(Women’s) Whiskey and Wool Wednesday

What do you think of when you hear the words “whiskey and wool”? Do you think of a dark wood bar, plush leather chairs, the smell of firewood, and perhaps a bearded man sipping whiskey in a handsome woolen sweater? Well, I call bunk on the latter part of that imagery. When we were developing the “Whiskey and Wool” story in Interweave Knits Winter 2017, the inspiration was not the guy with the beard (although, we were happy to include them), but instead the woman sipping Jameson and knitting away in the dark wood bar with the fireplace crackling away.

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to an aesthetic that is considered traditionally masculine, but it’s always made me feel at home. To thine own self be true, right? Thanks, Polonius. And I bet I’m not the only woman out there who loves the smell of campfire, a Pendleton blanket, a leather couch, and a bottle of good whiskey. Oh, and a stash of tweed and heather yarns that range from one side of the neutral spectrum to black.

So pour yourself a spirit or beverage of your choice, and let us peruse the handsome woolens for women in the Whiskey and Wool collection.

Cork Pullover by Jen Hagan. HiKoo Simplinatural, distributed by Skacel

The Cork Pullover is listed first in both the magazine and this post for good reason. It is one of the most decadent and wearable sweater designs to grace the pages of Interweave Knits. The intuitive lattice cable, the simple drop shoulder silhouette, the comfortable cowl neck, and the refined cabled ribbing combined with the uber soft HiKoo Simplinatural make this pullover a must for both knitting and wearing in your favorite whiskey bar, wool shop, or on the couch at home.

Tullamore Pullover by Brandy Velten. Woolfolk Får

Fun fact: it was approximately 85 degrees out the day of our photo shoot, and we were all concerned our trooper of a model was going to faint in her cozy merino pullover. But she didn’t! What a pro. But she did say that despite the heat, she would wear the Tullamore Pullover come winter. I think it was the cables, and the Woolfolk Får.

Galway Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman. Plymouth Galway Worsted

It was much cooler inside the bar, where we shot for the rest of the day. The Galway Pullover—named after both the city and the yarn—features an original central cable motif by Kathy Zimmerman.

Killarney Tunic by Sarah Solomon. Karabella Yarns Superyak

This design has a special place in my closet. I can’t say anything more about this design than I’ve already said. It’s my favorite sweater, I wear it all the time (just ask any of my colleagues), occasionally multiple times a week. I really should wash it soon. I encourage anyone who can knit and purl to make this sweater. It’s that easy and that wearable.

Ennis Pullover by Sarah Solomon. Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, distributed by Sirdar USA

This sweater is about two things: cashmere and cables. The cashmere, merino, silk blend of Sublime Baby Cashmere make the gorgeous and intricate cable work on the Ennis Pullover pop. And despite label, this yarn is 100% machine washable—just make sure to lay it flat to dry.

Bray Cardigan by Josie Mercier. Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted

The Bray Cardigan can only be referred to loosely as a cardigan. This equestrian-inspired jacket pays attention to tailoring and is softened by the traditional cable motifs.

Are you a whiskey and wool lover, too? Join the club. Do these designs favor your palate, or are you looking for a higher proof? Let us know!

Warmly with whiskey,
Meghan Babin

P.S. Thanks once again to The Forge Publick House in Fort Collins, Colorado for allowing us take over their beautiful bar for a day, where we forged everlasting friendships. #ilovepunsandicannotlie

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