Review: Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017

The Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017 Collection just launched 16 wonderful new patterns, earlier than they usually arrive@! In the past, Brooklyn Tweed has put out it’s winter collection in January. This collection is garment focused,  This is a cardigan-heavy collection with  seven cardigans (although some may be more of the ‘really big shrug’ variety),  five pullovers, two scarves, and one hat.  A big focus is on texture. Everything has lots of texture. Lots of moss stitch, cables, and all sorts of texture combos that stitch dictionary aficionados love. If I just described you, then you are going to want to take a close look at the collection.

Out of the 16 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.

Svenson, by Jared Flood

I think I swooned when I saw this, and it’s not just for the cutie modelling it. This DK weight design is an Aran sweater, but updated with well balanced textures, cables, and more moss stitch than you can shake a stick at. It’s knit from the bottom up in pieces, and seamed – not surprising, considering that a sweater of this scale needs seams to help provide structure to keep it from getting saggy and baggy around  the middle. This pattern is listed as being for men, but I say go for that ‘boyfriend’ look and rock this stunning sweater yourself.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love Aran textures, moss stitch, and don’t mind a good excuse to seam a knit.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If:  You would rather die than seam, or if moss stitch makes you want to stick a knitting needle in your eye.

Shoji, by Norah Gaughan

This is the photo-finish runner up to my most fave of the collection. DK weight cardigan looks crazy but isn’t- it’s basically a really big rectangle, some fancy seaming, and the you pick up on different sides for the ribbing.  AND you can wear it more than one way! You can wear it upside down, and the vent in the back because a totally new neckline.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love knitting texture rectangles, think origami is cool, and feel like a cardigan that can be worn two ways is like two knits for the price of one.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You feel you might slip into a coma if knitting a repetitive stitch rectangle, no matter what the end result might be. Also, if you hate origami and your elbows …. then this isn’t for you.

Binary, by Michele Wang

Another DK wonder (because Arbor really is a lovely yarn, and has amazing stitch definition), and beginner friendly! Fabric is reversible (although not identical on both sides) both sides are definitely appealing. There is a scarf version, but go for the wrap- look at that great volume. The texture repeats two different sections – a ‘wave’ pattern and a ‘block’ pattern- and they are fairly easy to remember. Design is written and charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You are looking for a big, textured unisex scarf and a beginner-friendly Brooklyn Tweed pattern.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You already pledged yourself to the cowl gods, although you could do a provisional cast on and then make it cowl length. Just a thought.

Kirwin, by Julie Hoover

An easy, worsted-weight layering piece, Kirwin is ideal if you love wearing button ups and hate being cold. Knit flat from the bottom up and seamed, this shell is perfect for those that don’t see deep, snowy winters, but still need an extra layer.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love knits for layering and you have short hair or love wearing your hair up- I have a feeling that this knit looks really good when you can see that great collar without anything blocking the view.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are  distracted knitter- keeping those stitches moving in their perfect diagonals is going to take a bit of focus.

Stonehaven, by Veronik Avery

A fluffy, oversized batwing cardigan that tells the world that no one is cozier than you right now. This Bulky weight cardigan is an adventurous knit and requires your knitting game to be on point. 5-at-a-time stitch decreases pop up in the chart,  and there are short rows for shaping the shoulders. But just think of the cozy!

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love cozy sweaters that are built for weekends bulky knits, and love a good knitting challenge. Game on!

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Your eyes glazed over at the mention of 5-at-a-time decreases.

Those are my top picks! Do you have a favourite?

Modification Monday: Traveller Tunic

The winner of the Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul collection is……… Jane! selected her winning comment:

“I would have to knit Timber (though it might be more practical to attempt Tread this time of year . . . ). Timber is the perfect relaxed cardigan – my favourite kind! “

Congrats, Jane! I’ll be in touch soon.

Original Pattern: Traveller Tunic

Knitter Extraordinaire:  Jennifer (Ravelry ID, and blog )

Mods: Jennifer converted the sweater pattern into a dress by adjusting the waist shaping, and adding more increases as she lengthened the sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Jennifer (who is the woman behind Spirit Trail Fiberworks) wanted to create the perfect sweater dress (don’t we all!). Finding a top down sweater pattern that she loves was a good step, but especially that the original pattern is tunic length, so it is a bit easier to lengthen than a typical sweater pattern. From there, Jennifer was smart to keep making increases and trying it on as she went, so that she could achieve not only the right length, but the right volume of fabric in the skirt of the dress. I think she nailed it! Plus it doesn’t hurt that she used one of her own yarns in a beautiful soft colourway. If you are going to knit a sweater dress, it helps to knit it in a colour that you feel really comfortable wearing. This lightly variegated grey-blue is perfect.

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Trying to problem solve? Go for a walk with the intention to think about the problem.

2016 is widely acknowledged to have been a lousy year, but there have also been awesome things that happened in 2016 – here’s 99 great things that happened in 2016.

