High Desert: An American Wool Story

As we set out to create High Desert, Crafts Group’s first all-American-made yarn, esteemed Rancher, Jeanne Carver of the historic Imperial Stock Ranch and now, her newly launched Shaniko Wool Company, was also looking for an American brand to join forces with and use Shaniko’s certified Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)* wool bounty.

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Knit Picks Podcast Episode 340 – The Joys of Building A Sweater

An all too familiar knitting crossroad – do I knit a sweater or not. While sweaters can seem intimidating if you’ve never done one before, chances are once you’ve made one, you’ll likely make another.

On today’s episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, Lee and Stacey do a deep dive into sweater construction. Whether you’re new to sweaters or have been making them for years, you’ll likely enjoy this “nerdy” sweater conversation. 

First they catch up by discussing what’s on their needles. Both Lee and Stacey are making patterns from our latest Knit Picks Collections. Lee even shares her latest yarn substitution and talks about color selection.

From pullover and cardigans, to seamed vs seamless, Stacey and Lee review the various styles and constructions of …

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Meet Michelle: Crafter Abroad

After having lived overseas for many years, I still have occasional moments where I am surprised when someone answers me or greets me in English. Thankfully, the language of textile appreciation and crafters everywhere often only requires oohs and ahhs and the proverbial thumbs up. I consider myself a generalist crafter as I grew up surrounded by creative & crafty ladies. I have pictures of me “sewing” on paper when I was three years old, and I think my love of textiles and fabrics began then. 

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Recent Collection and Pattern Claims and Communications

We recently released a collection and have received several communications and are aware of the Instagram posts regarding the similarities of two of our designs in our newest collection, Vertex, and designs that have been previously published.

Often, inspiration strikes in similar ways. And, any resemblance between the two projects was unintentional and entirely coincidental. Knit Picks does not knowingly copy an indie designer’s original work.

Our collection development begins a year in advance of our publication dates. Additionally, when we accept designs for our collections, we do research in an attempt to make sure designs do not look exactly like another design already published.

At the time of the commission of the designs in question, we were not aware of any similar designs and have only become aware of these similarities after the collection was published on March 25, 2021.

Our commissioned designers (indie designers in their own right) created these designs in …

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Knit Picks Podcast Episode 339 – Yarn Substitutions

Whether you’re a process knitter or a project knitter, if you’re like us you’ve experienced the challenge of finding a pattern you’re really excited about but not having the exact yarn that the designer suggests. You could wing it and embraces the beautiful chaos that might occur or you can use one of our favorite resources, YarnSub dot com. If you don’t already know, YarnSub is a website to help you with yarn substitutions. Everyone needs a friend in crafts and we at the Knit Picks Podcast are happy to be your yarn and knitting buddy, and as a friend, we’re telling you to check out YarnSub.Today on the podcast Heather Mann interview Wendy Peterson, creator of YarnSub.com. They chat all about …

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