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
. 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.


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.

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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


Winners – Knitting Noro Book AND Chroma Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  We got some
really great comments and it was fun reading what all of you would do
with the book and yarn if you won.  Sadly, we were only able to pick two
people.  To select our winners, we used a random number generator that chose our winners based on the number of their comment.  

Our winners:

#9 – Jessica B.

Yay! Love this, because I was just eyeballing that Chroma in the catalog :) I would definitely make a cowl. Oh, how pretty!

#1747 – Ann S.

Definitely going to do a striped scarf! Also thinking about the
Jindabyne a-Line sweater from Swing Swagger Drape by Jane Slicer-Smith.
Ooh, ooh, choose me!

We have emailed Jessica and Ann this morning and once they let us
know which color and weight of Chroma they would like, we will be
shipping out their prizes.  Thanks again everyone, as always, we love to
hear your feedback!



Joining the Chroma craze!

Alright, Stacey has gotten a jump-start on me with her Turn a Square hat and her Ida’s Kitchen hat made from our new Chroma yarn. But, I am quite pleased with my choice of project – Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery using the New England colorway in fingering weight. I love how the the undulation of the fabric accents the long transitions of color.

The only issue is that I only have one ball from what was left from our office stash. But, since there is a definite right and wrong side to this scarf, I think I’l be perfectly happy just having it drape around my neck. It’s also knitting up quickly! I have found that following the chart was much easier than using the written instructions.