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Interview with Grace Mcewen

Ever since we put Grace's first IDP pattern up in December, she has been one of our most popular designers. All three of her patterns have sold strongly - including her new Victorian Rose, which only went up…


Added by BabblingStacey on April 23, 2010 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Discovering Lace Yarns

So a confession - I've never used lace yarn in my 9 years of knitting. I bought one skein a couple of years ago, but never used it - it just sits prettily on my shelf. I guess I'm scared it too thin for me & I'll break it immediately - even though I will happily knit socks in light fingering weight yarn on size 0 needles!

But I finally broke down & bought some because I am determine to overcome my fear of it. Plus I'm in love with… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on April 22, 2010 at 4:20pm — 10 Comments

An IDP milestone!

As of today we have 250 knitting & crochet patterns in the Independent Designer Program! Our lucky #250? The new adorable pattern by Yvonne Boucher that she created especially for us!

The… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on April 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

What a night!

That's about all I can say about our Spring Yarn Party!

I mean, check out this crowd!

I'm so excited this turned out so well - we haven't had many events & this was the first one to celebrate our new yarn lines, so we weren't quite sure what to expect. Since I was coordinating it, I was so worried that…


Added by BabblingStacey on April 8, 2010 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Spring Yarn Party this week!

The helper bunnies here have been busy getting ready for our event!

My desk is covered with all these brightly colored yarn samples - big thanks to the customer service department who wound most of these goodies!

No surprise - I decided to make some Bunny Nuggets, Dust Bunnies &… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on April 5, 2010 at 2:56pm — 11 Comments

Interview with Toni Carr

In my previous job life as a bookstore girl (where I lovingly took care of the knitting section), I remember when Toni Carr's book Knockdown Knits was released. I immediately snapped it up - it was so much fun to read & such great projects, even for those who aren't roller girls like… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on April 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Spring Yarn Party Event - 4/7/2010

We are throwing ourselves a little party in Portland to celebrate our new spring yarns - and you're invited!

If you are in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area on April 7th, please come join us at the Ecotrust building from 7-9 in downtown Portland!

We are going to have samples of our new yarns available to play with (so bring your needles & hooks!)… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on March 26, 2010 at 9:30am — 31 Comments

Yah, Spring is Here!

For us anyway - our new Spring yarns were released today! We added colors to several of our cotton & lace yarns and have 3 new yarn lines - Comfy Fingering, Shadow Tonal, and (my personal fave)… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on March 24, 2010 at 12:20pm — 10 Comments

Interview with Diana Troldahl

Diana has been with us since the beginning of IDP & has a whopping 9 patterns in the program (including 3 new ones this week!) & more on the way! She been such a fantastic supporter of the program & it's been great to get to know her over the past couple of months.

How long have you been… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on March 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Fun times with IDP!

Have you checked out our IDP patterns lately? We have a whopping 165 patterns up from over 80 designers so far in the program! It's been really fantastic seeing these beautiful designs & getting to know all of the designers - I only wish I could knit & crochet faster so I could make them all!

One of the more fun parts of my job is doing a photo shoot - while we love our… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on March 12, 2010 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

Sock it to me!

I have a lot of sock yarn - between working here, my dyer friends who have sock clubs, our local yarny festivals (not least of which included Sock Summit!) and my local yarn store that stocks lots of indie sock yarn dyers (also where IDP designers… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on March 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

Interview with cheezombie

I think I've made it pretty much known to everyone that I love cheezombie's patterns.

When I first started as the IDP Coordinator, the program wasn't open to submissions quite yet & an early part of my job was inviting interesting designers to submit patterns. cheezombie was one of the first… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on February 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Olympic Fever

So who's taking part in the Knitting Olympics/Ravelrympics? I actually kept putting off my project - I did a sweater during the Summer Olympics a year & half ago and thought I might do another - but I want to finish the sweater I currently have on the needles. I hemmed & hawed and told people here I probably wouldn't take part...then Friday I suddenly choose a project at the last minute.…


Added by BabblingStacey on February 15, 2010 at 10:45am — 14 Comments

Interview with Erica Jackofsky

Erica is definitely a favorite around the Knit Picks office - she was one of the first designers we contacted for the Independent Designer Partnership Program after seeing her beautiful designs on her website and on Ravelry. And not only is she an wonderful designer, she's an… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on February 5, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Interview with Talitha Kuomi

As the coordinator for the Independent Designer Partnership program, I've seen so many fantastic patterns & met so many wonderful people that I'm so happy to share with the knitting world! As an ongoing series, I'm going to be posting interviews with many of the designers, to get to know them & see what motivates them in their designing.

First up is… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on January 29, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Slouchy Hat Madness

The past few months I've pretty much just working on projects for other people & last week I decided I needed to do something quick for myself...which turned into 2 quick projects, which turned into 3! All were slouchy hats - I think I may need an intervention! :)

First was Ysolda Teague's Ripley pattern (Ravelry link)

Took just a little bit… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on January 20, 2010 at 1:05pm — 4 Comments

Toys Toys Toys!

I don't think anyone who's seen me posting on here will be shocked that I started the Toy KAL (have you joined yet? Join & show Angela & me some new toy patterns to squee over). I love making toys - funny I guess because I pretty much only make them for myself, usually to guard my desk. I've… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on January 8, 2010 at 4:47pm — 5 Comments

Independent Designer Program

Have you seen our new pattern program yet?

I am so excited to be working on this - we have received so many awesome designs that my knitting queue grows longer day by day - something that was never a problem before but now is getting a bit out of control! Here are a couple of patterns I'm dying to knit RIGHT… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on January 6, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

knock knock....Candygram

I've been busy working on Christmas gifts - and those recipients, as much as I love them, tend to nose around my blog posts & flickr page so I haven't been able to show off what I've done. But my youngest nephew is a December baby and when I saw ran across a certain pattern, I had to make it for him.

That's both of my nephews in the shot actually - birthday boy is 5, the other is 7.

It's a new adorable pattern - the… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on December 8, 2009 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Very silly things

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me and my brain cannot seem to handle complicated long term projects. Not to mention my usual "I must knit everyone a gift for Christmas" mindset. Luckily I've recently discovered the wonderful patterns by Danger Crafts - mostly from reading these message boards! (thanks, NoKnitSherlock!). I love them - they are adorable & take little time for my poor distracted mind. Not to… Continue

Added by BabblingStacey on October 24, 2009 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

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