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Twist Style Friday: Caledonia

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.


 

 

It's Friday again! Are you excited? I am writing this while packing a bag, because I'm taking a tiny vacation this weekend to my old haunt, Montreal. It'll be a whirlwind weekend, but I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of Twist's fearless leader, the lovely Kate. I hope to get a lot of knitting done on the trip, with my major projects right now being Perfect Storm and Ravenscrag, that is some serious chart following, and I sometimes have trouble with reading charts in a moving vehicle.  I might have to cast on for a plain sock or something of that nature before I leave. Yes, I should definitely start a sock. 

 

Today we are looking at Caledonia. It's a DK weight cardigan, hefty enough to keep the chill away, but still light enough to be a layering piece without adding bulk. 

 

 

back detailfull view

 

 

The cable and lace pattern is super lovely, and the square neckline brings attention to your collarbones and your cute face. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

This week I was thinking about variations on a theme, and you'll see that reflected in the sets below. 

 

 

three outfits

 

The above set is all about cherry hued footwear and geometric jewelry. Below you'll see boyish shoes and printed pants. Even within a super narrow set of parameters, there are so many lovely ways to wear this pretty cardigan. 

 

two more

 

 

How will you wear Caledonia

Twist Style Friday: Ashling

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 folks! I have to tell you folks, I am really excited about knitting these days. My colorwork is really improving with these Perfect Storm mitts I'm making (in exchange for homemade ginger-grapefruit soda and grapefruit marmalade), and I started a (hot pink, natch) Ravenscrag for myself a couple of days ago. The ladies at my trusty LYS gave me the idea to start with a sleeve instead of doing a separate swatch, and I think that small change in sweater approach might totally change my knitting life!! Spoiler alert- I GOT GAUGE (or like, close enough)!

 

I'm covering a parental leave at the agency I work at right now, and the person who is being parental right now is a knitter. I was so excited when I arrived there and was assured that yes, I could knit during staff meetings. It's been a meetingful few weeks and so I am making excellent progress. I am a lucky lady, this is a fact. 

 

Enough about me. Let's talk about this week's sweater. Toronto's weather has been wildly indecisive lately, oscillating from summer to fall and back again, sometimes in the course of a single day. The name of the game is layers, and Ashling could be the most valuable player. 

 

 

detail of patterned cowl and perforated yoke of Ashling sweater 

 

 

I think the openwork gives this top a little bit of a sexy edge, and the cowl gives it drama (also a snuggle-factor). Also I have a friend called Ashling, and I think that makes me like this sweater even more!! 

 

 

full shot of modeled Ashling, worn with long sleeved t shirt and grey jeans. model stands against wall with abstract pink mural

 

 

I went to a wedding last weekend where I committed to color coordination in a way that goes above and beyond my usual. Not only did my shoes and jewelry coordinate with each other and my nails, but my hair was the *exact* color of my dress (a pale, peachy pink). It was amazing. So I might be feeling a little extra enamored with color scheme precision right now. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Ashling?

Twist Style Friday: Weft

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.


 

 


Along with a warm-filtered photo of my pretty brown Fluevogs, leopard pencil skirt, and parquet floor in my living room, I posted the following Facebook status earlier this week: "BOOT SEASON!!" A few days before that it was a selfie of me wearing a truly hilarious navy velvet square-neck later minidress declaring "VELVET SEASON!!!"

 

I'm so into fall you guys. It's like we have a tiny romance every year, and I'm all crushed out and glowy until the first snowfall, when autumn leaves town on a long journey around the world. Sigh. 

 

This week's featured sweater is just the thing to stave off the time of jackets. A cozy sweater (and perhaps a knit hat too) can keep you snuggly warm on those chilly evenings. Plus this whole inside-out colorwork thing is really speaking to me these days. I am making a pair of gorgeous mittens (Perfect Storm!!) and they're coming out super lovely, but I can't stop looking at the inside! The floats look so pretty and tidy. It's oddly satisfying, like playing tetris or snood or dr mario; row by row they just get more amazing. 

