Freja

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Back in October of last year, I was invited by Brooklyn Tweed to Preview Knit a pattern of my choosing from their upcoming Winter 2018 Collection.

Preview knitting is different from sample knitting and test knitting. At this stage, the pattern has already gone through an extensive knitting process and technical feedback was not a requirement. I was given the pre-layout version without the finalized pattern name.

A couple months later, I was delighted to find out that the garment I chose was named Freja –  meaning Lady, Goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology.

I love the name Freja and if you recall from my first vlog, I had named my dress form after her!

How serendipitous!

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“For insouciant style you can dress up or down, Freja is a quick knit with big impact. An open front with a swingy A-line shape and a textured shawl collar make this sculptural piece easy to throw on over any outfit, and in chunky Quarry, it’s an ideal cozy overlayer. Add angled patch pockets for the perfect functional accent.” – Brooklyn Tweed. 

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Just my cup of tea!

I used Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in the colorway Gypsum. I hadn’t tried it yet and to be honest, was a little skeptical, having read too many tips on how to use this yarn. In the end, I decided to give it a shot and see for myself exactly what the fuss is about. I made notes – just in case…

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I’m happy to report that I experienced no breakage with Quarry while knitting. NONE. It was an absolute pleasure to work with – from hand winding the skein into a ball – to spit splicing (my favorite!).

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Every technique Jared incorporated in this design resulted in an effortless knit. If only I had a dollar for every time I stopped in awe to tell Radley “I am blown away by this”.

It’s not an easy feat to keep things simple. To know when to stop – when you’ve hit the sweet spot by adding just a hint of texture to keep interest.

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The classic stockinette paired with an easy to memorize texture along the neckline produced a sophisticated garment. The pockets are optional but I highly recommend. The construction is ingenious!

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At first, I knit the longer version of the sleeves (7″). I wore it for a couple of days and really thought about what I like and need for a cardigan. I still had about 70% of the last ball so I wasn’t worried that I will run out.

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In the end, I decided to go for a 3/4 length sleeve and for little me, that translates to roughly 10″. I ripped back the binding, added 3 more inches to each sleeve then re-blocked.

I’m so happy with how this turned out. Part of the reason why I was so impressed is that I had never worked with Quarry before. The stitch definition really made the texture pop. It works up really fast because you’re using a bulky weight yarn, but it’s not heavy. It blocks out like a cloud.

Freja is a timeless, carefree cardigan that I see myself living in for many years to come.

pd-freja-4Freja by Jared Flood 

I would like to thank Jared Flood, Korina Yoo, and everyone at Brooklyn Tweed for inviting me to be a part of this collection. It was a true honor and pleasure to preview knit and work with you! xo

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As always, here’s a list of shows I watched while working on this project:

  • The Walking Dead – Season 8
  • Vikings – Season 5
  • How To Get Away With Murder – Season 4
  • Top of the Lake – Season 2
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 1
  • Outlander – Season 3

Emerge

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday!

It was nice to unplug for a couple of weeks and spend time with family. Truth be told, it’s still Christmas at our house. The first pick up for the tree disposal is today, Monday, Jan 8th. There is one more on the 15th. I’m assuming they give options for people like us who hang on to Christmas just a bit longer 🙂 The kids adore having the decorations up so there is no rush. And really, it’s Radley who has to do the work to bring the tree outside.

Life has its ebbs and flows, and 2017 was quite a tumultuous year for us, having lost too many loved ones back to back. We miss them all dearly, but know they’re in good hands now, most likely having a party of their own up in heaven with mom.

We celebrated a few milestones as well. Radley’s extracurricular work was to start a UXPA chapter for Toronto. I’m so proud of what he and the team have accomplished thus far, having 2 sold out conferences before the year ended. My youngest, Aaron, started school; Vanessa’s first baby tooth fell out; and Ryan started University, celebrated his 18th birthday and performed at his very first concert.

As for me, the year ended on such a high note that I am still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I launched my online store in November and was contacted by not one, but two incredible brands to work with – Wool and the Gang and Brooklyn Tweed.  I’m so grateful for all the blessings.

You can read about the latest partnership with Wool and the Gang here. As for Brooklyn Tweed, it’s still ongoing so I can’t say much at this time except that I was invited to preview knit a pattern of my choosing from their upcoming Winter 2018 collection. This collection launches on Wednesday, Jan 10th and I’ll be able to share more with you then.

The kids are back at school today and I’m ready to get back into my routine. All the legos are put away (for now) and I’m drinking my coffee in peace as I write this.

I have been thinking about my one little word for 2018. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the gist is at the beginning of the year, you choose a single word to focus and reflect upon. It is meant to be a guide for you, to help live intentionally throughout the year.

For me, what I want to focus on is overcoming my shyness.

It’s not easy for an introvert like me to put myself out there and be vulnerable, but I really want to connect with you – knitters/makers/kindred spirits – and be a part of the community, the conversation.

So, with the new year comes new opportunities to learn and grow.

 

 

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And I’m going to strive really hard to channel my inner Kanye for 2018.

That said, the word I’ve chosen to reflect on throughout the year is EMERGE.
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If you’ve been following along on social media, (Instagram is where I’m most active but I also hang out on Facebook) you would have seen that I’ve started vlogging. I plan on continuing to do so every so often throughout the year and toying with the idea of maybe starting a podcast. Btw, next on my agenda is to edit and upload the December vlog so look out for it by the end of the week 🙂

Do you watch knitting podcasts? If so, I’d love it if you left a comment below telling me what you look for in one. I’d also love to know what your one little word for 2018 is?