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What Inspires: Norah

I first “met” Norah Gaughan in the book Knitting in America: Patterns, Profiles, & Stories of America's Leading Artisans by Melanie Falick. That book came out in 1996, but it was probably around 2001-2002, when the Tweedy Aran Cardigan came out in Interweave Knits, that she inspired me to take my knitting beyond rectangles and into… Continue reading What Inspires: Norah

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What Inspires: Good Music

With the deadline looming for our Fall/Winter 2014 photo shoot, we are all sneaking in knitting whenever we can. To keep up my physical and creative energy - and to keep from going crazy - I've been consuming copious amounts of coffee, tea, chocolate and good music. I can't remember how exactly, but sometime during… Continue reading What Inspires: Good Music

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What Inspires: A New York City Knitting Adventure

I'm always knitting for work, but when it comes to knitting for me, I tend to get into slumps where I don't pick up my needles for a while. I get overwhelmed by all of the projects and ideas that run through my head. Does this happen to you, too? Eventually something changes, though. I… Continue reading What Inspires: A New York City Knitting Adventure

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What Inspires: All the Wonderful People at Knitter’s Review Retreat

My mind is still bursting with excitement from a recent trip Norah and I took to the Knitter's Review Retreat in Canandaigua, New York. The retreat is held once a year and run by a team of amazing women. There was so much to take in from the weekend, I feel I could write a… Continue reading What Inspires: All the Wonderful People at Knitter’s Review Retreat

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What Inspires: Color Apps

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

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What Inspires: Deadlines!

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!

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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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What Inspires: Retro Fashion

I've always loved perusing books about the history of clothing. Even if I've looked through the same book a hundred times, it seems like there's always something new to see.  After all, I'm looking with a different context every time. Popular styles will have evolved from the last time I looked. Different movies are in… Continue reading What Inspires: Retro Fashion

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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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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