Review: Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2017

You know it’s fall when the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2017 Collection launches! It’s officially knitting season, everyone.  The Fall 2017 Collection contains 12 new patterns, focusing on cables with a side order of colourwork.  There are four pullovers, three cardigans,  two hats, one shawl, one scarf, and one vest. If you are looking for cozy knits with boatloads of cables and texture, and maybe some colourwork that falls on the easier side of the spectrum, then you will want to take a closer look at these patterns.

Out of the 12 patterns, this pattern review will focus on my favourite five. If there is a different one you’d like more info on, let me know in the comments and I can respond to your questions there. And if you’d like to look at the patterns on Ravelry, the link is here.

Fieldstone, by Norah Gaughan

Fieldstone is a DK weight crew neck pullover worked flat from the bottom up. With waist shaping and beautifully travelling cables, this sweater has a lot of visual interest and definitely keeps the eye moving.  Cables are fully charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You are a cable addict and look great in crew necks. Modifying the neckline with these cables could get rather tricky.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are considering knitting this in the round instead of seaming. With these sort of cables, you will definitely want the seams to help give it structure and stability.

Voe, by Gudrun Johnston

Voe is a fingering weight pullover knit in the round from the bottom up, with colourwork details at the hem and cuffs, and a colourwork yoke. Colourwork is fully charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knitting in the round, classic sweaters that can become wardrobe staples, and prefer your colourwork to be on the more understated side of things.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You find stockinette boring. Because whoa is there a lot of stockinette in your future if you knit this.

Galloway, by Jared Flood

Galloway is a worsted weight colourwork cardigan, worn open or belted with overlapping fronts. It is knit in the round and steeked, with the colourwork full charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You have been jonesing for a big, adventurous colourwork sweater that you can really sink your teeth into, and think that steeking is the way colourwork should be.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You were already thinking ‘nope’ the second I mentioned steeking. Although the more adventurous knitters out there could convert this to a pullover design.

Paddock Shawl, Gudrun Johnston

Pattern includes both a laceweight and fingering weight version of this garter stitch Pi shawl. Beginning with garter tab construction and increasing as you go, it starts small and gets bigger as you knit. Surprisingly, there are only three charts, and each has a 10 stitch repeat with the lace worked only on the right side, so you might find that you can memorize the flow of the lace.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love lace, you love shawls, and a pattern that can work for fingering or laceweight means that you might be able to stash dive.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t wear shawls, or if lace just isn’t your thing (and it isn’t everyone’s jam, so no shame in that).

Charley, by Veronik Avery

A DK weight Aran-style cardigan with loads of dense cables and a drapey open front, perfect for cold days and ‘boyfriend’ style layering. There are also panels of moss stitch, and it is worked from the bottom up and seamed. Only 4 cable charts, so not too complex for an experienced cable knitter.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You have been craving a modern Aran style cardigan, and you have a thing for cables and moss stitch. Because if you do, then crack on and get knitting!

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: The idea of 2 or 3 THOUSAND yards of knitting means that you might need to take out a loan to get that much yarn. Or if you are a beginner with cabling- this is not a gateway cable project.

Those are my top picks for fall 2017! Do you have a favourite? Are there any others that you want to hear a little more about?

Outtakes: Golden Hour

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done an outtakes post! These are the outtakes from my previous finished knit post on Golden Hour, a which is my new favourite sweater. While in England, Guy and I were able to slip away for a bit and get some photos, and all the photography starts aligned with good lighting, and a beautiful backdrop, and of course a kick ass photographer. It was a bit windy, though:

Sometimes the wind is great and gives movement to a photo, and sometimes you are just trying to not eat your hair.

And even when we went somewhere else and the wind was less of an issue, sometimes I’m doing weird things.  Or just talking, because photos of people talking are just the worst. Nothing quite like seeing how crazy your face looks mid sentence to make you want to never speak again:

“Have you ever seen such a beautiful stone wall? Really, you must take a closer look!”

And of course, a classic pose of mine:

I think at this stage Guy know just what to say to get me to do that, and then he’s ready with the camera. Every. Single. Time.

I hope you enjoyed the outtakes!

 

Modification Monday: Llama Llama Red Pajama

Original Pattern: Alpaca with Bikini

Knitter Extraordinaire: Joanna (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Inspired by the beloved children’s book character of Llama Llama, Joanna modified the original alpaca pattern to be more visually in keeping with the children’s book character. More info can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: What a wonderful way to make a special toy for a special little one- to customize a pattern so that they can have a beloved book character of their very own! I love the little details that Joanna used to get this just right – check out how well the embroidered eyes match the book version! For the pajamas, Joanna used a sweater pattern from a different toy and improvised the details to mimic the red pajamas that the story book character wears. A labour of love that turns out this well- you know that some little kid was overjoyed to get this!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

What are the hallmarks of your best self?

