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Emily Explains: Casting on with Two Circular Needles for Corker

My apartment was chilly this morning and as I rummaged through my sock drawer I was disappointed with the number of bulky socks I found. I don’t have nearly enough to wear with my favorite fall and winter boots! Obviously, the answer to my problem is to knit myself a pair. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

By day, Kam Baker is the artistan behind Everyday Peacocks, a brand of fancy stitch markers and shawls pins that she refers to as “yarn jewelry.” By night, Kam is a multitasking mom of three, often cooking, cleaning and wrangling kids while knitting. She doesn’t have as much time as she’d like to design, but she does a pretty good job with what she’s got!

Make that a really good job! Kam published Evening Whispers, a beautiful shawl pattern this summer. Delicate but warm, the shawl features a section of stockinette knit in Berroco Folio, a section of seed stitch knit in Boboli Lace and a section of lace the uses both yarns with stranded colorwork. The design is available in two versions – a crescent shape as well as a rounded triangle.

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Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

How did you come up with this design?

My friend Lucinda handed me a freshly started shawl one day and said, “Here, finish this.”

Any interesting stories about your process?

My process is a little scattered. Sometimes I see a design in my mind and then feverishly knit and reknit until I get it right. But other times—as for this pattern—I start with the chart. I will map out a design that I think will get me close to what I am seeing in my mind, and then I will swatch it. I block it out and evaluate it, then change anything that’s not quite right. I think I edited and swatched the lace panel for this shawl about three times before it was what I wanted it to be!

How did you decide on the yarn?

When this project was first put into my hands, the choice was obviously already made for me! When I started working on the crescent version of this design, I wanted to repeat this tactile fascination, but also add some delicious color! Lucinda suggested I take a look at the Folio. I fell in love with the sweet softness of it — what a gorgeous mix with the smooth texture and vibrant colors of Boboli Lace! It was perfect!

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I think it is the mental stimulation mixed with a creative spirit! I love knitting lace because it is constantly changing most of the time — I feel a bit like I am solving a puzzle as I go along. It keeps my brain active and allows me some brief moments of quiet pride when I get to marvel at the beautiful things I have created. Oh, and yummy yarn…did I mention how much I love yummy yarn?

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: apalumbo@berroco.com or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

 

Designer Spotlight: Avoca Fingerless Gloves & Mittens by Patricia Hart

Patricia Hart grew up watching her mom make beautiful things without any patterns. Patricia says that this creativity she witnessed as a child inspired her own design career with knitting and crochet.

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Designer Spotlight: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

After more than a decade working as a college history professor, Elizabeth Green Musselman was ready for a change. She traded in the textbooks for knitting needles, focusing on a future in knitwear design and editing. Read more

Cape Vertigo Winner!

From the response we got to last week’s Cape Vertigo Giveaway, I can tell you all like this design as much as I do! Read more

Amy’s Thread: Swatch like you mean it!

About a month ago, Karen Templar of Fringe Association posted a picture of the Amanda sweater from the book “Essentially Feminine Knits” by Lene Holme Samsøe. I instantly knew that this was going to be my next knitting project – and I wasn’t alone. Karen’s hosting a knit-along that starts September 15th, so there is still time to choose your yarn and join!

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Designer Spotlight: Aibell Pullover by Kelene Kinnersly

It seems like knitting came into Kelene Kinnersly’s life exactly when she needed it. Several years ago, she was diagnosed with a muscle disease that meant she was unable to continue running – a longtime passion. Then, a friend’s pregnancy prompted her to try knitting…and she never looked back. Read more

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