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Archive for July, 2013

Emily Explains : What does SSK really mean?

We’ve had a busy week here in the design office with a photo shoot, design meetings and even a visit to the Yarn Sellar in Maine (Thank you, Carrie!). I am so happy to be back in the office today to write and reflect on it all.

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Norah’s Knits: Knitting for Great Grandma

Occasionally, we receive a letter asking why we don’t design more for woman of a certain age , implying (or just coming out and saying) that our patterns are only for the young.  The letter might mention an age of 55 or 60. This question always makes me think of Mom.  She’s 80 something and looks great in quite a few Berroco designs. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Playful Stripes Blanket by Meridith Shepherd

When Meridith Shepherd was working at her LYS, The Studio Knitting & Needlepoint, it seemed like every customer that came in had the same request: knitted baby blankets. She had no problem directing them to yarn. “I was recommending Berroco Weekend because of the ease of care and because the knitter was working towards spring and summer baby arrivals.” But Meridith couldn’t find the right pattern. So she designed her own! Read more

What Inspires: Retro Fashion

I’ve always loved perusing books about the history of clothing. Even if I’ve looked through the same book a hundred times, it seems like there’s always something new to see.  After all, I’m looking with a different context every time. Read more

Get to Know Berroco: Bev Rykosky

I met Bev Rykosky on my first day working at Berroco. Her friendly face greeted me (as it has every morning since) when I walked through the door. She sat and talked with me for about 15 minutes before everyone else arrived. Read more

Emily Explains: Torrey’s Rib Pattern

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Spinning Yarns in New Hampshire for a day. I got to know Margot (the owner), Kerri, and Dianna (Margot’s mom!). It was so wonderful! I joined in on their morning class where everyone brought the project they were working on. All of the knitters were helping each other and sharing ideas. It was a day filled with knitting and great conversation! We discussed everything from our favorite yarns and patterns to techniques we found confusing. Read more

Norah’s Knit’s: More ideas in Abode

We’ve designed 9 pieces in Abode so far – from smaller accessories, like the Lawson hand warmers in booklet #333, to Hume, the generous swing cardi from Norah Gaughan vol 13, Top Down. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Knits & Zips Cabled Dresses by Laura Zwanziger

When Laura Zwanziger emailed us last year, she had sketches and a plan. An aspiring knitwear designer and college student, Laura was making two dresses for Cornell University’s annual fashion show and she knew she wanted to use Berroco yarns. Read more

Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Merle Modifications

Have you cast on for our Knit with Norah KAL yet? The project is Merle from Norah Gaughan vol. 13 and Norah is sharing special designer notes along the way! I’m really excited, not just to knit with Norah, but also because this project offers a few new knitting challenges for me.  Read more

Emily Explains: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row

Finally getting to a point where you feel confident enough to knit sweaters is so exciting! I recommend all beginning knitters have no fear about knitting sweaters – it is so much fun!

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