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I received an email a few months ago with the subject line “weird crochet request,” asking if I would create a teapot cosy that looks like Björk. It’s the most unusual request I’ve received to date, and it’s finally finished!

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Knitted, crocheted, and embroidered with a mixture of merino wool, baby alpaca, and acrylic yarn. It took a few tries to get it just right, but I’m really pleased with the end result. It’s definitely one of a kind.

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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:

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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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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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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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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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I had a photo shoot today, and felt lucky to work with such an inspiring group of people modeling my knitwear.

Left to right: Yumi Vong, Albert Baez, Triza Likagwa, Olzhas, Mikela Bjork, and me. Scarves left to right: Simple in undyed wool, Union in black, Ryerson in stone, Ryerson in gun metal, Clifton in black and sable, two Ainslie scarves wrapped together (one in green, one in navy)

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