22
Aug

Tatting learning curve

Tatting - Getting the hang of it

Wow! I had an interesting weekend with my balls of Curio and tatting instruction books. My hands might remember the motions for tatting but my mind has certainly filed away the technical understanding way back in a mental file drawer. I’m not looking for excuses for my high learning curve but I have to say the tatting world is a bit complicit.

19
Aug

Rediscovering the joys of shuttle tatting

My sample of tatting

There’s a lot to be said for a craft that can fit in a pocket. That was certainly the appeal twenty-five years ago when I was doing a lot of hiking and camping.

When I returned to our Vancouver office for the summer, I fell in love with our new crochet thread line – Curio. The colors are absolutely stunning. While I was admiring Curio, Kim mentioned that we had also picked up a tatting shuttle and a couple of instruction books. That certainly got my attention! I couldn’t believe tatting had found its way back into my life.

16
Aug

Go to your Happy Place

We all have a place that we hold dear in our hearts – our own ‘Happy Place’. Now you can have two more to wrap yourself in – the Happy Place Afghans!

These afghans make beautiful bedspreads and feature whimsical scenes from some popular happy destinations. The Forest afghan takes you to a dense, geometric pine forest with an owl for company, while the Ocean afghan invites you to share the rolling waves with an inquisitive whale.

15
Aug

Podcast Episode 221: New Pattern Collections & Yarn for September!

This week, Jenny and Kerin are so happy to finally introduce the new collections and yarns that are out for Fall! With four pattern collections and two new yarn lines, there is certainly a lot to be excited about. First up is Reclaimed, our new Fall pattern collection that features 15 designs along with three other 6-pattern collections – Geometric, Classic Color, and the Wool of the Andes collection.

9
Aug

An old Favorite returns in time for Fall knitting!

As much as it pains me to know that summer is on it’s way out, I’m so happy to be getting back to sweater knitting for Fall. That’s why I’m over the moon that we’ve re-released the beautiful Lofoten Pullover!

This Norwegian-inspired unisex pullover is worked in Wool of the Andes Sport, making it super toasty and a much quicker knit that a traditional ski sweater. Right now we have kits available in Brown and Black versions, or you can use our Kit Builder feature and pick your own colorway!

24
Jul

Reversible Basics

Every once in a while there are still overcast mornings and chilly evenings this far into the summer months. I’m always packing a light sweater or shawl in my bag that I’ve either taken off after things warm up a bit or because I’m ready to pop one on during dinner or in a frigid movie theater. Quenna Lee’s Reversible Basics is a whole collection of knits perfect for layering even in July! Each garment features a delightfully simple silhouette with sweet details.

75104220_7

5
Jul

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.

1
Jul

Crochet Week: Curio Pillow Cover

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

Having fallen deep into the crochet rabbit hole, it only seemed natural that I was completely intrigued and enamored with Curio from the moment our samples arrived at the office. And although it was a big departure from my usual size H or I hook, I decided to dedicated myself to Curio and a 1.5mm crochet hook for an entire weekend.

curio1

Curio in the color, Lichen

1
Jul

Crochet Week: Introducing KP Crochet (and a call for suggestions!)

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

When I began working at Knit Picks, I was fascinated by the way people would knit during office meetings; their focus so smoothly divided, yet free! Now, nearly two years later, there’s something a little different about our meetings:  At any given time, about half the staff whips out crochet projects (yours truly included). Granny stripe blankets, cotton thread lacework, crochet toys, cowls, slippers and shawls—it’s basically a bonanza.

 

crochetshawl