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Dragonfly Fibers giveaway

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to another day of our epic Twistaversary celebration. Today, we celebrate by giving away more awesome stuff.


Dragonfly Fibers logo


Today's giveaway is brought to you by Dragonfly fibers. You can find their lovely yarns on their website as well as Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter. The prize includes a gorgeous hand-dyed skein of Dragonfly Fibers Pixie yarn in Antique Rose, a bar of lovely Dragonfly Wings solid lotion, a super cute Dragonfly button, and a free download of Glenna C's beautiful sock pattern, Quo Vadis.




This giveaway is on Ravelry, so log in, join our group, if you aren't part of it already, and join the conversation about why we love hand-dyed yarn. Join in by the end of tomorrow (Wednesday), and we will draw one lucky winner before the end of the week!

Winners' Circle

As we give away prizes, we'll keep updating this page. If you're a winner, you should have been contacted by us, but if you haven't and you think this is you, you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If we don't hear from you, we will reassign prizes.

Darning eggs1. Happy Twistiversary - Hand-turned wooden darning eggs and pattern of your choice:

email: K. Glotzbach
ravelry: Diomee
facebook: Lynne Easterbrook
twitter: kbshee



Darning eggs2. Dragonfly Fibers - yarn and Quo vadis pattern

ravelry: ddhuefly



3. Madelinetosh - yarn and pattern of your choice

facebook: Malene Møhl




4. Open Road Media:

facebook: Emilie Thomas-Anderson - Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren
facebook: Jaqi Moon - AlternKnits Felt by Leigh Radford
facebook: Gráinne Mulholland - Hand-Stitched Felt by Kata Golda
ravelry: HeatherInPortland - Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
ravelry: OctoberRose   Knitting For Baby by Kristin Nicholas and Melanie Falick


swift5. The Oregon Woodworker Mama Bear Plus swift:

ravelry: swenste



imperial6. Imperial Stock Ranch:

facebook: Carolyn Fisher Lynett
ravelry: lisab399
ravelry: Overflo




socks7. Simply Socks:

ravelry: eomaynard
ravelry: malone



signature8. Signature Needlearts:

ravelry: mswnola
twitter: @xantha
facebook: Jaimee Bagoye Drew 




briggs9. Briggs and Little:

facebook: Liisa Penrose Balzar




westminster10. Westminster Fibers:

ravelry: MochaKnits
facebook: Vickie Kealy
ravelry: autumnsky




jennie11. Jennie the Potter:

facebook: Heather Nordquist
twitter: yarnsista
ravelry: entwined
ravelry: SandyMGoBlue
                                    twitter: Jensknits
                                    facebook: Amy Angerer

quayside12. Quayside Publishing:

ravelry: miabeewood - The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell
twitter: Wordlily - Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects by Hélène Magnùsson
facebook: Blythe Kersula - Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs by Sue Flanders
                                                                                and Janine Kosel
                                     facebook: Joline Vretenar - Knitting Clothes Kids Love by Kate Oates and Nancy Langdon


ravelry: javalulu
ravelry: angelofno


romney14. Romney Ridge Farm:

facebook: Freyalyn Close




manos15. Manos de Uruguay:

ravelry: Istenno




classic elite16. Classic Elite Yarns:

facebook: Joelle Goldstein Irons





lantern moon17. Lantern Moon:

ravelry: savannagal
ravelry: minicia
twitter: drjayjr
facebook: Tenli Yavneh



gms18. Green Mountain Spinnery:

facebook: Robin Beer VanderRoest
ravelry: madtownmama



briar rose19. Briar Rose:

ravelry: vegimama





Lorna's Laces20. Lorna's Laces:

Facebook: Ali Nolte




universal yarns21. Universal Yarn:

Facebook: Melissa D. Hellman
ravelry: PenCraft
ravelry: JulesBr
twitter: ringeddragon




Sunshine Yarns22. Sunshine Yarns:

Facebook: Michele Pridmore
twitter: Juliaknit




universal yarns23. indigodragonfly:

ravelry: annatalvikki





24. Sweet Georgia:

ravelry: canaandogknits
ravelry: summersong
Facebook: Christine Almeida
twitter: etcgirlthefirst




