April 19, 2005
Let's talk about KnitPicks
Do I like KnitPicks yarns? Yeah! I even wrote a review of some of their basic yarns a while back (and so did Clara from Knitter's Review). Despite an increase in popularity, KnitPicks still offers free shipping on orders over $30, and continues to carry a nice selection of knitting books at reasonable prices.
But KnitPicks has also undergone some changes - first, they now sell only their own line of yarns. In order to familiarize the buyer with these yarns, KnitPicks showcases their yarns in projects from books and patterns they also carry. To this I give two thumbs up, because even if I'm not going to buy the yarn and pattern combo they feature, the info is useful to get the creative juices flowing.
Another change is that KnitPicks has introduced some new yarns: Palisade (bulky alpaca/wool), Crayon (DK cotton), Radiance Wave (worsted alpaca/silk), and Shine & Shine Twist (sportweight cotton/modal). Which brings us to Diana, the same Diana responsible for the beads (June, you were right, I should listen to everything she says). Did you know I'm sensitive to wool? I wouldn't say allergic, but I itch when I wear it. Alpaca is the next offender, which I find slightly more itchy than wool. The worst offenders are mohair and angora - the former feels like fiberglass to me, and the latter makes me sneeze uncontrollably. Diana said I should banish "all of that" out of my house and try non-animal fibers. Hmm... okay, before I dispose of my wool stash, maybe I should try some cotton. And that takes us back to KnitPicks.
What's wrong with these pictures?
This is the same yarn photographed in a skein and close-up! Why is the cotton so silky and smooth in the skein, but so fuzzy in the close-up pic? Has anyone ordered this stuff? What's going on?
A small aside. Speaking of knitting books, are you still doing most of your knitting book shopping on Amazon? I have to tell you, I know of some places where you can get a better deal. First, Overstock.com has great prices and an unexpected selection of knitting books. Their shipping charges are not bad at all, and even when you add the $1.40 to the book cost, often it's still cheaper to shop there than Amazon. Second, my favorite online store buy.com always has great prices for books, and an impressive selection of knitting books in particular. They used to have free shipping on orders over $25, just like Amazon, but they did away with that recently. Now certain titles are shipped for free, no matter how cheap they are! As a bonus, if you live around Boston and if your buy.com book is shipped from the Massachusetts warehouse, you'll get it in about 2 days. No kidding!