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Quick Dispatch: Notebook?
Some people keep their lists on phones, or iPads, or even paper. Kate just uses whatever is handy.
Quick Dispatch: Shopping for Shoots
Sometimes, shopping for clothes for the models to wear in photoshoots gets a little silly.
Silly is good.
Twist Style Friday: Pinion
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 friends! I hope everyone got a bit of time off in the last little bit to spend with nice humans, eat delicious things, and relax a bit. It's back to the grind for me this week, so I'm feeling a little less glittertastic, and chanelling more professional, put together kinds of looks. Don't worry, there still might be some wacky shoes in our future.
We're looking at Pinion this week. If you've been keeping up with Style Fridays, you know I love a cardigan, and this one is no exception. I think my jaw may have actually dropped agape when I first saw this sweater.
One of my clothing problems is that I don't own anything plain. I love to buy and make special, unique, whimsical things -but- you can only wear so many wild and whimsical items at one time. I'm trying to learn how to incorporate more neutrals, but I just don't like spending money on clothes that seem boring to me. When I knit this sweater, I think I might use less contrast (like two shades of blue, or two shades of grey) so I could treat this amazing sweater like it was plain. I think it would still look just as special.
Toronto winters make me want to guard myself against the world a little bit. People are cranky; everything is a bit grey. I feel fortified if I am wearing something that makes me feel just a little bit tough, like dark lipstick, or a spiky ring. I think these two looks are both a little bit tough, but in really different ways.
I included a couple of shoe options for the femme-ier outfit on the left, because I know those weirdo boots are not for everyone. I couldn't resist them though!
So, how would you wear Pinion?
Design Process: Lavandula
Today's post is brought to you by Triona Murphy, and it can also be found on her blog. Her first design, the elegant and playful Lavandula, appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Twist Collective. She tells us about bust-friendly designs, how she got through all that ribbing (you can too!), and how wonderful this yarn is. Enjoy!
I was incredibly excited to have my first Twist Collective pattern in the Winter 2012 issue. Here’s a peek into my design process (something I hope to blog about more often in the future, so I hope you like it!).
I started out with the idea of a lacy, v-neck cardigan. I knew I wanted it to be very fitted around the waist and have more ease in the bust–if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m all about the bust-friendly designs.
One of the best ways to flatter a figure is to make sure a sweater is fitted at the smallest part of the torso (which for many people is under the bust or a few inches below). I decided on deep ribbing to shape the waist, instead of my usual increases and decreases, since I thought that would complement the lace pattern nicely. I also liked the idea that the knitter wouldn’t have to worry about placement of the shaping.
Here’s the rough sketch I sent to Twist. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination–so I was pretty happy with this one, haha:
I knew I wanted a simple lace pattern, but one that would be pretty and feminine at the same time. After swatching a few (okay, maybe five or six) different patterns, I settled on this snowflake lace. The swatch was knit up in Tosh and photographed in my DIY lightbox.
When I got the email telling me my pattern had been accepted, I was thrilled. When they told me they were sending me Sundara Yarn Sport Merino Two to knit the sample, I was beyond thrilled and into ecstatic! I’ve heard such rave reviews about Sundara yarns for years, and I just never got around to ordering any to try it for myself.
Let me tell you–I nearly swooned when I opened the box. This stuff is gorgeous. It’s as squishy and elastic as my beloved Madelinetosh plied yarns. The colorway they sent me, Monet’s Basilica, is a stunning lavender with perfectly layered purples and blues.
Then it was on to the knitting!
Full disclosure: even though I was the one who proposed it, I wasn’t quiiiiite prepared for the 12.5″ of 1×1 ribbing up to the waist. That, as I’m sure you will agree, is a lot of ribbing. I found I got into a rhythm pretty easily, though, and after a few inches, it wasn’t any more tedious than stockinette. Great TV knitting! The yarn was a pleasure to knit with, which helped a lot. My suggestion to anyone who’s feeling a bit daunted by all that ribbing: choose a yarn you love. It will ease the pain, I promise.
Once I sent the sample and the pattern back to Twist, it was time to wait impatiently for the issue to come out. When it finally did, I was blown away by how beautiful it looked.