25. The Loopy Ewe:

twitter: MaryjoOrd
Facebook: Jenifer James Farrell



26. Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers:

ravelry: judythan
Facebook: Cindy McFarland Michael
ravelry: AlwaysALady





27. Halcyon:

twitter: ViviChick
ravelry: PandaWriter



28. Cooperative Press:

Facebook: Caroline Mersey





29. Skacel Collection:

ravelry: ckknit
ravelry: nutriknit4life




30. Kelbourne Woolens/The Fibre Company:

Facebook: Essie Woods Bruell
ravelry: Su1282





31. Webs:




ravelry: Yaarnoverboard
ravelry: misformonkey
Facebook: Anisa Schardl




32. Blue Moon Fiber Arts:

ravelry: arlenemarie
ravelry: anitahome
ravelry: beebug
Facebook: Jody Oxley
twitter: ElementalColor





Five Questions with Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis is a super talented designer who has published a whopping eighteen patterns with us. Plus one of her designs graced our very first cover. So it's fitting that she is kicking off this series of posts (which you can find all of here) where we ask some of the designers who we have worked with to answer five questions in honor of our fifth birthday! Enjoy!!




some of Fiona's designs

(Merise, Granville, Athabasca, Charleston, Breckenridge)

1. What's your favorite thing to knit?

No surprises here -it would be anything with cables on it.. I love how you can create what seems to be a complex pattern with just a few basic crosses....endless fun!


2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?

Ooh a hard question to answer but I think I'll choose Bonnie. I have several reasons why but mostly it's because I love the asymmetry of the Celtic Knot Cable. I played up the asymmetry by it's placement on the sweater and carried that through onto the sleeves- they are non identical. And I was SO thrilled not only to be part of the premiere issue but for my design to appear on the cover.


Premiere issue

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

This is ever changing as I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Something will just capture my attention and then I will tend to work in a series. I'll have one source which I will use for a while until I tire of it. Then I move on to something new. But sometimes I come back to a similar source over & over. My faves are looking at tree bark patterns for cables, printed fabrics for colour stories and period piece movies for styling/moods.

4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

Before I was a knitwear designer (in the era I call my previous life) I was a cosmetic formulation scientist. Mostly I worked developing new shades for lip I'm a really good colour matcher when it comes to reds and pinks. 


5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...

You would hear the phrase "just one more row" everywhere! :)


More Fiona Ellis loveliness

(Paisley, Ruthie, Gwendolyn, Paula, Georgie)

Twist Style Friday: Lilium

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 very happy Friday indeed to you all! Not only is it time for our weekly fashion fun time, this week also marks the fifth anniversary of Twist Collective. Birthdays like this are a great opportunity to look back at where we've been, what we've accomplished, and the friends we've made along the way. I get real mushy about community building folks. This isn't just a celebration of a publication we're all proud of (though it is also that!); it's a celebration of everyone who felt inspired by something they saw or read; everyone who learned a new knitting skill so they could take on a project; everyone who got together with their friends to work on projects; everyone who followed us on Twitter, liked us on Facebook, read or contributed to discussons on Ravelry, submitted a design, took out an ad in our pages; everyone who participated in this community of creativity and creation and inspiration. You're great.


We want to give you stuff, and some of the companies that help make us possible have given us some pretty magical stuff to pass along to you! Keep a close eye on us in the next little while for chances to win patterns, yarn, needles, yarn, darning eggs, yarn, books, yarn, gift certificates, and YARN YARN YARN.

So maybe I had celebration on the brain when I styled this week's garment, the lovely Liliium.

four outfits

I think Lilium is a prefect topper to any party dress, whether you're going to a picnic in a park or the symphony. I don't know where *exactly* you would be going in those metal-heeled shoes, but I think I would like to go with you.


One of the most stunning elements of this sweater is actually the back. Your friends (or your date to the symphony) may not like to see you go, but they will enjoy watching you walk away.


back detail


Happy fifth, happy friday, happy (almost) fall!

How will you wear Lilium?

Happy Twistiversary!

Five years ago, today, we launched the very first issue of Twist Collective. We weren’t sure if we’d even make it through a whole year but here were are! 

Along with the designers and the customers, Twist wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for our generous supporters, which makes it all the more wonderful that so many of them have donated their amazing products to give away to our readers. If you’re signed up for our newsletter, you have already gotten a sneak peek of just a few of our prizes. To kick off the celebration of our Wood Anniversary, it seemed only appropriate give away something both handmade and wooden. We will be giving 4 randomly chosen winners a beautifully hand turned darning egg, paired with a Twist Collective sock pattern of your choosing.


Darning Eggs

These darning eggs were hand turned by my dad (this is Kate). They are Mulberry, Cherry, Maple, and Cherry (from left to right).

To enter:
Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line, DARN IT
Like us and share our post on Facebook
Follow and tweet at us on Twitter with the hashtag #darnittwist
Or join and post in our Ravelry group

Enter all four ways for more chances to win! Deadline: end of day Friday