I like it! – Tin Can Knits!

So, I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time poking around Ravelry and reading knitting and fiber blogs. I have a Ravelry queue that’s a brillion items long. Even though I know it’s unlikely I’ll actually make the majority of those things, I really enjoy looking at the colours, shapes, and ideas circulating in the fiber arts world.

With their west coast aesthetic and simple, high-impact designs, Tin Can Knits is one of my favourite design collectives right now.

I’m really intrigued by their new Simple Collection, with patterns intended to help walk newer knitters through learning some key skills, but also appealing to experienced knitters. There’s an amazing image showing the patterns in the collection and the skills they’ll help with here.

Although only the Wheat and Malt patterns have been released so far, I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest when they’re available!

Tin Can Knits has several other collections besides the Simple Collection – I’m especially partial to Pacific Knits, and I’m hoping I can squeeze a Low Tide Cardigan out of a couple of skeins of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock (in green, of course!) before the summer is over :)

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Have you knit or queued any Tin Can Knits patterns? Which designers or design collectives are making your heart go pitter-pat these days?

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I like having a chance to win free stuff! No joke.

So, I’m a huge and unabashed Juniper Moonie. Meaning that I moon over basically whatever Juniper Moon Farm does. (Too cheesy? Moonie? No? Yes? PUNS?!)

And they’re having a really, really awesome contest right now. There are instructions on this blog post over there for what to do (very easy)… to get the chance to win a TON of gorgeous patterns! For freeeee! Free stuff. I’m saying, free stuff is good.

Full disclosure: although I’m pretty much just a huge fangirl, I’ve tested and sample knit some of their patterns in the past. They are lovely patterns (here are all the ones available digitally right now – there are more in print booklets that might be at your LYS!), and even lovelier people running the company.

Check out their stuff! Juniper Moon! Go go go! :)

I like it! – Brooklyn Tweed MEN!

Hi friends!

So, pretty much all of the design work (and yarn) that comes out of Jared Flood’s Brooklyn Tweed line is amazing. The designs are simple, creative, elegant, and exciting at the same time.

In the past, I’ve knit a couple of Brooklyn Tweed patterns, including (a barf green) Bridgewater and the Tweed Baby Blanket, and any time a new BT Wool People lookbook comes out, my Ravelry queue explodes a bit.

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I’ve also the chance to knit with some of Brooklyn Tweed’s yarn – I made some lovely cabled (also barfy green) mittens out of Shelter in the Sap colourway, and I’ve been saving up some Loft in my stash for something special.

Today BT came out with a new lookbook and pattern series all designed for MEN! I really, really love the collection, and several pieces went directly into my queue.

I think the t-shirt inspired Redford sweater, designed by the extremely talented Julie Hoover, is my favourite of the bunch, and something my fashion-conscious and very picky spouse might actually like and wear! Timberline, designed by Jared Flood himself, is basically stunning, and I’d love to make a version for myself, to be honest.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely take a look! There is a dearth of stylish, interesting, excellent knitting patterns for men out there – this collection helps to solve that problem :)