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🧶 Our crochet queen

It was 3am, in the wee hours before we opened our 3rd Loops location, at 61st and Yale in Tulsa. We’d all been in a mad rush for months, as we wound down two smaller locations, moved everything into storage. and built out the new store. Sherri Torrez had been crocheting chain-link rings for weeks…
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🧶 Bobbin and weavin’ with Nancy

Recently, I was scrolling the ‘gram and something grabbed my eye. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Then I glanced at the account and saw that it was @nancymarchantbrioche – none other than Nancy Marchant from Knit Stars Season 2… I reached out and asked if we could zoom and catch up, so she…
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🧶Goody goody gift time

Welcome to your Sunday, ! How will you use the gift of this day to fuel your creativity? Well for starters, we’ve put together a little goody bag as a gift with purchase this week. Everything on our site is 30% off right now, and when you order $100 or more we will include these…
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🧶 Solitary refinement

The last couple weeks I had some extended time to myself for the first time in a couple of years. After two weeks of traveling around for work (from Florida to Texas for Luke’s job, then to Tulsa for mine), he was called back to Nacogdoches, TX for another unspecified length of time. Having slept…
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🧶 Summer’s sock-tacular new book!

There’s nothing quite like opening the box with the first printed copy of your very own book. It’s difficult to explain the swarm of emotions. Excitement and exhaustion. Relief and trepidation. Not unlike giving birth…you’re so proud of what you’ve made, and you’re holding your breath as you prepare for it to go out into…
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🧶Getting the Nac of it

Hello from Nacogdoches, Texas, a.k.a. “Nac!” 🤠 Yes, you read that right. After several idyllic months working from paradise in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Hot Luke’s work has brought us to East Texas for a spell. It might be a week…or it might turn into a month or two…or longer. We got word of this…
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🧶What to do with those gauge squares

Visible Mending, directed by Samantha Moore, © BFI / MediaActive Projects 2023 I first met Lorna Hamilton Brown during Knit Stars Season 6. Often when we film our Knit Stars Masterclasses, we’ll arrange for another expert to be present on set with the Star, to provide an extra set of eyes and to act as…
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🧶Your shiny new Sunday yarns

Happy New Year and a happy new newsletter look for you, ! As promised, we’ve re-thought and renamed the newsletter I’ve written every week for the past 18 years. We’ll still be doing what I love most: telling stories and sharing curated project ideas from across the yarn world. But as we shift our focus…
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🧶A seed…and growing together

A Yarn Story in 3 Chapters Chapter 3 Dear faithful reader, Eighteen years ago I planted a seed…a humble little yarn store with a big dream. To honor the craft that’s given me so much joy, and to share that joy with other like-minded people. Like everything that grows, so much has evolved over those…
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🧶Alonso, vicuña, and carrot soup

Today I’d like to introduce you to Alonso (the man, not the baby alpaca :)) Five years ago, I met Alonso in Arequipa, Peru, where we were filming what would become the first double-header workshop release of Knit Stars Masterclass Season 4. I first met Alonso briefly when we arrived for our first day of…
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🧶A Yarn Story: Chapter 1

First, thank you for all of the kind responses to last week’s story about the fearless Corinne. I had so much fun putting that together, and am hoping to do more profiles like that in the future, so you can keep getting to know your amazing, fellow community members. And second, today I have a…
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🧶Meet the fearless Corinne

Corinne: “Hello?” Me: “Hi Corinne! Am I pronouncing your name right?” Corinne: “Yes. Wait…who is this. It sounds like…Shelley?” Me: (laughing) “It IS Shelley! How did you know?” Corinne: (laughing now too) “I was watching Ginnifer Goodwin’s workshop yesterday, and you talk a lot in it…so I recognized your voice! But why are you calling…
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🧶The story of the cracked pot

Hi from somewhere in Nebraska, where we celebrated Thanksgiving with Hot Luke’s extended fam. Dear reader, I hope this email finds you rested and relaxing after a busy week. A couple weeks ago, after a particularly challenging hot yoga session where I had been a bit disappointed in my balance and “performance” that day, my…
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🧶How far would you walk uphill for inspiration?

