Category Archives: Independent Designer Partnership

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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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Podcast Episode 197: Interview with Audrey Knight

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 knitter to knitwear designer, and how she came up for the idea for her book which features reversible patterns that are sure to “cure the wrong side blues” as Audrey says. Kelley walks through each chapter ...

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Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2012

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!

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Crochet Lion Square

With all the crocheting I've been doing recently, I'm very happy with this week's Freebie Friday! This adorable 8x8" Lion Square is by IDP designer Maggie Menzel.  She originally designed it for the Knit A Square charity & kindly shared it with us!

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Exclusive Collections – Modern Sophisticate

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.

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Exclusive Collections – Twentieth Century Graphic

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.

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Summer Stripes Felted Water Bottle Holder

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.

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