In Loving Memory


Xena has been a member of the Knit Picks family for as long as I can remember – serving as our iconic (and epically cute!) mascot, yarn ambassador and occasional actress.

Xena was also an extremely loyal companion, only straying from Kelley’s side to stroll the office and check out the day’s activities. She loved apples, being wrapped up in blankets and snuggling with Kelley as she was knitting away. And although Xena is no longer with us, we will always cherish our memories and look back fondly at her time with us.

In honor of Xena, we’ve collected a few photos from throughout the years for everyone to enjoy.



  1. elena thomas / October 18, 2013

    so sorry for the loss of your constant companion. she was a cutie.

  2. Shelia Lewis / October 18, 2013

    So sorry to hear about your lose. I know she was well loved and will be very much missed.

  3. Alison Bailey / October 18, 2013

    Rest in peace sweet girl. I am sure you touched many a hearts and those that knew you, were better people for it.♥

  4. Catherine Trouth / October 18, 2013

    I always enjoyed her bark when it was part of the podcast. She picked the right people to own!

  5. Sonya Sawatsky / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss of such a sweet and cuddly companion. Thank you for sharing the pictures:)

  6. Carol wilson / October 18, 2013

    A finer friend won’t be had.

  7. Annette / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how a beloved pet becomes a deeply loved member of the family & the loss of one can be exceptionally painful. The unconditional love of an animal friend is so rewarding and enriching. I hope you can find comfort in your happy memories.

  8. rebeccawip / October 19, 2013

    oh kelly, i’m so sorry for your loss. i dont usually comment on here but had to jsut let you know you”re in my thoughts. big hugs to you and your husband and the whole kntipicks staff who i know must be feeling the void as well.

  9. Sharon / October 19, 2013

    So, so sorry about you beautiful dog. I just lost my Yorkie of 15 1/2 years. They are so loving and do anything to please you. Sure can make you laugh. Take comfort in the happy days, and know their sole is in heaven.
    Many happy memories.

  10. Susan Golden / October 19, 2013

    so, so sorry,so hard to loose our beloved pets! she is at rainbow bridge and running free,rest in peace baby girl…

  11. Gil Taylor / October 19, 2013

    She had a great life, I’m sure. And she will be watching over you.

  12. Carole Larrett / October 19, 2013

    My heart goes out to you. A dog is always a part of your family and its spirit will stay forever.

  13. Jan / October 19, 2013

    No greater sorrow then the loss of a special member of the family. Lost my precious Duke one year ago. ‘Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation’. quote

  14. Kimberly Galea / October 19, 2013

    Oh My heart breaks for You…My little dog McLovin is only 6yrs old and he just had kidney surgery and isn’t healing as fast as I would like. He keeps on having UTI’s and Im so worried about him. I am a true animal lover, they have been my dearest friends and I know the loss and pain you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you!

  15. Janette Rooney / October 19, 2013

    What an adorable little friend and family member. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve had to put down several cats recently due to illness, and it has been very painful.

    Janette Rooney

  16. Mary Ellen / October 19, 2013

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet pup. A note to remember: dogs leave a forever paw print on our hearts.

    • Deniece / October 19, 2013

      I do not have appropriate words to express my loss. She was a CUTIE ! You will see her all the time, find yourself calling her name !
      We had an orange sable Pom, Sam, which we had to put to sleep 2 1/2 yrs ago . I would see other dogs that looked like Sam.
      Their unconditional love is “just that ” Unconditional, loving you no matter what ! I call our Blue Merle Pom, “Spirit ” , “Sam “, a lot. Spirit just comes running !!! Their Kisses and Barks are very special ways of talking to us, and definitely miss them.

  17. AriesKnitWit / October 19, 2013

    To Kelley and all the Knit Picks staff. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I really missed hearing her sweet little barks at the end of the Podcast. I know you will miss her so much. I’m sending virtual hugs to you all.

