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the glue that holds our design office (and more) together

For the few of you who may not know, Margery Winter is the creative director at Berroco. After years of a mentor/student relationship, we now work as parts of a team here at Berroco. Margery writes about another very important member of our team:

Deana Gavioli keeps the design department running like a top.  Her responsibilities range from assisting our art director, gathering and updating all information for our website, proofing all stages of Knitbits, monitoring, creating and trafficking trunk shows, editing all written pieces generated by this department, tagging and labeling all samples, acting as the liaison between designers and sample knitters, managing all production of store models, processing invoices.  Deana is our clearing house of facts and keeper of information.  She works at her desk and computer everyday, calmly coordinating all packages to and from the sample knitters so that Norah and I can maintain our rigorous design and photography schedule.  With her finger on the pulse of our department, she calmly goes about her business quietly making sure that all runs as smoothly as possible while at the same time our dear Deana, beautiful inside and out will not allow a single Knitbits to be released until every ”t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted. Often I wonder how Deana can remain so calm and so steady.  I have worked with her for many years and I continue to be in awe of her endless reserve of patience. Thanks so much Deana.  We can’t do it without you!

Photography courtesty of Photo by Cregg Annarino Photography (Deana’s talented brother)


the working boy’s sweater

Berroco’s Johnny Boy sweater in action:

In a clever multitasking move, Margery knit the original Johnny Boy sweater to fit her grandson, Noah. Reports have it that the sweater has seen heavy action ever since, has been washed (and dried) numerous times, and it still looks great. It’s knit in Berroco Sox, our all wool sock yarn in an ever increasing array of multicolor patterns.

Photo credit: Olivia Sauerwein (Noah’s mom)


glampyre’s sanpoku

I love checking my RSS feed to see what’s up with my favorite knitting and craft blogs. (Sometimes it does get a little ahead of me – like when I have 1200 items to look at from my Ravelry friend’s favorites list – oh well). This week I was so happy to see Stephanie Japel’s finished version of the Berroco design Sanpoku from booklet 262 Yin & Yang. 

Stephanie Japel\'s Sanpoku

Stephanie Japel’s Sanpoku in Berroco Comfort.

Stephanie, of Glampyre Knits fame, is a designer herself and a new mom. I’m wondering how she finds the time to work on her own designs and blog and knit from our patterns as well. While she was pregnant she designed this lovely sweater in Berroco Touché:

Click on the photo to get to the pattern info on the Glampyre Knits site.

a thrill

I’ve been hoping for this, waiting quietly, yet anxiously, for this honor. We should all be proud, all of us knitters. Knitting made it into my alumni magazine!!!!! Check out this article in the Brown Alumni Monthly or BAM as it affectionately refers to itself :)

It’s a small article and the online version lacks the photo my cat (and me) which was included in the printed version, but still it’s a thrill. Congratulations also, to my fellow knitters, also Brown alums, Sabrina Gschwandtner and David Cole!

P.S. You can find the photo of  my kitchen (pre-renovation) me and my cat Jake – here. Just click on my name and wait a moment.

P.P.S.  I haven’t forgotten all of your requests for instructions to make Margery’s afghan. I’m planning to post what Elizabeth Zimmerman used to call “pithy” instructions.  M and I have been up completely consumed with photography for the Fall ’08 season.  More about that soon too….



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