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Throwback Thursday: Sin Miedo

I used to buy sock yarn for shawls all the time, and then use the leftovers to make hexipuffs for that blanket pattern that was super trendy a few years ago. Now that I'm really into making socks, I gaze at the pretty yarns in my blanket and feel sad about all the socks I don't have. Socks, people!! SOCKS!!! I want a million pairs of perfect little sweaters for my feet.


Here is a lovely sock pattern from Winter 2010. Remember Sin Miedo?






I love traveling twisted stitches, and a classic heel flap and gusset construction.



side sockback



I also appreciate how the ribbing at the top flows right into the cable pattern, and even the toe and heel don't seem like an interruption to the flow of the cables.  This is a lovely, well designed sock. I'm really feeling greens right now, and have a great goldy-green cake of sock yarn that I think would be very happy snuggled up in this pattern. I hope you decide to make yourself a pair, or maybe someone you love for a holiday gift! Happy #throwbackthursday!

Color me: Shivelight

Hi there. Kate here. I'm about to rush out the door and thinking about what I'd love to put on my neck and head today. Shivelight by Thien-Kieu Lam (whom I was lucky enough to hang out with a couple months ago and she's AWESOME) seems like a great choice! This yarn from Lakes Yarn & Fiber is GORGEOUS. And if you check out the colorways, you'll drool. I wish I could have done them justice in photoshop, but it's impossible. And now it hits me: the sample is in my office! Maybe I WILL wear it (hope that's okay Kieu)! What color would you choose?

shivelight color options

Or what color should I have tried shivelight out in?

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!



full modeled shot



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.



side viewfull shot from the side



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.



three velmalicious outfits


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?



modeled hat



A stunning matching set of floral mitts and a hat that buttons up the back.



buttonband on hatside view



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.



flowers and stripesbuttons on the cuff