Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just Give In

I'm a fan girl and I don't care who knows it:



This is the latest offering from the Brooklyn Tweed collective - Wool People 7.

Honestly, I can't tell you how aspirational I find this brand. How I wish I were a minimalist knit design, former architect with roots in Brooklyn who lives off the grid in New Hampshire, but it doesn't matter because all of my sweaters are insanely warm and also chic so who needs central heat? (Yeah, I know off-the-grid peeps have heat but go with it, ok?)

These people make knitting cool. So cool.

So, today's question: Which is your fave new pattern? (I'm going with Coda, though it happens to be designed by that same woman who designed the polka dot shawl I loathed making. Mind you, it wasn't a bad pattern and the finished object is rather impressive...)

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  1. I know, right? And it's been really great following Jared's progress from his blog, many years ago, to the development of this brilliant resource that is the Brooklyn Tweed collective, its yarns, patterns, etc. Now I'm off to peruse the new collection -- temptation!

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    1. I know you feel maternal towards him, and who can blame you? If my kid turns out to be a creative tour-de-force with an awesome vocation, I will be thrilled to bits! Myself, I kind of find him sexy...

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  2. Oh yeah. Coda. And Ivar. And Yane.

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    1. I have to look again. My circuits were blown this morning and I couldn't take it all in...

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  3. Coda is my favorite too, but that construction is funky. I have to do A LOT of work to get traditional raglan knits to fit me, so this one would probably be a nightmare for me to alter right at that raglan - cable detail. But so pretty.

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    1. I didn't pay attention to construction - I was just looking at the pretty pictures! You are most definitely correct - and I don't mess around with Brooklyn Tweed patterns when they say they're hard.

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  4. You're not helping... I'm supposed to be narrowing down my projects and packing up my yarn in preparation for selling the house. But now I want the Pente. And the Arvid. And the Vector. Though I wonder if it counts if I pack up all my existing yarn and buy new yarn for the 3 of them...

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    1. I'm sorry, my role here is as "enabler" not "clear-thinking person" :-)

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  5. I've been swooning over the look book. It's not like I already have a bajillionty projects on the go already! ;-)

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    1. But it's so easy to order the patterns online! And not expensive! And not hard to store them!

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    2. Argh! Evil Enabler! I really need to learn to knit with my toes.

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    3. I'm ok with toe knitting - it's very efficient I imagine! Just make sure to post a tutorial when you've got it down :-)

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  6. LOVE the lookbook. Also do not knit. Terrible conundrum.

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  7. Turns out I had yarn that gets the same gauge as the BT Loft, so now I've started a Vector. I hope you're proud of yourself... :)

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    1. I thought you would be...
      BTW, if anyone is looking for a slightly less expensive alternative to the Loft, it seems like Geilsk Tyne Uld is very similar (loosely twisted 2 ply fingering weight). And the colours are nice - they look a little monochrome online, but have subtle tonal variations IRL.

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    2. Oooh, thanks for this tip. The BT can be quite pricey for sweaters (and you have to factor in shipping). Plus, it's a very "rustic" yarn in its woolen spin. I think sometimes people are surprised when they spend 100 bucks for some yarn that they weren't imagining. Of course, I bought the BT swatch card which gives some idea of what one's getting into. Off to look up the Geilsk...

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  8. I have many favorites in this issue, but the number one is Devlan (7), it is really a great issue!

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    1. It's a great project! And so easy to purchase :-)

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  9. Oh how I love Brooklyn Tweed. Too many are too warm for me now. Coda, Halligarth. I love Olga's designs, they are interesting and usually prove to be worth the effort. That said, Coda would be difficult for me to fit. I might try it anyway, never having been one to turn down a challenge.

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    1. You should take on that challenge M!

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