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Five Questions with Sandi Rosner

Sandi RosnerSandi 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.




Some of Sandi's work

(Midtown, Olivette, Crane Creek, Pergola)


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.


more Sandi

(Sanderling, Sultana, Porto, Spoleto, Lumen)


Westminster Fibers Giveaway

Today's giveaway is from Westminster Fibers, and it's an exciting one.




Well, actually, it's three exciting ones! If you have been itching to knit Laresca or Sapwood, today could be your lucky day. Two lucky winners will get the Laresca pattern and enough Rowan Panama to make it. One lucky winner will get the Sapwood pattern, and enough SMC Extra Fine Merino to make it!





Take a look at how pretty these tops willl look in the colors of yarn we are giving away!



check out the colors!


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 is a juicy one; tell us about your first ever successful knitting project! You decide what success means. Tell is about it on today's Facebook thread, the Westminster Giveaway discussion on Ravelry, or (if the story is short enough) by tweeting it .@twistcollective (don't forget the dot). We can't wait to hear about your knitting triumph. Enter by the end of the day for a chance at these great prizes!

Briggs and Little Giveaway

Fall has launched! We are so excited about showing you this issue. Even better; the launch was not even close to being the end of our Twisiversay celebration. No, folks, this is just the beginning. We have so much more amazing stuff to give you. Today is no exception.




Today's prize is a Briggs and Little canvas knitting tote full of Red Atlantic yarn, and one of our most-loved patterns, Sylvi.




This sweater looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale, so today we want to know (by comment on today's Facebook thread) which fictional character (fairy tale or otherwise) you would be. Tell us by the end of today for a chance to win this great prize! Due to shipping restrictions, this prize is only available to knitters in the US and Canada. Knitters further afield, do not depair. We have more prizes coming for you!

Twist Style Friday: Zigreta

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.


Hi Twisters.

What a week it's been! We're celebrating our fifth anniversary, giving away great swag, having amazing conversations with readers on social media, and our Fall issue just dropped. I'm not the guy who made it, so I don't feel remotely conceited telling you that I am SO PSYCHED about this issue. I went on a queueing spree. I've already chosen my first project, which I will write about for y'all if I ever finish it (if i ever finish *anything*).


Fall is the best. It's my favorite season. I love everything about it. You will get bored of hearing (or reading) me say that until winter arrives. I'm heading to a camp for the weekend, and I am bringing a bathing suit and a toque, and I couldn't be happier about it. I may even wear them at the same time.


When I saw the clothes in the new issue, wanted to immediately style everything. I may have, in fact, played paper dolls with several of them over the last few days. I had to choose one to start off the styling season with. So I picked one of my faves. Oh, hello Zigreta.




This is one of those garments that is thoughtfully designed from all angles. The back is just as pretty as the front. That neckline is so pretty. Someone on twitter was talking about making one as a cardigan, skeeking it right down the middle. A serious cardigan girl myself, I love this idea.


back detail


You know me, I like silly clothes and flashy things, but I think this sweater, particularly in a bright color, should really be the star of your outfit's show. I paired it with shades of grey and simple shoes.

Three outfits


How will you wear Zigreta?

Signature Needle Arts Giveaway

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to another exciting day of giving you stuff! Today, it's thanks to:

Signature Needlearts logo


We have three amazing prizes, all consisting of great needles from Signature Needle Arts and a Twist pattern of your choice! 

Signature Needlearts logo


All you have to do to enter is tell us which pattern you would choose if you won. Tweet your answer to us (.@twistcollective), comment on today's Facebook thread, or join the Signature Needle Arts discussion in our Ravelry group.

Do you want to take a closer look at those goodies? Of course you do!

Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts Signature Convertible Circulars Stalk Size 07, awesome stitch markers
nd the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)


Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts DPNs Size US 4/3.5mm
(and the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)


Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts pair of size 3/3.25mm Single Point Needles
(and the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)