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Aphrodite Pastorale

by Sivia Harding

For a while now, I have wanted some special photos of Aphrodite that were taken in a Vancouver setting.

The opportunity came after the Twist Collective trunk show came to Vancouver in June. It was a thrill to see my Aphrodites again, like getting visitation rights! With Kate and Rachael’s permission, I kept the larger shawl version that was done in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Lace II.


Then last week, when my co-worker Jamie Bowen and her photographer husband, M.Scott Ault, agreed to come out and play in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, I believe the spirit of Venus herself was in attendance.


The tender light of the evening, the intensely wooded setting, the magic of Jamie and Mike together, and the gorgeous drape of the silk shawl all conspired to bring enchantment to life, or perhaps life to enchantment?


More of M.Scott’s photography can be found on his website . His other talents include sculpture, painting and writing, and he is currently working on The West Coast Beacon, a promotional venture poised to be the herald of all things to do and see on the West Coast. Jamie models under the name Sparklefaerie (link to ) and is assistant manager of Three Bags Full Knit Shop in Vancouver.

Please Join Us for Fall




In case you haven't heard, the fall issue is live and waiting to inspire. I speak for all of us here at Twist when I say thank you to everyone for your continued interest, and especially to our customers, thank you for your support. It is your purchases that have brought us around to the one year mark, and that encourage us to continue on into another year. Pattern sales are your vote of confidence, and as our thanks, we'd like to offer you a little gift.

As newsletter subscribers already know, we are running a contest for the month of August.  For every purchase you make from the Twist shop, be it for new patterns or old, tape measures or bags, we will enter your name into a drawing for a collection of prizes to be awarded at the end of the month.  We're giving away free patterns, books, notions, and yarn to a bunch of lucky customers. Multiple purchases means multiple chances, even if you make them all in one transaction. So pick up some of those patterns you have sitting in your queue, get knitting, and maybe even get some free stuff. A prize list will be posted soon, and winners will be notified by email in early September. 

Next Week in Oak Lawn, Illinois


sweater stack


In case you missed it, Julia is going to be in Oak Lawn next Friday, August 21st, beginning around 6 o'clock at Nana's Knitting with the box of sweaters.  This will be the only opportunity Chicagoland knitters will have to fondle favorites like Ysolda Teagues's Vivian, Norah Gaughan's Kingscot, Alison Green Will's Bernhardt, and Kate Gilbert's Cherry Fizz, as well as socks galore, mittens, and the surprise of selections from the upcoming Fall issue. Come say hi and buy your yarn for Twist Collective designs on sale. A special Twist gift and a button for your Knit-Badge sash awaits everyone who shows up.

Seen and Noted: Hot for Fall

Lately, I've been seeing tube scarves. Or cowls.  Or so-called Endless Scarves. They haunt me.  Style bloggers, celebs running errands, and Alexander Wang all seem to be obsessed with them.




What, you don't think that looks like much?  Just add this to any old outfit, and voila, instant Sartorialist photo.  And funny enough, they've grown on me.  I'm beginning to think I want one as a chic alternative to the wrap-and-go rectangle I have always relied on when the weather turns cool.  Part snood, part jewelry, they have a monastic quality, and yet, they seem modern and effortless.





Burberry Prorsum showed cowl-style scarves in both women's




and men's runway shows for fall.


pout optional

(pout and vampire palor optional)

Only 200-some American dollars and you're set.  Which is the goof for us knitters because we all have the perfect yarn languishing in the stash.




This version from Lutz and Patmos.

Just cast on 150 stitches (give or take some for texture or colour pattern of your choice), knit for 16 inches, and you've saved yourself two hundred bucks and will be the envy of all your fashionista friends (assuming you have any).


Book Review: Mother-Daughter Knits

It's taken me a while to come around to sharing my thoughts on Sally Melville's latest book, Mother Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter and Fit, not because I am reluctant to tell you what I think.  On the contrary, I was immediately enthusiastic about this book, and unlike my usual ebullience with such enthusiasms, I sort of sat on it, forgot about it, and then rediscovered it as I was clearing out the pile of things on the desk.  Leafing through the book again, I am persuaded that my initial reaction to it will remain my opinion about it for as long as it lives in my book library, which will be (and this is really all you need to know about this book) for as long as I have a library.





There are a few books which every knitter just has to have, like the two by Ann Budd (A Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and A Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns), The Vogue Knitting Book, maybe a stitch dictionary or two, and a Nancy Bush sock book.  Then there are the books that serve as a library of knits, covering every opportunity you may ever have an impulse to knit, like the shawl for a friend's wedding, the riot of colour pullover, or the perfect Baby cardigan, found in such books as The Green Mountain Spinnery Book, the Mason-Dixon Knitting couplet, and the late great Rowan Magazines #8 and 34.

I submit that Mother Daughter Knits is such a book, full of Sally's experience, her advice for customizing patterns for the most flattering results, and a collection of knits that feel fresh, modern, and age appropriate for the whole spectrum of knitters. It is as beautiful a book as we have come to expect from Potter Craft, and with the participation of Melville's knitting daughter Caddie, as current a collection as a knit book is capable.  So check it out next time you're at your local bookstore or yarn shop, and even if you don't agree that you need these particular patterns in your library, that the book is diverse and appealing on many levels of skill and taste.