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February 2008 Blog Posts (26)

I wonder what this weekend has in store for me!



If you read Kelley's blog, you probably already know that Kelley and I got to hang out with the Ravelry Clark County Knitters Group all day last Saturday. It was so much fun! Mom got lots and lots of spinning done. I mostly supervised and mingled with all my friends.



I wonder what we're going to do this weekend! Whatever it is, I'm ready! Thank… Continue

Added by Xena on February 29, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

You'll never know until you swatch!

Swatching - what a waste of time, right? I mean, it's yarn, what's it going to do?



Well, I'll tell you!



There are so many cool things that swatching can do for you, especially when you're not entirely sure what you want in the first place. Take, for instance, a self-striping sock yarn, like Felici:



The idea that a… Continue

Added by Kerin on February 29, 2008 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

wrap around sweater, charity projects







my wrap around sweater, this one, is done finally, after bout 6 attempts. i'm happy with it now! now that i have 3 different one i'm all set for myself for another year or so.

got pattern from mason/dixon bok, pattern: after dark robe very easy to convert into a wrap around sweater. using simply soft from caron it just drapes perfectly.

will work on charity things this weekend : hospital booties and prayer shawls, maybe… Continue

Added by jbarr on February 29, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

Sock Madness

Oh no! Knitting catastrophe!





Just kidding. I'm writing a two-at-a-time sock tutorial, and the test knitter just returned the samples. Inside that pile of treacherous circulars and Essential sock yarn are six sock stages, knit in duplicate, all ready… Continue

Added by Alison on February 28, 2008 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Why so Surprising?

When I knit in public, I get odd looks, double takes, and people exclaiming that they didn't know you could knit with three needles. Why are they so surprised? What is so extraordinary about a girl my age knitting on DPN's?

The comments and looks I get are funny but never hurtful. No one has ever said to me; "Isn't that the sort of thing that old ladies do?" No one has ever called me granny, no one has scoffed at my lifestyle.

One such comment was particularly funny. Sitting in a… Continue

Added by metalheadknitter on February 28, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

knit, prayer shawl, charity

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Start of prayer shawl, not sure if you can see the pattern with the varigated yarn but it's a k3, p3, and k p sts, p k sts on way back. makes nice columns and very foriving if you miss a stitch. had bought the yarn to make some ponchos but the order hasn't been paid for and i didn't have enuogh projects on needles this week :} pattern was taken from a debbie macomber book, some free patterns aare at her knitting pages at her… Continue

Added by jbarr on February 27, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Peruvian "Lace" Shawl

I had the most amazing experience today.



I'm trying to knit this wonderful shawl for my daughter in law. I'm using a bulky yarn that is 50% wool and 50% silk. The pattern is not very complicated, but I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning before I got the "rhthym" of the thing. I didn't go back and fix the mistakes and but now that I'm not making them, I'm sort of regretting that. The "mistake-less" part looks so pretty. So today when I noticed I'd made yet another mistake I was… Continue

Added by 4Strands on February 27, 2008 at 6:23pm — 1 Comment

Gorgeous greens



While gathering yarn in preparation for my next ad, I shot this photo of a pile of new summer yarn colors. We were still waiting for Comfy to come in, so it's M.I.A., but you get the idea. We had a lot of customer requests for MORE GREEN yarn colors, so we did our best to fulfill those wishes.



The yarn on the top is one of my favorite new colors of Shine Sport: "Leapfrog". It's such a friendly, earthy green, and I can't resist that… Continue

Added by Melissa on February 27, 2008 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Swatch, good woman, swatch!

Spring fever has reached record highs here at the Knit Picks office. Samples of the soft, yummy, new spring/summer yarns are finally here, and we’re all a twitter trying to get photos taken, catalogs printed, new ads designed, new patterns tested, and of course, before any of that can actually be completed, we have to swatch, swatch, swatch!





