In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve come up with a bunch of links for you to create your very own “Celtic Chill Zone” – a place to knit fancy cables, sip a delicious beverage, and listen to the sounds of waves upon a rocky shore (or U2, whichever you prefer). In your Celtic Chill Zone, perhaps you could:Read more »
Move over, bleach and ammonia – a new cleaning superhero is in town! May I introduce essential oils, nature’s affordable, eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) alternative to store bought cleaners.
For the last year, we’ve been featuring a free dishcloth pattern every week, so I thought it would be fun to explore natural cleaners to use with your dishcloths. Not only are conventional cleaners expensive, they can also be hazardous to your health and the environment. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is safe for your family’s health and phenomenal at eradicating salmonella, e.coli, MRSA, pneumonia and a slew of other insidious little nasties (source). This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
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Welcome, once again, to”Dishcloth Remix”, where we’ve been looking at ways to re-purpose our popular 2014 dishcloth patterns in new ways just by changing up a few things to the original patterns. The dishcloth patterns will always be free on our site, but you can also buy a compilation of them in our new book, 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular. It’s also available as an e-book! Sometimes it’s nice to have everything in one place, you know?
Last week we used my Emerald City Dishcloth pattern to make a Yellow Brick Road Rug, and the week previous, we made a trivet and coaster set with Stacey’s Orbital Dishcloth pattern. This week, we’ve taken Hannah’s A Chance of Rain Crochet dishcloth and made it into a fun and functional pencil case. The pattern is no harder than the one for the dishcloth, and you can download it HERE, for free!
In case you’re nervous about installing a zipper into the pencil case, we’ve taken some how-to photos to help you professionally finish off your project.Read more »
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A little debate popped up at the office today while I was paging through our coveted copy of the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook over exactly which breed of sheep is the absolute cutest! There are handsome sheep, noble breeds and strange shapes but the hardest to choose is which breed makes us utter a collective “Aaaaawwwwww!” Cast your vote below for either the Kerry Hill sheep or the Valais Blackface if you can handle looking at this much cuteness in one place!
Have you knit a garment you thought was unflattering or just didn’t fit correctly? Did you know what went wrong, or were you stumped? This episode aims to help you target key elements of fit. Alison Backus, Director of Knit Picks, explains ease and what it means in knitting. Amy Herzog talks about all elements of fit, from how to assess which shapes might flatter your body, to what pattern elements can be altered and which should remain untouched. Podcast listeners also describe their stories of knitting things that fit.
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Welcome to the beginning of our monthly yarn sale! Each month, we will be featuring a different yarn line at a delightful discount – and for the entire month of March, you save 20% off all Wool of the Andes Superwash yarns. And yep, that includes every single color in both the worsted and bulky weights plus the Wool of the Andes Superwash Bare yarns!
This washable woolly wonder is one of our favorite go-to yarns for everything from sweaters to accessories and even home decor projects like large, cozy blankets. Need some project inspiration? We’ve got plenty of ideas to share with you!
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To celebrate the release of our 2014 dishcloth collection 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular, we’re taking some favorite dishcloth patterns of 2014 and re-purposing them into objects you’ll love to own. Our Dishcloth Remix blog series offers you “pithy directions” (as Elizabeth Zimmerman would say) to help you make fun and whimsical objects out of the stitch patterns in this amazing book. Last week, we featured Stacey’s Orbital Dishcloth, which became a trivet and coaster set. This week, my very own Emerald City Dishcloth was up-sized to make a Yellow Brick Road Rug, an adorable accent to any room in your home.Read more »
Spring is just around the corner, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with our new Hawthorne and Hawthorne Kettle Dyed yarns – these colorful hanks are sure to add a cheerful pop of color until spring is officially in bloom!
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We had such a great time shooting the 2015 Spring Accessories Collection. The model was great, the house we shot in was fun and the knitwear was so pretty! Come along on the shoot by watching the behind the scenes video, below.Read more »
So many of you were fans of the last year’s free weekly dishcloth series that we’ve published a book of the all the patterns compiled, plus 8 brand new ones! To celebrate the release of 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular, we’re featuring a new series on the blog called “Dishcloth Remix”, where we find alternate uses for these great patterns. We’ve switched up the scale or the fiber, and knit up these patterns into fun objects to enhance your life or bring a smile to your face.
We’ll offer “pithy directions” (as Elizabeth Zimmerman would say), and hope you’ll follow along. The patterns are free on our site, of course, but the book, at its very essence, is an amazing compilation of stitch patterns that can be used for so many things. The possibilities are, truly, endless! Let’s start out with something simple that makes a big impact, shall we?Read more »