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Today we are throwing back to a pattern from the first ever issue of Twist Collective! It's one that appeals to me as a garment, but also because of the concept behind the design- the barter system. 


Kate and her friend Daniel designed things for each other (a sweater knitted for him, a dress sewn for her). You can read about their design processes in these two blog posts



Kate and Daniel wearing their creations



I never knit commissions for money, but I often knit as part of trades. I have gotten vintage leather, giant paintings, frozen homemade pierogi, and financial advice in exchange for handknits. So I obviously love this idea. 


I also think this sweater, named for it's recipient Daniel, is rather dapper. 



collage of Daniel sweater pics



The diagonal ribbing looks clean but not boring, and the collar can be worn flopped over or snug and upright (for when the north wind blows). 


Daniel is definitely worth a second look. 



Daniel in his studio



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 everyone!! This week has been unseasonably warm, but nonetheless, I am all over the wearing of wool socks and sweaters. I relish this time of year, before it gets horrible-cold. I'm still riding my bike around town! I can't believe this is what December is like. I know climate change is bad, but this week I love it. Hi there El Nino, *wink.


To me, Racine is alllllllll about the POCKETS!



cream sweater with cabled pocketsback cables



The reverse stockinette background makes for a rustic background for the stunning, large scale cable on the pockets and back.



back and shoulders



A bulky yarn like this makes a wonderful squishy fabric for a fall jacket, or a layering piece under a parka if you live in a place where the temperatures dip really really low. This is a blanket you wear, and you look good while doing it.



buttons and body



I want to wear this over one of the long stretchy tank tops I sometimes wear in the world an sometimes sleep in- what in my little community of scrubby femmes gets called a "pyjama dress" (because it's both), maybe with some really tall socks, laying about on a snowy day and reading a really fantastic book. But you could also wear Racine with really, really cool shoes.



three outfits



How will you wear Racine?

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!

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?

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.