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BY MICHELE WANG

An Early Spring

The weather has quickly turned to Spring outside. It felt good to crack open the windows and let in some warm air. While Winter will always be my favorite season, I cannot deny the intoxicating effects of Springtime.

Although I could not have predicted this weather when the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team got together and planned out the Gansey collection, VANORA seems to strike the right note for Spring. In Brooklyn Tweed's light LOFT and in the color Fossil, it's definitely going to be my go-to when I take a walk along the river.

 PHOTO © Brooklyn Tweed / Jared Flood

PHOTO © Brooklyn Tweed / Jared Flood

Using the Gansey as inspiration, I combined two elements that traditionally adorns the Gansey: a rope cable and a geometric knit/purl combo. When I played around with placement and took a look at my swatch, it looked feminine to me.

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Maybe it was the soft Fossil color, or because I tried it in the fingering weight Loft, but as the ideas started to brew, I could really only envision something soft and feminine - quite the departure from the traditional Gansey originally worn by sea faring fishermen.

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I'm so happy with how VANORA turned out. When designing a hand knit garment, a lot of faith is involved. Sometimes, the finished piece is exactly what you had hoped for. Sometimes, it's a little different and better. And, sometimes... not better. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised with this finished garment.