This episode is all about the mysteries and intricacies of sweater knitting! First, we've launched a brand new, wonderfully tweedy sweater pattern collection, Everyday Rustic. Stacey and Lee share their favorite patterns as well as a little behind the scenes peek into making this collection. To go along with our sweater theme, Stacey and Hannah pop into the studio to answer some of YOUR questions about the ins and outs of sweater knitting. From sweater care to yarn substitution, and even one ...more
After eight years of making our very own pattern collections, we're finally doing a BEST OF KNIT PICKS edition! Our very favorite garment patterns from our archive are now together in one amazing (and enormous) book. Colorwork, cables, tweed and a few luxury yarns shine in these newly standardized and updated patterns. Lee and Stacey, who work together to bring you all of our pattern collections, sit down to share some behind the scenes insight into their favorite patterns and the logistics of p...more
We're dedicating this episode to our love for the timeless and oh-so-wearable SHAWL! The ultimate knit accessory, shawls are fun to make and easy to style in any season. That being said, summer is our favorite time of year to break out our lace weight yarn and cast on our most epic shawl projects. The perfect roadtrip companion or portable poolside project, a single skein of yarn goes incredibly far when it's used for open, lacy motifs. Stacey joins Hannah in the podcast studio to chat about Soj...more
Today is a celebration of everything that makes Knit Picks unique. One of our core missions is to surprise and delight our super fans with new tools, yarn, and patterns. We're always working on new biz for you and rarely take a moment to think back and appreciate all that has come before. In this episode, Hillary and Hannah share our favorite Knit Picks exclusive tools. Listen in as we chat about our tried and true ball winders as well as our new Needle binders, a labor of love over a year in t...more
Today marks an exciting milestone, its our 300th episode! Over the years we've covered just about every topic under the crafty sun. We've done deep dives into obscure techniques, gone full nerd over micron counts and also gone behind the scenes and shared the development process of some of our most popular yarns. Everyone here at Knit Picks loves to take a few minutes every month to sit down in the studio and talk about the parts of this craft that we each love most. Today, you'll hear from all ...more
Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 299: Shawl Season Get ready to dust off your needles and hooks with two new shawl collections! First, Stacey and Hannah talk about Radiance, our knit shawl collection. Easy to wear and fun to knit, these shawls feature fun color combinations and our favorite yarns. Next, Heather joins Hannah in the studio and they chat about the stunning Color Crush collection of crocheted shawls. Finally, sock yarn shawls for all you happy hookers out there. Alexis an...more
Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 298: Earth Day, Every Day After such a long, wet winter here in the Pacific Northwest, everyone at Knit Picks has been looking forward to the noticeably greener (and hopefully dryer) spring season. The trees have started to leaf out, the daffodils have bloomed their little hearts out and my knitting queue has taken a turn toward lightweight cotton garments and cheerful spring colors. My favorite spring landmark is EARTH DAY! Every year we take a moment...more
Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 297, Cotton and Clean As the clustering cold and heavy skies of winter pass, refreshing vernal rains come to bring new life to the landscape. . .and your knitting! Knit Picks is celebrating the renewing season with new cottons, new colors, and new perspectives. To start, Knit Picks official cotton aficionados Hillary and Erica discuss fresh and favorite cotton yarns, including new Snuggle Puff, made just like our ever popular Wonderfluff but with cotton...more
One of the innumerable things that we love about knitting is as a means to discover the world around us. Our newest yarn and knitting pattern collection are opportunities to take this both figuratively and literally. The collection, Adventure Awaits, is selection of rugged, practical projects to make all of your outdoor explorations easier, while newly introduced yarn, Muse, lets us bring the fiber mills and dye shops of Japan directly to you. To start, Stacey talks with Erica about Adventure...more
Knitting is, in some ways, an inherently serene activity that lends itself to quiet evenings in cozy interiors. Amid all the chaos and hustle, our newest collection, Interlude, looks to foster the peace- and comfort-loving home body in every knitter. With simple, generous garments in cozy, soft yarns, these patterns will have you looking for excuses to stay in. To start, I sit down with Hilary to discuss the collection, with a special focus on the alpaca yarns that bring these lounge-worthy proj...more
Knit Picks may be our name, but we are definitely about more than just knitting. The devoted crocheters amongst us are directly responsible for this newest collection, Embrace. Full of the textures that you can only get with crochet, this collection uses our full range of yarns for the sorts of modern projects that add charm and allure to everyday life. To start, Stacey and Hilary discuss the collection, talking about the patterns, yarns, and colors of these updated crochet creations. After that...more
Accessories are the force multipliers of fashion, where the smallest items, wisely applied, can have the biggest impact. And this is even more true for knitters, when the right hat or cowl can take a week while a sweater can drag on for months. Accents, our newest accessories collection helps you get the most out your knitting time, with the small adornments that play such a big role in our wardrobes. To start, Stacey and Hilary discuss the collection, talking about the patterns, yarns, and colo...more
Like the twisting, braiding, wandering stitches themselves, cable techniques cross generations of knitters, weaving together layers of knitting history into a cozy fabric of fiber tradition. Our newest cable collection, Crossings adds a new thread to this tradition, a fibery homage to immemorial motifs and classic constructions. To keep your cables looking their cabliest it helps to know the wool your working with, so first Hannah and I go full yarn nerd about cabling with our favorite Knit Pick...more
At the turn of the solar calender, Knit Picks is taking a look back at a long and exciting year. From New York to Pasadena, we've been up and down the country meeting fans from all over. Our Sock Labs are churning out the wildest sock yarns that we've ever done. And you can even get your monthly fix of KP goodness every month with our Hand Picked subscriptions boxes. To start us off, Knit Picks leaders Alison and Jennifer take a retrospective on where the year has taken us. After that, each of u...more
With the Holidays in full swing, knitting deadlines near and the new year in sight, the Knit Picks crew has decided to take a brief meditative pause from the furious click of our needles for a little look ahead. While the second half of Winter offers non-knitters little more than unfestive darkness and cold, we knitters can look forward to the longest stretch of the year for personal knitting time. First up, Hillary and new Knit Picks graphic designer Erica share their prospects as enthusiasts s...more
One of the best things about being a knitter is that you rarely find yourself at loose ends. Knitting turns hair-pulling inconveniences like Airport delays, long drives, and days at the in-laws into one of our favorite things: time to knit. At least with the proper preparation. First up, Stacey and Hannah give you the benefit of their long experience to help ensure you're all set for knitting away from home. After that, Alexis and Hilary talk about the new batch of exclusive fiber flair that wil...more
It was a year ago this month that Knit Picks marked a momentous milestone: attending our first ever show. Since that first experience at Vogue Knitting Seattle, we've seen a lot of interesting places, made a lot of dumb mistakes, and met so many fabulous Knit Picks fans. First up, Alexis and Stacey look back at our year of shows to share some highlights and lessons we've learned along the way. (starts at :54) After that, Hannah talks with VP of Marketing and former Knit Picks Director Alison abo...more
The collision of the knitting and gifting seasons is a blessing or a curse, an oppression or an opportunity, all depending on your preparation. We all want cute and cozy knit decor on every surface, socks on every foot, and sweaters under every tree. The key to a successful crafting season is starting early and working intentionally. First up, Daniel talks with Lee about knitting for others. Listen in as they put their heads together to share their winning strategies for gifting knits. After tha...more
Inside every knitter is a ceaseless passion for yarn that covets every bright, soft and lovely hank and ball and cake. Our actual productivity can never hope to pace this crafty cupidity, and the distance between these two becomes the stash. To help you harvest your handy horde, first I sit down with Knit Picks' new graphic designer Lee Meredith, to get her expert insight into getting the most out of your stash. (starts at :53) After that, Stacey and Hannah discuss our newest collection Cute & ...more
Not just for beginners, bulky yarns hold a treasured place in our stashes. They're the first hanks we reach for as the seasons shift to cool nights and cozy mornings. Quick chunky cowls are the perfect fall accessory for yourself or the ideal last minute gift. The holidays are right around the corner and it's never too early to get started! First up, Stacey and I dig deep into our stashes to chat about our delightful range of bulky yarns. (Starting at :55) Next, Hillary joins Stacey to share her...more
Each year there's always a certain day when you notice it: the sunshine is softer, the breeze is fresher, the evening comes sooner, and you realize: Fall is coming. For many, this signals the end of Summer, triggering a burst of frenetic activity to squeeze as much as possible into the last sunny days. For knitters, this means activity of a different sort: getting ready for knitting season. First, Daniel talks with Hannah about our own start of the season rituals, with some suggestions for how t...more
Slip two stitches to cable needle and hold to front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle. Cabling seems to be that rare and perfect crafting technique: essentially simple, but seemingly infinite in its potential complexity. Not content to rest on the historical laurels of ganseys, arans, and traditional cables, our newest collection pushes into this inexhaustible expanse of possibility to elevate the cable to new heights of fashion. First up, to get our cable conversation started, I talk with Alexi...more
In the constant cornicupia of our modern day druthers, its easy to overlook the fascinating world effortlessly encapsulated in every option available to us. The amazing array of exclusive yarn, tools and more offered by Knit Picks is no different, requiring a churn of activity, enthusiasm, and choice. To start, Hannah and Alexis give us a sense of what goes on behind the development curtain, from tools to yarn, staples to specials and everything in between. After that, Stacey, Hillary, and Knit...more
With its intriguing textures, speedy construction and uniquely handmade charm, fiber friends of all allegiances will admit that nothing creates a cozy home quite like crochet. On the heels of attending the Crochet Guild of America's 2018 conference, Come Home to Crochet, our newest collection invites you to hook your way to a homier haven, whether you're looking for bright and ebullient place settings or the easeful allure of an irreplaceable afghan. To start, Stacey and resident crochet connois...more
It's been some time since Knit Picks ventured into that forbidding country in the world of knit design: men's wear. Dapper, our newest offering, goes beyond the typical bulky wool sweater, pairing luxury fibers like alpaca and silk with contemporary sillhouettes and motifs to cultivate an aesthetic as snazzy and sophisticated as it is masculine. First up, Hannah and new Knit Picks Catalog Director Hilary give us a brief glimpse behind the scenes for the Dapper photo shoot. After that, Stacey and...more
