Category Archives: Inspiration

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Learn to Weave with Hannah

For me, summer is about trying new things. I like new stitch patterns and new yarns, but most of all I like new crafts in general. In the past, I've devoted summers to needle felting or dyeing. This summer, I'm learning to weave! I have a small rigid heddle loom and I can't wait to make scarves and placemats and pillowcases for everyone I know. In my dreams, my Christmas list will be complete by the time the pumpkins are ripe. If you're interested in learning to weave, we have a new tutorial available where Hannah weaves a gorgeous pillowcase out of Hawthorne Fingering Yarn! Learn how to warp, weave, and finish your project in this great video:

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Podcast 255: Feels Like Summer – Available Now!

If you're reveling in the newness of summer, this podcast is a celebration of that feeling. Whether you travel to new places, or try new crafts during the warmer months, summer is always a good time to try new things. In this episode of the Knit Picks podcast, we talk to Clara Parkes, author of Knitladia, about her adventures in yarn-based travel. We also speak with designers Joyce Fassbender and Stephannie Tallent about their history of knitting and designing, as well as their recent contributions to our collection, Joyful Lace. So if you're out and about this summer, bring our podcast along!

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Knitting in Public

Did you craft in public this past weekend? We held a lovely get together in Colonel Summers Park in Portland, OR. There was free yarn and books, prize baskets, lots of chatting and crafting, and unfortunately, a good amount of rain. Nevermind! We headed under the park's picnic shelter and carried on. No, those aren't our wet socks on the line, but samples from Toasty Toes, all in a row!

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The Summer Yarn Sale

We've officially kicked off our long-awaited Summer Yarn Sale! And this year, it's bigger than ever with over 1,000 yarns on sale at up to 40% off. With so many yarns and colors to choose from, you're sure to find a stellar deal for your next project or maybe just to stock up your stash with. We've got everything from superfine lace to big and bulky yarns, and even roving on sale! And to help guide you through the hundreds and hundreds of options, we've rounded up our not-to-be-missed deals across every weight of yarn.

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Learn to Knit a Lacy Spa Cloth

Lace is really hard for me. I've tried it a few times and had no good results. I'm resolving to try again, however, and in doing so, I'm going to start with the basics. As much as I would love to try the patterns in Joyful Lace, and go forth with our new 100% silk yarn, Luminance, I will start small. So I'm going to cast on with our cotton yarn Dishie, and try to knit a Lacy Spa Cloth. With a super repeatable pattern that I can memorize really quickly, I think this will be a fast project where I can repeat my yarn overs and get used to how things look on the needles, before I progress to larger patterns. The texture reminds me of those string market bags you see at the Farmer's Market all summer long. Maybe I'll try my hand at one of those, next! If you want to learn to knit a Lacy Spa Cloth, here are some handy links: Lacy Spa Cloth Free Pattern Dishie Yarn

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9 Things We’re Loving for June

It's time to show off just a few of the things we're loving here at Knit Picks HQ lately! And for this month, we couldn't help but indulge our love of purple for the June guide. We've collected our favorite things in a range of regal dark purples to romantic light lavenders. We hope you enjoy some of our favorite picks as much as we do, and happy crafting! 1. Chroma Yarn in Avalon>> 2. Majestic Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set>> 3. Casa Loma Shawlette Pattern>> 4. Lavishea Lotion Bars>> 5. Phil Basin in Purple>> 6. Wool of the Andes Worsted in Amethyst Heather>> 7. Everyday Tote Bag in Purple>> 8. Dishie in Lilac Mist>> 9. Simple Shells Cowl - free pattern download>> Save Save Save

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Kits for Summer Knitting at 30% Off!

Whether you're on a "staycation" this summer, or off to see a new place in a far away land, your summer knitting will be enhanced by the sweet items in well-curated kits. Whether it's tools, yarn, or a way to occupy the kids, our Clearance Kits are sure to please, and at 30% off, they're certainly hard to pass up!

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World Wide Knit In Public Day

Saturday, June 18 2016 Better living through stitching together. Did you know that this Saturday is World Wide Knit In Public Day? This event started in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. From founder Danielle Landes: "Knitting is such a solitary act that it's easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This is a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor!"

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New! Complete Yarn Guide 2016

You may have noticed that our catalog got little makeover a few months ago. As soon as we started planning the new look, we realized that having a complementary book of all of our current yarns would be a great idea, since they're no longer included in the catalog. So as our graphic designer, I was in charge of putting it together. With hundreds of items, it was a lot of information to wrangle into a beautiful, cohesive package. I wanted to be sure that it was easy to use and that all of the photos were color-corrected so they'd be as accurate as possible for those consulting the yarn guide for color reference. I know how important that is for any knitter or crocheter, especially for projects with multiple colors, like Fair Isle. In fact, Knit Picks staff has used the yarn guide ourselves in several collection planning meetings for that very reason.

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Summer Knitting Projects

Fabulous knit and crochet projects for summer fun! I think it's safe to say that summer has arrived! Now that our sweaters have been packed away and we're enjoying the sunshine, it's time to pull out your summer knitting projects. Here are a few fabulous projects I'm hoping to cast on soon. Summer Knitting Projects: Oyster Bay Tank I just love this Oyster Bay tank top! It's knit in our fabulous lightweight linen Lindy Chain, which gives it an amazing drape and sheen. The simple diamond pattern along the sides make the perfect accent to this summer top. Designed by Kathryn Folkerth.

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