28
Feb

Podcast Episode 235: A Meditation on Sock Knitting

In honor of the Sock Yarn Sale that is currently going on, Kelley focuses on the humble sock for this week’s episode – a project that most knitter’s are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it’s practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it’s ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethora of handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction of socks, both new and experienced knitters are sure to be inspired to cast on a pair of socks right away.

Finally, Kelley catches you up with what she has on her needles at the moment. This week, the goal is all about simplicity and portability as Kelley reports from a Spanish language immersion retreat in La Paz, Mexico!

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25
Feb

Color Explorsion at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA.  Hundreds of fiber enthusiasts attended classes in knitting, spinning, weaving, as well as other great subjects. There also was a great market place that was hard to resist!  My focus that weekend was Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting.

My first class was a 3-hour class, “Learning to Love Intarsia” with Sally Melville. I have been so intimidated with Intarsia.  This class definitely changed my mind! Here’s the swatch I created.

intarsia swatch

20
Feb

Reversible Pips Dishcloth

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It’s not often that I really dig making dishcloths. It’s something I do to replace the previous victim of some kitchen disaster knowing as I’m knitting that this new creation is doomed to a slow, cheese-encrusted death over the next few months until it’s replaced. That being said, the super simple stitch pattern that I came up with for the Reversible Pips Dishcloth is so satisfying and easy to memorize that I just want to sit down and make a huge pile of them over one weekend for FUN!

20
Feb

Announcing the Yarn Glam Photo Contest Winners!

It was so fun seeing all the creative yarn glamour shots Knit Picks fans came up with for this contest! Below are the three winners. Thanks to all who participated!

This gorgeous shot of a spinning wheel is graced with our Wool of The Andes Roving, hand dyed with Jacquard Acid Dyes. Much ‘oooooooing’ and ‘awwwwwing’ was heard throughout our office when we saw this photo. Simply lovely.

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Yarn Glam contest winner

14
Feb

Podcast Episode 234: New March Collections

This week, Jenny and Stacey talk about all of the new collections coming out for the March catalog! Hear more about the designs included in two brand new collection: Worsted Basics and the Chroma collection. And new collections aren’t the only exciting news for March, there is also a sock yarn sale and a DVD sale. Whether you get inspired to try a new technique or just stock up on your favorite sock yarns, Jenny and Stacey go over their favorite yarns and DVDs for a bit of inspiration. Finally, learn more about our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths campaign!

 

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The Chroma Collection

 

New Collections:
Chroma Collection ebook
Chroma Collection printed book
Worsted Basics ebook
Worsted Basics printed book

 

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13
Feb

Announcing Our “Yarn Glam” Instagram Contest!

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I love dreaming up new ideas to show off all of our gorgeous yarn! At least one yarn line each catalog cycle needs an updated photo to represent the family for the year so I keep a sketchbook full of ideas. Now it’s your turn! Ready to try your hand at it? Today, we’re pleased to announce our “Yarn Glam” Instagram Contest—a chance for you to share your creative eye for yarn beauty, and maybe win a delightful $100 Knit Picks gift card in the process!

10
Feb

Raglan Sleeves FOREVER


Portland has been struck with a big, chilly ice stick this weekend. We’ve all been shut up at home, waiting out the weather (thankfully the power stayed on the whole time) and I bet more than a few of us were working on our craft projects! I spent the weekend feverishly finishing up a pretty basic pullover in Brava Worsted Peacock. You know the kind I’m talking about – acres of stockinette stitches, a good bit of positive ease for a comfy, simple layer. However, there was one part that I wasn’t looking forward to wrestling with: set in sleeves.