Twist Collective Blog
Quayside Publishing Giveaway
Knitting books are awesome. There is something about eye-candy you can hold in your hand, and they often have helpful notes on technique, not to mention the patterns!
(The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell, Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects by Hélène Magnùsson, Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel, Knitting Clothes Kids Love by Kate Oates and Nancy Langdon)
Because of shipping restrictions, this giveaway is only open to knitters in the US and Canada. To enter, share a photo of your favorite reading spot on on today's Facebook thread, the Quayside Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or by tweeting it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). We can't wait to see the cozy spots you escape to with a good book. Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!
Jennie the Potter Giveaway
Knitters know that sometimes the smallest detail on a project can make something pretty great into something totally magical. Buttons are one of the little things that can make a big impact.
Our prizes today, from Jennie the Potter, will make your projects just a little more magical, whether in process or product. four different button prize packs, a pack of beautiful stitch markers, and (really precious) pair of earrings, all made with love. Every prize comes with a free Twist pattern of your choosing!! Will you pick something from our new issue?? That's six lucky winners today!!
Tell us, are you a process knitter or a product knitter? A combination of both? Join the conversation on today's Facebook thread, the Jennie the Potter Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or by tweet about it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!
Five Questions with Sandi Rosner
Sandi Rosner is just great. In addition to designing some lovely patterns for us over the last five years, she also contributes countless other gems, like helpful articles, and an exacting eye for technical editing. Enjoy her answers to our five question interview. Follow along with our series of Twistiversary designer interviews here.
1. How did you learn to knit?
I learned to knit from the instructions in the back of a magazine. This was in the late 70's, when the popular women's magazines (Women's Day, Family Circle, etc) regularly featured instructions for craft projects, including knitting and crochet. I decided I wanted to make a pullover vest. It was striped in a variety of different shades and textures of brown/tan/cream. I took the magazine to the local yarn store, bought exactly the materials listed (not a natural fiber to be found), and made the vest. It never occurred to me that it might be difficult, or beyond my abilities. And no, I don't still own it. I'm sure it is sitting in a landfill somewhere, refusing to decompose.
2. What's your favorite thing to knit?
I don't really have a favorite thing to knit. I am very much a generalist - I'll knit anything, and with anything. Since the vast majority of my work is commissioned by magazines or yarn companies, I often say I make whatever somebody will pay me to make. A girl has to make a living, after all. When I do have the luxury of knitting for myself, it is usually a sweater.
3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
My favorite design for Twist Collective is the first one I did - Olivette. It is such a wearable cardigan - the kind of piece you can work into lots of outfits. It has a little bit of cable, a little bit of lace, and a feminine scoop neck. In fact, I'm knitting one for myself now, using Lorna's Laces Haymarket.
4. Name one of your guilty pleasures.
When I can sneak off for a day, I drive into San Francisco and visit an art museum. The deYoung, the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum - I love them all. I love to revisit favorite pieces, or be surprised by something in a special exhibition. There is the visual stimulation, of course, but I also love the quiet, the grandeur, the air of reverence in a good museum. It is my version of church.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
The world would be a more serene place, with more laughter. True, I've met some knitters who are wound pretty tight, but the majority are people who've decided to seek joy in their lives and the world around them.
Westminster Fibers Giveaway
Today's giveaway is from Westminster Fibers, and it's an exciting one.
Well, actually, it's three exciting ones! If you have been itching to knit Laresca or Sapwood, today could be your lucky day. Two lucky winners will get the Laresca pattern and enough Rowan Panama to make it. One lucky winner will get the Sapwood pattern, and enough SMC Extra Fine Merino to make it!
Take a look at how pretty these tops willl look in the colors of yarn we are giving away!
Due to shipping restrictions, only entries from the US and Canada are eligible to win these prizes. International folks, we have more stuff for you, don't worry!
Your assignment is a juicy one; tell us about your first ever successful knitting project! You decide what success means. Tell is about it on today's Facebook thread, the Westminster Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or (if the story is short enough) by tweeting it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). We can't wait to hear about your knitting triumph. Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!
Briggs and Little Giveaway
Fall has launched! We are so excited about showing you this issue. Even better; the launch was not even close to being the end of our Twisiversay celebration. No, folks, this is just the beginning. We have so much more amazing stuff to give you. Today is no exception.
This sweater looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale, so today we want to know (by comment on today's Facebook thread) which fictional character (fairy tale or otherwise) you would be. Tell us by the end of today for a chance to win this great prize! Due to shipping restrictions, this prize is only available to knitters in the US and Canada. Knitters further afield, do not depair. We have more prizes coming for you!