SketchAlmost eight months ago, one of my most stylish friends, Kyle Turner, approached me about collaborating on a sweater design. This was the resulting sketch from that conversation. We wanted to keep the Brooker Hollow asymmetrical aesthetic intact, while honoring Kyle’s clean, sometimes-mod, sometimes-preppy, sometimes-old-school style. We initially decided to do a vertical, red color block in the back, but after realizing that would look too much like Prada’s infamous signature, went for a horizontal red block at the neck edge instead. After considering grey stripes on both sleeves near the cuff, we settled on one set of stripes at the cuff and one at the bicep (top left sketch).

It took me a while to get the stitches perfectly even (I now know why my grandmother often avoided working in solid, dark colors — it’s very easy to see any little imperfection), but I’m really happy with the result. I can’t wait to see Kyle sport it in the coming weeks. At least there’s one good outcome to the groundhog’s prediction this year!

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Hand knitted in sailor blue and almost-white, this one-of-a-kind, custom-made hat for baby is soft, washable, and has a neck tie for safe keeping. I haven’t done much intarsia,  but this project inspired me to try some more. This special-request order called for a whale design, so I got to work with my graph paper to come up with a cute-but-somewhat-accurate whale image. Here’s the view from the front:


Because of the design, it’s only partially knitted in the round, and there’s a seam up the back. I tried learning how to knit in the round with intarsia, but you could still see a seam and I found it to be much more difficult. Here’s the view from the back:

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And just in case the little kiddo who’s going to sport this hat needs to grow into it, I attached the ties high enough up on the brim that it can be folded up if necessary.

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I’ve often wanted to experiment with making ornaments, but the holiday season always passes me by before I have the chance. This year, I got started early. It certainly helped that I acquired a bunch of doily-strength yarn from my grandmother’s house this past fall. I tried out some patterns from the Snowcatcher website, which has a lot of ideas to get you started.

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The first step is to go ahead and crochet your little snowflakes. It’s tricky using such fine yarn, but it gets easier the more you do it:

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The next step is to paint your snowflakes with a glue-and-water mixture, and pin them to some sort of drying rack. I put down a layer of wax paper, and pinned them to a bulletin board I use for blocking. One thing I learned the hard way: use straight pins instead of thumbtacks if you can! I used thumbtacks, and a few of the pieces have little rusty stains on them if you look closely.

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After letting them dry for about 24 hours, carefully remove the pins and peel them from the wax paper. Here’s a close-up of one of my favorites:

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Add a little string, and hang them in your window or on the tree. Voilà!

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Teaching teachers how to teach reading and writing has me thinking up ways I can use fiber art in the classroom. You can’t ever go wrong with too many bookmarks when you’re a literacy specialist. I made these for my new colleagues.



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With all of my knitting posts, it’s hard to remember I sew sometimes, too. Oma had given me this fabric a few years before she passed away, trusting that I’d make something, as she put it, “serviceable.” Her skill with a sewing machine far exceeded mine, but every now and again something works out that I can actually wear. I made this dress a few holiday seasons ago, and find myself sporting it each year as the weather turns chilly. We woke up this morning to the first snow dusting of the season in the Hudson Valley, and it seemed like the perfect thing to keep me toasty warm while I teach on the last day of classes before Thanksgiving break.

Front view:

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Back view:plaid dress 1

My favorite part might be the darts:

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More darts:

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And here I am trying it out with the Richmond Sweater I made earlier this year:

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Though I’ve had little time to knit since starting my new job as a professor at SUNY New Paltz, I’ve been working steadily on this sweater — my second official commission. It’s also, incidentally, the first v-neck I’ve ever made (thank you for the challenge, Cade — I learned something new!)! Knitted up in a deep navy blue and bright, jolly red, this sweater was completed just in time for the wintery months to come and is sure to keep its owner toasty warm. The red yarn is from Oma’s vintage stash, which makes it a particularly special one-of-a-kind Brooker Hollow original. (Special thanks to Brian for modeling upon request.)

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Just made a custom pair of these in a beautiful medium grey for a new mama, and have this pair in citron available in my Etsy shop now. Washable cashmere, merino blend. Message me if you’re interested in custom-ordering a pair.

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Here’s a close-up:baby mitts 2

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Knitted in black, midnight lake, harvest wheat, granite, denim, and milk chocolate Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill, this latest addition to the Brooker Hollow collection might be my favorite. I got a chance to wear it around the Oregon coast for a week, and it kept me warm!

Here’s a view from the front:

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From the back:

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And in action in Yachats, Oregon:

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I recently got a few orders for my kitchen squares, and just made a big batch in a bunch of bright colors. 100% cotton. Absorbent and perfect for scrubbing, wiping, dusting, soaking up spills, and burping baby. Available for purchase here.

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