Category Archives: Books

Podcast Episode 175: Interview with Alasdair Post Quinn

This week, Alison gets a chance to chat with Alasdair Post Quinn, author of the new book, Extreme Double Knitting! Know for his innovative spin on double knitting, Alasdair’s patterns show off color and double knitting in unique and creative ways. Hear all about how Alasdair first got into knitting, what drew him to double knitting, and the chain of events brought about the idea for a book on double knitting. After working on his book for the last few years, Alasdair is currently focusing ...

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More Monsters

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about making toys for my nieces & nephews.  I finished 2 more!   I've said it before but really love Rebecca Danger's patterns - they are so adorable & really fun to make.

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Weekend Hats Book Review

I’ve gotten so much in the habit of knitting socks that I have forgotten that hats have many qualities that make them ideal, portable projects. While we were out to dinner the other night, one of the waitresses reminded me that I had promised her a hat for winter. Yikes! Thank goodness I just received a review copy of Weekend Hats. 

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Gift idea – Toys!

So how is your gift crafting coming along?  For myself, I'm a little over halfway on my handmade gifts - I have 4 nieces & nephews and each requested some sort of knitted item (yes, I've trained them well).  They run in ages from 5 to 12 and all of them love silly little toys - which is good because I love making them!  So I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite toy books & patterns if you need some gift ideas! If you've been following the blog for awhile, you may remember that I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Danger and her monsters.

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Win a copy of Knits That Fit!

I love a contest and I'm pretty sure you do too.  Well we have another one for you. Are you tired of putting so much work into a project that just doesn't fit right? Knits That Fit is a wonderful guide to making garments that are tailored to suite your body style and size. I found two extra copies that are looking for a new home. So the solution is to have a blog giveaway!

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Podcast Episode 172: Interview with Hannah Fettig & Alana Dakos

This week, Kelley catches up with Hannah Fettig of Knitbot and Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, authors of the new book Coastal Knits! A collaboration between two good friends who just happen to live on opposite sides of the country, Hannah and Alana created a collection of patterns that are inspired by the coasts that they reside on. Hear all about the long-distance teamwork of these two designers and how they made Coastal Knits a reality in just under one years time. Books mentioned: Coastal Knits ...

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Adventures in Dyeing

The idea that a simple walk down the street or through a park can take you past a dozen different plants able to color your yarn in a stunning range of shades has piqued my interest since I was gifted a guide to natural dyes two years ago. Since then I have tried onions, indigo, coreopsis, goldenrod and scotch broom to dye my handspun.

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My Providence Hoodie

So before I start my Christmas knitting in earnest, I had to finish one thing up for myself: This is my version of the Providence Hoodie from the book New England Knits!  I seem to be on a quest to make every single pattern from the book - this is my third sweater & forth project overall. I finished this project up just in time for the cold weather & have been wearing it every day!

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Little Introduction

O hey, everyone! My name is Jenny and I’m a brand new, pleased-as-punch addition to the Knit Picks staff. As time goes on, I hope to share all my beautiful, botched or just plain shrug-inducing projects with you! It’ll be fun, I promise.  First and foremost, I don’t knit. And frankly, how are you all doing it? Was I merely born with the dexterity of child wearing thick mittens? The needles! The way you must hold TWO of them! On the other hand:  Crocheting.

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