Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Oooo what do we have here? BT FALL 12, that's what!

It's another beautiful collection from the in-house design team at Brooklyn Tweed. Y'all know how much I love the work done by Jared Flood and his team. His yarn lines Shelter and Loft look pretty darn good, and I'm kicking myself for not having a skein or two yet to try out.

Well, Mr. Flood and his team over at Brooklyn Tweed have given us a wonderful way to welcome fall (A.K.A knitting season) with 18 mouth-watering designs in the BT FALL 12 collection. The patterns in this collection make such good use of the Shelter yarn brand that you want to buy a few skeins in EVERY color available (or maybe it's just me? )

The first number that caught my eye was the Gelsomina Aran pullover by Veronik Avery. Those traveling stitches at the front, that rich deep blue color, the moss stitch used all over to give such awesome texture! I tell you, I fell head over heels (or needles over yarn?) in love with this pattern.

© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

Oh, and there are cuffs to match this awesome pullover.

© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

I might be on a Veronik Avery kick because my second love from this collection is also by her. Anais is a simple, elegant cowl neck sweater with a sweet lace insert that just takes it to the next level of cuteness. I'm not quite sure I can pull the sweetness thing off with this sweater, but I love the design. I love the off-white/oatmeal color of the yarn, the simple stockinette stitch that makes up the whole body of the sweater, and that cute detail at the seams (see second photo)! It's another winner!
© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

And finally, Turnagain by Julie Hoover. You all know how much I love accessories (helloooo!! All my patterns so far have been accessories), and this cowl just knocked the air out of me when I saw it. Big stripes on one side, and skinny stripes on the other? You had me at "stripe". I love, love, love this pattern, and of all the patterns I've listed so far, it might be the one I actually make (not because I love the others less, but because I'm still too lazy to start a whole garment, and I fear I might never finish).

© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

So there you have it! Another winning set from Brooklyn Tweed. Do check out all the patterns in this collection, as well as in the other collections on BrooklynTweed. I need to add some Shelter and Loft yarns to my stash. So very pretty.

I have some big news next week, so I hope to see you here so you can be a part of it. Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The big 3-0!!

I just turned 30 this week! It's such an odd feeling, being the age you thought was "so old". Now I'm that age, and I feel exactly the same as I did 5 years ago. :)

To celebrate this milestone, and to thank you all for supporting my small knitting business, all items in my shop (and all custom orders) from now till September 30th will be 30% off. Yes, that's 30% off! So get proactive, visit my Etsy Shop and order all your holiday gifts. Use the coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY and help me celebrate!!

Thank you all once again for your support, through encouraging words and purchases. You are all very dear to me.

Have a great week!

PS: And here are some pretty pictures, just because! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A "seonmul" long in the making

"Seonmul" is the Korean word for "gift". The scarf in this week's post is a gift for my dad. I started this scarf in February 2011 but I quickly lost interest in it, mainly because it was all black and I wanted to knit with color. Fast forward to June 2011 when my parents came to visit us. I pulled out the scarf again and quickly started knitting, hoping to be done before they left so they could take it with them. That also did not happen.

The scarf went back to the WIP abyss until last month, when I felt so bad that I had let this scarf slide for almost a year and a half. With gritted teeth, I wallowed through the last half of the scarf with the help of many Korean drama episodes (which is why I know the word for gift in the Korean language) and finally finished it! Whew! Oh, but the story is not over. I soaked the scarf and got ready to block...and left the scarf in a bucket for about 5 days. Not good!  I finally blocked it and let it lie around for two more weeks before I got around to photographing it this past Sunday. I think it's safe to say that this scarf and I were just not meant to get along.

The pattern is the Reversible Cabled Scarf by Kris Hanson. This is one of those patterns that I really wanted to knit, but I had no reason to knit it. I was ecstatic at the opportunity to make one for my dad, until he said he wanted a black scarf. Knitting in black is not fun, I can tell you right now. The yarn I used made up a bit for the color though - Dream in Color Classy in the Black Pearl colorway. The yarn was soft and smooshy, making the resulting scarf with all the ribbing and cabling so squishy! I hope my dad loves it, because I won't be making another black scarf for him. He'll have to wear a colored scarf next time. :)

Have a great week everyone, and see you next week! I'll hopefully have some ultra exciting news for you all!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bright Green is in!!

At least, I'd like to think so. Because I love this cowl and the Malabrigo Chunky yarn that I used for knitting it. The Ariosa Broken Rib Cowl by Emmy Coplea is one of the simplest and most exquisite patterns I've ever had the pleasure of knitting, and I'm quite in love with it. The pattern is a broken rib worked in the round, and the finished product looks so stunning you wouldn't believe it was hand knit. This cowl is now available in my Etsy shop here.

As is usual with me, I'm including a million pictures (ok, not really) so you can also see how beautiful this cowl is. I'll definitely be making more of them.

Thanks to Lilia and Irene of LivedStories for the gorgeous pictures. I can't stop looking at them. Have a great week everyone, and remember, it's already HUMP DAY! The weekend will be here before you know it. :)