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Quick Dispatch: Knitters in the Wild

Fiona sent me this note last week, and this great shot of three talented twist designers hanging out IRL (in real life)! I'm excited to share both with you all. 
 
 
Fiona, Amy, Anne
 
 
 
 
Twist has become a wonderful incubator for nurturing talent, well established and brand new designers alike. In each issue of Twist I get a thrill out of seeing the latest designs from my colleagues and have been able to follow their careers over the years. It's also equally thrilling to see the blossoming of newer designers.
 
 
 
This past weekend I not only had the excitement of teaching at the Make Wear Love retreat held in Monterey California and hanging out with Amy Herzog (who organizes the event), but I also got to meet Anne Ginger whose 2nd design for Twist appears in the latest issue. We snapped this photo of us all together and then realized that not only do we all have a design in the Spring issue but they are all in the same story.  Check out Wenceslas, Seawillow, and Minthe, all of our most recent work with Twist! 
 
 
 
 
wesceslas, seen from the backSeawillowMinthe
 

 

Twist Style Friday: Dulcimer

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

Happy Friday folks!! 

 

This post is coming to you a little late in the day because I had an appointment this morning to have my tarot cards read. It's a present I give myself a couple of times a year, and I am always so glad I did. 

 

I'm wearing a lucky dress. I got it a super long time ago, and gave it away at a clothing swap a few years back. I go to a lot of swaps, and it's fun to see really great and weird items of clothing cycle around my friends. Our styles change, our bodies change, our jobs change, and we need new and different things. It's  great way to purge and get new stuff without spending any money. This dress, a great 90s floral with some lacy insets, came back to me last night and I'm pretty excited about it. I also scored a bevvy of crop tops, including one with David Bowie as the goblin king emblazoned on the chest. 

 

Today's featured garment has magic of a different kind. Dulcimer has a little lace and a lot of charm. Hello, pretty. 

 

lavender asymmetrical cardigan with lace buttonbandback view

 

 

I'm totally smitten with the pretty split textured cuffs, the lacy buttonband, and the asymmetry. The color is perfect, but of course you could do different things with it. If you wanted to keep the antiquey feeling, a buttery yellow or dove grey would be lovely. You could also take it into color pop territory with an acid green or reddish orange. I think it would be lovely in a tweedy tobacco brown too, something with a little halo.

 

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

A twirly skirt is the perfect thing to pair with Dulcimer, because of the way the shape allows for a full skirt (though you could totally continue the buttons down the rest of the band if you wanted to), so I did a slight variation on that outfit with some ice cream colors. I also tried to show you Dulcimer a little more formal, a little more work-y. and a little more mod. Hope you like it! 

 

four outfits

 

It's probably too small to see, but those blue oxfords are leopard and denim, in case you were wondering.

 

How will you wear Dulcimer

Designer Post: Chartreuse

headshot of Katherine Leek, blonde white woman wearing a white t shirt and a knitted cowl

 

Katherine Leek is the designer of the lovely Chartreuse from our newest issue. It's a generously sized shawl to wrap around you on chilly evenings year round. Read all about her aquatic inspiration for this lovely and fun to knit piece! Find out more about Katherine on her website

 

 

 

 

lemon colored shawl with center cable and openwork on each side. same shawl, shown from the back

 

 

 

Chartreuse is a neck down shawl inspired by the underwater flora and fauna I encountered while scuba diving off the coast of Bonaire, a tiny Caribbean island surrounded by a National Marine Park. This reef is renowned for being the healthiest in the Caribbean and is rich with aquatic life.

 

 

Katherine modeling her prototype wrapped with the point facing down her chest and the tails wrapped around like a scarfKatherine wearing her prototype wrapped flat around her back, arms crossed over her chest

 

 

The honeycomb and lace motif was inspired by the geometry of christmas tree worms (they’re cooler than they sound!), anemones, and hard & soft corals, and the central cable evokes Staghorn Coral. The long, slightly curved shape of the shawl is based on the shape of a ray’s wings, and the moving increase point of the triangular stockinette section is reminiscent of waves rolling in and lapping against the shore.

 

 

Katherine wearing her Chartreuse prototype

 


I hate skimpy shawls, so Chartreuse uses two full skeins of fingering weight yarn. The result is a versatile shawl you’ll wear again and again.

