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Sneaky as Ever: A New Pattern Arrives
Observant Twist readers had written to ask about why the Table of Contents lists Margaret Mills among the designers included in the Beauty is Whatever Gives Joy story (it's a quote from Edna St. Vincent Millay, the poet who wrote the book our model is reading in the story). Ah hah, clever knitters. You found us out. We had another pattern up our sleeves and the clue was right there in plain sight. Now here's your reward.
The Maire Riding Jacket by Margaret Mills is now ready for your consideration. A flattering length and silhouette, knit in Yarn Market's Caledon Hills Worsted in the color Heart Lake, we think it would also be stunning in a wardrobe neutral, or your own favorite color. We do hope you think it was worth the wait.
Design Process: Novak
by Claire Montgomerie,
orginally published on her blog, MontyKnits.
Twist Trunk Show in Portland, Maine
Julia here. I will be at Knit Wit this Saturday, the 19th, at 3:30 with as many sweaters as I can cram into my car. All the details are in the shop newsletter, so check it out if you think you might like to come.
I'll have Vaganova, Cherry Fizz, Sylvi, Ardent Jacket, Icicle Fantasy, Poffertjes, and so many many more. With a whole year's worth of gorgeous knits from which to chose, my head is spinning like a yarn swift. So come on over if you're in the area, say hi, pat the sweaters, and get a Twist button too.
See you then!
I Heart Kate Spade
It's winter shoot week(s) at Twist Collective, and Kate, Mary, Irene and I are all running around the fabric shops, shipping boxes back and forth across international borders, dipping into our friends' closets, and looking for just. the. right. belt. I fantasize about having a styling staff at my beck and call, and a budget to pay them with to do the magic they do at someplace like Kate Spade, a lady-like candy store of skirt-and-blouse petit fours. Last week, there was a lovely flash tour of their own photography process.
This week, they play with the clothes. I like the wardrobe ideas they have for such things as their boxy cardigan, and the layers you can put under a simple dress to change the mood. These are the sots of ideas a knitter can use when we consider the project queue and the crazy sweater love. I may want to knit a purple lace tunic in mohair yarn because it looks so darned glamorous on the model, but how would I actually wear such a thing? Kate Spade grounds me for a moment, reminds me of the wardrobe, how fun a navy cardigan can still be, and makes me feel all Jackie and Grace Kelly inside.
Twist Fall Shoot at Trott
You may have noticed that one of our fall sweater stories, Dressage, was photographed at a riding stable, TROtt, the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton. Thanks to our model, Leslie, who was familiar with the good folks there and the wonderful work they do, we were able to spend the day, meet the horses, and pick up after ourselves and, uh, others.
My own son has benefited from therapeutic riding at a New Hampshire stable near where I live, so when Kate told me this was the work they do at TROtt, we thought it would be an opportunity to share my own enthusiasm for the practice with Twist readers, and to explain a little about why it's an important tool for so many people.
Therapeutic riding is a kind of physical therapy with a specially trained physical therapist that uses horses as equipment. The natural rhythmns in the saddle of a walking horse requires the rider to focus their mental and physical attentions, and with practice, develops both muscle strength and concentration in the rider. Therapeutic horses are also especially gentle animals, particularly talented and tolerant of frustrations and outbursts their riders can be prone to because of their own personal challenges. The horse is also a calming presence for the rider, and the empathy the rider has for the horse reinforces a willingness to do the work, something that can't be reproduced in a traditional therapeutic office setting with swings and yoga balls.
Children and adults with all manner of challenges and disabilities can benefit from work in the saddle. I have seen grown adults hoisted out of wheelchairs to ride enthusiastically, children with cerebral palsey trott giggling around the ring, and kids with anxiety disorders climb up on horse's back with hard-earned trust. The experience is often liberating and unique in the rider's life, and an invaluable tool in their therapeutic development.
TROtt has served the Ottawa, Ontario area for over 30 years, offering therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities. TROtt instructors, all of whom are certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA), give lessons to dozens of students each week with disabilities ranging from learning delays to paraplegia to multiple sclerosis. Twelve specially selected and trained horses currently work at TROtt and as we found out during the photoshoot, therapy horses make excellent models! Sam and Monty, both featured in the photostory, couldn't have cared less about the cameras, props, and constant clothing readjustments going on around them.
Thank you Nancy Reid and Paula Rolfe for the work that you do at TROtt, and for the day we got to spend with you.