Not me Amy, this Amy*! This isn't going to be at all confusing. I am so excited to introduce the newest member of the Berroco Design Team, Amy Palmer. Amy is joining Berroco as the new Media Director. This is not her first appearance on the Berroco blog, I featured her Daqin pullover here and… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Welcome Amy!
The North Eastern US is shoveling out from under the first significant snow storm of 2016 but at Berroco we're thinking spring. We have the "Spring" photography in September when things are starting to turn from bright greens toward rusty golds. To escape the turning leaves we shot in Southern Rhode Island where we get… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Spring?
Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge. Last week my free pattern, Hanne, was released in Knitbits. Hanne is a pair of Scandi style colorwork mittens. I used two colors of Berroco's new Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn. This is the same worsted yarn as Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but it's kettle dyed… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters
I've worked at Berroco for nearly two years, but I only just recently learned how our color cards are made. Twice a year, we fire up a special machine in the warehouse that produces cards for all of our new yarns and old yarns with new shades. Here are some fun facts about this colorful… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: Color Cards
It's a holiday week in North America...time for fireworks, picnics and parades! Summertime holidays make me think of vacation. Whether you're hitting the road or just getting away to a backyard or a park, this is the time to pack up your knitting (and crochet) and go! A project bag is a necessity - yarn stays clean and… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Have Yarn, Will Travel
Recently, I've been drawn to the color and intensity of Frida Kahlo. As a female artist she is incredibly inspiring. She first began painting during a long and painful recovery from a severe car accident. She would paint in bed, on sketchbooks, her casts and other materials. The majority of her work was self portraits… Continue reading What Inspires: Frida Kahlo de Rivera
It's hard to believe we're already closing in on the final day of photography for our Fall/Winter '14 season. It seems like just the other day, Norah and Emily were discussing themes, picking locations and anxiously awaiting the arrival of finished pieces. Well to be honest, those last two things were still occurring just a… Continue reading On Location: Fall/Winter ’14 Photography
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
This is a very exciting day at Berroco, because we finally get to tell you about the PDF Pattern Program we've been working on for so long! You've asked and asked, and, believe me, we've listened. Now, starting with our Fall/Winter '13 collection, you can buy our individual patterns in a PDF format! How, you ask?… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: How to Buy Our Individual Pattern PDFs
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!