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A picture can say a thousand words… needless to say, I’m in paradise.

Sheep, sheep, everywhere you look.

Hand-grading and hand-sorting of Shetland wool at Jamieson and Smith.

Fishing boats in Lerwick.

Laceweight Shetland wool on a sunny windowsill in the Textile Museum.

Stone boat houses.

Robert Williamson‘s original hand drawn notebooks

Fair Isle stocking cap from the Shetland Museum archive.

Flowers cling to cliffs.

Sunset near Sandness.

Be still my heart.

I’m a bit behind on sharing some of the wonderful experiences I’ve had in the past couple of months — like, oh I don’t know…. the day an original Elizabeth Zimmermann came walking through my door?

EZ's Green Sweater

Many of you have hopefully already read about the surfacing of this historic garment over at Twist Collective and, if you haven’t, don’t worry — I’ll be directing you to the good stuff in just a moment.

EZ's Green Sweater

Back in the spring, the lovely ladies of Twist came a calling with a question: Would I be interested in photographing an Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater that had recently surfaced through an old family friend in New Jersey? I paused momentarily to wonder seriously if I had slipped into one of my many knitting-fantasy-daydreams. When it seemed that, yes, this was actually happening, I mustered all of my self-control in an attempt to respond in a professional manner. “Yes. Yes, that would be fine.”

Juuuuust fine.

EZ's Green Sweater

The sweater, knit with a heathered green, firmly spun, single ply wool, entered the apartment with a palpable silence, and, upon immediate inspection I found myself admiring its industrious, masterful technique. Right away the sheer Integrity with which this sweater was achieved became evident: not just its obvious cleverness, or knitterly construction (EZ’s Hallmark) but rather the serendipitous balance of tenacity and care that is so clearly present as your eyes maneuver over mitered hems, prim buttonholes and directional details.

At that point I muttered to myself something colossally obvious yet seemingly so epiphanous: “Elizabeth could really knit!”

EZ's Green Sweater

Sunday Holm recreated the sweater after it was presented to her at a New Jersey LYS by Joan Morhard Smith, a childhood neighbor and friend of Elizabeth and Arnold. Read Sunday’s account of decoding and re-knitting the original here, and Joan Morhard Smith’s recollections of Elizabeth (“Betty”) here.

What a pleasure to spend an afternoon with this sweater and its re-incarnated version. I was truly grateful for the experience.

EZ's Green Sweater

The original sweater, so well-worn after two generations of love and adoration under Joan’s roof, is a testament to the lasting power of good materials, good technique, and a good home — all the ingredients for Knitting’s finest heirlooms. Elbow holes aside (which I find make the sweater even more endearing, if that’s possible) this garment has taken its ardent wearers through two lifetimes with strength and grace. What could be better than that?

EZ's Green Sweater

Among the other appreciations this garment conjured up that day, it incited me to reflect on one of our loftiest and most noble knitting aspirations — to spend a life making beautiful, lasting, technique-rich garments whose value and worth can never diminish.

Adding to the the thousands of times I’ve uttered these same words before in my life, both privately and publicly: Thank you, Elizabeth.

My all-time favorite jobs as a photographer are those that involve shooting artists’ spaces, and, of course, the artists that they house. So I was completely thrilled when Knit.1 asked me to pay a visit to designer Wenlan Chia’s studio in Manhattan to spend the day with her for a few portraits and studio shots. We had such a great time together – and I thought I’d share some of the shots with you, as I’m sure there are some big Twinkle fans out there.

Wenlan Chia
A Day at Twinkle
 

In the handknitting community, Wenlan is probably best known for her signature super bulky merino yarn – Soft Chunky (pictured below) (kinda looks like cotton candy, doesn’t it?) and the wonderfully chunky fashion knits she conjures up with it.

 

A Day at Twinkle

She carries two other yarn lines, which I hadn’t ever experienced in person – and let me tell you, being surrounded by handknit samples of throws everywhere you turn isn’t a bad way to experience a new yarn either.

A Day at Twinkle

And while of course I had plenty of delicious knits around to keep my lens busy all day… there were certainly a few other things that I had a hard time keeping away from…

A Day at Twinkle

Wenlan’s dog, Milan, has a huge personality and wanted to be a part of the action all day. Aside from being a photogenic little canine, he serves as inspiration for many of Wenlan’s home designs as I soon found out.

A Day at Twinkle
A Day at Twinkle

I think I mentioned in a previous post about my Twinkle Chunky throw (Finished! Photos soon!) that I had come into a small stash of Soft Chunky in a special circumstance – well this is how. I saw these luscious throws in the studio and had to have one. And since Wenlan basically
forced me to take yarn… what was I to do but gracefully oblige?

A Day at Twinkle
A Day at Twinkle
A Day at Twinkle


If you’d like to read up on Wenlan’s inspiring story, check out the article in the current issue of Knit.1 for more. My very own Chia-designer-throw will be featured here in just a few short days… if I can pull myself out from under it long enough for a photoshoot.

Wenlan Chia

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays and giving your knitting some extra special face-time. It feels like the first time I’ve been able to take a breath and truly enjoy my knitting for some time. And it’s wonderful.

[If you haven't gotten enough of Ms. Chia, see more photos from Twinkle here]

I’m working on a special location photo shoot, but until then here’s a little peak!

Brooklyn's Got A Brand New Yoke (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

 

More soon!

I’ve had a great time getting acquainted with my wheel and have been rocking the handspun many a late-summer night. I figured this Friday Fiber Flash would focus on the handspun yarns that seem to be accruing in every vacant nook and cranny in sight. Click the images for more details.

Burning Bush
Pulse 2-Ply
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Have a wonderful weekend!
Blocking
Blocking
Blocking
Don’t you just love this part?


Tension
Double Drive Tensioning
On-Board Lazy Kate
Oriface and Bearing
Kromski Minstrel
Small Whorl Storage
Hooks and Flyer
Kromski Minstrel
Mr. Footman
Bobbins
Hand Turned Spokes
Kromski Minstrel
 

pictured: my new Kromski Minstrel

It’s been awhile since I posted any gratuitous yarn shots on a Friday. And boy do I have some beauties to show you today. *Sundara Yarn. I think that’s all there is to be said.

I Die For This Color
(I live in fear that I’ll never find a project worthy of this perfect color)
Sundara Sock "Brown with Red"

Sundara Sock

So Saturated it Hurts

Colorwork!
Did someone say colorwork?

Enjoy your weekend!
[*Yarn pictured is Sundara Sock in unique semi-solid dyelots.]

Just popping in to say hi and wish you a nice long weekend. I’m reserving Monday for knitting. Only.

Rowan Wool Cotton
Rowan Wool Cotton
And a little Friday Fiber to aid in my well-wishing. See you next week!

One Colorcard to Rule Them All
Blue Heaven
The Mother of all Colorcards

Jamieson’s Shetland. So this is what love feels like.