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Archive for May, 2013

Ask Amanda: What cast on should I use?

When I first learned to knit, I always asked my mom to do the casting on for me. I was still trying to master the difference between knits and purls, and the cast on somehow felt too complicated to even consider doing myself. Whenever I wanted to start a new project, I’d grab my yarn and needles, then chase down my mom and tell her how many stitches I needed. She would patiently oblige, but I think we both secretly knew this system could not last forever.

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Norah’s Knit’s: Summer Accessories

In celebration of a long awaited, and now much enjoyed Spring I’ve put together a little photo essay combining snippets of what’s happening in my New Hampshire yard co-ordinated with Some spring /summer  accessories from our collections. Click on the image for pattern name and more info. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Yarn Bombed Upcycled Chair by Lorna Watt

Lorna Watt likes to knit fast and crochet creatively. And she uses both of these talents for good. For every item she sells, she donates a tree to The Nature Conservancy. She’s like a superhero with an Esty shop – saving the planet one design at a time. Read more

What inspires: Shapes from Nature – Hexagons

It feels like ages since I wrote Knitting Nature, but the process of writing it left an indelible influence on my work. Spirals, fractals and other shapes in nature provided great fodder for designs in my book and still rattle around in my head, but it’s polygons, especially hexagons, that have become a permanent part of my design vocabulary. Read more

Ask Amanda: What is Kitchener stitch?

You won’t come across it in every knitting pattern, but sometimes it’s necessary to join together two sections of “live” stitches in your knitting. This process is often called grafting or Kitchener stitch, and though it might sound intimidating at first, it’s easy to master. Read more

Norah’s Knits: A Case for Muddy Colors

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been stumped by this simple question – “What is your favorite color?  My favorite color for what? Do you mean my favorite color to wear, or my favorite room color, my favorite color from nature, favorite accent color, favorite car color? Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Spring Breeze by Susan Barstein

Susan Barstein has always liked cotton tape yarns, and Berroco Karma is no exception. “I fell in love,” Susan says. She immediately knew she wanted to use it to knit a fun, open garment to display at the LYS where she works, In The Making.

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Barrison’s Travels: Japan

Barrison is a furry little bear who lives at Berroco. Look familiar? She was actually the inspiration for a free pattern featured in our KnitBits newsletter earlier this year!

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