Beyond the meticulous color curations of our full yarn lines, it's a badly kept secret that Knit Picks offers a whole host of yarns in their raw state for dyeing and more: our Bare yarns. To highlight our recent expansion of these hopeful hanks I first sit down with Stacey to discuss our favorites, both new and old. After that, Hannah and I share some of our daring dyeing adventures and give some guidelines and tips on where you might get started on some of your own. Enjoy! Find helpful images a...more
That special time comes but once a year, an occasion for the celebration of our skills and some crafty camraderie, a chance to let our fiber flag fly: Knit in Public Day! In keeping with recent Knit Picks tradition, we hosted a knitting potluck at a nearby park, with everything from previews to prizes. A few members of our team are here to tell us in their own words just how their Knit in Public Day went. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The ...more
They say that your home is a reflection of your self, and if this is true than surely every knitter's home is a paradise of handicrafts. Every room in the house is another opportunity to befiber your decor, and our newest collection is a guide to do just that. Tranquility is full of all the pillows, throws, towels, and rugs you need to create an crafty oasis of cottony comfort, perfect for the bright and cheery home you want through the warmer months of the year. Join Stacey and I as we review T...more
Spring is well and truly underway for the Knit Picks crew, and with it comes a turning of the knitting year. We've finally admitted that any sweaters still in the works will have to wait for next Fall, or we've simply tired of large and heavy works. No longer housebound by cruel Winter, we yearn for projects fun and light that we can carry around, basking in the sun while still enjoying our favorite past time. In other words, it's sock season again! One of our new collections is a celebration of...more
A general favorite amongst the Knit Picks crew, we favor tweed yarns enough to carry four different varieties, including one of our newest offerings, Provincial Tweed, both sumptuous and hardy in Fine Highland Wool. Join me and Stacey as we dig a little deeper than the typical "rustic" labels, explore some of the history and process behind tweed yarns, and discuss the differences between those that we offer. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: ...more
The most recent Knit Picks travel adventure brought us to wool-hungry Hartford, Connecticut for Stitches United. Like the proverbial fish-smelling guest, Winter lingered over the New England city as the Knit Picks team flogged our fiber wares to the Yankee yarn-lovers. Show veteran Stacey, our purchaser Alexis, and Knit Picks' brand new IDP Coordinator Allison Drake join us to share their experience on the road. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Sta...more
It seems like we had just gotten back from Vogue Knitting Live in New York and it was already time for Knit Picks to be off to our next destination: Santa Clara, California for Stitches West. The first of many Stitches shows for the KP crew, we came, we saw, we lost a pallet. All in all, it was a bustling and delightful time. Join me as I sit down with Stacey, who is quickly becoming Knit Picks' resident show expert, to recount the whirlwind experience. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to ev...more
Although every catalog here at Knit Picks presents something new, occassionally the pom poms align, the sheepy gods smile, and a confluence of fiber goodness all comes in one catalog. Our newest has a bit of everything: new yarns and the return of some old favorites, Mighty Mittens and Clean & Crafty Dishcloths, snappy swifts and pretty pom poms. Join Jennifer and Alexis as they go over all of the exciting developments in our March catalog. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything me...more
Earlier this month Knit Picks hit the road once again to attend the Vogue Knitting show in New York City. Our attendees survived the fiber frenzy and are ready to tell us all about it. First our resident designer whisperer Stacey was in attendance and took the opportunity to record a few visits with some of her favorite Knit Picks friends. After that she joins fellow show goer Hannah to share the highlights of their trip, both at the show and on the streets. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links ...more
The depths of winter have always seemed an appropirate time for the contemplation of cables. These fortifying embellishments not only embolden us to face the aeolian inclemencies of this darkest season, but also provide challenging engagement for the fiber-nesting that sees us through to Spring. To start, Hannah and Elaine will lead us through Windward, our most recent collection of delightfully complicated cablings. After that, I talk with Stacey to offer some tips, tricks, and insights for you...more
Hello and welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 269, New Year's Resolutions. The old year is done and the new rises. We teeter on the cusp of this transition, the time of Janus, looking back. . .in order to look forward. Join some of the Knit Picks staff as we reflect on last year's resolutions and share our goals for next year. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
With the recent additions to Knit Picks' line up of traditional, undyed yarns, Simply Wool and Simply Alpaca, we've been thinking a lot about knitting days long past. These quintessential yarns demand classic techniques, so first Hannah and Daniel talk about their experiments with them and share some ideas for how to really make them shine. After that, Stacey and Alexis bridge those yarns of yesteryear with today's traditions, contemplating knitting superstitions and sharing fiber beliefs old a...more
This week the Knit Picks team sits down to chat about our first show, Vogue Knitting Live! We had so much fun meeting other fiber folks and in this episode, we gush about all of it—including all the goodies we bought from other vendors at the show. To start, our opening crew Jennifer, Stacey, and Hannah talk about their experience at the first half of the show. After that, Daniel talks with Alison and Alexis who closed the show down with him. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything me...more
Our newest collection has a variety of patterns to enliven and personalize your holiday. From ornaments and stockings, to pillows and decor, there's everything you need to celebrate that special time of year as only our fiber friends can. First up, Heidi, Elaine, and Alexis talk through the collection, highlighting their favorite patterns and sharing their own Knitmas memories. After that, Daniel talks with Jennifer to explore some alternative gifting strategies to hopefully give you some idea...more
A celebration of all things bright, bold and diverse, Color Shift is one of our newest collections, with brilliantly colored designs inspired by the automatic combinations of this year's star yarn Stroll Gradient. First, Stacey and I review the collection to help you navigate the ingenious array of techniques in Our love letter to color. After that, Knit Picks Buyer Alexis calls on her training as a professional photographer to nerd out about the history and theory of color, giving us insight ...more
With the coming of Autumn also comes the quickening of the knitting compulsion. Everyone around us needs cozy garments for the burgeoning cold, and with the recent kick off of our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting, where we release a new free pattern every week for your gifting enjoyment, we decided to explore knitting specifically for gifts. To start, Alison and Hannah talk about easy care fibers perfect for gifts, including a review of all that Knit Picks offers for machine washable yarn. After that,...more
Join the Knit Picks staff in exploring the multichromatic wonders of the new Knit Picks exclusive collections, Encircled and Strands of Color, which both use Fair Isle and stranded colorwork to paint beautiful works of art with needles and yarn. First, Knit Picks Outreach Director Stacey and Graphic Designer Elaine, who are indispensible to the development of every collection, give us their unique perspective on these gorgeous collections. After that, beginners and experienced knitters alike wil...more
Take a little time to look into our new book dedicated to commemorating life's special moments. Alison and Jennifer talk about the story behind the book, what it's intended for, and some ideas for getting the most out of it. To follow up, I talk with Knit Picks intarsia prodigy Alexis to go over intarsia basics, how it compares to other forms of colorwork, and some tips and tricks to have your intarsia looking its best. Find chart excerpts and links to everything mentioned in this episode at St...more
A large part of our new collection Knits for Everybody Two is the basic, straight-forward sweater patterns for cardigan and v-neck pullover. To put those in context Daniel and Hannah, Knit Picks' Catalog Director and resident sweater expert, discuss sweater terminology and construction. Then Stacey and Daniel offer commiseration and comfort by sharing their first sweater stories, embarassing details and all, showing that rocky beginnings are just a place to start. Find links to everything menti...more
Everyone loves a colorful yarn, and we've always been particularly proud of our gorgeous sock yarn, Hawthorne. Inspired by the crush we all have on the newest addition to the Knit Picks lineup, Hawthorne Tonal, the Knit Picks staff takes some time to explore hand painted yarn, from both technical and aesthetic points of view
You might think you know our stupendous, self-striping sock yarn, Felici, with it's sensously soft 75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon blend and ever-changing selection of brilliant colors, in classic fingering or new worsted weights. Whether you're a devoted follower or a burgeoning novitiate, you might be surprised at what you learn with this glimpse behind the scenes for one of our favorite yarns to develop. Find links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
Shawls for All, our new mix-and-match shawl collection, has been something of a pet project for a few people around Knit Picks, and we really think that Joyce Fassbender, the brains behind the collection, has really given us something special. First, Knit Picks Outreach Director Stacey talks with Joyce about this unique book, discussing its origin and development. After that, Knit Picks Art Director Heidi and I talk about our first experiences with knitting lace, as a longtime knitter plunging h...more
In honor of our newly released advanced lace collection, Luxurious Lace, we'll be talking about all things lace. Starting at 00:40, Stacey and Emily, the pattern coordinator and graphic designer who worked on the collection, will be talking about their experience working on lace charts. After that, Knit Picks' Director Alison talks with Knit Picks Admin Assistant Daniel to review all of the lace yarns available from Knit Picks. ddn honor of our newly released advanced lace collection, Luxurious ...more
Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks' own Alison Backus about our new collection, "Knits for Everybody", with basic patterns you'll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We'll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children's picture book, "Leave Me Alone" about drawing, knitting, and being left ...more
If you're reveling in the newness of summer, this podcast is a celebration of that feeling. Whether you travel to new places, or try new crafts during the warmer months, summer is always a good time to try new things. In this episode of the Knit Picks podcast we talk to Clara Parkes, author of Knitladia, about her adventures in yarn based travel. We also speak with designers Joyce Fassbender and Stephanie Tallent about their history of knitting and designing, as well as their recent contribution...more
Whether you're a person who loves to stash yarn, or a crafter who buys only on a per-project basis, this episode will interest you. We speak to Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, about her app and booklet called "Stashbot", helping knitters understand yarn quantities for each project they're planning. We also speak with Elizabeth, whose stash is so big that it's taking over whole rooms of her house! Find out what she loves about a large stash, how she uses it, and how she keeps it organized.
