Category Archives: Inspiration

Beep Beep! Transportation Playset!

This was just way too much fun to design! Kerin and I collaborated on the Land and Sea Playset kit, and it was a realy treat, since this is exactly the kind of toy my brother and I loved as children! I wrote the patterns for the pickup truck and taxi cab (brought it back to my New York routes with a real yellow checkered cab!) and Kerin did a great job on the sailboat and happy choo ...

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Incorporate knitting into your gift wrapping

Have you finished all of your Christmas gifts yet? I’m working on a double knit argyle scarf that probably won’t make the deadline, but we made a video to share ideas to incorporate knitting into your holiday gift wrapping. Whether you want use scraps of yarn to wrap your gift, personalize a gift card, include knitted ornaments with a gift, or make a last minute IOU placeholder gift, we have ideas for you! For reference, those are Lumpy, Grumpy, and the ...

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Everyone Needs a Goofy Hat

My ears were cold, and my mood was, um, a bit silly. Who wouldn’t want a hat that makes them look like an Emissary of the Elf People? The pattern is Sloochie (Ravelry link), the yarn is Gloss HW, and the pointy top is awesome. Well, at least in my mind! The pattern is worked from the pointy tip down to the brim, and there’s also a not-pointy version you can knit ...

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Mary Scott Huff event is next week!

I am so excited about the Mary Scott Huff event! Here is a reminder of the event details: Date: November 11, 2009 Time: 7-9pm Location: Billy Frank Jr room at the Ecotrust building 721 NW 9th Ave Portland, Oregon 97209 The Ecotrust Building is one of my favorite spots in Portland. It was the first LEED Gold certified historic renovation in the country. Much of the building uses reclaimed and recycled materials and the building is notable for its sustainable and energy efficient building techniques. ...

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Color My World

One advantage your LYS has always had over Knitpicks.com is ease of browsing. Just walk in the door and your eyes scan all the different colors they have to offer. Maybe one or two jumps out and catches your eye. Maybe you’re looking for that perfect shade of blue to compliment your nieces bright blue eyes or a funky purple that will match your favorite winter parka. In person, its easy to spot those colors, but online, you’re looking for a ...

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Every Way Wrap

I was so excited about the Every Way Wrap when it came out in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. I had never knit reversible cables before (unlike regular cables, this cable pattern looks good on both sides; there isn’t an obvious front and back – which means you’re crossing stitches over while purling as well as while knitting), so I thought it would be a good knitting challenge. And, I love the scarf/wrap’s versatility – you ...

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Little Bubbles Inspiration

We have sold out of our Little Bubbles kits, but now the pattern is for sale on our website for $4.99. 169 people have knit the Little Bubbles Kit and put pictures of their projects on Ravelry. Here is a sample of some really cute Little Bubbles baby sets. The Ravelry name of each knitter is listed under their photo. Pink kit Mombos Neutral kit DeniseCT Blue kit badknitter kmunson779 100percentLana Twin Bubble Jackets NoKnitSherlock I like NoKnitSherlock’s new interpretation ...

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83 colors, 1 photo

Since we released our new colors of Palette, I’ve heard a lot of knitters mention that they would like to see a photo of all the colors lined up to be able to compare them next to each other in the same lighting. I thought that sounded awesome, so I got to work hunting down all 83 colors and arranging them in a way that made sense. The columns are roughly arranged by ...

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Listen to Bob on the radio!

Last week, OPB gave me a call to ask if Knit Picks would be willing to participate in a live conversation on the radio about the knitting industry, and Bob was more than happy to comply. The show aired this morning, and our whole staff camped out in the conference room to hear what Bob had to say. Cat Bordhi and Jo Hartman, the owner of a local Portland yarn shop- the Yarn Garden, were also guests on the show. Bob ...

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A different type of Chemo Hat

A “net friend” is coming to Portland for the Sock Summit in August. She has breast cancer and has been undergoing chemo therapy. I wanted to knit something quick for her as a Welcome gift. In Knitting To Share by Gerard Allt I found a pattern for an Angel of Beauty scarf for Bad Hair Days. Well, I think it would also work well for No Hair Days or Hair Growing Back Days. The thing to keep ...

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