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Get to Know Berroco: Company History

“Ever since we were teenagers we worked in the mill, doing various jobs, learning the business, so we got to know the people, and they knew us…” quote from 1994 interview with Philip, Arthur & Strickland Wheelock

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KnitBits Preview: How-To (and why to) Visit Berroco’s Video Library

As you may have read in a previous post, I’ve been trying to brush up on my knitting techniques. I love when I can use a video to learn new stitches because I can start and stop it as I need.

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Behind the Scenes: Spring 2013 Photo Shoot

If changing leaves and a crisp autumn breeze don’t make you think spring, chances are you’ve never been a part of a Berroco photo shoot.  It may have been a bit cool for the girls modeling colorful beach knits, but we definitely got some great shots for the new booklets.  Before I tell you anymore about our week on Cape Cod, let me introduce myself.

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hexagaughan happiness

the beautiful gift

the beautiful gift

I am feeling very loved. Last evening I received an incredible gift.  My fan group on Ravelry, lead by the intrepid cadburyskeeper got together (in an on-line sense) and made an afghan for me.  The 6″ hexagons, they dubbed them “hexagaughans” since I am so into them, were  knit and crocheted by folks in nine countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, United States.  That so amazing to me, I smile  (and tear up a bit) every time I think about it.

They asked me my fiber preference (wool) and for some ideas of the colors I go for.  I professed my love of the muddy browns and purples often found in Amish quilts with a few shots of pink and orange thrown in for contrast, and they went to work.  When I unwrapped the gift, the whole berroco office declared that it looked like me.

I see hexagaughans inspired by Aune, Joyella, the Basalt Tank, Hex coat, spiral scarf, and snapping turtle skirt, all from Knitting Nature and even some influenced by the be-bobbled Flower child, as well as originals and  hexagons from all over the world.

A million thank yous to all involved.  I am extremely touched and proud to be the recipient of such a fabulous gift!

looks good on the couch too!

Ravelers Rock

It’s time, once again, to showcase you fantastic knitters out there – our customers. Here are five sweaters designed by me and interpreted by Ravelers to fit their individual tastes and needs. 

KallieKYs Assemblage

KallieKY's Assemblage

KallieKY’s assemblage is knit in Inca Gold.  The pattern calls for Pure Merino dk , but as you can clearly see Inca Gold works very well. Here’s the link to our original photo. 

TrafficKnitters cabled coat

TrafficKnitter's cabled coat

This pattern is in the Fall 2007 edition of Vogue Knitting. Traffic Knitter whipped up the Pure Merino pieces very quickly and suffered angst about sewing it together perfectly.  She’s posted a great side view on her blog and described her sewing solution.

gauges linear

gauge's linear

Gauge let her creative instincts free with her interpretation of Linear from NGV3. In her hands a more austere monochromatic Inca Gold cardigan is infused with steampunk prettiness.

cadburyskeepers chantal

cadburyskeeper's chantal

Cadburyskeeper expressed the wish that she had taken a better photo of her Chantal, but I love the boldness of  the red cardigan against the black and white curtain and the odd feeling that she is taking a photo of us as we gaze on.  Oh, and  yes, she’s used the yarns called for Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light (which come dyed to match).

meegiemoos alpine

meegiemoo's alpine

I think that meegiemoo’s Alpine suits her perfectly.  Here’s the link to the  free pattern . Check out her blog to see  “The Cutest Shoes in the World”, completing the the look (scroll down). For more pictures of Alpine knit in Cuzcoclick here.

More ravelers’ sweaters in my previous post.

Thanks for all the great Knitting!

Norah

tuck

More excess –  this time in the form of knit-in tucks.

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Don’t you love that Eleanor can knit too?  We chose a different photo for the book – one  that focuses more on the vest, but I am still enamored of this shot. Adina Klein helped us out with the styling for this story  – that’s the Pure MerinoCapecho” she was knitting for her step mom, lent to Eleanor for the moment.

I can tell you more about the cool new yarn it’s knit in when I can link it all to the Berroco site.  

Norah

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