Category Archives: Inspiration

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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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8 Ways to Wear the 2015 Fair Isle Collection

The middle of winter is often a stark landscape of whites and greys. We'd like to think of this as simply the perfect blank canvas for loads of color in all forms like fresh pops of color on garments and bright accessories. Nothing lends itself to the expression of color and mesmerizing patterns quite like Fair Isle. Preview our new collection and get a hefty dose of style inspiration, because we've got 8 ways to wear our new Fair Isle collection for you!   BLUE SKIES OF WINTER by Gillian Grimm WEEKEND WHIMSY: You've got a date with a good book, a large mug of chai and your knitting project (obviously). Pair this cool mint cardigan with accent with rich shades like goldenrod and plum for a relaxed, yet striking color combo.

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Handmade Holiday Contest: Winners!

We had some amazing entries to our Knit Picks Handmade Holiday Contest, and we can now announce the winners! Yes, that's right, there are 2 winners. We had such great entries that we couldn't choose just one. The first winner is...

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The Handmade Holiday Contest by Knit Picks

Have you finished your handmade gifts yet, or are you still working away, hoping to weave in those ends in time for Santa's visit? We're holding a contest to see your loved ones receiving your gifts made with Knit Picks yarn. Just take a photo of the recipient and their gift, upload it to Instagram, and tag it with #knitpicksholiday. If you aren't on Instagram, email your photo to podcast@knitpicks.com (yes, we know it's not part of a podcast). After the holidays have wrapped up, we'll pick a winner who will receive a fabulous "charm pack" of Knit Picks yarns. In the meantime, let's have a look at the handmade gifts of some Staffers here at Knit Picks!

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Happy Holidays from Knit Picks!

Whether you're rushing around doing last-minute shopping, or happily sitting by the fire finishing up your last-minute gifts, we hope your week is a joyous one. We've had so much fun this year at Knit Picks, topped off by our year-end celebration of Ugly Sweaters. Here's to hoping your holidays are filled with laughs, and fun, and lots of crafting. Click through to see this year's holiday card

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A Pompom Christmas

In previous posts in our pompom series, we looked at ways that children might love pompoms and how pompoms might have decorated your autumnal home or Thanksgiving table. In this, the last post of the series, let's look at some unconventional Christmas ideas using pompoms from different Knit Picks yarns. Having a Christmas party, or just a few people over

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