Being the most inexperienced knitter on staff, I’ve… Continue

Added by Angela on February 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Sneak Peek of New Yarns

Well, I just wrapped our shoot for the opening pages of the upcoming catalog and thought I would give you all a sneak peek of new colors in Main Line and CotLin. Hopefully these will get you excited for you next mailing, as you know everyone here is very excited about all the new… Continue

Added by Christy on February 27, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Lace Under Way

I started the Curved Shawl from Victorian Lace Today back in August. It is my first real, full-sized lace project. I set it aside for a few months because I was worried I would run out of yarn (Autumn Heather… Continue

Added by Tina on February 27, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Finished!

(lovely photos courtesy of Alison - thank you!)



Yarn: Bare Essential (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon)

Dye: Jacquard Acid Dyes Burnt Orange, Burgundy, Chestnut

Needles: 40"… Continue

Added by Tina on February 22, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Birthday present!

My younger sister is hoodie-addicted and has requested one in light grey for her birthday. She picked the "Roam" pattern from the Fall 2007 issue of Knitty, and I decided to substitute Knit Picks Elegance in Ash. I'd better speed things along - I only have five weeks, and I keep getting distracted by other (smaller, more easily completed) projects… Continue

Added by Alison on February 19, 2008 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

A small preview of Gloss Lace colors

Lately we've all been waiting anxiously for our sample balls of the new spring yarns to come in, as we have to knit swatches and photograph the yarn for the catalog. Yesterday we did get one box of yarn in that contained some new colors of Shadow, Gloss, and a few of the colors of the new line, Gloss Lace. I'm knitting two different lace swatches to help out, and I couldn't resist taking some photos of the yarn to share with you as I was winding my yarn in preparation for… Continue

Added by Melissa on February 19, 2008 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Spring yarn!!!

It's coming, it's coming. But it's not here yet. I've been keeping an eye out for the delivery truck so I can alert Kelley when it gets here.

Did you know I helped pick out the colors? Each and every color is Xena approved.


I think I like the new purples best.

Added by Xena on February 15, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What shade of green is Nori?



I want to either knit or crochet a toilet paper roll cover that looks like sushi. I was inspired by this design, but of course, mine will be a California roll since I'm vegan. I've seen knit and crocheted versions and I'm still on the fence about which one I'll attempt.

I've got the colors and yarns picked out for the wasabi, avocado, pickled… Continue

Added by Angela on February 15, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Dyeing yarn for the Baby Sheep Hat

I knit this sheep hat for Katie's baby (due February 22!). I was inspired by Jennifer Little's adorable Sheep Yoke Cardigan that I saw on Ravelry, but I figured a newborn would be more likely to wear a hat, and by the time the baby would be big enough for a cardigan it would be summer. I used Jennifer's sheet chart and applied it to a… Continue

Added by Melissa on February 15, 2008 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

Cotton Yarn!

As you know if you’ve read my staff picks in the past, I love cotton yarn. I wear it year round (wool is just too warm for me). Cotlin yarn is at the top of my list! (except for the new yarn, Comfy, that will debut this spring) Cotlin is DK weight and washable. I used it the the Fraulein Zippered Vest. It’s great to knit with and has wonderful colors to… Continue

Added by Kim on February 14, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fraulein Zippered Vest

I love to create... it doesn't matter what the medium is, I'll give it a try... Well with that wall of yarn behind me, I have no choice but to create something out of yarn. Hence the process began in designing a sweater. Last fall we had received an email from a group of ladies asking that Knit Picks would have more patterns in larger sizes using DK weight, well I couldn't resist the challenge!… Continue

Added by Kim on February 14, 2008 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Spring has Sprung!





Spring has sprung here at Knit Picks! Here are a couple of photos to give you a sneak preview of the new Risata and Felici yarn colors enroute to our warehouse. The team at Knit Picks has been busy adding new colors to the spring yarns and Fall is also beginnning to looking very… Continue

Added by Diedre on February 14, 2008 at 1:22pm — 9 Comments

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