I’m in love with this incredible art installation.

A Cup of Jo is one of my favourite ‘lifestyle’ blogs, and they recently shared a best of the reader comments that I adored.

Being selfish isn’t always a bad thing.

Hardly a news flash, but apparently some men are realizing that they actually don’t trust women. Worth a read.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love this round up of colourful lunch ideas, that could easily do double duty as dinner ideas. Not often I find so many recipes I would enjoy all in one place. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

For those of us still holding on to summer with both hands, check out this wonderful dessert recipe for making drumstick style ice cream jars! With only 5 ingredients, they come together quickly and would be brilliant for a party. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

This little embroidered alpaca softie toy is such a sweet gift idea, maybe for an alpaca lover, or a little one that you care for? You don’t need any advanced embroidery skills, either. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

This simple pom pom craft is great for anyone who is looking to destash a lot of green yarn! Or you could buy little pom poms, too. A cute decoration for table tops or displays – I feel like it would be easy to jazz this up for specific seasonal holidays, too. Halloween themed, anyone? Pinterest link is here, full tutorial is here.

I love this graphic design and the message- it often seems that we are all guilty of looking outside of ourselves for something that will make us feel a certain way, or be a certain thing. When really, what we are looking for is really already in the room. Pinterest link is here, original post is here.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone! I hope that you get to relax and do the things that you like best.  We will be going to Sudbury to visit my parents, and while spending about 10 hours in a car is not something I love best, that is a lot of quality knitting time. So I’m taking it as a win.

In Progress: We Are Knitters Gesture Sweater

This wonderfully cabled knit-in-progress is the Gesture Sweater kit, from We Are Knitters. I took a few skeins with me on a recent trip to England, and started chipping away at it at the beginning of August. I have been smitten with this kit ever since I first saw Alina’s stunning beige version last year, and was excited to try it out when We Are Knitters got in touch at the beginning of the summer.

For those that haven’t seen the We Are Knitters kits before, they sell yarn and knitting kits that come with almost everything you need to make the knit of your choosing. You customize the colour, and they send you everything in a bag:

Bamboo straight needles are included, as well as directions, a tapestry needle, a garment tag to sew in afterwards, and all the  yarn you need in the colour you chose. I went with Bordeaux, a rich, plummy wine colour that I thought would be perfect for fall:

That is 100% baby alpaca up there, and it is so buttery soft!

Pros of Purchasing a Knitting Kit from We Are Knitters:

  • Loved having everything in the handy package, and the heavy duty paper bag is perfect for storing the project-in-progress and the yarn while you knit.
  • A knitting kit feels like the ultimate gift for a knitter, because you don’t have to scrounge around trying to match dye lots or find the right colour you want in a sweater quantity, and you don’t have to try to substitute yarn if you can’t find what the pattern is calling for.
  • Luxurious. The yarn yarn feels wonderfully soft, there’s no knots, and the dye lots match perfectly.
  • Beautiful patterns that you can’t find anywhere else.

Cons: 

  • The patterns are written in a very different style than you might be used to, if you only really use patterns that you buy online and have 7 plus pages in them. These are the sparse style of directions you would find in Vogue Knitting, for example.
  • The kit could really use a cable needle. That amazing central cable involves putting 9 stitches on a cable needle, and while I’m pretty good at cabling without a cable needle, I’m not 18-stitches-per-cable good.
  • No charts for the cables. But – I found that it is surprisingly easy to memorize the cable repeats, so it’s been a much easier knit than I anticipated. I’m making good progress on my Gesture Sweater, too- I’ve already completed the front, and I’m almost finished the back:

 

You likely will notice that it is knit in pieces and seamed, which is an especially good idea for a big, cabled sweater – seams give structure to a garment, and the last thing I would want is to spend a lot of time knitting something beautiful only to have it get stretched out and baggy around the middle because the knit is too heavy. I don’t mind seaming, and one of the best part of knitting something in pieces is that it makes the project a lot more portable.

If you are interested in getting this kit (or any of them, there are so many to choose from), I’ve got a special code for you for 15% off!!

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(there is an underscore between WAK and Knitbliss, so I recommend copying and pasting!)

I’m so excited to start the sleeves soon! I think I’ll have this one finished just in time for the cooler weather, which will be perfect timing- I can already tell I’m going to absolutely love this sweater.

 

 

* This is part one of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.