My sock progress. You know, one time I saw Kofi Annan (UN) knitting a sweater at Purl Soho in downtown NYC. It looked like he was a good knitter. The sweater was a very elegant men’s sweater—the kind that you’d find a Nieman Marcus or something like that. British sailors (men) were often knitters—that’s how knitting purportedly got started in that part of the world. (The men that tied ropes into knots started it…) Great fact. Men who knit are SO COOL. I’ve been told that the Prince of Wales also DEFINITELY knows how to knit. Also… a cool man knitter/blogger is a guy who goes by the name Brooklyn Tweed. Look up his blog… (Brooklyn Tweed—he also has a line of yarn now…) He’s one of the best!
Pullovers ahoy! I’m kind of in love with the delicate stripes of Breton, again by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed. I’ve seen this knitted up in person at Churchmouse and it’s really handsome. Feels like an heirloom piece.
The word “knitting” always conjures up images of my Grandmother sitting in her cottage knitting socks for her many grandchildren. This is a common picture when knitting is brought into a conversation, but Jared Flood has proved this image wrong. Anyone who believes men cannot knit is mistaken. The man behind “Brooklyn Tweed” has made knitting elegant and refreshing for both gentleman and ladies alike.
This Brooklyn, New York native has been keeping a blog since October 2005, when he was posting about Elsebeth Lavold Wools and his first knitting students. The blog evolved over the years into the beauty it is today with the incorporation of photographs, instructions, and patterns. Jared has not only shared his charming blog with his readers but also a book and a yarn label. Classic Elite Knitting published his book Made in Brooklyn in August 2009. “Brooklyn Tweed” presents a dreamlike world of lighthouses, skipping stones, and unpainted barns. Jared Flood is someone who will continue to broaden our expectations, making us want to sit by our grandmothers in their cottages and knit.
-Kendra DeKuiper, all photos courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed ( brooklyntweed.net )