17
Oct

In Loving Memory

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Xena has been a member of the Knit Picks family for as long as I can remember – serving as our iconic (and epically cute!) mascot, yarn ambassador and occasional actress.

Xena was also an extremely loyal companion, only straying from Kelley’s side to stroll the office and check out the day’s activities. She loved apples, being wrapped up in blankets and snuggling with Kelley as she was knitting away. And although Xena is no longer with us, we will always cherish our memories and look back fondly at her time with us.

In honor of Xena, we’ve collected a few photos from throughout the years for everyone to enjoy.

16
Oct

Toasty Plus Pot Holder Free Pattern

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All these fog banks, drizzle-filled afternoons and cold mornings mean that I’ve moved all my soup recipes to the front of my recipe box and stocked up on bags of onions, carrots and celery to simmer down into rich vegetable stock. My house is going to smell amazing for the next few months. My pot holders have been doing double duty because I use them to grab things from the oven, to pop hot lids off of stock pots and stick them under casserole dishes to protect my cherished cherry table. It’s hot dish weather and I definitely needed to beef up my pot holder stack NOW! Enter the Toasty Plus Pot Holders.

10
Oct

Podcast Episode 225: Interview with Megan Goodacre

This week, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderfully talented Megan Goodacre! In addition to her pattern collection Study Hall Knits, Megan’s long list of knitting accomplishments includes authoring the brand new Idiot’s Guide: Knitting! After talking about Megan’s inspiration and design process for Study Hall Knits, Kelley discusses the book writing process with Megan and highlights a few of her favorite parts of this wonderful guide to knitting.

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You can find more of Megan’s work here:

IDP Patterns by Megan Goodacre
Study Hall Knits eBook
Study Hall Knits printed book
Idiot’s Guide: Knitting
Tricksy Notebook Knitters Graph

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8
Oct

Christmas Scarf Fiesta!

Christmas is almost here. Well, if you crochet and knit, that is. This is my first holiday season as a crocheter, and I hope my family and friends are prepared for the sudden shift in the types of gifts I bestow. Goodbye gift cards, hellllooo scarves.
Knit Picks scarves

2
Oct

Clove & Spice Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Free Pattern

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The rains are here and I know it’s time to start thinking about pumpkins, golden leaves and early frosts. My favorite pumpkin patch has started sneaking tempting images of ripe pumpkins into my Facebook feed and my Pinterest is filling up with October crafts (beeswax-dipped leaves, anyone?) so it’s definitely time to get my fall crafting started! To celebrate the cooler weather and changing seasons I whipped up a quick little pattern with instructions for both knit and crochet pumpkins.

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Oct

Everyday is Halloween!

It’s October 1st, which means it’s my favorite month of the year!  Every since I was young, I’ve loved October – cooler days, falling leaves, pumpkin everything, and especially all sorts of spooky things to celebrate Halloween!  Whether it’s listening to an old favorite song, watching a favorite movie or visiting our local haunted houses, every October I’m ready to celebrate.

And a lot of our IDP designers have gotten into the spirit – check out some of these great patterns to get started on before the 31st shows up.

First off, the marvelous Joanna Rankin has several patterns that are perfect this time of year.