  18. Killie / October 19, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss, it is hard to loose a pet whom you were so close to. I quite enjoyed Xena’s video’s especially the one of her bouncing around and biting the falling snow!

  19. Christine / October 20, 2013

    So sorry Xena had to leave you. She certainly had a presence. May you find comfort in the memories.

  20. Valerie / October 20, 2013

    I was so surprised and saddened for you as I read the news about Xena. She was a cutie and it was so sweet how she was always around. I’m so sorry for your physical loss, however, I imagine she will live in each of your cherished memories.

  21. Patti Conner / October 20, 2013

    Sorry for your loss. She was very cute and I can tell very loving.

  22. Zoe OB / October 20, 2013

    I share in the loss of your beloved Xena. Our own little Tara, also a Pom, left us much too soon. It was always a delight to see Xena’s picture alongside the latest products and see that little face peeking out.

  23. Alice / October 20, 2013

    Kelley and Staff, I am so sorry to hear about Zena she will always be remembered with love.
    She was your loyal little companion who you loved so very much. As the poem Rainbow Bridge says she will wait for you on the other side.

  24. Annette Derksen / October 20, 2013

    Sorry for your loss. She looks like she was one very adorable dog.

  25. Jane Kerner / October 21, 2013

    “The soul of every living thing is in the hand of God…”
    Job 12:10

    Be comforted that all the years of her life Zena was loved, cared for and cherished. She returned that love with devotion, loyalty, joy and love in full measure.

    How blessed she was to have you to love her.

  26. Andrea W. / October 21, 2013

    It is so terribly hard to lose a close friend and member of your family! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…

  27. Jean Vollman / October 21, 2013

    I’m so sorry about Xena I loved seeing her sweet face, she will be missed by all.

  28. Katherine / October 21, 2013

    Dear Kelly,
    I am so sad to hear of Xena. She was loved by everyone and it was always a joy to see you two interact. She was always a part of the team. I remember helping you unroll a tube of paper onto the ground, and Xena was right there to help; she used her little puffy paws to hold down part of the paper on the edge. She was so bright, so adorable, she brought so much joy to everyone. My girls especially loved Xena and will always remember your kindness. A few days ago, I had just found a photo of Rachel and Xena and it made us smile. Thinking of you and staff. Warm Regards.

  29. Martha / October 22, 2013

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  30. Julie Flynn / October 22, 2013

    I am so sorry to hear about Xena and your loss.

  31. rosy / October 22, 2013

    I am so sorry about the little darling, It’s so hard to loose such a faithful companion. You go and get you another right now.


  32. Kerri / October 22, 2013

    I’m so sorry to hear this. We lost our dog last week as well, so I know where you are coming from.

  33. Karen / October 23, 2013

    So sorry about Xena. If she gave even half as much love as my gang of three, that was a lot of love. When you lose that unconditional love, it leaves a hole that is hard to fill. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!

  34. Linda / October 23, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Pets no matter what they are are part of the family. We have all been there.
    Hugs go out to you.
    What breed was this adorable pet?

  35. Michelle / October 23, 2013

    Dear Kelley and staff, So sorry to hear Xena has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I don’t know how old she was, but I can’t remember Knit Picks without her and that’s a long time. She will be missed.

  36. Beverly Roberts / October 24, 2013

    Dear Kelley,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I recently lost a beloved kitty and know how very hard it can be to accept it. (((hugs)))

    a long-time KP knitter and spinner

  37. Jennifer / October 26, 2013

    I am sending up a prayer that Xena will have a special place on the Great Couch near my Pom, Wag, my own “sweetest of all possible sweet dogs.” It sounds like she had the same place in your heart!

  38. Hannet / October 27, 2013

    So sad to hear about your loss. She is waiting beyond the Rainbow Bridge.
    Another KP knitter
    Hannet from nearly Down-Under

  39. Moxie / October 27, 2013

    We will miss you Xena!