Back by popular demand for another season, the Union Scarf is a chunky, warm, delicious cowl to wrap up in on the chilliest of days. I’m most excited to introduce some new colors this year — here’s a subtle grey with bits of day-glo yellow:
As always, I’ll be making the scarf in a mixture of solid colors, too:
This sweater was inspired by some of my favorite oversized sweatshirts from when I was a kid in the 80s. Knitted up in vintage cherry, cobalt, and khaki acrylic yarn left behind by my Oma, I made this sweater during the freezing cold winter we had last year. I wear it more than Brian does, though it fits him much better. Here’s a side-by-side of the front (left) and back (right) in progress (the red was so hard to photograph, but it really is that fluorescent!):
I haven’t been terribly productive lately — whatwith the new job, writing, renovating the new house, etc. etc. So this post is of things I made a few years ago. Summertime always makes me rethink my approach to knitwear — it’s not easy to come up with light, airy things to wear out of yarn. But every now and again, I make an attempt. This was the first tank top I made, back in 2011 I think:
And then I tried turning the tank into a beach cover up, which my friend Mikela is sporting here in an avocado green:
The major problem with this type of knitwear is that unless you use a super fine thread (which would take ages), it ends up being a bit chunky. I’ll keep you posted when/if I try something again for summer wear!
Back in January 2011, when I was just starting out with Brooker Hollow, a friend and colleague of mine, Michael, would occasionally comment on Brooker Hollow photos I posted on Facebook. At the time, I was looking for people to try out samples, and so I made and sent him two chunky cowls to try out.
Michael recently made my day by forwarding a stunning photo that he took of himself with his partner, Derwin, all wrapped up in one of those cowls.
And here’s another one from the same shoot. Amazing:
I can say without hesitation that these are the best photos I’ve received from anyone who has worn Brooker Hollow knitwear. See more of Michael’s incredible photos and follow his Instagram feed here: afrographia.
Almost 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!
Short-sleeve, bright, and the perfect layer for spring: introducing the Richmond Sweater in fluorescent yellow Jill Draper hand-dyed wool that I picked up at The Yarn Company.
This time of year always makes me think of when I was a kid, and being by the water. Which makes me think of fishing boats. And I find myself wanting to wear a lightweight scarf all the time, as the weather makes up its mind if it’s going to finally get warm or not. So this new scarf is inspired by scarves I’ve worn for years (see below), and trawlers, the nets that fishing boats pull behind them.
Here is the new scarf in jade. The actual color is a bit more jewel-toned and brilliant, but is hard to capture in a photograph accurately:
A few years ago, a dear friend brought back a scarf from Thailand, and it reminded me of a scarf another dear friend brought back for me from Paris in college, which reminded me of a scarf my sister brought back for me from Berlin in high school. I’ve long lost the ones from Berlin and Paris, but all three were similar in shape and function: square, and easy to shape into a triangle and wrap around for optimal comfort in transition weather. I patterned the Trawler Scarf into a triangle, thinking of how much I loved wearing these three other scarves that were gifted to me over the years. Here’s the one from Thailand:
And here’s both styled another way, so you can get a sense of the similarity in shape:
Available for purchase here.