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July 2008 Blog Posts (84)

Great Source for yarns & Books

I get most of my sock yarns and books from Knit Picks. Great prices.
But I also love to spend hours at my LYS.

Judy

Added by nhspinner on July 31, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Finding a REMOVABLE knitting yarn ball holder

VK has a very lovely "knitting bell" in the Fall issue ... the Carolina Yarn Bell ... to stop yarn from bouncing around and getting tangled. Useful and a lovely piece of art. There are plastic ones available too but they all have the same drawback: the only way to get the knitting project separated from the holder (if you need to travel light, for example) would be to - - cut - - the yarn (No!). Does anyone know of a ball holder that holds the yarn firmly, lets it run freely without tangling,… Continue

Added by LimeyDi on July 31, 2008 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Same time, next year

It's time for us to begin our yarn planning for 2009. We set aside a day or two to focus on all of Tina's numbers analysis, customer suggestions and any other new, exciting ideas we have for improving our yarn lines.



I am still absolutely thrilled with my little Flip Mino. After about half an hour, I realized that it might be fun to videotape a bit of our planning party. You can get an idea of how our collaborative efforts work. Bob just shakes his head but there is a method to…

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Added by Kelley Petkun on July 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

suri dream yarn from knit.picks

I have finished a (blueberry heather color, beautiful rich blue, my computer screen shows it a lighter blue than it actually is) cardigan with suri dream yarn from knit.picks, and I am very pleased with the result. I don't have time to post a photo, and I am kind of shy anyway :=) but I used Barbara Walker's set in sleeve technique in book "Knitting from the Top Down" in simple stocking stitch. I am knitting a second cardigan in another color (strawberry heather). This one is for my… Continue

Added by poco.poco. on July 31, 2008 at 10:58am — No Comments

Options Nickel Plated Fixed Circulars - review by Melissa

Between stranded colorwork projects with Palette, socks, and sweaters with sport weight yarn, I tend to do a lot of fine gauge knitting. I also tend to be a slightly loose knitter, so I often find myself using the smallest recommended needle size for a particular weight of yarn (or smaller) to get a fabric that I like. For some reason, my hands are just the happiest knitting with skinny yarn and skinny… Continue

Added by Knit Picks Staff Picks on July 31, 2008 at 10:53am — No Comments

Wow. Portland knitters know how to party.

We were expecting 35-40 people last night including our staff so imagine how surprised we were when 83 of you showed up! 3 more knitters and the fire marshall might have crashed the party!!



We're so glad you could all make it!! I know the event was pretty early in the evening- the library closes at 8 and it was the only venue I could find that wasn't already booked with wedding rehearsals or yoga classes! Thanks to all of you who came… Continue

Added by Angela on July 31, 2008 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

ShineSport aquamarine sport weight dye lot 3771

Does anyone have any of this yarn I can buy? I have only 55 rows (right shoulder) of my sweater left to knit and I have unexpectedly run out. I can no longer find this color! I purchased the original 10 skeins from KnitPicks.

Added by Sue on July 30, 2008 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Yes, I'm still here

I didn't realize until last night that I hadn't edited my blog in over a month... nearly two.



After the hoodie, I knitted a while on a shrug I started last winter, but it was going way to slow. Started the Suri dream throw, but thought it was too light weight and airy. Then I started a shaw using the Suri yarn. It is about 1/4 finished.



Then I picked up some yarn I got on the recommendation of a knitting friend, but it was too stiff for the sweater I wanted to knit.So I… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 30, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

My adventures with a speed knitter...

So as I mentioned in my last post, Miriam and her son Thuur are visiting our offices this week from Holland.



We kept Miriam pretty busy yesterday filming video tutorials and posing for a catalog photo, so we decided to do something a little more low key today and film Miriam and Thuur out and about in Portland. First we headed to Multnomah Falls.

Thuur got some amazing shots of a hummingbird.… Continue

Added by Angela on July 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

News In a Stash: Seaside Knitting

Hi there, time to check in with your favorite yarn stash!



