Dear Knitters, Summer arrived early in Oregon this year. We’ve been working hard to fix up our new headquarters and bring some wonderful new team members aboard. But we’re also taking full advantage of the unbelievable weather, taking weekends to explore the beautiful mountains and fertile valleys that surround our new city. We’ve been scouting locations for future collection shoots, making connections with possible partners for exciting long-term projects, and occasionally just kicking up our heels and picking incredible fresh fruit on local farms (Mt. Hood strawberries are my favorite find so far). And of course there’s always plenty of knitting. (I was grateful to have wool and needles in my bag when I logged my first experience of waiting in traffic for one of Portland’s drawbridges to come back down last week!)
I know most of you share my opinion that knitting is a year-round pursuit, no matter how high the temperature or humidity. And so today we’re delighted to encourage your summer knitting with a new Wool People collection
. Independent designers from Argentina, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Ukraine, Canada, and the United States have contributed seven lace shawls and seven modern garments to keep your needles happy.
For the lace collection, I asked designers for ideas rooted in the geometry of natural or architectural forms. The shawls, wraps, and scarves that grew from this inspiration offer fresh interpretations of traditional motifs and opportunities to learn new techniques. They’re also stunningly beautiful and full of clever details that will make them as enjoyable to knit as they are to wear.
The sweaters in the collection are modern standouts that will add clean, architectural style to your wardrobe. They’re all worked in an urban palette of cool neutrals that lets their structure take center stage. Whether your style is sporty or artsy, chic or casual, we hope you’ll fall in love with the unique details and wearable shapes of these garments that explore texture, line and form.
Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks; we’re launching a new series of bite-size designer features called Take 5
that will give you a peek at the creative lives of this incredibly talented and global bunch.
I hope you'll enjoy our ninth installment of Wool People whether you're looking for summer knitting projects, or getting a jump start on new fall wardrobe staples. Stay cool and happy knitting! All my best, Jared
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