Category Archives: Books

Podcast Episode 169: Everything Old Is New Again

It seems that this year, there has been a resurgence of popular and much-loved knitting books that are finally back in print! Kelley shares how learning to spin led her down the path of knitting and the books that passed on endless amounts of techniques and knowledge. Kelley then reviews four of her favorite books that are finally back in print and ready to be enjoyed by a new generation of knitters: Aran Knitting, The Book of Fair Isle Knitting, and Charts for Color Knitting, all of which are by Alice Starmore as well as Knitting Around the Word by Lela Nargi. Finally, Kelley catches up with all of the “distractions” that have been making her such a productive knitter. Books Mentioned: Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-RobertsKnitter’s Almanac, The Commemorative Edition by Elizabeth ZimmermanAran Knitting by Alice StarmoreBook of Fair Isle Knitting by Alice StarmoreCharts for Color Knitting by ...

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My Grandmother’s Knitting Book Signing Recap

Last week, we posted about the book signing event for My Grandmother's Knitting that was being put on by Andersen Fiber Works in Gresham, Oregon. A bunch of us from Knit Picks were able to attend the event and it was such a wonderful evening! Not only did I get to visit a new yarn store, but I also got a chance to hang out with other knitters and see Jen who does the Hanks in the Hood batts for Knit Picks. For me, the evening started off by wondering around and admiring all of the yarn and fiber. Then, we moved upstairs to see Larissa Brown, Chrissy Gardiner, Leigh Radford, Joan McGowan Micheal, and Stevanie Pico for the book signing of My Grandmother's Knitting. Kelley (and Xena), Alison, Hannah and myself found a cozy spot to settle in and work on a bit of knitting as the karaoke was getting started.

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it’s book sale time…

What better time to buy books then during a book sale!!  All those books you've been eyeing or have in your wish list are just begging to be purchased! and at 40% off how can you resist? I've hunted for the best knitting & crocheting books around so that you have a huge selection to choose from.  There's something for everyone! One of our best sellers is Knit One, Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann, which features 39 new patterns that have never been published in any other of Zimmermann's five books!

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My Grandmother’s Knitting

For anyone that lives in or around Portland, Oregon - we all know how lucky we are to be in the middle of such a crafty city! And here is just one more example - Andersen Fiber Works is holding a book signing party for My Grandmother's Knitting tomorrow evening! Not only will Larissa Brown, Chrissy Gardiner, Leigh Radford, Joan McGowan Micheal, and Stevanie Pico be there, but there will also be snacks and karaoke! Could it get any better?

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A (not really) Teeny-Tiny Contest!

I am so excited!  One of my all time favorite designers, Anna Hrachovec, has a new book out! As many folks know, I've been a fan of Anna Hrachovec's cute creatures for a long time now. And for the past year, she's been doing a weekly post of Tiny Things on her blog....and now there's a whole book of her Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi!   

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Podcast Episode 167: Interview with Anna Hrachovec

Everyone at the Knit Picks office has officially caught mochimochi mania! This week, Alison interviews Anna Hrachovec, author of the books Knitting Mochimochi and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. Both of these books are filled with fun, brilliantly imaginative and innovative toys to knit, with the second book focusing on super-small scale toys that can be knit in only an hour or two! These teeny-tiny toys are often only an inch tall and use only a few yards of yarn. Anna chats about how she began knitting, what her creative process is for coming up with ideas, how she translates her ideas into a finished toy and why she is so drawn to knitted toys. She also runs the website and blog, mochimochiland, where you can find more of her designs and read about her weekly design challenge in which she comes up with new and clever tiny toys.   3 easy ways to listen…

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Sock Summit Excitement & Sock Knitting Master Class Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! To find out who won, click here: WINNERS After months of waiting and nervously registering for classes, the second Sock Summit is finally here! Everyone at the office has been reminiscing about the last Sock Summit, all the fun that was had, and of course - all the sock yarn that was aquired. Funny enough, I catch myself saying "Last year at Sock Summit..." but it was actually two whole years ago! And we are lucky enough to have Sock Summit here in Portland again this summer.

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Podcast Episode 163: A Summer of Lace

With the weather finally warming up here in the Pacific Northwest, knitting lace have been on everyone’s mind here at the office. On a recent trip, Kelley was fortunate enough to be sitting next to a fellow knitter on the plane back to Portland. She got the opportunity to share her love of knitting with her new knitting pal and Kelley recaps her reasons to knit lace as well as why new knitters shouldn’t be afraid to tackle lace projects. Next up, Kelley presents three different books on lace – the first being The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting by Lynne Watterson, a perfect guide for knitters new to lace. For intermediate knitters looking to take their lace knitting in a new direction, Kelley talks about The Art of Knitted Lace, which features a stunning collection of garments that show off lace patterns by a number of designers. As for experienced and adventurous lace knitters, Kelley recommends Wrapped in ...

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Podcast Episode 162: Interview with Michelle Edwards

Kelley interviews Michelle Edwards, author of the book A Knitter’s Home Companion. With a background in printmaking, illustration and children’s books, Michelle has always had knitting be a constant part of her life. In A Knitter’s Home Companion, Michelle shares stories and essays that explore the lives of other knitters, the lessons that are learned, and the way people are brought together through the craft. Hear all about Michelle’s journey from starting the book and meeting late night deadlines to finding time to knit 100 pairs of mittens for charity!   3 easy ways to listen…  

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