Let’s warm things up a bit, shall we? Come in. Sit down. I’ve got Jazz standards playing in the background. My knitting is within arms reach.
(I hope you brought yours too.)
And of course, my cup o’ coffee is even closer and it’s getting down to the last drop…
Can I offer you something to drink?
Perhaps a spicy Bloody Mary? I have Champagne, it’s dry and light. Perfect for a Mimosa if you care for one of those instead.
Maybe I should ask Thea Colman what she suggests… After all, she’s BabyCocktails.
If you follow Thea on instagram (@theacolman) you’ll know that about a week ago she treated herself to this heavenly concoction. A hot toddy of sorts made with cardamom clove syrup, bourbon and cider. Mmmm… it sounds comforting and smooth. (The way I like my Jazz, by the way.)
I first discovered Thea back in 2012 when she exploded onto the scene with none other than Vodka Lemonade. (Seriously, I’m not talking about a beverage this time…) I’m talking about this:
At the time, I was working as a sales associate at a yarn shop and all of our Wednesday ladies were oohing and ahhing over the versatility of this Spring cardigan. Thea knows her market well. She offers this sweater in sizes that range from 32-52. Just the other day Anne and I were discussing sweater fit and size. Not many knitwear designers know how, or rather, don’t really care to offer a sweater design that provides reasonable sizing for the female figure. Just offering S, M, and L doesn’t cut it. I’ll even go so far as to quote Ellen Lewis and say “It’s lame.”
Another old adage I like to live by comes to mind… “Do your work with mastery.” Even mere muggles know that knitters spend hours upon hours creating. Designers do too, even more so. But the great knitters and the great designers all have that one thing in common; they do their work with mastery. They don’t stop until the dream turns real. They tweak, they muddle, they step away, they come back with new eyes, and somehow they have a finished product that provides us with a certain story.
That story is inspiration that was given life! It’s been released and now it’s tangible. I can see it. You can feel it. It’s not an idea in someone’s mind – now it’s music you can hear, it’s art you can see, it’s a knitted garment that you can wear!
And for any person who gets excited by the idea of creating and being creative – Designers can create an energy that we easily get drunk on. (Well, I’ll speak for myself.) At any rate, as a knitwear designer, you’re inspiring others to create your vision. It’s a talent that few execute efficiently. But when they do – I find myself saying “I gotta have a piece of that.” And that’s EXACTLY what happened when Thea finished this beauty:
I mean for crying out loud… Every time I look at this, I imagine it’s the same way a scotch drinking man looks at a slinky lounge singer. (Blame it on the 1920’s Boardwalk Empire Jazz that’s still on da repeat over here.) I’m coveting it so badly. I can’t stop. I’m practically drooling in my coffee. I want. I need. I must have. It’s my one desire. A knitwear designer hasn’t made me feel this alive in quite a while.
I got so excited that I didn’t even introduce the two of you properly… Knitters of the Knitting Universe … Get ready for World Domination. (Are your sticks at the ready?) This is Ommegang by Thea Colman and it’s the bee’s knees.
To me what sets this garment apart from all of the knitting patterns out there right now is this: It’s classic. It’s not going anywhere. It’s a garment that will stay in your closet forever. It’s modern, inviting, and oh-so-cozy. (I think a lot of the coziness specifically has to do with the yarn choice.) Allow me to wax poetically about Bare Naked Wools, because the stitch definition achieved by Thea’s use of BNW Stone Soup DK (shown in Marble) is also what I think makes this a show-stoppah.
The garment is detailed. The cables need you attention. And there’s nothing I like better than sitting by myself, cup o’coffee, Saturday morning, slow jazz, and a fantastic cable knitting project. Mmmmm… pretty satisfying if you ask me.
On top of that… This can easily be dressed down or dressed up. I LOVE my tights. Ask the girls at Knitspot – all you ever see me in are my tights. Make this into a tunic length, and sport some tights with some sexy high heels. You have yourself a killah outfit. If you want to wear the boyfriend jeans, it’s gonna go great with those. And um… if you just want to wear it without pants… I’m not gonna disapprove. You’re going to look mahvelous dahling. Just stay inside for that. I don’t want you to catch a cold because I conjured up a crazy idea… Just sayin’.
Thea – Lady friend… you outdid yourself. I wish you so much success with this pattern and I look forward to everything you’re going to create in the future! I speak on behalf of the entire Knitspot team when I say it has been an absolute pleasure collaborating with you on this design. You created something truly special. Dare I say, it’s The Cat’s Meow.
Happy Knitting, guys!