30
Apr

Yep, it’s another Billow Blanket

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Billow for blankets of any shape and size? I am officially hooked! This is my second blanket that I’ve made with this bulky cotton and there are just so many reasons why I will inevitably continue to make more.

Aside from Billow’s supreme softness, I adore how the slight thick-and-thin nature of Billow translates in crocheted stitches. Plus, it’s an excuse to whip out my hefty 6.5mm crochet hook! And that means lots of progress in short amounts of time, which is insanely satisfying when it comes to making blankets.

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29
Apr

Six Point Tee

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The days are (slowly!) getting warmer here in the Northwest, and so I was inspired to knit something a little more spring-like than my usual warm hats and cardigans. I was paging through knit.wear’s Spring/Summer 2014 issue and when I spotted the Six Point Tee, I knew I’d found my next project. It was so beautifully simple and stylish, and with the bulky weight yarn it’d work up quickly. This is important because while I really enjoy the process of knitting, I love wearing the finished product more!

24
Apr

Étoile Crocheted Dishcloth

Designing for our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths has been such a wonderful excuse to revisit my collection of stitch dictionaries. I love pouring through these collections and experimenting with new stitches. This one in particular stood out to me – I loved how the cluster stitch resembled a star, but adding it against stripes created what looked like a flower or vegetable garden to me. I knew that I had found my inspiration for the next dishcloth.

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24
Apr

Podcast 237: Changes at Knitpicks

Alison and Jenny announce Kelley’s retirement and discuss how some new staff members are bringing fresh energy to the company. Alison interviews Matt about the history of Knit Picks, as well as how the company is currently run, and his ideas for the future. Jenny introduces Holly, the new Multimedia Manager. So whether you’ve been a fan of KP for a while, or have found Knit Picks recently and are interested in where we’ve been and where we’re going, this podcast is an interesting look behind the scenes of our business.

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23
Apr

Hawthorne

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Hawthorne is my newest yarn crush with the lovely color palette, local yarn names (so much fun to pick!) and the wonderfully durable fiber blend it’s perfect for so many different projects. Alison has been making baby sweaters, I’ve seen a few lovely shawls and I’ve personally made almost four pairs of socks since we got the samples in the office. We also reknit the Gradual Rib Hat from the Geometric Pattern Collection in Rose City and Irvington, I like the new colors even BETTER than the original Stroll colorway!

22
Apr

Felted Purses

I have had a blast playing with wool fiber! I find it rewarding to see what wool fiber, hot soapy water and a little elbow grease will create! I’ve recently been making felted envelope-style clutch purses.

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16
Apr

Hawthorne for kiddo projects

My son Nate is growing like a weed, and keeping up with his increasingly-large clothing is a bit of a challenge.  I tend to get all wide-eyed from sticker shock when I see baby and toddler sweaters in stores, so most of my knitting lately has focused on little pullovers and cardigans. Processed with VSCOcam