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Picknit Shop

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I am sure that any knitter has a favourite LYS (local yarn store), but here in Spain most of them are located in the North, where it is really cold, so most of us must search online for gorgeous yarn. Today I want to talk about the first store where I ever bought amazing yarn. After this one, I found a few, just a few more, online stores where to get my yarn in Spain, but I had a special relationship with Veronica, the sweet lady owner of the shop, where I return as if it were just around the corner.

She was one of the first who pushed me to write the pattern of my Fall Spectrum Shawl. She even hosted a KAL for it. So I can only thank her for her kindness and for carrying such beautiful yarn, of course!!!




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When did you open your online store?
Picknitshop was opened in the Autumn of 2013 by my husband and me, Argentineans living in Spain. Our main reason for opening was offering premium yarns and the best service you can imagine. Of course, sometimes things go wrong but if t…

Moody Knitter

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So far I have been searching among my fav indie dyers, stores, etc. to pick up the ones I wanted to write about. However, today we are going to get to know someone whose story really touched me.

It is quite impressive to learn how many people leave a professional career to pursue their dreams. And today here I bring one brilliant example, Stella Egidi, an Italian lady with a huge personal background.

I hope you really enjoy reading this interview and appreciate what is hidden behind a pattern, which for some people means much more than simply a knitting project, but a life project.



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Why did you start designing? It was a natural step ahead of my passion for knitting and my creativity. I knit since ever, and I always tend to modify a bit any available pattern to fit my taste. Also, since a long time I used to design sweaters for myself and my kids, and many people seemed to like them. 

So, at one point it was a natural question to ask myself “Why should not I write p…

Making Stories: Woods Book

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Sometimes you come across a project that calls for you and without really being sure of what you are doing you simply join because you feel that is what you should do. This is what happened to me when I learned about Woods Book.


All of a sudden Instagram was full of people saying they were backing this knitting book which was only a crowdfunding project. I learned about who was behind the scenes , Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp, and it was such a crazy but amazing project that I had to back it, although with some doubts, to be fully sincere.


But those doubts almost immediately vanished, since I was updated in detail of all the making process, from the selection of patterns to the works with the printer. It has been such an interesting process that I cannot regret it at all. 
Now that I have the book in my hands , I really feel I took part of something near to a dream come true.


You can feel the love that these two ladies put in this project, when you pay attention to the detail…

Ritual Dyes

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Instagram is for me the best place for yarn research. You come across so much beautiful yarn that it is impossible not to find what you are looking for. And, of course, this is where I found Ritual Dyes, by chance and by means of a pattern designer. When I saw her kits for Sunset Highway sweater I simply fall in love. But when I got them at home, that was devotion. The colours, the touch, really gorgeous and amazing!!

For all the above reasons, I invited Rachel to appear on my blog and she was so kind to accept. So we are here today to get to know her a bit more in depth. 


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When did you start dying? And why? I have been making things my whole life. I started dyeing yarn during the past couple years for fun and for my friends. I started Ritual Dyes in March 2017.  I originally  began dyeing when I wanted colors that I couldn't find in shops. It all began with wanting the perfect grey. 


Where do you do it? which kind of materials do you use? I use acid dyes for their consistenc…

October yarn review

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Fall is already here and I simply love it. It is by far my favourite season: the colours, the feelings, the start of sweater season................ So today I am going to introduce you an indie dyer, whose colours really bring the Fall to my needles. 
I found her by chance, as it often happens to me, on Instagram. I really loved her yarn at first sight, deep colours, no fluos, nor striking ones, but all of them bringing back memories of nature, earth, either with rich saturated colours or with subtle speckles. This Canadian firm looks into woods, crops or water for inspiration.


It was supposed to be very difficult to grab a skein, so I set my alarm and got ready to be fast and.........I could only grab a sock skein kit and that is how I started my VIOLA's yarn collection.

When I got it on my hands, I could not believe how soft it was and how rich was the colour. I was sure I needed more of that gorgeous yarn.
I discovered that Emily Foden, the sweet lady behind VIOLA, was prepari…

Q-LANA

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This first thing that catched my attention from this online shop was the amazing range of yarn bases they worked with. I simply fell in love!!
It is true that the site is draft in German (a language I can read), but do not be scared. Ute von Cappeln, the lady behind the scenes, is fluent both in English and Spanish, and she will solve all your doubts. In fact, she is working on an English version of the site.



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What types of fibers do you work with? I buy the fibers in Great Britain or South America. I like interesting and noble mixes, so almost all my threads contain some silk, cashmir or yak.



My most important requirement? I do not buy fibers from sites where mulesing is practiced. We have an exclusive fiber that is spun in Great Britain for us and which is made up of Merino Falkland, Polwarth, Silk and Merino d'arles. We only sell it without dyeing, so we decided to call it "Ungeschminkt" (without makeup).

(For those of you who do not know it, mulesing is an aw…