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Five Questions with Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis is a super talented designer who has published a whopping eighteen patterns with us. Plus one of her designs graced our very first cover. So it's fitting that she is kicking off this series of posts (which you can find all of here) where we ask some of the designers who we have worked with to answer five questions in honor of our fifth birthday! Enjoy!!

 

 

 

some of Fiona's designs

(Merise, Granville, Athabasca, Charleston, Breckenridge)

 
1. What's your favorite thing to knit?

No surprises here -it would be anything with cables on it.. I love how you can create what seems to be a complex pattern with just a few basic crosses....endless fun!

 

2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?

Ooh a hard question to answer but I think I'll choose Bonnie. I have several reasons why but mostly it's because I love the asymmetry of the Celtic Knot Cable. I played up the asymmetry by it's placement on the sweater and carried that through onto the sleeves- they are non identical. And I was SO thrilled not only to be part of the premiere issue but for my design to appear on the cover.

 

Premiere issue

 
3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

This is ever changing as I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Something will just capture my attention and then I will tend to work in a series. I'll have one source which I will use for a while until I tire of it. Then I move on to something new. But sometimes I come back to a similar source over & over. My faves are looking at tree bark patterns for cables, printed fabrics for colour stories and period piece movies for styling/moods.

 
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

Before I was a knitwear designer (in the era I call my previous life) I was a cosmetic formulation scientist. Mostly I worked developing new shades for lip colours...so I'm a really good colour matcher when it comes to reds and pinks. 

 

5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...

You would hear the phrase "just one more row" everywhere! :)

 

More Fiona Ellis loveliness

(Paisley, Ruthie, Gwendolyn, Paula, Georgie)

Twist Style Friday: Lilium

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.


 


A very happy Friday indeed to you all! Not only is it time for our weekly fashion fun time, this week also marks the fifth anniversary of Twist Collective. Birthdays like this are a great opportunity to look back at where we've been, what we've accomplished, and the friends we've made along the way. I get real mushy about community building folks. This isn't just a celebration of a publication we're all proud of (though it is also that!); it's a celebration of everyone who felt inspired by something they saw or read; everyone who learned a new knitting skill so they could take on a project; everyone who got together with their friends to work on projects; everyone who followed us on Twitter, liked us on Facebook, read or contributed to discussons on Ravelry, submitted a design, took out an ad in our pages; everyone who participated in this community of creativity and creation and inspiration. You're great.

 

We want to give you stuff, and some of the companies that help make us possible have given us some pretty magical stuff to pass along to you! Keep a close eye on us in the next little while for chances to win patterns, yarn, needles, yarn, darning eggs, yarn, books, yarn, gift certificates, and YARN YARN YARN.


So maybe I had celebration on the brain when I styled this week's garment, the lovely Liliium.

four outfits

I think Lilium is a prefect topper to any party dress, whether you're going to a picnic in a park or the symphony. I don't know where *exactly* you would be going in those metal-heeled shoes, but I think I would like to go with you.

 

One of the most stunning elements of this sweater is actually the back. Your friends (or your date to the symphony) may not like to see you go, but they will enjoy watching you walk away.

 

back detail

 

Happy fifth, happy friday, happy (almost) fall!


How will you wear Lilium?

Happy Twistiversary!

Five years ago, today, we launched the very first issue of Twist Collective. We weren’t sure if we’d even make it through a whole year but here were are! 

Along with the designers and the customers, Twist wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for our generous supporters, which makes it all the more wonderful that so many of them have donated their amazing products to give away to our readers. If you’re signed up for our newsletter, you have already gotten a sneak peek of just a few of our prizes. To kick off the celebration of our Wood Anniversary, it seemed only appropriate give away something both handmade and wooden. We will be giving 4 randomly chosen winners a beautifully hand turned darning egg, paired with a Twist Collective sock pattern of your choosing.

 

Darning Eggs

These darning eggs were hand turned by my dad (this is Kate). They are Mulberry, Cherry, Maple, and Cherry (from left to right).

To enter:
Email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line, DARN IT
Like us and share our post on Facebook
Follow and tweet at us on Twitter with the hashtag #darnittwist
Or join and post in our Ravelry group

Enter all four ways for more chances to win! Deadline: end of day Friday

Quick Dispatch: Two Twist Peas in a Pod

Kate and Marnie work together all the time, but are rarely actually in the same physical place. They're pretty excited about it.

 

Kate and Marnie

 

See?

Twist Style Friday: Haussmann

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 everyone! I'm having a banner week, and I hope you are too! The weather has returned to a reasonable level so I'm back in my own home, and having lovely visitors! Tuesday night two of my favorite humans came over and made watermelon gazpacho and pizza with zucchini and kale on it. I bought neon rainbow yarn, and am heading to a music festival this weekend (I'm bringing a sock project).

 

Now that the temperature has returned to a level that doesn't make me feel like the world is a bathtub, I can wear pretty things again. This is a very pretty thing.

 

Haussmann full view

 

I love the wrap-front, the low neckline, the pretty trim, the split sleeve. It's a romantic and girly top, without being fussy or twee.

 

Have a closer look, will you?

 

sleeve detail

 

 

It seemed like common sense to pair this with pretty skirts, but even within that range, you can get looks that have a bit of a tougher edge. Check these out, especially the outfit on the left (what I wish I was wearing right now).

three outfits

You can also rock this top with pants. Here are a few riffs on that, which may or may not be influenced by a blog I was looking at yesterday...

 

two outfits

 

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Someone make a Haussmann with stripes, okay?? Or at least a striped ribbon?

 

back view

 

How will you wear Haussmann?

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