A few weeks ago, I looked at Berroco Ultra Alpaca; this week we’re taking a look at it’s baby sibling, Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Fine. This fingering weight yarn is used in the Teeter Totter shawl (did you see the post with alternate colorways?) from Berroco Portfolio Volume 2, as well as in two patterns from Berroco Portfolio Volume 1 (and many more)!
Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived, and we have a winner in the Berroco Portfolio Volume 2 KAL! Thank you everyone who voted—we had more than 1,300 responses! Five projects received more than 100 votes, and two of those had more than 200 votes—in fact, the top two projects were very, very close in the end. Read more
We’re so happy to include knitwear designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre in Berroco Portfolio Vol 2! These two are no strangers to working together—they’ve previously published New England Knits and Weekend Hats, both with Interweave/F+W Media. Their third book, Weekend Wraps, is scheduled to hit shelves on August 2. Weekend Wraps is a collection of 18 knitting patterns for cowls, scarves, shawls, shrugs, and even a super cute poncho in Berroco Peruvia Quick. This collection features work by 15 designers, including the North Star Cardigan, designed by yours truly.
As much as I love writing about Berroco yarns, I love hearing other people talk about the yarns even more. Ellen from Crazy For Ewe in Leonardtown, Maryland, wrote about her experience with a Berroco Cotolana™ trunk show and kindly shared her text and images with us. I’m going to quickly talk about the yarn and show a swatch, and then Ellen’s going to take it away! Read more
The Teeter Totter Shawl from Berroco Portfolio Vol 2 is a great crescent-shaped shawl worked in five colors of Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Fine. The shawl does use just a little bit of intarsia to join colors at points along the mid-section of the shawl, but it’s really easy intarsia knitting—you’re only working with two colors in a row. The problem, as with many colorwork knitting projects, is choosing which colors you’re using. Read more
I was recently the recipient of an incredible gift: a hand knit sweater made by my dear friend Ellen Mason, a version of her Banner Pullover from Portfolio Vol. 1. I don’t think anyone appreciates a hand knit as much as another knitter, and this gift brought tears to my eyes. Fortunately we had a break from all the beautiful summer weather we’ve been having over the weekend and I got to wear my new sweater!
Last week, we talked a bit about Berroco Vintage®, and I mentioned that it can be interchanged with Berroco Ultra® Alpaca, making these two a perfect pairing for our Portfolio Volume 2 collection. This week, I’m diving into Berroco Ultra Alpaca. BUT FIRST! Read more