Category Archives: News

Cyber Monday update

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Alisha posted last week to let you know we were going to be having our first ever Cyber Monday sale today. The sale is on! Over 400+ colors of yarn are 25-35% off. We did have some technical issues this morning and not all the yarns were showing correctly in this sale category. That has been resolved, and we’re really sorry for any confusion or inconvenience that caused. We’re also ...

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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.  ...

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100K!

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:  

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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 about.com. To become a finalist for the awards, about.com'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!  

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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...

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Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  To find out who won, click here.   That's right, folks...we have another book contest! And if you have never done entrelac knitting, you should really give it a try! It can look intimidating at first, but you will be a pro in no time with Rosemary Drysdale’s book, Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knittng. It can be a fun and rewarding technique that not only looks complicated and fancy, but is so versatile at the same time. The book begins with Rosemary leading you through every step of the way in understanding the concepts and techniques used for entrelac knitting. Using modular triangles and squares, you can create really stunning and interesting pieces using cables, lace or colorwork. One of my favorite things about this book is the entrelac stitch dictionary that highlights over 60 different stitch patterns! Once you understand the concepts behind entrelac knitting, this stitch dictionary makes a wonderful resource that allows you to create your very own designs with confidence.

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Winners of the Knit. Sock. Love. Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  We had some really fun comments and everyone seemed really inspired by all of the sock love thanks to Cookie A’s wonderful designs.  Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three winners.  To select our winners, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  Our winners! #22 – Julie H. I would love this book! #566 – Debby I think her socks are amazing and ...

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Have you seen Aloft?!?!

Let me show it to you... Can you believe how beautiful it is?  Aloft is a blend of 75% mohair and 25% silk and it will leave you wanting to knit with it over and over again.  The silk adds a radiant core that shimmers and shines through the soft halo of mohair, all the while adding a beautiful drape and texture to any project. Our team fell head-over-heals in love with the line the moment we first saw the sample.  The Knit Picks Director - Alison - couldn't keep us out of her office because we all wanted to keep touching it! It's just so yummy!

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The Chroma love affair continues

With a second ball of Chroma in my stash, I went exploring for a nice pattern that could take advantage of the generous yardage of Chroma Fingering weight. This Gentle Reversible Shawl by Diana Troldahl has a lovely surprise in the instructions. Diana explains how to determine the equal division of whatever yarn you want to use. Then she also tells you how to adapt that knowledge to knitting her shawl. Absolutely brilliant!

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