Category Archives: Inspiration

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9 Things We’re Loving for July

Summer is officially in full swing (even if we're getting a cloudy day here and there still)! And for this month, we were inspired by all things nautical, weekend trips to the beach and stripes on just about everything. Check out a few of our favorite things that we're loving for July - we hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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Favorite Knit and Crochet Books

As the Administrative Assistant here at Knit Picks, I get to see every book that comes into our office. It's really fun to see whats new and exciting in the world of yarn - although I admit it's also distracting... I get inspired and all I want to do is play with yarn instead of work! So before I head off to plan my next knitting project, here are a few of my favorite knit and crochet books to cross my desk recently.

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Lace Tip of the Week with Geoff Hunnicut

Have you tried knitting a nupp? If you're new to lace, these lovely bobbles can seem intimidating. Don't worry - Geoff Hunnicut is here to guide you through the process! In our Lace Tip of the Week, Geoff shows you all the key steps to knitting a nupp, on both sides of your lace fabric.

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Free Pattern Friday – Papillion Choker and Wristlets

Have you tried our gorgeous new yarn, the 100% silk laceweight Luminance? If you're like me, you had to buy a skein because it's SHINY and PRETTY (especially the silvery-blue Reflection, on the bottom far left). But once you get it, what to do with it?  Well, we have beautiful new free pattern created just for Luminance - the Papillion Choker and Wristlets by Joyce Fassbender!

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My First Yarn Dyeing Adventure

Back in the day, before Photoshop was my artistic tool of choice, I loved to paint. Oil, acrylic, watercolor and charcoal delightfully muddied up my bedroom. These days, my home is cluttered with a different method of creative expression: yarn dyeing! I started with a just a few colors in Greener Shades Dye, several skeins of Knit Picks Wool of ...

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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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