I have the tendency to fall in love with things, mostly locations, that I have never experienced. I like to refer to Boston and Portland as my favorite places I would like to live...that I've never been to before. I also like to fall in love with scruffy and seldom bespectacled knitwear designers who live in Brooklyn.
I'm looking at you, Mr. Flood.
My boyfriend rolls his eyes whenever I mention that there is a new Jared Flood pattern out or whenever I talk about how attractive he is. There are very few "big" male knitters, dear, so please cut me some slack, nod your head and let me just *imagine*. He can deal with it because today, because, well, I can't even handle today.
For the sake of all other men, Jared Flood needs to stop.
Anyway, I will put the fangirling on hold (for now), because what inspired me to write this (ridiculously embarrassing) post was not Mr. Flood himself, but a collaborative effort between himself and some fellow designers: Wool People Volume 1, a collaborative effort between 14 knitwear designers (Mr. Flood not included). The collection includes 15 patterns, most of which are garments with a few accessories thrown in the mix. This collaboration pairs designers like The Shetland Trader Gudrun Johnson (whose askew cardigan just might be my favorite in the collection), Quince & Co.'s Carrie Bostick Hoge, and Stephen West with some designers you may not be as familiar with, which is a pretty darn awesome experience.
And these designers really hold their own, with people like Leila Raabe (designer of the popular Shaelyn shawl), Kirsten Johnstone, and Olga Buraya-Kefelian, who has been a favorite of mine for awhile now. This post has taken me over an hour to write and, as I flip through these images again and again, I still can't decide which to knit first. All images are taken from Jared Flood's website or Ravelry, unless otherwise mentioned.
|Levenwick by Gudrun Johnson|
|Allegheny by Thea Colman|
|Hourglass Throw by Anne Hanson|
|Holl by Kirsten Johnstone|
|Seraphine by Lucy Sweetland|
I feel like the only proper way to end this post is with this question...Jared, will you go to the school dance with me? Check YES or no.