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Kim Haesemeyer
Billings, Montana
Knit Designer
Interests: knitting, reading, writing
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Cowls and hats are two of my favorite items items to design and so I was thrilled to work Levin Cowl for Creative Knitting's Autumn Issue: This is the easy-peasy item for any gifts or no-brainer knitting while watching tv and movies. The entire cowl is worked in seed stitch and worked with a bit of bling. I had not worked with Crystal Palace Yarns Gold Rush before this and it was an ideal match for this cowl. Bulky weight and 3.5 stitches per inch made for some mighty fast knitting. I used the colorway Morning Dew. Because I made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am so excited for my first design in NORO Magazine: It is #6 Waterfall Vest: NORO Magazine 2014, photo by Rose Callahan The sample is the small/medium with the pattern written for a large/x-large size as well. It is worked in one long rectangle from from cuff to cuff with absolutely no finishing required -- when it is off your needles, you are wearing it! You start on one front, work even to the first armhole, bind off the armhole stitches and immediately cast them back on the next row. Work even again until the second armhole, repeat binding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am thrilled beyond all measure to present to you my first design in Twist Collective, Aphelion: It is a quick little raglan tee worked from the top down with an eyelet bib pattern that can be worn front or back. The second side has the pattern only along to raglan lines: The yarn is a crisp blend from FibraNatura called Good Earth Solids in Dive. This yarn is aran weight, 53% cotton and 47% linen, so the whole sweater knits up super quick. Once I started working with the yarn in the actual garment (instead of just the swatch),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I always enjoy receiving my new knitting magazines in the mail, though my absolute favorites are the ones that scream SPRING IS COMING!!! when there is a foot of snow on the ground, no sun and no hope of seeing my capris or sandals in the near future. Nevertheless, the optimism is contagious and the same is true this year. Hence, my lastest design with the Spring issue of Creative Knitting, RIpple Effect: Look! She needs sunglasses the sun is so bright! And she is on her bike...we can't wait for bike rides in my house. I so enjoyed this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I have an ecletic selection of hats published lately and they all have quite different personalities. In Creative Knitting magazine's Autumn Issue, I have two sets to discuss. Lady In Lace is a scarf and beanie set worked in one of my favorite yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk: In #147 Crabapple, it is a luscious 50% alpaca, 50% silk yarn that has incredible sheen: The hat is worked entirely in the round from the bottom up, switching to double-pointed needles when no longer comfortable to knit with the 16" circulars. There are the same two lace patterns in both... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am always excited to see one of my designs be published, but you know it is exciting if my kids are excited about it, as to them knitting is, well, just knitting. Not this time! I am thrilled to show you a new scarf in this publication, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, by our friends at Interweave: My projects are officially called Modern Stripes House Scarves: That looks like a seam, but is intead a strategically placed yarn over that is dropped two stitches later to hide the color change. There are over 30 projects in this mag (digital... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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It is not every day one can say they have been to Fishtail, Montana, but yesterday was our lucky day: Muddy Lamb has a truly exquisite combination of pottery, yarn and artisan gifts. My entire family (sans Paul) enjoyed the hour plus drive to this perfect, not so little shop. Carol (owner), her daughter Tasha along with Holly (manager) have a knitting group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. I was fortunate to be a part of that group yesterday. Look how pretty this store is on the inside as well as outside. Here the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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This quick, simple, seamless tee I designed has a breezy name, Bonnaroo: This summer essential is in the Spring/Summer issue of the online magazine, Clotheshorse. This magazine is relatively new and packed with many fabulous designs. The patterns are available to purchase individually or in a collection. All are PDFs. Knit from the bottom up, the tee begins with a provisional cast-on to make a wide knitted hem. Knitted hems are one of my favorite accents because it ads a flattering weight to the bottom of a piece that helps the shape considerably. There is easy waist shaping in this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am thrilled to show you my latest design in Creative Knitting: This cute little hat is offically called the Stash-Buster Beanie: The cotton is a super soft yarn from Be Sweet called Cotton Candy, a DK weight yarn in three yummy colors: Dark Purple #526, Lilac #586 and Natural #500. This is the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn for sure. How fun would a rainbow hat be? ' There are two sizes, 17.75" and 20.25" circumference. To make this intarsia pattern work with a hat, the band is worked flat and then seamed. To keep the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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Happy Dance!! Yes, right away! I am so excited to show you my first design to be published in Interweave Knits: Meadowsweet Hat is a slouchy tam worked seamlessly in the round from the ribbing to the crown. The yarn is a springy cotton blend, Brown Sheep Company, Inc. yarn, Serendipity Tweed, 60% cotton and 40% wool in Yellow Buttercup. This yarn has a summery feel with enough wool to keep some elasticity. It is a lightning fast knit from beginning to end and can provide just a bit of coverage when needed. Interweave described it as: "A simple eyelet... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am so excited to show you my latest pattern! It is the Cable Zipper Pullover from April's issue of Yarnwise Magazine: One of my favorite knitterly things to do in my designs is to have a removable cowl so you can get rid of the bulk if necessary. Such is the case with this sweater. This design is one I have had in my head for a while and looked forward to seeing what it looked like in the real world. Both the cable and ribbing have flattering vertical lines and an unexpected zipper in the center. If you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? I can't believe it either. My sweet mom gave me a gift of this lovely Maya yarn Berroco, one of their new spring yarns that is an incredibly soft chainette yarn composed of 85% cotton, 15% alpaca: I thought I would get my needles caught often in it but, happy surprise, I only got my needles caught a couple of times and definitely no more than any other multi-ply yarn. The chainette construction keeps the cotton lightweight and it is yet another heavenly soft yarn from Berroco. Quirk is the charming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am so thrilled to finally introduce to you my new scarf design with Quince & Co., Stone's Throw: It's pattern is simple to memorize and the scarf is framed with ribbing at both ends. I couldn't stop knitting, so the final meausurements turned out to be 80" long by 7" (at widest point), though you don't have to get carried away if you don't want to... Lark is a delightfully sproingy 100% American wool yarn and Pam and her crew sent me Gingerbread: This is the perfect multi-purpose wool: 4.5-5 stitches per inch and 134 yards per hank in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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So excited to show you my first design with Quince & Co: (photo: Carrie Bostick Hoge) More details soon.... knit on!