Category Archives: Love

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We Heart Preciosa Fingering + Staff Projects!

Though I have loved many Knit Picks yarns over the course of my recent project making, Preciosa Fingering Tonal Yarn might perhaps be my all-time favorite. The colors are spectacular, the softness is unmatched, and projects made in this yarn come out looking so very dreamy. For a while, I swore off fingering weight projects. I just wasn't getting through them efficiently, and they would often be left in my knitting basket, as works in progress, for months and months. Preciosa Tonal Fingering Yarn is bringing me back to this yarn weight single handedly (or single ply-edly? haha). Here are some staff projects we've recently completed, if you'd like to see.

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Red & Pink Yarn Sale!

February 14th is just around the corner and our Valentine to you is up to 40% off our favorite rosy red and pink yarns* (over 170 colors to choose from, to be exact)!

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February 2016 Calendar

We're celebrating February with all of the rosy pink and red hues that color this lovely month. And although it may be grey and dreary outside, we've got plenty of colorful yarns to turn to while we wait for warmer weather. To get the free February 2016 calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

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Knit Picks E-Valentines

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's the perfect excuse to send cheesy messages and punny cards to your loved ones and favorite crafty friends. Luckily, we have 6 adorable eValentines to choose from - all of which show off your fiber flair!

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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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In Loving Memory

Xena has been a member of the Knit Picks family for as long as I can remember - serving as our iconic (and epically cute!) mascot, yarn ambassador and occasional actress. Xena was also an extremely loyal companion, only straying from Kelley’s side to stroll the office and check out the day’s activities. She loved apples, being wrapped up in blankets and snuggling with Kelley as she was knitting away. And although Xena is no longer with us, we will always cherish our memories and look back fondly at her time with us. In honor of Xena, we’ve collected a few photos from throughout the years for everyone to enjoy.

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Falling in love with thread crochet

To understand the doily, you must make the doily.I really get this now. As a kid and even into adulthood, my brother and I would use 'doily' as a way to denote that something was old fashioned or fuddy-duddy. (e.g: "geez, dad, why don't you put those vinyl records with your doilies?") But then along came Curio, and everything changed. Since beginning my crochet quest earlier this year, I've really come to love the intricate patterns in fine gauge crochet items like doilies and trims. Not that I didn't find them beautiful before, but being able to really see the work in them was a new experience. With Curio gleaming like a new day on my desk, I couldn't help it. I looked for some free vintage doily patterns, and started wading through my first attempt.

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Beads, glorious beads!

Did you see? We now carry beads for you to add to your knitting! Beads add a wonderful element to knitted items. They add sparkle and drape to lace shawls, fancy highlights to handbags, and they stand out against plainer items to create something special. With this in mind, I wrote the Starry Stole pattern! This free pattern features a pattern of beads in a starry field on a background of simple stockinette stitch.

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Get to know Jen Andersen from Hanks in the Hood!

There are certain people that you meet in your fiber travels that simply beam with a passion for what they do, and no one embodies this like Jen Anderson, the face behind Hanks in the Hood. It is a quality that is infectious in person and hard to express in words. And since Jen is a local to us here in Portland (she is based out of Gresham, Oregon), I was so excited when I was able to spend a day at her shop (Andersen Fiber Works) and her fiber processing studio for a little video interview! All of us here at the office love Jen and of course, her rovings and batts from Hanks in the Hood. And personally, I am thrilled to be able to share Jen's story in addition to her enthusiasm, drive, and passion for what she does everyday. I hope this little video lets you get to know Jen a little bit better, I am sure you'll love her as much as we all do!

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