beet it

I just can’t hold back any longer. I have to start showing some things from Spring ’08. Knitbits and the Berroco web site will be rolling out the new season in a few short weeks, but I simply can’t wait.
 
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I love this thing! Stuck in our toddler book, I fear it will get over looked. Knitting this was so much fun – making this length of yarn turn into a beet with luscious beet greens and all. I am so “there” with the fast growing (whoops, no pun was intended, but…) trend of knitting and crocheting food. Sure, it’s a bit silly. Sure, it’s totally impractical. Sure, we said it was a children’s toy, but I made it to amuse ME. Look for the dk weight of Berroco Comfort in stores soon. (That’s what the beet is knit in). As a matter of fact, we started shipping it today. Now, I need to get busy on some more vegetables.  I am determined to conquer the romanesco cauliflower.  It’s soooo cool. Maybe a carrot first though.

39 Comments

  1. *Love it!* My grandson likes to play grocery with his little toy shopping cart. Now I can knit him some “wholesome” food to enrich his consumer play. Keep designing – I can’t wait to knit these veggies.

  2. This is incredible! Those leaves are really wonderful! It’s beyond amusing, really.

    I can hear it now……….. so Norah, what are you working on? A beet. A beet. Really. Like Beat it? No, a beet. Beats me? It could go on forever!🙂

    Can’t wait to see the garden grow!

  3. I love it! I agree with everyone, I can’t wait to see the rest of the garden. I can see so many applications for this too. Thank you for your wonderful imagination!

  4. Who wouldn’t go to the Shrute Beet Farm B&B!! Your pattern is such an awesome tie-in!!! But the workmanship and patterning is fabulous!

  5. Good morning, Norah,

    What fun to find this blog and your wonderful beet right at the top! You must’ve seen Jan Messant’s great books, Knitted Garden, Knitted Farmyard, Knitted Historical Figures…? Those titles are out of my memory banks, so they’re approximate. There are WONDERFUL things to knit when we get “outside the box” (although Arans and Fair Isles never lose their charm). I can’t wait to see your knitted cauliflower – that link is amazing.

    Keep Designing (as if you could help it…).

  6. thanks for that link. I was never more enthralled by cauliflower in my life. perhaps if i read more of that site, i’ll understand a lot more of your book. it’s me, not your writing. (I have an illness type thing that eats at the grey matter, or gray matter, if you prefer. I’d prefer if it left my gray matter just as it was, however, apparently that is not an option. oh, vell.) the part about not understanding science so much anymore that irks me the most, is that i went to a g-d math-sceince high school, yet now i can’t understand science in knitting. oh, the world is a cruel, cruel place. {that’s to be read with a witchy tone, please)

    Love that beet!

  7. I found the blog while browsing through Berroco patterns. I love your previews of the upcoming patterns. Sure it’s impractical, but knitting the beet certainly looks like fun!

  8. I am sensing the birth of a Romanesco cauli-beret…or maybe a Gaultier-esque bikini top? nah….

    Either way, it would be a great vehicle for learning shibori!

  9. A friend just announced she is having a baby. I instantly thought that I needed to make this since she is a chef and he is a photographer. They both could use it.

    Also I can’t wait to work with the Comfort DK. I think it might work for Morrigan from No Sheep for You

  10. I love your knitted beet! A romanesco cauliflower would be awesome! Ooo, what about a stalk of brussles sprouts? Maybe some celery? They ARE fun for adults. But, kids play with fake kitchen/food tools and ingredients all the time, so why not fun knitted toys instead of cheap plastic that may or may not have lead paint? I think the fact that you did greens on your beet is even cooler than if you’d just done a beet by itself. Great job!

  11. I just found your web site. Where is the pattern for the beets. I also would love a pattern for a textured cauliflower.

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the beet! Is there any other way to get this pattern? The ordering process seems a bit complicated. Perhaps Berroco could sell it as a one-off? Overall, a knitting food book sounds like an awesome idea, and who better to do it than you, Norah.

  13. Nancy – We are not really set up to sell, we want you to buy booklets from one of our customers – a shop. You can easily buy the pattern book from your LYS (at such a low price many single patterns are this price) or from an on line vendor.

  14. I LOVE the beet. It’s a work of art and is so much more sophisticated than I ever thought a knitted beet could ever be. Until more vegetables come out, you just can’t beat Norah’s Beet… okay no more punishment from me.

    Seriously, the beet is a thing of beauty and too nice to be slobbered on by a child. This should be reserved for the adults to drool over.

  15. hello norah,
    the romanesco, remember that ball with spikes you offered as a pattern on berocco? well that could be downsized to be one “stem” on which another triangular texture (fractal) is “pattern”ed…
    and knit circularly alltogether, see what i mean?

  16. How can I find the beet? I know its in the toddlerbook? phamplet?. yes, more veggies. it would be a great gift for my PT

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