During college I worked part-time at a yarn shop. One day a customer came in clutching a big black trash bag, which was kind of unusual. As I approached her, she opened the bag to reveal the most gigantic hank of yarn I have ever seen in my life. This thing was monstrous – it was big enough for my 5-year-old cousin to use as a beanbag chair. With a look of desperation in her eyes, she asked a question that still cracks me up to this day: “Can I use your ballwinder for a minute?”
Archive for February, 2013
I’ve used Berroco Comfort to make a lot of winter accessories. Most recently, I crocheted a hat for my nephew and knit a pair of fingerless gloves for myself. It seems only natural that a scarf would be next on my Comfort “knit list.” As I was looking for patterns on Ravelry, I noticed that a lot of you have chosen Comfort for your scarf projects, too. So what makes this basic one of the best? Read more
What I’m about to say may shock you. Before I started here at Berroco, I didn’t know much about Norah. Sure, I had heard her name and even queued a few of her designs on Ravelry, but I was mostly a crocheter and I didn’t pay much attention to those kinds of things. Looking back now, I’m grateful for my knitting industry ignorance. I would have been way too nervous starting a new job with “THE NORAH GAUGHAN” as my boss!
When I was a teenager, I decided to teach a learn-to-knit class for kids at one of the yarn shops in my hometown. One of the girls seemed to catch on especially fast, so I let her do her thing and spent more time helping another student get started. When I looked up again, the speedy girl was still busily clicking her needles, but I was shocked to see that her knitting was getting wider instead of longer! Read more
When I first learned how to knit I was pretty frustrated when it came to sewing a sweater together. A fairly accomplished seamstress, I assumed that I should put the right sides of my pieces together and sew with the wrong sides facing me, like you would when sewing a blouse. Being a bit of a perfectionist at the time (I have TRIED to relax a bit since) I had an adverse reaction to how sloppy my seams looked. Read more
Eileen Vito’s first knitting project went to the dogs. I mean that literally, of course. She knit sweaters for her two dogs. Unfortunately, both dogs gained weight and the sweaters got too tight. Eileen says she’s pretty sure this is just a coincidence and not a reflection of their feelings about her knitting! Either way, she was hooked on her new hobby. As she puts it, “Once I started, there was no looking back.” Read more
As a beginner knitter, I found slipped stitches (or slip stitches, as they’re also written) to be some of the most vague directions when following a pattern (the photo on the left shows off the beautiful stitch texture of Tracery from NGV12, which combines slipped stitches with lace).
While we were in California for the trade show last week Amanda, Ashley and I took the time to visit The Aquarium of the Pacific. We needed the break after our long flight , before we got started with the hard work of setting up the booth. Turns out though, that we just can’t stopping working – and that work in the design department can be fun. Read more