Have you ever crafted for charity? In this episode of the podcast, we feature charites that can use your handmade items! "Click for Babies" provides hospitals with purple hats to help protect infants. "Knitted Knockers" provides bra inserts to women who have undergone mastectomies. Podcast listeners highlight ways they contribute to non-profit organizations, and Knit Picks' own Stacy talks about "Helping Hands: Made with Love, Given with Heart", our recent book featuring charity craft patterns. ...more
Have you ever made something so cute, you can still hear the "oohs" and "ahhhs" from everyone who saw it? This episode is devoted to cute knit and crochet - things you wear, decorations, and handmade stuffed friends to keep or give away. We hear from Anna Hrachovec, popular designer of knitted toys, about her career in knitting, pattern writing, and fine art, and her new book, "Adventures in Mochimochi Land" (pictured above). We'll also hear from podcast listeners about the cutest thing they've ...more
Have you knit a garment you thought was unflattering or just didn't fit correctly? Did you know what went wrong, or were you stumped? This episode aims to help you target key elements of fit. Alison Backus, Director of Knit Picks, explains ease and what it means in knitting. Amy Herzog talks about all elements of fit, from how to assess which shapes might flatter your body, to what pattern elements can be altered and which should remain untouched. Podcast listeners also describe their stories of...more
Remember when you were a new knitter or crocheter? What were some of the big mistakes you made? In this podcast, we explore what it means to be new to the craft. Alexis, Knit Picks Photography Assistant and new-ish knitter, takes advice from listeners. Debbie Stoller, author of the incredibly popular "Stitch 'N Bitch" series, tells us about how she discovered knitting, and how she's inspired countless other people to take it up. Three podcast listeners also tell us about their experiences. Wheth...more
Have you given or received handmade gifts in the past? Do you intend to give them this holiday season? In this episode we bring you stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly (literally, the ugly). Read by the Knit Picks staff or listeners themselves, you'll hear tales of gifts gone unappreciated, gifts transformed unintentionally, and gifts beloved for life. Grab some eggnog, a cookie, and your last-minute gift to knit or crochet, and enjoy!
Many of you have a favorite designer, someone you've followed for years. You knit many of their designs, and marvel at how they constantly come up with ideas you can't wait to get on your needles. We asked you to name your "Designer Crush", and you responded! In this episode, we interview Knitwear Designers Jane Richmond, Carol Feller, and Laura Nelkin about their process and inspiration. We also ask them questions straight from their fans!
Many of us learned to knit from family and friends, but for some crafters, knitting and crochet started in school! In this episode we go to Cedarwood Waldorf School in Portland Oregon where Gia Davis and Shannon Casey, the Handwork Teaches, tell us about why handwork is part of Waldorf, and how it contributes to a child's education. We interview two students at the school, Weston French and Taea Jackson, about their love of craft. We also hear from two podcast listeners about how knitting was ta...more
Are you a fiber lover? Have you considered the animals from which you acquire your materials? In this episode, recorded at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon, we speak to farmers of three different animals raised for their fiber. Jack Lyda of Honey Lane Farms tells us about his love of raising Shetland sheep. Dave Archer of Inti's Gift Alpacas speaks of farming a herd of alpacas, and Angora lovers Heather and Shannon take us into the world of competitive rabbits. We also hear f...more
What makes a knitting pattern so good you can't help but cast on? In this episode we explore what makes a really great pattern. Hear from KnitPicks Director Alison Backus and Catalog Director Hannah Meir, as well as podcast listeners about what they require of a pattern. Designer Hilary Smith Callus tells us what she includes in her patterns to make them satisfying to knitters, and Tech Editor Maureen Hannon reveals the secrets of her job, reading and correcting patterns, for KnitPicks.
Do doctors make good knitters or crocheters? Has knitting ever seen you through a difficult personal or medical journey? We hear from Matt Petkun, CEO of KnitPicks, about how his uncle, an aspiring surgeon, inspired Matt to knit his first scarf. Then we speak to three podcast contributors about how they got through hard medical and personal times, as well as one listener's journey to medical school, and how craft has helped all of them along.
Knit Picks is made up of so many people you may have never considered. In this episode, you'll hear from Laura Birek, one of our designers, Andrea Lum, a test knitter, and Stephanie Starkel, Supervisor of Customer Service here at Crafts Americana. Find out what makes their crafty jobs interesting, and challenging, too!
Is crafting in the Summer a bit different for you? Maybe you work with lighter yarns, make more portable projects, or try a craft you've never done before. On this podcast we explore weaving with Monica, a teacher at Ruthie's Weaving Studio in Portland, who gives us a different view on working with fiber. Cassie Castillo talks about her "Janelle Shawlette" pattern in "Sock Yarn Shawls", and Jenny K. here at Knitpicks introduces you to our newest yarn, Lindy Chain. We also hear from a podcast lis...more
We celebrate men who like to craft, and those brave enough to make things for the men in their lives. Hear from KnitPicks staffers Aaron, Alison and Emily and their significant others about cowls and sweaters, and gloves sadly lost. Designer Geoff Hunnicut tells us about his experience in the world of knitting and Diane calls in to tell us how knitting has brought her closer to a young man in her family.
In this episode, we explore the practical uses of craft, and the way some artists are using craft techniques in unexpected ways. First we speak to the Merchandising Director of Knitpicks, Kim Cameron, on how she developed her Crocheted Bread Warmer pattern for the recent Classic Kitchen Crochet collection. We then chat with Robin Allard and Tamara Ell, who made dolls and a 1930s gown, just for fun. Artist Jo Hamilton takes us into her world of fine art crochet, as we discuss the evolution of her...more
The Knitpicks Podcast has changed a bit! With Kelley's retirement, we're taking on a new format. In this episode, we explore the question "Who taught you to knit?". Hear from the Knitpicks staff and members of the general public, as they share stories of love transferred through knitting and crochet lessons, gifts made, and time spent together.
Alison and Jenny announce Kelley's retirement and discuss how some new staff members are bringing fresh energy to the company. Alison interviews Matt about the history of Knit Picks, as well as how the company is currently run, and his ideas for the future. Jenny introduces Holly, the new Multimedia Manager. So whether you've been a fan of KP for a while, or have found Knit Picks recently and are interested in where we've been and where we're going, this podcast is an interesting look behind the...more
Spring is the time for new yarns and patterns that inspire! Having kept the exciting news under wraps for months, Jenny and Stacey finally get to gush about Hawthorne, a yarn line inspired by the neighborhoods in Portland! And for a bright twist, there is also Stroll Brights, a neon-inspired special reserve yarn line. Finally, Jenny and Stacey introduce In Bloom, the new Spring collection featuring 15 patterns from independent designers.
This week, Kelley focuses on the humble sock - a project that most knitter's are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it's practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it's ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethoraof handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction o...more
Jenny and Stacey get together to talk about all of the new collections coming out for the March catalog! Hear more about the designs included in two brand new collection: Worsted Basics and the Chroma collection. New collections aren't the only exciting news in the March catalog, there is also a sock sale and a DVD sale. Whether you get inspired to try a new technique or just stock up on your favorite sock yarns, Jenny and Stacey go over their favorite yarns and DVDs. Finally, learn more about o...more
This week, Kelley explores different opportunies for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most...more
It has been officially three years since the launch of the first Knit Picks pattern collection, a program that has grown into over 30 collections to date and has expanded to include printed books in addition addition to digital ebook downloads. This week, Kelley chats with Alison to talk about our book program, which includes collections that feature both our in-house design team as well as independant designers. Alison shares a behind-the-scenes look into our pattern collection process includin...more
To ring in the new year, Jenny and Stacey get together to chat about new collections and yarn out for our Winter 2014 catalog! The first of three collections highlights the Gloss yarn line with 6 versatile designs, while the other two collections make the most of every knitter's and crocheter's yarn stash with patterns designed to use under 100 grams of yarn. The Under 100 Knit collection brings together 30 designs and the Under 100 Crochet collection features 10 designs - all of which are ideal...more
A cable cross going in the wrong direction, a dropped stitch, knit stitches that should have been purled. As knitters, we are all familiar with this heart wrenching moment, when we know that something has to be done before moving forward. This week, Kelley talks about both the physical and emotional impact of moving backwards and the difference between ripping a project back versus unraveling, where stitches are dropped and then reworked. Next, Kelley reviews a few of her favorite audiobooks and...more
Between our busy lives, the constant need for multi-tasking and an ever-present stream of distractions at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost and lose sight of the simple joys, especially in knitting. This week, Kelley get's her knitting back on track by going back to the beginnings of her fiber life. Not only did the books of Elizabeth Zimmermann serve as a guide to new techniques and projects, but also as a companion. EZ's unique style and sensibilities make her a loved teacher and friend am...more
This week, Kelley got a chance to chat with designer and author Stephannie Tallent. First, Kelley and Stephannie talk about the newest book, Hitch, which is a pattern collection inspired by the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Next, Kelley and Stephannie talk about her designs in the Wool of the Andes collection (a Knit Picks exclusive) as well as her book California Revival Knits. Hear more about Stephannie's design process and her fascinating approach to interpreting architectural inspiratio...more
This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest collection of patterns - Glacier Bay. Hear more about this wonderfully versatile 6-pattern collection, including Kerin's initial inspiration behind the collection. As we talk through each of the 6 designs, Kerin also shares the design details and different techniques for the designs. New for November, the Glacier Bay collection is available as a printed book, eBook and individual patterm downloads.
This week, we get to talk about one of our all-time favorite topics: new stuff! First up, Jenny and Stacey divulge the details of Diadem, an ultra-luxe yarn that is brand new to the Knit Picks yarn line up. Next, hear all about the three new pattern collections including Glacier Bay, Bulky 2013 and Swish 2013. Finally, Stacey and Jenny gush about the goldmine of new tools, kits and accessories.
This week, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderfully talented Megan Goodacre! In addition to her pattern collection Study Hall Knits, Megan's long list of knitting accomplishments includes authoring the brand new Idiot's Guide: Knitting! After talking about Megan's inspiration and design process for Study Hall Knits, Kelley discusses the book writing process with Megan and highlights a few of her favorite parts of this wonderful guide to knitting.
