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
Posts by emilyoneil
I’ve demonstrated a few instances of decreasing in pattern and I thought I was finally starting to get it. But as I approached the armhole decrease in Fleta (the latest project on my needles) I realized I was totally in over my head. Decreasing into a cable can be confusing. Lucky for me, we have a sample of the sweater in the office and my desk is conveniently located right next to the designer! Read more
In college, I had a wonderful art history teacher who believed that the best way to study great artists was to research their sketchbooks. We spent all our time looking for as many sketches and scribbles as we could find leading up to their great paintings. We rarely even bothered with the final pieces! It really opened my eyes to new artists I had never heard of before – artists I never thought I would appreciate as much as I do now. Sonia Delaunay is one of those artists that continues to inspire me. Read more
Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or a disappearing ring. It’s a great skill to have because it helps you start crocheting in the round without getting that pesky hole in the top center of your piece.
Our entire Spring/Summer ’14 collection is special for me because it was my first season with Berroco, but Booklet#344 Berroco Folio was especially fun to design. When you’re working with a yarn like Folio, it’s easy to get excited to knit! Read more