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Winter has finally struck in Toronto. A few wimpy flakes of snow have fallen earlier in the season, but haven't really stuck around. There aren't drifts or dunes or anything, but the roofs on my street look like they have been dusted with icing sugar.


I'm finally getting to bust out my coziest clothes, and the not-quite-warm-enough navy top I pulled on this morning reminded me of Riata. Fall 2011 seems like forever ago, but I think this sweater might be timeless.  Wish I had one of these about now!



front viewback



The allover moss stitch is so cushy and lovely, and that cable. I mean, THAT CABLE!!!


When I was a little kid, I went to a bunch of museums with my Bubbie (Yiddish for grandmother, my mum's mum), and I always had security guards watching me intently because I couldn't stay an appropriate distance away from the paintings. Especially giant oil paintings, that are actually three dimensional; the brush strokes aren't just visible on the flat plane of canvas, they rise out of the painting like waves. I wanted to peer at them from the side with my face flush with the frames. I knew I wasn't allowed to touch them, but I wanted to SO BAD. This sweater is like that, except you can totally touch it.



cable detail



I'm also pretty into this little neck-button detail; it's so cute!



neck button detail



The buttons are echoed on the cuffs.



buttons on the cuff



Stay warm out there Twistfans!

Just this week I found myself extolling the virtues of mosaic knitting. Whether it's a technique you are already familiar with, or one you are considering experimenting with, might I recommend Ormolu? Look!



neckline detail



In purple tones, this top is positively regal.



backfront, with grapes



It's from Winter 2009 but looks totally timeless. I love the deep neckline and the allover geometric pattern. I love the third color accent around the neckline. This is like lipstick for your sweater- a little pop of color!




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.



Last week I found myself somewhat hurriedly packing a bag to head to Florida for a funeral. A pretty substantial branch of my extended family lives in Miami, and they lost their patriarch. Because I'm a weirdo and an overthinker, I had a hard time deciding what to bring. Most of my clothes are loud. I wear bright colors and silly patterns. As I write this I am wearing a shirt emblazoned all over with tiny sharks. It was hard for me to find something appropriate. In my day to day life, appropriateness isn't something I especially value, and so it was a little confusing for me to realize, while rolling shirts into efficiently packable cylinders, that I wanted to conform for this occasion. This week has been a big one for mourning, between celebrities and people in my own family and communities. Look out for each other, okay?


What we wear informs how we feel, who we hold in our hearts, where we fit in, and what we hope for. Getting dressed is a tiny ritual, and we are always casting little spells for what we hope a day will bring.



neckline detail



If i had this sweater, I would be wearing it right now. Chroming totally gets me. She is simple, but not boring; Cozy, but not frumpy. The cable reminds me of hearts, or a long braid.



hem detail



Wherever you're going, Chroming can take you there-   to the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a cocktail party, or some other adventure. Plus, in this squishy merino, you'll be soft to hug.



three outfits



How will you wear Chroming?

For quite a while now, I’ve seen some of the many designers who have worked with us, doing Craftsy classes. Well, now I’m joining the fun with a brand-new class on Magic Loop circular knitting which launches in ten days!


Magic Loop knitting 

Two socks at once!


It’s a great technique for all your small-circumference knitting-in-the round needs and I hope that even people who have tried the method before, will learn a few new tricks along the way. The class includes detailed instructions for knitting pieces in the round using the method as well as working two socks (or sleeves or any other small tubes) at the same time on one circular needle. Along with all that, you’ll also get three patterns, including a basic toe-up sock, a more advanced sock and a cowl.


Kate is a giant sockhead 

You also get to see this gigantic sock in action! Woohoo!


If you want to enter for a chance get the class for free, click this link. You will need to become a registered member of Craftsy or register for an account to be eligible. I hope to see you in class!


Magic Loop knitting 

A fun to knit shaped cowl that's easy to personalize.

Guess what's a month away... Valentine's Day. I know, I know. Many of you are probably groaning just at the mention of it and my heart goes out to you. But we should talk about these darned cute Crush socks anyway because I'm head over heels in love.




Be still my heart! Couldn't you just fall in love with them? I know they warm the cockles of my... feet.

Seriously, I'm no heart lover (this is Kate) and having a daughter who went through a very intense all pink phase a few years ago has basically cured me of any affection for the color, or for hearts at all. But, look at the bottom of the foot! How can you not adore that?! And the black combined with the pink-red variegated yarn makes it sharp enough to not be too cutesy. Plus, the motif is made with slipped stitches, not stranded colorwork. Cross my heart!


full modeled shotshoulder view


My SO would think I had lost my mind if I gave him these socks, even if my heart was in the right place with a handknit labor of love, but maybe I could hide just one heart on the bottom of striped socks for him? And I do know a ten year-old who would still get a kick out of wearing her heart on her sock.

So if you have a socksy sole-mate whose heart would skip a beat for some Valentine handknits, then take heart! You still have a month left to make them at a regular pace! Or even if just the thought of Valentine's Day breaks your heart, the sweetheart who deserves these socks is YOU. If you're going to knit something with love, you may as well love yourself!

PS. It's with a heavy heart that I apologize for all of the very terrible and not at all funny puns.
PPS. Please send me more.