Thursday, January 16, 2014

give me shelter

I can vividly remember several holidays where my knitting projects seemed to drift away from me, never to be completed in time for their intended recipient (or worse, completed and not fitting). Since then, I rarely knit for anyone for Christmas, although I have been known to pick things out to make for family members from time to time.

This holiday, I decided that one of the things I would like to do in 2014 is knit my dad a sweater. Since we've lived in Iowa, I have seen him wearing all sorts of interesting sweaters, from stretched-out cotton ones he's had since I was born, to really nice wool ones my mother bought for him but were too warm to wear in Atlanta, Kentucky and Virginia.

His favorites tend to lean a little on the rustic side. No surprise, for a man who fully absorbs himself in all things related to bluegrass music. I wanted to give him a sweater that I knew he would like, and that meant picking a pattern that he had already expressed interest in, and then having him choose his yarn color.
photo by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed
We settled on Fort, a sweater from the Men's Collection released last year by Brooklyn Tweed. Fort is a design by Jared Flood with a professorial feel to it. From the moss stitch body to the elbow patches, everything about it seems like something my dad will wear a lot. We picked up a sampler card, and he chose the colorway 'Old World' -- a dark, purple-navy with flecks of red and cobalt. I love the yarn already, and all I've knit so far is the swatch!

I have a few projects to get going before this project is officially in progress, but I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised by this yarn. I thought that because of the rustic texture, it wouldn't be very soft. I should have known better -- the base fiber is, after all, a Columbia Targhee cross. I love both of these breeds for spinning -- why wouldn't I adore them for knitting too?

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