Best of Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter

New!  The best of Michelle's Knit-Along Designs...
Hardcopy, eBook or individual PDFs ... you Choose!

You already know about Michelle's hugely popular Progressive Needles Knit-Along series hosted over the last 4-5 years ... now, Michelle has collected her most popular KAL designs into one terrific book! The patterns have been re-knit in new yarns and fresh colors to tempt your needles!  But the best thing about the book is each design is supported by the super helpful videos on her website.

The hardcopy book and individual PDFs are available here at FiberWild.com, but the eBook is only available on Ravelry. Take a look at each amazing design below, get your project PDF, yarn, needles and notions right away ... check out the introductory video ...

Best of Knit Purl Hunter Designs

Michelle "Knit Purl" Hunter

A few years ago, Michelle pioneered the idea of an online knit-along that knitters around the world could participate in ... supported by the Ravelry community, video instruction and terrific patterns.  The Progressive Needles Knit Along has set the standard for these online gatherings.

A quote from her book ... "I have always considered myself the luckiest person alive because I have a career that combines my two passions - knitting and teaching.  I hope my passion brings success to your knitting and a thirst to broaden your knowledge.  We have lots of fun ahead of us!"

​Here at FiberWild, we feel honored to have supported Michelle over the last few years and hope you will enjoy her new book ... and making a project or two!

Oh, ... we almost forgot to tell you about the Pillow!

The Non-Knitters Guide to Shopping for a Knitter

Don’t knit, but want to buy for a knitter?  It’s not enough that yarn comes in different colors, it also comes in different fibers and weights, and the needles need to match too.

So what’s a non-knitter to do?  We’ve made it easy to get some perfect gifts for knitters and crocheters with the great ideas on our Holiday Gifts page.  Just pass the links (or this blog) along to those who may be shopping for you.  We suggest you prod them with a gentle little reminder, such as “HEY!!!  Look here for some great gift ideas for me! Hint, Hint, Hint!”

We’ve broken our suggestions down into easy categories: 

  • Shawl Pins & Closures
    Addi Art 24K – Yup, it’s real gold.

    Not sure if she is a knitter or crocheter?  Doesn’t matter.  Every fiber artist can use some shawl pins and closures.  In fact, shawl pins and closures are great for anyone who wears shawls, whether they make them or buy them.

  • Tools & Gizmos – Every occupation has its tools, and knitting is no different.  From instructional books to blocking tools, needle cases, knitting bags and more, knitting can be as simple or as advanced as you choose. 
  • Needle & Hook Sets – Simply put, you just can’t knit or crochet without ’em! 
  • Gifts by Price – Sometimes it’s just easier to scroll through the options by price.  We’ve got Gifts over $100, Gifts Under $10, and everything in-between. 
  • Kits to Make or Give – Kits include the yarn and pattern in one neat package – easy to give as a kit or make and give as a completed project!
  • Novelty Items
    Knitting Gauge – Under $5

    Some are elegant and sophisticated, some are silly and cute, but they’re all novelty items. 

  • Stocking Stuffers – Need just a few small things to stuff in the stocking?  Here they are.
  • Gift Yarn – The sort of luxury yarn you may not buy for yourself – but it’s very nice to receive as a gift!
  • Greeting Cards – Handmade cards send warm thoughts to fiber artists!  Do you see the scissors, crochet hooks, stitch markers, and other notions hidden in the “Stitchmas” tree? 

We offer free shipping on orders over $75, but you also have the option to use a faster delivery service if necessary.  Don’t forget to check out shipping deadlines on our website!

Gift Certificates

Get your knitter a Gift Certificate, always the right size and color! Procrastinators rest easy . . . e-mail Gift Certificates can be ordered up until noon on Christmas Eve and still arrive in time for Christmas!

Feel free to call the shop for help and questions when shopping for your knitter. We are happy to work with you to make sure the knitter in your life is happy!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Stick It! . . . with a Shawl Pin, of Course!

Aluminum Leaf Shawl Pin

Nothing is quite as lovely as the image of a shawl daintily draped across the shoulders.  Unfortunately, that lovely image starts to look ridiculous when you take in the groceries and one end of the shawl drops down and drags through the mud behind you.  A pretty shawl just isn’t practical sometimes!

Which is why I love shawl pins!  Let the shawl drape on your shoulders when you are in repose, but slip in a pretty shawl pin when you need to be more active.  In the store, we wear shawls frequently – but we wouldn’t be able to get any work done if it weren’t for our shawl pins keeping our shawls in place as we move baskets of yarn around!

We have so many styles to choose from!  Which style is your favorite?

Aluminum Heart Shawl Pin

Aluminum is a wonderful metal!  It is lightweight so that it doesn’t drag your shawl down, resistant to corrosion so it won’t loose its shine, and easy to mold into interesting shapes.  Aluminum never naturally appears in its pure form and the process for purifying it was difficult, so for most of history aluminum was considered a very rare and precious metal.  The very top of the Washington Monument is pure aluminum, because at the time it was completed in 1888 pure aluminum was as rare and expensive as gold or silver.  New methods of purifying aluminum in the early 1900s made aluminum easy to extract, so today we have aluminum shawl pins with the shine of pure silver and gold – but without the silver and gold price tag!

Classic Rosewood Waves

Wood is a renewable, biodegradable natural resource that is always unique and never goes out of style.  To top it off, our JUL shawl pins are handmade in Indonesia and are a Fair Trade item.  This means the artist was paid a fair wage that guarantees a living wage and humane working conditions.

Leather Pedestal Button

Leather Pedestal Buttons
Buttons and button holes are great . . . unless you make a mistake and then you have, well, a hole.  Our JUL leather pedestal buttons are two discs and a screw (think of a screw earring).  Slip it in between your stitches and it can be kept in place permanently or moved as frequently as you want to.  They make great shawl pins, but also can be used to create shaping, attach separate knitted pieces together, and baste knitted fabric so that it stays in place semi-permanently.

The Latch Leather Closure

The Lock and The Latch Leather Closures
Think of JUL’s Lock and Latch as non-button buttons.  They work the same as the pedestal buttons, but the un-buttony shape gives your garment a unique style.

Just Plain Whimsical
Step out of the ordinary with an alpaca shawl stick, a cormorant shawl stick, or a mountain sheep shawl stick for a silly and fun conversation starter that will proclaim to all “I am unique!”

Psst!  Shawl pins are also a great one-size-fits-all gift to give or receive!

So go ahead and stick it!  I mean your shawl pin, of course!

Happy Knitting (and pinning!) . . . . Amy