When inspiration arrives in your inbox

We have been talking in the shop about spring.  All this gorgeous warm weather has us thinking to the months ahead and what we want to get on our needles.  I love all of the many ways in which new project ideas can come to me: people watching at the grocery store or coffee shop, flipping through magazines or books, surfing the web to designers’ web pages and blogs, searching the pattern database on Ravelry, or seeing what scrolls up on my Pinterest DIY and craft feed.

Last week a breath of fresh air arrived in my inbox when two separate posts around one of my very favorite designers arrived in my inbox.

The first arrived from Design Sponge, a wonderful blog chock full of creative ideas and my favorite: studio tours.  This posting provides a sneak peek into the design studio of Jared Flood (of Brooklyn Tweed fame) with the added bonus of a short interview that provides insights into his day to day process.

I’m sure that you will find his workspace as clean and inspiring as his pattern designs.  And his co-workers are as cute as buttons.

© Jared Flood

Next I received notice that the BT Winter 13 Look Book was available online.  Sure enough, some of the designs that were pictured in the studio photos were now beautifully modeled and practically ready to knit!  The photo shoot took place in Hudson, NY; where I briefly traveled last summer.  It is a favorite among NYC designers and stagers because it has a ridiculously high number of antique shops all in one small space that is about a 3 hour drive north of Manhattan. I encourage you to visit the link above to look at the pictures, they're stunning.

The look book is a gorgeous collection of Jared Flood’s photographs that will be just as likely to inspire you to travel to Hudson as it will to cast on for one of the included patterns.  I hope that you have some fun following creative links this week.  I’ll be back next week for another installment of my mini creative inspiration series.