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. Karen / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kelley. You’re in my thoughts. I feel like I knew Xena, reading and hearing about her on your blog and podcast.

  2. Pat / October 17, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss.

  3. Bridget / October 17, 2013

    I had to force myself to read this, as we are on the cusp of making a decision for my 15 yr., 8 month cat.
    My thoughts go out to all of you who are left behind. The little ones are the ‘makers’ of the routine which is, now, to be broken. And, we all know how humans hate to be taken out of our routine! I sympathize with your heartbreak.

  4. Patty T / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. It is with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart that I write these words of condolence.

  5. Bernadine Richey / October 17, 2013

    So sorry to hear about Xena’s passing…I loved seeing her in some of the older issues of the magazine. She will certainly be missed!

  6. Terrie Halberstadt / October 17, 2013

    Sorry for your irreplaceable loss.

  7. Linda Shultz Bowton / October 17, 2013

    i’m so sorry for your loss. she was a real cutie!!

  8. Kathleen / October 17, 2013

    Xena will live on in each of you because the love and affection you gave her has made you better human beings.

  9. Cheri / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a loving companion like Xena is like losing a family member. XOXO

  10. Marianna / October 17, 2013

    I’m so sorry, she was a beautiful and well- loved dog. Give yourself a great big hug.

  11. Lyn / October 17, 2013

    So vey saddened to hear of Your loss ~

  12. Renee / October 17, 2013

    Xena was fortunate to have been so well loved-not all pets are as lucky! My thoughts and sympathies are with you, her family and friends at this sad time.

  13. Becky (aka Knittergirl39) / October 17, 2013

    Oh no… I didn’t know… I’m so sorry, she will be sooo missed. (((hugs)))

  14. Caity / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss, but glad you had the delight of working along a furry friend for so long. We have an office dog at my work too, and I can’t imagine how we would get on without her!

  15. Sharyn Cardinali / October 17, 2013

    I know how you feel. I just lost my beautiful white Persian after 14 years. It really hurts, but you know he is in a better place and not hurting anymore. I am so sorry for you loss.

  16. Jean / October 17, 2013

    My heart is pained for you. I lost my little Timy. a 9 year-old cream Pom on Labor Day so I feel your loss.

  17. Ingrid N / October 17, 2013

    Very sorry to hear about Xena, it is so incredibly difficult to lose a cherished family member!

  18. kim dawson / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss and can say I know what you are going through. I lost my Olie (9year old cat) suddenly… within a month we also a lab due to old age and dachshund due to being bitten by a rattle snake.. it was awful and tragic. my heart goes out to you all,

  19. Gale / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss ~ we Love our four
    Legged kids SO much, their loyalty, companionship, and never ending friendship
    is truly a gift from God ~ Sending Hugs
    from Southern Oregon!

  20. Cindy Bowen / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Some of the greatest pleasures in my life are my sweet babies. It is heartbreaking to lose such a loyal and faithful companion.

  21. Vickie / October 17, 2013

    You have all my sympathies. I know too well the hole that is left in one’s soul when such a sweet, loving creature is taken from us. Like snowflakes, each one of them is absolutely unique and special. Little Xena is not lost, she will run and play and be happy again.

  22. Joan M, Smith / October 17, 2013

    What a beautiful,happy looking dog. Zena was so cute. I wish I had known her.

  23. June Schwierjohn / October 17, 2013

    So sorry to hear you’ve lost your little companion She’ll be waiting for all of you on the other side of the rainbow.

  24. Paula / October 17, 2013

    sorry for your loss, hope you will have her memories for a long time.

  25. Christina Heederik / October 17, 2013

    Hugs to you. Rest well beautiful Xena.

  26. Shelley Nunemaker / October 17, 2013

    So sorry. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet. She is in Heaven now, and her new life is filled with fields of yarn. I won’t tell you the whole story, but in 1994 I had an Near Death Experience. There were animals there. But, most importantly, my cat Obie was there waiting for me. You will see Xena again!

  27. Jill Erin / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss of Xena. She is a beautiful little dog and I know she will be missed greatly. My love and many hugs to you.

