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!
Posts tagged ‘Norah Gaughan’
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.
This week’s KnitBits, due out on Friday, is the second in a series of themed entries called the Recession Collection. Last week’s issue was a collection of 50 projects you can knit for under 50 dollars–a LOT less than 50 dollars in most cases.
The theme of this week’s issue is staycations–the sort of holiday you take when you can’t afford to jump on a plane headed for luxurious locales. Our feeling is that knitters know how to make the best out of a weekend on a couch. You can read our “travelogues” below but you’ll have to look for KnitBits #267 to see what Norah and Margery whipped up over the weekend.
Favorite escapist movie:
N: Much Ado about Nothing with Kenneth Brannagh. I laughed, I cried, ……I sang!
M: Off the top of my head, month by month: Bell Book & Candle in December, Giant in January, All About Eve in February, Rebel Without a Cause in March, Vertigo in April, Splendor in the Grass in May, Rear Window in June, Dirty Dancing in July, A Walk on the Moon in August, Breakfast at Tiffany’s in September, The Body Snatchers in October, La Strada in November.
C: Right now, Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.”
Favorite libation or wintery beverage:
N: Hot cocoa with a star anise pod thrown in.
M: Just a nice glass of Chianti.
C: Pumpkin beer–bottled dessert!
A guilty pleasure snack or comfort food recipe:
N: Chocolate and honey toasted on good bread.
M: Tarmasalata (Greek caviar spread) on a tuscan cracker.
C: Grilled cheese made with Cotswold cheddar–a double Gloucester cheese with chives.
Who or what surrounds you on the couch?
N: Lena and Jake, some tapestry needles (fallen behind the cushions) and big comfy pillows.
M: Memories of my dear cat Fred.
C: A laptop playing episodes of the British comedy “Peep Show.”
How do you unwind and shut out the world at the end of the work week?
N: I like to plant myself on the couch and watch long marathons of TV – like the Gilmore Girls or Project Runway.
M: We take Max, Olivia and Noah [Ed: Margery's son, daughter-in-law and beloved grandson] to our favorite Indian restaurant and we have a Bombay Sapphire Martini while Noah drinks a mango lassi and we all munch on pappadam. MMMMM!
C: Yoga and some difficult cooking–at least two hours in the kitchen! Last weekend it was matzo ball soup and the weekend before that was bourbon bread pudding. Okay, now my stomach is growling…
What does the knitting glitterati do behind close doors when they’re knitting for themselves and themselves alone?
N: When I’m really fried – garter stitch.
M: My new love is my sewing machine, so that is were I go to update my wardrobe. When it is yarn I am craving in my hands, I crochet and felt, hats, bags and other vessels.
C: Like Margery, I’ve been ‘cheating’ on my needles…I spin or weave! It’s a good way to get a little instant fiber gratification without having to think about shaping or fit or gauge…as long as I’m touching yarn, I’m happy! And like Norah, I always love garter stitch.
I hope you’ll join us–answer any of the questions you like, either in the comments or at your blog.