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Norah’s Knits: Knitting for Great Grandma

Occasionally, we receive a letter asking why we don’t design more for woman of a certain age , implying (or just coming out and saying) that our patterns are only for the young.  The letter might mention an age of 55 or 60. This question always makes me think of Mom.  She’s 80 something and looks great in quite a few Berroco designs. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Vintage Tops

I love browsing the recently finished projects in our Berroco Lovers forum.  It’s fun to see which patterns others are making, but it’s also really interesting for me to see which yarns people favor for certain kinds of projects. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Avi by Eileen Vito

Eileen Vito’s first knitting project went to the dogs.  I mean that literally, of course. She knit sweaters for her two dogs.  Unfortunately, both dogs gained weight and the sweaters got too tight.  Eileen says she’s pretty sure this is just a coincidence and not a reflection of their feelings about her knitting!  Either way, she was hooked on her new hobby.  As she puts it, “Once I started, there was no looking back.” Read more

Holiday Patterns: Valentine’s Day

I love holidays and any reason to knit or crochet.  You might not think there would be much to make for smaller celebrations like Valentine’s Day, but I found quite a few patterns on Ravelry.

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Monsters for Hope by bonniejacobs

Raveler bonniejacobs is as generous as she is talented.  She’s been crocheting for as long as she can remember, but she only picked up knitting (or at least, it finally stuck) a few years ago.  Shortly after, she turned her new hobby into a beautiful charity effort to help bring smiles to the faces of homeless children. Read more

Norah’s Knits: Variations on a Theme, Cable Knit Cardigans

I love designing with cables and designing new stitches. Sometimes the “invention” of a new knit cable is little more than a simple recombination of long loved stitches. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Maxim Sweater by XXKnitWhispererXX

Booklet #303 Berroco Remix is full of classic patterns for the entire family.  If you’re looking for a great knit for kids, you’ll love the textured sweater, Maxim.

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Damask Purse by Hurdler788

We love when you make our patterns and show off the results on Ravelry.  But why stop there? We want to share your recent projects on our blog, too!  This is the first installment of our Knitter’s Spotlight – a weekly look at what you’ve made and the story behind your process.

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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

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