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Twist Collective Blog

Exciting news!

This Fall marks Twist Collective’s 9th birthday and the start of a new chapter for the publication. We took the Spring/Summer season off to look at the magazine and really think about how we want to grow it so that we can offer more great designs and articles for a better value while still paying our contributors fairly. We thought about all the ideas we’ve had for the last nine years that we’ve had to push aside in order to prioritize the day to day running of the magazine and came to two conclusions: things need to change and we can’t do it alone. Which leads to our exciting news: We have teamed up with WEBS-America’s Yarn Store to combine forces and take Twist Collective and its patterns, articles and blog to the next level. With the ink still fresh on the paperwork, things won’t seem too different now, but we have big plans ahead and hope you’ll all join us.

We couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead and we hope that our readers, contributors and supporters will join us as we make Twist Collective even better. Thank you for reading, sharing and supporting the magazine.

 

Throwback Thursday: Ruthie

Maybe it's because it seems a little like everyone I know is having babies right now, but this pattern really jumped out at me when I took a scroll through some vintage Twist patterns. 

 

 

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That little monkey isn't a baby in these pics, but like, really definitely for sure now is not even close to babyhood. This was six whole years ago!! 

 

 

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The colorwork is cute and simple; this little sweater would be an awesome way to use up some scraps you have from other projects! 

 

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If you have some small humans in your life, think about whipping up a Ruthie

Throwback Thursday: Amiens

Are you still looking for the right Twist pattern to choose for our Knitalong? I have an idea for you. Remember Amiens?? 

 

 

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She's not just a generously sized shawl, as she might appear from behind. Amiens is an elegant cape. We know that not all heroes wear capes, but like, maybe sometimes you want to? 

 

 

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Be cozy, be gorgeous, be prepared. 

Throwback Thursday: Passiflora

Remember Passiflora

 

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She's a sweet summer top, not too close to your skin, and with lots of pretty lace for decoration and air conditioning. 

 

 

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The best part? As a sleeveless top on 4.5mm needles, you can make this in a snap. She's a great choice for the Twist Collective Knitalong that Kate is hosting on Facebook right now! Join the fun! 

Designer Post: Illicium

Christine Guest

 

Christine Guest is the author of today's post, and you can find it (and so much more) on her website, here. Check out some sketches, some thoughts on reversible motifs, and some lucky kids being paid to model! 

 

 

 

 

Illicium is up today in the Twist Collecive!  It has complete written instructions as well as complete stitch charts for all three medallion motifs, and a construction schematic with color suggestions and seaming strategy for 6 sizes.

 

 

kid and blanket

 

 

My geeky soul was delighted with the reversibility of each motif: though they aren’t identical on either side. I’d flip my double pointed needles over when working on an octagon, and there would be another star anise, an even prettier one.

 

 

sketches and yarn

 

 

I love the name too, the shrub that grows star anise.  As  you read through the issue, you can find more spicy names and motifs – as well as gorgeous, interesting patterns.

 

 

more sketches

 

 

When we weighted the afghan for shipping, it was just over 3 lbs.  I watched all the Tutor Farm episodes while I worked on it, and several Backyardigans with K.  I have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome, so I proceeded carefully.  The editor actually phoned me to make sure we got a size for the photo shoot that would be big enough to look lovely wrapped around the model (and does it ever!) but not kill my hands.  I set up a quota of knitting (a skein a day), and took Sundays off.  I was also really good about going to the Y to swim and lift weights; and use good posture while knitting.  Liberty wool is a light worsted, and on the smooth side, just right for avoiding trouble.  I think getting my Celiac diagnosed (and never eating gluten on purpose) has really, really helped my wrists too, I haven’t worn my splints in 3 years.

 

 

blanket as cape

 

 

Although I used a blocking station, I still had to touch up the corners with steam in the end.  Probably because I pinned stacks of octagons, and basically eyeballed them…ahem.

 

 

 

blocking

 

 

We were hyper careful not to spill anything on it. K is holding an empty cup in this photo.

 

 

kid and blanket

 

 

Both kids were saving money for something at the time, so I did pay them.  Matt got bored and the sun was in his eyes, so he pretended to sleep. I was experimenting with light throughout the day to see what picked up the texture and that elusive red.

 

 

 

blanket in the sunshine

 

 

Everyone at the Twist Collective was lovely to work with!

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