Alanna Penk - Owner & Knitwear Designer
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 total fibre arts enthusiast.
Carl Penk - Co-Owner
Carl is the “big picture” side of Loopine, always coming up with new and exciting ways to expand our brand and reach.
He helps with marketing and advertising efforts, as well as supplier relationships and product range expansion.
He is also Alanna’s husband and provides a big support behind the scenes of the shop. We couldn’t do any of this without him.
Wiebke Truebner - Shop Manager
Alex Liang - Marketing Coordinator
I guess I can say I knitted myself into being a part of this store.
When I moved to Auckland in 2021, Loopine was the first yarn store I visited. I just kept coming back…
Growing up wearing grandma’s hand-knitted jumpers, I learnt how to knit for myself at 15. My love for (and addiction to) knitting only grew when I went on to study fashion design in New York, with a focus on knitwear.
If you want to put a face to the person writing all the Loopine newsletters, that will be me 🙂
You’ll probably see me in the store as well. Feel free to ask any yarn/ knitting related questions, always glad to help!
Loopine Wool Co is very pleased to be carrying and supporting indie-dyed yarns and local independent pattern designers. As a pattern designer for many years I know the difficulties of making fibre arts your main living, and every successful indie-dyer, maker, and pattern designer who makes it in the big bad world is a big win for all of us!
A sense of community is an important part of 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 help foster our little island’s wonderful fibre arts community.