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Norah’s Knits: A Walk in the Woods for Inspiration

I spent most of last weekend knitting, knitting and knitting until I couldn’t knit any more.  I was compelled to knit just one more piece for my next volume (that’s Norah Gaughan vol 13). Next week is the big photo shoot, and all of my knitters were busy with other items for our Fall/Winter booklets. Besides, I really wanted to knit this one.   Read more

What to Knit: Ashley

If you’re like me, you may have noticed the oversized sweater trend and thought, “I could never pull that off.” Unfortunately, I sometimes “think” out loud. Norah overheard and was determined to prove me wrong.

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Get to Know Berroco: Norah Gaughan

What I’m about to say may shock you. Before I started here at Berroco, I didn’t know much about Norah. Sure, I had heard her name and even queued a few of her designs on Ravelry, but I was mostly a crocheter and I didn’t pay much attention to those kinds of things. Looking back now, I’m grateful for my knitting industry ignorance. I would have been way too nervous starting a new job with “THE NORAH GAUGHAN” as my boss!

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Vogue Knitting Live

January is a crazy time for the Berroco Design Team.  From holidays to trade shows to the unveiling of our new yarns and designs for spring, there isn’t much downtime.  It’s hectic, but it’s also a lot of fun.

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Fall 2012 Favorite Knits

While we’re proud of all our new patterns, it’s always fun to see which knits are the favorites among our fans.  That’s part of the reason we love having a Berroco trunk show at the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI.  It’s a rare opportunity for the local knitting community to try on samples and chat with our design team – and it’s a lot of fun!

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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

When ice comes to New England

icy tree in Peterborough  Icy tree in Peterborough, NH

 

The ice storm in New England missed Berroco altogether, but affected my home town of Peterborough NH quite significantly.  This reinforced several things I already knew:

1 – Headlamps are an essential knitting tool. …and it’s such a great look for me ;)

2 – Layers of knits are lovely when there is no source of heat in the house.

Norah knits by headlamp - photo, John Ranta

Norah knits by headlamp - photo, John Ranta

 

What to do but knit?
What to do but knit?

Kingscot

Hey! Have you seen the new issue of Twist Collective?  I’m so happy to have my cardigan, Kingscot, included in this gorgeous, innovative, on-line magazine. Don’t be afraid of all those bobbles. I did them all without turning. I guess I’d call them “i-cord” bobbles.

Kingscot from winter 08 twist collective. Photo © Caroline Bergeron

Kingscot – photo © Caroline Bergeron

Be sure to check out Eloise Narrigan’s charming illustrations in the same issue! I met Eloise last summer and fell in love with her work on the spot.

Norah

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