Category Archives: behind the scenes

Sorting the Stash

My yarn stash is... well, more along the lines of a squirrel hoarding acorns against a long winter than a few future projects saved and waiting to be used. I spent this past weekend trying to impose some sort of order. While the pile hasn't gotten any smaller (in fact, it's gotten a tad bit bigger after the office stash swap party last week) I do think I've found a way to make starting projects easier.

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3rd Annual “De-Stash” Party at Knit Picks

What's a de-stash party, you ask? It's a yearly event that we do here at the office. Three years ago a few of us employees here at Knit Picks were complaining about the huge stash of yarn/fabric that we have at home.  Since it was the first of the year and clean-up resolutions were on our minds, we came up with a "de-stash" party idea. Both knitters and quilters participated, and we brought in the yarn/fabric we were willing to part with.  After weighing the stash we each bought, all the goodies were dumped into a big pile. The person who brought the most was the first to dig in!

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Podcast Episode 176: The Process of Product Development

Kelley shares the story of Knit Picks and how the company first began through the evolution of product development from selecting the first yarn lines to developing new needles and tools to enhance your fiber craft. Continuing with the theme of product development, Alison chats with Teri about the newest Knit Picks yarn, Brava! Teri has wool allergies that make it impossible for her to enjoy all of the lovely natural fibers available at ...

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It’s a great time to give back.

Because I was raised with two skis practically attached to my feet, winter is my absolute favorite time of year.  Any opportunity that I have to play in the snow, I take it!  One unfortunate side-effect of me being around snow is that the cheesy grin you see below is pretty well perma-glued on my face the whole time.  There are worse things, I suppose.  Sadly for me, Portland's winters are generally pretty chilly and wet, but not the kind of wet that I like; the kind that comes down in raindrops. We don't get a ton of snow (except for that one year when we did) but the air at night is absolutely bone chilling.  While not ideal for a skier, the lack of snow is actually a really great thing.  Portland, Oregon is home to approximately 20,000 homeless men, women and children; approximately 13,000 of which do not have any place to go for shelter at night. Obviously, homelessness is not just a concern in Oregon.  A study done in 2009 reported that one in every 66 people living in major US cities used a residential homeless program in the subject year. Before she retired two years ago...

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The Making of a Cover

November is almost here! And that means that there's a new catalog in the works. In the spirit of cooler weather and cozier knits, the next cover is a tiny fiber village! I spent the past two winters in a tiny town in rural Vermont enjoying deep snow, icy ponds and farm houses blanketed with snow so this season I couldn't resist recreating some of those memories with soft, cozy fiber.

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