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Amy’s Thread: For the Boys

Guys get a reputation of being hard to knit for. It has been my experience that they are rather selective about what they will actually wear, but that makes it that much more satisfying when you knit a hat and he actually wears it.

Gift knitting season is sneaking up on us all so I did a little rounding up of a few favorite (free) patterns that I think he’ll really appreciate.

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Designer Spotlight: Mister Whistle by Brenda K. B. Anderson

By day, Brenda K. B. Anderson makes mascots – their costumes, at least – and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Her work has been used by professional sports teams and touring shows like Sesame Street Live. By night, she designs knit and crochet patterns. Occasionally, her creative outlets overlap. Read more

Get to Know Berroco: How to Share Your FOs

If you ask me, there’s nothing more inspiring than seeing a Berroco finished object being modeled by its maker. It makes me think “Ooh, I could use a cozy sweater like that” or “I never thought of using that yarn with that pattern.” And I know I’m not the only one. That’s why these are my favorite kinds of posts to share on our social media pages.  Read more

Emily Explains: Van Der Zee Cloche and a Giveaway!

When I first opened Amy’s book, New American Knits, I fell in love with the Van Der Zee Cloche immediately. I quickly added it to my queue on Ravelry and anxiously waited for the time to knit it. Although the yarn Amy used in her book is beautiful, I chose Berroco Abode  in color #8802 (pattern requires 2 skeins) for my hat. Abode is perfect for the pattern! It has beautiful color variation and is incredibly soft, made of 100% merino wool.  Read more

Designer Spotlight: Little Man Waistcoat by Lissa Snyder

Lissa Snyder knows that designing is a process – sometimes, a very frustrating process. From mismatched pinstripes to a run-in with a hungry kitten, her latest design truly tested her patience. Despite those and other problems, she kept knitting until she got it right. She says it’s now one of her favorites! Read more

What Inspires: A Little Bit of Hocus Pocus

Fall is such a magical time of year in New England. The trees fill with color, the streets fill with leaves, the weather has a bit of chill and Halloween creeps up on us. I was always told that Halloween is the one day of the year that spirits of the past walked among us. Easily scared as a child (…still am, really), I had to believe that most of these spirits were good even if they looked spooky. Read more

Style Your Knits: Halyard

We like to joke that there’s a dividing line of color preferences in the design office. Amy and Emily are metaphorically (and physically, with our desk arrangement) on one side with their love of neutrals and classic earth tones, while Alison and I prefer jewel tones (Alison even has a pink streak in her hair) and follow a the-brighter-the-better philosophy.

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