Oh. My. Gawd. I am beyond excited right now. I don't know where to begin. I'll start with the obvious: the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 12 Collection was just released! After months of designing and production, it's finally here! I couldn't be more proud of a collection, and for several reasons. First, Jared and I bid a fond "see ya later" to Leila Raabe. While she's no longer part of the Design Team, she's heading up Operations for Brooklyn Tweed. I'm sure you can surmise that her Operations job has been growing exponentially in the past two years. But, she has promised that she'll tease us with her designs when she gets the chance. (I promise - I'm harassing her quite vigilantly.) So, because of that we've welcomed two designers to the team. And when Jared told me who was joining us, I almost jumped out of the moving car we were in! Veronik Avery and Julie Hoover. Done. I need say no more.
I couldn't be in better company, and I couldn't respect two designers more. They are true talents and I feel humbled to have the opportunity to work with them. But, back to why I'm so proud of this collection - I think it's amazing to put a collection together of designs by 4 designers who've never worked all together before and put out something cohesive, complimentary yet unique and identifiable to each of us. It's unfortunate that the 4 of us aren't sitting together in a big studio, day in and day out. Imagine what we'd dream up then! But, we make the best of it with Skype, texting, emailing and IMing... and Facebook... and Ravelry.
I'm also proud because this collection marks a very loose anniversary with BT for me. My first collection as part of the Design Team was last year's Fall collection. I can't believe it's been a year. What's more unbelievable to me is that this is my 4th collection as part of the Design Team. Wow - what a year it's been.
And what just makes me glow from the inside out, is that my Eternity Scarf is part of this collection. Oh, how I love this Scarf. It's what started it all for me. It was my very first self-published design that I posted onto Ravelry on a whim. What was once a dream to design knitwear, had become a reality and in large part due to this Scarf. And I thank all of you who've bought the pattern. You don't know how much it means to me. So, the special edition BT version of the Eternity Scarf has three sizes - the neckwarmer, the long cowl (like the original), and an extra long version (which will fit over men's heads).
© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood
All of you who've bought this pattern on Ravelry in the past, will receive this version for free as an update.
Speaking of accessories that I love - the Fade Slouchy Hat. All I wanted was a cool looking hat that I would wear day in and day out once the weather got cold. With its ombre effect, it just makes it so much more special than a store-bought version. I had so much fun experimenting with all the different combinations of colors. I really really encourage you to play around. I can't wait to see everyone's versions! And I'm not exaggerating when I say this - 3 hours. It takes around 3 hours to knit this hat. And I'm not a fast knitter. It is THE perfect gift... although, you'll probably want to keep it for yourself when you're done. One color combination that didn't make it to the photo shoot is a "gray" version. It's Fossil, Sweatshirt and Soot. And while the colors don't bleed quite as naturally from one to the other, I still love it.
In addition to the two accessories, I designed 3 sweaters that I thought would be perfect for this transitional period. While it's gotten cooler here, it's still pretty warm during the day (and don't get me started on the humidity.) I just love these sweaters. I really wanted to design sweaters that were instantly nostalgic. I hope you can see yourselves in them for a long time, fast becoming your favorite... an old friend.
I plan on writing a post on each sweater to give you some detailed insights into each piece and a bit on my design process. So please come back and take a look!
I hope you've enjoyed the Look Book on Brooklyn Tweed's site and I hope you like these pieces as much as we do.