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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!  

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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...

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Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  To find out who won, click here.   That's right, folks...we have another book contest! And if you have never done entrelac knitting, you should really give it a try! It can look intimidating at first, but you will be a pro in no time with Rosemary Drysdale’s book, Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knittng. It can be a fun and rewarding technique that not only looks complicated and fancy, but is so versatile at the same time. The book begins with Rosemary leading you through every step of the way in understanding the concepts and techniques used for entrelac knitting. Using modular triangles and squares, you can create really stunning and interesting pieces using cables, lace or colorwork. One of my favorite things about this book is the entrelac stitch dictionary that highlights over 60 different stitch patterns! Once you understand the concepts behind entrelac knitting, this stitch dictionary makes a wonderful resource that allows you to create your very own designs with confidence.

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Knit. Sock. Love. Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  To find out who won, click here. Socks are wonderful for so many reasons. They are small and portable, they are an excuse to try out new techniques and you get to use crazy colors that you wouldn’t normally pick out for your knitting! If you are a sock knitter, I am sure you are well aware of sock designer extraordinaire Cookie A. In honor of our love for socks and Valentine’s Day, we are giving away 3 copies of Knit. Sock. Love.  Cookie A. has once again filled another sock book to the brim with interesting textures, shapes and designs – all of which are set against gorgeous photography that is bright, playful and just plain fun. Right away, my eye was drawn to the section of the book devoted to the diagonals. I just love how these lines seemingly go against and cut right through the vertical sensibility of socks. At first glance, the diagonal bands that meander over and across the socks may leave you with a feeling of “how’d they do that?” but these are the kinds of questions and design elements that are explored in Knit. Sock. Love.

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Winners of the Knit. Sock. Love. Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  We had some really fun comments and everyone seemed really inspired by all of the sock love thanks to Cookie A’s wonderful designs.  Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three winners.  To select our winners, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  Our winners! #22 – Julie H. I would love this book! #566 – Debby I think her socks are amazing and ...

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Have you seen Aloft?!?!

Let me show it to you... Can you believe how beautiful it is?  Aloft is a blend of 75% mohair and 25% silk and it will leave you wanting to knit with it over and over again.  The silk adds a radiant core that shimmers and shines through the soft halo of mohair, all the while adding a beautiful drape and texture to any project. Our team fell head-over-heals in love with the line the moment we first saw the sample.  The Knit Picks Director - Alison - couldn't keep us out of her office because we all wanted to keep touching it! It's just so yummy!

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The Chroma love affair continues

With a second ball of Chroma in my stash, I went exploring for a nice pattern that could take advantage of the generous yardage of Chroma Fingering weight. This Gentle Reversible Shawl by Diana Troldahl has a lovely surprise in the instructions. Diana explains how to determine the equal division of whatever yarn you want to use. Then she also tells you how to adapt that knowledge to knitting her shawl. Absolutely brilliant!

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TNNA wrap up

Angela and I went to the TNNA winter show in Long Beach, CA last week. It was a little different for us than other shows we've attended - this time, instead of just walking the floor as a retailer, we were exhibiting as wholesalers! We've just started selling our needles to local yarn stores, and it's possible that they're already at a shop near you. Alisha made this initial list of LYSs that carry Knit Picks needles, and we're adding new stores faster than we can udpate the list!

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Winners of the Dangerous Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  We had some really fun comments and we always love reading all of them.  Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three winners.  To make our selections, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  Our winners! #29 - Katherine R. from Knightdale, NC #209 - Kris G. from Baltimore, MD #384 - Sarah B. from Bountiful, UT Our winners have each been sent an email and as soon as we hear back from them, we will ship them their prize. Hopefully Katherine, Kris and Sarah will make some really cute monsters and share pictures with us.  If they do, we will be sure to post them!  Thanks again everyone!

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Knitting Noro Book AND Chroma Giveaway!

This contest is closed!  Thank you everyone for your participation.  You can read about who won here: winners. Are you all ready for another giveaway contest?  We've had so many great responses in recent contests that we thought we would give you a little something extra this time.  Not only will the winners get a copy of this great book, Knitting Noro - The Magic of Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarns, they will also get a skein (weight and color of your choice) of Chroma!  Between the amazing patterns in this book and the rich, gorgeous colors of Chroma, you are destined to make something absolutely stunning.

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