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Twist Style Friday: Foxcroft
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.
It's rustic and lush. It's far from plain, but it doesn't seem fussy at all. I can't stop looking at it.
There is kind of an argyle thing going on in the cables, which to me seems like secret nerd-code. Wearing this sweater is probably the closest I would get to feeling like a browncoat.
I think as far as styling goes, you can't really go wrong if you pair it with something simple, great boots, and maybe a rich color? I went with a cranberry hue, but cobalt, or mustard, or plum would all be totally divine. Sigh.
Aside from "everyday" and "forever", how will you wear Foxcroft?
This word can inspire excitement or fear into the hearts of knitters. Some of us can't get enough of it, stranding and steeking and slipping stitches with aplomb. Others take one look at a multicolored chart and need to lie down.
Check out these gorgeous patterns and yarn up for grabs!! Zigmund and Kiyomi are both divine examples of the possibilities of colorwork, and Elann Peruvian Highland yarn is the perfect paint to load up your brush with.
Due to shipping restrictions, only entries from the US and Canada are eligible to win these prizes. International folks, we have more stuff for you, don't worry!
Your assignment today is to brag, loud and proud. Tell us about your proudest knitting accomplishment. Whether that's a stitch, a sock, a steek, or something else, we can't wait to hear about the time you felt amazing about what you did or made. This giveaway is taking place only on Ravelry, so head over to the Elann Giveaway discussion on our group page and join the conversation! Enter by the end of tomorrow (Friday) for a chance at these great prizes!
Quayside Publishing Giveaway
Knitting books are awesome. There is something about eye-candy you can hold in your hand, and they often have helpful notes on technique, not to mention the patterns!
(The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell, Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects by Hélène Magnùsson, Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel, Knitting Clothes Kids Love by Kate Oates and Nancy Langdon)
Because of shipping restrictions, this giveaway is only open to knitters in the US and Canada. To enter, share a photo of your favorite reading spot on on today's Facebook thread, the Quayside Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or by tweeting it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). We can't wait to see the cozy spots you escape to with a good book. Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!
Jennie the Potter Giveaway
Knitters know that sometimes the smallest detail on a project can make something pretty great into something totally magical. Buttons are one of the little things that can make a big impact.
Our prizes today, from Jennie the Potter, will make your projects just a little more magical, whether in process or product. four different button prize packs, a pack of beautiful stitch markers, and (really precious) pair of earrings, all made with love. Every prize comes with a free Twist pattern of your choosing!! Will you pick something from our new issue?? That's six lucky winners today!!
Tell us, are you a process knitter or a product knitter? A combination of both? Join the conversation on today's Facebook thread, the Jennie the Potter Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or by tweet about it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!
Five Questions with Sandi Rosner
Sandi Rosner is just great. In addition to designing some lovely patterns for us over the last five years, she also contributes countless other gems, like helpful articles, and an exacting eye for technical editing. Enjoy her answers to our five question interview. Follow along with our series of Twistiversary designer interviews here.
1. How did you learn to knit?
I learned to knit from the instructions in the back of a magazine. This was in the late 70's, when the popular women's magazines (Women's Day, Family Circle, etc) regularly featured instructions for craft projects, including knitting and crochet. I decided I wanted to make a pullover vest. It was striped in a variety of different shades and textures of brown/tan/cream. I took the magazine to the local yarn store, bought exactly the materials listed (not a natural fiber to be found), and made the vest. It never occurred to me that it might be difficult, or beyond my abilities. And no, I don't still own it. I'm sure it is sitting in a landfill somewhere, refusing to decompose.
2. What's your favorite thing to knit?
I don't really have a favorite thing to knit. I am very much a generalist - I'll knit anything, and with anything. Since the vast majority of my work is commissioned by magazines or yarn companies, I often say I make whatever somebody will pay me to make. A girl has to make a living, after all. When I do have the luxury of knitting for myself, it is usually a sweater.
3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
My favorite design for Twist Collective is the first one I did - Olivette. It is such a wearable cardigan - the kind of piece you can work into lots of outfits. It has a little bit of cable, a little bit of lace, and a feminine scoop neck. In fact, I'm knitting one for myself now, using Lorna's Laces Haymarket.
4. Name one of your guilty pleasures.
When I can sneak off for a day, I drive into San Francisco and visit an art museum. The deYoung, the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum - I love them all. I love to revisit favorite pieces, or be surprised by something in a special exhibition. There is the visual stimulation, of course, but I also love the quiet, the grandeur, the air of reverence in a good museum. It is my version of church.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
The world would be a more serene place, with more laughter. True, I've met some knitters who are wound pretty tight, but the majority are people who've decided to seek joy in their lives and the world around them.