 

 

magazine shot of modeled Chartreuse

Twist Style Friday: Celosia

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


  

Happy Friday folks! It is Friday, technically, at the time I am writing this, but only because it's past midnight. I'm heading to Montreal tomorrow for the long weekend, and I have a bad habit of not sleeping the night before I go on a trip. It's partially because I'm a chronic insomniac, partially because I get excited about going on trips and so really super can't sleep, and partially because I always leave packing to the literal last second. I have a list somewhere of the things I am meaning to bring with me, but nothing is in a bag. I have not yet made any decisions about shoes or jewelry. I did just purchase a selection of earrings shaped like cougars, so likely those will make an appearance. I have decided to pack a bathing suit, although I have no plans to swim. Last weekend I was at a camp for 2.5 days, and I brought three swimsuits. I wore all of them. The water was very very cold, and I am not at all sorry. 

 

Lots of my friends have been a little bit bummed about the weather this week. It's been decidedly cool. I however, am thrilled. It feels like October outside but it won't be followed by November or December! It's a free extra October! I want it to last a long time. Actually what I want is double October, then July two times, then October again, then January, and back to double October and two more Julys. What a dream. 

 

Another dream of mine is knitting with silk. Have you ever done it? I'm not talking about a merino silk blend (though those are lovely), or a mumble-jumble yarn that has a bunch of fibers and one of them is silk. I mean JUST SILK. My mom just got back into knitting, and I turned her into a fiber snob in a few months flat. Silk is a special occasion fiber, and I think it's basically made of pure magic. It can keep you warm or cool. It has an amazing sheen and takes dye like a dream, so the colors are always rich. When you're knitting with it, you just want to make something enormous so you can wrap your whole body in it and stay like that forever. 

 

Or you could make Celosia, and still also leave your home while still wearing a layer of perfection. I'm a crusty introvert, so I am pretty happy to stay home and cocooned most of the time, but some of you like being out in the world. 

 

pale yellow silk tank with lace detail on front neckline and skinny straps

 

 

Because silk can also function as a great warmth layer, this top also makes a really great layering piece for cooler times or climates. Mostly though, I am enamored with the aesthetics. She is just so gosh darn pretty. The shape is a little swingy, and the lace edges are pretty and entirely unfussy. 

 

 

back viewfront view

 

 

If you're a small sized person, you could squeeze this whole top out of just two hanks of this stunning yarn, which I think is pretty cool. You also don't *have* to make this top in silk; it would be lovely too in linen, I think.

 

As for styling, I think this top can definitely take you day to night, and pretty much anyplace you like. So I say pick a piece of statement jewelry, comfy shoes, and a bag big enough to hold everything you need for the day, and go! Have the best time. You look amazing. It's springtime, which automatically makes everyone 30% cuter.  

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Celosia? 

Twist Style Friday: Godetia

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Today is a pretty momentous Friday, fashion fans. This weekend will likely contain my first lake swim of the season. I'm feeling pretty jazzed about getting out of the city for a minute, ignoring technology, squeezing some people I love, and jumping into some (probably extremely cold) water. It's staff orientation weekend for the camp I volunteer at later in the summer. Last summer I LIVED in my Burrard sweater, which I passed along semi-permanently to my Facebook-wife and wonderful friend Leah (someday I'll share pics of that sweater on tour), so I am going to try really hard to finish my Riverdale before camp so I can have a cozy handknit that I also get to charge with woodsmoke and friendship and hilarity of camp. For the weekend, I'm taking a sock project. Nothing too complicated.... except that they're kind of complicated! I'm making myself a pair of Lingonberry socks, but I'm ignoring all the colorwork and just using really pretty self striping sock yarn. I'll show you my progress when they start to look like something! 

 

Enough about me and my knitting, I bet you want to see this week's sweater. It's so pretty, guys. 

 

 

Godetia, coral colored tank top with a lace medallion at the back, picot edging on armholes and collar, ribbed lower hem. shown from the back, on a petite brunette model, standing in front of a background with painted squares in shades of pink, red, and coral. same sweater, model, and background, seen from the front.

 

 

You knit the lace medallion first, and then you knit the tank with a cutout in the back, and then you get to do some serious graft-magic to unite the two like the pretty megazord of summer sweaters. I love the idea of this process; I just grafted the toe of a sock last night and it made me feel invincible. Additionally, I love doilies, and this medallion reminds me of one. I have a tattoo of a doily, that's how much I love doilies.

 

Let's take a closer look at those details. 

 
 
detail shot of lace medallion
 
 
 
detail shot of neckline and picot edges
 
 
 
 
 
In a bright color like this, Godetia is cute as heck, sprightly even. In black or a pale neutral, it would be super elegant. If you want to get adventurous, you could knit the lace in a different color for extra pop. Whatever you decide, it's going to be so so pretty. 
 
 
As for styling, I think this top is pretty versatile! You could wear it like a t shirt or like a silk shell. Take her to the beach, or the mall, or the opera. 
 
 
 
three outfits
 
 
 
How will you wear Godetia

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