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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When Jennifer Crowley of tinkingturtle.com asked if we could discuss our socks from the Sockupied Spring 2013 issue on each other's blogs, I thought it sounded like a fabulous idea. My interview on her blog is featured here. But you have already chatted with me, so let's discuss Jennifer's clever, striking sock, Totem: She even used one of my all time favorite yarns for these lovelies, Adorn Sock from Three Irish Girls Yarns (remember my CLAP! mittens?). Adorn is a delightful sturdy yet soft sock yarn, perfect in every way and available in a seemingly undending selection of hand-dyed colorways.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am thrilled to show you my first design for Interweave: These cable numbers are officially called Bowden Cable Socks (Rav page). Doesn't that sound very regal and official? (All sock pictures are copyright Interweave.) Three sizes of this pattern make life easy for most anyone at 7.5, 8.25 and 9 inch circumferences with instructions on customizing the length. Knit from the cuff down, the cables make the fabric of these socks super stretchy. The beginning cables transition seamlessly from the ribbing. My favorite part of these socks is the heel: The main cables just keep right on truckin' from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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As I write this, I can't believe it has taken me until January 20th to wish everyone a happy new year! We have been busy in the Haesemeyer household: Wade is burning up the court on the basketball team this year and Paul just had another orchestra concert. Kate is loving her new hamster and has many conversations to and with and about Pip. I am most excited to tell you my friend and tech editor, Kristen TenDyke, has a new book out, Finish-Free Knits from Interweave Press. There are 20 projects, rich and varied in complexity and style and,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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My latest design is with a yummy, sproingy yarn from Dream in Color Yarn called Classy. It is a multi-plied hand-dyed superwash wool that has terrific stitch definition. It is perfect for my Circle Vest: There are 5 sizes: 33" (36 1/2", 40", 44 1/2", 48") and requires only 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) hanks. Each hank has approximately 250 yards of hand-dyed perfection. This color is Gold Rush: Dream in Color were gracious enough to provide yarn for a test knitter as well. This most lovely color is Lipstick Lava: This vest is super quick knit at 4.5 stitches... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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This last week has been an exciting one for me! First, my new vest pattern is the winter issue of Creative Knitting: The vest's offical name is Center-Stage Stripes: This seamless vest is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes and then the front and back are worked flat separately. The shoulders are seamed with my dear friend, the three needle-bind off, to keep this baby seamless. The armhole and neck ribbing are worked in the round after the main body of the vest is knit. Hip and waist shaping help flatter are curves and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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Halloween week is always a flurry of activity in our house. Paul's birthday is the 30th and he turned 14 this year. I can't believe that. So let me sit down. Wait, no, let us both show you his cake: You know how heavy those Costco cakes are? I was a wee bit nervous holding it up. Paul is wearing one of his gifts -- a most awesome Dr. Who sweatshirt that didn't leave his body for 2 days. We celebrated at Straw Hat Pizza with some dear friends, Ryan and Patti: The other end of the table had equally... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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One of my sweet friends is having her first baby, so knitting is in order. I wanted to make a small blanket perfect for a car seat. It seemed to me, when I had my babies, almost all of the blankets were too big for the car seat. Hence, the super snappy Leaf Blanket by Susan B. Anderson. Here is the photo on the cover of the pattern, copyright Blue Sky Alpacas: Can you stand that little bambino? I had to show you him/her cuteness. When I saw the yellow flecks of Berroco's Remix, it just screamed fall leaves, don't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I was honored to be featured in a couple magazines this month. First up is a wonderful Billings' magazine, Magic, the September issue: My book is featured on page 11: The ever popular and super speedy Keyhole Scarf is pictured. I also had an unexpected visit from an old friend. I was on an airplane to Arizona looking at the latest issue of Knit 'n Style Magazine: I was minding my own business when I saw this pic: I said to myself, "That's the blingy yarn I used for my cable hat and cowl with Premier Yarns. Man, I really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday chatting about knitting and my book at Barnes & Noble: Standing next to me is my dear friend and co-worker from Barnes & Noble, Kally: Lorrie at Barnes & Noble did a fabulous (as always!) job of hosting the reception and, as promised, there was cake!! The samples from the book sat proudly by, taking their job very seriously: I briefly talked about my previously published designs and how the whole process of submitting to yarn companies/magazines/publishers works. One of my dreams ever since I started working there 16+ years ago is to have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
A reminder that today, Saturday, September 8th, I am having a book discussion and signing at Barnes & Noble from 2-4. I'll be talking about the design process as well as the road to getting my book published. If you need an excuse to eat cake, this is it! My kids could not be happier about that factor. Hope to see you. Knit on! Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts
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I am so honored and thrilled to be featured in the Billings Gazette today with an article Designing a Life Through Knitting. Photo: James Woodcock of the Billings Gazette A special thank you to Jan Falstad, James Woodcock and Lloyd Blunk of the Gazette. All three of them could not have been more gracious and encouraging to a newbie who has never done anything like this before. Thank you! Out of the blue they asked me to film a video as well, so what you see is from about 8 minutes notice. Ack! Looking back, it was good I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Big Sky Yarns & Crafts