After realizing that she was the only female in her family without a craft, Mindy Dykman asked her high school boyfriend’s mother to teach her how to knit. That was 30 years ago. The relationship ended, but the knitting stuck. Gilraen’s Cowl started - like many of Mindy’s other design ideas - with the question,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Gilraen’s Cowl by Mindy Dykman
Berroco Portfolio Salon: Open House / Trunk Show Berroco is teaming up with Trad Arts Studio @ Slater Mill to host a trunk show and celebration of the Portfolio collection Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT) at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Berroco Portfolio vol.1 celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Berroco Ultra… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: We’re having a party and you are invited!
Last month Martha Wissing released a great pattern, the Rosalie Poncho. Martha's poncho was written for Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Modern Cotton, it is a versatile garment that is adaptable to your climate. The lace boarder detail adds knitterly interest and shows Martha's great talent for subtly feminine, incredibly wearable designs. Full discloser, Martha is a… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Martha Wissing, Designer to Watch
Last week, I got to seam the the squares from our Ultra Alpaca MKAL and finally see our finished blanket. It was so exciting! But before I joined any of the squares we had to agree on a layout. Looking at all the pieces spread out on the ground, there were so many possibilities. When Amy and… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I seam the Ultra Alpaca MKAL blanket?
The final post with the reveal of the layout for our Ultra Alpaca MKAL will be out this week. As thrilled as I am with how this piece turned out, I couldn't resist the temptation to come up with some fun alternate options. Option one uses the pattern as written - 5 squares each of the… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Building Your Ultra Alpaca MKAL Blanket
Do you knit (and/or crochet) in the summer? If you are knitting, do your pattern and yarn choices change for the season? Since the Fall 2015 collection launched at the end of June, it has been thrilling to see what pieces knitters are excited about. Mrs. Watson, by the incredibly talented Martina Behm, has an impressive… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: What’s on Your Needles?
Thea Colman's sweater Rye from the Portfolio Collection is a great transitional sweater. This is one to start knitting now so you'll finish just as the evenings start to get a little cooler but before it's time to pack away the summer dresses for the season. (Dress, shoes, jewelry) How will you wear Rye?
When Megan Sanders gets some “me time,” she puts on a good TV show and picks up her knitting. Despite being a busy mom of two, Megan describes herself as an avid TV viewer – her Ravelry group is called TV Nerd Knits and she names all of her designs after characters from her favorite… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Laurel Hat by Megan Sanders
As I try to write this post I have trouble articulating how much the Quilts of Gee's Bend have inspired me. I was first introduced to the beautiful collection of quilts while studying textile design in college. To this day, I start to get butterflies of excitement when I begin to really look at them. The quilts are a… Continue reading What Inspires: Quilts of Gee’s Bend
There are many ways to alter and change a pattern. These choices are exciting but can also be so overwhelming! Today I wanted to share some ideas for substituting the yarn or altering the size of the Ultra Alpaca Mystery blanket. Without ruining the surprise, I can tell you that the mystery blanket is made up of… Continue reading Emily Explains: Ultra Alpaca MKAL Alternatives