Twist Collective Blog
Something amazing has happened. A couple of nights ago, the Twist elves did some magic, and poof, overnight, our fall issue grew two extra pages. Like a house that spontaneously sprouts new rooms, but less labyrinthine, Twist Collective just got a little bigger.
Truly, what we recommend is a full re-browse. Make a cup of tea or coffee, get comfy, and flip though the whole thing nice and slow. Let the pretty absorb, and then start plotting what you'll make first. If you need to take breaks to lay out (or if your stash is big enough, lay in) your yarn, feel free. This is a weekday, so in case you have to save that for the (long!) weekend, here are the coles notes (cliffs notes for those south of the border).
Lempicka is an art-deco inspired hoodie, so you can be artful and cozy all at the same time. I can also really see it as a modern jacket, maybe without the hood, in a deep, saturated color.
Let's have another look.
Let's take a closer look at Gallivant too. Elegant as a high-necked sweater, or casual, open over jeans or leggings, this lace-edged beauty is the perfect palette for your most special buttons.
We hope you like these new additions, and we can't wait to see your knitted things from this issue.
Five Questions with Rachel Coopey
Rachel Coopey makes pretty things, including several for Twist Collective. She is a sock specialist, but also designs other wonderful accessories. She is our featured designer today in our fifth anniversary interview series, which you can check out all of here. You can find out more about Rachel and her lovely work on her website.
1. How did you learn to knit?
My grandmother was always knitting, she taught me how to knit when I was very little and I churned out little garter stitch squares using her scraps and left-overs. When I was 16 I asked my mother to give me a refresher and I knit an incredibly long scarf, it's far from perfect but I've still got it and wear it.
2. What's your favorite thing to knit?
Socks! They can be intricate and elegant, they are little works of art for your feet and most importantly I hate having cold feet!
3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
My favorite design is Chamomile, everything came together so nicely with that one, the yarn, the color, the motif, I'm really proud of it.
4. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you'd be doing with all the extra time you'd have?
I would do more in the garden and grow more fruit and vegetables, I'm lucky enough to have a large, but neglected, garden.
maybe I wouldn't get so many strange looks when I knit on public transport!
A Twist on Style Friday
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 twistfans!! This week we are doing something a little bit different with Style Friday. The idea of these posts was always to help you, readers, to imagine the garments from the magazine in your own wardrobe. This week, instead of seeing one garment in many circumstances, you'll see several garments, on different humans! Fiona (of the perpetually gorgeous cable designs) is our guest style columnist this week! Enjoy. I'm also going to show you what I wore that night, because it's a Twist project- my Pont Neuf made her debut (not pictured: 14 hole puple Doc Martens). After that, it's all Fiona.
Hi there- Fiona here today!
Huge thanks to Glenna C for the photos!
Five Questions with Susanna IC
Susanna IC has contributed 13 wonderful patterns to our pages. She is our featured designer in our Five for Five interview series, which you can follow all of here. Susanna is known for her gorgeous scarves and shawls, in many different shapes, fibers, and patterns. You can see even more of her instricate, knitterly work on her website.
1. Why are you a designer?
I design because I just can’t help myself. I’ve been making art and designing things as far back as I can remember; besides painting and drawing, my favorite playtime was creating clothes for my dolls. Later on, I started university as a pre-med major because I love science, but I really missed the creativity and I switched to fine arts and art history.
2. How did you learn to knit?
3. What's your favorite thing to knit?
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
Designer Post: Hardanger
Today's post is brought to you by Arndis Osk Arnalds, a first-time Twist designer! She created the wonderful, elegant Hardanger cardigan that appears in our latest issue. You can find out more about her work on her website, here.
Wow I cant believe I can ﬁnally tell you about my design in Twist Collective!
The jacket is inspired by my mother. I wanted to make a piece that characterized her; very precise, natural (she´s a professor in environmental science), witty and of course beautiful. I originally made the sweater for her in unspun lopi and did the pattern in cross stitch. Below you can see a picture of the sweater modeled by my friend Erla.
I've been designing for a few years now but never had the nerve to publish before and thanks to my talented, wonderful and very precipitant friend Ragga from Knitting Iceland I ﬁnally got the nerve to submit.... and they accepted!
The process has but challenging, educational and extremely fun. The Twist Collective team as been so patient and wonderful. I had no idea how much work goes into a published design: from getting the yarn through customs, making swatches, writing, sizing, laying out, photographing, tech editing, etc. I am so thankful for this experience, the help and the opportunity.
I'm hoping to make another jacket for my self, in either blue or black. I think I'll use yarn from Halcyon. I've been looking for a good substitute for lopi that isn't as scratchy and I think I ﬁnally found it.
To buy the pattern or see more information about it please visit the Hardanger pattern page!