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Throwback Thursday: Pixel

There is a heat warning in Toronto right now, so it feels a bit funny to be thinking about cold weather accessories, but they are actually great projects to knit in the summertime. Hats and mittens are great portable projects to work on during a cottage weekend or a BBQ. They're small and make quick progress. Plus, when the cold weather arrives, you'll be prepared! If you are one of those magnanimous people who knits holiday gifts for people you love, making accessories in the summertime is a really smart move. 

 

Remember Pixel

 

 

hat side view

 

 

The graphic pattern is simple and adorable. I dig the earflaps. In red the little circles look a bit like tiny kisses. 

 

 

mittens!the whole set

 

 

When you get started on your fall and winter knitting, think about Pixel

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Papeda

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 has been a heavy week in the world, fashion fans. The kind that shows us the difference between the world we live in and the world we want. The size that gap is getting me down, so I've absconded to a cottage with one of my besties and her two small babies. 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

Silk is a pretty magical fiber. It has a lovely sheen, takes dye like a dream, and drapes wonderfully. It also is cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. I want this in bright coral or a deeper chartreuse. This pretty yarn comes in a lot of colors

 

 

side detailback

 

 

I like the simple shaping and the pretty neckline. I like the slits on the sides and the lace trim. 

 

I swear I didn't pick so many lemony things because there were lemons in these photos. I must have been subconsciously influenced. 

 

 

lemons and lace

 

 

How will you wear Papeda

Throwback Thursday: Luggala

Do you remember this lovely cowl-neck sweater? 

 

cowl detail 

 

 

A lacy cowl on a plain sweater is such a lovely and light detail, and the kangaroo pocket is also pretty charming. 

 

 

pocket

 

 

In the alpaca-silk blend shown here, this is a warm and drapey dream. In a plant based blend (I'm thinking linen), this could be a lovely warm weather coverup. 

 

 

full shot

 

 

Consider a Luggala for your favourite season!  

Twist Style Friday: Reticella

very 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! If you're north of the border, happy Canada Day! If you're in Toronto, happy Pride! I'm a bit of a grump about human society, but I also think we have a lot to celebrate. 

 

I'm not much of a party guy, so celebration can look like fizzy beverages and strawberry shortcake, or like extra naps. Once in a while I feel compelled to join some kind of celebratory thing that is happening outside my apartment, and if that happens this weekend, I'll wear wool, so I can stay warm even if I get rained on. This weekend last year, I got very, very rained on.  I don't have this sweater, but I wish I did! 

 

 

back detail

 

 

If you're looking at those columns that surround the pretty lace patterns, and wondering what the heck sort of stitch pattern is going on there, you friend, are very astute. They aren't exactly knitted. Those are columns of dropped stitches that have been embroidered using a simple technique, and aren't they lovely? Fiona wrote a blog post about this technique if you'd like to see some process pics. 

 

 

full shot

 

 

Since this sweater has some stunning details, you can use her to spice up an otherwise simple outfit...but that's not what I would do. I'd want to play off the design elements of stripes and ornate patterns. More is more, and too much is not a real thing. 

 

How will you wear Reticella

Throwback Thursday: Loure

Yesterday, I woke up before sunrise to get to a camp near Huntsville to facilitate some training. Halfway through my session I asked my friend Christina, who had invited me to train her staff, to bring me something warm to wear. Between it being quite early in the morning, being close to the water, and being a little underslept, I was freezing. I should have worn wool socks. Note to self: always wear wool socks. 

 

Like these. Remember Loure

 

 

Loure socks

 

 

These toe-up socks have pretty twisted stitch patterns and gussets for a close fit. 

 

 

back viewside

 

 

Socks are an awesome all-season knit, and a great portable project. Cast on a pair today, and take them everywhere you go. When winter returns, you'll have socks that are not only warm because of their woolliness, they will be imbued with the best times you had all summer. Give Loure a shot! 

 

 

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