 

detail shot of Weft sweater right front, colorwork floats exposed

 

 

Weft takes advantage of how lovely floats can look by exposing some of them on the right side of your knitting. It's clever, warm, and looks great. 

 

 

modeled shot of Weft sweater on model with grey skinny jeans and black boots, standing next to a bicycle

 

 

A cardigan with a good collar and a bit of structure like this can be treated like a hoodie, or like a blazer. It's versatility is only limited by your color choices. Keep it neutral if you want to be able to dress it up or down, or go for some high contrast and a rich bright to make it a real special occasion kind of garment. 

 

Here are some ideas; mostly they are all about the boots. 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Weft?  

 

Twist Style Friday: Corvina

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.


  

Hey fashion fans! 

 

It's September (can you even believe it??) which means it's the one month that I splurge and get myself a Vogue magazine. This has been an annual tradition for me since I watched this movie 3 years ago. The September issue is always massive; it literally weighs several pounds and has close to a thousand pages. Although I will probably never be able to afford anything those pages contain (or if I could, would still probably not choose to spend $900 on metallic sneakers or $2400 on a dress covered in squirrels), there is something oddly wonderful and decadent about just flipping through the shiny pages. Since fashion is part of my *job* I figure it's my responsibility to be in touch with the fashion world at least a little. That's right readers, I did it for you.  I learned that shoes get weirder all the time, and that everyone rich loves Paris.

 

This week - in addition to lamenting the weather in Alberta -  we are looking at Corvina, the lovely raglan cardigan from our newest issue. Take a look. 

 

 

full shot of Corvina, modeled. Sweater is purple raglan cardigan with split cables. ending at the hip.back view

 

 

I love the way the lace pattern breaks at the split for the body and sleeves, and continues down both. The wide neck keeps it from being too prim. Corvina is pretty, understated, and cozy! I think she is a super top to be worn as above, just with some jeans, but I also think you could take Corvina out on the town. Just wear some shoes with a little punch, and maybe an odd piece of jewelry. Keep the shapes simple and the colors rich, and you can't really go wrong. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Corvina

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Heyday

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.


 


Hello hello! 

 

Happy Friday fashion fans!! I'm not afraid to tell you all that I missed you these last few weeks. The internet was down in my apartment for a while, and then I moved (yes, again!) and Marnie has been kind enough to fill in for me! I'm saying thanks (well, in addition to actually saying "thanks!") by featuring one of her stunning designs this week. It is nice to be back. It feels celebratory even! I have a lovely new home, two delightful housemates, my bedroom walls are teal and my closet is big enough to hold all (70 or so) of my dresses. I even have an office! Well, a kind of office/overflow closet/shoe library/yarn storage room place. 

 

Do you know what else feels celebratory? This top. Heyday is pretty much bringing her own party. You just have to go along for the ride. 

 

Heyday!

 

The yoke, hem, and sleeve pattern reminds me of hanging streamers, or maybe little paper lanterns. There is a sweetness to it, but it's not remotely twee. This top reminds me of birthday cake, but also of drinking cold cream ale on a patio in late summer as the sun sets. 

 

sleeve and hem detailyoke detail, from the back

 

 

I don't know about you folks, but this time of year, as the weather cools a little, makes me want to buy so many new clothes. I have mostly been quelling the urge, or sating it with swaps with friends, but I did buy a pair of pants last week (so unlike me). They are kind of harem-y, really voluminous and high waisted (or low crotched, depending on how you wear them), and I maybe kind of love them? The pair on the right in the set below are a little like them, except mine are in my favorite neutral- leopard. So far I have only actually worn them at home, but I think they might make their debut sometime soon. I hope you all know that writing this column has challenged me to be more adventurous with my clothes! Has reading it done the same for any of you? 

 

Heyday

 

 

Let's keep up this celebration motif, shall we? The outfits above are all for women celebrating something. The one on the right is celebrating her small human's first day of kindergarten. The girl in the center is celebrating the first day of her last year in grad school (she is studying library science), and the one on the left is celebrating her best friend's birthday. There may be karaoke in the cards. Whatever the occasion, Heyday is totally there for you. 

 

So, how will you wear Heyday

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