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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: One Great Knitter

Published / by Kim

My day 3 post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and I’m amazed that I’m still going! A post every day for three days? It’s a miracle.

Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way. TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo3

This is an easy answer for me: Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. His work almost always makes me swoon. Whether it’s one of his own designs or a classic pattern that he knit with his own style, I just love everything he produces. From his yarn choices, to his color choices, to his photography… I love it all. Even better, he designs so many great patterns for men, which is hard to find most of the time.

Several of my favorite knitted pieces are Jared Flood designs. My favorite, to date, is the Noro Striped Scarf:

Noro Striped Scarf

Noro Striped Scarf

I loved this so much I knit two of them, one for Scott and one for me. It was only because I ran out of Noro that I stopped knitting at two. I plan to knit more of them in different colorways.

Two of my favorite hats are also Jared Flood designs:



The blue one is Habitat, knit for Scott. The pink and brown one is Koolhaas, knit for me. I haven’t worn mine anywhere yet except out to play in the snow in the park, but Scott gets so many compliments on his Habitat. I plan to knit at least two more of those, one each for me and Scott, both in Noro. Koolhaas is another pattern I plan to knit again, also in Noro.

I’m normally all about new. It’s a rare book or movie that makes me want to read or see it more than once, and I feel the same way about knitting patterns. The fact that I want to knit these patterns again says a lot about them and about their designer. And these three are just the beginning. There are so many more of his patterns I want to try, including the ones in his book, Made In Brooklyn. Without a doubt, he’s my choice for “one great knitter.”

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: An Inspirational Pattern

Published / by Kim

Let’s call this Day 2 of Knit and Crochet Blog Week. Yeah. My week starts on Wednesday. That’s my story.

Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so! TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo2

I consider myself to be a fairly fearless knitter. There’s very little I won’t at least try. I mean, the worst that could happen is that I have to frog, right? The only thing I really think I’ll never do is steeks, because… whoa. That’s just scary. You can’t frog out a steeking disaster. So steeking isn’t something I aspire to. No.

Right now, I think the pattern I aspire to the most is the Yggdrasil Afghan. I am absolutely in love with that blanket. All those cables! Cables are quite possibly my favorite thing in knitting, which makes Yggdrasil even more appealing. What keeps me from starting that pattern is the huge investment in yarn and time required for an afghan that size. No matter how much I love it, I fear it will languish half-done in my UFO pile for years. And the financial outlay for that much yarn is intimidating. The only other afghan I’ve knit was Lizard Ridge, for which I was able to buy yarn on a skein by skein basis. $12 here and there for a skein of Noro is no big deal. 1000-4000 yards of the same yarn all at once is a different story.

I will knit this pattern, though. Some day when things are more calm and I have more time. In the meantime, though, I may come up with a new inspirational pattern. Who knows? That’s one of the things I like most about knitting: what I love is constantly changing.