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Amy’s Thread: Alexis Winslow Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago, Alexis Winslow sent me a preview of her latest collection, Speckle & Stone – an ebook she is self-publishing from her website, Knit Darling. I’m excited to get to share this beautiful collection with you today and to announce a giveaway! One lucky commenter will receive yarn from Berroco to knit the Brenta Hat, as well as a copy of the ebook with the patterns for the complete collection from Alexis.

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Amy’s Thread: How to Turn Your Mittens into a Hat

As soon as I cast off my last Hanne mitten, I wanted to make the pattern into hat. Actually, I want to turn it into multiple hats, because I can’t stop thinking of different variations and colorways that I want to experiment with.

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Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca Fine

Ultra Alpaca Fine is the rare, machine washable alpaca yarn. This fine gauge blend is 50% wool for bounce, 20% alpaca for warmth, and 30% nylon for strength and durability. What I love about this yarn is the versatility – warm socks, beautiful lace and with a rage of beautiful rich heather colors perfect for colorwork. This week, as I cruised around Ravelry looking for some project inspiration, a few of your projects in this yarn caught my eye.

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Amy’s Thread: Elizabeth Smith, Designer to Watch

Elizabeth Smith designs under her line, The Brown Stitch. Recently, she has recently come out with a series of beautifully simple patterns in Berroco yarns that are not only photographed beautifully, her styling is spot on.

The first time Elizabeth’s work caught my eye was in 2009 with the pattern Mud Season (which was knit in Berroco’s discontinued yarn Cuzco – you could substitute Ultra Alpaca Chunky to make this now). She has done a lot of beautiful work since then. Elizabeth has several other pieces designed for Berroco yarns. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge.

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Amy’s Thread: Slater Mill/Portfolio Vol.1 Salon

Berroco Portfolio vol. 1 is near and dear to my heart – something I dreamed about doing – and getting to finally see the book come to life was the highlight of my first year at Berroco. This coming Sunday (October 25th) we will be hosting a designer salon to celebrate this collection. If you are local to New England, we hope you’ll join us in Pawtucket at the Slater Mill museum for an afternoon of knitting, demonstrations and fun.

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Amy’s Thread: We’re having a party and you are invited!

Berroco Portfolio Salon: Open House / Trunk Show

Berroco is teaming up with Trad Arts Studio @ Slater Mill to host a trunk show and celebration of the Portfolio collection Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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