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Amy’s Thread: Which comes first the yarn or the pattern?

Whether I’m designing or knitting for fun, my knitting choices tend to start with the yarn. I fall in love with the yarn first and the pattern follows. I find tweedy yarns irresistible and, this week, I’ve been hunting for the perfect pattern for a sweater's worth of Berroco Remix in the shade “Night Fall”… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Which comes first the yarn or the pattern?

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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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On Location: Fall/Winter ’14 Photography

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

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Get to Know Berroco: Our New Design Director

If you couldn't tell from the title of this post (or the picture), I have some HUGE news to share! Next month, the oh-so-talented Amy Christoffers will be joining our team as the new Design Director! Whew...so glad I don't have to keep that secret anymore! As many of you know, Amy has designed dozens… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: Our New Design Director

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Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Udina KAL

If you haven't heard, our latest knit-along started this week featuring our new free pattern, Udina. This beautiful sweater - designed by the one and only Norah Gaughan - features an interesting new cable pattern that  requires two cable needles for one of the stitches. Luckily, it only sounds hard! Watch Emily's How-To Video: Typically, we… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Udina KAL

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Norah’s Knits: Women Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

Many of you have noticed that I make it a point to photograph sweaters from my booklets on a variety of body types. This gets a bit tricky since the majority of professional models are a size 4 and 5'10".  Things have started to come around though and most modeling agencies now have plus size… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Women Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

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Norah’s Knits: Design Classes at Vogue Knitting Live

Will you be attending this weekend's  Vogue Knitting Live? I hope to see you there!  This year I'm concentrating on teaching design. On Saturday, I'll be giving a slide show lecture on pattern stitch development. I'll describe my process of coming up with new pattern stitches and talk about the process involved in designing the final… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Design Classes at Vogue Knitting Live

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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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Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

I've shared a lot of information about Berroco since our "Get to Know" series started last year. Have you been paying attention? Share what you've learned by participating in our Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt! Anyone who answers all of the questions correctly will be entered in our giveaway.* The winner will receive both… Continue reading Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

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What to Knit: Cambria

The first thing I noticed about Cambria was her height. Of course, it didn't help that she was standing next to Norah! Cambria had warned us about her 6 ft frame before agreeing to be our What to Knit model, but we were up to the challenge and confident that a number of our new… Continue reading What to Knit: Cambria