I love the very sarcastic (and profanity-laden) review of the annual Williams Sonoma Christmas Catalogue. If you also think that their stuff is really expensive and catering to a very specific demographic, and enjoy your sarcasm served up with a steaming side dish of swearing, then you will laugh your ass off.

Want to write a letter to your future self? One this site, you can write your self an email and schedule it to send to your inbox years in the future.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Shortbread Cookies 4 Ways |

If there’s a lot of holiday baking in your future but you are wondering where you’ll find the time, I recommend this recipe. You make a big batch of shortbread, and then you can freeze some of it, and portion it out to bake and decorate however you want for each occasion. Sounds simple, right? Heck yes! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Lemon Chicken Milanese |

A great weeknight meal that is baked in the oven all on one pan, what more can you ask for? The breaded lemon chicken is a real kid-pleaser, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here. Tip: turn your sound off before opening that main link, there is an automatic video ad that plays. Why are so many recipe sites a complete garage sale of ads and pops everywhere?!

Pin Ups and Link Love: Best Day Ever |

Would you like to have a completely awesome day? Of course, that’s what we all want! This ten step list is a great reminder of how the little things can combine to create one really great day. All are totally doable, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Tabletop Paper Trees |

These adorable paper fir trees are perfect for creating easy holiday decor on a budget, and just right for parties! Hop on over to the original site for the free download. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Moose Socks |

Move over baa-ble hat, there’s a new fun chart in town. I love these moose on the sunset background, it looks so fantastic! This sock pattern is in Finnish, but don’t panic- you can right click and translate it into your language of choice (in Google Chrome, for sure). Let the modifications begin! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I’m having some trouble with comments on the blog lately- they aren’t going to my inbox anymore, so responding is a bit of a problem! I will fix that this weekend. Guy is planning to have a boys weekend, so I’ll be solo parenting- send cookies and wine!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Review and Giveaway- Within

Review and Giveaway: Within |

Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul (that’s the full title!) Is a 6-pattern collection from Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, a talented duo who make teaming up to do pattern collections look like a genius idea.  The collection includes a cardigan, a pullover, a hat, a scarf, a shawl, and a pair of mittens.

Review and Giveaway: Within |

It’s clear from the photography story that these knits shine in casual environments – the rustic scenes, the camping, the model’s wholesome beauty (I wish my hair was that colour!) that is magnified by the drop dead photography and dazzling firelight. I don’t even like camping, and this makes me want to go camping.

Just kidding. Nothing makes me want to go camping. I really enjoy sleeping in a bed.

Review and Giveaway: Within |

 You can buy the digital download ($16.95 as well as the print +digital download combination ($21.95), but the book is so beautiful, I say go for the print version. It’s worth it.

Review and Giveaway: Within |

It’s hard to pick a favourite- now that I don’t need office clothes any more, I want to knit everything in this book and wear it all – but Hudson has got my number. I love bulky weight shawls, and this has the sort of unfussy, casual look of the sort of shawl I love.

Review and Giveaway: Within |

This Collection is Totally for You If: You are a fan of Making, love heavy weights like worsted and bulky, and casual knits that are built for weekends.

This Collection is Not for You If: You prefer cables, fine gauge knits, or dressier designs you can wear to the office.

There is a trick to making classic, seemingly simple knits your absolute favourite is to knit them with yarn you absolutely adore. If you need a great sheepy wool, use a great sheepy wool. If tweed is your obsession, go tweed all the way. Using a yarn you love is important not only to actually finishing your knits in progress, but to loving them to death and wearing them all the time. Settling for a yarn that is okay, or that you don’t love but is cheaper is a recipe for not loving the finished knit. And if you don’t love the knit, then why the heck are you bothering? Don’t cheap out on the yarn – unless you love a certain cheap yarn, in which case grab your favourite and have at it!


Wouldn’t you love to win a copy, and knit yourself all the cozy things contained within it’s pages? Maybe make the Hudson Shawl with me? Of course you would! Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know which pattern from the collection you desperate need to knit this winter. Comments close Saturday night at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 12th.

Happy knitting, friends!

Modification Monday: Rebus Socks

Modification Monday: Rebus Socks |

Original Pattern:  Rebus Socks

Knitter Extraordinaire: Virpi (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Virpi changed the way the gusset fit on the sock, and added an instarsia moose! Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: It is always worth customizing the fit, especially if you know that the arches of your feet might require a little extra something in your sock pattern. It also gave her a few more rows to work the adorable moose chart into the socks, because just when you think these socks couldn’t be any cooler, there is a moose! I especially love that there is a moose only on one sock, not on both. It’s in the small details that a really extraordinary knit can happen, And I think Virpi achieved that with these socks. A great high contrast pattern, a custom gusset, and a tiny moose, just for fun. What could be better!

Modification Monday: Rebus Socks |