By Sandi Rosner
If you want to duplicate the look and feel of the sample garment you fell in love with in a photograph, the surest route is to use the same yarn. But sometimes that just isn't possible. Perhaps the yarn called for in the pattern has been discontinued. Maybe you're on a stash reduction campaign. Or maybe the original yarn is simply out of your price range. Whatever the reason, the time will come when you need to substitute yarn. In this article, we'll talk about the ins and outs of choosing a yarn other than the one specified in the pattern.
Penguins, Blankets, and Bears: Make Your Charity Knitting Count
By Leslie Petrovski
You’ve seen the pictures: Little penguins lined up, wings awkwardly splayed, bean bodies straining against ribbing, stripes, and, yes, intarsia. Could there be anything cuter? How could you not want to rush in with wool and needles flashing to help colonies of Eudyptula minor recover from their close encounters with oil spills down under?
Swatch It! Fall 2014
By Clara Parkes
I have a weakness for any design by Susanna IC. She has a gift for transforming knitted fabric into glorious calligraphy, artfully combining stitches to form broad arcs, dips, and elegant swirls that are as much a joy to knit as the finished shawl is to wear.
Lessons in Goat Rearing
Part One: There is Poop
By Amy King
Those of us obsessed with knitting eventually begin to dream of owning a few animals from which to harvest fiber. We have visions of blissfully tending to sheep, goats, or what-have-you; spinning and dyeing fleece and fiber into gorgeous yarns that we will use to make all sorts of fabulous creations. In my case that dream belonged, not to me, but to my daughter. I was blissfully happy to purchase my fibers, thank you very much. But she had other ideas. What makes a kid campaign for goats instead of a puppy or a kitten? Who knows? She’s a teenager and not very forthcoming about most things. Whatever the reasons she embarked on a two-year campaign to convince us that we needed goats and eventually we acquiesced. Because it’s kind of a nice dream, right?
In my dream the goats were clean, loveable creatures that eat grass, are open to snuggling, and supply all the fiber one could ever hope to own. Mess didn’t enter into the idealistic picture that I had created in my head. Cute barn, muffled noises, rolling green pastures—all without the compost pile. That was the vision. The reality is that there is poop. Lots of it. It ends up on your clothes, on your shoes, in your hair, and on your face. Don't ask me how it ends up in your hair or on your face. If I knew, I would be able to ensure that it never ever happened again. This is not a promise I am able to make to myself. I only promise to check every so often to make sure I clean it off as soon possible.
Introduction to Intarsia
by Sandi Rosner
Intarsia is a knitting technique that cycles in and out of fashion. In the early '90s, knitting magazines featured pullovers with large-scale world maps or zebra stripes, while yarn companies showed sweaters that were a patchwork of different yarn textures. If you think pictorial knits are just for children's wear or the ugly Christmas sweater, think again. For Fall 2007, Chanel featured a pullover with a large penguin design in its ad campaign. And argyle is a classic motif that never really goes out of style.
Intarsia is due for resurgence. In this issue of Twist Collective, intarsia is used for my design, Interleaf. With only basic knitting skills, you, too, can master this technique.
By Hypatia Francis
A typical workday for Tom Redpath starts early. By five o’clock in the morning—while most of us are still asleep—he’s on the road, heading for his first job of the day: a sheep farm in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. He has a long day ahead of him—likely multiple farms and hundreds of animals to work with. Tom, you see, is one of a near-extinct breed: the North American sheep shearer.