Posts Tagged ‘Berroco’

Ready, Set, Knit #250: Kathy talks with Della Quimby of della Q

Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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Guest: Della Quimby of della Q. If you’re at VKLive this weekend, make sure you stop by and visit with Della. She’s in booth 2402.  Check out the Della Q Cotton Edict Bags as well as all of her needle cases.

Della Q wants to develop the ultimate knitting bag! They want you to tell them what you want in a knitting bag. Visit their Facebook page, like them, and let them know what you’re looking for!

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Free Pattern Thursday: Berroco Macchiato Gloves

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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This week’s free pattern is a great last minute gift! The Macchiato gloves from Berroco are knit in Berroco Voyage and trimmed with Berroco Nanuk.

Berroco Voyage is a beautiful, soft alpaca blend, so it’s nice and toasty. It comes in a great selection of heathered colorways that will brighten to cold months to come. Berroco Nanuk gives a great faux shearling look to the gloves and has a fun, fuzzy texture. Knit on size US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles, this project will go quick. You need just one of each yarn, so the gloves will cost you just under $20 – a great deal for an impressive last minute gift!

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

If you’re crafting for the holidays how is it going? I know I’m a bit behind schedule, but hoping to catch up and get a big push in this weekend!

Enjoy!
Mary

Ready, Set, Knit #227: Kathy Talks to Andra, our Berroco Rep

Saturday, July 16th, 2011
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Guest: Andra, our Berroco rep chats with Kathy about the new fall yarns and patterns.

Andra also chats about what’s she’s seen in area yarn shops she has traveled to. Lots of small projects for vacationers and a building into afghans and sweaters.

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Free Pattern Thursday – Vexillo Blanket from Berroco

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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As you’ve read on the blog, we’ve got a lot of babies happening around here, so we’re all on the lookout for projects. The Vexillo pattern from our friends at Berroco is a great blanket that is worked in Berroco Sox.

The strips are knit separately and then assembled, so this could be a great take along summer project! And, since it is just garter stitch, it’s great for nearly any skill level, and perfect for those days you just want to be doing something with your hands and not thinking too much. Berroco Sox has some great colors available (the one in the picture isn’t available, but there are 21 others to choose from!).

I love that this is knit with sock yarn! It gives you lots of options and creates a great weight of blanket – not too heavy! Check out the link to the pattern here.

Happy Knitting!
Mary

Free Pattern Thursday: Delicata Crocheted Cardigan from Berroco

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
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Today’s free pattern is crocheted from Berroco – Delicata. I love the way they describe it on their site: “Delicata, a soft, lacy cover-up, and pull your summer sundresses out of storage a little ahead of schedule.”

We’ve had more snow recently and we’re all ready to drag out the spring and summer clothes. I keep looking at my favorite skirts and all the cute dresses that are starting to pop up places and dreaming of warmer days.

The great thing about this cardigan is that it’s versatile. It could easily be worn with a long sleeve shirt underneath, or a cute dress as suggested.

Delicata is crocheted with Berroco Vintage DK, which is a great, machine washable blend of acrylic, wool, and nylon. It comes in many great solid and heathered colors. I have used the worsted weight version, and look forward to using this DK weight version soon.

Happy Crocheting,

Mary

 

Free Pattern Thursday – Flickering Ruffle Scarf

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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As you’ve ready, Berroco’s new Flicker yarn is  a big hit here at WEBS and our free pattern this week features the yarn. The Flickering Ruffle Scarf was designed by our Berroco rep Andra Asars.

The generous ruffle is a great way to show off Flicker and the hints of sparkle in it. This yarn is also super soft and lofty, so the ruffle is great for cuddling into when the wind picks up.

It can be worn several ways too, so you have lots of options to keep yourself toasty.

Happy Knitting,

Mary

WIP – Flicker Scarf

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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Back at the beginning of January, I was having a mad love affair with Berroco’s new yarn Flicker.  Flicker is a blend of 87% Baby Alpaca/8% Acrylic/5% Other Fiber (the sparkle).  I was nervous about going to  TNNA and how my yarn ADD might take over and make me forget all about Flicker.  I was tempted, as you’ll see in the coming days – REALLY TEMPTED.  Yet I have stayed true to my Flicker, which pleases me to no end.

