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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!!






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_________

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)


To finish off the week, we have a big, fat, beautiful prize from the Oregon Woodworker.

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It's a Mama Bear™ PLUS Handcrafted Yarn Swift™ and we're throwing in a Twist Collective pattern of your choice. Due to the size and weight of the swift, this prize can only be sent to US and Canadian addresses. We're sorry about this, but don't worry, there will be more worldwide prizes up for grabs next week!


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In order to enter, write us a haiku including the word "swift" in the ravelry thread about this prize! Deadline is the end of today (Friday).

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 everyone! I hope you have been paying close attention to this blog for the last week or so, and that you continue to; we are giving away so much great stuff (courtesy of our dream team of advertisers). If you haven't gotten in on the action yet - never fear - we have many more amazing prizes to give away. 

If that isn't already making you happy, observe that today's style post is a double feature. If you've been paying close attention to this column, you know that double features mean something pretty exciting. These are the last garments from the Spring/Summer 2013 to be styled, and hopefully next week's style post will feature a garment from the forthcoming Fall 2013, fifth anniversary issue. It's a beaut, folks. Just you wait.

Not to diminish the loveliness of the stuff in our current issue; take a gander at these lovelies, for example.





Let's look at Cayley first. This top is sweet and cozy. I often want to contrast sweetness with something else, but with Cayley, I just wanted to revel in the sugary a little bit.

three outfits

Adorable, right?

Floriston's shape is perfect to pair with full skirts, but that isn't the only thing she plays well with. She's polished and pretty in any situation. Check it out.

two outfits with pants


three more


How will you wear Cayley? What about Floriston?

See you next week!! Happy Twistiversary everyone!!