During college I worked part-time at a yarn shop. One day a customer came in clutching a big black trash bag, which was kind of unusual. As I approached her, she opened the bag to reveal the most gigantic hank of yarn I have ever seen in my life. This thing was monstrous - it… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What if I find a knot in my yarn?
Am I crazy? It is so very cold and snowy outside today in New England. Why would I want to start thinking about summer knits? Five reasons come to mind: Presents Quite a few folks on my gift list have summer birthdays, AND John and I are looking forward to three new grandchildren this summer.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Summer Knitting
I’ve used Berroco Comfort to make a lot of winter accessories. Most recently, I crocheted a hat for my nephew and knit a pair of fingerless gloves for myself. It seems only natural that a scarf would be next on my Comfort “knit list.” As I was looking for patterns on Ravelry, I noticed that… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Comfort Scarves
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… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: Norah Gaughan
When I was a teenager, I decided to teach a learn-to-knit class for kids at one of the yarn shops in my hometown. One of the girls seemed to catch on especially fast, so I let her do her thing and spent more time helping another student get started. When I looked up again, the… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What do I do with an extra stitch?
When I first learned how to knit I was pretty frustrated when it came to sewing a sweater together. A fairly accomplished seamstress, I assumed that I should put the right sides of my pieces together and sew with the wrong sides facing me, like you would when sewing a blouse. Being a bit of… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knitting in the Round
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,… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Avi by Eileen Vito
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. Since tomorrow's the big day, I thought I'd share a couple of quick knits and a really cute crochet decoration.… Continue reading Holiday Patterns: Valentine’s Day
As a beginner knitter, I found slipped stitches (or slip stitches, as they’re also written) to be some of the most vague directions when following a pattern (the photo on the left shows off the beautiful stitch texture of Tracery from NGV12, which combines slipped stitches with lace). It seemed like an easy concept - just transfer the next… Continue reading Ask Amanda: How do I slip a stitch?
While we were in California for the trade show last week Amanda, Ashley and I took the time to visit The Aquarium of the Pacific. We needed the break after our long flight , before we got started with the hard work of setting up the booth. Turns out though, that we just can't stopping… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Aquarium of the Pacific – Future sweaters?