One of my very favorite LYSs is Loop, in London. It’s no longer (*sob*) my local, but I still shop there online, and whenever I’m in London, I drop in to squish the beautiful yarns and chat with Susan’s lovely staff (when they’re not too busy rushing about helping customers, which is the more normal default state).
Loop is moving to a new building just steps away from Angel station in Camden Passage. I can hardly wait to get in there! I have no doubt the new shop will be truly lovely; Susan has a truly marvelous design sense.
Loop has also started up their blog, the Loop Knit Lounge, JuJu has already put up a beautiful shawl pattern (which features a really interesting stitch pattern ideal for showing off those handpainted yarns that are a bit on the blotchy side), but I’m eagerly awaiting the next pattern, due up this week, and JuJu has now added a pattern for a gorgeous shrug, the Layering Shrug. It’s loose and drapey and flattering to a wide range of body types (not something you can say about the standard shrug shape, which is, speaking in generalizations, normally Just Not Flattering to anyone with a lot of curve to their upper halves). For summer, I plan to make it in a yarn heavy on the silk percentage. For winter…oooh, maybe this will be when I splurge on the Madelinetosh!