Knitting with Berroco Kodiak is so much fun! It's soft and light and the pieces knit up quickly. Booklet #337 has a variety of items to choose from and there are three more designs in my vol 13! Looking for even more patterns? I've shared some suggestions below. Kodiak is a good substitute for all of these yarns,… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: More Ideas for Kodiak
If there are two things Kathy Ticho knows, it’s coffee & yarn. In fact, she owns a combined yarn shop and coffee house called Knitche, which caters to knitters, crocheters and spinners in the Chicago area, who also enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea. So it's no surprise that her most recent design combines both… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Coffee & Yarn Hat by Kathy Ticho
After a busy summer, and before an even busier fall, Barrison joined me for a long weekend in Southern California. The weather was perfect and Barrison was beach ready! She knit an adorable pink bikini on the plane using Berroco Weekend. Then she added an orange flower with some scrap Berroco Weekend Chunky that I… Continue reading Barrison’s Travels: SoCal Summer Vacation
I adore the fall...the cool air settling in...freshly sharpened pencils...mornings with tea and a good book... and, most importantly, the big fat fall fashion issues that are delivered to me! They're full of beautiful photography, clothes and works of art that inspire us throughout the season. Sometimes it takes an effort to read and not knit,… Continue reading Emily Explains: Some Fun Knitting Facts
I was very excited when I received my copy of Mary Jane Mucklestone's new book, Fair Isle Style. An admired colleague and personal friend, Mary Jane is our secret weapon when it come to photo shoots. She's been our stylist for the last few years, choosing the clothes and jewelry to best show off our knitwear. Her consummate eye and… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Fair Isle Style – Win a book!
As I near the end of my very first cable-knitting project, I’m not sure why I waited so long to give this technique a try. I guess I thought something so pretty would be more complicated! If you’re new to cables, too, or just looking for a beautiful project, Angela Dickson’s Braid Station is a… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Braid Station by Angela Dickson
While I like to dream of designing in calm and peace at my own pace, the truth is that deadlines can do wonders for productivity. I thought I had gotten a good jump start on designing my Spring '14 booklet (vol 14). Ten or eleven weeks ago, I had over twenty sketches of ideas and variations… Continue reading What Inspires: Deadlines!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of playful embellishments. I'm tempted to add fringe to everything! Needless to say, I loved the colorful pom pom that's sewn to the top of last week’s free pattern, Rist. I have been curious about making a color blocked pom pom and this design gave me the… Continue reading Emily Explains: How to Make a Color Blocked Pom Pom
While I'm not ready for the summer to be over, I have to admit I'm enjoying the cool crisp nights in New England this week. The thought of having an afghan in progress draped across my lap is suddenly appealing. I just have to decide which one to knit or crochet. This one? Meant to… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knit & Crochet Afghans
Mary Triplett’s latest design was something of a personal challenge. She often sews teddy bears for people, but this time she wanted to see if she could knit a teddy bear on a blanket using a variety of stitches. “I even had to invent some new stitches because I couldn't find a stitch that worked… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Baby’s First BFF by Mary Triplett