Twist Collective Blog
Design Process: Chartres
by Fiona Ellis
I know everybody is excited to see the Fall issue (me included) but summer isn’t over yet you know! We just heard that Elann is having a sale on Reynolds' Cool Cotton so now is the perfect time to make my design from last year's Summer issue of Twist Collective, Chartres. If you get going now you will have it done for Summer’s last hurray and will be able to wear it under a jacket when Fall does arrive.
I was especially pleased with how it looked but something about it looked very familiar. I picked up the book later and there it was right on the cover - I had created a cathedral window tracery without even being aware I was doing it. So of course the design was named Chartres after the famous cathedral in France.
Julia here. Sorry I've been out touch; it's been busy as we get ready for fall in two weeks.
As is our custom, we've been dropping hints about the fall issue as the time approaches for the site launch. Here's a new one. This is a look at part of our process I don't think we've shared before, how we think of our different "stories" in terms of color. After we pick from the submissions, Kate gets out the sample books to assign yarn to patterns, and she thinks long and hard about how to let colors work together to make coherent collections for each of the photo shoots. I don't know if you've ever noticed that color hangs together for each story or not, but at least you know that we think of it that way. I don't know how she does it, but I always admire the end result. I think this issue has particularly delicious palettes.
I think you're going to like it.
Happy 4th / Happy Sunday
Having 3 nationalities in our household usually means we don't really celebrate any national holiday, but I figured today's a great excuse to put up pretty pictures in red, white and blue! So happy 4th of July if you're in the US, or happy Sunday if not. I had fun doing this, so maybe I'll make it a tradition, holiday or not...
Yes, I veered into the pink and orange a tad, but it looks red overall, no?
In case one of these doesn't look familiar to you, here are the projects:
Two Week Sweater Challenge: Results
Well, the two week sweater challenge has come and gone, the dust has cleared, and knitters looking around will notice that there are quite a few more sweaters in the world than there were a fortnight ago. Kate, instigator for us all, managed to whip up her blue something (to be revealed in the Fall issue of Twist Collective) with little time to spare before she packed it up and shipped it off to the photo shoot.
As for my own Primrose Path, I managed the two sleeves I had promised myself, but didn’t get quite as far as the cast-on for the body. However, I set to that task this morning, and am looking forward to the fun of continuing.
Now that everyone is exhausted, we can all kick back and look forward to the Tour de Fleece, and see what the spinners among us can manage. Go Shack!
We're right in the middle of shoots for the fall issue and we're super excited about what we'll be sharing in the August! Here's a little shot (taken by Jane Heller) of Barbie and me buttoning up the model.