Confession: I’m A Jared Flood FanBoy

Gentle crochet hooks,

You’ve probably noticed lately that we haven’t seen much of each other.  And when we have seen each other it was in my crochet classes, so it was almost a case of keeping up appearances and showing a united front to the world. It’s not that I don’t love you anymore. I do! I always will. But, I think we need to see other crafts. In fact, I’ve been spending more and more time with the knitting needles that live in the other pencil case. We get along so well; it’s new and exciting. I’m always learning new things about them.

Darling crochet hooks… I love you, more than you will ever know. I’m just not IN love with you right now. I know that we’ll stay the best of friends, forever. You were my first love so you’ll always be a part of my life, and you can never be replaced. I just need to see where things go with knitting and me.

Yours forever (truly!),
Raynie

Gentle reader,

As y’all know, I LOVE crochet. And I’m far better at it than I am with knitting. But, you might have noticed that I’ve been knitting more and more lately. Knitting to me is still so new and exciting. I love that I’ve barely scratched the tip of the iceberg, I love seeing my stitches getting neater and more even, and I love that there are still techniques I haven’t yet tackled. It’s exciting to me to throw myself in the deep end and see what happened. That’s what I did with the Fenimore cabled tam by Jared Flood. And while making that tam, I fell in love with cables and I feel in love with Jared Flood’s designs.

I have a confession to make. I’m a Jared Flood fanboy. Not even ashamed.

Ever since then I’ve browsed his Ravelry designer page and oogled his designs trying to figure out which one to tackle next. Whenever a friend has some Brooklyn Tweed, I make crazed grabby hands to give it a squish. My Rav queue is littered with his patterns. Well, after driving myself to distraction with an unprecedented list of obligation knitting, I just HAD to cast something on for myself, just something to break up the cuz-I-have-to knitting to keep me sane. And I remembered that my totes amazing friend, Jules of Woollen Flower, had gifted me Terra, a J-Flood (as I now refer to him) shawl pattern, and feverishly ran to my computer and started printing it out. I dug around in my multiple yarn caches like some wild animal for some delish anonymous-backroom-specials-bin yarn from Bendigo Woolen Mills (where did I put it? When did I see it last? Was it still in the bag?) that was perfect and got to it! BLAM!

I love the yarn so much! It smells properly delicious, and the colors are completely cray-to-the-azy, but kind of subtly cray. I like subtly cray.

Here it is laid out so far. This part is super easy. It’s knit from the center out towards the edge, so I don’t get to the patterned charted bits until I get near the end. So, right now, it’s super chilled and relaxing, and then it’ll end with excitement plus!

Here you can see the crazy mess of colors and the ridged pattern repeats. I’m super stoked with how the colors are coming out. Because it’s knit in a thicker yarn and the lace pattern is pretty low key, I’m hoping I can wear it highwayman stylee and pull it off. We shall see!

So, I promised y’all some legit craftiness. I’ve got more too, but the Spock hat is proving more difficult to photograph than I’d expected, and all the socks and mitts I want to wait until I have finished pairs. But, watch this space!

Do you occasionally cheat on your main craft? Or are you a monogamous crafter? Sharezies!

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14 thoughts on “Confession: I’m A Jared Flood FanBoy

  1. I’m more a craft slut, than in a committed relationship with any one of them. I make cute lil girl frilly dresses complete with pinafores, I make and alter everyday wear, I make and alter ball gowns. I quilt, baby sized ones, large ones, small wall hangings. I do pillows, and furniture slip covers. I garden (is this a craft?) I have TONS of house plants, and terrariums, I have gobs of potted plants outside, I have 5 beds next to my house. I paint, and draw. I can knit but not crochet. I love cross stitch (my first ever craft). also, I color my hair. LOL

  2. Count me in, I’m a Jared Flood fanboy too! I think it complements my Rowan addiction.

    (ps I have a spare Shelter shade card you can have. Even the shade cards are gorgeous!)

  3. I just adore those colors Raynie! Wow…it looks like it was manufactured exactly for this stich. Ive also watched you out-grown the hook and agree with your \”temp break-up\” if you will.
    I love watching your knitting crafts and drool over them and stare at my needles and sigh with desperation…:( part if knitting or crotcheting means to focus but alas I see double…ugh..meds..
    Yes, we are Crafting Sluts BUT that means we\’re UBBER SUPER talented! Oh yeah!
    TB Sluts Unite! lol
    Besos xxox

  4. Such awesome yarn! It looks fab!

    I don’t really have a main craft (although crochet is making a bid for the title!) so I agree with Gothictany … crafting sluts unite!! ~_^

    1. Oh yeah! United Crafting Sluts Unite! :D
      Btw Raynie, I love how you wrote your “hookers” a sweet letter! ;) aww…
      Lovely.

    2. I’ve never been a monogamous crafter, but crochet’s been the top dog for so long. It was time for knitting to get some 1-on-1 time. ^_^

  5. Heya! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask.

    Does building a well-established website such as yours take a lot of work?
    I’m completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

    1. I feel like this might be spam that the filter missed… but if it’s not, I’m hardly in a position to give advice! I’m certainly not a “well-established website” at all. At least, not yet. ^_^

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