Category Archives: Knit Picks Designers

Awesome Color Depth Through Overdying!

So many people around the office have jumped into dyeing this month as members of our Dye-Along, which makes me so glad! Dyeing is one of the most relaxing, creative, and fun hobbies I have, and I love that we're all sharing the cool tricks and ideas we're discovering. Knit Picks offers a variety of natural-colored yarn bases that are perfect for dyeing; the creamy colored wool takes all kinds of dyes wonderfully and gives you, the dyer, amazing control over the range and depth of colors in your finished yarn. I love dyeing natural colored yarns, too. But sometimes, I just have to shake things up.

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A Fanciful Unicorn Friend for Big Imaginations

When Kerin and I were faced with the challenge of designing fun, playful kits for a kid-and cotton-themed catalogue, we decided to imagine ourselves as kids again and figure out what kinds of things we would have wanted knit for us. It wasn't much of a challenge, really. Sweaters??? Bo-ring! Scarves? Suh-NORE!!! The kids in us wanted something that would be really, truly FUN to play with, especially in the warming days of springtime:

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Almost there!

This has been a rough few weeks, trying to hide this giant sweater from hubby! But after putting the sleeves on holders and deciding to steek the chest, it went much faster.

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As Promised, my Rainbow Socks

When I finished dyeing up my Rainbow sock yarn that I last blogged about, I was really really excited to start knitting with it RIGHT AWAY! But you know how it goes with socks..I had to get one of my billion sock projects finsished before I could think about casting on another one. So while I waited for a free set of needles, I wound up the hank, to better admire the color combinations:

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Soleado Bag

Here's the newest installment of our "History of Knitting" Kits: The Soleado Bag! This is a shoulder bag worked out of Cotlin using motifs and construction methods inspired by the diverse fiber arts traditions of Central and South America. This was a really fun project to design--I always love working on our "History" projects because I learn so much from them! The three major areas of fiber arts I drew on in designing this piece were spinning, knitting and weaving. Much anthropological information has been gathered from spindle artifacts collected in Central America, and the central medallion of the bag was inspired by the motifs found on ancient spindle whorls (that's the disc-shaped part of the spindle.) The stranded colorwork motifs were inspired by Peruvian knitting (which Kerin also interpreted last year in her amazing Chullo Hat pattern), and the borders of bi-color linen stitch between the motifs was inspired by the rich weaving tradition of South America, which are predates knitting in these region by several centuries at least. The kit includes yarn and pattern to make the bag, and a brief written history of the traditions that inspired the pattern.

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Love Stroll Tonals, but not so into socks?

While I can't say that I'm in the camp of non-obsessive sock knitting, I know it's not for everybody! But, with such wonderful colors, Stroll Tonal is pretty universally appealing whether you like socks or not. So, if not socks, what do you do with it? Well, I've got a few ideas!First, I have to say that our IDP designers have done a bang-up job of showcasing our yarns to their best advantage. And there are a lot of patterns that would look awesome in Stroll Tonals! Here are a few:Beverly Cardigan by Snowden Becker I can imagine this in the "Gypsy" colorway of Stroll Tonal with Black Stroll as the accent. Very elegant!

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