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Twist Style Friday: Carlu

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.


 

 

A lot of things happened this week, knitters. I celebrated my birthday (by singing with this pretty cool choir).  I knitted something that looks like it was commissioned by Lisa Frank. I started a small business. I bought myself a pair of fancy shoes (that I first saw while making outfits for Philodendron), and signed up for an online business class with an amazing businesslady. It was a good week, but gosh, I'm so happy that Friday is here. 

 

Plus now we get to talk about fashion, and this sweater is making me all googly-eyed. Hi there, Carlu.

 

 

cable details

 

 

I love cables. I love them forever. I love simple ones, like those columns of consistent twists that frame the more complex panel in the center. I love twisty turny complicated ones. Mostly I find that the payoff in visual impact is always greater than the complexity of the actual knitting. I confess, I like to be impressive.

 

 

collar detail

 

 

I think this split collar detail is really lovely. I'm a person who fears the turtleneck, and also I overheat easily, so I might even split this deeper and put a placket on it so it could be opened up. As is, the neckline is - dare I say - rather fancy? It has a little Nehru feel to it.

 

 

side detailback cables

 

 

Can we talk about this yarn for a second? I know that a color having a clever name doesn't necessarily mean that the color is more beautiful than if it was called medium blue, but it legitimately does make me more likely to buy it. This principle also works on me for cosmetics, especially nail polish. Indigodragonfly never skimps on the wordplay and nerdy references (this one is Tardis). Also the yarn it delicious and lovely to work with. I have a scarf made from a color called Also, I can kill you with my brain and I chuckle about it every time I wear the thing.

 

Okay. I know what you really want. OUTFITS! Voila! Three of them, all with fancy shoes and very very fancy purses. Coming from a long line of magpies, it is my personal belief that the month of December was invented for sequins. I know not everyone wants to look like a disco ball (though I can't truly understand why), so I kept the sparkle on the accessories. Shine on, wooly diamonds.

 

 

 

three outfits with sparkly purses

 

How will you wear Carlu?

Throwback Thursday: Daniel

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

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Racine

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?

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?

 

 

socks!

 

 

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?

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