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Contest Winner: Splinters of Light

Well, we may be running late (So sorry! We were very busy making the fall issue happen!) but we certainly had a lot of fun picking winners in the Splinters of Light contest.

Our randomly chosen grand prize winner had this to say: 

The person I would like to knit with is Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting fame. I think she has such a no-nonsense approach to knitting and life, and I have always enjoyed reading her books and blog. I look for the real in friends, and in folks that I respect, and she has a heavy dose of real. - Pam B.

Chosen at random for the 5 gift certificates are:

I would love to knit with my dear friend Marc. We keep each other company, talk about friendship, about life, and just be quiet, knowing that we are in good company. - Corinne V.
Last night as I was tucking one of my grandchildren having a sleepover into bed, I realized it was the same bed I slept in when I stayed at my grandma’s house. I was flooded with memories of waking up to a whole wonderful day to spend with my grandma. Knitting was only one of her many talents. I wish that I could knit at her side and that she would be the same age I am now as we knit together. I long to hear the stories of her life. - Joyce O.

So many knitterati, so little space for answers, so in no particular order, here is my list.  I would knit with my grandmother, because I never did and she was such a craft woman.  And Elizabeth Zimmermann, because she was the smartest knitter I know.  And Sally Melville, because she’s the other smartest knitter I know.  Of course, Rachael Herron, whose blog I have been following for years but have never met.  My special online knitting friends whom I have never met in person but have known for decades. We are going to need a big room! -Diane F.

I would love to knit with Alan Turing. Known best for breaking the Enigma machine and his pioneering theories on Artificial Intelligence, a little known fact about Turing is that he could knit. Although I would be tempted to ask him about his work in the information sciences or what he thinks about the social changes made towards the non-heterosexual community; I think I would also just like to hear him talk nonsense. And his guilty-reading, if he has any. - Brooke C.
If I could knit with anyone, it would be my paternal grandfather. He died before I became serious about knitting, and we'd unfortunately lost contact after my parents' divorce, but I have childhood memories of boxes of Christmas/New year's gifts arriving, with warm woolen socks for the whole family, knitted by him, and mint sugar cookies that my grandmother had baked... So, I'd very much like to sit down and knit with him. - Kairi K. 

Thank you all for you participation. We enjoyed reading your answers so much!

Twist Style Friday: Zaida

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! I came downstairs this morning for my typical Friday morning ritual of coffee and styling outfits, and I had to go back upstairs and put on a hoodie and wool socks. Excuse me weather, but have you noticed that it is July? The summer solstice has passed, and it is time for it to be warm. I love fall weather, even when it happens not in the fall, but I want to swim in a lake this weekend with my favorite toddler, so sunshine, get to work!

 

I'm wearing my wild heart hoodie (which makes me feel like a lazy Stevie Nicks), but holy gosh my morning would have been better if I had me one of these stunning hoodies to keep me cozy. Everyone, meet Zaida. Zaida, meet your new admirers.

 

 

detail on back cables

 

 

Just look at those cables!! You can see in that pic that the bottom band is knitted sideways (and with an icord edge, one of my favorite edges), and below you'll see that the cables from the hood continue onto the front bands and shoulders in a stunningly uninterrupted fashion. There is some adventurous knitting going on in this sweater. There are miters and gussets and short rows and just a wee bit of grafting. In addition to being a knockout of a sweater, this is a seriously fun project.

 

 

hood shot

 

 

Look at the hood from the top people. Seriously, what is this witchcraft?

 

 

top of hood, cables in many directions

 

 

This pale yarn does an amazing job of casting the cables in high relief. There is some serious light and shadow interplay going on here that makes this read like a wispy clouded summer sky to me. Still, I want mine in a rich saturated bright, like lipstick red, dark teal, or if I'm feeling neutral (lol), a medium grey that's a little marled.

 

Hooded tops tend to swing towards casual, and you can absolutely wear Zaida that way, but also I think that with the pretty cables and refined shaping, you could also dress her up a little if you want to. Here are a couple of my ideas.

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Zaida?

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Seawillow

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, humans!!! 

