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
Posts tagged ‘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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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 Cuzco – click here.
Thanks for all the great Knitting!
More excess – this time in the form of knit-in tucks.
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 Merino “Capecho” 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.
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.
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.
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.