Category Archives: behind the scenes

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New Colors for Your Feet!

One really fun task I did this year was creating new yarn colorways. We started with Stroll Tonal, a super soft, washable treat for the feet. As a team, we decided on a set of new colorways, and then I mocked up our visions in my design program to send to our manufacturer. Lest you ...

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Behind the Scenes at Cedar Haven Farm

Have you seen our new (utterly adorable!) Sheep Greeting Cards yet? They're here just in time for sending thoughtful "thank you's" or seasons greetings to everyone on your list! This was by far my most favorite photo shoot research and go on and I thought I'd take a moment to show you a few of the cute photos that we didn't use for the cards and tell you a little bit about the Cedar Haven Farm.

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New Mugs!
Mugging for the Camera

Our new Knit Picks mugs are here and I'm so thrilled with how they turned out! It was a long process to turn them from ideas and sketches into actual objects but ultimately very satisfying. Turns out it's really cool to drink coffee out of a mug you had a hand in designing, who knew? And it's always awesome to add some crafty love to everyday objects. I wanted to give you all a little peek into our process for designing these mugs.

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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.

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Behind the Scenes of Heartwood

The Princess Pullover in the Heartwood pattern collection is hands down the most eye-catching garment in this collection of almost equally gorgeous knits. Once you've finished feasting your crafty eyes on each pattern, I want to draw your attention to the setting we've chosen for one of my favorite collections this year - the Leach Botanical Gardens here in Portland, OR.

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From the desk of…Hilary Smith Callis

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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How the Pattern Book Sausage Gets Made

I am really proud of our newest seasonal collection, Burnished. Not only are there some gorgeous garments in there, it was the biggest collection I've worked on since joining Knit Picks. I thought I'd use this blog post as a way to give you a peek behind the scenes into what goes into the designing of a pattern book!

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From the desk of…Megan Goodacre

For our new fall knitting pattern collection Burnished, designer Megan Goodacre contributed not just one but two stunning patterns - the lovely Cartier Cowl Neck Sweater and the stunning Chalet Scarf! Let's see what sparks Megan's creativity as we get a small glimpse into her world of knitting pattern design and learn more about the process and technique.

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From the desk of…Tabetha Hedrick

Welcome to our new "From the desk of..." series - this month, we will be featuring a handful of designers from our new fall pattern collection, Burnished. We'll get a tiny glimpse into their world of knitting pattern design, learn about their process and techniques.First up is the talented Tabetha Hedrick!

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