If you’re like me, you appreciate an interesting pattern name. When I wrote Holly Janzen to ask about featuring her pattern, Arlene is Not a Yak, I had to know the story behind the name. As it turns out, Holly designed this pattern for a friend who owns a plush ostrich named, Arlene. So really, Arlene is not a yak! Read more
When Julie Archambault first learned to knit, her mother and aunt told her she was holding her needles incorrectly. Julie continued to knit her way and proved she could do it well. These days, she’s the one teaching them new techniques! Read more
Today I am hoping for spring and loving Cimone, a fringed shawl from booklet #356 Espresso. This collection is really cool because every pattern can be made in Espresso, a colorful cotton blend, or Karma, a 100% cotton yarn that reminds me of water colors. Karma is one of my favorite summer yarns we have at Berroco, so I used it to make a swatch for Cimone. Read more
Spring is trickling slowly but surely into the Northeast. After a few days of rain followed by some chilly, bright sunshine, we can even see a bit of lawn starting to reappear. It’s still too cold here to really start thinking about wearing summer clothes, but I’ve hit my limit with the repetition of the winter wardrobe. This is when I reach for quick to knit projects in warmer weather yarns.
Gus Baxter picked up knitting pretty quickly. It was only a year ago that he signed up for his first lesson at Close Knit. Two months later, the owners called to offer him a job. Now he’s working to become a full-time designer. Read more
Irina Eberhardt’s grandmother used to say, “if your mittens and socks are made out natural fiber, arthritis will not bother you.” Those words stuck in Irina’s mind and still influence her yarn selections when designing. Read more
There are some things in knitting that will always confuse me. When I am following charts, I tend to make myself a little cheat sheet on a Post-it as a constant reminder of what my symbols mean. Read more