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We have a knitting celebrity in Vancouver!

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 11:30am 10 Comments

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Betsy McCarthy, an author (“Knitted Socks”)

and avid sock knitter… Last month Betsy was interviewed by Jane Pauley for The Today Show, which aired this morning… the cameras followed her around her home, her neighborhood and all the way to Tacoma, WA for the Madrona… Continue

Finally! a completed Project, well almost....

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 12:00pm 19 Comments

I love to knit... the only problem is time... it escapes me... the older I get the faster it goes!!! but finally I get to say I finished a knitted project! How exciting and satisfying it is to be able to say that...

Earlier this fall, I was looking through an Interweave magazine and spotted the Every Way Wrap... it was gorgeous and I wanted it! I looked through my stash and found a considerable amount of Mainline (cotton/wool blend). I decided it would… Continue

Christmas time stresses...

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 4:24pm 7 Comments

I want you to know I have great intentions... but darn!, Christmas sneaks up on me every year... you would think I would learn... last night I was working until after midnight on some gifts I am giving tonight...

why do I do this???? Well it started many many years ago... probably 35 to be exact... I was so excited when I learned to knit. I decided I was going to knit everyone a gift... again, great intentions... I made my mom a wrap around… Continue

One of the benefits of starting work early...

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 7:50am 4 Comments

This morning, on my way to work, I had the most gorgeous view to feast my eyes on...

I took this picture across the field from the Crafts Americana (Knit Picks) office in Vancouver, WA. Sunrise with Mt. Hood's silhouette in view (Mt Hood is located in Oregon). Yep, I am one of those crazy people that gets up at 4am to get ready for work... It took me a while to acclimate to this time schedule, but in the long run it's great... and with views like… Continue

from the depths of Europe...

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 9:01am 2 Comments

I know I should have popped in sooner, but either there wasn't time or there wasn't internet... I had a blast in Italy... We were driving along the eastern coastline when we came upon an Olive grove and saw all these sheep grazing...

I thought of Knit Picks and had to take pictures... (We actually passed tons of Olive groves and vineyards, but this was the first with sheep).…


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About Me:
Age: too old!! (but young at heart!!)
Employed at Crafts Americana Group over 7 years (3 years in Knit Picks Department).

I'm Merchandising Manager for Knit Picks. I'm the one that hunts high and low for new books and tools. It is so much fun, like being a kid in a candy shop. I'm also the one that locates test knitters for our knitted samples you see online and in the catalog.

I'm a Nana with three of the cutest grandchildren! As a matter of fact, my grandson took my avatar picture (when he was 4 1/2)... I'm impressed!

I have always deviated from the norm and have let the creative side take control. I love to knit, it's my "indoor" activity. I'm also looking to see how to incorporate my love of knitting into the metal sculptures I create.

I am always on the lookout for something new and exciting, whether it be books or a new and fun tool. I love to tap into my creative side by designing new knitted projects and working on product development. I'm a self-taught knitter and have been knitting for over 30 years. With the “wall of yarn” as the backdrop for my desk – inspiration isn’t far away!
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At 2:41am on March 8, 2016, Elizabeth Leveques said…

Good day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very important to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. Could you please get back to me on my private email:( for the full details?
Have a nice day and God bless you,

At 11:01am on July 7, 2010, Nancy said…
Hi Kim: I sent an e-mail to Knitpicks about my interest in becoming a test/sample knitter for your catalogs. I was told to contact you for details. To see a sample of some of my work you can visit my Etsy shop at
At 4:09pm on August 4, 2009, bruna davis said…
well socks never go out of fashion
At 6:06am on May 28, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
I'm also going to mark the cable panel rows to work on each row of the actual pattern, too.

I went to Ravelry to update my projects with this pattern and at first had a hard time finding the pattern. Then I went searching for the pattern and found that it is a free download. What a disappointment to buy a book for a specific pattern, and discover that you could have had the pattern without the extra cost. Oh well, maybe I will knit more projects from this book. We will see.
At 5:55pm on May 27, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Kim, I went back to try to start row 4 with all my enlargements and immediately found a mistake, so I've already had to frog. So I cast on again, and reknit the first three rows. Possible since I've been up since before 6am today, I should wait until I have some rest before I forge ahead. Maybe once I learn all of the abbreviations and get more comfortable with the pattern it won't be such a chore. Thanks for the help and encouragement.
At 4:49pm on May 27, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
I did my enlargement on the computer as a picture, so the clarity isn't 100%, but the size makes up for it. If I need another copy later I can make it. I also need to put some stitch markers on the Cable Panel portion on the next row, so I don't get too confused. I can envision making a lot of notes on the page where I have my instructions... I'll need an enlargement of that too, way too little for my old eyes.
At 4:08pm on May 27, 2009, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
I finally cast on my vest - I'm also working on a Hemlock Ring Blanket, and it's at the boring period and I'm hating picking it up - so vest here I come.

I did the first three rows and finally saw the note about maintaining the stitch pattern, etc. Even though I had read the whole thing three times, I missed this, duh!

So now I'm going to make some "enlargement" copies of the chart, the base pattern for the center cable, and the cable pattern descriptions.. then I'll be OK.

I needed something challenging, but right now I'l climbing up hill. Keep your fingers crossed
At 3:55pm on February 26, 2009, Sock Girl said…
I would love to be a test knitter if you ever need another set of hands! Great to have people so passionate about knitting
At 9:38pm on February 25, 2009, Manlyknits said…
Kim, you are the bomb! I appreciate all that you do for the knitting community and finding those new tools I can't live without!

At 6:35pm on August 7, 2008, EdithPurl said…
Would love a mini tour and meeting you!! Not sure when I'll be in your neighborhood in the next two weeks, but assume you're closed on weekends with typical M-F hours. I'm not necessarily looking for LYS, but kind of watching for events in the area. Thanks for your prompt reply. I won't be on the internet very much while on the road, but hope to see ya!

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