Category Archives: News

Winners for the Felici Giveaway!

Thanks everyone for your Felici nominations!  Using a random number generator, we have selected our two winners! #103 – RaynaThe red striped one – second from the left in the bottom picture. *Gorgeous*! #401 – MelissahTime Traveler and Green Veggies, please!!! Our winners have been contacted and will be sent their prizes as soon as we hear back.  Thanks again everyone, we really appreciate the feedback.

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Knitting socks in tandem

Remember a couple of months ago when I was struggling with Second Sock Syndrome. After knitting with the Magic Loop Method several times, I've realized that I prefer knitting with DPNs. It's just a matter of personal preference. We have a selection of Magic Loop/DPN sock knitters in the building. We've all tried any new method that has come around and it's been fun to watch who ends up using what needles for the sock knitting.

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Kerin’s Knitting in Peru!

In yesterday’s post, you might have noticed that Kerin was wearing an amazing hat with little llamas along the top.  If you guessed that she would be in Peru, you guessed right!  While Kerin knits happily away amongst the friendly Alpacas in Peru, she daydreams of her next location.  My goodness, her Fair Isle sweater is just lovely! Can you guess where she’ll be next?  If you have any ideas, be sure to post them in ...

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Knit Picks yarn featured in Interweave Crochet and Crochet Magazine!

We always love getting emails from Interweave (and any other magazines for that matter) saying that our yarn has been featured.  We are particularly excited about the latest email we received from Interweave Crochet annoucing that our yarn was used for the beautiful Arboretum Cardigan, designed by Annette Petavy.  Isn't it just lovely?  For the cardigan, Annette used CotLin DK in Lilac.  The little flowers are aslo made with CotLin in Cerise, Blackberry and Sprout. 

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Website Updates!

You may have noticed we’ve made a couple of changes to the way our yarn and tools pages display on the Knit Picks web site. You can see a good example of the yarn page changes on the Shine Sport page.  The biggest change to the yarn pages is that we’ve added a new tag, “Goodbye”. Items that show a “Goodbye” tag on the top are those that are being discontinued. We are committed to labeling all discontinued items as soon as we have made the decision to no longer carry them.  We’re hoping this will help you with project planning and give you the opportunity to stock up on discontinued colors you love while they’re still available. “Goodbye” yarns, books, and tools are not necessarily discounted, it’s just a heads up that we are not re-ordering them once our current stock is gone.

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Customer Questions about Dishie

Many times, our customer service department receives questions about our new products with regard to their washability, durability, texture and so on.  Recently, a couple days after the launch of our new Dishie line, a customer called in and asked our wonderful representative, Daryl, whether the yarn colors would bleed or fade in the wash.  She also inquired whether the texture and feel were comparable to one of our competitors’ 100% cotton yarn.  When we are selecting new yarn lines, we always go through a vigorous vetting process to determine whether the yarn is up to our standards.  As soon as we receive the yarn samples, we distribute the yarn to two or more knitters and/or crocheters to swatch.  We do this for three reasons: to test gauge, to make sure the spin is consistent, and to see how the yarn looks once it’s worked up.  Once we have swatches in place, we essentially beat one of them up.  We wash it in hot and cold water, we put it in the wash with heavy items, and test to see how it will hold up with a lot of abuse.  Next, we wash another swatch according to the care instructions that we recommend.  Once we know how the yarn works up and holds up, we make our decision.  One thing that we hadn’t done in the past is bleach the yarn.  Until now.

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Say hi to Dishie! (and find out how to win a $20 gift card)

Thank you to everyone who participated!  This contest is now closed.  To find out who won, please click here: WINNERS I am so thrilled to introduce you to our brand new yarn- Dishie. Dishie is a hard working worsted weight yarn, made of 100% cotton with a tight spin and high absorbency. Dishie is made of tougher stuff than super-snuggly Comfy or the organic cotton in Simply Cotton, which were designed specifically with garment knitting in mind. Dishie is more of a multi-purpose yarn well-suited for projects like dish cloths, market bags, baby bibs, but we made sure the finished yarn is still soft enough that it's a pleasure to knit. Dishie is also one of our most affordable yarns at only $3.99 for 100g ball, and comes in a rainbow of colors. Dishie is the darling of the Knit Picks' office right now, we've never knit so many dish cloths! Kerin even made up a dish cloth template for us so that we could each design our very own dish cloth pattern which are now available as free patterns. She also re-formatted the template to create a downloadable DIY Dishcloth free pattern. Now we want to see what you can come up with. Send a PDF, word doc, or jpeg of your own charted dishcloth pattern, or a photo of a knit or crocheted dishcloth you designed to contests@knitpicks.com by May 15th, 2011. It's up to you whether you want to use the DIY Dishcloth pattern or free style it- anything goes! We'll randomly select 3 winners and give them each a $20 gift card to Knit Picks. The winners will be e-mailed and their names will be posted here on the blog, along with some photos of a few of our favorite submissions. Now I'd like to show what our staff dreamed up to give you some inspiration...

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My visit to Doernbecher

This past Friday, I had the honor and privilege to visit with a woman named Peggy Adams from Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  Peggy works as the Child Life Specialist in the Family Resource Center and is working hard to arrange a program for the parents of children to participate in while their sons and daughters receive treatment. I reached out to Peggy a couple weeks ago because I thought she might know of some local charities who might benefit from yarn donations.  After speaking with her for a few minutes, she mentioned that she was in the process of starting a knitting and crochet class for the parents of kids at the hospital.

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We have a name AND an announcement!

There's something about these socks that just makes us smile.  They're so much fun and you know that they were knit with love!  We want to thank everyone who contributed their ideas for names. I can tell you that all of us here at Knit Picks were in stitches (ha!) reading through them.  While it is sad that we could only have one winner, the good news is that we think we've picked a great one!   Read more for our special announcement!

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Designer Interview Videos

In addition to the great tutorials and videos we have available at Knit Picks, we have also been working hard on expanding our videos to include a behind the scenes look at new kits! If you have ever wondered about the inspiration behind the projects or simply want to hear more about the design process that goes into the kits, you really have to check out the Designer Interview videos! After all of the designing, editing, sample knitting and re-editing is done and the kits are ready to make their debut, I ask our talented designer Kerin to give everyone an inside look into each kit. These designer videos are really great for finding out which specific techniques, construction and design elements are used as well as learning about any tips or tricks Kerin might have to make your project a success. I find it endlessly fascinating to hear about the point of inspiration that started each project alongside the final piece.

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