Ends Tonight: 30% off Green Yarns!

This is our last call for the green yarn sale, don’t miss this chance to save up to 30% off your favorite green yarns*!

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And in case you need some pattern inspiration for your newly stashed green yarns, we’ll be sharing our a few of our favorite designs.

The Circlet Cardigan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

A true classic, this cardigan is a must have for any knitters that love cables. And the swing-style of this cardigan is extremely flatting on everyone.

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Dishcloth Remix: Dishcloth to Bread Cloth

Have you seen our new book 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular? It’s also available in an ebook, and contains our ever-popular dishcloth patterns from each week of 2014. In our blog series, “Dishcloth Remix”, we’re featuring new ways to use these dishcloths, to make fun and functional items you’ll treasure. In our last “Dishcloth Remix”, Hannah’s Chance of Rain dishcloth became an adorable Cloud Case pencil or needle case. This week, Kim’s Lacey Spa Cloth becomes a bread cloth, for housing your warm loaf or other baked goods, and the pattern is so simple!

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Your pot of gold: The Green Yarn Sale

It’s your lucky day week! In honor of St. Patrick’s day, we are happy to announce that we are having a green yarn sale up to 30% off*! Now through 3/18/15, you’ll get a chance to score a lucky deal on all our favorite green hues.
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Need a bit of help sifting through these gorgeous green yarns at tempting prices? Here are my top picks for the green yarn sale – from delicate lace weight yarns to cozy bulky yarns.

1. Aloft in Kenai $4.89 $6.99
An honorary shade of green, Kenai is equal parts blue and green – combining together to create a deep, rich shade that is akin to cool ocean waters.

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Celtic “Chill Zone”

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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:

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

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.

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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.

Let’s get started!

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Dishcloth Remix: Cloud Case

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!

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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.

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Cutest Sheep EVER!


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!

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Podcast 250: The Fit Show – Listen NOW!

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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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