Confession – While I was planning Norah Gaughan vol. 13, I thought Dickson was a poncho. From the time I made this wonky little sketch in my notebook, through writing the instructions, and even after the first time I put it on the dress form, I held to the belief that Dickson was a poncho.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Skirting the Issue – Knitted Skirts
Have you ever wished you could capture the scene in front of you and make it into a color palette? I know I've been amazed by fall foliage or enamored by a bouquet and then, regrettably, forgotten all about it. Recently, I've started using two iPhone/iPad apps to help choose and record colorways. It's an… Continue reading What Inspires: Color Apps
Sunday morning, after we've knocked out the NY Times crossword puzzle, my husband and I each dive into our iPads and peruse our Zite feeds the way we used to devour the Sunday paper. Yes, the times, they are a changing, but I'm having fun changing with them. If it weren't for my new habit… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Color of the Week – Marigold
Cable knitting has long been a favorite for me. I like to have enough going on in my knitting that I have to think a bit, but not too much. I also like to see my progress. In cabled patterns, heavily cabled rows are often followed by easy rows. The cable rows egg me on.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Aran Sweaters
Holy cow, it's October! That means I just have time to squeeze in one last serious knitted Christmas present. I've compiled a list of projects that would make good gifts. Later in the season, I'll talk about little last minute gifts on our blog, but this is a list of more serious accomplishments. These two… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Handcrafted Christmas Gifts
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
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!
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!
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
If you've been following our Merle Cardigan KAL, you know that both Ashley and I have been knitting right along with the rest of the Ravelers and we're both looking forward to wearing our FO's. Making a Merle for myself was a great reminder of the all the places along the way that might be… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Cable Cardigan Tips and Tricks