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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?

Designer Post: Sheepcote

Laura ChauToday's post is brought to you by Laura Chau, designer of so many wonderful Twist patterns, including Cityscape, and Winona. Today she writes about making herself a version of the gorgeous Sheepcote pullover. You can also find this post on Laura's blog.

 

 

Original Sheepcote

 

I finished my Sheepcote! Of course, it’s about 30C too hot to wear it, but I’m sure it’ll see lots of action in the fall. I’ve photographed it with jeans, but I’d definitely wear it over a tank dress or with a nice full skirt. I made size 37 3/4″, and used the same size needles as in the pattern.

 

Laura's Sheepcote

For my version, I did a few things differently. I chose a yarn with more drape than the original Green Mountain Spinnery (which is also awesome) – I used Manos silk blend in Juniper (3043) and Nickel (3031). I love this yarn, it’s so soft and luminous! I bought all the skeins in the shop, but I was a bit short on yardage so I had to be a bit creative. I did decide to omit the waist shaping (which would have used less yarn) for a more casual body shape.

 

Laura's Sheepcote

 

I made it a little less blouse-y in the yoke, by working the first decrease round at about half the yoke height, working even for a bit longer before the second decrease round, and working fewer short rows. I was juuuust able to get enough yoke height with the amount of Juniper that I had (I think it was 6 skeins) before starting the contrast ribbed collar.

 

Closeup

Twist Style Friday: Trifle

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 Twistfans! I am extremely happy at the moment, because my sweet friend Ryan (who happens to be a super talented artist, author, and public speaker) is putting me up while the Toronto heatwave is turning my beautiful apartment into an uninhabitable oven.

Later this weekend the heat will break, and I'll be able to touch wool again. I can't wait. Given the heat, it's no coincidence that the garment I chose to style for today is just a little slip of a thing. She's the foam on your macchiato, the whipped cream on your sundae.


Meet Trifle.

 

side view

 

She's just the thing when you're feeling romantic, and want to be the girliest girl. Have a gander at some sweet outfits with ladylike dresses.

 

five dresses

 

You could also have Trifle's sweetness offer a counterpoint to something with a bit of a harder edge. The outfit in the middle was inspired by Tilda Swinton, and the two on the outside were heavily influenced by dreamboat and style icon Beth Ditto. Since I was thinking of celebrities, who are magically immune to the pain of wearing excruciating shoes, I may have gone a little overboard on the footwear. Summertime is for dreaming, okay??

 

three more

 

How will you wear Trifle?

 

full view

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