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Signature Needle Arts Giveaway

Good morning everyone!

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

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

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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)

Simply Socks Giveaway

It's a little grey and rainy here today. If it's gloomy in your neck of the woods, this should help. We're giving away awesome sock prize packs! Kate's cool Sideswipe sock pattern, and Simply Socks Poste yarn in either the Gold Coast or Vegas Strip colorways will make their way to two lucky knitters.

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Simply socks

Your challenge is a really fun one! Post a photo of yourself with a sock puppet (even better if it's with a sock that you knitted!) as a comment on today's post on facebook our Simply Socks discussion thread in our Ravelry group. You have until the end of the business day Wednesday.


Carly with her puppet


To start you off, here is a silly one of me (Carly) with a snake-puppet made from my Empoissonnee sock. Fittingly, this pattern is from our premiere issue!

Designer Post: Merise ***plus invite for Toronto area knitters


Fiona EllisFiona Ellis designed two lovely patterns from our Spring/Summer issue, Charleston and Merise. Today she shares an exciting experience for a designer, meeting someone out in the real world, wearing a garment knit from one of her patterns. Read all about it, and keep up with Fiona on her website or twitter feed. Read on to hear about a Twist event that Fiona will be hosting!




Designing a knit project has a series of exciting stages:

1) Initial swatching is like a fluttering delicate excitement when the kernel of an idea in your head begins to take shape.

2) More swatching and sketching brings the realization that this might actually work.

3) Submitting your idea to the Creative Director of a publication or yarn company; actually this one is more trepidation than excitement.

4) Receiving word that the Creative Director wishes to actually publish the design…wow somebody else thinks it’s a good idea.

5) There is then a lot of hard work and waiting until the thrilling moment when you see your idea, knit, photographed and finally published. I usually do something to celebrate this milestone and it always involves doing a happy dance.

6) Thanks to technology you get to see knitters make up your pattern, which sometimes involves modifications, and I love seeing a knitter’s make it their own.

7) A rare but super exciting moment is getting to meet a knitter out in the world who is wearing something they made from one of your patterns….that one floors me every time it happens- it makes it really really real.

I had one of those rare moments recently when I was teaching workshops at a yarn shop called Little Red Mitten. On the Saturday afternoon a knitter arrived to take a class with me who was wearing Merise.



Pam is super cool and even had hair dyed to match the yarn she had chosen, although I’m not sure which came first the yarn or the hair. She looked so lovely in it that it made my designer heart sing. Here she is for us all to admire.



Pam's Merise




She also had such lovely things to say about Twist that I truly wished that the whole team had been there to hear that all their hard work and effort is much appreciated. Here is a bit of what she said:


"As for Twist, I think it is close to being the ideal online knitting magazine--beautifully laid out, linked ads for maximum temptation of readers and (for me, at least) never an issue without patterns I just have to have for my future projects.  It's always such a pleasure to go through, and I know I do at least three runs:  one to look at everything quickly, one to read all the articles and follow the most tempting ads, and one for pattern acquisition". -Pam Samuels


Heads up Toronto area knitters; I'll be hosting a fashion show on September 18 featuring garments from the freshly minted Fall 2013 issue of Twist. Other GTA local Twist designers will be present, including Glenna C, Laura Chau, Barbara Gregory, and Elizabeth McCarten, and Kate will hopefully be joining us via skype from Montreal
If you can, come wearing a Twist garment, or just come! See the flier below for all the details. Hope to see you there!!






Imperial Stock Ranch Yarn Giveaway

Hi Twistfans! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mondays can be a bit of a bummer sometimes, but we are here to help.

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We have three amazing prize packs to give away today, all containing gorgeous Imperial Stock Ranch yarns and Twist Collective Patterns!

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There are two sock-packs, featuring Imperial Yarn Erin and cozy Foxwood pattern, and one vest-pack, so you can make the wonderful Delius from beautiful Columbia yarn. Enter by commenting on this thread on Facebook, joining the discussion on Ravelry, or tweeting at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important!), or all three for more chances to win! Enter by the end of today for a chance at these great projects. Your assignment is to complete this sentence: When I knit_________

Five Questions with Christa Giles

Christa GilesWelcome to the second installment of our five question interview series to celebrate Twist Collective's fifth birthday!! You can sing to us if you like, or just check out the whole series here.  Christa Giles has published nine lovely patterns with us. **Please note that Chista's website is under construction at the moment, but will be shiny and new soon, so bookmark it and take a look another time.



some of Christa's designs

(Pinion, Candlewick, Thornia, Corinth)

1. Why are you a designer?

This started at an early age - I still have my sketchbooks of the "ladies" (as Mom called them) in various fashion outfits that I would continually draw as a child. Sometimes the idea of the garment or accessory comes first, but often I'll have just a small design element in mind, and everything else gets filled in around it.


2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
Boundless - I designed the prototype on the needles, and after starting with an incredibly plain (but well-fitting) hood, it demanded to become this intricate cabled extravaganza! I love seeing all of the finished projects on Ravelry, too - there are some gorgeous, imaginative photo shoots that really boost my feeling of being a real designer, with all of these great models wearing my designs!
3. What was your biggest knitting/crocheting/designing disaster?

Ha, that would be the last three months, in which I designed three complex things (one just by working remotely with a sample knitter) while also helping to organize and present a four-day international circus festival, teach a bunch of teens to be lifeguards, and move houses... all while also working my three regular jobs. The tech editing staff have been incredibly patient with me and all of my glitches, and I'm so grateful!

4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

I was invited by a partner's ex-girlfriend to be the photographer's assistant at an erotic photo shoot she was doing with her roommate. My initial job description was "the person who would apply the duct tape to the model". It was awkward for the first few minutes, then the erotic content faded into the background as the photographer started working on the styling of each shot and I learned to -see- things (body creases, bad shadows, etc) that got in the way of good photos.

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

There would be even more amazing handknits out in the world (... and world peace)!


More of Christa's delights

(Boundless, Piper, Asher, Lara)