When Olga Buraya-Kefelian @olgajazzy was growing up in Belarus, she would save up money each month to buy a Cosmopolitan magazine. She and her mother, a seamstress, would pore over the pages together. They couldn’t afford to buy the clothes, but her mom would sew and Olga would knit. Then Olga married her enlisted spouse, and…
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🧶A tale of two hats

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had more hat-making mishaps than any other kind of yarn disaster. There was the time I didn’t swatch, and ended up with a hat so big it came down past my nose (remember Mushmouth from Fat Albert?) And the time I used the wrong yarn, so my brim…
Read More

🧶 Our crochet queen

It was 3am, in the wee hours before we opened our 3rd Loops location, at 61st and Yale in Tulsa. We’d all been in a mad rush for months, as we wound down two smaller locations, moved everything into storage. and built out the new store. Sherri Torrez had been crocheting chain-link rings for weeks…
Read More

🧶 Bobbin and weavin’ with Nancy

Recently, I was scrolling the ‘gram and something grabbed my eye. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Then I glanced at the account and saw that it was @nancymarchantbrioche – none other than Nancy Marchant from Knit Stars Season 2… I reached out and asked if we could zoom and catch up, so she…
Read More

🧶Goody goody gift time

Welcome to your Sunday, ! How will you use the gift of this day to fuel your creativity? Well for starters, we’ve put together a little goody bag as a gift with purchase this week. Everything on our site is 30% off right now, and when you order $100 or more we will include these…
Read More

🧶 Solitary refinement

The last couple weeks I had some extended time to myself for the first time in a couple of years. After two weeks of traveling around for work (from Florida to Texas for Luke’s job, then to Tulsa for mine), he was called back to Nacogdoches, TX for another unspecified length of time. Having slept…
Read More

🧶 Summer’s sock-tacular new book!

There’s nothing quite like opening the box with the first printed copy of your very own book. It’s difficult to explain the swarm of emotions. Excitement and exhaustion. Relief and trepidation. Not unlike giving birth…you’re so proud of what you’ve made, and you’re holding your breath as you prepare for it to go out into…
Read More

🧶Getting the Nac of it

Hello from Nacogdoches, Texas, a.k.a. “Nac!” 🤠 Yes, you read that right. After several idyllic months working from paradise in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Hot Luke’s work has brought us to East Texas for a spell. It might be a week…or it might turn into a month or two…or longer. We got word of this…
Read More

🧶What to do with those gauge squares

Visible Mending, directed by Samantha Moore, © BFI / MediaActive Projects 2023 I first met Lorna Hamilton Brown during Knit Stars Season 6. Often when we film our Knit Stars Masterclasses, we’ll arrange for another expert to be present on set with the Star, to provide an extra set of eyes and to act as…
Read More

🧶Your shiny new Sunday yarns

Happy New Year and a happy new newsletter look for you, ! As promised, we’ve re-thought and renamed the newsletter I’ve written every week for the past 18 years. We’ll still be doing what I love most: telling stories and sharing curated project ideas from across the yarn world. But as we shift our focus…
Read More

🧶A seed…and growing together

A Yarn Story in 3 Chapters Chapter 3 Dear faithful reader, Eighteen years ago I planted a seed…a humble little yarn store with a big dream. To honor the craft that’s given me so much joy, and to share that joy with other like-minded people. Like everything that grows, so much has evolved over those…
Read More

🧶Alonso, vicuña, and carrot soup

Today I’d like to introduce you to Alonso (the man, not the baby alpaca :)) Five years ago, I met Alonso in Arequipa, Peru, where we were filming what would become the first double-header workshop release of Knit Stars Masterclass Season 4. I first met Alonso briefly when we arrived for our first day of…
Read More

🧶A Yarn Story: Chapter 1

First, thank you for all of the kind responses to last week’s story about the fearless Corinne. I had so much fun putting that together, and am hoping to do more profiles like that in the future, so you can keep getting to know your amazing, fellow community members. And second, today I have a…
Read More

🧶Meet the fearless Corinne

Corinne: “Hello?” Me: “Hi Corinne! Am I pronouncing your name right?” Corinne: “Yes. Wait…who is this. It sounds like…Shelley?” Me: (laughing) “It IS Shelley! How did you know?” Corinne: (laughing now too) “I was watching Ginnifer Goodwin’s workshop yesterday, and you talk a lot in it…so I recognized your voice! But why are you calling…
Read More

🧶The story of the cracked pot

Hi from somewhere in Nebraska, where we celebrated Thanksgiving with Hot Luke’s extended fam. Dear reader, I hope this email finds you rested and relaxing after a busy week. A couple weeks ago, after a particularly challenging hot yoga session where I had been a bit disappointed in my balance and “performance” that day, my…
Read More

🧶How far would you walk uphill for inspiration?

When Olga Buraya-Kefelian @olgajazzy was growing up in Belarus, she would save up money each month to buy a Cosmopolitan magazine. She and her mother, a seamstress, would pore over the pages together. They couldn’t afford to buy the clothes, but her mom would sew and Olga would knit. Then Olga married her enlisted spouse, and…
Read More

🧶A tale of two hats

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had more hat-making mishaps than any other kind of yarn disaster. There was the time I didn’t swatch, and ended up with a hat so big it came down past my nose (remember Mushmouth from Fat Albert?) And the time I used the wrong yarn, so my brim…
Read More

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🧶Knitting and the north…pole?

