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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17
Jan

Crafting for the football fan

We’re coming to the end of the NFL season, and while I am definitely more of a baseball fan, I do enjoy a lazy Sunday watching some football. And, as of this moment, my two favorite teams are still battling to make it to the SuperBowl (that would be the Seahawks & the Patriots, mainly due to my Seattle & Boston connections). If you’re reading this after January 19th, and neither team is in the SuperBowl, just picture me being very sad.

Since I have a lot of friends who are also sport fans, I’ve gotten requests for some knitted/crochet items in team colors so I thought I’d share some of my favorites patterns

9
Jan

Under 100 Collections

I decided this is year to get my yarn stash under control. I have been pretty good the last year or so with using my stash for projects but then suddenly, several new skeins of yarn will find their way into my yarn closet and my bins will be overflowing again.

A lot of my stash ends up being single skeins – yarn leftover from projects or a skein I just really needed to buy because it was so pretty. So when we came up with the idea of our Under 100 Collections, I was so excited – 40 patterns that all use under 100 grams of yarn!

1
Oct

Everyday is Halloween!

It’s October 1st, which means it’s my favorite month of the year!  Every since I was young, I’ve loved October – cooler days, falling leaves, pumpkin everything, and especially all sorts of spooky things to celebrate Halloween!  Whether it’s listening to an old favorite song, watching a favorite movie or visiting our local haunted houses, every October I’m ready to celebrate.

And a lot of our IDP designers have gotten into the spirit – check out some of these great patterns to get started on before the 31st shows up.

First off, the marvelous Joanna Rankin has several patterns that are perfect this time of year.

17
Sep

City Tweed Collection

As the coordinator of our IDP collections, the biggest “problem” with my job is the fact that I am constantly surrounded by patterns I want to make RIGHT NOW. Case in point: last month we released Reclaimed (where I immediately cast on for Addison – I’m about halfway through the body) and the Wool of the Andes Collection (where I have the yarn already for Insulate). Now we’ve come out with probably my favorite collection to date – I want to knit everything!

5
Sep

Choose your own knitting adventure!

When I was a nerdy little kid (as opposed the nerdy adult I am now), I LOVED the Choose Your Own Adventures books! Remember those? You are the protagonist of the story and determine the outcome by making decisions every few pages or so. I ate these up in my elementary and Jr High years and was excited to learn that my nephew loves them too so I could pass them along to the younger generation!

Well, obviously, I’m not the only one who loved these books, as one of my favorite designers Lee Meredith has a brand new eBook based on them!

28
Aug

My Favorite Independent Designer Photos

Some of my favorite days at work are photo shoot days. Every catalog cycle we log anywhere between 1-4 location shoots and 2-5 in-house studio days where we shoot tools, garments, yarn, books and all sorts of other things that crop up along the way. Each kind of shoot has this moment when everything just clicks and Amy and I can get that “perfect shot” that was exactly what we had in mind. Every once in a while we have a shot that totally exceeds our expectations and makes me actually clap my hands and gasp when I see the image on the screen.

I wanted to take a minute and shine the spotlight on some of my favorite photos that we’ve taken recently that maybe didn’t make it into the catalog or are Independent Designer’s patterns that I’m especially proud of. Enjoy!