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. Cecile / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. It’s very clear that Princess Xena was a very special friend.

  2. Sarah Hanley / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for you all. I know your precious little girl will be deeply missed.

  3. Cheryl / October 17, 2013

    I can share in your grief. Our dogs are our children. I have a 14 yr old pom, who looks a bit like yours, with a serious congestive heart problem. Meds are keeping her going, but she’s nearly blind and can no longer hear very well. We love her so much. I can relate to you loss.

  4. Judy Paulsmeyer / October 17, 2013

    This very day we are struggling with the decision about how to deal with our beloved pup who was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I feel your pain! Lonely days ahead, but no more pain. RIP Xena.

  5. lena / October 17, 2013

    She was beautiful. So sorry for your loss! Lost one of mine at 17 1/2 years old 4 months ago. Very fond memories, and the best to you.

  6. Stacie / October 17, 2013

    Oh Kelley! I am so sorry to hear about Xena! I have 2 Poms and they love apples, too. :). Dogs really hold pieces of our hearts. So sorry for your loss!

  7. Laura Pishnak-Sylvia / October 17, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss of a sweet baby. It’s never easy to lose one of our fur babies. They are with us for such a short period of time; which makes them even more precious. Time does heal the pain but we never forget them, ever!

  8. Leora Hartman / October 17, 2013

    Each pet we lose leaves a hole in our heart that nothing can heal. Our best hope is to fill that hole with another pet to love. By my age, my heart must look like finely knitted lace with each hole a special animal that filled my heart for the time they were part of my life. I am so sorry that this adorable little one is no longer part of your life.

  9. Karen Boehlert / October 17, 2013

    I am sad for your loss. Our fur babies give us so much love. May you all feel that love always.

  10. Laura Rachford / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved mascot. It is so difficult to lose one’s adorable buddy.

  11. Lisa / October 17, 2013

    My heart breaks for you and your family. Xena lived a wonderful. We will all miss her.

  12. pam winne / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping Kelley and the entire KnitPicks staff in my thoughts.

  13. Launie Fuller / October 17, 2013

    I remember going to a yarn show in Portland and there was Xena riding around in a little schatel you carried Kelli. How sweet she looked poking her head out at all of us. Sweet dreams Xena RIP.

  14. Kelly / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Xena. sending hugs.

  15. Jill / October 17, 2013

    I am so, so sorry to hear this. Warm thoughts and prayers to Kelley and Knit Picks during this difficult time.

  16. Gigi / October 17, 2013

    She will be waiting by the Rainbow Bridge for you.

  17. Lori / October 17, 2013

    Awwww,. so sorry to hear about your loss. What a sweet little dog.

  18. Wendy Anderson / October 17, 2013

    Please tell Kelly how sorry I am to hear of her loss. I have a schnauzer that is somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 years. Don’t know for sure, she was a rescue, but I know I’m going to have to face this loss one day as well. They leave a hole in our lives, but wouldn’t change her being in my life. They are very loving companions.

  19. mary hoyes / October 17, 2013

    so sorry for your loss,,we had to put our dog down this past Sunday, it was sudden,so feeling your sadness also..

  20. Judy Peterson / October 17, 2013

    I’m a dog trainer/Behavorist for a living and it is always hard to say good bye to the furry family menbers. My condolences for your lose of the beautiful Xena. She will always be in your thoughts and your hearts, Forever.

  21. Sheryl pelland / October 17, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed.

  22. Caroline / October 17, 2013

    Sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing the beautiful memories with us.

  23. Colette Terrell / October 17, 2013

    I very sorry for you loss. I know that she will be missed greatly. I loved the videos of her, I will miss her myself. Love you Kelly and the KnitPicks family

  24. Kate Kramer / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my American Fox Hound, Dana, three days ago of a stroke (she was 12) so she’s waiting at the bridge, cuddling up with Dena.

  25. Karin Street / October 17, 2013

    I am reading this with tears in my eyes. I know what it means to loss a four legged friend. They can never be replaced. I will always say, I gave them all I had. Sad!!!

