28
Aug

Knit Picks and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You’ve seen it all over your Facebook freinds, Twttier feeds and the news. Celebrities, sports figures and everyday people are taking part. It’s the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – where you are are challenged to make a donation to ALSA.org and post a video dumping a bucket of ice water over your head. It seemed so silly at first, but has gained in momentum and the last total I saw was 90+ million dollars raised to fight ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig disease).

This week, Knit Picks and the rest of the Crafts Americana team at Vancouver WA office were happy to take part, as ALS has affected members of our families. We made a donation for everyone who took part (22 staff members), along with personal donations.

28
Aug

Podcast 242: The Hidden People of Knit Picks – Listen NOW!

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You may have visited this page on our website and read about the Knit Picks core team. However, Knit Picks is a company of so many people you may have never considered. In this episode, hear from Laura Birek, one of our great designers, Andrea Lum, an amazing test knitter, and Stephanie Starkel, Supervisor of Customer Service for Crafts Americana. Hear about what makes their jobs challenging, rewarding, and surprising, too!

22
Aug

Call for Podcast Submissions: Doctor! Doctor!

Have you used knitting and crochet to get you through a hard time in your life? Were you stuck in the hospital and had a feeling that crafting, in some way, helped to get you through your stay?

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We’re working on an upcoming podcast called “Doctor! Doctor!” about how knitting and crochet can help to get you through hard times. We’d love to hear your story! We would also love to hear from Doctors who knit or crochet. Do you think your skills with math and science make you a particularly good knitter? Do you ever recommend crafting to your patients, for any reason? If any of this applies to you, please call contact us at podcast@knitpicks.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Image from soldiers at the Walter Reed Hospital from the U.S. National Archives

21
Aug

Hudson’s Bay Inspired Dishcloth

Hudson’s Bay stripes are an absolute classic, known as much for being hard-wearing as they are beautiful. This dishcloth celebrates the spirit of modern simplicity with stockinette stitch in four colors of “Dishie” yarn. Make this dishcloth as written, or extend the off-white color “swan” to a longer length, repeat the stripes, and make a lovely hand towel!

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19
Aug

From the desk of…Hilary Smith Callis

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This week’s Burnished interview series features the lovely and very talented Hilary Smith Callis! Hilary is part of the IDP program, but her designs have also been a part of past Knit Picks exclusive collections. So naturally, we were thrilled when we first saw her Burnished design – the Poua Pullover knitting pattern. Take a peek at Hilary’s workspace and learn more about her inspiration, must-have tools and more!

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