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Archive for May, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Gracie Tank Top & Pantaloons by Tracie Taggart

As a teenager, Tracie Taggart often designed her own clothing – relying on her mom to sew them into reality. Then she started knitting and realized she could do it all herself! After a bit of trial and error, Tracie started producing patterns under her label, PETALKNITS. Read more

Scavenger Hunt Winners (Website Edition)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our website scavenger hunt! I’m so glad you all had fun searching through finding these features on our website. Read more

Emily Explains: Nijo Pattern Stitch

I’m so excited that the weather is finally warming up around here! I practically live in dresses during the summer, so I’ve been thinking about knitting a lightweight cover-up that I can throw on over my outfit for that occasional chill. Nijo from booklet #344 is at the top of my list. Read more

Designer Spotlight: The Klompen by Lydia Hamilton

Lydia Hamilton is addicted to crochet and she doesn’t care who knows it. We’re talking intervention-and-hidden-stash level addiction. She tries to put down her hook from time to time, but old habits die hard. Read more

Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt (Website Edition)

No matter how often you visit our website, there are probably a few features you have yet to explore. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a quick and (hopefully) fun scavenger hunt to help you find your way around. If you answer all of the following questions correctly, you’ll be entered to win a FREE single pattern PDF dowload. (see full details below)

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A Story of “Good Yarma”

During our recent trip to TNNA, I got to spend some quality time with our new Southern California sales rep, Mona Gutierrez. Mona is pretty much one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. She travels through her territory in a tricked out yarn van spreading her motto of “Good Yarma.” She also runs marathons – while knitting, of course!

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How-To: Fix a Forgotten Yarn-Over

For the past month I’ve been carrying around the most perfect fluffy yellow yarn. I can’t show you the yarn just yet – it is a new one for fall – but I can tell you that it is simply fabulous! I finally began playing with the yarn for a special project. The pattern stitch is made up of a series of yarn-overs that create a pretty lace design that’s simple to knit. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Thoughts on Yarn Substitution

Yarn substitution is always a gamble. There is a reason that the yarn was paired to the pattern by the designer and the pattern reflects the characteristics of that yarn. Choosing an different yarn is entering at your own risk – if it doesn’t work out you’re sort of sunk. Nothing’s worse than a mismatched project and yarn. But if you can find the right alternative yarn, you’ll have a fabulous FO that you’ll love and cherish. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Happenstance by Shelly Sheehan

Co-owner of The Yarnery in St. Paul, MN, Shelly Sheehan loves being surrounded by different colors of yarn. It’s this “eye candy” that gets her through the long, gray winters. Read more

What Inspires: Frida Kahlo de Rivera

Recently, I’ve been drawn to the color and intensity of Frida Kahlo. As a female artist she is incredibly inspiring. She first began painting during a long and painful recovery from a severe car accident. She would paint in bed, on sketchbooks, her casts and other materials. The majority of her work was self portraits – she was the subject she knew best. Read more

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