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Five Questions with Amy Herzog

Amy HerzogAmy Herzog is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. Amy has designed seven lovely patterns with us. She focuses on flattering pieces that are easy to modify for different body shapes and types. Check out her super-engaging blog, here.




Some of Amy's designs

(Topside, Cayley, Literati, Sapwood)


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

Oscillate, though it's close between it and Sapwood! I love curves, and in Oscillate especially I love how the curves of the cables, the waist shaping, the curves of the body all interact with this design. Also, it's a cardigan, which I find super-practical. 


2. What was your biggest knitting/crocheting/designing disaster?

Oh, definitely the time I knit a design out of a nice crisp cotton... ...and by the time we actually arrived at the photo shoot location, it had grown at least a size and there was a huge crease from the seatbelt right down my front! We had to reshoot the whole thing, it was a nightmare. :)


3. Where do you get your inspiration for designs from?

Clothing, and the people who wear it. Bodies are awesome, in all of their different configurations, and I just love thinking about how clothing and bodies interact, and playing with different visual elements to achieve one thing or another.

It's incredibly important to me that my designs help knitters make really meaningful contributions to their wardrobes. It's why I do what I do. So I find the thought of knitters wearing the things they've created from my designs, rather than loving them as expressions of their skill and then putting them away, to be hugely inspiring. 


4. Name one of your guilty pleasures. 

All three extended versions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a bucket of a silk-wool blend, and 12+ hours of uninterrupted knitting bliss (Even if it's not something I can indulge in very often)!


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

...fewer people would get that puzzled, "she's not quite right" look when I tell them what I do. :-)



(Twinings, Lilium, Oscillate, Twinflower)

Briar Rose Fibers Giveaway

 Today's giveaway is brought to you by Briar Rose Fibers!


Briar Rose


You get to choose your own prize, because what we have for you is a $40 gift certificate for you to use in their online shop! You decide which gorgeous, unique handpainted skein(s) are perfect for you. Plus you get a free Twist Collective pattern also of your choosing. You are the master of your prize-related destiny!! We've used Briar Rose yarns a bunch of times, see?


Briar Rose


Shown above: Left Column: Blue Daisy by Hilary Smith Callis and Satsuma by Brenda Patipa
Middle Column: 
Simsbury by Tabetha Hedrick, Voluta by Rachel Erin, and Derwen by Susanna IC
Right Column: Artichaut by Anne Hanson and 
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers

To enter, tell us what color (or color family) you knit with most often! You can join the conversation on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweet it at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Briar Rose discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.



Twist Style Friday: Topside

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.


Last night, coming home from dinner and tarot readings with a dreamy friend (who is also an amazing artist), I was wearing a cardigan, a denim jacket, and a (made-by-me) scarf... and I was downright chilly. Fall, my dear friends, has arrived. It is the time for corduroy and leather and tights and warm socks and cardigans and blazers and boots and I am so excited. I need to knit the second sleeve of my Pont Neuf so I can wear it!


This morning I was feeling just a little chilled, and do you know what I wanted to put on? This exact thing.


the side of Topside


Topside is simple, but not at all boring. Elegant, but still casual. The sleeve length is perfect, and the textures are so toasty looking. Have a look at it from another angle.


front side of Topside


You could take this top in a business-y direction, you could wear it with jeans and sneakers, or go full-on girly, like in the shoot above. I couldn't decide, so I made lots of outfits.


three outfits


And then I made some more.


two more


How will you wear Topside?

Five Questions with Marnie MacLean

MarnieMarnie MacLean is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. Marnie has contributed a whopping nineteen patterns to our pages, and we are so so glad. Her work is effortless and intricate at the same time, making her designs fun to make and easy to wear. We heart her.



Marnie's designs


(top row: Foxcroft, Lyssia, Picard, Regent. bottom row: Theano, Doppler, Zosia, Mata Hari)


1. What is your worst knitting habit?

If I leave a project for more than a week or two, it’s as good as frogged. I just can’t get my mojo back for something that has been sitting around too long.

2. Why are you a designer?

Dirty little secret, I really dislike having to match someone else’s gauge. So much easier to just write a pattern around whatever gauge I get. Don’t tell anyone.

3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective?  Why?

Well, it hasn’t been my most popular design, by a long shot, but I always really loved Bijou and hoped it would someday find its audience. But if I were going by popularity alone, Pas de Valse has been my a great success and I’ve loved seeing all the variations people have made.

4. Name one of your guilty pleasures.

I don’t have much time for it anymore, but I used to love playing RPG video games. I have spent more hours working my way through Final Fantasy than I care to recount. This is off the record, right?

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

Maybe designers could be paid like doctors, or at least like plumbers, heck, minimum wage wouldn’t be so bad.


even more marnie

she has a lot of designs

(top row: Bijou, Pas de Valse, Tolovana, Dulce de Leche.  bottom row: Lily, Damariscotta, Dietrich, Treillage)

Green Mountain Spinnery Giveaway

It's no secret that we think Green Moountain Spinnery is seriously cool. Not only are they a great company that makes gorgeous yarns, they have been a supporter of ours since our very first issue.


GMS logo


Today we are giving away two great GMS prizes; some Alpaca Elegance to make the lovely Cabled Cuff Gloves (plus the pattern), and enough Sylvan Spirit to make Lanata.


GMS prize


Today we want to hear about a friend you made because of knitting! You can join the conversation on today`s Facebook post, on the Green Mountain Spinnery Giveaway thread in our Ravelry group, or by tweeting at us .@twistcollective (the dot is important!). You have until the end of the day! Good luck.