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. Marcella Everett / October 17, 2013

    She looks like a sweet dog. Treasure your meories of her.

  2. Pam Schley / October 17, 2013

    Our Pom/Sheltie is also Xena and I know how deeply missed a beloved companion can be. She was a beautiful little girl and is spreading sunshine at the Rainbow Bridge. Woof!

  3. Jo W.O. / October 17, 2013

    My dearest sympathy for Kelly and everyone. Xena was a precious lil’ pup. It always made me smile to hear her on the podcast. I’ll forever imagine her up in puppy heaven, running through a field of daisies.

  4. PamiE from Gorst / October 17, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss.

    For Kelley’s Xena:

    So go and run free with the angels
    Dance around the golden clouds
    For the lord has chosen you to be with him
    And we should feel nothing but proud
    Although he has taken you from us
    And our pain a lifetime will last
    Your memory will never escape us
    But make us glad for the time we did have
    Your face will always be hidden
    Deep inside our hearts
    Each precious moment you gave us
    Shall never, ever depart
    So go and run free with the angels
    As they sing so tenderly
    And please be sure to tell them
    To take good care of you for me

    Author unknown.

  5. Irene Poston / October 18, 2013

    I’m saddened by Xena’s departure, but I’m sure she’s amongst many apples and warm blankets now. Goodbye Xena! Be brave and have fun!

  6. Lorna Young / October 18, 2013

    Xena is now over the Rainbow Bridge. Hopefully she has found my fur babies and they are all rolling in balls of yarn.

  7. Rose Boone / October 18, 2013

    I know how hard it is to lose a Beloved Companion, I feel for you, cherish those memories. Best Wishes to all.

  8. Marieke van Huet / October 18, 2013

    Big hug to all of you! Pets are amazing friends and do so much for us. This one is a very special one!

  9. Deanna Concidine / October 18, 2013

    My condolences on the loss of your friend and companion. I too loved hearing her bark at the end of the podcast.

  10. Ruthi K / October 18, 2013

    My heart goes out to all, especially Kelly, my Abby was the same but Ebony version and not a day goes by without some memory of her

  11. Tracy Shook / October 18, 2013

    So very sorry to learn of Xena’s passing. It is always hard to lose our beloved furry, four-pawed, friends. Having owned and lost many animals in my lifetime, it is always a tearful time when they go, and it never gets easier. Still, I can’t imagine life without them, and they add SO much love and happiness to my life, so animals will always be a part of my life. Is there another mascot waiting in the wings presently, or possibly in the future? They are all individuals and can never really be replaced, but the love of another can be brought in. :)

  12. Lora / October 18, 2013

    It is amazing how animals catch our love and become part if the family. I always loved hearing about Xena and knit picks. My thoughts go out to you, and I am so glad I was able to share in a small part of this fluffy mascots life!

  13. Marion / October 18, 2013

    My deepest condolences to Kelly. I have listened to your podcast for years and always loved hearing about xena. She was a beautiful soul both inside and out. It’s wonderful to love pets but very hard to lose them.

  14. Teri Chesser / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Xena was a beautiful treasure!

  15. Carol Hatch / October 18, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets become our constant companions and I am sure she will be missed for a long time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Emma Emmons / October 18, 2013

    So sorry…..having recently lost a pekingnese, understand the loss, She was a beautiful dog

  17. Hope Krenick / October 18, 2013

    I am sorry to hear about Xena’s passing. I too lost my beloved pomeranian last December. She looked just like yours! They are loving dogs and I know they will always have a special place in our hearts.

  18. tamara hecko / October 18, 2013

    My heart goes out to all of you. She was a little beauty.

  19. Ann Pyzik / October 18, 2013

    So sorry for your loss.

  20. Sarah / October 18, 2013

    It’s always heart-wrenching to lose a faithful, furry, 4-legged companion. Farewell, Xena.

  21. Nickie Carre / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry to hear about Xena. We have a tiny toy chocalate poodle who doesn’t know she’s a dog, because we never told her. She’s the heart of our house. We found out about a year ago that she is diabetic and needs two insulin shots daily. Cocoa is a loved member of our family and I’d be lost if she wasn’t here.

  22. Meg Duarte / October 18, 2013

    I have a rescued rat terrier who helps me knit and who snuggles in all sorts of what ever I am knitting, so I can fully understand your loss. You’ll miss Xena every day, however, her spirit will be with you forever.

  23. Tanya / October 18, 2013

    So very sorry for your loss…she was so cute!

