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Happy 10th Anniversary Brooklyn Tweed!

Happy 10th Anniversary Brooklyn Tweed!

As a long time customer and friend of the team, I thought I’d share a few of my own personal BT moments from your first decade to highlight how the company you’ve created has become such a source of creative joy. I was lucky to find Jared Flood and his blog back before Brooklyn Tweed became a company and a calling. I remember beautifully lit photography, artful swatches, simply styled compositions, subtle texture and most of all, passion for the craft of knitting and the beauty it creates. Jared’s obvious passion helped spur my own. And, knitting his Cobblestone Sweater...

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The Story of Mum's Sweater

The Story of Mum's Sweater

  My Mum was an accomplished knitter, especially with beautiful yarns. I guess that is where I inherited my passion for knitting and my love of luxurious wool. I first discovered Brooklyn Tweed in 2014 and have been an enthusiastic knitter of BT patterns and yarns ever since. In 2016, I knit “Trailhead Cardigan” by Véronik Avery in Loft held double in colour Blanket Fort for my dear Mum. It fit her beautifully; she loved it and wore it often until her recent passing at the ripe old age of 97. A life enjoyed and very well lived. After Mum’s...

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A Decade With Wool

A Decade With Wool

Ten years ago I was experiencing a morning not so unlike this one — sitting silently in my home, processing my thoughts at a keyboard. Expressing words of gratitude and hopefulness to my community amid swirling waves of emotion. A dual presence of hope and uncertainty. An electric combination of excitement and trepidation.  That day, the time had come to reveal my passion project to the world: a fledgling handknitting startup offering a modest, single batch of domestically sourced and manufactured yarn. I was excited to share something that meant so much to me, and unnerved by the vulnerability inherent in...

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Part II: Crafting Freedom by Ra Malika Imhotep

Part II: Crafting Freedom  by Ra Malika Imhotep

What if I told you there was a thread, unspooling itself across time and space, between 19th Century slavery abolitionists like Anna Murray Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the work of modern scholars, activists and artists working to abolish the prison industrial complex? While the political linkages may be obvious and the social, economic and environmental stakes of both struggles have been laid out by previous blog posts in this series, I am talking about a literal thread -- the material of craft. Although the dominant representation of the relationship between enslaved Africans and cotton is the agricultural labor of...

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