Category Archives: Inspiration

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A Big Cozy Valentine

I think Valentine's Day is fun for a lot of reasons. I love the colors: red and pink and white are bright and graphic (I like to sneak orange in there, too, where I can). I like that it comes in the deepest part of winter, when you need a pick-me-up of some kind. I love that it's a holiday everyone can celebrate and not because everyone has a partner, but because surely everyone can find someone in their life to show appreciation and love toward, right? So this Valentine's Day, why not knit up a quick accessory for a special person in your life? Our Big Cozy Yarn makes it so fast and fun, and with these free patterns, you'll want to make one for yourself, too! What could be more perfect for Valentine's Day than our V-stitch Bulky Cowl?

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Podcast 249: The Newbie – Listen NOW!

Remember when you were a new knitter or crocheter? What were some of the big mistakes you made? In this podcast, we explore what it means to be new to the craft. Alexis, Knit Picks Photography Assistant and new-ish knitter, takes advice from listeners. Debbie Stoller, author of the incredibly popular "Stitch 'N Bitch" series, tells us about how she discovered knitting, and how she's inspired countless other people to take it up. Three podcast listeners also tell us about their experiences. Whether you're a new knitter, or recall your new knitting days fondly, you'll find something in this episode to which you're sure to relate. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Crafting for Kids: Needle Felted Hearts (with Tutorial)!

Would you like the kids in your child's class to receive a super special treat this Valentine's Day? Are you looking for a fun craft to do with your kids this Saturday? Do you want to incorporate some fiber fun into your Valentine's Day, no matter what age you are? Here's a cute and super simple craft that can be done with kids or for kids, or by kids of all ages:)! Since it involves needles, this felting project is suitable for the slightly older child, and supervision is essential. These needle felted hearts are easy to make, adorable to wear or give, and are sure to make your Valentine smile. To make this project, you'll need:

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Knitted Romance

Valentine's Day is coming up and to celebrate, we thought it would be fun to look back through the knitting archives for famous instances of fiber affection. Here are a few of our favorite finds that show off knitting through the decades from our Knitted Romance Pinterest board! Frank Sinatra with Jane Powell

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February Desktop Calendar

Can you believe that January has already come and gone? We are so excited for another cozy month of knitting - especially because February 19th kicks off the year of the sheep! And to celebrate, we're showing off some adorable sheepy goodness for our February Desktop Calendar. You can find even more of these sheep on our exclusive set of 6 cards - perfect for keeping in touch with crafty pen pals! To get the free calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!    

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Color Combinations for Knitting

It's easy to get into a color slump - we've definitely all been there. The good news is that it's just as easy to reinvigorate your creative senses and get inspired! One trick to creating color combinations for knitting is by beginning with a picture that makes me happy or evokes a strong feeling. By having a tangible reference or goal, it is something you can refer back to in your color selection process to help guide you (instead of being overwhelmed by indecision)! After I've decided on a picture, I choose a yarn that I want to use for the color palette. It's a fun challenge and forces me to choose unexpected combinations by paying attention to the smaller details that are sometimes overshadowed by the main elements. For example, here is a darling kitty and an equally sweet color palette in Lindy Chain. Lindy Chain (L-R): Swan, Blush, Celery, Ash, Black

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Cold Snap Collection Look Book

As knitters, we embrace brisk winter days and cold nights. We look forward to breaking out our winter woolens and more importantly, we delight in the season that gives us purpose to keep knitting and knitting. With winter-worthy projects in mind, the Cold Snap collection is filled to the brim with cozy sweaters and accessories. Want to see more? Take a peek at the Cold Snap look book to see gorgeous knits set against the beautiful scenery of the Columbia River Waterfront.

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Chill Zone: New York State of Mind

  Do you look forward to the weekend as a time to unwind, "chill", and maybe do some lazy stitching while you listen to a podcast, sip a favorite drink, and eat your favorite snack? We're starting new series called "Chill Zone", where we'll suggest a few good options, inspired by a favorite place, person, or time period. This week, we're starting with New York! So to set up your New York City Chill Zone may we suggest that you:

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Color Theory Part 2: exploring hue, value, tint, shade and tone

When you first start to explore color theory, chances are that you'll run across a lot of new terms (and they might seem at first to all refer to the same thing - color)! However, once you dive into this fascinating topic - you'll learn the subtle differences between things like hue, value, tint, shade and tone. To start, let's go over the broadest term in this group of color theory words: hue. In painting, hue actually refers to a pure color - red, yellow, blue - without any white or black added to it. But in a broader sense, hue is just a fancy word for color! Another term you'll come across is value - this word is synonymous to what we describe a color as light or dark. You can also think about value in terms of how bright a color is. Tint, shade and tone are three other terms you might see when reading through color theory. Let's explore these qualities a bit more in depth.  

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Intro to Dyeing with Idyes

Have you ever heard of idyes? Me, neither! Alison, our fearless Knit Picks Director, tells me that they're acid dyes (like the kind Kim uses) but have a combination of cellulosic dye (for plant fibers such as cotton) and protein fiber dye (for animal fibers like silk), allowing you to use them on a large range of natural fiber projects. Inside each envelope is a little water-soluble packet (kind of like those dishwasher detergent nuggets) which you just pop into your washing machine and Vwalaa! You've dyed your own yarn.  I asked her to describe her process and take some photos. Here we go! From Alison: "IDye packets can be a nice option for folks who

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