Category Archives: interview

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Meet Jennifer!

We’ve made a few changes in the office recently and I’m pleased to introduce you to one of our newest Knit Picks team members, Jennifer! Jennifer is brand new to our team, and has become a Jill-of-all-trades around the office. From processing all the new books we get in, to e-mailing with the designers in our IDP program, she's quickly become an indispensable addition to our little group. We asked her some quick questions about her crafty background and her experience working here, so far!

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New Podcast Available: Stash!

Whether you're a person who loves to stash yarn, or a crafter who buys only on a per-project basis, this episode will interest you. We speak to Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, about her app and booklet called "Stashbot", helping knitters understand yarn quantities for each project they're planning. We also speak with Elizabeth, whose stash is so big that it's taking over whole rooms of her house (see her "Main Yarn Room" above)! Find out what she loves about owning a large stash, how she uses it, and how she keeps it organized. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Meet Your Teacher: Heidi

Meet Heidi: Newlywed, Art Director, and Avid Crocheter. Heidi loves color, and she loves using colorful yarns to crochet blankets for her friends and family. Heidi teaches our online course on our Crochet Beginner Blanket (pattern available for free, here). We thought you'd might like to know a bit more about her, so I asked her some questions, below!

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Learn to Knit Club: Meet Your Teacher, Stacey!

Are you new to knitting, or do you have a friend who's been wanting to learn for a while now? Our new Learn to Knit Kits come in three levels, perfect for beginners of all levels. Each kit contain needles, yarn, a yarn needle, an instruction booklet, and a pin to wear when you've completed your project, all in a handsome box great for storage or giving. We also have tutorials for each of these kits, so any new knitter will be instructed by a Knit Picks staff member, each step of the way. The scarf pattern in our Level 2 kit was written by Stacey, who also teaches the class!

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Learn to Knit Club: Meet Your Teacher, Hannah!

Last week we launched 3 exciting new projects that we've been working on for months now, our Learn to Knit Kits! There's a kit for beginners of every level. Level 1 teaches you how to make a dishcloth (with enough yarn to make a few of them, in 3 different colors). Level 2 teaches you how to make a beautiful (and washable!) four color scarf, and Level 3 teaches you how to make a hat on two needles.  These kits have all the supplies you need, plus a handy full color booklet teaching you everything you need to know, and a pin to wear once you've completed your project!  Best of all, should you be a visual learner, we're offering tutorial classes for each kit. In the tutorials, a member of the Knit Picks staff takes you, step by step, through every technique you'll need to know to complete your project. Best of all, the classes are free on our site! We thought it might be fun for you to meet the teachers of these classes. So this week, we're featuring Hannah! Hannah is our Catalog Director here at Knit Picks. She wrote the pattern for the Learn to Knit Club Hat, and she teaches the tutorial class on making the hat. From casting on to ribbing, decreasing, and seaming, Hannah's got it covered!  I asked her a few questions related to her own personal love of craft. You can find her answers, below!

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5 Questions with Hilary Smith Callis

Have you seen The Sweater Book? It's a unique set of patterns with interchangeable parts, so you can knit a sweater customized just the way you want! The book is authored by Hilary Smith Callis, a great designer, and interesting person! If you'd like to find out a bit more about her, and the book, click through to read 5 fun answers to questions we wanted to know!

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5 Questions with Andi Satterlund

Did you get a chance to glance at Quiet Days, a collection of 5 adorable designs by Andi Satterlund?  It's a very special collection from a well-known designer we love. But in case you're not familiar with Andi and her lovely design work, we wanted to ask 5 fun questions, to learn a bit more about her!

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Charity Spotlight: CLICK for Babies

Have you ever seen a newborn wearing a purple cap, or gone to a maternity ward to see teeny purple caps being worn on all the tiny heads of babies? These caps are there thanks to “CLICK for Babies”, an organization that facilitates the distribution of caps made by crafters of all varieties, in hopes to raise awareness for the “Period of PURPLE Crying” or “Shaken Baby Syndrome” prevention. Christine Baker, Program Coordinator for Period of PURPLE Crying at Seattle Children’s Hospital, answers a few questions about the caps, and how you can start making them, too!

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Your pot of gold: The Green Yarn Sale

It's your lucky day week! In honor of St. Patrick's day, we are happy to announce that we are having a green yarn sale up to 30% off*! Now through 3/18/15, you'll get a chance to score a lucky deal on all our favorite green hues. Need a bit of help sifting through these gorgeous green yarns at tempting prices? Here are my top picks for the green yarn sale - from delicate lace weight yarns to cozy bulky yarns. 1. Aloft in Kenai $4.89 $6.99 An honorary shade of green, Kenai is equal parts blue and green - combining together to create a deep, rich shade that is akin to cool ocean waters.

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Podcast 228 – Interview with Stephannie Tallent

This week, Kelley got a chance to chat with designer and author Stephannie Tallent. First, Kelley and Stephannie talk about the newest book, Hitch, which is a pattern collection inspired by the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Next, Kelley and Stephannie talk about her designs in the Wool of the Andes collection (a Knit Picks exclusive) as well as her book California Revival Knits. Hear more about Stephannie's design process and her fascinating approach to interpreting architectural inspirations into knitwear. You can find Stephannie's books and patterns here: Hitch printed book Hitch eBook California Revival Knits printed book California Revival Knits eBook IDP patterns 3 easy ways to listen...

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