Category Archives: Inspiration

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Crackerjacks and Baseball Stripes

It's my favorite time of the year - the start of baseball season!  It's that magical time when, no matter how badly your team did last year, it's a fresh start for everyone - new faces, new plays, new records to break - and for my fellow baseball knitters, a new Crackerjack to start! Last year I wrote about my Mariners Crackerjack scarf - a very fun pattern that follows a baseball team through the year, adding a different stripe after every game, depending on whether they won or loss.  While the pattern is infinity scarf, I chose to do mine as a regular scarf, since I wear those more.  And I kept with it throughout the ups & downs of the season and finished on the very last day of the regular season (heartbreaking, since the boys were thisclose to making it to the post season).

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Making Friends: A Book Sale Round-up!

Our book sale is here again! With 40% all titles, it's really hard to pass up the opportunity to browse new titles, or add a book you've been eyeing for while, to your shopping cart. Alison's sea creatures have been eliciting such a great reaction both online and in the office, that I thought I'd present some of our favorite books for knitted and crocheted toys and dolls. Have a look! You might just see something (someone?) you just have to make.

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Preciosa Staff Projects: From Sweaters to Sea Creatures!

Oh, Preciosa! I have not seen my coworkers squeal in such unison as they did when this yarn arrived in the office. Its single ply softness makes it an absolute JOY to craft with, and its gorgeous colors make your imagination (as well as your project queue) go wild. The greatest thing that happened when our staff grabbed some skeins: they cast on for such a diverse range of projects. From sweaters to stuffed animals, check out what we made!

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Beyond Socks: Pattern inspiration for your sock yarn stash

With our sock yarn sale coming to an end in a few days (March 25th to be exact, mark your calendars!), we wanted to share a few of our favorite patterns that go beyond the handknit sock. Think small accessories like mitts, shawls, scarves but also garments! Sock yarns are simply wonderful for larger projects like cardigans and pullovers. Ready for a dose of sock yarn inspiration? Vernazza by Cristina Ghirlanda Knit in Gloss Fingering, these simple mitts can be knit in an endless combination of ways by mixing up the stripes with bold colors. Vernazza by Cristina Ghirlanda

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Dishcloth Remix: Bear & Pig Shoulder Bag

We've had such fun in our blog series "Dishcloth Remix", where we've re-purposed our popular 2014 dishcloths, available in our book 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular. We've made a coaster and trivet set, a rug, a pencil or accessories bag, and a bread cloth. In our final installment in the series, we turned Emily's Some Pig  and Bear With Me dishcloths into an adorable shoulder bag perfect for your wallet and keys, or your crafting projects! To make the bag, we knit up the Pig Dishcloth

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Ends Tonight: 30% off Green Yarns!

This is our last call for the green yarn sale, don't miss this chance to save up to 30% off your favorite green yarns*! And in case you need some pattern inspiration for your newly stashed green yarns, we'll be sharing our a few of our favorite designs. The Circlet Cardigan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence A true classic, this cardigan is a must have for any knitters that love cables. And the swing-style of this cardigan is extremely flatting on everyone.

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Dishcloth Remix: Dishcloth to Bread Cloth

Have you seen our new book 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular? It's also available in an ebook, and contains our ever-popular dishcloth patterns from each week of 2014. In our blog series, "Dishcloth Remix", we're featuring new ways to use these dishcloths, to make fun and functional items you'll treasure. In our last "Dishcloth Remix", Hannah's Chance of Rain dishcloth became an adorable Cloud Case pencil or needle case. This week, Kim's Lacey Spa Cloth becomes a bread cloth, for housing your warm loaf or other baked goods, and the pattern is so simple!

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Springtime Surprise: 15% off sitewide!

Although it may not seem like it, Spring is just around the corner and we are celebrating with a 15% off sitewide sale*! And when we say sitewide....we mean everything: yarn, books, knitting needles, hooks, tools and more! Wanna know how to get in on this amazing offer?

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Celtic “Chill Zone”

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've come up with a bunch of links for you to create your very own "Celtic Chill Zone" - a place to knit fancy cables, sip a delicious beverage, and listen to the sounds of waves upon a rocky shore (or U2, whichever you prefer). In your Celtic Chill Zone, perhaps you could:

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Move over, bleach and ammonia - a new cleaning superhero is in town! May I introduce essential oils, nature's affordable, eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) alternative to store bought cleaners. For the last year, we've been featuring a free dishcloth pattern every week, so I thought it would be fun to explore natural cleaners to use with your dishcloths. Not only are conventional cleaners expensive, they can also be hazardous to your health and the environment. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is safe for your family's health and phenomenal at eradicating salmonella, e.coli, MRSA, pneumonia and a slew of other insidious little nasties (source). This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Let's get started!

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