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Berroco Design Team at Large, part deux

Norah, Warren and I headed West to attend The National Needlearts Association trade show in San Diego, CA. I’m used to trade shows being in sort of isolated areas but the location here was fabulous. It was breezy and sunny the whole time we were there and we enjoyed some distinctly California moments. Here are some highlights: 

It was so much fun to catch up with everyone, especially our fellow East Coasters (Mary-Heather is an honorary East Coast girl) the Ravelry gang! Casey was a little shaky as he took this picture and when Jess banned him from any more coffee I just about lost it. Speaking of caffeine, how cool is this new mug?! The whole design team is coffee powered so we just love this mug. 

Speaking of design, I have to get to work…on Fall 2009!! Can you believe??

Cheers, 

CR

UPDATE: Just noticed a free pattern for Green Squirrelgorgeous cabled hat (Ravelry link) designed by Katy Wight, a Western Massachusetts based designer who loves Ultra Alpaca. Looks like an excellent man hat, and it only takes one skein of Ultra Alpaca!

Berroco Behind the Scenes

Working in the world of knitwear design means that your calendar is more than a little screwy. Deadlines and lead times require you to be mentally “out of season” pretty much all the time. I’ve modeled heavy alpaca sweaters in July, knit angora in August and sketched summery tanks in September. Perhaps the craziest part is photographing catalogs and pattern booklets for spring in the middle of New England autumn which is COLD! You’ve got to think warm thoughts! 

This was pretty easy for the first photoshoot of our spring collection. For Booklet #282 Latitude, we set up shop at a seaside hotel in Galilee, Rhode Island. Brisk October air was indeed whipping around us, but a steady diet of fried clam cakes and great nautical scenery made it feel like we were enjoying a particularly late summer vacation. Have a look: 

Be sure to subscribe to KnitBits for plenty more inside info about the Spring/Summer 2009 collection. We’ll be posting pictures, pattern information, audio slideshows and as always, free patterns galore. I have a few more behind the scenes videos to share here as well so stay tuned! 

CR

tuck

More excess –  this time in the form of knit-in tucks.

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Don’t you love that Eleanor can knit too?  We chose a different photo for the book – one  that focuses more on the vest, but I am still enamored of this shot. Adina Klein helped us out with the styling for this story  – that’s the Pure MerinoCapecho” she was knitting for her step mom, lent to Eleanor for the moment.

I can tell you more about the cool new yarn it’s knit in when I can link it all to the Berroco site.  

Norah

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Norah Gaughan volume 4 is printed and shipping to stores!  We’ll be showing it on the Berroco website and launching all of the Spring 09 booklets in the Knitbits newsletter starting January 16th, but meanwhile, I thought (I was hoping) you might want to see a bit more. Doled out in moderation, of course.

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This little number is knit in Seduce.  It’s in the story I named “excess” becasue all of the pieces have excess fabric that taken up in various ways.  In this case, triple decs and later incs make the eponymous puckers.

Norah

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