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Norah’s Knits: Aran Sweaters

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

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Norah’s Knits: Handcrafted Christmas Gifts

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

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Norah’s Knits: More Ideas for Kodiak

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

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Norah’s Knits: Fair Isle Style – Win a book!

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!

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Norah’s Knits: Knit & Crochet Afghans

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

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Norah’s Knits: Cable Cardigan Tips and Tricks

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

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What Inspires: Variations on a Theme

Sometimes the best inspiration is one's own past work. I had to get over the feeling that it's cheating, because a good idea is worth further exploration.  It's really exciting for me when I think of different ways to use an idea. I'll explain what I mean with examples. I designed Flower Child (upper left) a few… Continue reading What Inspires: Variations on a Theme

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Norah’s Knits: More Ideas for Marmot

While we concentrated on smaller items in the Marmot booklet, this yarn is so soft and wonderful, I've been finding myself dreaming of knitting a cozy sweater to live in this winter. Cirrus and  Voyage both have gauges similar to Marmot.  Searching through the Berroco pattern library I found these 4 modern basic sweaters that… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: More Ideas for Marmot

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Norah’s Knits: Vacation Knitting Pair Ups

It's time for another pretty photo/knitting pattern pair up.  I had a great time on my vacation in Maine, where I had fun snapping up photos of geology, wild flowers and even a rusty ship wreck. Click on the photos to see these sweaters on our web site. Of course, I did some knitting on… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Vacation Knitting Pair Ups

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Norah’s Knits: Handknit Pillows

The other day, I was  looking at all the beautiful handknit cabled pillows for sale on home decorating sites and yearning to have some in MY  living room.  I started out bemoaning the fact that we haven't really concentrated on home decor at Berroco, when it struck me  – it would be easy to make… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Handknit Pillows