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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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Just finished this crew neck sweater. A twist on the Breakwater Crew, this sweater that’s yet unnamed is made with brown heather Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool and fire safety red acrylic yarn left over from Oma’s stash from the 60s. The view from the front:

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From the side:

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From the back:

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My first vest. 100% cotton crochet yarn in off-white, ecru, and hot pink. The view from the front:

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The view from the side:

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From the back:

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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:


I swore at the end of the school year that I’d take some time this summer to make some fabulous knitted pieces for my new job as a professor. I’ve spent the last three weeks experimenting with different knitted patterns in lightweight cotton yarn. After ripping out and starting over this project five times, I’m abandoning it. But I figured it was worth a blog post. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but I’m not in love with the pattern, and you can see on the left side of the photo that I made a mistake, and there’s a bit of an appendage jutting out more than it should. That being said, I walk away from the project with tons of ideas for lightweight cotton tops. Hopefully my next post will reveal what I come up with…

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Adapted from Sasha Kagan‘s Bramble pattern, this sweater was an experiment in partially following a pattern. I used primarily Shepherd’s Wool, a merino yarn I love to work with.


The body is navy, and the arms are a mixture of black, orange, bubblegum pink, turquoise, heather grey, and chartreuse.

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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.


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Nine months ago, my lovely friend Kaz Phillips Safer of Cat Bird Pictures commissioned a Brooker Hollow sweater, and today I finally delivered on my promise. We shopped for wool together last summer, and settled on a gorgeous gunmetal grey baby alpaca / cashmere / camel / silk blend.


Though I could only knit at a snail’s pace while finishing up my dissertation since then, it was well worth it: the finished product feels like butter and looks fantastic on Kaz!

We also made a tiny wee video. She was that happy.

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