You may have heard that Berroco, purveyor of all yarns shiny and glitzy, added Norah Gaughan to its design team. This doesn't seem like an obvious choice, since Norah Gaughan's designs tend to be big on texture and cables, while Berroco's tend to be big on novelty yarns, metallics and eyelash.
This spring, Berroco introduced Ultra Alpaca, which is a blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool, in 50 (yes, fifty!) shades, with good-sized hanks of 215 yds/100g. It knits at 5 stitches to the inch and Berroco promises good stitch definition. Note the "White Collection," a set of seven patterns in Ultra Alpaca that are most un-Berroco-like. No smarmy short-haired model is involved, and the patterns have lots of cables, eyelets and other stitch patterns. Here's a vest and scarf combo:
Now Berroco's going to have to do quite a bit to win me over. Any yarn company that expects its customers to create this
or is willing to do this
to an innocent child is on my permanent shit list.
But it is an interesting twist in a fluffy, furry, otherwise unremarkable line of yarns and designs. Does this signal an industry trend away from easy, and chunky, and over the top, to more organic, real yarns and more technically interesting styles?
Probably not, but a gal can dream, can't she?