This week, Kelley gets a chance to catch up with her long-distance knitting friend Lynne, author of the blog Island and North Country Life. Lynne leads a very intersting and unique life - traveling the world as a lighthouse caretaker, all the while knitting and spinning no matter where she is headed to next. Hear more about Lynne's fascinating journeys as she recounts her past visits to Deal Island in Tasmania, Australia and more recently, Five Finger Island which is located off the coast of Ala...more
This week, Kelley elaborates on the idea of getting out of your knitting comfort zone. Looking through her past projects, Kelley realized that her projects have become a comforting retreat rather than a challenge to learn new techniques. Hear more about Kelley's goals to help push herself out of her own knitting comfort zone and into new techniques. Next, Kelley reviews a DVD from Anna Zilboorg and a few other books to help inspire your own knitting goals. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her c...more
For this week's episode, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with designer Kate Haxell, author of the book The Knitter's Palette. A resource filled with absolutely functional inpiration, Kate chats about her inspiration behind the book and her fascination with color, yarn, and texture. Follow along with Kelley as she talks through each chapter with Kate to learn more about her facinating take on color and fiber. And if Kate's charming enthusiasm doesn't inspire you, her wonderful tips and insigh...more
This week, Jenny and Kerin are so happy to finally introduce the new collections and yarns that are out for Fall! With four pattern collections and two new yarn lines, there is certainly a lot to be excited about. First up is Reclaimed, our new Fall pattern collection that features 15 designs along with three other 6-pattern collections - Geometric, Classic Color, and the Wool of the Andes collection. Hear all about the inspiration that sparked these collections in addition to the range of desig...more
In this week's podcast, Kelley reports from Canada to chat about one of her favorite topics: books! If you need a dose of inspiration or are looking to try a new technique, Kelley is more than happy to spark your curiosity as she shares a few of her most recent favorite titles along with in-depth reviews and project highlights.
This week, Jenny and Kerin sit down for a chat about their easily enabled world of crafting. From knitting to beading, weaving, crochet and tatting, it's sometimes just too easy to get sucked into a whole new craft. Our recent obsession: crochet! Having attempted to learn crochet several times, both Kerin and Jenny share their prior attempts before finally mastering the basics of crochet. But our enthusiasm doesn't stop there! After getting down the basics, both Kerin and Jenny share their most ...more
This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Light Basics. Hear all about the inspiration for this collection which focuses on using fingering weight yarns for all of its designs. In addition to talking about the collection of as a whole, Kerin shares some insight into her design process and talks about the design details that go into creating larger sizes while maintaining a comfortable and flattering fit. Finally, Kerin and Jenny talk through each ...more
This week, Jenny and Stacey get a chance to chat about all of the wonderful new yarns and collections coming out this month! First and foremost is our brand new crochet thread, Curio. Hear all about our lovely new #10 crochet thread and get inspired with pattern ideas. Following the crochet theme, Jenny and Stacey introduce Serenity, our first ever collection of crochet designs featuring 8 independant designers. Next, Jenny and Stacey talk about the other three new pattern collections including ...more
Having an organized stash where your yarns all have planned projects assigned can be both a blessing and a curse: you feel good because there is a definite plan for all that yarn, but it can dampen those moments when inspiration strikes and you just have to cast on right away! Kelley’s solution? A spontaneity stash!Yes, this means that Kelley’s yarn stash is now divided into sub-categories but it makes for fun knitting when you come across that must-make project. Hear all about how Kelley plans...more
In a quest to find new ways of using up that stash of sock yarns, Kelley chats with Jen Lucas, author of the book Sock Yarn Shawls. Being a self-taught knitter, Jen shares how an obsession with socks eventually led to her to the world of shawls and shawlettes. Kelley and Jen chat about the different chapters of the book in addition to the different styles of shawls included. Get a behind the scene's peak into Jen's first book of shawl designs in addition to a few handy tips and tricks for shawl ...more
On this week's episode, Jenny gets a chance to talk with Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Windswept. Inspired by the scenic mid-Atlantic beaches, this collection shows off a versatile set of patterns that are easy-to-wear and take you from warm sunny days to cool evening walks along the boardwalk. Learn more about Kerin's inspiration and design process, in addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look into this stunning 6-pattern collection.
This week, Kelley dives into her stash in search of inspiration for her collection of fingering weight yarns. And with a mission to make more than another pair of socks, Kelley peruses Ravelry in search of unique and versatile patterns that are perfect for lighter fingering weight yarns. Continuing on this theme, Kelley reviews the books Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas and The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell. Finally, Kelley shares her enthusiasm of searching out new projects to cast on after a p...more
This week, Jenny and Stacey get a chance to sit down and talk about all of the new and exciting things that are out for April! First and foremost is Felici, our limited-edition self-striping fingering weight yarn - hear about all of the wonderful new colors that are now available. Next, Jenny and Stacey talk about the two new pattern collections out for April - hear all about the collections as Jenny and Stacey talk through the patterns. You'll also hear more about the new kits that are availabl...more
This week, Kelley gets a chance with Canadian knitter and knitwear designer, Spilly Jane! Obsessed with color and texture, Jane habitually translates songs, food and architecture into elegantly quirky handknit socks and mittens. Learn more about how Jane first started knitting and what started her mitten obsession, in addition to getting the inside scoop on her design process for her well-loved patterns.
As winter transitions to spring and warmer weather slowly creeps in, many of us find our fibers also transition - moving away from wools to cooler blends like cotton yarns. This week, Kelley gives an overview of cottons as well as different cotton blends to help you understand the nuances of this natural fiber. Knowing the particulars of cotton fibers will help you make the most of this natural fiber in your next project. Next, Kelley chats more about one of ther favorite companion pastimes to k...more
This week, Kelley chats with the TECHknitter about her "chart chart" technique and all things lace. Kelley first begins by giving a brief overview of lace knitting and its components, along with the different ways that lace patterns can be presented. Kelley goes over both written and charted directions, before introducing the TECHknitter's "chart chart" method. Learn more about this compelling way to knit lace as the TECHknitter chats about the history of lace and charting methods, as well as he...more
Longer days and the anticipation of spring can only mean one time - new yarn and new pattern collections! It's been a bundle of excitement here at Knit Picks, and Stacey chats with Jenny about all of the wonderful new things that are lined up for this month. First up is Billow, the newest member of the Knit Picks yarn family. Jenny and Stacey chat about this new bulky cotton yarn, and share staff projects as well as inspiration ideas for this delightfully soft yarn. Next up is First Light - the ...more
Love to crochet small motifs, but never sure what to do with all of your small crocheted creations? Get a dose of fresh, creative inspiration on this week's episode with Edie Eckman! A designer and author for both knit and crochet, Edie chats with Jenny about her new book Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, which brings you a whole new collection of interesting crochet shapes and a myriad of ways to connect them. Learn how Edie got her start crafting and how she translated her passion for knittin...more
For this week's episode, Kelley talks with Frances Fisher - a knitter from North Carolina who is 87 years young and has over 200 pairs of socks to her name! Back in early 2011, Frances sent one of her "stashbuster socks" to Kelley as a gift. Having kept in touch over paper mail and email, Kelley and Frances have become friends with a shared obsession over all things yarn. Kelley chats with Frances about her unique take on socks and what her process is for creating her "stashbuster socks."
Bringing together enchanting colorwork and captivating cables - Illuminated Lines captures the magic of Celtic art and culture with six exquisite designs. Hear all about how Kerin's interest in Celtic culture inspired this new and exclusive pattern collection. Kerin and Jenny talk through each of the six patterns in Illuminated Lines, starting with the inspiration for each design and how that translated into the knitted design, as well as the design process and details of each garment. Kerin a...more
This week, Kelley gets a chance to talk with Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off and Jane Austen Knits magazines from Interweave. Amy shares her story of how Jane Austen Knits started and talks about her collaberation with members of the Jane Austen Society who provide the depth and details in the wonderful articles throughout the magazine. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you'll love this behind the scenes look at this wonderful publication.
This week, Kelley talks about different fibers and blends to explore their qualities. Learn about what makes wool so wonderful, why alpaca is so warm, how silk gets it's shine, and what mercerized means for cotton. This handy guide to fiber basics is sure to help you as you plan out your next project. Next, Kelley reviews some of her favorite audiobooks that she has been listening to lately. Finally, Kelley catches you up with what is on her needles.
This week, Kelley chats with author and designer Margaret Radcliffe about her book Circular Knitting Workshop! If you've ever been interested by the circular knitting method, you'll love hearing Margaret insight and expert advice on everything from swatching to converting flat patterns to being worked in the round.
This week, Jenny and Stacey chat about what is on every knitter and crocheter's mind this time of the year - holiday crafting! Both Jenny and Stacey share a list of their favorite knit and crochet designs for the holiday season. Find out what makes or breaks a project when it comes to crafting for the holidays and what go-to books are a must have for any knitter or crocheter this holiday season.
In honor of the 200th Knit Picks podcast, Kelley revisits one of her favorite episodes from the very beginning – deserted island knitting. Back in 2007, Kelley used this idea of being stranded on a deserted island to create her list of must-have knitting supplies. To start, Kelley shares two of her favorite blogs whose stories come awfully close to Kelley’s deserted island scenario. Both The Sailing Knitter and Island and North Country Life are blogs that follow the lives of two women traveling ...more
Not ready to let go of your summer knitting just yet? Keep your lace projects inspired with this week’s podcast as Kelley chats with designer Anna Dalvi, author of the books Shaping Shawls and Ancient Egyptian Lace & Color. Anna talks about her love of shawls, her design process, and shares a few of her favorite mythological stories that inspired her designs.
