Creating and working with yarn is such a labor of love for all of us in the fiber community.
That’s why we believe that it’s so incredibly important to employ the most environmentally-friendly practices throughout the production process, every step of the way. To us, honoring the planet that nurtures the gorgeous animals we get our fiber from, conserving the water we use to dye with, and using as little energy as possible is one of our top priorities.
We are thrilled to announce our premiere pattern collection, The Impressionist Collection. We challenged designers to design pieces inspired by the great impressionist painters, and each one dreamed up patterns which are truly works of art! You can purchase project kits including both the yarn and pattern in our online store, as well as purchase individual PDF copies of the patterns on Ravelry. We hope you enjoy learning more about this extra-special collection and the fabulous designers behind it, too. Enjoy!
We're often asked how many skeins of yarn it takes to make [insert type of project here]? The answer is always, it depends. Though there are some general guidelines for yarn amounts, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when choosing yarn for a project. Today we’ll share our best tips and tricks so you can choose the right amount of yarn for your project every time.
Swatching: that one little word that every knitter dreads. In this post, we talk about why swatching is necessary and share our best tips for swatching so that you can put it into practice for your next project.
Do you love getting surprises in the mail? How about boxes full of gorgeous, hand-dyed artisan colorways on luscious bases? If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, we’ve got the perfect solution: the ZenKnitBox!
The holidays are over, but the weather is still frightful outside. What better time to stay indoors and craft something luscious for yourself? Today we’re highlighting a few patterns to knit or crochet for yourself in the new year!
If your wish list needs a few more items or your loved ones need some hints on what to get the knitter who has everything (you know who you are!!), here are a few of our favourite knitting tools and accessories which are perfect for last-minute gifting - or treating yourself!
In knitting, there are many ways of joining knit pieces together, which is commonly called seaming or grafting. Kitchener stitch is a way of grafting two pieces of knitting together and creating what becomes an invisible join that blends into the rest of your finished piece.
The holidays are fast approaching and that means gift knitting (and crocheting!) is in full swing. Whether you’re creating gifts for the special people in your life, or just looking to relax and craft something special for yourself, we hope you’ll enjoy the season with our yarns and patterns. Today we share our favourite new patterns to inspire your holiday gift-making!
Have you ever wondered who makes the yarn you hold in your hands? With therelease our new Dyepot Dabblersseries of colours, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce our hard-working Zen Yarn Garden team responsible for making sure each skein of yarn is a true work of art.
Sock blanks are made from fingering weight yarns which have been knit up into fabric prior to dyeing. They kind of resemble short scarves! This creates a canvas on which we paint our own artistic colourways onto the fabric, and since each blank is individually hand-dyed, no two are exactly alike. Projects made from a sock blank knit and crochet up in truly unique ways! There are three main ways you can choose to work with your sock blank; each is detailed below.
The hardest part to starting any new knitting project is casting on, and sometimes figuring out which of the many cast on techniques to use. But don’t let that stop you from making the projects of your dreams! We’ve created a short video to show how to do three of the most popular cast ons in knitting: the Long Tail Cast On, the Knitted Cast On and the Cable Cast On. You’ll see each technique up close and personal, learning helpful tips to ensure a successful start with each one.