Last week the Design Team was on location again photographing the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Shooting "Fall" in Spring can be a challenge but this year the weather obliged us with a late season Nor'easter that quickly melted away over the course of a single day. Chris Vaccaro, our photographer for this shoot, found us this… Continue reading A week on Instagram
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?
It might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner... at least in the knitting world! We'll be launching Berroco's new collection for Spring/Summer '16 in less than two weeks. What you can expect? In addition to three gorgeous new yarns, there seven inspiring new pattern booklets. You can get a taste of… Continue reading Sneak Peek: Spring/Summer ’16 Atmosphere
With the holidays fast approaching, time is of the essence. One trick for saving time while working anything with cables is to work the project without a cable needle. This works on narrow cables wonderfully. You'll rarely use a cable needle again! For right leaning cables (where you would normally slip the first sts onto a cable needle and… Continue reading Emily Explains: Cabling Without A Cable Needle
When I first learned how to knit I was given a set of pink size 11 metal needles and a skein of hot pink yarn - a bulky wool and mohair blend. The needles felt long and a little awkward in my hands but I eventually got the hang of it and began knitting away. For… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I choose the right needles for my yarn?
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?
This week my mind has turned to jello, flooded with ideas and designs for spring 2016. One technique I keep coming back for shawls is the sewn bind-off. I am in love with the result of a sewn bind off finishing. It is so simple and easy! It creates a finish that is not too loose and… Continue reading Emily Explains: Patterns With a Sewn Bind Off
Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog day, the day when according to some a Groundhog (AKA Woodchuck... AKA Marmots) will wake up from hibernation, look out of his hole and predict the length of winter. According to the contributors to Wikipedia, rodents are accurate predictors of the weather 39% of the time. Which is not an impressive… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Marmot Day
This week we were sent a copy of the new book, Pick Your Stitch: Build A Blanket by Doreen Marquart (Martingale Press, 2015) to review and giveaway - better yet we're throwing in the Berroco Vintage Chunky yarn to knit the "Forked Blanket" project from the book. The book is well laid out with written instructions and… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Forked Blanket Giveaway
Choosing a bind off technique for your knitting project can be a difficult decision. There are so many options! I'm almost done knitting a shrug in Berroco Maya, and after the countless hours of work I've put into it, I need a bind off that is both flexible and elastic. A sewn bind off, also known as Elizabeth Zimmerman's… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Sewn Bind Off