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Throwback Thursday: Sanderling

I spent the first half of this week at a friend's lake house. It snowed during our drive up, which mostly dashed my dreams of getting into the lake. The sun shone a bunch during our walks along the rocky beach, afternoons drinking tea indoors, and forest hikes. 


It was perfect weather for Sanderling



front detail



The allover lace gives it a little breeziness, but Sanderling is still a snuggly thing. 






The light scalloping at the bottom makes it look polished, even as a garment that is mostly for coziness.



full shot



You can make Sanderling out of anything you like, but she was designed with this yarn in mind, which is made from recycled jeans. So that is kind of cool. I think it's perfect in this pearly grey, but the Lava and Forest colorways are the ones I would gravitate towards. 

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flux wrist

My cold has left me not in the mood for a selfie, so here's the pretty cuff with a pretty bracelet


It's a surprisingly chilly (well, I do live in Canada so it's not THAT surprising) spring day here so what better way to feel snuggly than a cashmere sweater?! I am wearing just that in the form of Flux so I figured I'd take this opportunity to remind you all that there's a fantastic ebook available. It's got 12 amazing patterns in there and it's only $36 for the whole book!


Color me: Cassabana

Hey friends. What do I do when I have a sore throat and someone said the word "snow" in the weather forecast? I play with photoshop and imagine pretty knits. How about this one today? It's Cassabana in Classic Elite Yarns Cerro.

cassabana color me

Twist Style Friday: Anyolite

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.



Good morning lovelies. 


I just had a slow morning coffee with my darling friend Clara who was visiting this week. When we met (in 2011 I think), I was living in Montreal and she was living in Toronto. For a few glorious years we shared a city, and with her recent relocation to la belle province, the swap is complete. We spent this week doing things that teenage girls do, because we both believe that teenage girls are secret geniuses who know what good is better than most of us. We hung out at the mall, went to thrift stores, painted our nails, listened to pop music, drank too much coffee, and laughed our butts off.  Last night there was a rousing game of Therapy (the literal best board game ever). 


This week's sweater could be loved by humans of a number of age ranges! It was one of the ones that stood out to my mom, when she and I looked through the new issue this week. My mom is a knitter, but she is nervous about taking the sweater plunge. I think she can do it! Go mom! 


Look how pretty Anyolite is! 



anyolite short sleeve sweater, modelled



The textured yoke, the lacy column down the front, the cute little sleeves, the easy shape, the neat folded hems... this is a great springtime sweater, and a speedy little knit too! 



yoke detail



Until I took a closer look at the side view photo below, I hadn't even noticed that chevron column down the sides, and now it's the detail I am probably most excited about. Look! 



side detail



I resisted to urge to go full teenage girl on this styling set, because I want you *all* to know how pretty you will look in this sweater, and so much fashion advice focuses on really young women, but the little winks are in there. Plus I want you to know that the shoes on the bottom right are the exact ones I found at a secondhand shop yesterday for $19 and they are even cuter than they look in the picture. I think Clara is my shopping good luck charm. I hope you all get to spend the weekend with some people who make you feel just a little bit magical. 



How will you wear Anyolite

Throwback Thursday: Sportster

This one time I was on a date, and this guy asked if I wanted to see his motorcycle, and stood up suddenly. I thought maybe his bike was outside and we were going to go take a little ride on it, but instead he pulled up the cuff of his jeans, and there was a motorcycle tattoo on his leg. 


Everyone I know who has or has had a motorcycle has very very strong feelings of attachment to those things. I understand, I think. It's how I feel about some of the things I've knitted. 



Sportster sweater



Sportster is the perfect union of these two things. A knitted biked jacket; it's basically genius. It may also be the only pattern that I will ever knit in black yarn (I sometimes knit with blackish yarn, but only by request from people I really like). This sweater is an excellent reason to revisit our Fall 2011 issue



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