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Twist Style Friday: Anyolite

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.


 

 

Good morning lovelies. 

 

I just had a slow morning coffee with my darling friend Clara who was visiting this week. When we met (in 2011 I think), I was living in Montreal and she was living in Toronto. For a few glorious years we shared a city, and with her recent relocation to la belle province, the swap is complete. We spent this week doing things that teenage girls do, because we both believe that teenage girls are secret geniuses who know what good is better than most of us. We hung out at the mall, went to thrift stores, painted our nails, listened to pop music, drank too much coffee, and laughed our butts off.  Last night there was a rousing game of Therapy (the literal best board game ever). 

 

This week's sweater could be loved by humans of a number of age ranges! It was one of the ones that stood out to my mom, when she and I looked through the new issue this week. My mom is a knitter, but she is nervous about taking the sweater plunge. I think she can do it! Go mom! 

 

Look how pretty Anyolite is! 

 

 

anyolite short sleeve sweater, modelled

 

 

The textured yoke, the lacy column down the front, the cute little sleeves, the easy shape, the neat folded hems... this is a great springtime sweater, and a speedy little knit too! 

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

Until I took a closer look at the side view photo below, I hadn't even noticed that chevron column down the sides, and now it's the detail I am probably most excited about. Look! 

 

 

side detail

 

 

I resisted to urge to go full teenage girl on this styling set, because I want you *all* to know how pretty you will look in this sweater, and so much fashion advice focuses on really young women, but the little winks are in there. Plus I want you to know that the shoes on the bottom right are the exact ones I found at a secondhand shop yesterday for $19 and they are even cuter than they look in the picture. I think Clara is my shopping good luck charm. I hope you all get to spend the weekend with some people who make you feel just a little bit magical. 

 

 

How will you wear Anyolite

Throwback Thursday: Sportster

This one time I was on a date, and this guy asked if I wanted to see his motorcycle, and stood up suddenly. I thought maybe his bike was outside and we were going to go take a little ride on it, but instead he pulled up the cuff of his jeans, and there was a motorcycle tattoo on his leg. 

 

Everyone I know who has or has had a motorcycle has very very strong feelings of attachment to those things. I understand, I think. It's how I feel about some of the things I've knitted. 

 

 

Sportster sweater

 

 

Sportster is the perfect union of these two things. A knitted biked jacket; it's basically genius. It may also be the only pattern that I will ever knit in black yarn (I sometimes knit with blackish yarn, but only by request from people I really like). This sweater is an excellent reason to revisit our Fall 2011 issue

 

 

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Twist Style Friday: Cassabana

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 humans. Happy Friday indeed. 

 

Yesterday I worked at a cafe in my neighbourhood with my friend Doug, and partway through our time there, they opened up the big garage style door and let all the sun and air into the cafe. I felt the spring in my bones and grinned like a fool for a while before returning to my furious typing. 

 

I bet you noticed another sign of spring this week; we released a new issue! I always find new issue day pretty thrilling, but this one was even moreso! It's our 25th issue, which is kind of a big deal, and our cover girl is my stunning friend Sue, who is one of the people who made me the knitter I am today! She taught me (and retaught me, and retaught me) circular knitting, and cables, and she dabbled in socks long before I could take on that challenge. I talk all the time about how knitting is sometimes a solitary pursuit, but has also connected me to some truly lovely humans. AWWWWW! 

 

As always, my prescription is a big steamy mug of something (coffee, mulled wine, cider, tea, hot water with lemon; you do you!) and a slow flip through the new issue. You'll find a whole bunch of springy new gems, and some revisited classics looking fresh. 

 

 

back

 

 

Let's take a look at one of our new patterns, shall we? I would like to introduce you to Cassabana. She stood out to me right away. It could be because she is hot pink, or because she has some great lines, and a slightly unusual shape. I hope you agree she is cute as heck. 

 

 

front

 

 

Cassabana is a real easy pullover to toss on over jeans or whatever, and also a great layering piece for when you want to wear a summery top, but your office is air conditioned, or there might be a cool breeze at the baseball game. I also think you should try wearing her over something sparkly. The ladders will show just a little peek of glitter like you're secretly a mermaid and that will make your whole day just a little bit magical. 

 

 

stitch pattern detail

 

 

I wanted to see if Cassabana would be at home at an art opening (left), for a stroll along a pier (right), or uh, in the 90s. The answer was yes. Velvet chokers are back you guys, and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm cool again... I'm cool for the first time! I'll never be cool but my clothes sometimes are. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Cassabana

 

 

Color me: Channa

It's snowing here in Montreal today, my brain is already hanging out in spring time. So for the last post of the winter season (hint! hint!) I thought I'd give you all a little taste of what Channa could look like in other colorways. If you enjoy this series, let me know and I'll try to make more of them happen in the spring season! The yarn is Fibre Company Acadia and available at WEBS.

Did you see Carly's bright red Channa? Love it!

Twist Style Fridays: Kielo

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.


 

 

It's Friday! While you are reading this, I am probably in a car with some lovely humans, on my way to Ottawa for the weekend. I'm staying with my (first? only?) Twitter friend! Adventure!

 

We have been looking at shawls lately on Style Friday, and today is no exception! I just read over the construction notes for Kielo, and got *really* excited. The crescent is made by knitting the lace section first, and then the plain shawl body at the end! I love things that are made like this, where the pace of the project starts slow and speeds up! For me, that helps prevent project fatigue.

 

 

purple crescent

 

 

That said, I am super not allowed to start any more projects until I finish some or frog some. Commitment! You, however, are not subject to my self-imposed and highly arbitrary rules. You can do whatever you want. You can make the crescent *and* the rectangle if you want to. You can cast on for both at the same time if you really want to throw caution to the wind. YOLO is what the kids are saying these days, right?

 

 

mint stole

 

 

You all know how to wear a scarf or shawl. I have no real wisdom to share; just a serious love of patterns and slightly odd shoes. Go forth and be fabulous in your very own Kielo!

 

Here are some ideas of things to wear with the crescent:

 

 

three outfits

 

 

And here are some with the stole (was I dressing Carrie Bradshaw? Maybe just a little).

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Keilo?

 

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