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Norah’s Knits: Pattern Search Tips

I love change, it’s exciting and stimulating - energizing, even....BUT sometimes when you are used to doing something a particular way, especially when it comes to computers, something new can slow you down. I’m thinking about the pattern search on our new (well, 6 month old) website. It is SO great to see all of… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Pattern Search Tips

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What Inspires: Runway Fashions

While we are not slaves to fashion, the Berroco Design team likes to be in touch with what's happening on the runway – to see new silhouettes, proportions and details, like necklines. I've taken some screen shots on two of my favorite fashion sites to illustrate what kinds of ideas we are looking at and… Continue reading What Inspires: Runway Fashions

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Norah’s Knits: Knitting Patterns for Beginners

A friend of mine recently asked me to teach her how to knit. This got me thinking about when I was a beginner knitter. What seemed difficult? Which techniques were confusing?  The thing I remember the most clearly is that I could overcome almost any obstacle if I was knitting a piece I really wanted… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knitting Patterns for Beginners

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Norah’s Knits: What I learned in the Yarn Shop

In March and April I managed to carve out some time to visit a few New England yarn shops. Andra, the area's sales rep, and I traveled with a trunk show of sweaters in a variety of sizes and encouraged knitters to try them all on. It's a fun, party-like atmosphere with sweaters and compliments… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: What I learned in the Yarn Shop

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Norah’s Knit’s: Summer Accessories

In celebration of a long awaited, and now much enjoyed Spring I've put together a little photo essay combining snippets of what's happening in my New Hampshire yard co-ordinated with Some spring /summer  accessories from our collections. Click on the image for pattern name and more info.  Five of these nature photos were taken on… Continue reading Norah’s Knit’s: Summer Accessories

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What inspires: Shapes from Nature – Hexagons

It feels like ages since I wrote Knitting Nature, but the process of writing it left an indelible influence on my work. Spirals, fractals and other shapes in nature provided great fodder for designs in my book and still rattle around in my head, but it’s polygons, especially hexagons, that have become a permanent part… Continue reading What inspires: Shapes from Nature – Hexagons

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Norah’s Knits: A Case for Muddy Colors

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been stumped by this simple question – “What is your favorite color?  My favorite color for what? Do you mean my favorite color to wear, or my favorite room color, my favorite color from nature, favorite accent color, favorite car color? I can’t even tell you my favorite… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: A Case for Muddy Colors

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Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes

When it comes to wearing stripes, people often have strong opinions. I’ve ventured into this territory before and been met with mixed results. Still, I believe in Rayures, the horizontal striped piece I designed in Ultra Alpaca a few years back.  Perhaps it was a bold move to photograph it on a bust size 14… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes

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Norah’s Knits: Modern Lace Knitting

I love the simple, modern, almost stark lace I have been seeing in fashion lately. Simple  and bold openwork patterns not only suit my sensibilities, they are much easier to knit than more ornate lace knitting stitches. Inspired by this trend, I used several different types of knitted lace patterns in Norah Gaughan volume 12.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Modern Lace Knitting