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Amy’s Thread: Slater Mill/Portfolio Vol.1 Salon

Berroco Portfolio vol. 1 is near and dear to my heart – something I dreamed about doing – and getting to finally see the book come to life was the highlight of my first year at Berroco. This coming Sunday (October 25th) we will be hosting a designer salon to celebrate this collection. If you are local to New England, we hope you’ll join us in Pawtucket at the Slater Mill museum for an afternoon of knitting, demonstrations and fun.

Because 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the Ultra Alpaca yarn family, we created a very special collection with the help of some of our favorite independent designers. To photograph this collection, we needed something really special, so we went to the historic Slater Mill, the first successful cotton mill in the United States.


The event will run from 12-4 PM on Sunday, October 25th. The Berroco Design Team will be there with the trunk show of the Portfolio collection, yarns to sample, some light refreshments and more.


From 1-1:30, Alison Green will be running a demonstration on the short row technique used to knit the Mrs. Watson scarf. A short row is a partial row that can be worked to create different shapes within the knitting without increases or decreases.

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From 3-3:30, Emily O’Neil will be teaching a workshop on the garter tab cast on technique – the beginning method for the Nest shawl, as well as many other shawls.


If you have been thinking about casting on one of these projects, bring your yarn and your needles, and we will help get you started. We’ll also have door prizes and some very special guests coming to hang out and knit with us for the afternoon! Thea Colman, Ellen Mason and friends will be there, and copies of the Portfolio book will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

The event is free for all, but we hope you’ll register in advance (you can do so here). For more information about Slater Mill and the Trad Arts Studio programs or for directions, visit

I hope to see you there!

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