Episode 378: A Chat with Bridget Pupillo

Bridget Pupillo’s name is likely familiar if you’ve knit from Knit Picks pattern collections! She joins hosts Lee and Stacey to chat about her new patterns in our most recent patterns collections, Simply Home and Homestead Cables. And we couldn’t have Bridget on the podcast without talking about one of our favorite patterns, the Eldfell Pullover!

Plus, Lee and Stacey chat about their personal projects, and Producer Andi joins in to talk about new patterns designed and modeled by her and Lee. 

Mentioned in this Episode

Lee’s movie theater knitting sweater (Ravelry link)

Hawthorne DK yarn

Lee’s new movie theater tee (Ravelry link)

Samia yarn

Lee’s new improvised cable cardigan (Ravelry link)

Lee’s improvised cable-yoke pullover

Stacey’s Deep Winter Coat (Ravelry link)

Deep …

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100% American-Made High Desert Yarn

In 2020, Knit Picks began looking for more ways to support local fiber by creating a 100% American-made yarn, and we found the perfect partner incredibly close to home. Just 120 miles east of Knit Picks’ Vancouver, WA offices is the Shaniko Wool Company, located in Oregon’s high desert region. The Shaniko Wool Company was founded by rancher Jeanne Carver and is a collective of ranches that raise Merino and Rambouillet-Merino sheep to produce Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified wool. The RWS certification process confirms a fully traceable and sustainable wool supply and helps ensure responsible animal and land management. “I saw this partnership as a valuable opportunity to bring [Knit Picks] its first yarn from America,” …

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Episode 377: A Cable Knitting Q&A

This episode was created with help from you! We asked for any and all questions about knitting cables over on Instagram, and our hosts Lee and Stacey along with producer Andi worked together to answer them! Some questions had the trio in agreement, and others showed how many different ways you can approach knitting. Can you guess how many times they recommend swatching?

Plus, Lee and Stacey share what they did to stay busy during the ice storm that hit Portland in January, and discuss more new yarns and products that came out recently, including Static! 

Mentioned in this Episode

Lee’s cable-yoke sweater blog post

Hawthorne Fingering yarn

Lee’s Hawthorne DK sweater project (Ravelry link)

Ventisca Slipover pattern

Posole Verde recipe Lee used

Stacey’s …

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Free Downloadable February 2024 Calendar

Happy February! And happy leap year! We have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these February 2024 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring a variety of reds, pinks, and whites with Wonderfluff and Wonderfluff Ombré in Sweet Pea Heather and Sweet Pea Heather Ombré, Twill in Crabapple, Galileo in Cordelia, Capra DK in Hollyberry, Wool of the Andes Tweed in Gingham Heather, Aloft in Blush and White, Lindy Chain in Rouge, Luminance in Innocence, Curio #3 in Serrano and White, Palette in Blossom Heather and Blush, Fluff of the Andes in Bare, Swish Worsted in Frosting, Comfy Worsted in Flamingo and Rosehip.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo. For desktop, right click the image and “Save As”; for smart phones …

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Episode 376: Getting Cozy in the New Year

We’re back from break! In this episode, Lee and Stacey catch listeners up on their personal projects as well as all the amazing new yarn, product, and pattern releases that have come out since we last recorded. Andi joins them to discuss 2023 New Year’s Goals and how well they succeeded (or didn’t), and they also chat about their 2024 goals.

Plus, Stacey and Lee share a bit behind the scenes of our latest cables collection, Homestead Cables! It was an incredibly fun photoshoot with animal friends who stole the spotlight. 

Mentioned in this Episode

Subversive Cross Stitch

Lee’s favorite movies of 2023

Lee’s Andean Treasure Cardigan (Ravelry link)

Lee’s Andean Treasure Cardigan (Instagram)

Andean Treasure yarn

Lee’s …

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Where does Knit Picks alpaca fiber come from?

At Knit Picks, we love to have a close connection with our sources of beautiful yarn, and we view it as one of the many benefits of cutting out the middleman. Our hands-on approach starts from the beginning of the manufacturing chain. Our Peruvian partners have the highest values of sustainability and a focus on community which is evident in their work. Their dedication to their flocks, shepherds, and sustainable practices are woven into the yarns that are sold to you.

One example of the efforts made by our Peruvian partners is the …

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Our 2024 Craft Goals

Artful graphic illustraion of a person knitting a scarf

Happy New Year! We’re busy planning our crafts for 2024 and have some ambitious goals! Many of us are aspiring to get our number of WIPs under control, but there are also plans for developing new skills and trying new things.

I once again resolve to finish some of the sweaters I have on the needles, and also my first crochet sweater that I started in December, and to start new projects with yarn I ALREADY HAVE, and …

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Free Downloadable January 2024 Calendar

Happy New Year! And happy January! To start off the year, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these January 2024 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring a variety of blues and grays with Fluff of the Andes Bare, Woolen Cotton Dolly Heather, Curio #3 Sagebrush and Ciel, Lindy Chain Clarity, Dishie Dewdrop, High Desert Tweed Stargazing, Wonderfluff Ombré Wonderland Heather Ombré and Stroll Tweed North Pole Heather.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo. For desktop, right click the image and “Save As”; for smart phones and tablets, tap and hold to “Save Image”.

If you try to save the calendar without opening the full image you will get a WebP file. Please be sure to click on the image before …

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Best New Free Knitting Patterns

When it comes to our most popular new free knitting patterns, texture is the name of the game! From simple garter stitch to a more complex labyrinth of knits and purls, from socks to throw blankets, playing with stitch definition on classic shapes is where many knitters found joy.

Easy Brava Blanket by Allison Griffith

This blanket certainly lives up to its name! Not only is it easy to make, it’s also easy to love. This classic blanket features miles of squishy garter stitch, plenty of great stripes, and a simple, streamlined design that will make it a perfect throw for any …

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