Category Archives: Independent Designer Partnership

A Quartet of Headbands

This week, summer finally showed up in the Pacific Northwest - I realize that most of the rest of the country is in a record breaking heat wave but here in Oregon/Washington, it had been quite a chilly, rainy June. But no more! Now with the warmer weather, we are all scrambling to ditch our wool sweater projects and looking for some knitting/crochet projects that we can work on that won't overheat us and that will be useful, whatever the temperature. As it happens, Allyson Dykhuizen has a new free pattern that fits perfectly. This is her Quartet of Headbands - 4 cute and light projects, perfect to knit up & wear immediatly, no matter the weather.

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Escape from the office!

This past weekend, Hannah, Jenny C., Jenny K. and I all took a trip to OH to once again attend The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA).  This is the industry-only event held a few times a year for yarn and craft businesses to see whats new in the needlework community (including knitting, crocheting, weaving, needlepoint and much more).  We love to chat with local yarn stores who carry our needles (does your LYS?) and meet up with new shops interested in finding out more information.  It's three days of fun and I love attending (even though by the end of it have very little voice left).

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May Custom Kits

Have you checked out our newest Custom Kits yet? We were so excited about how poplur our Custom Kits were last month we decided to choose 6 more!  So with the purchase of one of those gorgeous IDP patterns, you'll be able to get 15% off of the yarn shown to make it in whatever size & color you desire!

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Truffle!

Well, I certainly could use a chocolate truffle right about now.  But since I don't seem to have one around, the next best thing in my mind would be a free pattern by Susanna IC.

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Introducing Holla Knits – and a contest!

Contest is over!  We'll announce winners later today!   All of us here at the Knit Picks office have been a fan of Allyson Dykhuizen and her blog Sweatshop of Love for quite a while now.  So when she told us of her new project, we were excited to be a part of it. Holla Knits is a fun new site, dedicated to bringing bold & challenging designs that are sure to tempt you into knitting (and wearing!) right away.  The first collection for Spring/Summer was recently released and includes designs from Allyson, Katie Canavan, Emma Welford, and Lily Ubbelohde - all fantastic up & coming designers.

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Sheep Scrubby Dishcloth

A few months back, several of us made our own dishcloths from a pattern template that Kerin created. We wanted to celebrate the release of Dishie - plus we thought it would be really fun. And it was! We kept them really easy - just knits & purls - and they seemed to be popular with a lot of our customers. Kim went a bit more complex with hers but still wanted to put it out as a free pattern. And now it's ready! It's her Sheep Scrubby Dishcloth!

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Podcast Episode 186: Interview with Allyson Dykhuizen from Holla Knits

This week we bring you another bonus mini-episode of the Knit Picks podcast! Stacey gets a chance to catch up with designer Allyson Dykuizen, who began designing under the name “Sweatshop of Love.” After spending some time teaching and designing, Allyson decided to broaden her design skills by creating Holla Knits – a collaborative collection between designers that focuses on a young, fresh, and modern aesthetic. Hear more about the designers and ideas behind

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Decisions, Decisions

I recently finished a new cardigan (and I should get pictures one of these days, it's my favorite!) but now I want to make another one.  Maybe it's been the cooler weather we've had out here this spring, but I've been grabbing one of my knitted cardigans every morning to throw on to go to work - and of course I need some new ones to add to my rotation, especially some lighter weight ones. So I'm debating between a couple I've had my eye on recently. Jennifer Thompson's Star Gazing Cardigan has been on my list forever - I love the lace detail and the overlapping fronts.  It would be my first fingering weight cardigan. (eek!)

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Mary’s Summer Bag

I try to live green all year round (not just for Earth Day!).  Living in Portland OR makes it pretty easy - we have great public transportation & bike routes, recycling (and now composting) is a way of life, and most of our grocery stores & restaurants stock organic foods.  And the city of Portland recently banned plastic bags at major grocers and big-box stores.  So it's not unusual to see folks carrying their own bags. Our very own Kim designed this week's Freebie Friday - the very cute Mary's Summer Bag, perfect for bringing to the grocery store & farmers markets!

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Custom Kits!

Did you see our newest program in the April catalog?  We are very excited to introduce Custom Kits! Like the look of Snowden Becker's Cecily Twinset? Well, now you'll be able to create your very own Cecily kit and save 15% on the cost of Stroll Tonal to make it! Or we have 5 other gorgeous IDP patterns to choose from.

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