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Quick Dispatch: Fowl- friend or foe?

Robin takes action against a hostile mallard.

 

Robin chases a mean duck

Twist Style Friday: Malpeque

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.


I don't know about you, but I like oysters. I didn't always- they used to kind of gross me out, actually. I recently tried them again, for the first time since I was a little kid- and actually, they were kind of awesome. I was surprised at how much I liked them. It's fitting then, that this week's Style Friday feature is Malpeque, a sweater I didn't much like the first time I glanced at it. I tend to wear my cardigans pretty short- not too far past my natural waist, over dresses with full skirts. So taking on a long, flowy cardigan for a styling post felt kind of daunting. Let's revisit the original styling from the magazine shoot.


Malpeque


There are certainly lots of variations on this particular outfit- a basic top, solid pants, cozy cardigan. The lattice lace is the star of the show, and you look put-together, but also like you aren't trying too hard. You could also vary the cut of the pant- wider leg slacks for  work or a fancier setting, with something a little sparkly on top. I wanted to see if I could make this sweater look a little bit tough; here's what I came up with:


Malpeque, with an edge


Maybe I own those black and white patterned leggings. Maybe they facilitated me breaking my own "leggings are not actually pants" rule because they are so awesome that I don't want to cover any more of their splendor than I absolutely have to. Maybe.

This set was my medium stage with Malpeque- like when I tried oysters with just a bit of lemon. Okay, I thought. I could eat these/wear this. But then... Then I tried them with this amazing spicy vodka sauce; then I tried them with horseradish; then, it was love. Watch me go similarly overboard in a sartorial fashion-


Malpeque with a million dresses

I literally could not make enough outfits that looked kind of like this. As long as the hem of the dress is within a few inches (above or below) the hem of the sweater, and the waist is defined somehow, all of these look really great! Toss on a cute bag and a neutral, vintage-inspired shoe; you are totally ready for one of those fall days where the sun is shining but the breeze is a bit icy.

Go forth, my friends, and try something new! Food or fashion- you never know what you might love. Of course, as always, I want to know- how would you wear your Malpeque? Also, someone please make one in red, okay?

(and as a sidenote- what do you put on your oysters??)

Twist in Ravelry

Do we at Twist ever tell you, the knitters out there, how much we like you? It's a lot. We think about you guys all the time and how we can make a better product for you. One thing we've quietly rolled out is integration with Ravelry so that the patterns you buy from us will also be in your Ravelry library.

It was a hard decision to make. On the one hand, we want your pattern buying experience to be as good as we can make it, and offering patterns through Ravelry makes it even more convenient for customers to buy their patterns and find them in their library and purchase gift patterns for friends and family. On the other hand, we really count on your visits to our site. The generous folks who support our magazine with their ads and yarn help us defray the cost of producing patterns so we can keep prices down and pay designers, tech editors, photographers, programmers, layout designers, models and everyone else, a fair wage.

So we hope that these new enhancements will be a boon to all of you and we hope you'll still stop by our site, flip through the magazine and, if you see something you like, click some of the lovely ads our supporters have placed in the editions and the shop. Of course, we always welcome feedback and if you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We love to hear from you.

For those of you making purchases directly from our site, here's how to add your purchase to your ravelry library.

Step 1:
Add your purchases to your basket.



Step 2:
Check out and choose your method of payment. We offer both PayPal and credit card options.

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Step 3:
You'll receive an email from Twist Collective with a link that will allow you to add your pattern to your Ravelry library. This is a special link. It doesn't expire, but it will only work one time.

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Step 4:
Ravelry will ask you to authorize access to your account. If you are already logged into Ravelry, it will tell you which user name is in use. If you wish to link the pattern to a different account, use the "sign in as a different user" link.

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Step 5:
A confirmation page will display letting you know that your pattern is in your library.

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Note:
Before setting up pattern sales in Ravelry, we gave designers the option to opt-out of having their patterns included. A few patterns that are available on our site are not available to add to your Ravelry library. You'll receive the notification below if one of your purchases is unavailable in Ravelry. Moving forward, all new patterns will be available both on our site and through Ravelry.

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Quick Dispatch: If we keep shooting in Maine...

If we keep shooting in Maine, I may just have to move there. It's beautiful.

 

Gorgeous Maine shoreline

Twist Style Fridays: Ahni

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.


I don't think i even need to explain to you why I love this sweater, but I will anyways, because I love talking about clothes almost as much as I like shopping for, trying on, swapping, buying, owning, wearing, and otherwise looking at clothes. Ahni is a total dreamboat. She has a pretty, wide neckline to show off your neck and collarbones, or to artfully display your coordinating handknit wrap. Her stitch pattern is squishy and dense, The deep ribbing nods to the oh-so-trendy-right-now peplum, without actually being too peplummy. I'm a sucker for a defined waist in a garment- or the illusion of one. Pretty pretty.

You remember her- how could you forget? Let me introduce you though, just in case. She isn't shy- in fact, I think she's saying "come hither."


Ahni


She's detailed enough to be the star of an outfit, but also basic enough to blend as a layering piece, or with something patterned. Like so...

Ahni with pants-like bottoms

Witchy boots and this cap-toe phenomenon are really everywhere right now. I love the cap-toe thing because it reminds me of the shell-toe adidas sneakers from the 80s, or the classic Converse All Stars- but for fancy ladies and grown-ups (of which I am simultaneously both and neither)! But you can wear Ahni with whatever shoes you already have, I swear. Cowboy boots would work too.


Purple cowboy boots would be perfect.


Ahni with skirts

Stay warm with some opaque tights in a neutral tone, and feel very free to layer- just don't fight with the neckline- choose something similar in shape underneath, okay? A little gold chain would also be lovely, as would a big wooden bangle worn over the sleeve.


I can't wait to see what you'll wear with your Ahni. This horse is also eagerly anticipating your finished garments. Get to work! Please?


Ahni and friend

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