24
Mar

Yarn Madness Round 2 – The Cool Cottons Bracket

Well, Round 1 is complete!  In the most heated battle, Wool of the Andes vs Palette, there were less than 40 votes between the winner and loser!  But WoTA reigned supreme with 52% of the votes.  The other battles were fairly decisive with Capra (70% of the votes), Wool of the Andes Bulky (63% of the votes) and Alpaca Cloud (74% of the votes) all coming out on top and moving on.  Here’s the updated bracket:

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17
Mar

Worsted Basics

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I’m so glad that I finally get to talk about one of my favorite collections to date - Worsted Basics! I love working with worsted yarn and it’s a delight to be able to find a whole collection of projects in the same weight in one place. The projects are fantastic which made it easy to take some gorgeous photos of them on location at a house in the lovely Forest Park area. I love those deep, dark woods and we were able to take advantage of lovely scenery between rain showers by ducking into the cute house for a few projects.

14
Mar

Our favorite past podcast episodes

The podcast is on a mini-vacation this week but fear not, we’ve collected a few of our favorite past episodes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Episode 1: The very beginning of the Knit Picks Podcast
Episode 50: Kelley talks about her favorite knitting patterns to be handed down to future knitters in her family.
Episode 126: The start of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership program, which today is home to over 2,500 patterns from independent designers!
Episode 152: Kelley shares her story about how she first learned how to spin in college.
Episode 200: In honor of the 200th episode, Kelley revisits her ideal deserted island knitting.

 

3 easy ways to listen…

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13
Mar

Slant Dishcloth

When I make myself dishcloths, I tend to go towards ones that I can finish quickly (so I can use them right away – I always seem to make them when I need them the most).  I also prefer ones I can work on when doing other things like reading or watching TV so they need to be easy enough I don’t have to keep referring to the pattern.  So for my dishcloth this week, I came up with the Slant Dishcloth:

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3
Mar

New Sweaters for Every Body

Spring looks like it’s here, but the weather still isn’t convinced. T-shirts are still relegated to storage and my sweater collection is in full rotation, I’ve even been double layering sweaters outside to do yard work. Cold days also means a cold house where hand washed things take a whole week to air dry (if I’m lucky) so I found myself contemplating a range of cheap polar fleece jackets to wear while I dig up bushes and mix compost into my soon-to-be dye garden in the back yard. I didn’t see anything I liked, but I did see a bag of Brava Worsted in Peacock that looked pretty enticing so I gave in to my knitting needles and decided to cast on the Worsted Crewneck from Worsted Basics pattern collection.

1
Mar

March Desktop Calendar

To help chase away those last few weeks of winter (and to fill your techy gadgets with beautiful yarny goodness!), we’re offering a free calender background available in mobile, tablet and desktop sizes. To get the wallpaper size of your choosing, simply click the applicable device icon below.

We’ll be adding a new downloadable calender background at the beginning of every month, so check back to see what’s in store for April. In the meantime, enjoy this lovely pairing of cool cottons and succulents!

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