Category Archives: Love

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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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Summer knitting – hot water bottle covers?

Yes! Now stay with me and you will appreciate my logic. Hot water bottle covers are small, portable knitting projects. Not heavy in your lap and easy to tote around while you are on vacation or just heading out for a picnic. You can use up bits of yarn from projects you knit last fall and winter. There are tons of fun designs - knitting and felting. And, they make phenomenal gifts! Just be sure to include a bottle with the cover. You can buy the bottles in the first aid section of your local pharmacy or even on Amazon!

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The Wonders of Weaving

A while back, I tackled my first ever weaving project and instantly loved not only the texture, but also the way colors interacted with each other. I was so impressed at how fast I was able to work through so much yarn that it didn't take long for me to warp the Kromski Harp Loom for another project. Hannah has also been working on a few weaving projects recently and every time she brings in a newly finished project, my mind begins to wonder off and daydream of all sorts of fun, color-filled projects. Having this itch to weave led me to Ravelry, where I discovered I was able to filter projects in a way that only showed weaving projects. I have been intrigued by the idea of working with Palette since there are over 100 colors to choose from. One click led to another, and I entered "Palette" into the search field to only show weaving projects that used Palette. One word: amazing! I was instantly inspired by all of the stunning projects that Knit Picks customers have made. There was one project, however, that just jumped out at me - yarnvista's woven blanket!

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2012 Reader’s Choice Awards

Surely the Oscars made you hungry for more beauty and competition? Well, we're pleased to announce that Knit Picks was nominated for “Best Needles” in the 2012 Reader's Choice Awards on About.com! To become a finalist, we were ranked in the top five by dedicated About.com staffers, sifting through hundreds of nominations.

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