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Norah’s Knits: Crochet Red

Yes, I do knit way more than I crochet, but the craft I learned first - the one that really got me started making up my own designs - is crochet.  So when Laura Zander asked me for a design for her book, Crochet Red, I didn't hesitate. I even whipped up the piece myself, which… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Crochet Red

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Norah’s Knits: Design Classes at Vogue Knitting Live

Will you be attending this weekend's  Vogue Knitting Live? I hope to see you there!  This year I'm concentrating on teaching design. On Saturday, I'll be giving a slide show lecture on pattern stitch development. I'll describe my process of coming up with new pattern stitches and talk about the process involved in designing the final… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Design Classes at Vogue Knitting Live

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Norah’s Knits: What Everyone is Knitting

I'm about to tell you about our most popular patterns this season. Why should that matter? If everyone else was  jumping off a cliff, would you jump too? Which reminds me of this GREAT video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6ZjMWLqJvM Even though I don't like to think of myself as a lemming (in the popular metaphor sort of way),… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: What Everyone is Knitting

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Norah’s Knits: Knit for Yourself!

The rush of the gift-giving season has subsided and the cold of winter is setting in. This is about the time I dream of knitting for myself.  I'm hoping to have more free time to snuggle up on the couch with a cat or two, get an old movie playing and knit. I love that… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knit for Yourself!

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Norah’s Knits: Super Quick Knits, More Ideas for Brio

Compellingly sparkly and oh so quick to knit, Berroco Brio has suddenly become the yarn of the season. We have 5 patterns designed especially for Brio, but I found more hidden treasures in our pattern library, where Brio can be used for a little more variety. Brio knits at 2.25 sts/inch, so it's the same… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Super Quick Knits, More Ideas for Brio

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Norah’s Knits: Easy Fairisle Knits

Don't be afraid of Fair Isle knitting. You can do it!  When my friend Grace taught me how to knit, she really pushed the limits by having me make a Fair Isle hat in 2 colors on a circular size 4 needle.  We were working with what she had around the house. I had a… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Easy Fairisle Knits

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Norah’s Knits: Twists and Turns (or Rectangles Rule!)

It's amazing how a little twist or fold can turn a rectangle into something so much more. The Gazost turban? Just a rectangle.  Emily explained how to make this hat come together in a beautifully illustrated post a few weeks back.  I wanted to bring it up again because this hat is the perfect illustration of… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Twists and Turns (or Rectangles Rule!)

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Norah’s Knits: Easy Baby Patterns

The warmer fall weather held out in New England yesterday, allowing us a fun playground adventure with four of our five grandchildren. They were all looking so adorable in their little hipster hats and handknits gifted by friends and family (but alas, not by me).  All this cuteness reminded be that I really need to… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Easy Baby Patterns

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Norah’s Knits: Skirting the Issue – Knitted Skirts

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

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Norah’s Knits: Color of the Week – Marigold

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