Believe it or not, the only time I have ever taken a knitting class was at Sock Summit 2009. And I only took 2 classes (you can see my write up here, my very first Knit Picks blog post!) So this time around, I decided to fill my schedule – I took a total of 4 classes, one each day, plus I attended Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s lecture as well. I was very busy all weekend but it was a lot of fun (of course!)
This time of year, I always start stressing out over gifts I want to make for the holidays – I, like many knitters I know, love to make handmade gifts for loved ones. But around the end of October, I discover my time management skills are pretty poor and there’s no way I can make elaborate cabled sweaters for everyone on my list so I start looking for smaller items to knit. Well, thank goodness for the new Holla Knits Accessories eBook – 6 little patterns that I’m sure will work for several people on my list!
All of us here have been a fan of Stephanie Dosen AKA tiny owl knits for quite awhile – from her bunny slippers pattern hopsalot to her adorable deer with tiny antlers hat to her super popular & addicting beeskeeper’s quilt, her whimsical patterns have delighted us for years. Now we are so excited to have her newest collection – The Woodsy Association!
How many times have you fallen in love with sock yarn skeins that have been hand-dyed by a talented independent artist know as an “Indie-Dyer”. Oftentimes, I am drawn to more than just a couple of skeins. I find myself wanting nearly everything that particular artist makes. I call it the “sensibility” of an artist.
Attending the two Sock Summits that have taken place here in Portland highlighted the concept of sensibility. Think of it as walking through a huge museum of Indie Dyers. Each booth full of yarn and fiber had a definite sense of color and style.
Contest is now closed – thanks for entering! We’ll draw the winners on 10/9!
This week on the podcast I was so delighted to talk to two fantastic designers – Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochiland and crochet designer extrodiner, Deja Jetmir. Both of them have brand new books out that I’m really excited about (if you couldn’t tell from the podcast).
This week’s Freebie Friday features one of our favorite designers:
This is Jennifer Thompson‘s Roadtrip Shawl – a beautiful semi-circular shawl. It is knit from the top down with ragalan style increases – and is perfect when you are the passanger on a fall road trip!
In this week’s podcast episode, Kelley gets a chance to talk with designer Audrey Knight about her newest book Reversible Scarves! Audrey began knitting in 2004 and quickly began exploring the world of design. Hear all about her transition from …
Our friends at Holla Knits! have a new collection out!
All of us here were big fans of the first Holla Knits! collection and couldn’t wait to see what Allyson Dykhuizen would come up with next. And we were not disappointed! Once again, the Holla Knits! designers show two different versions of each pattern, one in an indie yarn and one in Knit Picks yarn. We are so excited to be part of these wonderful collections and delighted to be included on their blog tour!
With all the crocheting I’ve been doing recently, I’m very happy with this week’s Freebie Friday!
This adorable 8×8″ Lion Square is by IDP designer Maggie Menzel. She originally designed it for the Knit A Square charity & kindly shared it with us!
This catalog was particularly exciting for me, as something we’ve been working on for quite awhile is finally available for all of you to see! Several months ago, Alison and I were chatting about IDP and since our eBooks have been popular, we thought it would be great if we could work with some of our favorite designers to create a collection of new patterns, complete with the beautiful photography that Hannah, Heidi and our photography team has been coming up with. Well, fast forward a few months (and a lot of work!) and our first 2 IDP exclusive collections are live – Twentieth Century Graphic by Ann Weaver (which I’ll discuss in my next blogpost) and Modern Sophisticate by Erica Jackofsky.
Erica has been one of my favorite designers since I started at Knit Picks – I love her designs (in fact, I’ve made several of them; many of them more than once). But still, when I talked to her about doing an exclusive collection, I was still amazed with what she had come up with.
Modern Sophisticate is a gorgeous collection of 6 patterns, each a classic piece with fun details. Including both garments and accessories, each pattern has a timeless simple silhouette with wonderful extra details that make Erica’s patterns so much fun to knit as well as to wear.