This bonus Halloween episode is full of adorably scary projects! First, Stacey talks with Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land about her newest book Super-Scary Mochimochi. This latest collection of patterns still highlights the cute and clever knitted tiny toys that Anna is known for, but with a scary and creepy twist! Hear all about Anna's design process for this book, what some of her favorite patterns are, her inspiration for the designs, along with fun behind-the-scenes stories. Next up, Stace...more
In this week's podcast episode, Kelley gets a chance to talk with designer Audrey Knight about her newest book Reversible Scarves! Audrey began knitting in 2004 and quickly began exploring the world of designing. Hear all about her transition from knitter to knitwear designer, and how she came up for the idea for her book which features reversible patterns that are sure to "cure the wrong side blues" as Audrey says. Kelley walks through each chapter of the book, and chats with Audrey about the u...more
This week, take a tour of Scandinavia as you hear all about Kerin's inspiration for Northern Lights, a new collection of patterns inspired by the region and its cultures that are steeped in a rich history of knitting. Featuring six stunning patterns, Kerin walks you through the traditions of Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Sweden as she shares the stories and ideas behind each of the patterns. Naturally, Kerin put her special twist on each of the patterns by melding the...more
Always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to use technology to organize her fiber life, Kelley shares her enthusiasm for a handful of knitting apps! Kelley reviews three apps for android users that help you stay on track throughout your knitting project and keep you connected to your Ravelry account - no matter where you might find yourself knitting! Kelley first reviews Ravulous, a handy app that links to your Ravelry account so you can manage your stash, search through patterns, and...more
Kelley and Alison sit down to chat about all of the exciting new things that have been happening 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 debuted with 30 colors. Next, Kelley and Alison introduce a yarn line new to Knit Picks this fall - Galileo! Hear all about this...more
This week, Kelley gets a chance to catch up with designer Mary Scott Huff. One look through her book The New Stranded Colorwork and you can clearly see that Mary's passion is definitely colorwork knitting. Which is exactly why she's the perfect person to write a book of the techniques for color knitting! Her new book Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting highlights Mary's expertise on the subject alongside clear, concise images that will help new knitters learn to master colorwork. Kelley talks...more
In this week's episode, Kelley chats about her love of cowls! In addition to covering a brief history of the cowl, Kelley talks about several different varieties of designs that are based in the basic cowl shape - including neckwarmers, infinite scarves, and other styles that experiment with unique ways of closing the loop. This allows designers even more creative freedom in order to come up with even more fun ways to wear cowls. And of course, Kelley also mentions that cowls are the ideal way f...more
This week, Kelley shares her excitement for finding the perfect summer bag! Finding the ideal summer bag or tote for your knitting can be a hard task and not only depends on how you will be using the bag, but also what kinds of projects you are looking to carry with you. Kelley reviews a variety of her favorite Namaste bags to help make your search a bit easier. Next, Kelley shares her favorite books that are not just wonderful reference books for experienced knittres, but are also perfect for h...more
This week is all about our new summer yarns! Kelley chats with Jenny about two new additions to our line of special reserve yarns – Preciosa and Bare Hare. In addition to gushing over the softness of each and the amazing, saturated colors of Preciosa, Kelley and Jenny chat about tips for working with these new yarns and fun project possibilities. And if lace is your go-to summer project, Kelley and Jenny review new color additions to our selection of lace yarns including Alpaca Cloud, Shadow, S...more
This week, Jenny chats with designer Nora Bellows, author of the new book Noni Flowers! Hear all about how Nora's family, gardening, and flowers have influenced her process and designs, in addition to how Nora made the transition from teaching college classes to designing knitting patterns. Nora also reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the process of writing her book, how she began designing the collection of knitted flowers, and what sparked the idea for creating the unique photography of the...more
Afterthought pockets and heels are exactly what you might expect them to be - pockets and heels that are worked after the fact. This week, Kelley delves into the afterthought technique, explores its many different uses for this trick, and covers the basics of how to work an afterthought heel. Next, Kelley shares her favorite form of entertainment while knitting - audiobooks, of course! Kelley chats about her love of all things audiobooks, including Audible and her favorite narrators and titles....more
Kelley catches up with designer Kathleen Taylor to talk about all things fair isle! As author of the book Fearless Fair Isle Knitting, Kathleen Taylor chats with Kelley in depth about the different techniques for successful fair isle knitting in addition to common mistakes and issues that newcomers to fair isle might encounter. Kathleen truly has a fearless approach to fair isle knitting and has honed in her techniques specifically for knitters new to fair isle through years of teaching. Also, h...more
This week we bring you another bonus mini-episode of the Knit Picks podcast! Stacey gets a chance to catch up with designer Allyson Dykuizen, who began designing under the name "Sweatshop of Love." After spending some time teaching and designing, Allyson decided to broaden her design skills by creating Holla Knits - a collaborative collection between designers that focuses on a young, fresh, and modern aesthetic. Hear more about the designers and ideas behind Holla Knits as well as how Allyson b...more
As the days get both longer and warmer, more and more cotton yarns have been coming to mind for warm weather projects. This week, Kelley catches up with Alison to review the variety of cotton yarns that are available through Knit Picks! Get inspired for your next summer project as Kelley and Alison discuss the different properties, characteristics and uses for Knit Picks cotton yarns. Not only will this mini crash-course in cotton yarns help you pick out the right yarn for your next project, you...more
In this week's episode, Kelley reunites with author and designer, Hunter Hammersen, to chat about her latest book - The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. Similar to her first book Silk Road Socks which features sock patterns based on oriental rugs, Hunter shares her inspiration for creating a collection of designs inspired by curiosity cabinets. Hunter not only chats with Kelley about just what exactly a curiosity cabinet is - but also how they inspired her new book and how she was able to translate ...more
This week, we bring you an extra special, bonus mini-episode of the Knit Picks Podcast! Alison catches up with designer Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr), author of the new book Knits for Nerds! Hear all about the process and inspiration behind this collection of knitting patterns that your inner nerd will adore. Joan also reveals a few fun facts behind the book, Knits for Nerds and shares details behind a few of her favorite designs.
This week, Jenny gets a chance to catch up with Knit Picks designer Kerin to talk about the newest eBook Rocky Shores! Filled with traditional designs with a modern twist, the eBook includes patterns for the women's garments, a men's vest, a wrap and a purse. Hear all about the design process, inspiration, and challenges that Kerin was faced with as she goes through and talks about each of the featured designs - a must listen for fans of knitting history and traditional techniques!
With spring just around the corner, there are lots of new yarns popping up here at Knit Picks! First, Alison chats with Jenny about all of the fun that was had while developing the fifteen new colors of Chroma. Hear all about the colors that almost didn't make the cut, how they were saved and which shades are quickly becoming staff favorites. Next up on the list of new yarns is Aloft! Jenny and Stacey chat about why they just can't make up their minds and choose a favorite of Aloft's five new co...more
This week, Kelley gets inspired by stashbusting! As Kelley organizes and sorts through her stash, she imagines the possibilities that go beyond one-skein projects and instead, combine several leftover yarns together for a bit of springtime stashbusting. Next, Kelley reviews several patterns that she found while browing around Ravelry by search for "stash" and "stashbusting". She reviews some of her favorite patterns that she stumbled across, all of which make the most of using up many yarns toge...more
Love the look of lace but intimidated by the techniques? Let Kelley guide you through the process of knitting lace as she goes over the quirks of lace knitting in addition to tips and tricks for successful lace projects. Next, Kelley chats about one of her favorite things to do while knitting or spinning - listening to audiobooks! Kelley gives an overview of audible, an audiobook service, as well as several reviews of recently completed audiobooks she has enjoyed listening to while crafting. Fin...more
Last weekend Alisha, Stacey, and Jenny attended The National Needlearts Association winter show held in Phoenix, Arizona. This industry trade show is put on several times a year and lets venders, yarn shop owners, and designers connect with each other as well as find new and exciting yarns and accessories. As much as we enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine, we also loved chatting with all of the friends that stopped by our booth! While being around so many wonderful designers, Jenny was able to...more
Kelley talks about one of her favorite things – sock knitting! Listen along as Kelley shares all of the reasons why socks make the perfect travel companion. Kelley also offers words of advice and encouragement for those new to sock knitting. Next, Kelley follows up her chat on socks with three wonderful book reviews – The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parks, Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd, and Socks a la Carte Colorwork by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade. Finally, Kelley catches yo...more
Kelley shares the story of Knit Picks and how the company first began through the evolution of product development from selecting the first yarn lines to developing new needles and tools to enhance your fiber craft. Continuing with the theme of product development, Alison chats with Teri about the newest Knit Picks yarn, Brava! Teri has wool allergies that make it impossible for her to enjoy all of the lovely natural fibers available at Knit Picks, which is exactly why she was so excited through...more
This week, Alison gets a chance to chat with Alasdair Post Quinn, author of the new book, Extreme Double Knitting! Know for his innovative spin on double knitting, Alasdair's patterns show off color and double knitting in unique and creative ways. Hear all about how Alasdair first got into knitting, what drew him to double knitting, and the chain of events brought about the idea for a book on double knitting. After working on his book for the last few years, Alasdair is currently focusing his cr...more
This week, Kelley talks about the other half of her fiber life - creating handspun yarn with a spinning wheel! Hear all about Kelley's advice for those new to spinning with a spindle or a wheel in addition to all of the possibilities you can create by making your own yarn! Kelley also reviews the books, Learn to Spin by Anne Field, and Color in Spinning, by Deb Menz. Next, Kelley talks about all of the wonderful fiber options you have for spinning and reviews several Knit Picks roving blends. Fi...more
This week, Kelley chats with Kim about her newfound love of colorwork knitting and all fo the fun projects she has been creating using this technique. Next up, Kelley reviews the books, Exploring Color in Knitting by Sarah Hazell and Emma King as well as Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman, both of which are helpful resources for any colorwork knitting project. Kelley also shares a helpful tool for colorwork knitting that you can take with you no matter where you go - Color Snap! This is...more
This week, Kelley catches up with Hannah Fettig of Knitbot and Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, authors of the new book Coastal Knits! A collaboration between two good friends who just happen to live on opposite sides of the country, Hannah and Alana created a collection of patterns that are inspired by the coasts that they reside on. Hear all about the long-distance teamwork of these two designers and how they made Coastal Knits a reality in just under one years time.
