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Amy’s Thread: What’s On the Needles

New England has taken a turn into fall weather - in the last week we went from beach weather to beautifully moody gray skies and brisk morning temperatures - sweater knitting season is here! In my last post, I mentioned that I'm playing along with the Fringe and Friends Amanda Knit-Along. This is really a cardigan knit-along so… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: What’s On the Needles

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Amy’s Thread: Knitter Style – Sislana

Finished projects from Berroco's Fall/Winter '14 collection are popping up on Ravelry - and I am super excited to see this amazing Sislana from Norah Gaughan vol. 15 in Berroco Elements knit by Amy (threadpanda on Ravelry). Sislana is one of my favorite patterns from Norah's most recent collection; it has a little of everything. It's knit… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitter Style – Sislana

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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: 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: 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

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Norah’s Knits: Books about Knitting

I have a lot of books. I can’t seem to resist buying these packages filled with possibilities. Craft, interior design books and knitting books are special temptations. If a book has any possibility of being useful to my design process, it’s even harder to resist. My work library ranges from books on indigenous crafts, origami,… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Books about Knitting