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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

Hi again. It's Kate. It's cold and rainy here in Montreal and I'm sleepy so what could be better this morning, than imagining a snuggly turtleneck with lovely cables knit up in a lovely heathery yarn?! Not much, I'd say. Cinders is a super pretty sweater by Kristen TenDyke. And it's knit up in yarn from one of my favorite yarny places, Green Mountain Spinnery. Their Mountain Mohair is cushy and soft and filled with all sorts of interesting colors when you get up close. I've done the best I can to replicate them in photoshop, but if you get a chance to see them in person, it's really so much better! What color would you choose?

Cinders color options

Or what color should I have tried Cinders out in?

headshot of Laura Patterson

Today's post comes from Laura Patterson, designer of the stunning beaded shawl Spinner, from our newest issue. You can also find this post on her blog, here, and more about her designs here. Enjoy!





Late last spring I saw Twist Collective’s call for their Winter 2015 issue. It was a theme of wintery contrasts, geometric shapes whose edges were softened by drifts of snow, and accented with the sparkle of city lights and snow falling at night. The images coalesced into a feeling that I had to capture with yarn.



part of the mood board for winter 2015



I immediately knew that my design must reflect those same sharp edges, but softened somehow, and it had to have beads, lots of beads to sparkle and shimmer like lights reflected off nighttime snow.


My home office is upstairs in a spare bedroom, and this is where I do all my computer work: typing up patterns and creating charts, keeping up on the latest knitting news, (most of) my social media interaction. My knitting library lives here, as do my yarn, beads, spare needles and crochet hooks, a sewing machine, shipping supplies, and all sorts of other stuff. This is all well and good. Everything I need is close at hand. This isn’t, though, where I knit. I knit downstairs in the TV room. On the couch. With my feet up. Netflix tuned (do you “tune” Netflix?) to whatever show I’m currently watching (it’s pointless asking how many times I’ve watched Arrow in its entirety, as I have absolutely no idea). Because of this a certain amount of yarn has migrated to the TV room. There’s a large basket next to the ottoman overflowing with it, and on the hearth is a pile of my most-used stitch dictionaries, the latest knitting magazines, a sheet for blocking, and the odd pattern or two. Frankly, I’ve tired of carrying them all upstairs and putting them away, only to haul them back downstairs again a day or two later.



wingspan from the back



Anyway, with Twist’s winter call in mind, sitting on the couch, TV on, probably watching Arrow, I dug through my favorite books of stitches from Japan. Wait. Back up. There it is. The perfect stitch. Diamonds and sharp angles that combine and move knit and purl stitches back and forth across the lace, paired yarn overs and decreases, accentuated with lovely five-stitch cables. I dug through the basket, found the perfect yarn for my swatch: lace weight, but slightly fuzzy because of the high alpaca content. Now the beads, the swatch must have beads. Back upstairs. Yes, there they are.



spinner swatch



When I wrote up my submission I made one fatal error. This is what I said, “Shawl would work equally well in pure white, winter white, snowy-blue, snowy-gray, red, or black (but please don’t make me knit the model in black! LOL).” See? It’s all my fault. I made Kate think that the shawl would look good knit with dark yarn. To her credit, when she sent my acceptance letter, Kate actually asked if a dark color would be okay: “I’m tempted to send you a very dark purple. Would you kill me for wanting to send you that?” This is where I made my second error. I said that it would be fine! Head. Desk.



shawl wrapped around model



Honestly though, the color is fabulous, I had reasonable light, didn’t have to frog it (miracle of miracles), and it turned out beautifully. Don’t you think?



beading detail shot



I love knitting with beads, so naturally I have a small (cough) collection of them. A number of them have been sitting mournfully in my stash for years, waiting for that perfect project to come along. One of the mournful colors was suddenly ecstatic: size 8/0 glass seed beads that look like little pearls. I knit up a tiny swatch to be sure. Yes. Oh yes. They’re just right. The white beads on the fuzzy dark yarn look just like snowflakes falling against a night sky.

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 fashion fans!!


Those of you south of the border are heading into a long weekend, which might just be a fantastic time to start a brand new knitting project. That is, unless you're cooking for a zillion of your favorite folks. I hope that however you are spending your time, you get to see some of your nears and dears, and hopefully get a few stitches in.


I went on a bit of a destashing spree this week. I frogged a bunch of projects I haven't touched in ages, and swapped a bunch of yarn I didn't have big dreams for. In exchange I got some very ethical coffee, postage stamps, some stunning yarn I *do* have big dreams for, and some nail decals shaped like tiny tiny snacks. I also frogged a hat I have already ripped and reknitted three times. I think I finally know how to make it perfect, and I'm pretty impressed that the yarn still looks kind of great. 


Here is something else that looks kind of great (by which I mean super great, actually).



collar detail



Cappadocia has a simple shape and is the perfect layering piece for unpredictable weather. I love the way the simple lace makes the ribs ripple slightly. The pattern looks a bit like staggered blossoms on a trellis.



side shotback



In a yarn like this one, with a generous shot of silk, you might not even mind if you make some mistakes and have to knit it again and again.


Wear it like a blazer, over a crisp collared shirt and slim pants, over a flowy dress, or with some serious glitter.



four outfits



How will you wear Cappadocia? I hope it's with sparklepants!


We have been thinking lots about color this week at Twist (I mean, a little bit always). Kate just started a new blog series showing some of our designs in alternate colorways, I picked a color for the Channa sweater I'm knitting, and we are always thinking an issue (two, really) ahead; choosing colors and textures of yarn for future projects.


So I thought it might be fun to look at a garment with a lot of possibilities around color this week for #throwbackthursday. Remember Argyle Jacket?? It's from Fall 2009, but still looks so current!



argyle jacket, modeledargyle panel detail, sleeve



Jenn, the designer, also wrote a blog post (back in the day) with some swatches of alternate color combinations. Here are my favorites-



bluesgrey, lime, forest greenblack and white and red all over



I hope you find the perfect color combination that inspires you to give this Argyle Jacket a whirl!