In the last two weekends I have been going to Saliors Heaven in Sayivllie NY. It is a little place in Long Island near the shore that is very nice to go to on a Saturday and just spend some time. I have taken my knitting along with me and I have found knitting by the seashore to be quite relaxing. When people see me knitting they can't believe I'm at the beach knitting. But it's so relaxing just to sit and listen to the waves… Continue

Added by Yarn Basket on July 29, 2008 at 12:59pm — No Comments

July 29, 2008

Where is the summer going? July is almost over. I have really been thinking a lot about knitting lately. That happens a lot when I am stressed out about something and don't want to think about what I should be doing. Right now it's VBS. I am nervous about the decor of my room and such. It seems like everyone else who is a lead teacher has a lot of experience and resources to dec out their room. I have already spent enough money, I think, on crafts, and I don't think my DH would appreciate me… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on July 29, 2008 at 4:40am — No Comments

Weekend Knitting 7/27/08

We went camping again this weekend at 4th Cliff. I made my first pair of mittens, my test pair. I like how toasty they feel. I made them a little tight, but I like the fit. If I were to make some for someone else, I might try casting on a few more stitches. I used Michelle Edwards "Starter Mitten" pattern and Patons Shetland Chunky. I was inspired by Michelle's blog entries from the Lion Brand website and I may start knitting mittens to give away. Our… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on July 28, 2008 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

The Joy of Completion

Ah, that wonderful feeling that comes with a completely finished sweater! I finished the Sirdar Jacket yesterday; seams, buttons and all. I'm still insanely obsessed with that Swish Bulky yarn, and I can't wait for my latest order to arrive . . . .

Meanwhile, I'm finishing the last sleeve of the Refined Aran Jacket, a Veronik Avery design from Interweave Knits Fall '07 - done in Comfy, and it's knitting up just beautifully. Hopefully that one will be finished and ready for posting this… Continue

Added by StringMeUp on July 27, 2008 at 9:28am — No Comments

Another quiet Sunday morning

I played hooky this morning and skipped church just for the peace and quiet of not having to get ready and then drive 20+ miles and such. There are just times I really don't want to leave the house for much of anything and today seems to be one of them.



I did walk out on the deck earlier this morning and scratched kitty cat ears for a while. And I've drunk more than my usual quota of hot tea this morning as well. I usually limit my morning intake to 2 cups since that's the caffeine… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on July 27, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments

Top Down Knitting

Does anyone have a method for converting a bottoms up pattern to top down?

Added by Anne on July 26, 2008 at 1:43pm — 2 Comments

Ravelry friend visits Portland

I met Judy, TassieKnitter, when I joined Ravelry. We spent many months happily chatting about our knitting and spinning projects before she mentioned that she would be visiting America in the summer. And, in my area, no less!!!





Between Judy's touring touring around with her friends and my schedule, it took us awhile to get together. But, yesterday afternoon we met at Nordstrom's downtown. Xena was very pleased to meet a new friend!… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 25, 2008 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Knitalong Socks

Finally I am traveling down the foot of my third pair of socks -- the ones for the knitalong here on Knitpicks. I am using my first set of Knitpicks circular needles (the metal ones) and I am loving them. The tips are just perfect! What I am wondering, though, is how many pairs of socks it will be before I get through the heel flap, heel turn, and gussets without making numerous mistakes and having to take the socks off onto extra needles and put them back on my main needles again and again.… Continue

Added by Liz Waters on July 25, 2008 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

Lace and Socks

I've been away so long! I think I may finally be caught up after my vacation, so can post a few pictures of what I've been working on. The Myrtle Leaf Shawl went with me to Italy and really helped the airplane and layover hours pass pleasantly. It's getting a little big to carry around now, so I found an old plate box to keep it in. I love cool containers! I'm about a third of the way through the second hank of… Continue

Added by Tina on July 25, 2008 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Space Board - review by Kerin

Here at the office, I often have to block or re-block projects for photography. We also don’t have a lot of space – so when I have three sweaters laid out on the floor, it can get a bit precarious! But then, as if by magic, two Space Boards arrived in my cube one day. I naturally thought, “Oh, lay it out on the floor and block something on it.” Well, that doesn’t save space now does it? But then the real magic of the Space… Continue

Added by Knit Picks Staff Picks on July 25, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

I got my yarn and book

Hi everyone, my stuff came yesterday and I'm ready to start. One concern. I've never knitted socks on the double pointed needles. I learned two at a time on one circular. I still don't have it down to a science, but it's the only way I know how. How do I convert the pattern? I'm going to try the Zigzag . Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks,
Dawn

Added by dtkamm on July 25, 2008 at 7:50am — No Comments

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