Category Archives: behind the scenes

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Staff Projects: Bright and Gradient Color

The KP gang has been busy knitting these days. The staff projects completed lately have been bright and colorful, with a great mix of favorite patterns made in new ways, and new yarns tried out for the first time. Check it out, and maybe you'll get inspired by one of us!

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Meet Your Teacher: Heidi

Meet Heidi: Newlywed, Art Director, and Avid Crocheter. Heidi loves color, and she loves using colorful yarns to crochet blankets for her friends and family. Heidi teaches our online course on our Crochet Beginner Blanket (pattern available for free, here). We thought you'd might like to know a bit more about her, so I asked her some questions, below!

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Learn to Knit Club: Meet Your Teacher, Stacey!

Are you new to knitting, or do you have a friend who's been wanting to learn for a while now? Our new Learn to Knit Kits come in three levels, perfect for beginners of all levels. Each kit contain needles, yarn, a yarn needle, an instruction booklet, and a pin to wear when you've completed your project, all in a handsome box great for storage or giving. We also have tutorials for each of these kits, so any new knitter will be instructed by a Knit Picks staff member, each step of the way. The scarf pattern in our Level 2 kit was written by Stacey, who also teaches the class!

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Back to school with the Knit Picks Team

In celebration of our new (free!) downloadable e-booklet "Back to School Knits", I asked the team here at Knit Picks to bring me their favorite school photos. I love school photos - they're moments that last forever, and don't the clothes you wear in them just bring you right back to that age? Here we are, in all our glory: From the top: Jenny, our Marketing Director in her first school photo living in this country!, Alison, our fearless leader, in her favorite apple dress, Kim, our Design Director, whose freckles are killing me, Holly (that's me!) - Can you tell it was the 80s? I loved Dorothy Hamill and Annie, passionately, Hannah, our Catalog Director - school photos in the Northwest involved flower baskets! and Emily, our Graphic Designer. Those sleeves! Truly, a classic. We all agreed on 2 things: We all look the same now as we did back in the day. There's just something in your features that just never changes. It makes me so intrigued as to what my children will look like when they grow up! Also, whether you grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, the bowl haircut is always in fashion. Always. Do you have any great stories of school photo day? Do tell in comments!

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Bridge Pedal 2015

Many of us here are avid bike riders - it's easy to do, living in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area! Each year, the city of Portland shuts down the 10 (now 11) bridges over the Willamette River for bikes to safely ride across for Providence Bridge Pedal. All proceeds go to health and wellness charities around the area, including a portion to fund concussion and neurocognitive testing, known as ImPact testing. Several of us have done it over past couple of years but this year, we put together the official Knit Picks team of employees and spouses - complete with cute shirts! All of us signed up for the 11 Bridge course, so this photo was after we rode between 30-35 miles in the hot sun and we're all a little giddy and sweaty! We had a great time, even with some course issues.

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Behind the Scenes of Cold Snap

Have you checked out our Cold Snap pattern collection? Inspired by chilly days by the river and whipping winds on the mountains, this collection of garments and accessories in winter whites and light and bright colors will have you casting on for knitwear you'll wear over and over again. For the collection photo shoot, Hannah chose a glorious day on the riverfront, where birds and boats waved hello as they passed (well, they didn't really wave, but, you know...). Come along and have a peak behind the scenes in this video, and see if anything in our Cold Snap collection, catches your eye!

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Stars + Stripes Blanket

The idea for Tucked In, a collection of crochet afghans designed by everyone here at the office had me reaching for four of my favorite Wool of the Andes Superwash colors and immediately crocheting up a storm of test swatches before we even finished outlining the concept! After the first hour, I knew I wanted to do a mixture of granny squares and granny stripes, all that was left to do was to work out how Brass Heather, White, Clarity and Cadet would work together throughout what would become the Squares + Stripes Blanket.

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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.

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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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