Great Northern

I've written before about the awesomeness of Kickstarter knitting-related campaigns. I'm a huge fan of DIY ethos and I love that we live in a world today where, thanks to technology, someone can crowdsource and print a book on their own without having to navigate a publishing house. In this post, that someone is actually two someones--Teresa Gregorio and Leah Coccari-Swift, who have teamed up to produce Great Northern.

Great Northern is inspired by Twin Peaks, a show I've actually never watched aside from the first half of the first episode, which leaves me woefully unprepared to write this. I did some digging though (yay, power of the Internet!) and discovered this show is mega. Like, references all over pop culture in multiple mediums including things that I'm into. See: Clueless, Hype!, Homestar Runner, Texas is the Reason. Looks like we have something in common after all. :)

What I do know is that both Teresa and Leah have cooked up a fantastically vintage-chic collection of knitwear and guess what--you don't need to 'get' it to love their designs! I'm saved, and so is my already-overflowing Netflix queue! (But in all seriousness, I'm thinking I hardcore need to watch this show STAT.) My Ravelry queue, however, is another story. I'm super digging these sweaters:

It's easy to get stuck in a design rut. Cardigan, check. Insert stitch pattern, check. We're capable of more than that though, and I love seeing my fellow designers reach for lofty goals and stretch their creativity. I'm always a fan of weird or unique sources of inspiration since that's what makes this industry so great. If you like Twin Peaks then I know you've already backed their Kickstarter. If you've been living under a rock like me, check it out and give it a chance! Let these ladies whisk you away on a tour of their imaginations and dress you in dazzling sweaters. I don't think you'll regret it.