  24. Rita Bartholio / October 18, 2013

    May you always keep those sweet memories in your heart. Our pets are our babies and I know how hard it is to lose them. God Bless

  25. Nichole / October 18, 2013

    Rest in Peace little one… may you be happily romping over the Rainbow Bridge with lots of friends and endless treats.

  26. Patti / October 18, 2013

    Sorry for the loss of your dear little friend.

  27. Hotaru / October 18, 2013

    Losing a pet is like losing a child. :( best wishes during this time of sadness and hurt.

  28. Toni anf Roxi / October 18, 2013

    Our hugs snd sympathy for your loss of Zena. She linked my emotions to all of you… My shitpoo Roxi, also white … is at my feet or, by my side while I stitch or sleep. Zena would bark and Roxi would come to the computer.. such a cute way to shsre her with all of us… share our hugs….among all….

  29. Patty / October 18, 2013

    My heart-felt condolences go out to Kelley & the Knit Picks family. May you have many happy memories of Miss Xena to sustain you in the sad times. She was a wonderful mascot & I know she will be greatly missed. Sending virtual hugs from me & my little papillon dog Merlin

  30. Carol Long / October 18, 2013

    So sorry. It is so hard to lose a dog. My heart and prayers are with you all.

  31. Linda / October 18, 2013

    So hard to have to say so long to a beloved friend. Just know that she will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  32. Lynne S. / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you all had a happy time together.

  33. Sue / October 18, 2013

    What a loss! My papillon is always glued to me. It leaves a big hole in your heart.

  34. Agnes Lemley / October 18, 2013

    Such a beautiful, devoted pet! You will remember her with love always.

  35. Jo P. / October 18, 2013

    I don’t understand, even at my ancient age, why our fur-babies have to leave us. We should all get to go at the same time. Sigh. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was lovely.

  36. Marja Coons-Torn / October 18, 2013

    I I know how much she meant to you. You gave her a good life, Kelly.

  37. janice k / October 18, 2013

    may she rest in peace and be at the gates at rainbow bridge awaiting her owner/owners

  38. Susan Murkland / October 18, 2013

    We’ll see Xena when we cross the Rainbow Bridge. Run happy, little dog!

  39. Patricia Gomez / October 18, 2013

    I am so sorry to here about your little love. She was loved by many people. Your pod cast followers never saw Xena , but loved her.As long as there are people around to remember her she is not gone.

  40. Debbie / October 18, 2013

    I am so very sorry for your loss…I know how you feel about your beautiful furbaby…May you always smile when you see the face, may your heart know, Xena will always be there, never leaving for a moment! Hugs

  41. lynda Joy Brennum / October 18, 2013

    So sorry, I recently lost a 4 legged, I can’t say I feel all your cumulative pain, I can say I have been there and send warm furry hugs and puppy kisses to you all… It comforts me to think mine has crossed the rainbow bridge and can see again and be happy.

  42. Christine Essler / October 18, 2013

    She lives always in the hearts who loved her; I have four little ones, a very elderly shihzu and a puppy shihzu, a schnauzer and a cairn. It is so hard to lose your companions, and I hope that another little pomeranian will perhaps find a home with Kelly… there’s always another out there hoping for a loving pet person.

  43. Wendy Williams / October 18, 2013

    I too heard her sweet barks on the podcasts. I’m so sorry Kelly and staff.

  44. Erin / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Animals become one of the family and losing them is twice as hard. Please know she loves you and that she’s having the best time ever on the Rainbow Bridge.

  45. Becki / October 18, 2013

    Oh my goodness! Soooo sad not to have your faithful Super Pup along for the adventure. May you always enjoy the memories, as you’ve shared the adorable pictures with us.

  46. julie walsh / October 18, 2013

    Knit Picks Family

    So sorry Xena is not there with you to brighten your day. We enjoy our dear furry pets so much! Surely, you’ll soon find another with many many different ways that will bring your fine knitting family great joy.

  47. Deborah Masterson / October 18, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I’ve been there and know how difficult it is. There really are no words… They never really leave us, and will be waiting for us across the bridge with a wagging tail and their favorite toy!
    Enjoy the good memories…..they don’t want us to be sad.
    Blessings to you

  48. Ann McKane / October 18, 2013

    What a sweetheart! So sorry for your loss of this beautiful friend.

  49. rebecca / October 18, 2013

    Poms are such wonderful loyal companions. So sorry for your loss.

  50. andi / October 18, 2013

    Losing our furpals is so painful….I hate it. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Xena….she sure was a cutie. Hugs to all. xox