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Grandma, What Big Needles you Have . . .

A little while ago, Rosann (rav name lingy) posted in a Ravelry forum a link to her engagement photos, which is something I see more of these days thanks to such bloggers as {frolic} and A Cup of Jo. Many couples aren't content with the usual studio portrait suitable for newspaper announcements: they put their individual touch to them, and can get quite creative.  I especially love Rosann's, and not just for the story, and how sweet her own personal wolf appears to be. 


Can you tell why I love these photos so?  (pssst, that's Mari Muinonen's Sylvi she knit for the occasion!) For a better view of the famous flowers on the back, check out the whole sequence on the Jerry Yoon website.  If you're wondering, the photographers are in San Fransisco, you lucky west coasters.

Style Notebook, featuring Tanit's Jacket

There are so many ways to wear Gudrun Johnson's wonderful Tanit's Jacket, and that's even before one starts imagining the ways to adjust it in the knitting. Here's just the start with a whole wardrobe of possibilities.


When I released the Sweetheart Scarf, I heard a bit of grumbling that a "boy" version was needed. So I made one. Introducing.... SWEETSTAR!

Sweetstar Scarf

Anybody who ordered sweetheart already will be receiving an update to download the new version that now includes both the heart and the star. And just as before, all of the money (seriously, 100%, I am not seeing a penny from this pattern and we are eating the paypal fees) is going to Habitat for Humanity's efforts in Haiti.

Here's another shot of Sweetheart (on my sweetheart even) as a reminder:

sweetheart scarf

Design Process: Plaited Tam


by Angela Hahn
originally posted to her blog.

Image Copyrigth Filati Lavori a Manglia, all rights reserved

Cardigan seen in a magazine of knitting patterns, found at a kiosk in the Milano Centrale train station,  FILATI Lavori a maglia #14

Recognize the Plaited Tam stitch pattern? (Maybe not--it looks a bit different in long, vertical panels like this!)  When I saw the photo of this sweater inside the magazine, I immediately fell in love with the bold combination of texture and openwork in this stitch pattern.  

I had also been imagining a tam in which the stitch pattern looked like ribbons, woven up the sides and across the top, so this seemed like a good swatching possibility.  Another thing I liked about the stitch pattern was that the decreases paired with yarnovers offered a perfect starting point for the crown decreases (always important in a hat!):  just omit the yarnovers.  




altOnce the design had been accepted and I got the yarn, SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in a giddy green ("Savory"), the sample knitting proceeded unusually smoothly.  It was only after blocking what I thought was the finished sample that I realized I wasn't happy with the center of the top:  after the last "plait" crossing, I had tried to carry the central elements of the main stitch pattern as far as possible, and continue with purl sections which decreased rapidly to the center.  But with all the p2tog decreases needed, it looked sloppy to me.  So I ripped back the top, and instead tapered the stockinette "ribbons" to the center-- definitely an improvement.


In fact, I liked the tam so much, I decided to make myself one, but in a different yarn:  I chose Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash, in a heathered aqua (#1910--color is quite accurate in the photo above).  This is a light worsted weight yarn, versus the sport weight used in the original pattern, so I ended up making the smaller size*, with 7 repeats instead of 8.  (For more info on yarn requirements and finished size using Cascade 220, see my Ravelry projects page.)


alt*Actually I made the larger size first, but (surprise) it was TOO BIG. For more on that fiasco, see here.

Sweet Sale!

Who do we love? Our readers! So we've got a little sale going to make your February a wee bit sweeter.
sweet swag sale 

For a limited time, when you order a Twist Tote,
we’ll throw in a tape measure, two sticky note pads,
and a Twist Collective logo button.

12 oz cotton duck pocket tote. Six deep outside pockets, tape reinforced seams, double thickness base. Big enough for a full-on sweater project, or if you're anything like us, two full-on sweater projects.

Available in the shop.

We have a few totes left, but no more sticky notes. You can still get a tape measure, but the sale ends in 4 hours!