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Quick Dispatch: Lending a helping paw

Marnie's pup Panda helps prepare her Fall submission.

 

helpful Panda

Twist Style Friday: Simsbury

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.


 


When I logged into Polyvore last night to look at shoes for today's styling post, do you know what I saw?? Sandals. Tons and tons of sandals. Working for a quarterly magazine as I do, I am somewhat familiar with working a season (or sometimes two) ahead, but somehow this still caught me off guard. Between that and my leaky roof, I guess we can say that spring is coming. Happy March!

 

I know that fall and winter are really prime knitter times, but handknits are dreamy to have around on cool spring mornings and summer sunsets by the water. This week's featured garment is perfect for layering, which makes it great for just about any season. The pockets make it extra practical, and the dipping neckline is just a teeny bit saucy. The color of our sample is pretty stunning, and though you could obviously make it in whatever color you like, something saturated really makes the simple shape and unfussy lace sing. Hello Simsbury.

 

Simsbury

 

Want to take a close look at some of those details? Goody, me too.

 

Closeup

 

Here are just a few of the zillions of things you could pair this fantastic sweater with:

 

four outfits

 

How would you wear Simsbury?

Design Process: Luggala

Aine Ryan

Today's post is brought to you by Aine Ryan, designer of the lovely Luggala and first-time Twist contributor. You can find out more about Aine (as well as this post) on her blog, here. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Luggala- one hand in her pocket

 

Way back in November 2012, I was privileged to be included in the Twist Collective Winter 2012 issue. My design was ‘Luggala’, a long-line jumper / sweater / pullover with a lacy cowl neck and kangaroo pocket.

A few years ago when I was keen to start knitting again, but tired of unflattering, outdated patterns, I did an internet search for things like ‘modern knitting patterns’ or ‘trendy knitting patterns’ or something similarly cheesy. This was when I came across Twist and specifically, their Fall 2009 issue. And I fell in love. The ‘Bus Stop‘ story completely won my heart and it wasn’t long before Ysolda’s Vine Yoke Cardigan was on my needles. I had found an up-to-date, fashionable, beautiful source of knitting patterns! Yay!

So when I decided to give designing a go, I knew exactly where I wanted to start – Twist! Aim high, I thought! When I submitted my design proposal back in April 2012, I had never designed anything before, let alone prepare a submission. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out it had been accepted and then to finally see it in print last November.

 

Cowl closeup

 

I wanted to create a cosy Winter garment that would keep the wearer warm without being too bulky or heavy. So I designed a fitted, slightly long length jumper. Raglan sleeves, because they’re may favourite and always flattering. To keep it warm and cozy, I added a cowl neck, but in lace, to keep it light and feminine.

 

Garment Sketch

 

The final touch, to make it a little bit different and fun, was the kangaroo or hoodie style pocket. I added this for a note of casual, comfy styling, but again it’s knit in lace.

 

Style Sketch

 

In the submission sketch, I just drew it simply with skinny jeans / leggings, which is how Twist styled it too in the end! I’m no fashion artist and I’ll let you in on my secret tool – Fashionary templates (psst- bloglady's note- also check out the Style Friday post where we featured Luggala).

I hope you like Luggala which can be bought directly from Twist Collective.

Finally, a note on the name. ‘Luggala’ is a place in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, where I spent many Summers as a child. Enjoy a few pics. Lots more on Flickr.

 

Luggala the place: hills and valleys

 

Luggala the place: trees

 

Luggala the place: architecture

Quick Dispatch: Ready for Anything

Kate has hair clips and silly faces, and she's not afraid to use them.

 

Kate with her photoshoot tool belt

Twist Style Friday: Dressage

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! I've been off all week, so for me, Friday came way too soon. The university calls it "reading week" but it could be more aptly named "sleeping week" and "catch up on emails, clean your filthy kitchen and do laundry week" as far as I am concerned. It's been a great balance, actually, of being cozy at home and going out with friends, which means I've gotten to dress lots of ways over the course of the week, with a blatant disregard for the words "business casual."

 

Carly's new silly shoesAnother view of the silly shoes

 

Also, yesterday I bought these truly (madly deeply) ridiculous shoes. I should know better than to walk into the sale section at Fluevog and start trying things on "just for fun." I had a chat with the lovely girl who works there about the fabulous overlap between knitters and shoe people, particularly Fluevog people. Maybe someday we can all get together to pitch the idea of a knitter's discount? A girl can dream, right? I took a page out of the (internet based) book of some of my favorite fashion bloggers, and wore these with an all-black outfit to see some experimental dance and theatre at the Rhubarb Festival. I didn't even fall. Sidenote from what is already kind of a sidenote; this new fashion blog is heavy on the handknits. You should probably give it a glance.

 

Let me introduce you to the squishtastic glory of this week's featured garment, Dressage.  Please feel free to bask in the cabled and ribbed coziness. I feel more relaxed just looking at it.

 

Dressage front view

 

Toggles in the cables! Brilliant. Let's have another look.

 

Dressage, side view

 

That's what fashion is really about for me; clothes can actually change the way you feel - and to some extent - the way other people react to you. You can dress to project something, or to protect something. I always wear lipstick if I have to speak in front of people, and I always wear wooly socks on (cold) days when I feel grumpy. To me, this sweater says comfortable, elegant, confident, and calm. Various outfits can make some of those elements speak louder.


I love the way this was styled for the shoot. I think a simple slim pant with a pop of color and some cute boots are great additions to this gorgeous sweater. I also think that these outfits would look fab on literally all body sizes, types, and shapes. Here are a few variations on that theme.

 

Three outfits with pants and boots

 

Maybe it's because I had my tarot read for the first time a few weeks ago, and then shortly thereafter got myself a deck of my own (and they're super beautiful and inclusive), or maybe it's because I've been watching too much Vampire Diaries, I'm having a bit of a witchy revival. Think low heeled black boots, dark lipstick, swishy fabrics, and lots of eyeliner. These next outfits were sort of inspired by that. These would be ideal with burgundy nail polish. You know, if you're into that sort of thing. I present  witch's day off (right), and witch goes to the bank (left).

 

Witch goes to the bank, Witch's day off

 

How will you wear Dressage?

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