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Customer Questions about Dishie

Many times, our customer service department receives questions about our new products with regard to their washability, durability, texture and so on.  Recently, a couple days after the launch of our new Dishie line, a customer called in and asked our wonderful representative, Daryl, whether the yarn colors would bleed or fade in the wash.  She also inquired whether the texture and feel were comparable to one of our competitors’ 100% cotton yarn.  When we are selecting new yarn lines, we always go through a vigorous vetting process to determine whether the yarn is up to our standards.  As soon as we receive the yarn samples, we distribute the yarn to two or more knitters and/or crocheters to swatch.  We do this for three reasons: to test gauge, to make sure the spin is consistent, and to see how the yarn looks once it’s worked up.  Once we have swatches in place, we essentially beat one of them up.  We wash it in hot and cold water, we put it in the wash with heavy items, and test to see how it will hold up with a lot of abuse.  Next, we wash another swatch according to the care instructions that we recommend.  Once we know how the yarn works up and holds up, we make our decision.  One thing that we hadn’t done in the past is bleach the yarn.  Until now.

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Say hi to Dishie! (and find out how to win a $20 gift card)

Thank you to everyone who participated!  This contest is now closed.  To find out who won, please click here: WINNERS I am so thrilled to introduce you to our brand new yarn- Dishie. Dishie is a hard working worsted weight yarn, made of 100% cotton with a tight spin and high absorbency. Dishie is made of tougher stuff than super-snuggly Comfy or the organic cotton in Simply Cotton, which were designed specifically with garment knitting in mind. Dishie is more of a multi-purpose yarn well-suited for projects like dish cloths, market bags, baby bibs, but we made sure the finished yarn is still soft enough that it's a pleasure to knit. Dishie is also one of our most affordable yarns at only $3.99 for 100g ball, and comes in a rainbow of colors. Dishie is the darling of the Knit Picks' office right now, we've never knit so many dish cloths! Kerin even made up a dish cloth template for us so that we could each design our very own dish cloth pattern which are now available as free patterns. She also re-formatted the template to create a downloadable DIY Dishcloth free pattern. Now we want to see what you can come up with. Send a PDF, word doc, or jpeg of your own charted dishcloth pattern, or a photo of a knit or crocheted dishcloth you designed to contests@knitpicks.com by May 15th, 2011. It's up to you whether you want to use the DIY Dishcloth pattern or free style it- anything goes! We'll randomly select 3 winners and give them each a $20 gift card to Knit Picks. The winners will be e-mailed and their names will be posted here on the blog, along with some photos of a few of our favorite submissions. Now I'd like to show what our staff dreamed up to give you some inspiration...

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My visit to Doernbecher

This past Friday, I had the honor and privilege to visit with a woman named Peggy Adams from Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  Peggy works as the Child Life Specialist in the Family Resource Center and is working hard to arrange a program for the parents of children to participate in while their sons and daughters receive treatment. I reached out to Peggy a couple weeks ago because I thought she might know of some local charities who might benefit from yarn donations.  After speaking with her for a few minutes, she mentioned that she was in the process of starting a knitting and crochet class for the parents of kids at the hospital.

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We have a name AND an announcement!

There's something about these socks that just makes us smile.  They're so much fun and you know that they were knit with love!  We want to thank everyone who contributed their ideas for names. I can tell you that all of us here at Knit Picks were in stitches (ha!) reading through them.  While it is sad that we could only have one winner, the good news is that we think we've picked a great one!   Read more for our special announcement!

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Designer Interview Videos

In addition to the great tutorials and videos we have available at Knit Picks, we have also been working hard on expanding our videos to include a behind the scenes look at new kits! If you have ever wondered about the inspiration behind the projects or simply want to hear more about the design process that goes into the kits, you really have to check out the Designer Interview videos! After all of the designing, editing, sample knitting and re-editing is done and the kits are ready to make their debut, I ask our talented designer Kerin to give everyone an inside look into each kit. These designer videos are really great for finding out which specific techniques, construction and design elements are used as well as learning about any tips or tricks Kerin might have to make your project a success. I find it endlessly fascinating to hear about the point of inspiration that started each project alongside the final piece.

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Knit Picks YouTube Playlists

In addition to our ever growing list of tutorials available through Knit Picks, did you know we also have a YouTube channel with even more online classes, how-to videos and tutorials? We have over 200 videos that include not only instructional material, but also many designer interviews and so much more. One of the best things about our Knit Picks YouTube channel are all of the classes that walk you through every step of the way. We have classes on how to knit - the basics, how to knit lace, how to knit a sweater, how to spin yarn using a drop spindle as well as Kelley's Sock Class and Kelley's Mitten Class. And to make things even easier for you, we now have a dedicated section for all of these classes.

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Cyber Monday update

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Alisha posted last week to let you know we were going to be having our first ever Cyber Monday sale today. The sale is on! Over 400+ colors of yarn are 25-35% off. We did have some technical issues this morning and not all the yarns were showing correctly in this sale category. That has been resolved, and we’re really sorry for any confusion or inconvenience that caused. We’re also ...

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Winners of “A Weaving Contest”

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my latest giveaway, A Weaving Contest.  We had a lot of great responses and it was really fun reading what you all would like to create.  Using a random number generator, we have selected two 1st place winners and two 2nd place winners.  The first place winners will each get a copy of the four books: The Weaver’s Idea Book; Weaving Made Easy; Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving; and Learning to Weave.  ...

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100K!

I realize that I shouldn't be shocked any longer at just how big the IDP program has gotten over the past 15 months but I just got some big news -  this past weekend we hit 100,000 pattern sales!  Wow!  That is amazing - and best of all, all of those sales went directly to the fantastic group of designers we have in the program so far.  As of last week, we have over 350 IDP designers - we generally add about 20 new designers a month in fact! Have you checked out some of the new patterns recently?  There's been so much exciting new stuff coming out - my queue grows larger & larger every week!  Here are some of my favorite new designers & patterns:  

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