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Norrland in details
The weather report is calling for rain (this is Kate in Montreal), but we've already had snow a few times. Along with the Christmas decorations, and the waxing of skis, I have snow on my mind. Knitting is obviously ALWAYS on my mind, so the snow/knit combination made me think of Norrland, who is on the cover of the winter issue. Isn't she pretty?! So I figured I'd take some pictures (and crop others) to zero in on some of my favorite details:
Check out this crown!
Corrugated rib and braids!
Cabled gorgeousness and tiny snowflakes.
The one detail I can't seem to photograph is how amazing this yarn is. It's Shalimar Breathless and it is soft SOFT SOFT! I can definitely see wearing snowy mittens in the middle of a snowy world and feeling soft and cozy in this set.
Twist Style Friday: Spalle
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!!
The highlights of my week included a pizza-themed manicure, some pretty heavy but helpful professional development training, and getting a TON of mail. I get more mail than the average person probably, because I also send a lot of mail! I recently discovered a supplementary method to getting more mail; buying things on the internet. This week I received the rest of the yarn for my already-in-process Channa sweater (my first WEBS order!), and this pretty amazing (and really inexpensive!!) lipstick in three colors.
The sweater we are looking at this week is a fantastic lipstick color. It's the fiery tomato orange-red of my dreams (and of the sweater I am currently knitting...). It's also seamless and super versatile. Meet Spalle!
The shape is sleek and simple, and the ribs turn shaping into elegant design-lines. I'd probably leave the neckline a little lower, or split it in the front. It's because I am prejudiced against turtlenecks. Blame my sensitive skin, my tendency to overheat, or go ahead and blame Love Actually.
There is a pop culture orange turtleneck that I can't help but think of when I see this sweater, because I grew up watching cartoons in the 80s. So my styling this week is inspired by Velma Dinkley, mystery solving nerd-babe. She's kind of the lady-Jughead of the Scooby'verse. The middle outfit is a straight up homage (with two possible shoe choices). On the right we have something that's a little more "Velma gets contacts and takes up powerlifting", and the left-hand outfit is Velma at 33, on a date with a cute librarian who likes being bossed around.
How will you wear Spalle?
Throwback Thursday: Orvokki
What were you doing in the winter of 2009? That's the time we are looking back at today for #throwbackthursday, Twist Collective's tiny experiment in social media time travel.
Do you remember Orvokki?
A stunning matching set of floral mitts and a hat that buttons up the back.
This hat is knitted flat, and sideways! I like that the buttonband allows you to change the shape of the hat- folks with curly or otherwise plentiful hair might appreciate that! I really love the bold stripes on the mitts, and the button at the cuff is pretty adorable.
Color me: Cinders
Hi again. It's Kate. It's cold and rainy here in Montreal and I'm sleepy so what could be better this morning, than imagining a snuggly turtleneck with lovely cables knit up in a lovely heathery yarn?! Not much, I'd say. Cinders is a super pretty sweater by Kristen TenDyke. And it's knit up in yarn from one of my favorite yarny places, Green Mountain Spinnery. Their Mountain Mohair is cushy and soft and filled with all sorts of interesting colors when you get up close. I've done the best I can to replicate them in photoshop, but if you get a chance to see them in person, it's really so much better! What color would you choose?
Or what color should I have tried Cinders out in?
Designer Post: Spinner
Late last spring I saw Twist Collective’s call for their Winter 2015 issue. It was a theme of wintery contrasts, geometric shapes whose edges were softened by drifts of snow, and accented with the sparkle of city lights and snow falling at night. The images coalesced into a feeling that I had to capture with yarn.
I immediately knew that my design must reflect those same sharp edges, but softened somehow, and it had to have beads, lots of beads to sparkle and shimmer like lights reflected off nighttime snow.
My home office is upstairs in a spare bedroom, and this is where I do all my computer work: typing up patterns and creating charts, keeping up on the latest knitting news, (most of) my social media interaction. My knitting library lives here, as do my yarn, beads, spare needles and crochet hooks, a sewing machine, shipping supplies, and all sorts of other stuff. This is all well and good. Everything I need is close at hand. This isn’t, though, where I knit. I knit downstairs in the TV room. On the couch. With my feet up. Netflix tuned (do you “tune” Netflix?) to whatever show I’m currently watching (it’s pointless asking how many times I’ve watched Arrow in its entirety, as I have absolutely no idea). Because of this a certain amount of yarn has migrated to the TV room. There’s a large basket next to the ottoman overflowing with it, and on the hearth is a pile of my most-used stitch dictionaries, the latest knitting magazines, a sheet for blocking, and the odd pattern or two. Frankly, I’ve tired of carrying them all upstairs and putting them away, only to haul them back downstairs again a day or two later.
Anyway, with Twist’s winter call in mind, sitting on the couch, TV on, probably watching Arrow, I dug through my favorite books of stitches from Japan. Wait. Back up. There it is. The perfect stitch. Diamonds and sharp angles that combine and move knit and purl stitches back and forth across the lace, paired yarn overs and decreases, accentuated with lovely five-stitch cables. I dug through the basket, found the perfect yarn for my swatch: lace weight, but slightly fuzzy because of the high alpaca content. Now the beads, the swatch must have beads. Back upstairs. Yes, there they are.
When I wrote up my submission I made one fatal error. This is what I said, “Shawl would work equally well in pure white, winter white, snowy-blue, snowy-gray, red, or black (but please don’t make me knit the model in black! LOL).” See? It’s all my fault. I made Kate think that the shawl would look good knit with dark yarn. To her credit, when she sent my acceptance letter, Kate actually asked if a dark color would be okay: “I’m tempted to send you a very dark purple. Would you kill me for wanting to send you that?” This is where I made my second error. I said that it would be fine! Head. Desk.
Honestly though, the color is fabulous, I had reasonable light, didn’t have to frog it (miracle of miracles), and it turned out beautifully. Don’t you think?
I love knitting with beads, so naturally I have a small (cough) collection of them. A number of them have been sitting mournfully in my stash for years, waiting for that perfect project to come along. One of the mournful colors was suddenly ecstatic: size 8/0 glass seed beads that look like little pearls. I knit up a tiny swatch to be sure. Yes. Oh yes. They’re just right. The white beads on the fuzzy dark yarn look just like snowflakes falling against a night sky.