Category Archives: Inspiration

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Pompom Love, Part 1: Kids!

As you may have noticed, this office has fallen in love with pompoms. Pompoms are so great because not only can they be the perfect finishing touch to your knitting project, they can be their own perfect object! In the next few months, we'll be exploring how you can use pompoms in creative ways with different KnitPicks yarns. First up, we'll see how Chroma lends itself to 3 adorable ways you can use pompoms, with kids!

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Podcast 245: High Fiber – Listen NOW!

Are you a fiber lover? Have you considered the animals from which you acquire your materials? In this episode, recorded at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon, we interview farmers of three different animals raised for their fiber, and ask them what they enjoy about doing just that. Jack Lyda, of Honey Lane Farms (above) tells us about his love of raising Shetland sheep.

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The Oh-So-Sweet Marguerite Dishcloth

Traveling is a fantastic time to catch up on crafting time. This last spring I visited New Jersey to watch my sister participate in the Special Olympics USA Games. The long plane ride, countless bus trips, and hours of train adventures all paid off with a glorious pile of completed projects.

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Rainbow in the Sun

I finished the worsted weight cardigan for my two year-old!  It was the perfect layering option for a birthday party at the pumpkin farm this weekend.

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Fall Into Creature Comforts

Well, the autumnal equinox was last week and I could feel its effects right away. It was like the earth just decided to skip any transitional weather and cut to the chase. But that's ok with me, because I love fall! I'm ready for snuggling under layers of blankets, resting on a cloud of lovely pillows, and putting down rugs to warm my feet from the hardwood floors in my apartment. Luckily our newest pattern collection, Creature Comforts, is all about warmth and coziness.

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Color Made Easy

The difference between a pile of yarn and the launching pad for your next creative masterpiece is color coordination. A thoughtfully-curated color palette will bring cohesion, beauty and sparkle to your project.

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Call for Podcast Submissions: Make or Break It

  The weather is cooling down and perhaps you're looking at patterns closely, wondering if they are the designs destined to become your favorite hand-knitted garments. Maybe you like top down or bottom up exclusively. Maybe you only work in skinny yarns or bulky weight. Maybe you like to learn a new technique, or maybe you like colorwork or just a bit of lace. Our upcoming podcast entitled "Make or Break It" is about what makes a good pattern. We know that you know what works for you. Won't you tell us what that is? What three things do you look for in a pattern, that make it something you'd cast on for? Call our hotline at 360-334-4847 and let us know. If we use your recording in the podcast, you'll get a "charm pack" of our favorite yarns.  Call now!  

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The Summer of Stroll Brights

Wasn't it a great summer? I fell in love...with Stroll Brights. I haven't loved a yarn line this much in a long, long time. Now that most of it is sold out, those of us here in the office who loved it are scrounging around, looking for scraps in each other's stashes to finish our neon projects. I have a few to finish up that I can't wait to show you! This one, my go-to sweater for all newborns, is made in the colorway Hot Tamale (still available!).

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Diadem Solids!

Diadem DK was a very special and very limited edition yarn that first made its appearance during last year's epic Cyber Monday sale. The metallic hues were incredible and the plush DK weight of this alpaca silk yarn was absolutely lovely - which is why we are so happy to see this yarn back in an array of saturated solids inspired by prized jewels and gemstones.

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