Category Archives: Inspiration

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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On the Move

Dan and I recently bought a house (our first!), and the last few weeks have been full of packing, lifting, more packing, more lifting, and painting. The sweaters I knit for Dan also made the journey - I saw this box that he had packed and labeled yesterday, so I snapped a quick photo to share. Good on so many levels! Learned Lesson 1: Don't pack a box full of nothing but books - you won't be able to lift itLearned Lesson 2: Include a warning if your box contains precious cargo (such as HANDMADE SWEATERS!)Learned Lesson 3: Don't forget underpants! :)

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A wild hair

Since hubby and I have spent so many chilly mornings out on the lake recently, I had considered that maybe I should get him a nice sweater to wear under his jacket as another layer. And then I thought, DUH, I knit! I'll just make him one! As it turns out, I'd bought yarn to make him a sweater several years ago, and never got around to it. Why? Because he's a lot bigger than me, and that is just a ton of knitting. At the time, I was still riding public transit, so lugging a big sweater around would have been quite a challenge. But now that I have my mobile S.T.A.S.H. Acquisition Unit (aka my car :)) I'm ready to tackle the challenge. So, last Monday, I looked at what I had: 26 100-gram balls of bulky weight yarn. I swatched, got a gauge I liked, and cast on. Last night, I made it up to the armscyes!

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A lesson from the Knitting Gods

It seems that the Knitting Gods feel I need a lesson in the benefits of embracing the act of ripping out my knitting. First, there was the Stonington Shawl "lesson". Remember that the Stonington Shawl had been my "mindless" portable project. I was in desperate need of a simple project to knit while we were out to dinner with friends. I had planned on starting over with my new square shawl plans.

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