Twist Collective Blog
Five Questions with Christa Giles
Welcome to the second installment of our five question interview series to celebrate Twist Collective's fifth birthday!! You can sing to us if you like, or just check out the whole series here. Christa Giles has published nine lovely patterns with us. **Please note that Chista's website is under construction at the moment, but will be shiny and new soon, so bookmark it and take a look another time.
1. Why are you a designer?
This started at an early age - I still have my sketchbooks of the "ladies" (as Mom called them) in various fashion outfits that I would continually draw as a child. Sometimes the idea of the garment or accessory comes first, but often I'll have just a small design element in mind, and everything else gets filled in around it.
2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
Boundless - I designed the prototype on the needles, and after starting with an incredibly plain (but well-fitting) hood, it demanded to become this intricate cabled extravaganza! I love seeing all of the finished projects on Ravelry, too - there are some gorgeous, imaginative photo shoots that really boost my feeling of being a real designer, with all of these great models wearing my designs!
3. What was your biggest knitting/crocheting/designing disaster?
Ha, that would be the last three months, in which I designed three complex things (one just by working remotely with a sample knitter) while also helping to organize and present a four-day international circus festival, teach a bunch of teens to be lifeguards, and move houses... all while also working my three regular jobs. The tech editing staff have been incredibly patient with me and all of my glitches, and I'm so grateful!
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.
I was invited by a partner's ex-girlfriend to be the photographer's assistant at an erotic photo shoot she was doing with her roommate. My initial job description was "the person who would apply the duct tape to the model". It was awkward for the first few minutes, then the erotic content faded into the background as the photographer started working on the styling of each shot and I learned to -see- things (body creases, bad shadows, etc) that got in the way of good photos.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
There would be even more amazing handknits out in the world (... and world peace)!
Oregon Woodworker Mama Bear Plus Swift Giveaway
To finish off the week, we have a big, fat, beautiful prize from the Oregon Woodworker.
It's a Mama Bear™ PLUS Handcrafted Yarn Swift™ and we're throwing in a Twist Collective pattern of your choice. Due to the size and weight of the swift, this prize can only be sent to US and Canadian addresses. We're sorry about this, but don't worry, there will be more worldwide prizes up for grabs next week!
In order to enter, write us a haiku including the word "swift" in the ravelry thread about this prize! Deadline is the end of today (Friday).
Twist Style Friday Double Feature: Floriston and Cayley
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.
Let's look at Cayley first. This top is sweet and cozy. I often want to contrast sweetness with something else, but with Cayley, I just wanted to revel in the sugary a little bit.
Floriston's shape is perfect to pair with full skirts, but that isn't the only thing she plays well with. She's polished and pretty in any situation. Check it out.
See you next week!! Happy Twistiversary everyone!!
Open Road Media E-book Giveaway
Okay, twisters! Today we have FIVE prizes! Open Road Media gave us five fantastic, fibery goodness e-books to give out, including one from a regular twist collective contributor!
And here they are:
I reached my arm into the (virtual) goodie bag of giveaways and today I pulled out some gorgeous yarn donated by
This giveaway is on facebook, so log in, like our page, if you don't already, and leave a comment on today's post including the word "blue". We know we have the most creative readers around so we can't wait to see what you'll tell us! Do it by the end of today (Wednesday), and we will draw one lucky winner before the end of the week!
Just for fun here are some of the pretty, pretty patterns that have used Madelinetosh yarns in the past: