Category Archives: Independent Designer Partnership

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Baseball and Knitting!

I make no secret of my love of baseball and it comes out full force this time of year - it's the start of the baseball season!  Well, okay, it's still only spring training, but at least I can still watch some baseball on TV again.  And even though the three teams we root for in my household ended up on the bottom of their divisions at the end of last year (that would be the Boston Red Sox, the Seattle Mariners, and the Minnesota Twins), springtime brings a new start and a new hope for the baseball season. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to Allyson Dykhuizen's brand new collection - Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits! Allyson and I chat quite a bit about baseball and last summer, we started talking about classic baseball as well as the difficulty of finding knitting patterns for baseball nuts like us.  So she came up with 6 new patterns inspired by those wonderful styles - perfect for modern baseball fans to wear to games!

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Tsidfy Shawlette

Have you liked the look of shawlettes but feel intimdeded by the thin yarn they use? Well Joyce Fassbender has a free pattern for you! Meet Tsidfy! (Which is proununced Sid-Fee by the way) Knit up in Swish DK and on size 8 needles, this pretty little shawlette works up quick!

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About.com Readers Choice Awards!

This week's marks the opening of the About.com 2013 Readers Choice Awards! From now until February 11th, you can nominate your favorite blogs, designers, books, yarn company, and needle brand for the award! We look forward to this every year so I thought I'd show you some of my suggestions - you can nominate up to 3 for each category!

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IDP is 3 Years Old!

3 years ago this week, the first IDP patterns went up on the site! We started with around 20 patterns and a handful of designers; since then the Independent Designer Partnership Program has grown to nearly 2000 patterns and over 550 designers! Wow! I'm so excited I get to be a part of this. Alison came up with the idea in fall 2009 and I came aboard the Knit Picks team in November. My first month was spent working round the clock to make sure everything was ready to go! Since then, this has been my main job at Knit Picks and I honestly couldn't be happier - I've loved getting to know the designers and helping them bring their patterns to you. We've grown the IDP to include kits, ebooks, and our newest venture, IDP Designer Collections. Plus I can't wait for you all to see what our next IDP projects is - believe me, you are going to love it! Since we're celebrating our anniversary, I've been asking my coworkers to pick their favorite IDP patterns. While it was like pulling teeth ("I like so many of them!") they finally narrowed their choices down. To be honest, I also had problems picking a favorite pattern, but I finally went with the one I've made many times - the Boo Bear Hat by Terri Kruse.

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Sock Summit Classes

  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!)  

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Holla Knits – Accessories

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!

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Never fear, the Woodsy Association is here!

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!

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Book Review of Indie Socks

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.  

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An Adorable & Spooky Contest!

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).

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Roadtrip Shawl

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!

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