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Featured Blog Posts – July 2008 Archive (19)

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…


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

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

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

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

You're invited!

We're hosting an event in Portland, OR, next Wednesday July 30th from 5:30-7:30pm with Miriam Tegels at the North Portland Library.

Miriam is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World's Fastest Knitter!

Miriam is coming from the Netherlands to visit us (Knit Picks is her newest sponsor!) and film a few… Continue

Added by Angela on July 23, 2008 at 3:30pm — 22 Comments

Christmas in July

Wow, it's been exactly a month since my last staff blog post--oops! Time flies when you're knitting snowmen. Yep, that's what I've been up to this July. We decided that we wanted a "mascot" of sorts to show up in our holiday catalogs and emails, and the next thing I knew I was knitting wee snowmen with accessories. There are three different snowmen: Lumpy, Rosy & Slim. They each have their own unique shape and outfits and you'll be seeing them cropping up in September. Of course,… Continue

Added by Melissa on July 23, 2008 at 3:28pm — 13 Comments

I know I'm in trouble when... Affirmation Marker is larger than the beginning of my Jolly Green Socks for Socks for Soldiers. This time I am going to use Tina's pattern for Two At A Time Toe Up Socks. I love her garter stitch heel that extends under the heel. I'm going to add a special touch - double strand the garter stitch section for extra… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 22, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Lace shawl decision is made

When all else fails, I fall back on Elizabeth Zimmermann. Particularly the Knitting Workshop. This is the book I would have with me on a desert island.

The Stonington Shawl has a garter stitch body with a lace border. Just what I want for a travel project.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 21, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Greetings from Slovakia!

Hi all... I've been gone from work a week and it feels like months... I'm in the town of Martin, Slovakia teaching English to a group of students (ages 9 to 42)......

It's been quite an experience but so much fun at the same time... I brought some yarn along to knit in my spare time but have found there isn't much extra time to be found! If we're not teaching in class, we're wandering in the town square or on a field trip or sometimes crashing with a… Continue

Added by Kim on July 20, 2008 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

It's nearly finished!

Oh, I am so close to finishing my Aran Sweater from The Knitter's Almanac. I made a lot of progress this week thanks to Craft Night and a staff meeting. After the weekend I needed to change to just one sleeve at a time. You can see that one sleeve is longer than the other! One more repeat of the cable pattern and then I will move to the second… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 19, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Frederick (Fritz) Maynard Petkun has arrived!

Grandson #2! I would have had photos up earlier this week but we have been getting the catalog ready to go to the printer so things have been crazy!

Fritz was born on Friday, July 11th! 7 pounds, "something" ounces!

He, and his brother Walter, will have to wait for their blankets. But, I'm going to buy larger… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 18, 2008 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Ready for my closeup...

I've been in Knit Picks catalogs a couple times before, but Mom came up with an idea for the September catalog that I'm super excited about.

I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it did involve a photo shoot with some of our new yarns this… Continue

Added by Xena on July 17, 2008 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

I do love my drop spindle!

Now that I've become comfortable with drop spindling, it seems like I am spinning all the time! I completely understand those spinners who prefer drop spindles to spinning wheels. Or, at least have a couple of drop spindles besides their spinning wheels. It is so easy to drop spindle during small bits of time much like I'm used to getting in a few stitches on a pair of socks. I may even take one of my tiny drop spindles out to dinner tonight.

I used my Flip Mino to capture a bit of… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

I-Cord Border Lesson

Parker's Baby Blanket is finished! And, I used my Flip Mino to record a little lesson on applied I-cord borders.

Here is the blanket without the border.

And, here are my little videos! The first one covers getting the applied I-Cord started.

Now I show you how to turn a corner!…


Added by Kelley Petkun on July 8, 2008 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Catalog Info

So as most of you know I am the catalog manager for Knit Picks however I am a designer by trade so when we switched to new paper a few months ago I was so excited. The paper white improved, the tactile quality of the pages improved and then there is the technical side that allowed less bleed through on the pages all of which allows the hard work we put in on the back end a greater platform from which to shine... plus as an added bonus to it all the paper is manufactured under the guidelines of… Continue

Added by Christy on July 7, 2008 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Party Animal!

I don't know about you, but I love a good party.

A couple weekends ago, while we were in Canda, Mom and Dad and I hosted a birthday pizza party for our friend Luke in a suite we rented at the Ocean Promenade hotel in White Rock. We invited a lot of Australian pro golfers. When I'm the hostess I prefer to hang back and let my guests come to me. See me in Kelley's knitting corner with Ben?

Now when I'm a guest, it's a whole other… Continue

Added by Xena on July 7, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Plans for a long weekend

Bob will still be traveling over the 3-day weekend so I am going to indulge in a creative retreat. And, I'm going to use my Flip Mino to document a few things.

I have a tripod and I'm going to try to capture spinning with my fragrant drop spindle. I am so in love… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 4, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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Added by Knit Picks Admin on July 1, 2008 at 8:30am — 26 Comments

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