Category Archives: Inspiration

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Color Combinations for Knitting

It's easy to get into a color slump - we've definitely all been there. The good news is that it's just as easy to reinvigorate your creative senses and get inspired! One trick to creating color combinations for knitting is by beginning with a picture that makes me happy or evokes a strong feeling. By having a tangible reference or goal, it is something you can refer back to in your color selection process to help guide you (instead of being overwhelmed by indecision)! After I've decided on a picture, I choose a yarn that I want to use for the color palette. It's a fun challenge and forces me to choose unexpected combinations by paying attention to the smaller details that are sometimes overshadowed by the main elements. For example, here is a darling kitty and an equally sweet color palette in Lindy Chain. Lindy Chain (L-R): Swan, Blush, Celery, Ash, Black

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Cold Snap Collection Look Book

As knitters, we embrace brisk winter days and cold nights. We look forward to breaking out our winter woolens and more importantly, we delight in the season that gives us purpose to keep knitting and knitting. With winter-worthy projects in mind, the Cold Snap collection is filled to the brim with cozy sweaters and accessories. Want to see more? Take a peek at the Cold Snap look book to see gorgeous knits set against the beautiful scenery of the Columbia River Waterfront.

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Chill Zone: New York State of Mind

  Do you look forward to the weekend as a time to unwind, "chill", and maybe do some lazy stitching while you listen to a podcast, sip a favorite drink, and eat your favorite snack? We're starting new series called "Chill Zone", where we'll suggest a few good options, inspired by a favorite place, person, or time period. This week, we're starting with New York! So to set up your New York City Chill Zone may we suggest that you:

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Color Theory Part 2: exploring hue, value, tint, shade and tone

When you first start to explore color theory, chances are that you'll run across a lot of new terms (and they might seem at first to all refer to the same thing - color)! However, once you dive into this fascinating topic - you'll learn the subtle differences between things like hue, value, tint, shade and tone. To start, let's go over the broadest term in this group of color theory words: hue. In painting, hue actually refers to a pure color - red, yellow, blue - without any white or black added to it. But in a broader sense, hue is just a fancy word for color! Another term you'll come across is value - this word is synonymous to what we describe a color as light or dark. You can also think about value in terms of how bright a color is. Tint, shade and tone are three other terms you might see when reading through color theory. Let's explore these qualities a bit more in depth.  

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Intro to Dyeing with Idyes

Have you ever heard of idyes? Me, neither! Alison, our fearless Knit Picks Director, tells me that they're acid dyes (like the kind Kim uses) but have a combination of cellulosic dye (for plant fibers such as cotton) and protein fiber dye (for animal fibers like silk), allowing you to use them on a large range of natural fiber projects. Inside each envelope is a little water-soluble packet (kind of like those dishwasher detergent nuggets) which you just pop into your washing machine and Vwalaa! You've dyed your own yarn.  I asked her to describe her process and take some photos. Here we go! From Alison: "IDye packets can be a nice option for folks who

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An Intro to Jacquard Dyeing

Have you ever dyed fiber with Jaquard Acid Dyes? Neither have I! Kim here at Knit Picks is a pro, though. So I asked her to do some dyeing and take some photos, and she made it looks so easy!  She has two methods: one uses a crockpot and takes about 3 hours (including cooling time) and one uses a microwave and takes about (wait for it) 4 minutes! Can you believe it? It's totally clean and easy, too. Here's Kim's description of each method: From Kim: "I love to dye fiber! The bolder the better! Here I’m showing you two techniques that I used with wool fiber.

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An Intro to Natural Dyeing

This week we're celebrating the dyeing process. Do you know anything about dyeing yarn? I know nothing. Hannah here at Knit Picks does, though! She even took a class on natural dyeing. So I asked her to show me how to dye yarn from a few blossoms she found in her garden and it was so easy I couldn't believe it. She wrote up the details and I made a video. Click through if you'd like to see! Harvesting: "I picked both Hollyhock (left) and Marigold (right)  flowers from my garden in August.

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An Introduction to Color Theory

Whether you're wanting to create a custom Fair Isle palette or are looking to experiment with dyeing one of our special reserve Bare yarns, it all starts with color. Which is why this week we'll be exploring more about color theory! Color is all around us - it has the ability to affect our mood, it can make us feel energized, it can make us sleepy, it can make us hungry. And yes, it can even affect our knitting and crocheting! Although the study of color is quite complex, getting a good foundation of the basics is all you need to expand the possibilities of your craft.  

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Podcast Call for Entries: Newbie Knits

  Are you a relatively new knitter, or have you been knitting for a while? Our next podcast is devoted to new knitters and we want to know, “What is the biggest mistake you made in your early days?”. From gauge issues to pattern disasters, we want to know your biggest mess-ups. We also want to know what you wish you knew when you were starting out. Is there some small wisdom ...

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Our Knit Picks: Fair Isle!

We are definitely lovers of fair isle knitting around here, and whether it's the patterns from our new collection or elsewhere, we love marveling at the stranded knitting of crafters far and wide. Here's a round up of some of our favorite Ravelry fair isle projects (in a variety of yarn weights!), as well as a sneak peak behind the scenes of the photo shoot for the 2015 Knit Picks Fair Isle Collection.

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