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Kate on the airwaves!

In case you missed it, Kate was interviewed on Ready Set Knit through the Webs Yarn Store Blog. Have a listen to hear about how Twist got started, and what keeps it going!

Twist Style Friday: Chione

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 fashion friends!! I have been having internet-woes at my home this past week, so until my new modem arrives, I'll be composing outfits and writing posts from local cafes. I have a knitting buddy here with me today! She is also part of the Twist family- our lovely model Kate.That's her, on the left, modelling Trousseau. She fell a little in love with that pattern during the shoot, and so I made her one to wear at her wedding last fall. Sweet, right?? She is the cutest, I am sure you will agree.

Kate modelling TrousseauKate getting married!

It snowed here in Toronto this week, and people are starting to get into the holiday spirit. I don't celebrate Christmas myself, but I sort of love all the lights and decorations. I went to a tree-trimming party last weekend, and it was really lovely to eat cheese and hang ornaments and get covered in glitter with friends. So you'll understand if this week's outfits are a little extra sparkly. Maybe you're heading to a holiday party of some sort, and looking to make your handknits a little extra-festive, without wearing a reindeer on your chest; sequins may be your new best friend (they are certainly mine). I chose Chione this week because the lacy details look like sparkles, or falling snow. See? 


The shaping is really classic and simple, there is lots of room to display blingy jewelry around your wrists or throat. It's sleek, but still cozy. Perfect, I think, for getting a little dressed up.

Chione for the holidays

Those red shoes are from the recent collaboration between H&M and Maison Martin Margiela- I found myself at the fancy Yonge street H&M last week sort of by accident and spent some time pawing through the clothes. They were mostly arty and beautiful, but not super practical. Similarly, those shoes are kind of heavy, but so gorgeous. I loved them. It could be that for your festive occasions, you want to wear a bit more color. Like this!

Chione with more brights

Zing-pop! A friend of mine who works in fashion is newly obsessed with wide leg, silky pants. They feel like pyjamas, but look elegant. Lazy-chic could be a way of life. I've been dressing pretty business-casual for my internship these last few months, so I feel like my outfit dreams just get wilder and wilder to compensate for the boring skirts and black tights I wear nearly every day. Tell me, tell me please; how would you wear Chione?

Design Process: Scribe

Andrea RangelToday's post is brought to you by Andrea Rangel, and you can also find it here, on her blog. Scribe, these superwarm lined mittens, are her first contributions to the pages of Twist. If you or your loved ones live in cold climates, you're going to want to make some of these. In this post, Andrea tells is about how she found out that her project was a cover-girl, the finer points of liner-knitting, and what keeps her punk-rock heart warm. Enjoy!



One night I was working hard to finalize the layout for a men's color work cardigan when I was surprised by the latest issue of Twist Collective going live.  I found this out by seeing a photo of my mittens, Scribe, pop up on my Ravelry page.  It's a funny feeling when you see something you spent so much time with appear fully formed before your eyes, especially when you finished that work months and months ago.  It's a strange sort of deja vu in which the memory has been intensely enhanced by the skills of stylist, model, and photographer.  Thank you Twist Collective Team for showing my mittens in such a lovely light.


Scribe up close


These mittens started with the idea that I wanted really warm mittens for winter, especially if there's snowy weather.  I love the concept of lined wool mittens because a liner adds an extra pocket of air between the hands and the outside where even more warm air can get trapped and keep you toasty.  The double layer and dense gauge means that these are water and wind resistant too. 


Cross your heart


The mittens are constructed by using a provisional cast and working the liner mitt first.  Before working the outer mitten from the provisional cast on stitches, the liner is turned inside out because, as I found out through trial and error, at this dense gauge it's a lot more comfortable to have the purl side next to the fingers.  When I was trying on earlier versions, it seemed like I could feel the decreases at the top of the hand with the knit side in, which bugged me.  This way, it's all smooth.
It's not super obvious in the photos, but these mittens also include a cord to hang them around your neck when they're not being worn.  I'm terrible about losing just one mitten and this was my solution.  It also allows me to take them off to do a task without having to figure out where to put them down.
Those boots!

As a teenager I owned those very boots: 10-eye oxblood Docs.  Sometimes I still think about them and miss them, so to see them so perfectly styled with my mittens warms the punk rock part of my heart.
A closer look
Both mittens are worked the same in worsted weight wool so you don't have to worry about which is which, and the knitting goes quickly even with the lovely color work.
I encourage you to check out the rest of this issue of Twist Collective - it really is a stunner.
I can't wait to see the color combinations knitters come up with.
Caped and cozy

Quick Dispatch: Up on the rooftop, Click click click.

We went to new heights scouting locations for winter. Climbing up there was way too terrifying to do it a second time so we came up with plan B.



Twist Style Friday: Picard

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! It's hard to know where to start with styling when a new issue is out. I want to play with all the dolls. I've started working with a bunch of the garments and am excited for Fridays to come; I hope you are too!!

This week, Picard. I love this sweater. It's sharp, a little edgy, well fitting, graphic, and well, pretty! I think it will also look fab on a variety of body shapes and types. Wear it with prints or saturated colors. Wear it with jeans, slacks, skirts or dresses. Wear it fancy or casual. Picard can take you where no sweater has gone before (in case the reference is lost on you, Picard is named for the Captain of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek the Next Generation). If the reference is the opposite of lost on you, you should check this website out immediately. You're welcome.

Picard profilePicard back

This color was really speaking to me. I know you can make this garment in any color you like... but I would urge you to stick with something saturated. A rich color, like cobalt or teal  or mustard or plum? I know some people dress in darker colors as the weather cools down, but I like to kind of do the opposite. When it's grey outside, I want to provide my own vibrance. Color makes me happy. So I wanted to pair this top with some other rich tones; navy and ochre and oxblood. See?

Picard, times three

And then.. well, I got a little carried away.

Trendy Picard

I went to an art opening a few weeks ago, focused on textiles and fiber arts. It was pretty cool, and there was lots of yarn involved. It was an exciting and inspiring event in a lot of ways, but one of the ways that I didn't expect was that the artists who were present dressed to the nines. It was kind of like a runway show in addition to an art show (I loved it). The above outfits, especially the shoes, are inspired by that evening. There is velvet, metal, leather, plastic, mesh, (fake) fur, silk, and wool in the above set. Textiles galore!

How would you wear Picard?