It’s amazing how my Imaginary Knitting Boyfriend and I communicate in wool rather than words. Just this spring, he gave me a birthday present by releasing The Spring Thaw Look Book on my special day. So thoughtful! Since last week, I’ve been down with a summer flu, too sick to sit upright let alone knit. (I tried knitting laying down, but if you’re too weak to sit, holding the needles in the air doesn’t work either. I’ve got several Signature Stilletto pinpricks in my cheeks just to prove it). At any rate, Jared knew just what I needed to get a flush of color back in my cheeks and released Wool People Volume 3 today.
Jared Flood has shown his skill in choosing talented designers in the past for Look Books. But culling through their bodies of work to curate a collection of designs that highlight each designer’s talents and come up with a common theme to link them together certainly shows through in this latest Look Book. In the intro, he writes “During the conceptual phase of development I had visions of effortless, lightweight layering garments in a beautiful array of neutral tones dancing in my head.” Wool People 3 showcases just that. Let’s get on to the patterns, shall we?
First off – Reine Cardigan by Alexis Winslow. Alexis designed Vega from Wool People Volume 1. She’s clearly skilled in colorwork, but really seems to have blossomed with her latest design for this collection. The cardi has interesting detail on the hemlines and shoulders, as well as set in pockets with a cabled edge. Its structured without being fussy. It went right into my queue.
Bristol Ivy nails it again with two offerings – I immediately queued Bayard, a well constructed yet easy hat reminiscent of ticking, and grabbed me some Loft for it. She also designed Auden, a textured dolman pullover. At first glance, Auden looks to be done in a simple wide rib, but zoom in and you will see the sweetly understated texture overlay worked into the pattern. Bristol’s ability to think outside the box and combine both rib and a second texture really work here.
And say hello to Yoko Hatta! One look at Ando makes you want to wrap up in it. It’s an unconstructed easy wearing cardi with subtle cable like stitchwork adding a finished look to it. Mari Tobita designed another favorite, Haru-Gasumi. I love the colorwork detail on the hem and sleeves and am considering making this as a cardi. And Rivage by Julie Hoover? Queued and Loft purchased for the wrap. A simple knit, but the muted tones combined with the wrapability really make it a must have.
Hannah Fettig, Veronik Avery, Amy Christoffers, and others also contributed to this collection with first class designs. Each Look Book has been different in it’s own way. This collection focuses less on lace and more on textures and soft hues. I enjoyed reading about the contributing designers at the end of the book as well, and it introduced me to those that I wasn’t familiar with and opened up a whole slew of possibilities when I combed through their other designs.
Knitters everywhere seem to be in a flutter about the collection as evidenced by getting “website busy” error messages a few times this morning while trying to order yarn. It’s always exciting on the Ravelry forums when a new Brooklyntweed collection is released. And just what I needed to garner up the blogging mojo and get knitting. Thanks, Jared!