This week, Kelley got a chance to chat with designer and author Stephannie Tallent. First, Kelley and Stephannie talk about the newest book, Hitch, which is a pattern collection inspired by the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Next, Kelley and Stephannie talk about her designs in the Wool of the Andes collection (a Knit Picks exclusive) as well as her book California Revival Knits. Hear more about Stephannie’s design process and her fascinating approach to interpreting architectural inspirations into knitwear.
You can find Stephannie’s books and patterns here:
Hitch printed book
California Revival Knits printed book
California Revival Knits eBook
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I’m pretty sure that you could hear my exclamations from SPACE when we got our first copy of Anna Hrachovec’s new book “Huge & Huggable Mochimochi“. A giant stuffed tooth brush and tooth paste tube? YES PLEASE. An enormous pink squid driving a car?? You had me at Squidpocalypse. Page after page of incredibly cute knits had me clapping my hands and giggling with delight until we reached the page with Roland the rolly bug lounging in his folding chair. At this point, my brain exploded and I had to restrain myself from ripping the book out of Stacey’s hands and making a copy of the pattern to take home over the weekend so that I could have my very own Roland ASAP.
Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response, my Triangles Towel pattern is now available as a free download. You’ll need two balls of CotLin, size 6 needles and six .5″ buttons.
I have a great love for single ply. Obviously there are some cons – mostly that it pills more easily and can be splitty to work with. But we have such yummy single-ply yarns that I can’t help but love them!
Since I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my favorite Icelandic coat, I’ve been itching to start another Icelandic style sweater. The natural choice is a single-ply, as that’s what Lopi-style yarns are. Before it’s all gone, I had to get my hands on some Full Circle Worsted in the most cheerful green – Tomatillo – and get to work!
When Diadem arrived at the office, I was in love. I immediately grabbed my 3 favorite colors (Emerald, Moonstone and Azurite) to play with…but then I had a problem. What to make? I love these three colors together and knew I wanted something stripey but deciding on what would be perfect for this yarn was making me crazy. I thought about another Color Affection but I was worried I’d run out of my precious yarn. I started Lee Meredith’s Waving Chevron Scarf but didn’t like how it was coming out (not the pattern’s fault by the way, it’s a great pattern). Finally, I grabbed my hooks and decided to go with a simple crochet chevron cowl.
It’s a rare day when the weather manages to cooperate and we’re able to do a photo shoot outside without some sort of cover here in Portland and I’m always delighted when I can book a model and schedule time with our photographer with a clear forecast on the horizon. I keep a running catalog of “this would be so great to shoot the next time we have some nice weather” places around Portland and this time Mississippi Ave. in NE Portland had it’s turn as our location of choice for the Bulky 2013 pattern collection.
We’re really excited to share our newest needle colorway, Caspian!
Caspian is a beautiful blend of soothing blues and greens that mix together to make a very striking needle. They’re perfect for wood needle lovers, as they use our strong-and-smooth birch laminate wood and are polished to a soft sheen. We’ve also created a new emerald-colored cable to match your needles.
I don’t know if it’s the suddenly dark evenings, the rainy weather, or the fact that Eggnog Lattes are back in season, but I’ve seriously been a homebody the last couple of weeks. I’ve always been a fan of knitting lovely winter and fall items to wear, but this year I got a bug in my ear for home items. So when, over the course of preserving the innards of seven Halloween pumpkins, my favorite kitchen towels started to give up on me, I decided to just make my own!
Update: The pattern is now available for free!
This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest collection of patterns – Glacier Bay. Hear more about this 6-pattern collection as Kerin shares her initial inspiration behind the collection and how those ideas transformed into a wonderfully versatile mix of accessories including everything from a hat and scarf set to mitts, legwarmers and a cowl. As we talk through each of the 6 designs, Kerin goes into more detail behind each piece and highlights various techniques that were used along with a few helpful hints.
You can find the Glacier Bay collection here:
Glacier Bay printed book
Glacier Bay eBook
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We were out to dinner last night and it was a bit breezy and cold. It was ideal for the Swarm of Bees sweater by Lisa Kereliuk in Reclaimed. Just the incentive I needed to cast-on and get started. It’s a good thing I took the time to work the swatches.