For Immediate Release:
Sept 23, 2008

Angela Modzelewski
(360) 260-8900, ext 145,

Vancouver, WA- Give gorgeous gifts of tradition this holiday season, with beautiful updated style.

If there’s a crafter on your shopping list: Knit Picks’ new Harmony wood straight knitting needles are a work of art that will inspire the hobbyist in your life and rekindle their love of traditional knitting.

Our entire line of Harmony needles, which also includes fixed circular, interchangeable, and double pointed needles, were the brain child of Knit Picks Creative Director, Kelley Petkun. Inspiration struck one evening when Kelley was cooking with her husband, CEO and President of Knit Picks, Bob Petkun. Looking down at a set of multi-colored measuring spoons she’d always taken for granted, she suddenly realized the material would make a beautiful knitting needle. Crafted from layers of colorful laminated birch, these needles are pretty enough to keep on display but strong, smooth, and sharp enough to be the perfect addition to any knitter’s arsenal. Of course, the color is what first catches your eye, but the beauty is more than skin deep.

Knit Picks’ Vice President Tina Birch explains, “The Harmony wood straight needles bring such delight to traditional knitting. The smooth wood, which develops an ever richer patina with use, feels so good in my hands. And, the cheery colors make me look forward to sitting down to spend a few quiet moments with my needles and yarn. The points are extra sharp, enabling my stitches to just slide from needle to needle.”

The needles are available in 10” and 14” lengths and a wide range of sizes. They are sold individually starting at only $5.99 a pair, or in a set of needles, US sizes 4-11 and a case starting at $69.99.

If you’re a knitter looking for gift ideas: You’ll love experimenting with Knit Picks’ new line of Kettle Dye yarns with our new sock of the month set. Our new Kettle Dye yarns are made from the same soft, quality Merino wool/nylon blend as our Essential fingering weight sock yarn that our knitters know and love, but with a new twist. “I don’t know how it’s possible for colors to be intensely saturated and yet subtle at the same time, but these kettle-dyed yarns have that beautiful, rich look. The tonal shifts in the colors are mesmerizing as you knit, and the vibrant hues really show off stitch patterns well. Each batch of yarn is hand-dyed by artisans using techniques passed down through the generations, so you feel like you’re touching history as you knit,” enthuses Tina Birch.

When you buy a sock of the month set, you will receive enough sock yarn for six months’ worth of socks (if you knit a pair a month) along with six exclusive new sock patterns specially designed to showcase the beauty of the Kettle Dye yarn. You’ll also have the opportunity to join our sock of the month knit-a-long in Knit Picks’ online Knitting Community ( where you can show off your progress and get advice from other knitters and Knit Picks staff working on the same projects.

 Of course, as any sock knitter knows, it’s easy to crank out more than a pair a month, making them a quick knit for last minute holiday gift giving. Nothing is cushier, more comfortable, or more luxurious than a pair of hand knit socks. And starting at $54.99 a set (which averages out to just over $9 per pair of completed socks), the Kettle Dye sock of the month set makes it easy to stay within your holiday gift budget. The sock of the month set also makes a great gift for your knitting friends!

 For other great, affordable gift ideas for knitters and for free patterns to knit, visit If you have questions about Knit Picks or our products or would like to schedule an interview with Kelley or Tina, please e-mail Angela Modzelewski at