a great shop for any Islingtonian's knitting needs. Whilst not as Alice-in-Wonderland magical as the brilliant Prick Your Finger, Loop reflects the area it is in and the type of more yuppified customer it is likely to attract here on Cross Street.
Loop is an adorable boutique which primarily sells balls of wool. I use this store to pick up fibres for my scrap-booking projects and they have the best selection of unusual yarns I've found in London. Most of them are sourced internationally and there's a wide selection of materials too. It's slightly off the beaten track hidden in a residential area but well worth a visit. As well as the wools they sell all sorts of crochet and knitting supplies, books, toys and clothing.
I love this place. It's really quite small, but if you like your yarns, you will spend a lot of time fondling the wool and lusting over the knitting accessories.
The choice of yarns was so much better than anything I can get in my home town and the staff were friendly. Even the customers talk to one another and discuss their latest projects and offer advice.
A must for knitters and crocheters.
This is one of my favourite shops in London. As it is just a short bus ride from my place of work I can pop up there when I'm having a bad day and come out feeling ready to face the world again. I learnt to knit as a child and my obsession kinda waned in the face of young motherhood (I mean when the kids were young rather than myself sadly) but I recently decided it was time to start up again and to find somewhere like Loop makes it all the easier. I have even been on a knitting course there to learn new techniques. Check them out at loop.gb.com .
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