I shouldn’t really have been surprised, because I always love their styling and photography, but it was such a trip to see it on something I designed!
You can see that the pattern didn’t change much from sketch to finished object–not always the case for my designs, let me tell you! But this was one of those magic ideas that just came together perfectly.
My favorite picture from the shoot. Isn’t the model adorable??
You can click here to see more information about Lavandula (sizes, yarn requirements, etc.). The rest of the winter issue is stunning too, of course. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it, head over and check it out: Twist Collective Winter 2012 Issue. I’m so proud and honored to be included in an issue with so many talented designers!
Knitting for Ourselves: Marnie's dream Esme and Eira
We love showing you beautiful patterns in the pages of our magazine, but we also want to show them to you in new ways! Twist Style Fridays are one of the ways we work on this, but one of the limitations of a site like Polyvore is that all the clothes are shown on one body type! This feature is a way for us to show how we choose and adapt Twist garments to suit ourselves. You've met the Twist Team already on the blog, now you can follow this feature here if you want to know more about what we make when we knit for ourselves.
Production assistant and designer, Marnie, here, joining Carly in the Knitting For Ourselves series.
Height: 5' 3.5"
Body shape: Hourglass with a long torso and arms, straight broad shoulders and a swayback.
Occupation: Analyst by day, Production Assistant by night, Knitwear Designer on the weekends.
Interests: When I’m not working, or designing, I am generally reading, sewing, weaving, hiking, spinning, cooking, not doing housework (that’s a favorite), or just hanging with the pooches.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Personal style: I work from home so my style is best described as, “not naked” and “comfortable.” The first, I suppose, is optional, but we have a lot of windows. When I leave the house, I tend to favor unfussy and comfortable clothing; mostly jeans and doc martins, and mostly solid colors.
While I have knit a couple of small accessories, designed by friends, I generally don’t knit other people’s designs. I’m too busy with my own, but everything I design at Twist Collective is influenced by my own aesthetic preferences. I tend to avoid bulky fabrics and a-line silhouettes which I find less suitable to my figure. I love to include waist shaping and interesting detailing around the neck, which I find balances out my broad, straight shoulders. Garments like Mata Hari, Cecchetti and Bijou, all feature detailing that I love to wear. More casual pieces- like Zosia and Doppler- reflect my day-to-day style when I’m running errands and hiking with my dogs.
But if time were no object and I could knit my fellow designers’ projects, Twist would be my place to go. Honestly, my short list of projects would fill a dozen blog posts but I thought I’d Sophie’s choice it down to two that I’ve been dreaming about lately.
The First is Julia Trice’s Esme
I love how Kate styled this garment, and I don’t think I’m deviating much from what she envisioned. I’d knit mine in a deep purple, but not so deep that it’d obscure the beautiful stitch pattern. I’d be most likely to throw it over whatever top I was already wearing around the house (most likely the shirt I slept in) and a pair of boot cut or wide legged pants and my favorite Doc Martin mary janes. I don’t really bother with accessories, just a purse and I’m good to go. There’s something so effortlessly refined about this piece. You can really wear it and live in it but it looks pulled together too. Its slight 1970s aesthetic makes it feel classic without being costumey.
On the rare occasion when my day job calls me down to the mother ship…er…corporate office, I tend to dress fairly conservatively in simple black or gray trousers and blazers, and add a pop of color with my shirts. This lets me pack only one or two jackets a maybe three pairs of trousers and change up my outfit with my shirt and accessories. Eira, by Ann-Marie Jackson, would be great for just such an occasion. I’d knit mine in a true red. It’s got a real understated elegance with the subtle tucks, neck detailing and buttons. It’ll look as nice under a jacket as it does on its own. I’d wear this with a pair of heels and just one or two pieces of jewelry to top it off.
It may not be in the cards for me to knit every design I love, but I admit, I get a vicarious thrill when I look through other people’s FOs in Ravelry. Since I create most of the newsletters, it’s my job to find the FOs we feature each month. If you’ve knit Esme, Eira or any other project from Twist Collective, we’d love it if you shared it with the Twist Collective group so we can all admire your hard work.