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Featured Blog Posts – January 2009 Archive (20)

Speed Knitting contest update #3.

Who is ready to knit? Do you have your yarn? Are your needles ready? Alison and Angela helped me make this little motivational video to help you get psyched to knit!



Whew! Are you as excited as I am about this contest?



Oh yeah, Angela asked me to tell you that she is going to post the pattern on 2/2/09 and get this contest started. So be sure to check the blog on… Continue

Added by Xena on January 30, 2009 at 2:56pm — 12 Comments

Up early to enjoy a full morning of knitting!

Tina, Karen and I were all up early on Saturday morning. We didn't to waste any time eating breakfast and getting settled down for lots of fiber… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 30, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Oh yeah, we had a stash exchange...

Watching Kelley's videos about how to make those yummy looking pretzels reminded me that I never posted a blog about our recent company wide stash exchange party. Oops! It was on January 13th, so it's not like it was THAT long ago. There was definitely quite a bit of method to the madness. First you had to get weighed in.



This was a very important first step because there was a prize for the… Continue

Added by Angela on January 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

A weekend dedicated to stash organization!

Last spring I purged my stash of anything I didn't absolutely love. This weekend, with Karen and Tina keeping me company, I went through my much smaller collection of yarns and assigned projects to each grouping. It would have been overwhelming to purge and assign in the same process. I'm so glad I did it in two sessions. I started the whole process as soon as we were finished making the Chocolate/Caramel… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 29, 2009 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Sweet Sustenance for a Knitting Weekend

Tina and Karen came up to the house last Friday night for a sleepover!! At our company-wide stash exchange a couple of weeks ago, Tina brought some absolutely delicious caramel/chocolate covered pretzels. Karen and I asked her to show us how to make them so we would be able to snack on them Friday and Saturday. Well, I kept a few to eat on Sunday.



What I have learned from a weekend of filming is that I say "ok" WAAAAY too often. I promise to work on that bad habit in future videos.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 29, 2009 at 12:22pm — 10 Comments

New Wallpaper images & new Imagination colors

I've just added some new desktop wallpapers of the latest Felici &… Continue

Added by Melissa on January 26, 2009 at 11:29am — 13 Comments

A delightful evening with the Seattle Knitting Guild!



I was kindly invited to speak to the Seattle knitting guild. My first knitting related public speaking engagement! The topic was the history of Knit Picks and how we plan our products. Deborah, the activity coordinator, called me the day before and asked if I was going to bring along any of my own knit projects. I hadn't even thought of that!! I give away so much of my knitting that I don't have much around the house. I did bring along a couple… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 22, 2009 at 3:52pm — 9 Comments

The great yarn donation of 2009

Did you get a chance to watch or listen to Obama’s inaugural speech yesterday? A few of us here in the office tuned in online. The quote that really struck home was, “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”



That… Continue

Added by Angela on January 21, 2009 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Speed Knitting contest update #2- techniques and tutorials

First off, I've consulted with our judges and since our warehouse has been incredibly overwhelmed recently, and your packages have been taking a few extra days to go out (even though all the staff at the warehouse are putting in extra hours right now!), we're going to delay the start date to make sure everyone who ordered the first week of January has time to get their yarn. The speed knitting contest will begin sometime during the first week of February. So if your yarn hasn't arrived yet,… Continue

Added by Angela on January 20, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Another use for all that lace yarn in your stash

I just finished my latest project...





I loved using double-stranded lace yarn on my Tempest cardigan, and there are so many good colors of Shadow that I wanted to try… Continue

Added by Alison on January 20, 2009 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

Bob's Birthday!

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 19, 2009 at 12:25pm — 6 Comments

Speed Knitting Contest Update



I'm excited to see how many people have signed up to participate in our speed knitting contest.

The race isn't on quite yet, but we've made a new video to help you get ready to knit FAST! This is a new take on the tips we've gleaned from Miriam Tegels, the world's fastest knitter. At your request we've filmed it from a new perspective so you can get a… Continue

Added by Angela on January 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Knit Picks has cleaned up their yarn stash!

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 13, 2009 at 4:50pm — 9 Comments

Mason Dixon Log Cabin baby blanket is nearly finished!

This weekend I finally cast-off Delilia's baby blanket. I still have a few details to add and then I will send it… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 12, 2009 at 4:09pm — 6 Comments

Ever wonder where we get all the fun color names?

We go to color selection meetings hungry!



One of my all-time favorite snacks is clementines (in fact the one in this photo didn't last long after the pic was taken!). When we decided on a new, cheery orange for Risata (and maybe a few other lines!), it had to be Clementine! The yarn's color is quite a bit more lively in person, and is such a perfect… Continue

Added by Kerin on January 12, 2009 at 12:19pm — 2 Comments

New Risata and Felici colors are here!

Hey, all you sock knitting enthusiasts! Yes, you!



Have you seen these yummy new sock yarn colors yet? I can't decide which ones I like the best.



Maybe Tyrian Purple ? But… Continue

Added by Xena on January 8, 2009 at 2:31pm — 7 Comments

Knit Picks Speed Knitting Contest- win needles, yarn, and a book!

That's right. Our last giveaway was such a success that we're already at it again. But this time you're going to have to work for that prize. Here's what we want you to do.



We will be knitting a home decor project out of worsted weight yarn using size 10 needles. The first one to complete their project, post a photo on their Knitting Community blog, personal blog, or Ravelry and link to it from the Speed Knitting Contest knitalong wins a Knit Picks needle set (you choose which one),… Continue

Added by Angela on January 7, 2009 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

New poll - What techniques would you like to try in 2009?

Cast a vote for your next knitting challenge - our new poll is at the bottom of the page.

Added by Knit Picks Admin on January 5, 2009 at 9:17am — 24 Comments

In with the new!

Happy New Years, everybody! At the office, our resolution is to tidy up our collection of yarn samples here to make way for the amazing new yarns that will be coming this spring. It was such a big job, we had to enlist some special helpers!



Two of our coworkers' daughters spent the day with us, sorting and organizing existing yarns and playing with the new stuff! I can't show that just yet, but you'll like it, I promise!… Continue

Added by Kerin on January 2, 2009 at 10:44am — 6 Comments

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