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Live and in Person: May 2nd

Kate will be at Wabi Sabi in Ottawa the evening of May 2nd for a fashion show of the latest Twist Collective patterns, and a little  preview of what's to come for summer (which launches June 1st, btw).  Show starts at 6, and they'd like an RSVP, so shoot the crew an email to save yourself a seat.  

 

Meanwhile, that same weekend, Irene will be at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  If the weather is suitable, she'll be wearing Julia's version of Sylvi, in the dark grey colour of Briggs and Little Atlantic.  She'll be handing out Twist buttons to festoon your knit bag, so make sure you say hi.

Book Review: Romi and Cookie

Twist Collective is lucky enough to have aboard many talented and widely recognized designers, some of whom have had books drop in recent months.  Like Rosemary Hill, designer of the Violet necklace pattern available for free download in the current issue.

 

elements of style
 

 

Rosemary's book, Elements of Style: Creating Jewelry with Wire, Fiber, Felt and Beads is a omnivore's delight, appealing to a knitter's inner beader and felter.   Full of must-have-it sparkly things, one could think of this as an instant jewelry box, with custom pieces at the ready for anything from that friday night dinner party to the tailgate at your kid's T-Ball opener. Many are short term projects of the almost-instant-gratification variety that makes a knitter's acquisitive heart go pitty pat. For an idea of how clear the instructions are, and how accessible these projects can be, take a look at Rosemary's introduction to knitting with wire in the Twist Collective spring issue, and then look at this necklace from the book.

 

lariat

 

and these:

 

earrings
 

 

The earrings in particular make me weak. Need I say more?

Another welcome arrival to my bookshelf is the long anticipated book from Cookie A, Sock Innovation: Knitting Techniques and Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks.

 

cookie
 

 

Cookie exploded on the scene several years ago at the very moment when the knitblogs embraced sock knitting, (perhaps this is no coincidence?) and has impressed the entire knitting world ever since for her sometimes elaborate and always innovative stitch patterns, including two socks she offered through Twist Collective's premier issue, the Lissajous Knee Socks, and the popular Maelstrom Socks. Here, she tells you how to do it for yourself. However, Cookie's skill as a sock designer is the true virtuoso's marvel of showing you how the trick works, and then creating the wonder anew with sock recipes that boggle the mind and inspire the needles. Here's my personal favorite:

 

cookie socks

 

Now I just need to find shoes to go with them. 

You Tweet, We Tweet, we all Tweet for Twitter

Ever wonder how the whole thing comes together?  Wanna know all the dirty little secrets of running your own guerilla knit magazine? Well now you can follow twistcollective on Twitter! Hear what we're thinking, what we're working on as the issues gel, and also see how we waste our time when we should be working, see the stuff in the big wide knit and design world we like, and know the names we give to our own sweaters.  Fun links, daily doses of fashion, yarn bits, and everything in between. Just add twistcollective to your Twitter feed and you'll be way inside.

Watch the Lambs Arrive

For readers who enjoyed the CSA article in the winter issue, or Barbara Parry's Lambing story in the current issue, there's a treat for you at Susan Gibb's website for her Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm.  A Lambcam.  You can find more details here on MVFF website.  Susan says that even though the camera is turned on all the time, you won't be able to see anything when it's dark outside.  Susan's farm is in the Eastern time zone, GMT-5.

So when it's dark outside, take a look at this fun sheep thing:


Extreme LED Sheep:

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Cherry Fizz Increases

A number of people have asked questions about the increases in the cherry fizz pattern. And I finally went and bought a video camera (danged missing camera battery!) and wrangled someone into holding it while I knitted. Hope these help!

Double Increase:

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kpk all in one stitch:

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kyok all in one stitch:

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My apologies to those of you who have waited for this. Thanks for your patience.

I hope to add more technique videos in the future so if you like, you can subscribe to our YouTube account here.

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