Category Archives: Books

TNNA – the designers!

  One of the best things about TNNA for me was meeting all the wonderful designers I work with all the time - both in the IDP program as well as on other projects.  I tried not to be all fangirly with designers I've loved even before I started working here but it was hard not to be starstruck. First up (once I remembered to start taking pictures) was one of the original IDP designers - David Castillo.    

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A delightful combination

What could be better than having an inspirational book arrive in the office at the same time as a sampling of new yarn? A Knitter's Home Companion by Michelle Edwards is an absorbing combination of stories, patterns and recipes. Her trio of washcloths just begged to be knit with our new Dishie cotton yarn.

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Podcast Episode 159: Interview with Lisa Shroyer

Kelley interviews Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine and author of the new book Knitting Plus – an amazing reference guide that walks you through several sweater styles and how to modify each to make it flatter your figure, along with 15 beautiful patterns.   3 easy ways to listen…  

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A Weaving Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated! This contest is now closed.  To see who won, click here: Winners I haven't had a chance to do a contest for a while so when I heard that we had some weaving prizes to give away, you can imagine my excitement! Weaving is one of those crafts that I find immensely fascinating.  I could watch someone weave all day long without blinking -- it's that intriguing. Uniformity, structure, and tight lines are so appealing to me so when I see a woven project, I am immediately drawn to it. I mean, look at this beautiful scarf!

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Podcast Episode 157: Interview with Linda Permann

Alison chats with crochet designer Linda Permann, author of Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet - which just was released last week! Hear all about Linda's design process from beginning to end in creating this beautiful book as well as tips and tricks that crocheters of all level will find helpful. Look below for the super cute book promo that Linda made herself as well as adorable pictures of some of the projects referenced in the podcast!   3 easy ways to listen...  

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Another contest!

UPDATE 9/28 - Contest is now over!  We've posted our winners here! We've been enjoying these book contests so much we decided to do another one! I have 3 copies of the brand new book Cowl Girls by Cathy Carron to give away!

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A Contest – Lets go to Mochimochi Land!

UPDATE 6/21 - Wow, you all love your Mochimochi!  Contest is now closed, we'll choose a winner on 6/22! I think it's obvious to everyone who has seen my desk that I love knitted toys.  Well, one of my all time favorite toy designers is releaseing her first book on June 29th! Knitting Mochimochi! Anna & her fabulous publisher sent us copies to give away!  As much as Angela & I would love to keep them for ourselves, we want to spread the word on Knitting Mochimochi.  So to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post and we'll draw two names next week for a free copy!  Good Luck!

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Mastering Color Knitting – and a giveaway!

Since finishing my first real colorwork project (the Grab a Pint Mitts I wrote about awhile back), I've been wanting to get more & more into colorwork.  Well, lo & behold, Melissa Leapman is putting out a brand new book called Mastering Color Knitting!  Perfect timing right? There are some neat patterns included - I really like this scarf included in the double knit reversable section

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Fall is in the air!

It's beginning to feel like fall here in the Pasific Northwest!  I apologize to those who are in the middle of the heatwave and are now throwing things at the monitor (my partner is currently in Boston and pretty much hates the fact that I told him how cool it is out here at the moment).  BUT!  Fall is my favorite time of year - I love the cool crisp evenings and especially digging out my woolies!  So the last couple of nights I've got to wear my sweaters & hats for the first time in months. And I finished a new sweater just in time! This is the Salem Hooded Jacket from New England Knits.

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New England Knits & Gloss sneak peek

I have been so excited about New England Knits since we first started seeing pictures from it and I finally got my very own copy! We're all pretty excited about it here - in fact Kate & I unknowingly both tweeted about how excited we were about it. I went to the coast this weekend & with the cool weather there, it was perfect time to thumb through it & think about all the lovely cardigans I want to make!  And goodness, I think I want to make every single project in this book - something I haven't seen in a book for a very long time - well that doesn't include cute toys like Knitting Mochimochi! :)

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