This week is all about weaving with a rigid heddle loom! Hear all about Kelley's adventures in weaving as she chats with Jenny about rigid heddle looms. Kelley also shares great advice for new weavers and why is it great for using up both larger and smaller amounts of yarns that you might have hiding in your stash. Kelley also reviews two of her most loved weaving books along with her favorite tool for planning out projects, the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool. Finally, Kelley catches you up on the p...more
During the last weekend in September, the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival took place here in Canby, Oregon! OFFF is one of Alison's favorite fiber festivals and this year, she was able to get Kelley, who has never attended OFFF before, to join along! Hear all about the different fibers, yarns, animals, and other treats Alison and Kelley discovered at OFFF. Next, Kelley talks about about reworking a pair of socks currently on her needles and shares her own stitch pattern that she created for the so...more
It seems that this year, there has been a resurgence of popular and much-loved knitting books that are finally back in print! Kelley shares how learning to spin led her down the path of knitting and the books that passed on endless amounts of techniques and knowledge. Kelley then reviews four of her favorite books that are finally back in print and ready to be enjoyed by a new generation of knitters: Aran Knitting, The Book of Fair Isle Knitting, and Charts for Color Knitting, all of which are b...more
Kelley and Alison chat about all of the new and exciting things that have been happening at Knit Picks! Not only did lots of new yarns get new colors (Swish, Wool of the Andes, and Stroll), but there are also a few brand new things as well. First, Kelley and Alison catch up with the new releases for the September catalog, Wool of the Andes Tweed and Wool of the Andes Roving. Next up, Biggo is introduced! Alison shares just how durable this new bulky weight, superwash and nylon yarn really is! Fi...more
This week, Alison interviews Anna Hrachovec, author of the books Knitting Mochimochi and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. Both of these books are filled with fun, brilliantly imaginative and innovative toys to knit, with the second book focusing on super-small scale toys that can be knit in only an hour or two! These teeny-tiny toys are often only an inch tall and use only a few yards of yarn. Anna chats about how she began knitting, what her creative process is for coming up with ideas, how she translate...more
This week is all about eBooks! First, Kelley gets a chance to talk with Erika Jackofsky, author of the eBooks Sweet Treats and Musical Minds. Next up, Alison chats with Lee Meredith, who designed the Swerve Mitts available through IDP and created the eBook, Game Knitting. Kelley then catches up with Liat Gat who created a unique format where eBooks combine with videos. Finally, Alison talks with designer, Beth Hahn who combines stories, watercolor illustrations and knitting patterns.
Kelley makes a big annoucement about the transitions that have been happening at Knit Picks!
Kelley gets ready for the upcoming Sock Summit with weaving! By planning out projects for her rigid heddle loom, Kelley is able to go through her sock stash and use up yarn from the first Sock Summit. Who knew weaving could work as a stash management tool? Kelley also shares two books that would be perfect for those interested in weaving - Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport and Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson. Next up, Kelley chats about projects on her needles and her weekend...more
With the weather finally warming up here in the Pacific Northwest, knitting lace have been on everyone's mind here at the office. On a recent trip, Kelley was fortunate enough to be sitting next to a fellow knitter on the plane back to Portland. She got the opportunity to share her love of knitting with her new knitting pal and Kelley recaps her reasons to knit lace as well as why new knitters shouldn't be afraid to tackle lace projects. Next up, Kelley presents three different books on lace - t...more
Kelley interviews Michelle Edwards, author of the book A Knitter's Home Companion. With a background in printmaking, illustration and children's books, Michelle has always had knitting be a constant part of her life. In A Knitter's Home Companion, Michelle shares stories and essays that explore the lives of other knitters, the lessons that are learned, and the way people are brought together through the craft. Hear all about Michelle's journery from starting the book through meeting late night d...more
Jenny chats with Kerin about the wonders of stitch dictionaries! If you are new to stitch dictionaries, you will learn all about what they are, how to use them and the history of stitches throughout different cultures. Kerin also shares her own tips and tricks to successfully designing with different lace, cables, textures and colorwork stitches.
Alison got a chance to chat with our art director, Christina about the development of all the new tonal colorways for Shadow, Stroll, Swish and Wool of the Andes. Kelley dishes about her love for Dishie and talks about knitting with cotton yarns. Hear all about Kelley's fiber fun and what she is currently working on in the "What's On My Needles" segment. Kelley also reviews the book Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner.
Kelley interviews Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine and author of the new book Knitting Plus - an amazing reference guide that walks you through several sweater styles and how to modify each to make it flatter your figure, along with 15 beautiful patterns.
Kerin and Jenny chat about gauge - what is how, what effects your gauge, what fibers to watch out for and how you can use the basic understanding of gauge to make your own designs take form. Both The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns were referenced in this episode.
Alison chats with crochet designer Linda Permann, author of Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet - which just was released last week! Hear all about Linda's design process from beginning to end in creating this beautiful book as well as tips and tricks that crocheters of all level will find helpful.
Sock yarn isn't just for socks anymore - Kelley chats with Knit Picks designer Kerin about clever uses for your sock yarn stash. Also hear great tips and tricks on effectively organizing your sock yarns as well as how to go about buying sock yarns at fiber festivals without being overwhelmed. Kelley reviews the book Knit. Sock. Love. by Cookie A.
Kelley interviews Hunter Hammersen, author of Silk Road Socks - a beautiful book that takes a look at the history of Oriental rugs, design elements unique to each style of rug and translates them into 14 stunning sock patterns.
Kelley talks about different techniques that new knitters can use to overcome knitting mistakes. Alison and Kerin chat about common mistakes that can happen to new knitters, share personal stories of projects gone awry and how they were fixed.
Alison interviews Rosemary Drysdale, author of Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting. Hear Alison and Kerin chat about designing with entrelac, how to use this technique as well as handy tips and tricks. Stacey interviews IDP designer Michele Bernstein about how she got her start designing and the inspiration behind her Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf. Books Reviewed Alison reviews the book Entrée to Entrelac by Gwen Bortner.
Kelley tells her story about how she first learned how to spin in college. Kelley also discusses drop spindles and covers the importance of having a wide range of sizes and styles. Alison interviews Jen from Hanks in the Hood about her exclusive batts made just for Knit Picks.
Alison and Christina discuss the development procees for Chroma colorways; Kerin and Stacey suggest patterns and designs that go well with Chroma; Jenny reviews the book Knitting Noro.
Kelley chats with Kate, Angela and Kerin about their favorite books and patterns for holiday gift knitting.
Alison and Kerin chat about the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival along with other yarn-related gatherings.
Kelley chats with designer Nina about a free online design-your-own-sweater class. Kelley also reviews some books with excellent sweater projects.
Kelley chats with designers Nina and Kerin about their inspiration and development process for new fall kit patterns.
Kelley and Alison talk about new colors of wool and alpaca yarn, the new cashmere blend yarn Capra, and spinning supplies.
Kelley gives a lesson on selecting colors for knitting projects, then talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about color.
Kelley chats with designer Anna Hrachovec, author of Knitting Mochimochi.
Kelley chats with Kristin Omdahl, author of Crochet So Fine, Wrapped in Crochet, and The Art of Knitted Lace.
Kelley chats with designers Kerin and Nina about working jointly on knitting patterns.
Kelley talks about when you're just not feeling right about a project and switching to a new pattern.
Kelley chats with Nicole Dickson, author of the novel "Casting Off."
Kelley and Tina go over the new tools that have arrived for Spring 2010.
Kelley gives a little pep talk for new knitters, then chats with Kerin about the new Backyard Garden kit.
Kelley chats with designer Kerin about tips and tricks for reading knitting patterns.
Melissa tells Alison about her design process for developing the new colors for hand painted yarn (including new colors for Stroll, Shadow, and Felici).
Kelley chats with knitwear designer Chrissy Gardiner, author of "Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape."
Kelley gives a lesson on using short rows for shaping, along with tips and tricks for keeping your knitting neat and tidy.
Kelley and Tina chat about new yarn lines, such as Stroll Tonal, Shadow Tonal, and Simply Cotton in new heathered colors.
Tina and Alison talk through the process of developing a yarn line, from fiber choice to final skein.
Kelley chats with Millie and Jared about working in Knit Picks Customer Service. She also talks with Knitting Superhero Jeanne about knitting through hard economic times.
Kelley chats with Stacey, Angela, and Alison about how they learned to knit and the tricks they learned along the way.
Kelley chats with Christina, the new Catalog Manager for Knit Picks, about selecting colors and projects for the print and online catalogs.
Kelley chats with Kate about clever ways to stretch your knitting dollar.
Ready for a new year of knitting? Kelley and Tina chat about different ways to reorganize the yarn and projects in their stashes.
Kelley chats with Stacey about the new Independent Designer Partnership program at Knit Picks, then talks with a few participating designers.
Kelley shares some alternative ideas for knitted gifts, then chats with Nina and Kerin about how to help gift recipients take care of their new knitted treasures.
A holiday treat for those finishing up gift knitting: the folks at Boxer Press Audio have created a radio play. This is the second half of "Miss Eiderdown's Stocking" - part one was available last week.
Kelley talks with Tina about the best tools to have in your knitting bag (or bags, if you're Tina!).
A holiday treat for those finishing up gift knitting: the folks at Boxer Press Audio have created a radio play. This is the first half of "Miss Eiderdown's Stocking" - part two will be available next week.
Kelley gives a lesson on blocking, then chats with Nina and Kerin about the ways that knitwear designers use blocking to suit their needs.
Kelley goes over some personal tips for keeping relaxed and avoiding discomfort while knitting up a storm. Regarding a different kind of comfort, Kelley also chats with Knitting Community friends Cheryl, Peggy, and Susan about how online communities have changed their own knitting lives.
Kelley chats with Knit Picks designer Kerin about felting your knits and reviews the book "Shibori Knitted Felt" by Alison Crowther-Smith.
Melissa, Art Director for Knit Picks, interviews designer Mary Scott Huff about her new book, "The New Stranded Colorwork".
Kelley chats with Nina about different types of hats, then Angela interviews new knitter Brett about his adventures in making his own hat.
Kelley chats with Tina and Alison about websites, blogs, and tech gadgets available to knitters.
Kelley chats with Stacey, Angela, and Marci about the delight they find in knitting impractical, whimsical projects.
Kelley and Kate discuss the double knitting technique, which creates a thick, reversible fabric that's great for a number of different projects.
