Monthly Archives: March 2011

Winners of “A Weaving Contest”

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my latest giveaway, A Weaving Contest.  We had a lot of great responses and it was really fun reading what you all would like to create.  Using a random number generator, we have selected two 1st place winners and two 2nd place winners.  The first place winners will each get a copy of the four books: The Weaver’s Idea Book; Weaving Made Easy; Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving; and Learning to Weave.  …

Read more »

Make Your Own Needle Felted Sheep

As some of you may have seen by now, the latest cover of the Knit Picks catalog has some really adorable sheep standing in front of the Heartlands Road Trip Tote. We all thought these little needle felted sheep were simply too cute not to share, so we went right to work on a tutorial. And do you want to know the best part? They are oh so easy to make! With the right tools and some roving, you will be on your way to making your very own sheep.

Read more »


I realize that I shouldn’t be shocked any longer at just how big the IDP program has gotten over the past 15 months but I just got some big news –  this past weekend we hit 100,000 pattern sales!  Wow!  That is amazing – and best of all, all of those sales went directly to the fantastic group of designers we have in the program so far.  As of last week, we have over 350 IDP designers – we generally add about 20 new designers a month in fact!

Have you checked out some of the new patterns recently?  There’s been so much exciting new stuff coming out – my queue grows larger & larger every week!  Here are some of my favorite new designers & patterns:


Read more »

New Book Pattern Downloads

As we’ve told you in the past, we have been working with several of our book publishers to bring you pattern downloads from select books. This way you can choose to purchase one or two patterns of your favorite patterns at $1.99 each from a book rather than buy the whole book… Today I am excited to let you know we now have new book, Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, added to our selection.

Read more »

The results are in for the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!

As many of you already know, several of Knit Picks’ yarns and needles
were nominated for Best-Of in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards on
To become a finalist for the awards,’s staff must sift
through hundreds of different nominations and pick the top five for each
of the five categories.  We are elated to say that Knit Picks was
selected as a finalist in four out of the five categories, including:
Best Wool Yarn (Wool of the Andes); Best Cotton Yarn (double nomination – Shine and Simply Cotton); Best Sock Yarn (Stroll); and finally, Best Knitting Needles (double nomination – Harmony and Options Interchangeables). 

As if that weren’t exciting enough, we are delighted to say that we
took home the 1st place spot for the Best Knitting Needles category with
our Harmony wood needles! (insert happy dance)

If you would like to read about the awards, click here: Reader’s Choice Awards – Knitting.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate your support!


Read more »

Possible cure for Second Sock Syndrome

I seem to have returned to knitting socks with DPNs. I still use the Magic Loop Method for certain sock designs. What I do still appreciate with the Magic Loop Method is being able to knit two socks at the same time so there is no Second Sock Syndrome…

Read more »

Finished Handspun Yarn – Blues and Purples

I finished spinning all 500g of the Wool of the Andes roving
that I dyed

I did end up plying the lighter blue bobbins (the top two in the photo above) with the darker purple-and-blue bobbins so that the color would even out among the skeins. It worked for the most part, and I ended up with 5 skeins that varied only slightly – one is more purple, one more dark blue, etc.

Read more »