Twist Collective Blog
Hi all! It's Kate. Just taking a little break from the winter issue preparations to say hello and share some photos from Rhinebeck. Irene and I were there scoping out all of the beautiful knits and yarns and fibers. We met lots of people we already knew and loved as well as new friends! Here are some of the twist FOs we spotted. I hope everyone will forgive me for not remembering all of your names. I also hope you'll forgive the super long post. I think all of these FOs are worth seeing!
And I was sporting one of our brand new (very large, heavyweight) Twist Totes.
Soon after, I finally got to meet Angela. She's in Vancouver. I'm in Montreal. So we finally met in New York after two years of talking. Makes sense, right? I'm wearing Tolovana (and Kirigami and Twin Oaks, actually - they're just hidden under my coat and shoes). Did You notice she's wearing Gwendolyn in the cardi version? We also spotted these two Gwendolyns.
Here's VTHuskies in her Stratocumulus and a (teal) Red Oak. VTHuskies (Abby) told us that she loooooooooved knitting Stratocumulus and that she thought it would be a fantastic first sweater for a newer knitter.
We saw several Hallett's Ledges. The one on the left was finished in the car on the way to Rhinebeck. And on the right, that's Mandy Powers. We also saw a really beautiful pink Hallett's Ledge but didn't manage to get a picture of it.
The smart lady on the left (someone help me with names!) had extra yarn from her Sylvi so she made a Sylvi-inspired bag to match. On the right is a brave soul who did a colorwork and cables Sylvi.
This is Michelle. She's wearing Hope's Gytha that she modified to make a cardigan! Michelle showed us her Eiffel Tower swatch. She's going to insert it into Cityscape and make the skyline how she wants it! I think that's awesome. In my imaginary knitting life, I would knit Cityscape to include the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and something from Montreal.
Speaking of Cityscape, Irene sported the sample along with the Crown of Leaves hat. That's Becky Herrick that she's standing with (designer of Cambridge Cables). I'm sure you recognize Mary-Heather (designer of Promenade) and Orange Pop. And on the bottom right, that's the very cute Cheryl Burke (designer of Cottage Garden and Stratocumulus).
I can't wait until next year when we can see all of your other super ideas and visit with the animals again. Above is me (again) in Arboreal Beret having a quiet moment with the sheep.
If you see yourself or a friend and have a name and link for me, I'd be happy to put them in! I think the wool fumes killed my memory. You can email me at kate at twistcollective dot com.
Funny how we all seem to feel that urge of back to school no matter how old we are or if we have kids or not. So one of my local yarn stores (Passion Knit) decided that this fall they would rename the season “Back to Wool”. Then they set their customers a challenge that they called the “Twist Collective Challenge”. It is designed to encourage their clients to look at on-line sources for pattern instructions, as well as the numerous quantities they carry in the store. The idea is that each knitter downloads their chosen TC pattern before coming into the store for help in selecting the yarn for their project. Then over the next few months everybody works on their garments and share their progress at the regular monthly knit nights to encourage knitters to keep going on their projects. Then in January to beat those post holiday/winter blahs there will be a show and tell night where everybody will model their finished garment.
I think that it is a lovely idea and I loaned them the sample garments from my Twist Collective patterns that they used for their window display.
I was so pleased to be a part of the launch of this challenge and cannot wait to see the end results.
Maybe you could suggest a similar challenge to your own LYS - there are so many patterns to choose from now…I think Kate said it was a gazillion!
Orange Pop, hold the orange
Norah Gaughan's Orange Pop, really lives up to its name with the striking flash of orange on her inside-out colorwork design. I love how the deep red, and bright pink, compliment Mary-Heather's complexion. But we aren't all rocking red tresses and porcelain skin (ok, I got the second half in spades, but the former, not so much).
A few color changes can give this piece a whole new look for any number of preferences, skin tones and occasions and Norah has kindly offered us a few alternative colorways and their corresponding color numbers.
I just love the black and white colorway but the cool blues and purples would fit right into my wardrobe as well. The range of Ultra Alpaca colors is pretty extensive. We'd love to hear how you'd combine them.
Sunny Day: And it was called yellow...
I am so fortunate to have been included amongst the many talented designers in the Fall issue of Twist Collective. The Sunny Day cardi is a retro-inspired, asymmetrical cardigan with a fair isle portrait collar done in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend which has in its contents merino wool for body that can retain a structured collar and silk for drape, all in a DK weight yarn. I want to address the use of bright color in my design.
Last February my friends at Shibui Knits had been kind enough to send me some samples of their new sock yarn Staccato, and I had been having fun swatching with all of the bright colors when I received a Call for Submissions from Twist Collective. When I saw the mood board for what turned out to be WWMHD, I was immediately drawn to the collection of pictures in wonderfully bright and cheery yellows, oranges, greens and reds. I don’t know Mary-Heather personally, but she seems so bright and cheery and who can resist a strawberry blonde in yellow? So I was off to the races. Picking a color palette was easy -- I knew the base color had to be yellow and I wanted the contrasting colors to really pop, so I chose an ocean blue and watermelon to set it off.
I love all of the bright colors Kate Spade uses in her collections and the sort of retro feel to the styles. She uses unbelievably bright hues but the styles look cool and kitschy without a matronly, resort-wear feel (I’m a big fan of Project Runway).
So I selected a silhouette that was more cropped and boxy, and what is more retro than a portrait collar? I chose to do an asymmetrical front for a bit of modernization.
The colors are very bold, so I opted to put the contrast only on the collar with the exception of the thin watermelon edging on the front, hem and cuffs.I think a lot of people feel like they can’t pull off wearing yellow, but I say “Wear what makes you feel good!” I know that yellow makes me happy--it makes me feel brighter, less tired and more optimistic, so even with my Asian skin tone, I still go for the yellow especially when feeling a little down. So now you know how to recognize me...I’m the sallow-looking Asian woman in yellow with a big smile on her face!
Sandridge: Gender Studies
When I graduated from law school 27 (yikes!) years ago, I won the prize for Women and the Law. I was part of the first big wave of women graduates in law, and full of assumptions that would be blown away over the succeeding decades. I worked for 5 years and then, when Bill, my husband, was offered a job with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, I left my job and became a stay-at-home mum for 20 years. I became the glue that held the family together while Bill was globe trotting and we were on our own in a foreign country. I knitted my way through those years, attending the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Montgomery County Studio Tours, and workshops with Alice Starmore and Debbie Bliss.
My goal is always to create, in a subtle way, a garment that is unfussy, but unmistakably feminine.