We recently sent out our second newsletter, and apart from all the news and updates, there was also some talk of January favorites! Everyone seemed to enjoy this list, so we thought it would be fun to share it with all the rest of our readers as well! (By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, you’re not only missing out on these kinds of fun facts, but also our gorgeous new hat pattern, Melissa, available to all our subscribers for free!
Favorite yarn to work with: Brooklyn Tweed Arbor
This was my first time working with BT yarns, and I have to say, this is a dream yarn to work with! It is “wooly” and soft at the same time. It is the right amount of rustic and clean, if that makes sense. It is so squishy and bouncy, and the absolute best thing about it is Arbor’s amazing stitch definition. A definite go to yarn for any cable work!
I bought two skeins in the color Porter, because the project called for 160 yards, but I actually ended up knitting an entire adult hat out of one of these 50g beauties alone! Now I get to knit something else with the other skein! A matching hat perhaps?
50 grams | 145 yards | DK weight
100% Montana & South Dakota-grown Targhee wool
Dyed in Saco, Maine. Spun in Springvale, Maine.
You can read more about Arbor and how it was made on the Brookyn Tweed website!
Favorite knitting pattern and FO: Hirombe Hat by Brooklyn Tweed
I know, I know, it sounds like I’m doing a sponsored ad here, but I assure you, I’m not. This was also my first time knitting a BT pattern, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I couldn’t put down this hat. Worked entirely in twisted rib, it’s a reversible hat pattern, where clever increases and decreases make up the gorgeous stitches. The pattern is so intuitive, even for someone knitting from a chart for the first time. Easy to memorize, but not even slightly monotonous. That’s exactly how I like my knitting projects to be!
Also, this hat is absolutely stunning on both sides! Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of my finished object to show you, because I finished it the day before we left for our trip, and it’s currently keeping my husband warm while I’m away. But don’t you worry, I will most probably write an entire article about the Hirombe Hat in the future. In the meantime, here’s one of the gorgeous shots of this hat from the BT lookbook!
Favorite running views: Need I say more?
I love running while I travel. I always take my running shoes with me, and it’s one of my favorite ways to explore new places. So, naturally, the list for this category is not small. But this one’s an old favorite, and for good measure! The sunsets here are gorgeous, every single one of them. And you really can’t beat running along the sea, to the sound of the waves coming in, and the sun setting in the horizon...
Favorite video: Harris Tweed
Not knitting related, but fibre related! This short video is about how Harris Tweed is made. A friend of mine sent it to me (knowing my fascination with all things fibre and fabric these days), and I knew I had to share it with you!
I won’t say much more, but this video made my heart sing; traditions, passed down from generation to generation, slow and patient making, with so much detail, love and attention put into every strand and every piece of fabric! I have a whole new appreciation for tweed now!
Susanne is a knitter, blogger and engineer who recently got back from a 11-month long backpacking trip throughout New Zealand, SE Asia, and Nepal. She lives on Vancouver Island, where she knits, hikes, works at a full time job, and writes her wonderful blog posts.
I came across her account months ago through one of the challenges hosted by ArohaKnits, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started reading her blog and admiring her gorgeous landscape photography from the numerous hikes she gets to go on!
She also shares some beautifully curated knitting bucket lists, and it always feels like she put those together specifically for me! Go check out her blog!
That’s all for now. Let us know if you enjoyed reading about our favorites and what other favorite things you’d like to read about in the future! Oh and please share some of your favorites with us!