Oh, Knitpicks.

I will say that I do enjoy KnitPicks yarns. Sometimes, though, I really don’t like KnitPicks. There are times when it seems like they are trying so hard to follow the trends that they completely miss the mark.

As for example – my inbox told me a couple of days ago that KnitPicks encourages us all to buy the new book No Sheep For You! Awesome, it’s a great book, I’ve been drooling over ‘Morrigan’ and ‘Bacardi’ ever since I saw it. But why, oh why, when the whole purpose of the book is not to knit with any wool or wool-related fibres, has KnitPicks chosen to present the Tomato tee in a cotton/wool blend? It’s not as though Main Line was their only choice, either, they could have easily worked up that pattern to gauge with one or two other non-animal yarns they have in stock. (Shine Worsted, anyone?)

And then there’s the gorgeous After Dark nightie (knitted recently by Mind of Winter) from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. It’s gorgeous and delicate and sexy, but half the reason it’s gorgeous and delicate and sexy is because it’s knitted lightly in a sport-weight linen at a leisurely 5 sts/inch. KnitPicks, on the other hand, has chosen to present this delicacy in a worsted-weight cotton blend. Again, they could have easily gone with one of their sport or DK-weight cotton or cotton blends, why strangle this pattern with a heavy worsted-weight? That sure ain’t gonna keep me cool in the summer evenings.

Of course, I say all of this as I contemplate that Euroflax Linen I saw a few weeks ago at Lettuce Knit and forgot to check back for last week. Maybe it’ll still be there this week when I go again…Maybe I’ll be able to knit my own luxurious summer nightie…Yeah…Um, right after I finish this sweater and kilt hose that are still sitting around my WIP list. 😉

Happy long weekend to Americans…We had our long weekend last week, so today I will be putting in some time on campus and trying to plug away at the Thesis while my knitting lies in my handbag in case of need. Gotta get that word count climbing. Tomorrow – hopefully a book review!


  1. wiscjennyann · ·

    Gooooooooo thesis!

  2. I know! It really makes you wonder ‘what on earth are they thinking!’…..
    Looking forward to the book review.

  3. Elinor · ·

    Yeah, I feel the same way. We bloggers should start a campaign to get Knitpicks a good marketing director who is also a skilled knitter. *sigh*

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  5. That’s rather funny – I didn’t notice their choices, I guess I deleted the recent emails and I haven’t been to their site.

    Let’s see your kilt hose!

    [I am glad mine are done, on to knitting for myself now…]

  6. Lady O · ·

    *sigh* But yet I still am waiting for my mother so I can submit two orders (and hope they get here in a reasonable period of time…)

    I was looking at it too… I’m thinking I can justify buying it on the grounds that I intend for it to be a wedding/bridal shower gift…

    I think I might have to go yarn shopping after my fields… though that could be dangerous, given the weakend emotional state I’m sure to be in.

  7. Poor Knitpicks. They try so hard, they do.

    I was totally annoyed with their yarn recommendations, too. Shine Worsted would have been a perfectly fine suggestion (although I find Knitpicks fudges a little with gauge and needle sizes, they tend to give ranges to make their yarns seem more versatile, when old fashioned honesty would actually make it easier to get gauge and whatnot, but that’s a whole different rant). Also, it is silly that they are so excited about their new linen/cotton blend yarn (CotLin) and wouldn’t use the After Dark Nightie as an excuse to promote it.

    Good luck with your thesis! Knitting was the only thing that got me through my (undergraduate) thesis, it gave the illusion of productivity as well as an awards system.

  8. Moggle · ·

    In my humble opinion, Knitpicks are evil! Surely it’s a crime against knitting to stock so many lovely yarns and REFUSE to send them outside North America . Send in the Knitting Police to arrest the lot of them. Send the Knitting FBI too!

    Me bitter? Never!

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