Category Archives: Yarn

6 Easy Steps to Becoming a Pinterest Model

A pressing public service announcement:Step 1.) Spend a lot of time on Pinterest—particularly, “researching” project patterns. Step 2.) Develop a heretofore unnatural obsession with monster infinity scarves; know solidly that having one would complete you/make you a Winter Fairy. Or Faerie. Step 3.) Get swept up in Knit Picks’ excellent “Free Hank of Biggo” promotion. Let excitement build.

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Oh my Biggo!

We're going a little Biggo crazy here - if you get our emails (you should!), you'll know that for this week, every order over $5 gets you a free hank of squishy, delectable Biggo yarn! But what can you do with just one hank, you ask? Well, at 110 yards per 100 gram hank, it doesn't seem like much - but with Biggo, a little goes a long way. For instance, it's plenty enough for some fatty mittens, a fluffy earflap hat, or this double seed stitch scarf I'm making for my niece!

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In a Reverie

Like many knitters, as soon as I feel a chill in the air and the days start to get shorter, I start to daydream of what I like to call my perfect autumn sweater. For me - that means it's a sweater that is cozy and super soft, it's longer in length and has a big, billowing cowl neck. If all of the stars alligned and my aesthetic requirements were met, I would also throw in another request: to be made of a light and lofty fiber that is at the same time very warm. And after much contemplation, I finally found the sweater of my dreams: Francis Revisted by Beth Silverstein. Now, I have to admit - usually when I have all of the specifics imagined and planned out, it is almost always close to impossible for that dream to become a reality. So you can imagine how delighted I was as soon as Reverie arrived at the Knit Picks headquarters! It definitely met my light and lofty requirements in addition to being super soft and warm.

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Yarn Election 2012: The Results!

First and foremost: A huge thanks to everyone that participated in our stunning, first-ever Yarn Election at Knit Picks. Your clever and passionate appeals were a true delight to read; may you never stop voicing your opinions on the pressing fiber issues of our time! However, there can only be one victor. Winning the election handily by a large margin, I present to you:

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Yarn Elections 2012!

Polls are closed!  We'll announce the winning candidate on Monday Nov 12- along with the winners of our fabulous prizes! Well everyone, it’s officially November—do you feel a need to exercise your civil duty as a fiber crafter? Your time is now: Knit Picks is pleased to announce “Yarn Elections 2012”, a chance for you to make your opinions heard with the added value of potential prizes! Vying for your vote and devoted affections are two worthy contenders:

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For the love of Andes del Campo

I have a new yarn love and it is Andes del Campo. It's probably rather silly since it's not a new yarn at all.  And I had played with it a bit when it first came out & thought it was lovely.  But I hadn't used it in a project until recently & now I'm head over heels.

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A Bit of Fall Color

  The leaves aren't changing colors yet, but I can share some of the fall yarn colors with you! I'm particularly excited about our fall yarn colors, I got to help pick them at my first color selection meeting!  This seems crazy, but it takes a really long time to plan a yarn line.  When we pick new colors, we love customer suggestions and feedback, we look at upcoming trends, and we try to round out colors that are missing in yarn lines.  The Knit Picks staff loves a really diverse range of colors.  When we opened the box, everyone clamored for their favorite colors!     

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Get Acquainted With Alpaca

Alpacas are known for their cuteness, but they do have a few other tricks up their woolly sleeves! Hailing from South America, Alpacas belong to the camelid family (which also includes camels and llamas) and are known for its fleece that spins into luxurious yarns. In centuries past, the Alpaca was an incredibly valuable animal, even more so than precious gems - although if you ask a knitter or crocheter today, they still might be inclined to agree with that sentiment. So in honor of Reverie, our newest Alpaca blend yarn, let’s explore the properties of Alpaca and just what exactly makes it so wonderful for us fiber fanatics! Our newest addition, Reverie!

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Podcast Episode 194: New Fall Yarns 2012

This week, Kelley and Alison sit down to chat about all of the exciting new things that have been happening here around the office – in particular, all of the wonderful new yarns available for fall! First up is Palette, our fingering weight colorwork yarn that is now up to 150 colors! A staple yarn of the Knit Picks family, Kelley reminisces about the debut of Palette and how it first began with a selection of 30 colors. Next, Kelley and Alison introduce a yarn ...

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Meet Reverie!

August has really been off to quite the start. With everything from new fall yarns to Sunstruck needles and limited-edition crochet hooks making their appearance, it's hard to know what to gush about first. And since I always seem to bit a bit cold, I have to say that it has been quite difficult to contain my excitement for one of our newest yarn lines - Reverie! This light and fluffy blend of 80% baby alpaca and 20% acrylic is just the thing for that perfect weekend sweater. I already have a picture in my mind of a cozy Reverie sweater that I can wear instead of a light jacket as the weather transitions to the chilly autumn air. The soft halo and lofty quality of Reverie totally embodies comfort to me and is just the thing for a relaxed, weekend sweater or dramatic, billowing cowls and scarves. Just add a cup of hot cider to that scene, and I'm a happy camper! And our in-house designer Kerin was actually one of the first lucky people to try out Reverie - watch her video review to hear more about Reverie!

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