• BT | Zenith

    By on September 10, 2014


    © Jared Flood | Brooklyn Tweed

    Yesterday was launch day at Brooklyn Tweed. Launch day is always very exciting but let’s face it – it is all the more exciting because we’re talking about the fall collection and fall is to knitters what christmas is to children. Whenever we work on a Brooklyn Tweed collection, we are given themes and mood boards ahead of time of our design team meeting. For fall, our mandate was to create a collection inspired by fishermen’s sweaters.

    Jared, who is easily the best boss I’ve ever had, isn’t particularly strict with us (the team consists of Jared, Michele, Julie and I). While we may be given a certain departure point as a guide, we are free to interpret our theme as we fit and to remain true to our own aesthetics.



    With that in mind, I began to work on my concepts. As usual, I began by sketching overall shapes – I occasionally begin with a stitch pattern, but rarely. I am a seamstress at heart and usually shop for fabric after choosing the kind of garment I’ll make next.


    © Jared Flood | Brooklyn Tweed

    It had been a while since I had designed a circular yoke. They’re a favourite of mine as they allow for quite an oversized fit while remaining tidy around the shoulders. The sample shown above has 10 1/2″ of positive ease on the model but if less ease is desired, choose to knit a smaller size in relation to your own bust measurement. Zenith‘s finished circumference at bust  is 36½ (40, 43½, 47, 50¾, 54¼)”, but it should be noted that the yoke chart is longer for the larger sizes in order to keep the ratio correct.

    In closing, I’d like to add a big shout out to Wannietta for knitting the sample. Honestly, she has knit so many of my samples over the years – the first was Shimmer Aran, way back in 2003 – that she deserves her own blog post. I promise it won’t take two years

  • En Français sous peu!

    By on July 6, 2014

    Je suis en train de traduire ce site mais veuillez patienter, s’il vous plait – c’est long… Il y a probablement des centaines de mots cachés à travers le site (voir plus haut “By” Veronik, par exemple) et en plus, j’ai l’intention de changer de plate-forme pour la boutique. Vu que j’ai aussi d’autres choses à faire, ça prend le temps que ça prend…

    Faites moi signe si vous attendez le site en Français – merci!

  • Terry Fox Run 2012

    By on September 17, 2012

    Quick post: my daughter Oona is participating in the Terry Fox Run this year. In order to help her raise her objective, I’m running a contest – anyone who donates anything over $5 will be entered in a draw for a sweater’s  worth of St-Denis Sommet (15 balls!) in the colour of the winner’s choice. Second prize will consist of a kit to knit this little Terry teddy bear as well as the magazine containing the pattern. Here is Oona’s page:


    Thank you and good luck!

    ETA: don’t forget to send me an email or to leave a comment if you donate – I know how to reach a couple of the donors so far, but not all. And I certainly don’t know how to reach ‘anonynous’!

  • Back to School

    By on September 5, 2012

    Several snippets of news today – and well there should be, after so many months of silence…

    Some time ago, I began to reconsider having a yarn line; for a variety of reasons, it was decided that it was time to let it go. So, as of today, the process of liquidating the yarn in stock has begun. Everything but the magazines, patterns and Briggs & Little yarn is 30% off the original price – the magazines are 50% off. Please note that all orders will ship from Canada, that supplies are limited and that sale prices cannot be applied retroactively. So, stock up!

    In other news, I should add that the title of this post is not an analogy and that I am indeed back in school full time. Earlier this year, I enrolled in beauty school with the goal of becoming a hairdresser. Everything is working out great on that front, and I have been immersed in the world of hair for a little over 3 months. It’s about to get even more exciting later this month as we begin to learn the craft of hair colour…

    With these announcements, some of you may wonder what lies next for me within the knitting world – I’ve wondered about this myself. However, a friend (pictured above – recognize him?) asked if I would be interested in joining his in house knitwear design team. Our first collection is finally unveiled this morning, which means I no longer have to keep it a secret. You can see the look book here

  • Saga of the 262

    By on April 20, 2012

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    After  I took the vintage machine for their little airing, my friend remarked positively on the Pfaff. That little compliment along with having sewn curtains for Monique a few weeks ago did it – it was high time to get old 262 going again.

    (in case you’re wondering: sewing curtains on the other machines is fine, but it feels like I’m pushing it too hard when I sew at maximum speed for a certain length of time. The Pfaff 238 must have spoiled me, as it was such a beast. The 262 isn’t as strong, but still has a 1.12 amp motor which will fare better with curtains and denim than the Janome’s 0.7 amp motor.)

    Anyhow, try as I might, the 262 does not want to be reasoned with – it only wants to do a zigzag. Since opening her up, I’ve joined a couple of groups of vintage sewing machine enthusiasts and created the video above so that they could weigh in as to what the problem might be (bigger video can be found here).

    I apologize to those of you who have no interest in sewing and/or vintage machines – I’ll be back on track soon. In any case, all my knitting is secret at the moment so I wouldn’t have anything to tell you about even if I wasn’t so enthralled with gears.