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Nana's Knitting Trunk Show

Julia here.

During my trip to Chicago last week, I had a lovely evening at Nana's Knitting Shop in Oak Lawn. It's a friendly and well-rounded shop perfectly stocked with yarn for just about anything you could ever want to knit, and is obviously the hub of a vibrant knitting community, so I was in my element.

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Everyone was enthusiastic and welcoming to the strange East Coaster, and soon discovered that we all had something in common: admiration for the talented Twist Collective designers, like the love being shown to Connie Chang Chinchio's Peyton here (they're saying, "Milk Cotton?  Wow!  That's an awesome yarn"). 


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There was an intense yarn selection session for Barbara Gregory's Mimico (don't miss Peyton, Suvi Simola's Low Tide Ripples, and Ysolda Teague's Vivian in the background),


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and much oohing and ahhing over Anne Hanson's Ice Fantasia (which I was wearing, so I don't have a photo of the heavy petting I got) and Sivia Harding's Aphrodite, worn by Shop Daughter.


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That's Kat Coyle's Ardent Jacket on the mannequin, and Véronik Avery's Mars hat and scarf set getting some attention on the right. Those patterns always make people extra happy in person.

Thank you, Tricia, and to all your lovely knitters for showing me such a nice time.  The late night run to Panera was especially appreciated.



Seen and Noted: Sweet Tags and Such

Laylock is a young British knitter who keeps a delicious blog.  I admire her eye, and her photography, and also her generosity. 



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She has made a pdf free for download to anyone who happens across her site, full of sweet graphics for gift tags, bookmarks, skein wraps, and such, all of them perfect for knitters and the knit worthy.



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Do take a look for yourself, and click around her site for her inspiring perspective on the wooly life. 

Aphrodite Pastorale

by Sivia Harding


For a while now, I have wanted some special photos of Aphrodite that were taken in a Vancouver setting.

The opportunity came after the Twist Collective trunk show came to Vancouver in June. It was a thrill to see my Aphrodites again, like getting visitation rights! With Kate and Rachael’s permission, I kept the larger shawl version that was done in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Lace II.


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Then last week, when my co-worker Jamie Bowen and her photographer husband, M.Scott Ault, agreed to come out and play in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, I believe the spirit of Venus herself was in attendance.


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The tender light of the evening, the intensely wooded setting, the magic of Jamie and Mike together, and the gorgeous drape of the silk shawl all conspired to bring enchantment to life, or perhaps life to enchantment?


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More of M.Scott’s photography can be found on his website . His other talents include sculpture, painting and writing, and he is currently working on The West Coast Beacon, a promotional venture poised to be the herald of all things to do and see on the West Coast. Jamie models under the name Sparklefaerie (link to ) and is assistant manager of Three Bags Full Knit Shop in Vancouver.

Please Join Us for Fall

 

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In case you haven't heard, the fall issue is live and waiting to inspire. I speak for all of us here at Twist when I say thank you to everyone for your continued interest, and especially to our customers, thank you for your support. It is your purchases that have brought us around to the one year mark, and that encourage us to continue on into another year. Pattern sales are your vote of confidence, and as our thanks, we'd like to offer you a little gift.

As newsletter subscribers already know, we are running a contest for the month of August.  For every purchase you make from the Twist shop, be it for new patterns or old, tape measures or bags, we will enter your name into a drawing for a collection of prizes to be awarded at the end of the month.  We're giving away free patterns, books, notions, and yarn to a bunch of lucky customers. Multiple purchases means multiple chances, even if you make them all in one transaction. So pick up some of those patterns you have sitting in your queue, get knitting, and maybe even get some free stuff. A prize list will be posted soon, and winners will be notified by email in early September. 

Next Week in Oak Lawn, Illinois

 

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In case you missed it, Julia is going to be in Oak Lawn next Friday, August 21st, beginning around 6 o'clock at Nana's Knitting with the box of sweaters.  This will be the only opportunity Chicagoland knitters will have to fondle favorites like Ysolda Teagues's Vivian, Norah Gaughan's Kingscot, Alison Green Will's Bernhardt, and Kate Gilbert's Cherry Fizz, as well as socks galore, mittens, and the surprise of selections from the upcoming Fall issue. Come say hi and buy your yarn for Twist Collective designs on sale. A special Twist gift and a button for your Knit-Badge sash awaits everyone who shows up.

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