Category Archives: Kits

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May Custom Kits

Have you checked out our newest Custom Kits yet? We were so excited about how poplur our Custom Kits were last month we decided to choose 6 more!  So with the purchase of one of those gorgeous IDP patterns, you'll be able to get 15% off of the yarn shown to make it in whatever size & color you desire!

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It’s raining Cats & Dogs!

Cats & Dogs Satchels, that is! Knit in Wool of the Andes Sport, this satchel is messenger-bag style and is big enough for a laptop, schoolbooks, a knitting project, and of course a bag of treats for your favorite furry friend. The body of the bag knits up quickly in stockinette, and there are options to knit the strap and the inside front pocket plain or in an adorable paw-print pattern. But the real draw of this bag is the tesselated pattern of adorable Westie dogs and lounging black kitties!

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Custom Kits!

Did you see our newest program in the April catalog?  We are very excited to introduce Custom Kits! Like the look of Snowden Becker's Cecily Twinset? Well, now you'll be able to create your very own Cecily kit and save 15% on the cost of Stroll Tonal to make it! Or we have 5 other gorgeous IDP patterns to choose from.

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What would your perfect kit be?

As with any fashion-type industry, we plan all of our patterns and kits well in advance of their release dates. In fact, we're about to start planning our projects for 2013! With so many other projects in the works, it's a daunting prospect to come up with so many ideas at once. So, I turn to you, dear readers, for inspiration! What kind of kits would you like to see in 2013?

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Flowers in Spring

With Spring fast approaching, it's almost time to start putting away the woolen sweaters and coats. But you'll still need something to keep the chilly air at bay! How about the cheerful new Lilypad Shawl kit? This shawl features a bold design of lily pads and flowers on a pond. The lilies are worked in intarsia, and their simple shapes and coloring are good for someone new to the technique. (If you need some pointers on Intarsia, check out this video tutorial!)

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New IDP Kits

Did you notice something new about our new kits this month? We now have kits featuring patterns from our favorite IDP designers!  We are so excited to introduce this to you - you get the pattern & the yarn together for a discount and the designer still gets 100% of the pattern sales.  

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Voila – Viola!

Occasionally as a designer, the opportunity arises to really explore the art of knitting. When I was in college, knitting was another artform to me, much like the metals, encaustic and foam core board I was used to playing with. I liked that it was an additive, structural process. As I was studying modern art, I started seeing all mediums in a different way; there's so much more possibility in any medium than can be expressed in its intended use. This, to me, was as true for oil paints as it was for yarn. One concept I often explored in my art was the balance of hard/soft. That old theme was reinvigorated when I started to really think about the linear, almost mechanical process of knitting with something so soft and changeable as yarn. Pondering artists like Chuck Close, Warhol and Kandinsky, I thought, what if they were knitters? What would they do with yarn? And so I started to play.

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Life’s little luxuries

There is really something wonderfully indulgent about luxury fibers. Not only do you get to knit with them, but then you can wear the item! The only problem is, sometimes you really want to take that luxury yarn for a test drive before deciding that it is exactly what you want for a sweater. With that in mind, we created a kit of simple, one-ball patterns that lets you try out four of our most luxurious yarns, without the commitment of a large project! The Luxe Accessories Set includes one ball each of Aloft, Capra, City Tweed and Andean Treasure in coordinating Soft or Jewel colors.

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There’s still time…

If you're like me and haven't started your holiday shopping yet, don't fear - there's still time!  And if you're trying to find just the thing for your knitting friends, we have lots of options. Besides yarn and needles, our kits make great gifts. It comes all packaged up for you (just need some paper and a bow!), and contains everything you need to make a project. They make it easy for you to get your shopping done and find something for every knitter on your list! AccessoriesAccessories are fun to make and wear and are a great medium for learning new things. Hugo Hat This stylish cap pairs a simple slip stitch pattern with advanced finishing. This is a great project for someone who is a little uneasy about hemming, lining, seams and sewing - by the end of this hat, they'll be a pro!

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Playing with Color… and Math!

Ever since we introduced Chroma, I've been enjoying its versatility for patterns. The subtle color changes turn simple stranded knitting into complicated-looking colorwork, and even plain stockinette into works of art. So how about some stripes? One of my favorite things in Astronomy class in college was examining emission and absorption spectra of various elements and then looking for them in stars. Not only was the science fascinating, but it was beautiful as well. When we were tossing around ideas for a new sweater in Chroma, my thoughts turned immediately to those lovely spectra. Obviously there would be quite a problem working a full spectrum line-by-line into a sweater. There's just too many rows, and the colors wouldn't line up with their correct nanometer values! Not to mention it would need to look nice in colors other than just the bright spectral rainbow. So, I decided that the Fibbonacci sequence would deliver the perfect result. And the Chromatic Pullover is the end product!

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