  28. Marlene / October 17, 2013

    So sorry to hear of the lose of a real beautiful friend. I know how it hurts. I lost one who was 13 and then one who was 17. Of course I said, “no more” ! And here I am with my loveable/ornery black toy poodle, who is only 2!!! May your Xena never leave your memory . Mar18

  29. A. Cinnamon / October 17, 2013

    Awwww, so sorry to hear such sad news. Xena was adorable. I am sure she has a lot of good yarn stories to tell in heaven.

  30. Linda / October 17, 2013

    I am sorry to hear of your lost. Our pets are an important part of our lives and the time together is never long enough.

  31. Annette Anderson / October 17, 2013

    sorry to here we well miss her too
    a fan

  32. Susan / October 17, 2013

    Pomeranians are the best. Sounds like she had a perfect life. I know she’ll be missed by all, because she was a great dog!!

  33. Sara Sue / October 17, 2013

    It is so hard to lose a family member, even the four footed ones. Hugs to all.

  34. Merry / October 17, 2013

    Oh no! I loved hearing about little Xena! I’m so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. She was a sweet little doggie.

  35. Susanne Huentemann / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss! She had the best life a doggie could have AND she was surrounded by wonderful yarn…

  36. Julie H / October 17, 2013

    I am so very sorry to hear of Xena’s passing. It is so hard losing a loving, loyal friend like Xena.

  37. Tracey Graham / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved family member. Such a sweetheart, and such a great life, and how she enriched yours… truly you and she were so lucky…

  38. Marie Grant / October 17, 2013

    I know how you feel. I love my cats and when they pass away or I have to put them down it is like losing a person. You grieve in the same way.

    Like the other lady said, give yourself a great big hug.

  39. Juliana-Yoon / October 17, 2013

    Good bye, Xena!
    Thank you for delighting me with your sweet barks every time I put on the podcast. You will be missed.

  40. Carolyn Ethridge / October 17, 2013

    What a beautiful little furball. I know she will be missed something awful as they always are. They are family members after all. My daughter has a honey colored pom, and he is just precious. His name is Chester, but I call him Fuzzbutt!

  41. Linda / October 17, 2013

    I am the owner of a now 11 year old male (cream colored) pomeranian. Loved seeing Xena as she reminded me of my little one. So sorry to hear of her passing. She will be greatly missed!

  42. Karen / October 17, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss. Xena was a little dog, but will leave a big empty spot in the lives of those who loved her.

  43. Deanna / October 17, 2013

    Big hugs to all <3 So hard to lose our furry family members.

  44. Robin Corddry / October 17, 2013

    I always enjoyed Kelley’s descriptions of Xena and her exploits.
    My heart goes out to you in your sad time

  45. Kathryn Alexander / October 17, 2013

    So sorry to hear of this loss. I enjoyed hearing Xena’s comments on the podcast – always made me smile!

  46. Katrina / October 17, 2013

    A Darling little Female version of our Darling Mini. Mini lost his best friend, Jack, (larger version of Mini also white Pom) earlier this year and your Xena departed this world on the anniversary of our Darling Jack’s 14th birthday, 17th October. I’m sure they have already by now met in their doggy afterlife shady spot under a tree or in a yarn basket and are busy swapping ‘Pomeranian only’ stories! You heart must be breaking as ours still is! But she will always be in your heart!

  47. Lois K / October 17, 2013

    So sorry for your loss! I know you’ll miss her,we get SO attached to these little furry people. : /

  48. sheryl small / October 17, 2013

    I am so sorry. I love Kelly’s comments about Zena on her podcast. I just lost my cat. She was my knitting buddy. I know what a large hole such a small creature can leave.

  49. Deborah Kendall / October 17, 2013

    Oh no…..I lost my beloved Yorkie just a few weeks ago after 18 beautiful years together. I feel your pain and offer my sincerest condolences to Kelly.

  50. JEAN BLEWETT / October 17, 2013

    My dear part Pom from a shelter is almost as beautiful as your Zena and we both send our condolences to you. What would we do without our dear little friends? Jean