Category Archives: Inspiration

The Sweetpea Blanket
The Sweetpea Blanket

My younger brother recently welcomed his first child, the glorious and wee Margot Sweetpea Marie Wells. With a name like that, I knew I would have to up the cuteness factor for the blanket I was making her.

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Stitch n’ Pitch 2014

Knitting and baseball - my two favorite things!  Last week I got to attend the annual Seattle Mariner's Stitch n' Pitch. This event was first started by the Mariners 10 years ago and now many major & minor league teams around the country hold their own SnP nights!  It's a lot of fun, even if you are not a huge baseball fan - Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, opens up their top deck area for yarn booths and other goodies and it's so much fun to see (and buy) so much pretty yarn.

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Podcast Call for Entries: Knitting School!

Did you learn to knit at school? Many schools, like Waldorf, include knitting as part of the curriculum. When I worked in a yarn shoppe in England, almost all of the older ladies that would come in had learned to knit in school. If you learned knitting as part of your education, we’d love to hear from you! Email podcast@knitpicks.com with your story. If you’re included in an upcoming podcast, you’ll win ...

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Book of the Week: Amigurumi at Home

When my craft book collection started to get out of hand, I made a rule. I wouldn't buy a new book unless I saw at least three projects inside that I wanted to make. Well, I am definitely buying a copy of Amigurumi at Home by Anna Paula Rimoli. I want to make every single thing in this book! As you might know,

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Sherbet Dishcloth

The usually misty Pacific Northwest has been hit with a heat wave this last week, which is showing no sign of letting up. To deal with the unexpected dose of sunshine, a sherbet-inspired dish cloth was in order.

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6 Ways to Wear the CotLin Collection

Cotton and linen are quintessential fibers that represent summertime knitting - which makes CotLin the ultimate yarn for warm weather wear. Filled with breezy tops and tunics (and a shawl!), the CotLin collection highlights this versatile fiber blend while capturing the essence of summer. And to help inspire your own summer wardrobe, we've assembled six looks using three different pieces from this summer knitting pattern collection. Band Camp Pullover by Laura Birek JUST BEACHY: Summer days at the beach sometimes end up slightly cooler than expected. And when that happens, a perfect layering tee saves the day! Pair it with your favorite dress, sandals and a giant sun hat (obviously) for an effortless summer ensemble.

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Look Ma, I’m Crocheting (and Bread Baking)!

My mom taught me to crochet at least twenty times growing up. Unlike knitting, however, it just never "stuck". Since I've worked at KnitPicks, I've decided to learn to crochet again. How could I not be inspired by projects like Heidi's crochet blankets? Plus, it's not often you'll have so many accessible teachers. The designer of my first crochet project, Kim Cameron, sits right next to me! I started this bread warmer...

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Podcast 241: Summer Crafting Makes Me Feel Fine – Listen NOW!

Is crafting in the Summer a bit different for you? Maybe you work with lighter yarns, make more portable projects, or try a craft you've never done before. On this podcast, we explore Summer Crafting and some different ways of seeing things. We explore weaving with Monica, a teacher at Ruthie's Weaving Studio in Portland. She gives us a different view on working with fiber, and speaks about how collaboration lead to creativity, even when there's big equipment involved. We interview...

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Basic Doesn’t Mean Boring

You know what's really exciting to me, in knitwear? Not so much texture, or lace, or fancy techniques. No, what really makes me want to cast on is a good, solid basic with lots of stockinette. Maybe it's the minimalist in me that just wants a lovely blank canvas in whatever color I desire, or maybe I'm too fond of mindless knitting while watching TV or hanging out with friends, but give me a classic silhouette and next to no frills and I'm happier than a pig in mud (if pigs knit).

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Summer Yarn Sale is here!

It's heeeerreeee! Our Summer Yarn Sale has officially kicked into high gear and this year, we have over 700 yarns up to 50% off! Whether you are looking to (finally!) knit something for yourself, looking to replenish a bit of your stash, or you just want to get an early start on gift knitting - our summer yarn sale is the perfect excuse to indulge in a few of your favorite fibers and shades. And to help spark your inspiration - I've put together a few palettes in some of my favorite yarns using colors that are part of our HUGE summer yarn sale.   Stroll Fingering (up to 35% off) I just love this bright and cheerful color palette! It reminds me of my childhood, which was filled with Jem and the Holograms, My Little Ponies and hours spent making drawings with my Spirograph - only this time, there's a touch of grey added in to represent my adulthood staple shade: grey.

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