Monthly Archives: December 2011

Freebie Friday 2011

So I hope you have been enjoying our Freebie Friday patterns!  When we started it, we were just planning on running it through the holidays but since it’s been so popular, we thought we’d continue it on into 2012!

This week I thought I’d revisit some of the most popular Freebie Friday patterns – in case you missed one!

One of our favorites is Cassidy Clark’s Rubber Chicken!

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Brava Gifts

Like Kerin, I’m a bit of yarn snob.  I mean, I started out using big box store acrylic yarns but when I discovered how much I liked working with wool, I pretty much left them behind.  So I was initially trepidatious when we first received our initial samples of Brava.  But I always like to play with new yarns and I did have a project in mind where acrylic would be the best fiber to use.

MochiMonsterSlippers 

These are the Feet Eaters from Knitting Mochimochi!

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Color suggestions?

Developing yarn lines takes a long time, and our lead times can be up to a year in some cases!  We’re just entering the new year, and we already have to start planning new colors for Fall/Winter 2012.  Our meetings aren’t starting for about two weeks, so I thought I would check in with our blog readers and see if you have any suggestions for exciting new shades that you’d like to see in our non-cotton, non-lace yarns (think warm …

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Life’s little luxuries

There is really something wonderfully indulgent about luxury fibers.
Not only do you get to knit with them, but then you can wear the item!
The only problem is, sometimes you really want to take that luxury yarn
for a test drive before deciding that it is exactly what you want for a
sweater.

With that in mind, we created a kit of simple, one-ball patterns that
lets you try out four of our most luxurious yarns, without the
commitment of a large project!

The Luxe Accessories Set includes one ball each of Aloft, Capra, City Tweed and Andean Treasure in coordinating Soft or Jewel colors.

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Brava!

I’ll admit, I’m something of a yarn snob. I guess after working with
yarn for so long, I’ve really developed a taste for certain fibers, but I
also know that it’s important to use the right tool for the job. So, it
was a shock even to me how excited I was when we started developing our
latest yarn – Brava!

Brava
is a super-soft premium acrylic yarn that was designed with washability
and durability in mind. Four plies give it the right balance for
softness and stitch definition, which makes it a great choice for
purl-and-plain patterns, cables and even lacy blankets.

 

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Happy Holidays!

Wow, the holidays signify the end of the year! Where did it go?  2012 is just a little over a week away and I haven’t gotten my 2011 resolutions done yet!  So it’s a new year and a new list – out with the old, in with the new (or new again!).  Has anyone started their 2012 New Years resolution list yet?

Here at Knit Picks, we wish you a great New Year. Our wish for you is that 2012 be filled with creative crafting and lots of fiber fun!

Happy Holidays & a very Happy New Year!

 

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Podcast Episode 175: Interview with Alasdair Post Quinn

This week, Alison gets a chance to chat with Alasdair Post Quinn, author of the new
book, Extreme Double Knitting! Know for his innovative spin on double
knitting, Alasdair’s patterns show off color and double knitting in
unique and creative ways. Hear all about how Alasdair first got into
knitting, what drew him to double knitting, and the chain of events
brought about the idea for a book on double knitting. After working on
his book for the last few years, Alasdair is …

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Yarn Line Price Increases

As you already know, everything has been getting more expensive over the last year or two.  Gas prices have gone up, along with grocery bills and the cost of various services.  The fiber world hasn’t been immune to these global changes, unfortunately, and we’ve seen dramatic pricing increases in the cost of our raw materials and shipping since 2009.  We’ve been able to keep our pricing from increasing through the worst of the economic crisis, but wool and other fibers …

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The Last Minute Gift Freebie Friday

If you’re in a bind for a gift, nothing beats a couple of handknit washcloths with some nice soap!  I’ve given similar gifts to friends & family who have moved into a new house as well as for last minute Christmas gifts.  I always have some cotton laying around, since most washcloths take less than one skein of Dishie or Simply Cotton  If you’re in a pinch, the Knit Picks staff have several free patterns for you!

Jenny created this adorable Chomp Chomp washcloth:

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