13
Feb

Warmth for Winter Blues Contest!

Thanks everyone – contest is over! We’ll draw a winner on 2/13!

 

Here at Knit Picks, we’re on a mission to change the perception of the Winter Blues.  The color blue makes all of us so happy – gazing up the blue sky, watching the ocean waves, seeing a blue jay flying by – so why should “blue” mean sad?

10
Feb

An exercise in Stash Management

It’s no secret that I have a ridiculous stash. I’ve been fighting the
dreaded SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) for some time
now, and the only weapon I have is youth! But, barring medical advances
that would have me able to knit productively till about 120 years old, I
need to do something about my stash.

What really spurred me on was the stash swap party we had last week. I
had to go through my stash and get rid of stuff, and I was also
determined to bring home less than I brought. But, I have to say that
dumping out a comforter-bags’ worth of stash all over my dining table
was a bit of an eye-opener!

9
Feb

Tiny Kitten

I’ve been trying to be good about finishing up long-lingering projects this year.  I tend to get distracted by new patterns and yarns that come across my desk, so I constantly have a pile of projects with unwoven ends or half-knitted sleeves.

I found this little guy in a plastic shoebox, just missing his ears:

8
Feb

Sorting the Stash

My yarn stash is… well, more along the lines of a squirrel hoarding
acorns against a long winter than a few future projects saved and
waiting to be used. I spent this past weekend trying to impose some sort of
order. While the pile hasn’t gotten any smaller (in fact, it’s gotten a
tad bit bigger after the office stash swap party last week) I do think I’ve found a way to make starting projects easier.

8
Feb

Caring For Easy Care Yarns

No matter how much I love working with wool for my projects, I know that it is not always the most appropriate choice. Whether I am working my way through yarn options for baby items, afghans and throws, or simply a project request from a wool-sensitive friend, I look towards easy care yarns and other non-wool fibers. Now, when you see easy care – it can be tempting to simply toss your finished objects in the washer with the rest of your clothes. Instead, I like to think of these fibers as easier care yarns. Along with a few tips and tricks, you can ensure a long and happy life for your hand knit and crocheted projects made from easy care yarns such as superwash fibers, cotton and cotton blends as well as acrylic yarns.

Swish Tonal Worsted

7
Feb

3rd Annual “De-Stash” Party at Knit Picks

What’s a de-stash party, you ask? It’s a yearly event that we do here at the office. Three years ago a few of us employees here at Knit Picks were complaining about the huge stash of yarn/fabric that we have at home.  Since it was the first of the year and clean-up resolutions were on our minds, we came up with a “de-stash” party idea. Both knitters and quilters participated, and we brought in the yarn/fabric we were willing to part with.  After weighing the stash we each bought, all the goodies were dumped into a big pile. The person who brought the most was the first to dig in!

stash pile

3
Feb

I’m Down with that!

So, thanks to all your suggestions, I was able to narrow down the potential colors for my Hubby’s new sweater, and he chose…

Down Heather!

It was between that and Flagstone Heather
for him, but since the last sweater I knit for him was roughly that
same shade of grey, we went for something lighter. That’s good for me,
too, since I’ll be able to see the cables well! He generally wears
pretty dark colors, so it’ll be nice to see him in something light for a
change.

I swatched, calculated, and drew up a basic plan for the sweater
based on the fishy one I knit for him. I’ve got the yarn ordered – 24
skeins! – and it should be here in a week or so. This weekend I’m hoping
to get some time to sketch out some cable patterns so I can jump right
in as soon as it arrives…

3
Feb

Congratulations to our winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered our crochet contest! We had nearly 600 entries!  Unfortunately I only have 3 copies of The Best of Interweave Crochet so I randomly choose 3 winners (with the help of random.org).

Cori of Ft Worth TX

Emily of Coon Rapids MN

Anne of Albuquerque, NM

I’ve contacted them all & will be sending out their books on Monday

And stay tuned – we have more blog contests up our sleeves!