Category Archives: Inspiration

Preview of Stroll Tonal

You’ve probably heard the podcast of the spring yarn preview, so I thought I would give a little more background into the Stroll and Shadow Tonals. When Tina asked me to design the colorways of these yarns, I thought it was a great idea. Because the Tonals are hand painted, we have exact control over just how variegated the yarn is–something that we could never quite achieve with the old kettle dyed yarn. My goal was to ...

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Comfy Yarn can do no wrong

I finished the scarf I was making for my very good friend Andrea. As you probably guessed by the title of this post, I used Comfy Worsted Yarn in Cypress. The pattern is a free pattern from Ravelry, you can find it here. This pattern is really fun to make and takes no time at all. I used about 1 1/2 balls of Comfy–it’s just a ...

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Domo Arigato!!!

I love my job so much! Introducing, my favorite kit, ever: Seriously, how could I not be totally thrilled when my boss lady says, “Knitted robots are a great idea, you should get right on that”? I’ve never been so happy with something I designed as I am with these little guys. There’s usually many elements of surprise in the design process, where something looks just a bit different from how I pictured it, but once ...

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Interview with Toni Carr

In my previous job life as a bookstore girl (where I lovingly took care of the knitting section), I remember when Toni Carr‘s book Knockdown Knits was released. I immediately snapped it up – it was so much fun to read & such great projects, even for those who aren’t roller girls like Toni. (With my incredible clumsiness, I would be a danger to myself & to others!) Imagine my delight when ...

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Spring Yarn Party Event – 4/7/2010

We are throwing ourselves a little party in Portland to celebrate our new spring yarns – and you’re invited! If you are in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area on April 7th, please come join us at the Ecotrust building from 7-9 in downtown Portland! We are going to have samples of our new yarns available to play with (so bring your needles & hooks!). All attendees will be entered in a raffle for fun Knit Picks’ ...

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Designer Interviews for New March Kits

Your March catalogs should be arriving any day now, and hopefully you have noticed new kits that Kerin and Nina have designed. We have created designer interviews about each of the kits to tell you a little more about the behind the scene stories, details, and inspirations for these kits. If you have any kit related questions, leave a comment and we can help you out!

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Backyard Garden KAL and Contest

Spring is here! It’s a gorgeous sunny spring day in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, my flowers in my garden are still alive (I have a black thumb). I’m not even wearing a coat today! Speaking of flowers, have you seen our new spring kits that we introduced today? I’m excited about the Backyard Garden kit. I’m much better at knitting flowers than growing them, and these flowers will bloom all ...

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Hypnotic Spirals!

I have a new design out! Introducing, the Tilt-a-Whirl Spiral Kit! (in Blue or Brown!) Spiral knitting is a simple trick that produces jog-less stripes which twist and spiral up the piece like a barber pole! It can be worked on DPNs or circular needles, and in this project is used for socks, fingerless mitts, and a slouchy beret. I ...

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Cold hands, warm yarn

So, the hubster and I love to go fishing. Well, he loves fishing, I love having an excuse to sit on my kiester and knit all day! A couple of weekends ago, we decided to pack a lunch and head an hour away to a lake he used to fish with his dad. Well, in typical Northwest style, it was in the forties in the morning, though it was going to be in the upper 60's in the afternoon. So we dressed in layers. I had on my favorite hand-knitted alpaca sweater with a wool sweater over it, some new fingerless mitts I'd made, and an alpaca hat I made on a previous excursion. As for hubs - well, it turns out he's good at losing gloves, and had to borrow a pair of mine. Now, this could be ok, as they were pretty unisex-looking gloves. Except his hands are twice the size of mine. It was downright comical, like his hands were the unwitting passengers in a knitted clown car. I took pity on him and grabbed a ball of unlabeled alpaca I'd found in the free box here at work, and we took off for the lake.

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