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

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.


We have a name AND an announcement!

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!


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.


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.


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 …



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:



The results are in for the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards!

As many of you already know, several of Knit Picks’ yarns and needles
were nominated for Best-Of in the 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards on about.com.
To become a finalist for the awards, about.com’s staff must sift
through hundreds of different nominations and pick the top five for each
of the five categories.  We are elated to say that Knit Picks was
selected as a finalist in four out of the five categories, including:
Best Wool Yarn (Wool of the Andes); Best Cotton Yarn (double nomination – Shine and Simply Cotton); Best Sock Yarn (Stroll); and finally, Best Knitting Needles (double nomination – Harmony and Options Interchangeables). 

As if that weren’t exciting enough, we are delighted to say that we
took home the 1st place spot for the Best Knitting Needles category with
our Harmony wood needles! (insert happy dance)

If you would like to read about the awards, click here: Reader’s Choice Awards – Knitting.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate your support!



Possible cure for Second Sock Syndrome

I seem to have returned to knitting socks with DPNs. I still use the Magic Loop Method for certain sock designs. What I do still appreciate with the Magic Loop Method is being able to knit two socks at the same time so there is no Second Sock Syndrome…