Ready to start a new fall sweater? Kelley chats with Nina about different hems that you can use.
Tina and Kerin talk about how to line your finished knitted bag to make it durable and shapely.
Kelley chats with Tina and Alison about gift knitting - who to knit for, how to plan out your knitted gifts, and other tips to keep your gift knitting on track.
Kelley talks about her experiences with the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, shares a new free pattern she designed, and chats with Tina about Frankie Brown's fantastic knitting patterns that put a new spin on charity knitting.
Kelley talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about tricks and techniques for knitting toys, then brings in Judy from Connecting Threads for tips on stuffing.
Kate talks with her friend Kristi Porter, author of "Knitting in the Sun," about knitting for warmer climates.
Kelley gives new knitters tips for choosing (and using) patterns, then chats with Nina about the new Learn to Knit kits.
Kelley talks with Stacey and Kate about the adventures they had at Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, Oregon.
Kelley gives tips on working with multicolor yarn and talks with KP employees about the phenomenon known as "pooling."
All skill levels welcome! Kelley talks through lace basics, reviews a delicious new lace book, and chats with Nina about designing lace shawls.
Kelley and Tina chat about the new Zephyr interchangeable needles coming out in August 2009. Also, Kelley talks with Jen Wheeler about her "Cry on Kelley's Shoulder" knitting problem.
Kelley chats with designer Lorna Miser about her new book, "Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting."
Kelley talks with Tina about the new yarn lines coming in Fall 2009. She also interviews Melissa about the process of designing hand painted yarns, talks with Nina about her Mr. Foster pattern modifications, and discussions the development of the Palette yarn colors with Kerin.
Kelley gives tips and tricks for taking your knitting with you to summertime events, then talks with Star Athena about the Tour de Fleece spinning event that runs during the month of July.To enter this week's Knit Picks Podcast Contest, submit your answer by email to email@example.com.
Take a deep breath and gather your courage! Kelley talks you through fixing mistakes and missteps in your knitting. You can do it!
Kelley chats with Alison about favorite podcast episodes, tried-and-true favorite books, and upcoming surprises for the podcast. To enter the 100th Podcast Contest for a chance to win a set of interchangeable needles, go to http://community.knitpicks.com/profile/KnitPicksPodcast and leave a comment in the show notes for Episode 100.
Don't want stretch? Need drape? Thinking of substituting wool for cotton, or alpaca for linen? Kelley gives advice on how to match fiber type to project.
Kelley chats with designer Sally Melville, author of "The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch," "The Knitting Experience Book 2: The Purl Stitch," and "Mother-Daughter Knits."
Kelley gives tips on the how & when of converting a pattern that has pieces knitted flat and seamed to a seamless, circular work of art.
Kelley chats with three new moms who work at Knit Picks - Christy, Katie, and Melissa - about knitting for babies and small children.
Kelley helps demystify steeking and talks through how to apply the technique to V-neck and scoop neck openings on sweaters.
Kelley chats with sock designer Cookie A about her new book "Sock Innovation."
Kelley chats with Kerin, a designer for Knit Picks, about intarsia and the new Nona's Garden Shawl kit in City Tweed.
Every knitter has a different trick for weaving in their ends, so Kelley talks with Tina, Nina, and Kerin about their personal techniques and tricks for beautifully finished garments.
Built-in and applied I-cord are great techniques for giving a polished look to your projects. Kelley gives tips on making it perfect — don’t be intimated!
Kelley doesn't leave you stranded, giving you notes on how to double- and triple-strand yarn for a project. Also, Kelley has just launched her Classic Lines Cardigan KAL - anyone can join!
Kelley talks about moving into different kinds of mittens and gloves and adds yet another project to the infamous Excel spreadsheet.
Kelley talks about the Magic Loop technique and the ways that it simplifies knitting socks and other projects.
Kelley chats with designer Wendy Bernard about her book "Custom Knits."
Kelley chats with Tina, VP of Knit Picks, about her UFO knitalong and the new tools that Knit Picks has just added to their online catalog.
Kelley talks about the different ways to slip stitches in your knitting, then discusses techniques that use picked up stitches for various effects.
Kelley interviews designer Hannah Fettig, author of "Closely Knit."
Kelley goes over common cast on techniques and describes the best uses for each.
Kelley chats with Melissa, the Art Director for Knit Picks, about choosing colors for Fair Isle knitting and other multi-colored projects.
Learn technique tips for entrelac. Kelley and guest entrelac-er Karen talk though the best yarn and projects for experimenting with entrelac.
No more ill-fitting garments! The correct mix of positive and negative ease is the key to getting sweaters to fit. Kelley and Kerin unwrap the mystery of creating, determining, and working with ease.
Kelley shares some of her 2009 knitting resolutions and talks about her favorite organizational books and techniques.
Kelley chats with designer and author Cheryl Oberle. Cheryl is the author of "Folk Shawls," "Folk Vests," and "Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary."
Kelley talks with knitter extraordinaire Lucy Neatby. Along with designing patterns and operating Tradewind Knitwear Designs, Lucy has a series of highly instructional knitting DVDs.
Kelley discusses her favorite knitterly books and reads a few knitting poems. Her recommendations are perfect as last-minute gift ideas for knitters.
Kelley chats with acclaimed author and designer Nancy Bush. Nancy is the author of classic knitting books like "Knitting on the Road," "Folk Socks," and the new "Knitted Lace of Estonia."
Kelley chats with knitter & author Kay Meadors. Kay is the author of "I Can't Believe I'm Lace Knitting" and many, many more knitting and crochet books.
Kelley talks about ways to plan and organize big, challenging projects, which are perfect for the post-holiday slump.
Kelley talks with Leigh Radford, author of "AlterKnits," "One Skein," and "AlterKnits Felt."
Kelley chats with Franklin Habit, author of the popular "The Panopticon" blog and author of "It Itches," a compilation of knitting cartoons and essays.
Kelley talks with the talented knitwear designer & blogger Stefanie Japel about her books "Fitted Knits" and the brand new "Glam Knits."
Kelley and Tina talk about their favorite knitting tools and offer extra tips and tricks for using them.
Kelley chats with designer Donna Druchunas about her books "Ethnic Knitting Discovery" and "Ethnic Knitting Exploration."
Kelley and our in-house designer Kerin Dimeler talk about ethnic colorwork and knitting styles, from Fair Isle to Lithuania.
Kelley discusses winter wardrobe staples - hats and scarves - which are also terrific stash busters.
Kelley chats with Cheryl Brunette, author of "Sweater 101," about how to make sweaters that fit well and look good.
Kelley talks with the Mason Dixon knitters, Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, about their new book "Mason Dixon: Knitting Outside the Lines."
Kelley demystifies common knitting questions, such as the difference between k2tog and ssk.
Kelley talks with Miriam about being in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World's Fastest Knitter.
Kelley chats with Maggie Pace, author of "Felt It" and "Felt Forward."
Kelley talks with Toni Carr, author of "KnockDown Knits: 30 Projects from the Roller Derby Track."
Don't be intimidated by lace knitting - pull out your pointiest needles and take things one stitch at a time.
Kelley, armed with questions that knitters posted to her blog, chats with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
Kelley and Tina talk about the new fall yarn lines, detailing the color selection process and discussing different commercial dyeing techniques.
Why is a 50 gram ball of laceweight yarn 440 yards long when a 50 gram ball of worsted is 110 yards long?
Kelley talks with Gale Zucker, photographer for "Shear Spirit."
Summer provides lots of opportunities for knitting in public. If you have hesitated before, take my word for it, now is the time to give it a try.
Kelley chats with Margaret, author of "Knits for Men," about her adventures in designing patterns and writing books.
The jury is in on this one. Blocking is a necessity for any knitting project. Kelley explains why, and gives you tips.
We love our sock blanks!! And, after several months of secretive planning and knitting, Tina and I are thrilled to be able to share a few of our experiences as we worked out the details and then enjoyed our own dyeing and knitting pleasures.
While Bob in I were visiting his mother in Philadelphia, my sister-in-laws and I explored Muriel’s recipe cards that she inherited from her mother. It got me thinking about handing down my favorite knitting patterns to future knitters in our family. I’m sure there will be knitters in the family. Otherwise I will come back and haunt everyone until someone gives in and takes up needles and yarn.
Kathleen is an avid knitter whose day job is a director/script supervisor for Recorded Books Productions. I couldn’t resist asking her to join me on this podcast so I could indulge my curiosity regarding the making of audio books.
Mittens are perfect projects for summer or travel knitting. Just as easy to knit as socks, mittens offer many opportunities for creative expression and historic study. Just like there are several different ways to handle the heels of socks, there are different ways to accommodate your thumb.
Joan combines her extensive training as a designer and her love of vintage garments into a delightful collection of projects based on “nethergarments?.
Golf has begun and my mind is filled with projects I want to knit to make me more comfortable while I’m out playing golf with Bob.
Charts vs. written instructions – relax, one is not better than the other. The key is to understand the pros and cons of each method and then adapt instructions to your personal preference.
Interview with Jillian Moreno, author of "Big Girl Knits" and "More Big Girl Knits."
Chat with Kathleen Taylor. Author of Yarns to Dye For, Knit One, Felt Too, and I Heart Felt.
Yippee! What could be better than being able to talk with the lady who inspired my cable selections that I’m using on my Aran cardigan?
Lace shawls come in several shapes. These shapes aren’t just a question of fashion. Some are easier to knit while traveling and some are easier to knit because they are long strips of repeated lace patterns. Before you choose your lace project be sure to think about your knitting surroundings (traveling or staying home) and how you would like to use your finished shawl.
Charlene Schurch is the author of Sensational Knitted Socks and More Sensational Knitted Socks. Two of my favorite sock knitting books! What a treat to be able to talk with her about our shared love for sock knitting. Note: This interview was recorded over the phone, so it was hard to control the audio quality for this week's podcast.
Part of the “charm? of knitting is learning the secret language and secret handshake. Just a little joke. Well, it does feel like that sometimes. “Pick? up and “knit? up are a perfect example.
Kelley talks with Melissa, our Art Director, about her talent for dyeing yarn.
