Category Archives: Inspiration

Have you tried Zephyr needles, yet?

I am ridiculously excited about our announcement of the Zephyr needles. This time last year I was traveling in Ireland happily knitting on my Aran Cardigan using the first samples. The light weight, sharp points and slight flexibility made working the cables an absolute joy! The hard part was taking care not to show the “sample” needle tips in my photos. I’ve been using the “second draft” ...

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Coming up to the finish line

I finished the sleeves for my Oblique, finally! I blocked the fronts and backs already and I’m hoping that these sleeves take only a day to dry, because I have another flight this weekend and I want to use that time for seaming, collar and button bands! I always wet block my sweater pieces with a towel, and this time, the lace pattern left an impression on the towel, sort of like ...

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New Lace Samplers and a Lace KAL for Summer!

Lots of you have probably already noticed the new Lace Samplers that have appeared on our website. They come in 4 rich, pretty colorways and each sampler comes with the pattern to knit both the Chinook Shawl (pictures above in the “Deep Sea” colorway) and the Pyrifera Scarf. (Click “more images” on the product page to see more pictures of these!) Well, today Tina launched our

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Customer Service prepares for the July catalog!

Here’s a sneak peak behind the scenes at Crafts Americana… Each division (Knit Picks, Connecting Threads, and Artists Club) does a review presentation to Customer Service. We review the new projects, techniques, yarns (fabrics, surfaces) and tools that will be appearing in the next catalog. I took some pictures from yesterdays meeting to share with you (sorry about the location, conference room was in use, so the presentation was done out in the warehouse!) These first pictures are of me sharing ...

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The winner of our “Give One Away” Contest

Holly Lorenz! Congratulations Holly. Holly is the winner of our “Give One Away” contest, where we asked people to tell their best story of giving away their finished knitted projects. All of the stories were posted in the “Give One Away” Knit along. We’ll contact Holly directly, get her mailing address, and send her a great gift basket filled with organic goodies, plus needles and yarn from Knit Picks. Over 100 people voted, and Holly was the clear ...

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Starting a new KAL – Knitting Goes Large

This is a huge step for me, starting a Knit-a-long: Knitting Goes Large KAL … I’m like one of those people with grand ideas, tell everyone what I’m going to do, and then never do it. Not because I don’t want to, but because I just had another idea – and went flitting off in another direction. Well, now I’m being held accountable by all who join this KAL… I’ve decided to knit the Cabled Vest ...

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Happy holiday weekend!

Angela knit a Wool of the Andes bunny nugget as a catnip toy for her cats, and I’m a little jealous. She did let me snuggle with it during my nap today though, that was nice. She said she got the pattern on Ravelry for free. It would make a good Easter present for someone, don’t you think? (hint hint). There is ...

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Red Cabbage in three colors

I’ve never dyed yarn before. I love to experiment, but I don’t really like following instructions. This makes for an interesting combo when it comes to hand dyeing. I cook a lot and like to mix different recipes for the same dish into a funny hybrid that by nature I can never remember how I made. Must be a good method for dyeing yarn, right? Definitely! Well, perhaps . . .

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Citrus!

I was actually going for more of a gradated-sunset-kind-of-look with my second sock blank, but since my cherry blank completely exhausted all the dye in the red Kool-Aid (to my surprise!), I only had lemonade and orange left. I decided to wing it and try mixing 1 pack of orange with some red food dye and a splash of vinegar and see what I'd get.   First I dumped the whole blank in the pot of boiling lemonade until it exhausted the dye.

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Yum, my yarn smells like cherries.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I’ve always been curious about dyeing yarn, but I was intimidated by the safety precautions you need to take with dyes that aren’t food safe (although now that Kelley and Kerin have given us some pointers, I am feeling more confident). Then Nina pointed me towards the What a Kool Way to Dye group on Ravelry, and I couldn’t wait to give Kool Aid dyeing a try. My local grocery store didn’t have a huge variety of flavors, so I picked up two of everything they had.

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