Alanna Penk - Owner & Yarn Enthusiast
I personally have been a crafter since the age of 4, and a knitter since the age of 7, although it was only in my mid 20s that I discovered you could actually make a living out of (what was previously) an obsessive hobby.
I am a knitwear designer (Black Cat Knitting Company) and fibre arts enthusiast.
Carl Penk - Photographer & Marketing
Official (unpaid) husband and photographer, also helps behind the scenes with marketing and advertising efforts. Infinitely patient and supportive, and my handsome man!
Rachel Bell - Sales
I’m lucky to come from a family of amazing makers and was taught to knit as a child. Knitting and spinning are now a central thread in my life – I find these acts meditative, engaging, and consider myself lucky to be a part of the wonderful community around them. When I’m not knitting or fruitlessly chasing the unrequited love of my cat, Agatha, I’m studying towards a Masters in Archives and Records Management, and trying to get out in nature as much as possible.
Loopine Wool Co is one of the few wool shops in Auckland who carries and supports indy dyed yarns and accessories. As a pattern designer for many years I know the difficulties of making fibre arts your main living, and every successful indy dyer, spinner, and pattern designer who makes it in the big bad world is a big win for all of us.
In many ways a sense of community is what knitting is all about, and when a fibre arts community has a central hub to gather and share ideas and projects with one another, that’s when ideas, frienships, collaborations and wonderful new creations can emerge. I feel a yarn store should not only be a place to buy your wool, but also a place where you can practice and enjoy this gentle art.
Loopine Wool Co will continue to promote the local community of knitters, dyers, and pattern designers and will do it’s part to get our little island and it’s fibre arts community the recognition it deserves!