Flicker is super soft and because of the acrylic content and its construction, its lofty, light and has a wee bit of stretch or “memory” to it.  I knew I wanted to knit a simple scarf that would be squishy and cozy and warm.  I initially thought of a rib pattern but then took to my stitch pattern books for further inspiration.  I couldn’t shake the ribbing out of my head and finally decided to go with my gut.  I cast on for a 4×4 rib – big and chunky-ish – I knew it would fit my criteria for this project, even if it’s not the most inventive or challenging pattern.  I was so right!  Yay me!  Here’s my progress to date:

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I’ve got about 25″ knit and I’m nearly through my second ball.   The first ball got me 15″ so I’m figuring 4 for this project.  The yarn calls for a #9 needles but because (a) I’m a tight knitter and (b) I wanted as much squish and loft as I could get without having a sleazy fabric, I am up on a #10.5.  I have not question I could have gone to a #11.  Look at my loft and squish:

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I’m using my WEBS Interchangeable Needles and they are a dream with this yarn.  No snagging or anything and the stitches are sliding seamless over the joins.  This yarn is a dream to work with.  For the record, my width is about 6.5″ unblocked and relaxed.

I’m not as far along as I would like to be – story of my knitting & crocheting life isn’t it?  But I am staying true to the scarf until I get to the 45″ mark or 3 hanks knit.  Then as a reward I will allow myself to add another project into the mix.

Had I been smart, I would have opted to make something a bit less time consuming.  The lovely Andra designed the Grey  Quartz Cowl using only 2 skeins of Flicker.

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(Photo courtesy of www.andra-asars.com)

She’s a faster knitter than I to boot.  Oh well, I am going to love my scarf and it’s all mine.  Of course, given the freezing cold, snowy weather we’re having, I am guaranteed an early spring if I get this project finished by March 1st :)

Next update at the 45″ mark!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Free Pattern Thursday

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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Today’s free pattern is from Berroco. Aidez is a fantastic, cozy cardigan.

Knit in Berroco Peruvia Quick, this project will fly, even with the addition of the cables. Peruvia quick is a bulky 100% Peruvian Highland wool that is soft and lofty.

I love the cable on the back and on the sleeves. I’m thinking about making Aidez for myself because it looks so cozy and I know that winter is just around the corner! I just have to decide which of the beautiful heathered colors is calling to me.

Happy Knitting!

Mary

Odds & Ends

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
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Just a few things to share today.  This is been a crazy week at WEBS – both yarn and beads!

1.  I came across this great “yarn bombing” on Craftzine.com:

The photo was taken in Rome by Flickr user Start The Day.  It is just so cool and I love that it’s crochet!  No more tea cozies – it’s a car cozy!  This smart car looks adorable.  I don’t think my SUV would look nearly as darling and think about how much yarn I’d need!

2.  We recorded this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit and our guest is our lovely Berroco rep Andra.  She did a training session this morning for the staff.  The best part is getting to see many of the garments in person and to try them on.  While at the shop she picked buttons for a darling sweater she knit using Remix:

It’s on the cover of the dedicated Remix pattern book #303:

Andra owns her individuality with a fierceness I just love.  Here’s her “stamp” on this sweater:

I only wish my boys were small enough to wear it!  The buttons are from JHB for anyone who is interested.

3.  We’ve added a great selection of large-hole beads to the bead site.  These will fit perfectly on those cool bracelets that everyone is sporting these days and they are MUCH more affordable – only $6.99 each!  Be sure to check them out!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Berroco Event This Thursday

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
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On Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm we will be hosting a fabulous event with our friends from Berroco!  Designer Cirilia Rose (and former WEBS associate) will be on hand, as will our fave rep Andra, to present the new Fall 2010 yarns and designs.  Come and learn about the gorgeous new yarns and see many of the new designs in person!

This is an informal event with the opportunity to ask lots of questions, try on garments and get the behind-the-scenes-scoop on how a yarn and garment collection come to life!

If you haven’t already registered for this FREE event, please do so on-line, by calling Customer Service or by stopping in the store.  You know how we feel about having enough food and chairs!

Kathy