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.
Jenna Edward - Yarn Wrangler
A Sydneysider originally, I’ve called Auckland home since 2015. My creative story began when I was a child, always getting stuck into art, sewing, music, dance. I learned to knit when I was 12, the first (and only) project I made was a big, chunky sweater in navy cotton. While I enjoyed the process, school, then eventually work-life as a resource planner/business analyst took up my time and I didn’t pick up knitting needles again until mid-2019, using the mindfulness of a knitting practice as a way to de-stress and work through a period of burnout. As is usually the case with me, when I get interested in something I get OBSESSED, soak up every bit of info I can and nerd-out over it. I love knitting because it stops me scrolling on my phone (except for maybe Ravelry), and it unites the creative/expressive and analytical/problem-solving parts of my my brain.
In the moments I’m not knitting I’m probably out riding bikes with my partner Dave. We enjoy road, trail and gravel Riding and love getting away on multi-day bikepacking trips whenever we can. We’re currently training for riding the Tour Aotearoa from Cape Reinga to Bluff in Feb 2021 (pandemic-permitting, touch wood).
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!
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!