The cat's out of the bag! I've been bursting at the seams to blog about the exciting opportunity to work with Jared Flood's company Brooklyn Tweed and his yarn, SHELTER. Months ago, Jared contacted me via e-mail to see if I would be interested in such a thing. To see if I would be INTERESTED?!?! Before I could regain my composure, I did a snoopy dance of excitement, ran up to yell the good news to my husband (so confused, poor thing) and ran back down to sit in front of my laptop to reply. It took all of my willpower to write something that didn't make me sound like a:
3. Drooling idiot.
As things progressed and I started to think about what I would design, my thoughts shot all over the place. Immediately, I thought cables. This yarn just screams cables. And then I thought, it would have to be an accessory, a cowl or tam of some sort. Then, it was a jacket - tweed calls for a jacket, right? Right?! I was slowly losing it, and losing a lot of sleep.
Then, I started to inquire and learned about some of the other knitters who would be taking part in this project. I don't think I have ever felt so insecure in my life. I kept thinking that the company I would be in would surely dwarf any attempt at a design I could conjure up.
I sketched and swatched and slowly I realized I had to approach this design in a totally different way. I had been used to being inspired by a yarn, or something I had seen on someone on the street. I would just go and grab a yarn from my stash, and swatch away. With SHELTER, I was not only representing myself and my thoughts on knitwear, but a company - Brooklyn Tweed. I wanted not only my aesthetic to come through, but also what the company has always stood for, and what the yarn represented. I suppose some artists would think that would be a compromise of their creative integrity. For me, it was a way to focus my creative energy and conversely create outside of my usual box. My boundaries and horizons had to shift.
So I made a list of what I thought were the similarities between Brooklyn Tweed and me. This is what I came up with:
2. Complimentary to a variety of sizes and figures
3. Unintimidating to knit
4. Fun to knit.
Voila, the Perry Cardigan was born.
Since I had immediately thought of cables, I wanted to do something more unexpected, so I went with lace.
I really love this cardigan. It's nothing earth-shattering design-wise, but I think it's something that will turn into a favorite - the one you grab to run errands, meet friends on the weekend, or keep in your office to fight off that chill.
I hope you like it, and I hope you enjoy knitting it should you choose to. I think I'll have to make one for myself in Sweatshirt - a great SHELTER gray.