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Amy’s Thread: Knitters Resolutions

Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you keep them? I'm not really one to make a lot of resolutions for January 1,  but I'd really like to commit 2016 to knitting more of the things I want to wear instead of always only knitting the things I want to design. I have a short… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitters Resolutions

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Amy’s Thread: The Season of Cabled Pullovers

My favorite trend that I'm seeing this fall is big, cozy, cabled pullovers. The kind that knit up double quick in chunky gauges with bold cable patterns, that transition from fall jacket to winter weekend staple. My personal favorite from our current collection is Wicklow from booklet #346 Inca Tweed (from left to right: Diggory, Analogia and a detail from Wicklow)… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: The Season of Cabled Pullovers

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Amy’s Thread: All About Ease

What is ease and how much do you need? Ease is the difference between the finished measurements of the garment and the actual measurements of the body inside that garment. Forster from Norah Gaughan vol. 13 is an example of a sweater worn with very little ease. The pattern is written to fit 30(34-38-42-46-50-54)" but the actual… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: All About Ease

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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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Amy’s Thread: Finished Object!!

As promised I finished my Knik shrug! It was a quick project and very satisfying! I followed the pattern almost to the letter and the only difference between mine and the Berroco sample is that I blocked mine a little more aggressively - literally. I didn't pin it, but I really shook it out and… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Finished Object!!

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Norah’s Knits: What I learned in the Yarn Shop

In March and April I managed to carve out some time to visit a few New England yarn shops. Andra, the area's sales rep, and I traveled with a trunk show of sweaters in a variety of sizes and encouraged knitters to try them all on. It's a fun, party-like atmosphere with sweaters and compliments… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: What I learned in the Yarn Shop

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Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes

When it comes to wearing stripes, people often have strong opinions. I’ve ventured into this territory before and been met with mixed results. Still, I believe in Rayures, the horizontal striped piece I designed in Ultra Alpaca a few years back.  Perhaps it was a bold move to photograph it on a bust size 14… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes

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Norah’s Knits: Modern Lace Knitting

I love the simple, modern, almost stark lace I have been seeing in fashion lately. Simple  and bold openwork patterns not only suit my sensibilities, they are much easier to knit than more ornate lace knitting stitches. Inspired by this trend, I used several different types of knitted lace patterns in Norah Gaughan volume 12.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Modern Lace Knitting