 

A funny thing is happening with my clothing choices these days. If you're a regular Style Fridays reader, you know that I'm a skirts and dresses kind of girl. Probably 340 days of the year, I'm dressed in dresses. Last time I counted, I had 67 of them. Over the last few weeks, I have felt a strong urge to wear pants, which is only difficult because I'm really not used to making outfits for myself that involve pants! It seems like a really silly thing when I say it out loud (or type it to you), but I am not sure I know how to wear shirts. It's lucky actually, that I style sweaters for these posts every week, or I would still be standing in my bedroom, wearing nothing but pants, a bra, and a quizzical expression.

 

Seawillow reminds me (in vibe, if not in actual appearance) of a kind of shirt I wore almost exclusively from 1999 to 2004; the baseball tee. They were often three-quarter sleeved, with a slight boat-neck, and the sleeves were a different color than the body of the shirt. They also had curved hems, which Seawilllow doesn't have, but she could if you wanted her to.

 

 

front detail

 

 

Her sleeves aren't a different color, but the cables on the body and plain sleeves differentiate the two in a textural way. Seawillow is  a more refined version of the same thing, a multi-purpose, plain-but-not-boring, season-spanning top.

 

 

back viewfront

 

 

It's worth noting that I have touched the yarn this sweater is made of, and it was DIVINE. Depending on your color choice and how much ease you knit into this pretty sweater, it can read like a casual t shirt, or like a dressy top. Let you shoes and accessories decide on your level of fanciness. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

 

How will you wear Seawillow?

 



 

Contest: Splinters of Light



I didn’t mean to put knitting in a book again. In fact, with my last novel, I actively tried to keep it out. A few years ago, I wrote The Cypress Hollow series which used knitting as background music. After five books, I was pretty done with using knitting as a metaphor for growth, for warmth, for love (you get the picture).

But in Splinters of Light, my most recent mainstream novel, the yarn sneaked in against my will. In the book, Nora, the main character, is diagnosed with a disease that will change everything she knows about her life. She’s so occupied with concern for her sixteen-year-old daughter and her sometimes-difficult twin sister that she has a hard time finding comfort. 

Because she was one of my characters, I loved her. She needed help. And just like in real life, the way I know how to help is with knitting. I put the needles in Nora’s hands, giving her a simple sock to knit—the kind of knitting she could do in the dark, in the quiet of her bedroom, late at night.

Now, I know Nora isn’t real. I made her up, invented her quirks and habits. But when I sat at my desk with my own sock-in-progress in my hands, doing rounds as I stared at the screen, thinking, it felt like we were hanging out together.

So I wonder: if you could knit with anyone, fictional or otherwise, who would it be? Answer for a chance to win a signed copy of Splinters of Light!

 

How to enter

Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your answer. Keep responses to 100 words or fewer. Answers due by the end of Monday, June 29, 2015.

 

First Place

A signed copy of Splinters of Light.  First place will be chosen from all entries. Winning entries will be shared on the blog and social media. 

 

Second Place

5 random entries will receive a free pattern of their choosing from the Twist Collective library

 

Eligibility

First place prize available to residents of the USA and Canada. If you are not located in North America, please specify your location in your entry.

Second place prizes open to all participants

Find out more about Rachael Herron at her blog and follow her on twitter. You can also check out her article about crafty minimalism in our Spring/Summer issue!

Twist Style Fridays: Orikata

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.


 

 

 

orikata modeled by a girl with a guitar

 

 

I had to read the little explanation on the shop page for Orikata a few times before I understood how it's constructed. This unusual and stylish sweater is made of only two simply shaped pieces- a T shape makes the back and sleeves, and a single piece creates the fronts and collar. The knitting is simple, and at the end when you attach the pieces, there's an exciting big reveal! 

 

 

oatmeal colored short sleeved cardigan in garter stitch

 

 

My knitting projects are a little bit split between things I really want to make, and things I really want to wear. Orikata is a bit of an outlier as both. I think the sleeve shape is really beautiful, and the simplicity of the design makes the whole thing really striking. My favorite detail is actually the way the garter fronts fade into stockinette. You can see it better here: 

 

 

sideview

 

 

The weather in Toronto has been wildly unpredictable lately. It means layering is the only way to live these days. On Wednesday I was being aggressively baked by the sun on a patio, and a half hour later got really chilly sitting under a tree in a park (knitting, obviously). I'm intrigued by Orikata as an all-purpose layering piece.

 

 

four outfits

 

How will you wear Orikata

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