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!):
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!
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.)
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:
From the back:
And in action in Yachats, Oregon:
I finally got around to making another knit t-shirt. This was my first attempt with the same yarn in a different color — Coats & Clark Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread — almost two years ago now. My grandmother used to use Aunt Lydia’s, and it knits up beautifully.
The colors are a little distorted, but you get the idea. The design is inspired by 80s-style cotton tops and the interest in learning a new stitch. Here’s the front view:
And the back:
And a close-up of the sleeve:
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.