Category Archives: behind the scenes

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Meet Daniel!

We have recently had some staff changes here at the Knit Picks office. It took a few months to find just the right person, but we are happy to introduce. . .me! I’m Daniel, and I am the new Administrative Assistant for Knit Picks. I’ll be around to do the fiddly, little things that no one else has the time (or inclination) for. In addition, I am the new Coordinator for our Independent Designer Partnership Program, so if you are one of our Independent Designers (or would like to be!) you’ll be working with me.

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Garter Ridge – from start to finish

I've worked behind the scenes on every one of our collections and I thought I'd give you a peek behind the curtain of what goes in to putting them together. Our newest collection, Garter Ridge is my all time favorite collection that we have produced so I'll start with that!

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Behind the Scenes – Under 200 Pattern Collection

We are so ready for gift knitting season! Our newest collection, Under 200 features a range of stellar accessories that can be worked up quickly with under 200 grams of yarn. I thought I would showcase a few of my favorite projects from this essential collection as well as share some of the behind-the-scenes photos from our morning spent photographing in North Portland!

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All About the Blankets – Intarsia Style

Hello Stash Readers! Hold onto to your hats, not only for the impending fall winds, but because I am making an intarsia baby blanket. You may remember me from my intro podcast or the post about my knitting the Learn to Knit Kit Scarf, if not I will give you a brief introduction. I am the merchandise planner for Knit Picks and new to completed project knitting. I'm great at starting things, but I was always merely dabbling. It wasn't until I started working here that the bug truly took hold, maybe a little slower than others, but I've caught it and have gone a touch off the rails. Once I mastered the knit stitch, completing my garter stitch scarf, I started another scarf in Tuff Puff practicing stockinette, and that is coming along swimmingly.

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

Perhaps you've picked out your favorite fair isle knitting pattern now (perhaps it's from our new collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection ) but you're not in love with the exact colors the pattern uses. How can you go about substituting colors effectively, in fair isle knitting? Andrea Lum talks us through yarn progression and substitution, so you can knit the fair isle garment of your dreams.

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Staff Projects: Neck Adornments

Knit Picks staffers are keeping busy this summer by making adornments for their necks. From beginner projects to advanced, our team is working with color and texture to produce some gorgeous accessories that sure will come in handy when the cooler months come around. Check them out, and maybe you'll cast on for a scarf, cowl, or shawl very soon!

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Knitting in Public

Did you craft in public this past weekend? We held a lovely get together in Colonel Summers Park in Portland, OR. There was free yarn and books, prize baskets, lots of chatting and crafting, and unfortunately, a good amount of rain. Nevermind! We headed under the park's picnic shelter and carried on. No, those aren't our wet socks on the line, but samples from Toasty Toes, all in a row!

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Dispatches from The Beginners

With some recent staff changes here at Knit Picks, we have a number of employees who are new to knitting.  It's fun to check in with them to see how they're progressing. I love to hear about their trials, and how they're completing projects and gaining confidence along the way. You might remember Alexis from the podcast she did a while back on being a newbie. She's been working on a scarf from our Learn to Knit Club Kit, and look how well she's doing! Here are the dispatches from the Knit Picks Beginner Knitters, in their own words.

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Take Your Child To Work Day

Featuring Guest Blogger Theodore Fish April 28 was National Take Your Child To Work Day, and we participated here at Knit Picks by inviting my ten year old son Theo to our office for the day. He was very excited to spend the day with us, and we've asked him to write about his experience in today's blog post. Take Your Kid To Work Day ~by Theodore~ This is about my adventure visiting my Mom’s work and office! I got to see all the offices and different jobs that people do there. I got to help out with some of the jobs and did a good job at it. My mom said I was very fast!

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Meet Alexis!

We've made a few changes in the office recently and I'm pleased to introduce you to one of our newest Knit Picks team members, Alexis! For the past year Alexis has been working in our photography department and assisting on all the Knit Picks photo shoots but she's recently moved upstairs to join our Purchasing Team. Now, instead of wrangling lights or photographing endless skeins of yarn, she's placing orders for cool new tools and making sure we have all the great colors of Palette always in and ready to ship. We asked her some quick questions about her crafty background and her experience working here over the last year and a half! Hi Alexis! Just how long have you worked here?

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