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Throwback Thursday: Stellar

Hey folks!


I like to send out this Thursday missives earlier in the day, but your faithful bloglady has a truly terrible case of cough/cold/demonic possession, and I needed to spend some extra time in bed this morning. I might go right back there after this is posted, but bring along my laptop so I can doze while watching Scandal (I know, I'm late to the party).






Today we are looking at Stellar, a super lovely raglan jacket from Spring/Summer 2011. The textured collar is squishy and cozy, an the turned hems are so polished! The first time I turned a hem like that was when I made Through the Keyhole, and I felt like I was drunk with power. It just looks so prim and perfect. I couldn't believe my hands did that.



neckline detail



I'm also pretty into the button choice, it makes the whole garment look like the perfect time in autumn. With a mostly stockinette body and worsted yarn, this is a great TV knitting project, and a great choice for a knitter new to sweater-making. 



buttons and body



Since I happen to be highly suggestible, especially in my immune-weakened state, Stellar also reminds me of this song, which was maybe kind of crucial to my late adolescence, and was definitely on a mixtape made by an ex-boyfriend.


There, brought it full circle back to #throwbackthursday. Have a Stellar day everyone!



Twist Style Friday: Trondheim

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.


The Friday of a long weekend is a special kind of thing. With an expanse of days ahead, I feel way more about to actually do things with my time off, rather than just trying to recover from the week that was and prepare for the one ahead. Right now I have three trays of roasting veg in my oven right now, which will become two kinds of soup before the end of the day (green tomato and cauliflower, if you were curious). In Canada it's thanksgiving, and you folks to the south have the day of Columbus. I have some complicated feels about the framing of history that these holidays present. I also love rituals, eating with people I love, and gratitude. Some far-flung friends are gathering in my town this weekend, and I am pretty stoked to revel in their company.


I've been joking about how I don't know how to wear shirts lately. I wore dresses and cardigans basically as a uniform for almost a decade, and so shirts are kind of out of my comfort zone. I am getting better I think at figuring out how to choose ones I like, and the world that is opening up before me is the vast and wondrous land of pullover sweaters.


I'm coveting this one hard.



shoulder, collar, frontsleeve, front



I love the complex, twisty cable. I love the asymmetrical sleeves. I love the bold diagonal cable, like a prizewinner's sash across the front. And i LOVE this color. Whenever I look at it, I get this song in my head, and I think about this poem. I want to eat something pumpkin spicy.



three outfits 



How will you wear Trondheim?


Throwback Thursday: Olivette

Hey humans!! This week we are flashing back to Fall 2010, to a lovely little cardigan you might remember called Olivette. She was featured in a shoot called "What Would Mary-Heather Wear?" that is literally full of adorable. 



neckline and buttonbandback



She is a perfect basic. The cables and lace keep the knitting interesting, and the scooped neckline is just a little bit spicy. I love the way that the cables carry through the ribbing at the lower hem.



full shot



You can wear her with just about anything. I'd like one in a lipsticky orange-red please.



sleeve and hem detail



This detail may or may not be important to you, but I want you to know that the buttonbands are integrated. Sometimes I'll finish everything about a cardigan except for the buttonbands, and then it will sit in my WIP basket for months. I love the idea that with Olivette, they happen at the same time as the rest of the sweater.


Happy #throwbackthursday everyone!







Designer Post: Cabling without a Cable Needle- Helpful for Ballyfaron!

 headshop of Luise O'NeillLuise O'Neill has brought several delightful patterns to the pages of Twist Collective. Most recently, the snuggly warm Ballyfaron hat and cowl set from our current issue. In this post, Luise explains (with helpful step by step photos!) one of my all time favorite knitting techniques, knitting cables without a cable needle. It is a little terrifying when you start, but it speeds up cable knitting significantly, plus you don't have to keep track of those pesky little cable needles (or whatever thing you substitute for one when you need it! I've used darning needles, DPNs, bamboo skewers, the cartridge from inside a pen, safety matches....). Enjoy, and then go forth and cable boldly!! 



 hat backboth pieces


Knitting cables is one of my favorite things – take a peek at my Ballyfaron Tam and Cowl to see what I mean.



cowl detail



So many luscious cables! One of the things that really elevated my joy of knitting cables was learning how to work those cable stitches without using a cable needle.

There are various ways to accomplish this but I'd like to share my favorite. The following describes the steps to work a 2/2 Right Cross cable (sometimes referred to as C4B).

Setup: Work up to the stitches that make up the cable. 



Step 1: Push the tip of the Right-hand needle through the front of the 3rd and the 4th stitches on the Left-hand needle.


step 1


Step 2:  Pinch the 1st and 2nd stitches on the Left-hand needle at their base to avoid any movement of yarn while the stitches are being rearranged.


step 2


Step 3:  Carefully pull the Left-hand needle tip out of only those first four stitches; the first two of those four stitches will "float" just until the next step.


step 3


Step 4: Keeping the Left-hand needle to the back, push the Left-hand needle tip through the 2 "floating stitches".


step 4


Step 5: Bring the Right-hand needle tip to meet the Left-hand needle tip and slide the 2 stitches from the Right-
hand needle to the Left-hand needle; the 4 stitches have now been arranged in the correct order to work  the 2/2 Right Cross cable.


step 5


Step 6: Knit the 4 cable stitches and continue in pattern.


step 6


It may seem a little awkward at first and you may find yourself holding your breath at Step 3 – but as in all  things, practice makes perfect!  If you love cables, it's a great technique to add you’re your knitting repertoire.


Twist Style Friday: Shannonmore for guys

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.


The fiber crafts in my house are exploding a little bit. I'm often working on several projects at once, but one of them these days is literally enormous (it's a secret for now, but it's my first time using thirteen skeins of the same yarn for literally anything). My dear friend and colleague David gave me (on long term loan) a ball winder, which is sort of changing my life, my scrappy knit blanket has taken up residence on the living room couch, and my housemate Lucy just took up weaving. So my job is to cover all of the humans in wool, and some of the surfaces with WIPs, and Lucy's can be to cover the walls and other surfaces with decorative weaving. Sorry to our other housemate Marcus, who has a more ambivalent (and maybe healthier) relationship with knitting and the sister arts.


Today on Style Friday, we are looking at Shannonmore, the men's version. This is a densely cabled, superwarm, classic sweater. It's stunning.



both versions together



Just look at this shoulder saddle. See how the sleeve cable runs right up to the collar? It's so perfect.



saddle shoulder



One of the things that's great about such a classic shape and style (especially if you use a workhorse yarn like this one) is that this sweater makes as much sense on a teenager as it does on an octogenarian.


Men's fashion isn't exactly an area of expertise for me, but I have it a whirl! Have a look at a few outfits for men featuring Shannonmore.


three looks



How will you wear Shannonmore?