Hi Knit Picks Lovers!
We’re exploring a new format for our podcast, and would love your contributions to upcoming shows. We’ll be posting about topics and if they pertain to you, we’d love to hear from you! Here is the first:
The Impractical Crafter
Did you knit a footstool that flattened beneath your feet, or crocheted a bikini never to be worn?
We’re looking for examples of knitting/crochet or any other yarn crafts you’ve made that have no practical purpose whatsoever.
Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see a photo of your impractical craft, if you have one.
If we feature your story on our podcast, you’ll win a fabulous yarn sampler!
I love our new yarn Hawthorne.
You probably could tell because I wouldn’t shut up about it on our latest podcast. Since I’ve been using it like crazy in several projects, I thought I’d share some tips & tricks for working with what can be a challenging yarn to some people – hand painted yarn.
We are so honored to introduce our guest artists, Caden and Natalie Best. As one would expect with such illustrious artisans, the duo proved difficult to reserve. After much negotiation, bartering and outright groveling, we were able to commission their talent for illustrations of yarn lines and our book sale.
This week’s design for our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths is the Neutral Stripes Dishcloth. I was going through my collection of dishcloths at home, and I realized that I tend to first pick a color palette and then do a number of variations using the same colors so that I have a matched set. I already have a ton of bright-bright-bright dishcloths for my kitchen, so for this pattern I wanted something that could alternatively be used as a spa or face cloth in the bathroom.
We’re such teasers, aren’t we? Get ready for lovely, spring-inspired knits, luscious plants and, of course, some handsome cats!
It was so fun seeing all the creative yarn glamour shots Knit Picks fans came up with for this contest! Below are the three winners. Thanks to all who participated!
This gorgeous shot of a spinning wheel is graced with our Wool of The Andes Roving, hand dyed with Jacquard Acid Dyes. Much ‘oooooooing’ and ‘awwwwwing’ was heard throughout our office when we saw this photo. Simply lovely.
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… but I finally finished it. In the amount of time it takes to make a human, I completed my gloriously grand and lusciously large City Tweed blanket. Big enough cover a queen-sized bed, it’s like being wrapped in an electric blanket made of marshmallows. So lush, cozy and soft!
This week, Kelley explores different opportunities for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most recent audiobook discoveries and catches you up on what projects and KALs are keeping her needles busy.
(Photo from Ravelry pattern page of the Beekeeper’s Quilt)
Swarm of Bees Sweater
Beekeeper’s Quilt – Hexipuffs
Reading and Audiobooks:
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Luis Zafon
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
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Endlessly versatile and supremely satisfying, the Under 100 Knit Collection was designed to make the most of your stash while accessorizing your day-to-day wear with style. And to help spark a bit of inspiration, we are here to kick things off with another edition of Style It! This time, we are highlighting three accessories styled two ways – all from the Under 100 collection.
Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers by Amanda Schwabe
The Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers combine two of any knitter’s favorite things: using those up tiny ball balls of leftover sock yarn and stripes. These simple-yet-addictive arm warmers keep your hands warm and your fingers available for knitting.
We’re coming to the end of the NFL season, and while I am definitely more of a baseball fan, I do enjoy a lazy Sunday watching some football. And, as of this moment, my two favorite teams are still battling to make it to the SuperBowl (that would be the Seahawks & the Patriots, mainly due to my Seattle & Boston connections). If you’re reading this after January 19th, and neither team is in the SuperBowl, just picture me being very sad.
Since I have a lot of friends who are also sport fans, I’ve gotten requests for some knitted/crochet items in team colors so I thought I’d share some of my favorites patterns