Friday, October 19, 2007

Philadelphia and Loop

Warning: Long post. Loop and Yarn at bottom.

A couple of weeks ago, some work colleagues and I took the train from Washington to spend the day with one of our program partners, the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. I thought I would take note of any yarn shops I saw there, with the idea of visiting them later. We were met at the train station by Ben Franklin, Council President Nancy Gilboy, and Senior Program Officer Ron D'Alonzo, Senior Program Officer,

Ben Franklin

then taken on a tour of Philly. We toured Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Independence Hall

Liberty Bell

We also toured the new National Constitution Center, an interactive history museum of the American Constitution. There's a cool room of life size statues of the Constitutional Convention Delegates situated through out as if they were discussing the issues at hand.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, NCC

The room is open for visitors to walk among the delegates and pose for pix.

National Constitution Center

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Finally we went to see the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

Independence Hall seen through the window.

Liberty Bell

We went back to the Council's offices for meetings, when Nancy saw my Habu Kusha Shawl on needles sticking out of my tote. Turns out she knows the owner of Loop! Nancy is one of those persons that Malcolm Gladwell describes in The Tipping Point as a "connector." With no hesitation at all she pulled out her Treo, made a couple of calls to find out if the owner was there, the store's hours and address, and the next thing I knew I was in a cab on my way there! That the shop was scheduled to close in 25 minutes did not deter her. Thank you, Nancy!


Loop is beautiful little shop with yarn from inexpensive to tres chere displayed in bookshelves on both side walls from front to back. It's all white, light woods, and bright, which really shows off the yarn to full advantage. The yarn is neatly shelved, and arranged so that when you are standing away from the shelves all you see is end balls of color, no ball bands. There two inviting sofas facing each other with a coffee table in the middle of the store with the latest knitting magazines and yarn.



Love the little wall installations!

The very friendly and helpful Kathy and Laurie greeted me.

Kathy and Laurie at Loop

We had a nice chat about yarn and patterns in the few minutes I was there, and I bought some Koigu and some DB Cashmerino to play with.

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I hope to go back soon.

I made back to the reception held in our honor at the Marriot.


Thanks Nancy, Ron, and IVC staff for our informative and enjoyable day in Philadelphia, and thanks to Kathy and Laurie for your warm help at Loop!


  1. Great trip! How great to have a knitter for a contact!

  2. Ooooh, how nice! Loop looks fantastic. Nice photos all around.

    You read Malcolm Gladwell, too, huh?

  3. OOh thanks for the tour! I must go visit Loop when I am in the area!
    I love traveling vicarously thru you!! :o)

  4. YES! Can I tell you how much I love that guy who dresses up like Ben Franklin!?

  5. wow... girl... what great pictures... I am hoping to learn so much from reading everyones blog... You have encoraged me to do things I have also wanted to include here on this knitting blog... all things can be relavant. oh btw.. I tagged you as rocking girl blogger.;)



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