About Looped Yarn Works
Looped Yarn Works has brought yarn back to Dupont Circle! Meet our wonderful staff who are ready to help you find just the right yarn and project. Stop in and see our new yarns and notions. Check out our classes and guest teachers. Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an evening of knitting and crocheting. We've got a wonderful community of knitters and crocheters and hope you will join us!
You'll find beautiful yarns from as close by as Columbia Heights (Wandering Wool) to as far away as Mongolia (Jade Sapphire)! We are one of two shops in the US that carries Quince & Company yarns and patterns. We have yarns by the gals at Dragonfly Fibers, The Fibre Company, Madeline Tosh, Mountain Meadow, Shalimar, Shibui, Tanis Fiber Arts, Tilli Tomas, and Yarn Hollow. We also carry the classics from Berroco, Blue Sky Alpacas, Classic Elite, Frog Tree and Rowan. Looped is your "go to" place for buttons, notions, and fun handmade project bags. Cme on in and make yourself at home in our colorful world of fibers!
Meet the Owners
I have teamed up with Janie Lipnick to start Looped Yarn Works because of a lifelong passion for knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and design. I learned all of these wonderful skills at a very young age from my mother, Mercedes Galbraith. Working with my hands and making functional and beautiful projects was really just a way of life in my house. A quilting rack sometimes took the place of our dining room table and handmade braided rugs covered our floors. I have also been deeply inspired by my younger sister Liz Galbraith who is a gifted textile designer with a brilliant sense for color.
Looped Yarn Works is a natural next step for me. I have had a long and deeply satisfying career in social work. I founded Our Place, DC, a center for women who are or have been in prison. I left Our Place after 10 years with a desire to pursue a new career in the world of yarn!
I’m delighted to be in a partnership with Janie! We have known each other for years and have complementary talents and skills. Together we are creating a business that will provide the nation’s capitol with high quality and affordable yarns, classes and events.
I have always loved fibers, textiles, wools and color and have always had the urge to create. I attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art as a mixed media major, so that I could indulge my mixed passions for fine arts, print, textiles and fibers! Before starting Looped, I had the opportunity to create and sell felted knits, under the name of Knitwits.
I am grateful to have been taught to knit when I was a kid by my mom and grandmother. Through the years, as I began to knit more challenging patterns, learned new techniques, etc., I’ve looked to my knitting friends or a knit shop for help. This experience is part of the impetus for starting up Looped Yarn Works.
I love all the give and take between knitters, and most especially the feeling of community when I’m knitting together with a group of friends. Susan and I wanted to create a place where we could bring together people who have a desire to learn to knit or crochet for the first time or want to take their knitting to the next level, or just love to create something with fiber. Most especially, we want to create a community of knitters and crocheters and build on that special something that occurs when fiber lovers share their passion.
Meet the Staff
I love knitting! But seriously, crafting has been something that I have done for as long as I can remember. I come from a family of crafters. My mother taught me how to crochet basic granny squares and do counted cross stitch in elementary school and the rest is history. As a kid, I did anything I could get my hands on—friendship bracelets, crocheting, sewing, painting, the list is long. Knitting didn’t come around until 2000 when I had a friend teach me the basic knit and purl stitches and I was hooked. Honestly, I probably knit every day, even if just a few rows. Imagine my amazement when I was playing on ancestory.com one day researching my family and behold my great grandmother’s occupation on an old census…knitter. I never met her, but thank goodness her skills have continued to travel down the family tree.
After spending the last decade working in the marketing and advertising industry here in DC and a quick stint last year in San Francisco, I’m so happy to finally get to work full time around my passion and such talented people.
Whenever I start a project I remember an old Irish proverb.?“If the knitter is weary the baby will have no new bonnet.” and the oldest will have no cashmere sweater, the middle two will have no felted bags or lace shawls, and there will be no ribbed hat for the lone son to wear when it snows. Will I ever be too weary to knit for a baby? Not unless designers stop making those patterns for adorable little hats! ? I knit for the love of it. My fiber adventures started when I learned to knit and sew as a child. I resumed knitting about eight or nine years ago and now my trips to the fabric store are devoted to finding tools for finishing and lining knitted bags. I love to teach and share my passion for knitting and I especially enjoy seeing others delight in their own accomplishments. ?
Looped Yarn Works has provided me with a loving and rich environment to channel my creative energies. Besides knitting, I like to make jewelry and paper crafts, like cards and invitations. A friend taught me to knit one rainy, summer afternoon in 2004, and my life was seriously forever changed. Many friendships have been forged through knitting from random conversations about yarn in a store to bonding with childhood friends over the craft or making internet friends from Ravelry into “real life, face-to-face” friends. My favorite things to knit are socks (cuff/top down please), shawls, and raglan sweaters.
I spend my days working at the University of Maryland, as the Assistant Director for Finance & Personnel in the Division of Research. So when I’m not there or in the shop, you’ll probably find me eating (I head up a Supper Club for me and my friends), baking, reading, running, giggling, checking out concerts, singing/dancing on metro platforms, or running around in high heels and dresses/skirts. I’m excited to be part of the Looped team—the Looped family is amazing, and I’ve met so many wonderful and gifted people through the shop and continue to do so.
Originally a California native, Gina moved to DC 12 years ago and has been knitting herself through the winters ever since. She is continually amazed by the shapes and designs that can be produced using only the knit and purl stitches, and has a special place in her heart for cables and fair isle patterns. Her other hobbies include reading, traveling, and event planning for her two school-aged children.
Knitting not just my first love but it is what truly keeps me sane. My mother taught me how to knit when I was about 7 years old. Then it was more about her cleaning up my rows that me making progress, she taught me to be a fearless frogger (even though we didn’t call it that then) and to take no prisoners when it comes to my mistakes and I’m grateful for that, even though it may drive others crazy. When I was about 10 I was taught to crochet. I am left-hand and knit right-handed but was lucky enough to have left-handed Girl Scout leader to teach me to crochet as a lefty. I don’t think the switching back and forth caused any major damage.
I started working at Looped on Sundays and love it, during the week I’m an Instructional Specialist for the adult education program at Montgomery College where you can find me at any given meeting knitting my way through. My favorite things to knit are things that are portable: socks, shawls, hats, and cozies for any time of beverages container and then I give them away, birthdays, holidays, because some likes it. I wish I had more time in my day to fulfill my knit/crochet/craft need, I knit every morning before walking the pooch even if it is only one or rows and then look for all the opportunities I can in my day to pull out a project. I love sharing my passion and hanging around other knitgeeks sharing project stories good and bad, especially at Looped, what a fun community of knitters and cricketers!
Meet one of our Teachers…Phyllis!
Crochet is my first love. My friend and I learned from a favorite sixth grade teacher, and I’m so excited to be able to teach others now. I’ve been experimenting with Tunisian, Amigurumi, and other crochet techniques that I look forward to teaching in the wonderfully vibe and atmosphere at Looped. In 2005, in my “spare” time, I started Many Creative Gifts, a company designed to help you be thoughtful and true to your giving nature through mind, body, spirit, and crochet! I’m always dreaming up new designs and patterns (samples are in the store), and a few of them will soon be published in Inside Crochet, a new British crochet magazine
Rachel Kimboko is a fiber artist from Washington, DC who specializes in knitting. She has been at it for more than 30 years (!) and so has tried her hand at most every kind of technique; some favorites are lace and socks. She enjoys introducing students of all ages to knitting and fiber arts and teaches knitting in a wide range of settings. Rachel is also an Elementary Montessori teacher in MD and mother of a middle-school age daughter.