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Phew! I can’t believe I’m closing in on one month at Berroco. Yesterday Margery, Norah and I took a trip to Boston so I could learn how to plan photo shoots. We saw many models and a lot of inspiring clothing. As you might imagine a lot of thought goes into styling the pattern books and it really isn’t the sort of thing you can pick up in a university or book, though I’m feeling pretty good about my Project Runway/America’s Next Top Model addictions! I’m picking up a lot simply by watching these two in action:

Fearless Leaders

By the way, the baristas at Starbucks, completely unprompted, christened us with new names. We decided that these were our alter egos, used only when traveling! In fairness to him, I used my shorter nickname Ria when ordering but still…Van? Lauria at least EVOKES Norah =)

 

In transit we couldn’t contain our geekiness–all three of us are addicted to our gadgets and could barely get any knitting done, we were too busy sharing tech-ish gossip. Norah used FileMagnet to download my Brûlée Scarf pattern which was featured in last week’s Knit Bits, so cute on the tiny screen! Norah also filled us in about Stitch Minder.

Another program that had us in a tizzy was Polyvore. We were REALLY psyched to see that the Knitting Tote designed by our Design Assistant Donna was featured in many collages, including my favorite which is attic themed:

Attic Collage

Donna also designed this season’s Quixotic in Peruvia Quick–the woman has a gift with bags!

There are other Berroco garments featured and I think this will be really helpful when we start to style the Spring 2009 booklets…feel free to upload and play! Maybe we can start a Ravelry group…

CR

 

 

wedgette

A few weeks ago the “fans of norah gaughan” group on Ravelry reached 2000 members, which I declared cause for celebration. I asked the members for celebratory suggestions. Someone suggested a KAL and someone else requested a new pattern just for the group. So, I decided to make a new pattern for the occasion and the knit along has begun. I’ll be posting all of the information here – you don’t even have to belong to Ravelry. Why wouldn’t you want to though? It’s so much fun to see what other knitters are doing, and of course, if you need help, you have a built in and experienced support group.

NOTE: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE DESIGNER INSTRUCTIONS – THERE MAY BE MISTAKES! I’ll correct mistakes as they are brought to my attention.  I’m not knitting this one, the members of the Ravelry group are my test knitters (or is it guinea pigs)  :)

 

First, the schematic, in 7 sizes:

A fun way to test your gauge is to knit the wedge scarf, free pattern on the Berroco web site.

Now, to get started:

scarf as gauge:

40 sts seven and a half ” across widest point

40 sts = a generous 7” in garter st

size 5 needle 3.75mm

 

ST ST GAUGE:

5.75 sts = 1″

23 sts & 32 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

garter st 23 sts = 4”

Wegette cardigan“skirt”

Cast on 68(70-70-72-74-74-76)sts

Wedge with garter:

Knit 12 rows. Purl one row.

Short row lace wedge (starts on a RS):

1&2 – (Yo, p2tog) to the end, turn

repeat rows 1 &2  4 times more (10 rows total)

3&4 – (Yo, p2tog) 32 times, turn

5&6 – (Yo, p2tog) 24 times, turn

7&8 – (Yo, p2tog) 16 times, turn

9&10 – (Yo, p2tog) 8 times, turn

Knit 12 rows.

Stockinette st Separator: Work 1.75(2-2.25-2.5-2.75-3-3.25)“ in stst (starts and ends with a RS row).

Work wedge with garter  and separator 4 times more, then work wedge once more, Binding off on last row of garter st. (last knit row).

 

 

Welcome Cirilia!

Yippee, yahoo… the search for an assistant designer is over! I am so very pleased to announce that Cirilia Rose is now working with us in the Berroco design studio. Cirilia jumped right in, multitasking from the start. During her first two days we have had her editing Knitbits, planning future issues, fully participating in design meetings, swatching, and, even though it wasn’t part of the work agreement, we persuaded her to model for a few minutes too. :)

As many of you know already from, the book and from the audio slide show, the NGV3 cover cardigan, Violette-le-duc, was photographed “upside down”. I think it looks truly lovely this way. The flip was due to a flash of brilliance on Margery’s part while acting as stylist for the book –  picking all of the clothing and accessories and making it all work on the models. Now, of course, folks would like to see what the cardigan looks like “right side up”.

To the right is Cirilia, styled by Margery, shown in the “right side up” Violette-le-duc. Thank you, Cirilia – and welcome!

P.S. Cirilia will be co-hosting this blog with me.  Look for an entry soon.

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