Sometimes our Stars have hobbies outside of fiber arts that surprise us in the best possible way. During our pre-production meeting with upcoming Season 8 Star Hélène Magnússon, I casually asked what she does when she’s not knitting up gorgeous traditional Icelandic lopi sweaters. Her answer surprised and delighted us. “Well, there’s the pole!” Hélène…
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🧶Sneaking in stitches

Have you ever snuck away to a hiding place to knit, dear reader? The car…the craft closet…maybe even the bathroom? When my kids were small, I would make deals with myself. I’d allow myself to knit after all the laundry was done (but is laundry really ever done???) or if I got the kids in…
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🧶Your closet’s new favorite accessory

A few months ago, Sophie took the world by storm. It was easy to see why. She was classically chic. Feminine. And simple, in the best possible way. Photo by PetiteKnit The Sophie Scarf by PetiteKnit is worked back and forth from tip to tip, in simple garter stitch (all knit stitches) with an easy,…
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🧶 A rookie mistake we can all learn from

Hello dear reader, This is so embarrassing! After 30 years of knitting sweaters – due to an absolute brain fart – I made a rookie mistake and had to completely start over on my Balloon Cardigan. 🤦‍♀️ I know a bunch of you have cast on to make your own beautiful Balloon Cardi along with…
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🧶Is it time to make your mark?

  What’s on your summer reading list right now? I just finished up “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus which was a fun and feminist beach-read break from my usual nonfiction reads. To me, the long, lazier days of summer are a great time to depart from the norm and read something you wouldn’t usually…
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🧶Cast on with me?

  Hot Luke and I are not moving to Montana, y’all. Not that there’s anything wrong with Montana. It’s just that, for more than a year, we’ve lived in a 300-sq-ft temporary space in South Florida where I didn’t know a soul, and he left each morning before sunrise and returned after sunset from the…
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🧶Summertime and the knittin’ is easy

  This past week, I was in Tulsa, hanging out with the awesome Flagship crew. If you haven’t been in lately to chat with my kind and helpful teammates, pet the new Hot Loops projects and get a heapin’ helpin’ of inspiration, you’re overdue! ⏰ To give our team a bit more ease and flow…
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🧶Fabulousness and Fuwa Fuwa

If you take nothing else away from this week’s newsletter, let it be this: Go follow the fabulous Nancy Ricci @gettingpurlywithit. This woman knows how to squeeze the most juice out of life! For the online debut of the new Hot Loops Wall collection last week, Nancy put on a knockout black gown and mixed…
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🧶The new Hot Loops Wall is here! 🔥

It all started 18 years ago this week, with a dream and an idea. A dream to build a more modern, friendlier yarn shop. And an idea to build a whole wall of yarn where you could find a great project, fast. Last night we debuted our 35th Hot Loops Wall. And thanks to the…
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🧶 Ode to a reluctant model

This week, as we’re scurrying around preparing to reveal our 37th Hot Loops project wall… The “OG” Hot Loops model is graduating from college. Since we opened the doors of our first yarn store in 2005, you’ve watched my youngest, Mallory, grow up. Funny story: Mal has always been a bit of a reluctant model. At…
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🧶 Guess who’s the featured dyer for the spring Hot Loops wall

Hello yarn lovers! Call me smitten. Call me a proud mama. Together, we’ve done it again – we’ve created quite a stir in the yarn world! Hundreds have joined the new Knit Stars Yarniverse since we rolled it out. I love what Ash has to say… “It is so refreshing and humbling to be a part of…
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🧶Shortest newsletter of the year

Hello fellow Yarnie! I hope this week’s newsletter finds you well and ensconced in at least one delicious project. Personally, I must confess I’ve made exactly zero stitches this week. The reason… Last week, Hot Luke and I packed up and moved from South Florida to Northwest Florida, and this week, his boss wants us…
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🧶The BIG reveal…

This past week Instagram has been abuzz as the yet-to-be revealed Knit Stars Masterclass Season 8 Stars dropped cryptic hints on their feeds. Did you catch any of them? It’s been sooo delightfully difficult to keep it all under wraps for the better part of a year – all the hush-hush planning, the squeals of delight, and…
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🧶When you need a baby blanket yesterday…

I can barely stand it… It’s almost time!!! In just a couple of days, the Stars for our upcoming Masterclass Season 8 premiere will start dropping hints on Instagram… And then this Friday April 21 they’ll all announce together on Instagram – and Earlybird signups will begin! We’ve all kept this secret for almost a year, which…
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🎁The gift you gave Louis

Just two years ago, Louis Boria was working full-time in a hospital, repeatedly getting sick with COVID while trying to keep his fledgling knit design business afloat. Sure, he’d had a big break – a broadway star snapped a photo of Louis while he was knitting on a Brooklyn subway, and the photo went viral.…
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