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!
Ann Weaver has long been a favorite at Knit Picks – from her Knitty work to her Weaverknits designs and her IDP patterns. In recent years, she has published several eBooks and we’re so excited to release her newest collection – Twentieth Century Graphic!
This collection features 6 striking designs influenced by modern art and architecture.
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.
Since much of the US is in the midst of the dog days of summer, we thought it would be a good time to show off this week’s Freebie Friday pattern.
This is IDP designer Mara Jessup‘s Summer Stripes Felted Water Bottle Holder. During the summer months, I’m chugging water like there’s no tomorrow and having a cute holder to carry my bottles around in is a no brainer.
We’ve had a lot of recent new additions to our office – babies! So several of us have been scrambling as to what to knit up for these little darlings and but IDP Designer Nona Davenport has released a free pattern that is the perfect solution.
(It doesn’t hurt that she has an adorable model!)
Baby Tubie Socks! These are cute little socks, modeled on the classic knee high tube socks. Perfect for babies of either sex!
I’m comepletly in love with one of our newest kits.
This gorgeous shawlette is the Dorothy Shawl, designed by Kristen Hanley Cardozo, who is one of my favorite designers. She has been a part of the IDP program for quite a while now and while I always want to knit her patterns, Dorothy has shot to the top of my queue.
This week, summer finally showed up in the Pacific Northwest – I realize that most of the rest of the country is in a record breaking heat wave but here in Oregon/Washington, it had been quite a chilly, rainy June. But no more! Now with the warmer weather, we are all scrambling to ditch our wool sweater projects and looking for some knitting/crochet projects that we can work on that won’t overheat us and that will be useful, whatever the temperature.
This is her Quartet of Headbands – 4 cute and light projects, perfect to knit up & wear immediatly, no matter the weather.
This past weekend, Hannah, Jenny C., Jenny K. and I all took a trip to OH to once again attend The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA). This is the industry-only event held a few times a year for yarn and craft businesses to see whats new in the needlework community (including knitting, crocheting, weaving, needlepoint and much more). We love to chat with local yarn stores who carry our needles (does your LYS?) and meet up with new shops interested in finding out more information. It’s three days of fun and I love attending (even though by the end of it have very little voice left).