Category Archives: Inspiration

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Dispatches from The Beginners

With some recent staff changes here at Knit Picks, we have a number of employees who are new to knitting.  It's fun to check in with them to see how they're progressing. I love to hear about their trials, and how they're completing projects and gaining confidence along the way. You might remember Alexis from the podcast she did a while back on being a newbie. She's been working on a scarf from our Learn to Knit Club Kit, and look how well she's doing! Here are the dispatches from the Knit Picks Beginner Knitters, in their own words.

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May-Guide
9 Things We’re Loving for May

The flowers are in full bloom here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and we couldn't help but be inspired by the soft floral shades that are popping up everywhere. From pastel yarns to pretty and practical accessories, here are just a few of the things we're loving this month. Happy Crafting!

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Staff Projects – Bunny Knits!

Spring is almost over - can you believe it? Only about a month to go until summer, and I don't know if I'm ready quite yet. The weather in the Northwest has been everything from 50 to 90 degrees already, giving us a sample of what looks to be the hot summer ahead. So to keep spring around for just a bit longer (at least in my mind, and on my needles) I made some sweater for my daughters. Want to see?

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Hello, Gorgeous! New Colors in Stroll

Celebrate this gorgeous weather with some equally stunning new colors in Stroll Tonal and Stroll Hand Painted! It's time to dust off your favorite sock patterns, refresh your shawl collection and reorder your queue with the six new Hand Painted hanks and ten Tonal colors.

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Take Your Child To Work Day

Featuring Guest Blogger Theodore Fish April 28 was National Take Your Child To Work Day, and we participated here at Knit Picks by inviting my ten year old son Theo to our office for the day. He was very excited to spend the day with us, and we've asked him to write about his experience in today's blog post. Take Your Kid To Work Day ~by Theodore~ This is about my adventure visiting my Mom’s work and office! I got to see all the offices and different jobs that people do there. I got to help out with some of the jobs and did a good job at it. My mom said I was very fast!

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Podcasts to Queue While you Craft

I'm back with some new podcast recommendations! Last November I did a post with some of my favorite feeds to listen to while I knit/weave/crochet/cook/clean/drive/do all the things. It's definitely time to dive in to my enormous list of 'casts for an update. I have two crafty-themed suggestions and two story-based podcasts just for you when you click through to the rest of the post!

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Clockwise from top: "Phyllis & Marian" (p. 18), "Zick Zack" (p. 20), "Nana's Favorite Dishcloth" (free on Ravelry.com)
A Beginner’s Knitting Journey

aka: Learning to knit something besides scarves. As the newest member of the Knit Picks team, I have a lot to learn! I am fairly new to knitting... although I've known how to knit for years, until I came to work at Knit Picks I hadn't made anything more complicated than a garter-stitch scarf. In less than a week of employment I was drooling over yarn and planning out what to create next. It was obvious I was going to need to learn to knit on a more sophisticated level. Fortunately I am surrounded by talented knitters who have been so very patiently helping me! Let me share a bit of my beginning knitter's journey, aka: learning to knit something besides scarves.

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Earth Day Promo: Get a free usable mug or tote bag

To celebrate Earth Day, we're offering a few reusable freebies with your next order! There are two options: get a free reusable Knit Picks mug with orders $50+ OR get a free Knit Picks Tote Bag with orders $75+*. You'll be helping the Earth one sip and one grocery shopping trip at a time, all while showing off your love of all things crafty! Use promo code EARTHDAY50 Want to learn how to get your free mug or free tote bag? You can read all of the details on this page HERE and you'll also find all of the styles available for the promo on that same page.

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Diadem: Luxury Without Limits

Summer is a great time for smaller knits - things you can put in a project bag and take with you on a plane ride or a road trip. I like to grab a pattern and yarn that I've been looking forward to making and, once completed, put these items into a "gifts for anyone" bag. That way, when I need a birthday gift or have one more person for gifting at the holidays, I have some things ready. Diadem is the perfect yarn for smaller items that will make you, or the recipient of your gifts, gasp with delight. A delightful blend of alpaca and silk, Diadem is soft beyond belief, and as shiny and luxurious as the gemstones that the colorways suggest. I would love to make the Palazzo Lace Scarf, above, and the Ciel Sorbet Poncho, below. I think anyone I know would be thrilled to receive them.

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Sweet Spring Projects by Independent Designers

Spring is most definitely in the air! It's time to put away our sweaters and chunky scarves and bring out our lighter wardrobes. For all of us fiber lovers, that means it's time for a fun new spring yarn project! Or two... or three... Let's start with this fabulous Mesa Wrap, designed by Chelsea Berkompas. It's a light and airy summer wrap with sections of mesh lace and a distinct striping pattern shaped by simple short rows. Knit in Lindy Chain, this wrap has a wonderful drape and sheen.

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