September 2015 Wallpaper Calendar

September is here and that means the return of sweater weather is just around the corner! Soon, we will be enjoying our weekends with cozy wool yarns, a good netflix marathon and lots of tea.
To get the free September 2015 wallpaper calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!
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The Monthly Yarn Sale: ENDING SOON!

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The month of August is quickly coming to an end, which means there are only a few short days left to save on the monthly yarn sale: 25% off Preciosa!

If you haven’t worked with Preciosa before, it’s such a lovely yarn to knit and crochet with. Not only is it extremely soft (it’s Merino!), but the colors are just incredible. We’ve had a few cooler nights here in the Pacific Northwest, and I happily snuggled up under my Beginner Knit Blanket which I knit out of Preciosa. Bonus: there is a Crochet Beginner Blanket version too!

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Back to school with the Knit Picks Team

In celebration of our new (free!) downloadable e-booklet “Back to School Knits”, I asked the team here at Knit Picks to bring me their favorite school photos. I love school photos – they’re moments that last forever, and don’t the clothes you wear in them just bring you right back to that age? Here we are, in all our glory:

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From the top: Jenny, our Marketing Director in her first school photo living in this country!, Alison, our fearless leader, in her favorite apple dress, Kim, our Design Director, whose freckles are killing me, Holly (that’s me!) – Can you tell it was the 80s? I loved Dorothy Hamill and Annie, passionately, Hannah, our Catalog Director – school photos in the Northwest involved flower baskets! and Emily, our Graphic Designer. Those sleeves! Truly, a classic.

We all agreed on 2 things: We all look the same now as we did back in the day. There’s just something in your features that just never changes. It makes me so intrigued as to what my children will look like when they grow up! Also, whether you grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, the bowl haircut is always in fashion. Always.

Do you have any great stories of school photo day? Do tell in comments!

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Back to School Knits – Free Patterns Available Now!

Great news! There’s a new collection of patterns available for children ages 4-12, and they’re free!

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It’s no secret that I love knitting for kids. It’s been a passion of mine before I even had kids. I used to knit for every kid I knew. I was browsing patterns one day, and I saw a photo of a child on school picture day, in his favorite handknit sweater. Suddenly, I had an idea to design a few patterns inspired by school motifs: penmanship paper, composition books, and the humble yellow pencil.

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