  26. Kris / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Losing any family member is so hard but furry family has such a special place in our hearts.

  27. Janis / October 17, 2013

    When you lose a beloved pet as this, it rips your heart out and only someone who has been through this truly understands how horrible it is. I am profoundly sorry for your loss.

  28. Kate Kramer / October 17, 2013

    Correction: cuddling up with Xena.

  29. DeeAnna / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Comforting thoughts are coming your way!!!

  30. Florence Lohnes / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. In our extended family, we have had three such losses in the past few weeks, so we understand.
    It helps knowing that there are very many people who can empathize with the pain of losing a four-legged family member.

  31. Kathleen / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Xena was a beautiful little Pom. I loved seeing her in your catalogues. Losing a cherished companion is so very hard.

  32. Linda Palmer / October 17, 2013

    My very heartfelt sympathy for your loss of such a sweet little thing. I still remember my losses of pets, and the companionship and love they give. Take care.

  33. Ann / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I too, lost my fur baby, Bailey last week she loved to sit with me and watch the yarn pull from the skeins. I hope Xena and Bailey meet up and make friends.

  34. cate / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry to hear this. How lucky she was to be loved and looked after by you all. And how fun for knitters to see pictures and videos of her plastered all over Knit Picks. Hugs and tea and sympathy to all of you, especially to Kelley.

  35. Linda / October 17, 2013

    Hugs to you all and especially Kelley. Such a sweet little family member! We pet lovers understand how intertwined a self-less little creature can live in our hearts, HUG, HUG, HUG

  36. Diane Schneider / October 17, 2013

    I know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet. But it looks like Xena lived a full & happy life!

  37. Linda peterson / October 17, 2013

    Sorry for the lose of xena, I know it feels like losing a family member .

  38. Julie / October 17, 2013

    My pom is 21. I can’t imagine a day without her. My condolences!

  39. Charles / October 17, 2013

    I too have a 4 legged companion that comes to work with me and she is my sunshine. My condolences go out to you guys.

  40. Sally Groff / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Xena. It is so hard, I know. I had to put my Pom of 9 years down a few weeks ago. I have wonderful memories of Jazzy that I will always have as you do with Xena. Poms are wonderful little dogs, aren’t they?

  41. Anne / October 17, 2013

    Losing a wonderful, trusting, loving pet brings sadness that takes time to heal but also touching, happy and treasured memories. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos. What a darling girl Xena is! You are sent my sympathy and empathy. And I hope when you are ready, you will bring another you bring another wonderful companion into your life.

  42. Sue Medeiros / October 17, 2013

    These precious little four legged loves grab onto our hearts and stay there forever. Xena has now passed over the rainbow bridge and one day you will be united again. So very sorry for your loss.

  43. Dealonnia / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Xena was a beautiful adorable animal and I am sure you are missing her like you would miss a child. So so sorry!

  44. Dani / October 17, 2013

    Please accept my family’s deepest sympathy & warmest wishes. Cherish your memories and smile when you can, even through all the tears.

  45. Sandra / October 17, 2013

    Such lovely photos! It is obvious that she was loved very much by Kelley and her Knit Picks family.

  46. Linda / October 17, 2013

    I’m sorry. Xena looks like a sweetie, and I know what it is to lose a beloved dog. Blessings to you.

  47. Debra Dyjak / October 17, 2013

    When animals come into our lives they bless us with love and compassion so it makes it hard to let them go over the rainbow bridge,

  48. Jean / October 17, 2013

    It’s alwaysa big loss to lose a beloved pet, but you had the joy of knowing her for a long time.

  49. Rebecca Luttrell / October 17, 2013

    I am sorry for you loss.
    I know what it like to lose a beloved pet.

  50. Gini / October 17, 2013

    I lost my little dachshund, Sparky, this year and I can so identify with the pain you must feel, they give true, unconditional love. We think we give them so much but in reality they give us so much, it is a huge loss but you had huge love from the adorable Xena.