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Twist Style Friday: Calais

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.


 


I wore pants to a party last weekend and someone asked me if it was because I'd lost a bet. They weren't saying that I didn't look great (I did), just that they had literally never seen me dressed that way, and so there had to be some kind of justification for it. Incidentally, there was. My actual party outfit was well, minimal, and it was cold, and I rode my bike to the party. The sweater, stretchy jeans, and boots ensemble I arrived in was just my transportation outfit. 

 

Still, this exchange has been making me think about how much a particular *look* (or a few variations on a theme) can be almost like a uniform. Our clothes can be part of how we show ourselves to the world, and also give others information about who we are and how we want to be perceived. 

 

As someone who moves through the world as a woman, and as someone pretty sensitive, I think about balancing strength and vulnerability a lot. I often think of my clothing, makeup, and accessories as armor that I wear to feel protected. 

 

This, my fashiony friends, is a pretty piece of armor. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

The ribs and cables seem protective to me, but also this top is kinda sexy. It's a bit like putting your body in a pretty sweater-cage. 

 

 

full shot from the frontback

 

 

I paired Calais with other things that make me feel tough. Animal print, stompy boots, leather, and bright colors. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Calais

Twist Style Friday: Akebia

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.


 

 

Last weekend I took a very last minute and poorly planned trip to Montreal. I lived in that town for 9 years, so many of my top humans are there. I was only in town for about a day and a half, so I didn't even tell many of my loves that I was going to be around, there just wasn't enough time to make plans to see everyone. On a long shot, I asked some of the ladies that I used to knit with all the time if they were free for lunch. By some magic, they were all available, and so Kate, Sue, Leah and I had a wonderful lunch in Mile End. Kate showed up wearing Akebia, and I kind of fell in love with it. 

 

 

Akebia from the backfront view

 

 

Aside from the gorgeous colorwork, the simple shape, and the contrast hems, what really got me was how light the sweater was. It's knit at a tight enough gauge to have a bit of structure, but it feels like a feather. 

 

 

hem detail

 

 

It's an amazing lightweight warm layer and it's so so pretty. I can't wait to see the color combinations that knitters choose. I would want it in a warm neutral and a bright, maybe a light sandy brown and a coral-y pink? 

 

In these colors, I think a pop of red brings out the contrast hems, and silver toned jewelry complements the neutrals. 

 

 

 three outfits

 

How will you wear Akebia? 

 

Designer Post: Latifolia

headshot Tori Seierstad

 

Today's post comes to us from Tori Seierstad, and you can also find it here, on her blog. She is the designer of the lovely Latifolia mittens and hat set from our newest issue, as well as this amazing yoked sweater. She uses positive and negative space in brilliant ways that make colorwork gorgeous and modern. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

submission pic

 

 

Here's the first version of Latifolia hat and mittens - in the photo I sent with my submission to Twist collective.

When I designed this set, I was thinking of the paper decorations we made as kids - with black and white paper, cutting out motifs in black, then gluing them to the white paper to get a mirrored motif. Makes sense?

The yarn here is Dale Cotinga, a blend of merino and alpaca.

 

 

sample knit for the magazine

 

 

Here's the sample I made from the yarn Twist collective chose, O-Wool's Legacy DK, 100% merino, which is also a nice yarn, a little thinner than the Dale Cotinga (as I suggested, to get a nicer drape for the hat). I like the colour they chose for me too!

 

Tori wearing her Latifolia set

 

 

Here's me wearing the sample, before sending it off to the US. You can see some snow in the background, but I did not really need hat and mittens that day.

 

 

hat and mitten set on blonde model with pale skin.

 

And here's the main photo on Twist Collective's page.
 
It's a fabulous issue, see the patterns on Twist Collective. I find it impossible to choose a favourite.

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Caledonia

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.


 

 

It's Friday again! Are you excited? I am writing this while packing a bag, because I'm taking a tiny vacation this weekend to my old haunt, Montreal. It'll be a whirlwind weekend, but I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of Twist's fearless leader, the lovely Kate. I hope to get a lot of knitting done on the trip, with my major projects right now being Perfect Storm and Ravenscrag, that is some serious chart following, and I sometimes have trouble with reading charts in a moving vehicle.  I might have to cast on for a plain sock or something of that nature before I leave. Yes, I should definitely start a sock. 

 

Today we are looking at Caledonia. It's a DK weight cardigan, hefty enough to keep the chill away, but still light enough to be a layering piece without adding bulk. 

 

 

back detailfull view

 

 

The cable and lace pattern is super lovely, and the square neckline brings attention to your collarbones and your cute face. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

This week I was thinking about variations on a theme, and you'll see that reflected in the sets below. 

 

 

three outfits

 

The above set is all about cherry hued footwear and geometric jewelry. Below you'll see boyish shoes and printed pants. Even within a super narrow set of parameters, there are so many lovely ways to wear this pretty cardigan. 

 

two more

 

 

How will you wear Caledonia

Twist Style Friday: Ashling

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! I have to tell you folks, I am really excited about knitting these days. My colorwork is really improving with these Perfect Storm mitts I'm making (in exchange for homemade ginger-grapefruit soda and grapefruit marmalade), and I started a (hot pink, natch) Ravenscrag for myself a couple of days ago. The ladies at my trusty LYS gave me the idea to start with a sleeve instead of doing a separate swatch, and I think that small change in sweater approach might totally change my knitting life!! Spoiler alert- I GOT GAUGE (or like, close enough)!

 

I'm covering a parental leave at the agency I work at right now, and the person who is being parental right now is a knitter. I was so excited when I arrived there and was assured that yes, I could knit during staff meetings. It's been a meetingful few weeks and so I am making excellent progress. I am a lucky lady, this is a fact. 

 

Enough about me. Let's talk about this week's sweater. Toronto's weather has been wildly indecisive lately, oscillating from summer to fall and back again, sometimes in the course of a single day. The name of the game is layers, and Ashling could be the most valuable player. 

 

 

detail of patterned cowl and perforated yoke of Ashling sweater 

 

 

I think the openwork gives this top a little bit of a sexy edge, and the cowl gives it drama (also a snuggle-factor). Also I have a friend called Ashling, and I think that makes me like this sweater even more!! 

 

 

full shot of modeled Ashling, worn with long sleeved t shirt and grey jeans. model stands against wall with abstract pink mural

 

 

I went to a wedding last weekend where I committed to color coordination in a way that goes above and beyond my usual. Not only did my shoes and jewelry coordinate with each other and my nails, but my hair was the *exact* color of my dress (a pale, peachy pink). It was amazing. So I might be feeling a little extra enamored with color scheme precision right now. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Ashling?

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