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Amy’s Thread: Choose Your Yarn Adventure (Part II)

In my last blog post, I shared some thoughts on yarn substitution. I compared Ultra Alpaca to Maya - two yarns that look different but behave similarly. Both have good stitch definition and produce fabrics with a lot of drape, so they’re a great match. Read more

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

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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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

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