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Quinn Bag by Jordana Paige Giveaway
Mother’s day is coming up soon and it seems like a good time to remember women who have inspired us, mentored us, guided us and made us better people. We want to hear your stories about a woman who has made a positive difference in your life and what she means to you.
We will be giving away Twist Collective pattern gift certificates to our five favorite stories and sharing those stories with our readers on the blog. Then we’ll pick one person at random, from all the submissions to receive one of these beautiful Quinn bags from Jordana Paige, in the color of your choice.
Jordana Paige has been creating beautiful bags for knitters, for over a decade, and the Quinn bag is no exception. Check out all the features, details and colors here. The Quinn bag is sure to keep your knitting organized and safe from snags, snips and soot, but the bag is so beautiful, and so thoughtfully designed, you may end up using it for your regular handbag, too.
Design Process: Sugarbeach
Today's post is from Fiona Ellis. Fans of Twist are no stranger to her work. In the nearly six years we've been publishing, she's produced 21 designs for us. Today, she talks about her latest, Sugarbeach, as well as a few blasts from our publishing past.
Have you noticed that my Sugarbeach top has cables that divide and then flow around the V-neck to frame the face? It’s a pet idea of mine that I often include in my sweater designs. It serves to create a focal point for the garment and shows that you have spent time and effort to create a couture piece.
How does hand knitting differ from commercial practices?
Why do we need a focal point?
How do we draw the eye towards the neckline?
We can add collars and worked in contrasting colours they are be especially eye catching, as with Charleston.
Or we can add feature patterning in the yoke area, which creates an effect a little like placing a piece of jewelry there. Merise is a great example of this.
With these design elements it is often important to finish on a specific row before beginning the change in patterning or shaping. So we need to pay attention to row gauge and the length that you need to make the piece. You can’t just knit a few more rows to achieve the correct length and still end on the correct row of the pattern.
How do ensure that the correct row of the pattern is at the neckline?
OR to lengthen add extra rows before working row 1 of the pattern. These rows should be worked from the top of the chart as though you were ending a previous repeat before you begin working row 1.
I hope this has given you some food for thought and Happy Knitting!
Wash It Weekend!
I was looking at the pile of stinky, dirty, nacho-cheese stained well-loved handknits I have sitting around and I've decided to declare this Twist Collective Wash It Weekend!
Spring is coming (or for some of you luckier people, already here) and it's time to get everything nice and clean so you can put away the heavy duty woolens and make room for your spring/summer knit wardrobe (hint hint).
Mend it! Wash it! Put it away! I've already begun. Who's with me?
Twist Style Friday: Sulwen and Joist
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 am sitting in my friend Krista's kitchen, and the door to her little porch is open. I had to put socks on to sit and drink my coffee and write to you all this morning, but I am sitting in natural light and actual air! Spring, as they say, has finally sprung. Krista and I have been friends for nearly a decade, and have not grown tired of slumber parties. Currently, we are sitting with our laptops back to back, like we were playing a game of battleship. Krista is also part of team crop-top confidence, and we are planning a summer of dreams.
This style post is a double feature, and probably you know what that means. It means our next issue is almost done baking, and we just have to test the center and let it cool a bit before we can share. It's not my work, so it's not bragging if I tell you it is dripping with pretty and you should be very, very excited.
You've seen her as a woodsy sort of lady, but I think she can travel. She can be bookish, artsy, twee, and even elegant. Joist is versatile. You can probably guess which of the below outfits is my favorite; it boasts half a menagerie.
Let's take a look at the second star of today's show. Sulwen is no one's second fiddle.
This top is like a grown-up, elegant version of the baseball-style shirts I wore as a teenager. The wide neckline adds an easy grace, and the texture on the arms is just delicious. This is a fantastic basic. I am just beginning to learn the joys of having basics in your wardrobe; they really facilitate the wearing of wacky shoes. I think you could wear Sulwen with pretty much anything: jeans, yoga pants, tutus, tuxedo pants, pencil skirts with Bart Simpson's face on them, etc. I hope you agree.