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.
Thanks for all of your entries in our Cat book giveaway! I loved reading all the stories of your favorite kitties! To keep it fair, I used the random number generator to choose the winner – and here they are.
Our friend Katrina from our sister company Connecting Threads finished a gorgeous new blanket to show you!
As the graphic designer for Connecting Threads, I’m typically blogging about small quilting and sewing projects that I’ve completed, however it’s time to switch things up a bit! Earlier this year, two of the ladies on the Knit Picks team graciously offered their time to teach a bunch of us non-yarn folk how to crochet. There is a long list of crocheting ladies in my family, and I was determined to be one of them. While I didn’t pick up on it right away, it did eventually click and I found a new craft to be obsessed with.
In a utopian world, in which wars are a thing of the past, spiders cease to exist and cupcakes have the nutritional value of kale, I would get to wear pink, girly accessories with sweat pants.
Oh my, did I just dream utopia into reality? Because I just finished a lovely, feminine cowl out of our silky new Diadem yarn and – yes, you guessed it – it looks smashing with my faithful sweatshirt.