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Flood + Shelter

Dear Kay,
I’m spending a shocking amount of time poking around looking for my next thing to knit. Really, couldn’t you just spend all your time in anticipation of knitting?
I just want to observe here that Jared Flood’s yarn, Shelter, is the only yarn I’ve ever seen that I would like to own in every single color.
Glorious! I’m crazy for it!
It comes from here online.
Here’s how this American-made yarn is created. You know me–I love a factory tour.
And Jared’s patterns are as ever, delicious to contemplate. His latest project, Wool People, Vol. 1, brings together great patterns from a variety of designers. What I especially like about these patterns is that they don’t have that wackadoodle look that sometimes happens with knitted garments and accessories. Maybe it’s just me, but knitting that hovers under the radar can sometimes be the most fun. Not everybody needs to be able to identify that you are wearing five handknits at the same time. It’s nice to wear the occasional handknit that is subtle, that is your own private little triumph.
You can’t really skid off the blacktop when you’re working with a yarn like this. Everything looks beautiful, period.
I love it all. I mean: how great to see all this energy and talent. (And no, I haven’t had the chance to meet Jared, and he hasn’t paid me!) (Happy to be paid off, of course.) (Can’t be bought, but can be rented.) (Paypal works great.) (No Euros at the moment, pls.)



  1. Shelter is on my short list of yarns I want to try right away. As soon as my latest big project is done, I think I want to make myself a winter “coat-sweater” (you know what I mean, right?) out of this stuff. Probably colorwork, because stranded would mean warm possibly all winter long!

  2. How lovely! I think subtle is the way to go with handknits. I don’t need another reason for people to look at me funny. ;^)

  3. I have met Jared, I took a color work class with him, and he was as delightful as you would imagine. He showed us the most wonderful sweater he made and I just marveled at a man his age being ga-ga over finishing steeks, etc. I will have to get some of that yarn, too.

  4. Oh wow! I can see what you mean about wanting EVERY color! That’s a truly gorgeous palette!

  5. Shelter is spun at Harrisville Designs, in NH….. a fabulous place. Please send people to their website…… it is gorgeous!

  6. Such pretty yarn! And I love the idea of US fiber so much I’ve begun growing it my own backyard πŸ™‚

  7. I love the Wool People Just love it. Every damn thing in it.
    But ESPECIALLY that plaid-blanket-with-carrying-harness.
    Can’t wait for Cotton People.

  8. Used Shelter for a cowl last fall – LOVE the yarn! Speaking of Wool People, I’m in luve with Seraphine. Totally.

  9. I am currently working on the Hourglass throw in the baby size. While I would love to work with SHELTER, I went with Cascade 220 Superwash for the washability need in a baby blanket.

  10. If you ever get a chance to take a class from Jared — run do not walk to the opportunity. One of the best teachers ever. And “such a nice young man,” I say, from my 65 year old perch.

  11. Does it ever get tiring hearing that you two are freaking funny? I literally lol’d at the end there. I saw some shelter and wasn’t nuts for the texture, I’m a smooooooth yarn kind of gal. But the colors have such a depth to them, it’s really impressive. I think I should buy some and try some though, cause it seems like the kind of yarn that will bloom beautifully when blocked.

  12. Is it time for a Mason Dixon Sullivan Cardigan KAL??

  13. What exactly is the definition of whackadoodle?

  14. Oh yes it is wonderful. I knit the Romney Triangle scarf, and I think this is my favorite yarn.

  15. I’m with you, Ann. I love every color of this yarn. I haven’t had a tactile experience with it, but can’t help thinking that if it looks this good, it has to feel wonderful, too!

  16. I made a cowl and mitts in the color “buttonjar” and while it isn’t my favorite yarn with which to knit, the depth and range of color is gasp-worthy.

  17. At the event “Yarnover 2011” in MN this year some friends and I were lucky enough to have a photo taken with Mr. Flood – in fact we sort of stalked him between classes. πŸ™‚ Poor guy. Shelter is amazing, his patterns are amazing, Wool People Vol.1 – Amazing!

  18. Ann, thanks for the look! Gorgeous!

  19. I love his patterns. I have knit 3 Koolhaas hats, fun and interesting to knit,fit well and they always start a conversation. I am about to cast on a Habitat hat in Shelter Almanac. dorinda

  20. When Shelter came out I was itching to take it out for a test drive. Decided to knit Harmonias Ring in the Sap colorway and it turned out great. LOVE this yarn. Definitely a staple for my stash! P.S. Missed the Bazaar & tour for the first time in years. Hope everyone didn’t melt in the heat!

  21. Forget cash; I’d be paid off in yarn or fibre… πŸ˜‰

  22. I confess, I think I enjoy planning knitting than actually knitting.

  23. I do spend a lot of my time being “in anticipation of knitting”! One of my favorite places to be!

  24. I fully agree. Everything he touches and makes is wonderful..

  25. if i could knit with all wool i would want this

  26. Shelter is AMAZING. I got a chance to feel it at Purl Soho. It’s such a beautiful yarn!!

  27. You had me at Umaro. All the rest? Dessert!

  28. Love Jared, love Shelter, love Wool People! One of my favorite designers is featured in this volume–that Thea Colman and Jared Flood are working together is just truly awesome! Can’t wait to cast on for Allegheny!

  29. I know I’m late to the party on this, but that picture is terribly unfair. She is carrying the heavy picnic basket while he is toting the blanket. Nope, nope, nope… That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.


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