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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

Designer Spotlight: Baby Showers by Amy Stephens

Amy Stephens plays with yarn like it’s her job, mostly because it is. She actually gets paid to review new yarns for her LYS! And she says it was love at first swatch with Berroco Modern Cotton. In fact, she bought about twenty skeins in different colors when it first went on sale and got to work at her other job – designing. Read more

Emily Explains: Dyssodia Pattern Stitch

Dyssodia, an oversized pullover from booklet booklet #340 Maya Vol. 2,  is a great first time lace garment. The pattern stitch is super easy, using yarn-overs to form eyelets and dropped wraps to create elongated stitches. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who?

 

… I don’t need to go on, do I?

 

It’s no secret that the design office here at Berroco is fond of the color orange. Norah loves it as much as I do and I did get a little mocking –  OK, a lot of mocking – in the office for blogging about it last week, so soon after her last orange post.  Read more

Designer Spotlight: Haven by Julie Turjoman

For nearly two decades, Julie Turjoman was a knitter who often “tweaked” patterns to meet her personal preferences. About 7 years ago, Julie realized her tweaks were turning more into redesigns that looked nothing like the originals. Now she’s publishing her own patterns, including a new e-book called “Knits that Breathe.” Read more

Emily Explains: Wrap and Turn

I’ve always gravitated toward things that are a bit quirky and clothes are no exception. When sketching, I like to imagine asymmetrical lines and shapes on the body. To make these forms come to life, I needed to learn how to use short rows in my knitting. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Baby Cakes by Linda Gavaldon

When it comes to designing, Linda Gavaldon sees herself as a problem-solver. She starts with an idea that’s a bit out of the ordinary and then gets to work — playing around with different stitches, layouts and colors until it matches her vision. She’s particularly creative when it comes to designing personalized baby blankets. Read more

Norah’s Knits: À bientôt

It’s been almost nine years since my first day on the job at Berroco. I’ve enjoyed my time…learning, stretching, growing and spending time with all of you. And all that time, I’ve been commuting weekly between two states. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Striped Trap by Andra Asars

We lovingly refer to Andra Asars (our New England sales rep) as “the hurricane.” She talks a mile a minute, decides whether or not she likes a yarn in a single touch and knows our collections better than anyone. Read more

Emily Explains: Letting Go… A Lesson of Decreasing in Pattern

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

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