What is the deal with needle sizing? Depending on where you live, there will be a particular way that the sizes of knitting needles are categorized. It all seems a bit confusing, but it is actually quite simple.
Our new warm weather yarns will be arriving in just a couple of weeks! Tina and I couldn’t wait any longer to give you a bit of a preview.
Casting on is the beginning of every knitting adventure. But, just like a travel adventure, how you get started depends on where you are going. Plane, train or automobile? Cabled, long tail or invisible cast on?
In cold weather, I’m quite comfortable knitting warm garments. But, before I know it, spring arrives and I have absolutely nothing hand knit to wear in the warm weather. What a disappointment! There are many reasons to knit summer tops and sweaters but you need to get started during the dreary days of winter. To help you make your yarn decisions, I thought it would be a good idea to review the qualities of summer fibers like cotton and linen.
Designers are individuals. We love their unique projects but sometimes their unique way of communicating can make us crazy! The thing is, patterns are just like novels. An artist throwing their view of the world out there counting on the kindness of strangers. You, the reader, or knitter, have the responsibility to participate in process. You interpret the writing in order to enjoy the story. As you work through a pattern it may be easy to understand, confusing or frustrating. It all depends on ...more
Every artist has a set of favorite tools that are a magical blend of usefulness and empowerment. As long as you have your bag with you, you can fix any knitting problem. Over the years I have defined my own collection of tools that I consider to be absolutely essential. I always keep them within reach when I am knitting. Since every knitter has their own style, her own requirements will be little different from mine. But, I will share my must-have list with you in case my collection inspires you...more
January’s project from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s book the Knitter’s Almanac is an Aran sweater. So, that is how I am beginning my year! As I worked out the design for my cardigan, I realized cabling would be a nice topic for the beginning of our knitting year together. It does feel nice to shake away the lethargy of Christmas vacation with a challenge.
Knitting socks for Jonathon has reminded me of all the opportunities knitters have to knit for others. Why not extend the spirit of giving beyond the holidays? Find a cause that tugs at your heart and get knitting!
I love the New Year! I get all wrapped up in making new plans and setting new goals. The majority of my plans fall by the wayside but enough of them actually work out to keep me going through the same routine every year. Well, almost the same routine. This year, after some inspiration from the fantastic designs in Kristin Nicholas’ book, I am going to re-work my knitting stash. That’s right! Every ball and skein is going to get dragged out and re-assigned to something productive! I know it sound...more
You know that I absolutely love to teach people how to knit. I put in my order for my vacation knitting supplies which included 2 balls of Wool of the Andes and 2 pair of #7, 24? circular needles. This is my usual routine before I leave on an extended trip because it seems I always run into at least one person who tells me they would love to learn to knit. Voila! I have the yarn and needles ready for a spontaneous lesson. I’ve gotten people started by swimming pools, in ski lodges and even durin...more
The funny thing about knitting is how little things can make a huge difference in the ease of knitting and in the look of a finished project. One of the most under-utilized and misunderstood techniques is the simple i-cord, or idiot cord - a tube of 3 stitches that can be used on its own or applied to a garment in a variety of ways. I’ve given you a couple of examples, but if you would like to see i-cord used to its full potential you can refer to some of the projects in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s b...more
Kelley chats with Laurie Perry, author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair.
Double-pointed needles, two-circular needles or one long circular needle? In the old days, you didn’t have the luxury of matching a knitting style to your project or your individual idiosyncracies. Now you can choose classic DPN instructions from books like Sensational Knitted Socks. Try using two circular needles using Cat Bordhi’s Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles or even just one long circular, or Magic Loop, with the help of Bev Galeskas. What are the pros and cons of each method? How do ...more
How do we develop a yarn line? Well, if you asked Bob, it would involve a large dartboard and about 200 darts. The truth is that I’ve never been very good at playing darts. The reality is a fine balance of economics and knitting enthusiasm. Much like what every knitter faces every time they choose yarn for a new project.
How do we develop a yarn line? Well, if you asked Bob, it would involve a large dartboard and about 200 darts. The truth is that I’ve never been very good at playing darts. The reality is a fine balance of economics and knitting enthusiasm. Much like what every knitter faces every time they choose yarn for a new project.
Vicki Square is quite a world traveler when it comes to appreciating our knitting heritage. Two of her books, Folk Bags and Folk Hats, make up an armchair tour of countries that many of us only dream of visiting. In her most recent book, Knit Kimono, Vicki shares her discovery of how beautifully the shape of kimonos provides a blank canvas for the talents of every knitter from rank beginner to long-time fiber addict.
Dropped stitches cause much more anxiety than they deserve. First, they are actually very easy to fix. Second, they can help you fix other mistakes that have absolutely nothing to do with dropped stitches in their “error? persona.
Decreasing is an essential part of knitting a garment that fits well.
Short rows add extra rows of knitting to help you shape your garment just the way you want.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started knitting. And, if you are on a tight budget, there are several ways you can continue knitting a variety of projects.
The more people we teach to knit, the more friends we have and the better the world will be for everyone! I have my own little tricks for gathering new knitters around me and teaching them the joys of making one stitch after another.
What is the deal with skeins, hanks and balls of yarn? Believe it or not, there is logic behind each of these different types of “put ups? as they are called by the spinning mills.
This week we will have our second installment of author interviews. With us for Episode 16 is the delightful Ann Budd. A master knitter, author of numerous books and former editor of Interweave Knits... Ann has done it all! Ann's latest book is a comprehensive look at sock construction, gauge, design and execution.
Several of my friends were freeing themselves of neglected and guilt-inspiring projects this week. It got me thinking about how to handle those knit garments we enthusiastically cast on and then lose interest in for some reason. So often we keep them around with the vain hope that we will fall in love with them again. But, I don’t think that ever really happens. Rather than let your energy be drained by these dead-end projects, get rid of them!! It is so liberating and then you can go on to knit...more
I use several tricks to make my knitting projects as simple as possible. The key is to break down the stitch count into small manageable pieces so that I can spot a mistake quickly. And, it makes it much easier to carry even complicated knitting along with me without worrying about losing my place in the pattern.
Now that I’ve gotten comfortable with podcasting, I want to jazz up the format a bit by occasionally featuring interviews with fellow fiber enthusiasts. To get us started, Shannon Okey agreed to be my very first guest. Shannon has an inventive and confident attitude towards all things fiber. Her articles at Knitty.com on hand spinning, dyeing fibers in your dishwasher, and fiber festivals are entertaining and stimulating.
This week I want to talk about one of my all time favorite techniques – steeking. I know there are a lot of knitters who have absolutely no idea what steeking means and others who do know but are terrified of it. Let me give you an outline of how handy steeks can be for knitting in hopes of convincing you to give them a try. Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann will give you instructions for several ways to use this handy technique.
This week I would like to introduce you to Carissa Barrett, our Educational Content Developer. I like to think of her as our In-House Reference Librarian. Not a far leap for Carissa because she has a degree in library science. She is responsible for all of the informational material you find in The Knitting Room and in our catalogs.
There are so many things happening in my knitting world. I have a plan to kickstart my dyeing agenda. It sure helps to break things down into small pieces and try something completely unique. Unexpected lessons I learned at the Black Sheep Gathering help me choose gift projects with a good chance of turning into something that will truly be appreciated. The Knitterâ??s Almanac Knit-A-Long has gotten off to an energetic start. I am so pleased with my renewed enthusiasm for knitting!
What to do when you are in a knitting slump? After blaming my attitude on a messy house and disorganized yarn stash, I finally came up with an idea that will keep me focused, challenged and knitting for the next year. I will be working through the projects in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac beginning with the month of July. If you'd like to knit along with me or just observe, please join the Yahoo group that I created here: Elizabeth's_Year
Let's get out and share the joy of knitting by taking every opportunity to Knit In Public! Every time you pull out your needles you invite people to ask questions and maybe be inspired to give knitting a try themselves. And, you're bound to finish more projects by taking advantage of all that extra time!
This week I would like you to meet Kim Cameron. She is our Inventory Manager who focuses on books and DVDs. Kim loves all sorts of crafts and has been looking forward to sharing a few of her adventures with you. After that, I'll be catching you up on my knitting progress and chat a bit about ribbing.
This week I would like you to meet Diedre Hess. She is our Inventory Manager. Diedre’s love of fiber began on her family’s farm right here in the Pacific Northwest. Her interest in sheep husbandry eventually led her to knitting. We are lucky to have such a well-trained person helping to design yarns and keep track of their travels as they come to us from far away vendors.
Have you ever had the experience of another knitter telling you that you were knitting "wrong"? Well, a listener asked me to talk about the differences between English vs. Continental knitting and it brought back memories of my own encounters with dogmatic knitters. I decided to use the comparison of knitting styles as a way to highlight knitters' individuality and encourage you to embrace whatever method works for you.
First, I need to give you an apology for the brevity of this podcast. This week was filled with activities that kept me away from my taping equipment and computer. Lots of out-of-town visitors, a quick two-day get away with Bob and golf. You will hear all about it in the podcast. My mind has been focused on wool all week. It must be because I have been thinking about buying a new spinning wheel. That led to the podcast topic - the structure of wool fibers, how that changes depending on the breed...more
In this podcast I introduce you to Tina Birch, our vice-president. Over the next few months, I'm looking forward to your meeting all of the Knit Picks staff. Each one has their own history regarding how they got started knitting and what keeps them knitting. As much as I enjoy hearing different accounts of challenges met, I'm sure you will appreciate Tina's story as well.After that, I'll review a new book that has got me thinking about summer knitting as a way to prepare for next winter. And, th...more
Reflecting on the idea of being stranded on a deserted island is an interesting exercise in focusing your knitting requirements. It turns out that my care package would be filled to the brim with sock knitting supplies. The easy way they fit into my “normal? life has several positive applications for a “stranded? lifestyle. If you’ve been thinking of learning to knit socks, I hope to inspire you and give you confidence to try it. If you are already a sock knitter, I think you’ll ...more
To begin, I will give you a quick background on how I got started knitting. Then, a review of my book suggestions for beginning knitters. Finally, a review of What's On My Needles this week.