Category Archives: Inspiration

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Staff Projects: Cacti, Sweaters, and Afghans – Oh My!

The great thing about featuring staff projects is seeing the diversity of things that the Knit Picks' employees make with our yarns. I love seeing things in the office that are so unique and different. I also love seeing the different ways we all use KP yarns for garments, and the ways the different blends lend themselves to different kinds of sweaters. Here are some recent staff projects. See what you think! Alison made this epic cactus from 3 skeins of Tuff Puff in Macaw, with 1 skein of Tuff Puff in Pucker for the pompom. She had no pattern, so she knit a rectangle and gathered it at the top. The pompom was made using the Jumbo Clover Pompom Maker. Made for her daughter Audrey, this cactus is sure to put a smile on anyone's face! If you're looking for a good cactus pattern, I would recommend Cute & Easy Cacti (Ravelry link).  It's free, and you can customize it as you'd like!

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Meet Your Teacher: Jenny!

Have you seen our newest tutorials? If you're new to knitting or crochet, we've got five great new classes to teach you the basics, featuring projects you'll love to make. One of our favorite projects is our Knit Beginner Blanket. Using our free pattern (available HERE), Jenny takes you through all the steps to making this amazing blanket in her favorite yarn, Preciosa. We thought you might like to learn a bit more about Jenny, so I asked her some pertinent questions, below!

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Speaking of Podcasts

I live and breath podcasts these days. At any given moment you can find me listening to one while I work (as I type this!), in the car, as I cook, clean, sew, weave, knit, crochet... basically my entire day is filled with surprising episodes from amazing podcasters. 'Tis the season for some heavy-duty crafting so I thought I would put together a short list of my favorite podcasts to listen to! So sit back, grab your WIP and a mug of favorite tea, and explore these absolutely delightful shows.

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Podcast Episode 253: Getting Published – LISTEN NOW!

Have you seen independently run knitting magazines in the stores and wondered how they got their start? Have you designed patterns and wondered how to get them published? This episode gives you an inside look into publishing. Meghan Fernandes of Pompom magazine tells us about the history and future of the quarterly magazine. Emily Guise of Knit Picks tells us about her new collection, Big Art Knits. If you're a new or seasoned designer, or a connoisseur of great patterns, this episode is for you!

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Staff Projects – Accessories + Ornament Edition!

The weather is turning chilly, the evenings are darker, and the needles around Knit Picks sure have been busy! Check out some of the staff projects we've been working on. They're accessories that knit up quickly and might be perfect for your upcoming gift list!

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Welcome to the Halloween Chill Zone!

Are you excited for Halloween? Whether you're going door to door with the kids, staying in to answer the door, or turning out the light to craft, here's some fun links to help you have an absolutely spooktacular Halloween! You might like to Craft: Pumpking Dishcloth Miniature Halloween Crochet Collection Knit some Shelob's Lair Socks Knit a Bat Hat and Mask (in just a few hours!) Make a Knitted Animal Hat for the entire cold weather season! Eat/Drink: Mummy Juice Boxes for the kids Poison Caramel Appletinis for the adults! Listen to: Our Halloween Spotify Playlist!

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Learn to Knit Club: Meet Your Teacher, Stacey!

Are you new to knitting, or do you have a friend who's been wanting to learn for a while now? Our new Learn to Knit Kits come in three levels, perfect for beginners of all levels. Each kit contain needles, yarn, a yarn needle, an instruction booklet, and a pin to wear when you've completed your project, all in a handsome box great for storage or giving. We also have tutorials for each of these kits, so any new knitter will be instructed by a Knit Picks staff member, each step of the way. The scarf pattern in our Level 2 kit was written by Stacey, who also teaches the class!

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Staff Projects: Finished Fall Knits

Here at the Knit Picks' office, several of us have been in a finishing frenzy! It seems like every other week, we're admiring a newly finished project while planning and rearranging our own pattern queues. And in that spirit of sharing inspiration, we've rounded up a few of our favorite recently finished knits that have been spotted at the Knit Picks' office. 1. Jenny: The Rockefellar Cardigan As soon as I had a few balls of Tuff Puff yarn in my hands, I knew what was in store for me: a giant, puffy cardigan. And it was off to the bookshelves for me - searching for the perfect pattern which I ended up finding in an older book: Twinkle's Big City Knits by Wenlan Chia.

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Twelve Weeks of Gifting: The Land & Sea Playset

We're in the third week of our 12 Weeks of Gifting series! This week we're featuring our Land & Sea Playset. A super cute knit train, car, taxi and sailboat are the perfect accessories for imaginative play on the knit landscape play mat. Worked in our rugged Brava Sport and Worsted acrylic yarn, you can wash these projects and they'll hold up for generations of little hands. There are 9 weeks of free patterns left so be sure to check back for the next pattern in our series every Wednesday!

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