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Ondawa is Complete!

 

After seven long months, I can now say that the second and final better sweater of 2015 is complete! Hurray! It's been quite a long journey. I cast on in May and slowly chugged away at the first panel over several months. Once grad school started in August I stopped knitting completely (sadness!), but over the Thanksgiving break I started up again and made steady progress on the second panel. I finished the sleeves over Christmas and sewed up all the pieces when I got back to the Bay on Monday. In my impatience to finish the sweater, I skipped the blocking phase...eh I know. I may block it now that it is in one piece, but honestly it fits (and looks) just fine without blocking.

If you've seen the Ondawa pattern, or other folks' Ondawa projects, you'll know that this sweater was designed to be oversized (like 10-20 inches of positive ease) in width and slightly short in length. Concerned about fit and inspired by the mods made by Raveler grimfrosties (who added two more repeats of the central cable to her sweater), I decided to do 8 total repeats of the central cable (16 twists). I achieved the suggested gauge with a size 7 needle but must have knit rather tightly because my panels are 20.5 inches across rather than 22. My length is also 21 inches rather than the suggested 17¼. I also modified the sleeves as my arms are rather slender and did just 3 increases, resulting in a total of 52 stitches on each arm before casting off. 

All said and done, Ondawa was such a joy to knit! I absolutely loved the pattern and experienced zero cabling fatigue! Knitting without a cabling needle changed my life and the chart repeats flew by. If I were to tackle this project again, though, I think I would try out a modified front and back panel. Perhaps skip the twisted rib along the sides, thereby removing some of the excess ease? I'd also use a lighter (read: softer and not 100% wool) yarn. The Ondawa pattern produces a rather dense material. Add a robust wooly yarn to the mix and, well, this is a pretty heavy jumper! But hey, it's winter! I'm very content, cozy, and warm. 

 

BT Winter 15

 

Chainlink - architectural cabled tunic

It's here! It's here! Brooklyn Tweed's Winter 2015 pattern collection dropped this morning and it couldn't be more fabulous. 

From Jared Flood:

I’ve had the idea of doing a collection of designs inspired by art historical references for years. I loved the idea of bringing together my post-academia love of art history together with our work at Brooklyn Tweed in some way. In college I spent 9 months abroad in Rome studying art history and fell in love with the lighting and composition of paintings from the Baroque period, especially those of the Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt.
I thought it would be a fun creative challenge to create imagery inspired by this genre of painting for a knitwear collection, and to use art historical references as a springboard for our designers to begin concepts for their garments. Last November, when our Design Team convened in NYC for our regular design retreat, we took a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to gather inspiration for some of our newest patterns in the Winter 15 collection.

Check out the video below for more details on the lookbook and collection.

Of the 17 new patterns, I am especially smitten with Carpeaux & Midway. The textures are so inviting and the little details--like the reversible cables along the front of Carpeaux and the chevron panels on Midway--add extra flair. It's not really cold enough in the Bay Area for giant wooly sweaters, but I'd suck it up just to wear them. 

1. Carpeaux - blanket front brioche cardigan // 2. Midway // textured a-line pullover with cowl

 

Brooklyn Tweed Fall 14

 

The Brooklyn Tweed Fall catalogue is here and is something (to my Grandpa, and now to me, something is synonymous with totally rad)! Below are several of my favorite patterns, all perfectly cozy and fall/winter-appropriate. Backbay (no. 3 below) is definitely in my Ravelry queue.

1. Wake // 2. Backbay // 3. Spinnaker

Check out more of these beauts in the catalogue below and online here.

 

Wool People 7

 

Oh, goodness! Wool People 7 from Brooklyn Tweed was released today and, like all of their pattern publications, is fabulous. Check it.

I'm thinking one of these baby's will be slated for my next Better Sweater project. Some of the contenders:

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1. Arrabella by Ann McCauley / 2. Devlan by Bristol Ivy / 3. Seine by Kyoko Nakayoshi / 4. Coda by Olga Buraya-Kefelian