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The Twist Team: Carly Boyce

When we go to trade events, talk with customers and do shows, people often ask us what we do, what our titles are and how we work together. At the end of each edition is our Masthead, which lists everyone on staff and their title, along with the many people we are thrilled to thank for their contribution to the edition.

In this series of blog posts, which you can read, in its entirety, here, we'll be introducing you to some of the people who help make this magazine possible. As always, we would love to continue the discussion and get your feedback on this or any other blog post, over on Facebook.

Kate Gilbert
© Jane Heller

Unless you happen to read our blog through an RSS aggregator and notice the byline, or you have published a design or article with us, it's very likely you don't know Carly Boyce's name. She's our social media ninja, quietly working her skills behind the scenes, largely annonymously. Those posts on Twitter, Facebook, and our blog, are often written by Carly. We can always count on her to find interesting topics and present them in a delightful way. But, like all of us at Twist, Carly doesn't just wear a single hat. She helps to shape the edition from the submissions to the QA testing before we go live. Find out more in our interview below.

MM: How did you and Kate start working together? Was it through knitting or in some other way?

CB: I used to hang out at Ariadne Knits in Montreal quite a lot, and one day, back in 2008,  I was chatting with someone there, and she mentioned that Kate might be looking for an assistant to help with her work on Twist Collective. I lept at the opportunity to get involved. I met with Kate and she was eager to have another pair of hands working on things, and I was so excited to be involved; I knew a few things about knitting, but nothing about publishing. I used to hang out with Kate (and her daughter) once a week or so and help out with whatever was going on at the time. I've corresponded with designers, styled outfits for photoshoots, helped filter submissions, given opinions about yarn selection, edited and written blog posts, held a light-reflector on shoots, recruited models, sized photos for the shop- you name it!

MM: What have you found most surprising about working at Twist?

CB: What has been really amazing is seeing a group of humans work together towards a beautiful common goal --without ever all being in a room together to plan it all out. I am really astounded at the power of the internet as a means of communicating and connecting people. I have seen small groups of people accomplish awesome feats in lots of areas of my life (i.e. as an activist and community organizer), but never without all knowing one another's faces and voices. It's seriously cool.

shawl held by kate's dad
Carly's arms help Kate's
arms to style Madrigal
© Jane Heller

MM: You moved to another province last year how has that changed your role?

CB: When I was living in Montreal, I was odd-job girl, which was a really fun and interesting role. I learned a little bit about a lot of things, but I didn't really develop expertise in anything. When I moved to Toronto last spring, I wasn't sure how I could stay involved.  Kate asked me to tackle some of the social media for Twist, and having a more structured role has been really interesting! It's a challenge, because I am not the most tech-savvy person, and social media is such a new field, so a lot of it is trying things out and seeing how they work and how people respond. But I'm having a lot of fun with it!

MM: What is your favorite part of your responsibilities at Twist?

CB: I absolutely love seeing submissions from designers. Not being a designer myself, it is really interesting to see an idea develop from a sketch, to a swatch, to a garment, to a styled outfit in a photo story, and to be able to trace that process backwards. I also love clothes- not the fashion industry necessarily, or trendwatching or whatever, I just absolutely love clothes. I love buying them, but making them myself feels almost revolutionary- which is why I love knitting so much.

MM: Do you have any creative pursuits outside of the knitting community?

CB: I'm trying to learn more tradiationally creative skills; I do some writing, a little bit of sewing, and I really want to learn to play the ukelele.  But knitting is really my creative outet. In my regular life since I've been involved, I've been a student, a community organizer, a youth worker, a Sunday school teacher, a non-profit board member, and a bartender -- usually some combination thereof.


Here's one of our lovely models, being adorable between serious shots.


Those squishy cables make me excited about cooler weather in the coming months!

Twist Style Fridays- Twill

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.

Back again, with another installment of Twist Style Fridays! We hope you're enjoying this new feature as much as we are- tell us what you think on our Facebook page!

Today, we play with Twill, Kristen Rengren's lovely jacket with herringbone details. This piece is super-versatile, since it combines elements that are casual (pockets, raglan seams) with ones that are more dressy (standing collar, high-neck closure, classic shaping).

Some people think I'm super-stylish because I wear dresses every day, or that I put way more time than other people do into getting dressed. But the secret is that mostly what I am is lazy; when you wear dresses, you only have to choose one thing! Then you put on some shoes, and maybe grab a jacket, and you're dressed. Plus, since I love color coordination so much, if I have to choose too many pieces, I get preoccupied with all the tones matching. All this is to explain why my first impulse was to style this jacket the way I would be most likely to wear it- with a girly dress and some cute sandals, for a summer evening.

Twill, with Dresses

I know that not everyone is a dress-a-day person, and not everyone is as lazy as me, so maybe you want to choose more things to go with this darling jacket. Let me tell you- it looks great with everything, as long as you don't overwhelm the collar with other collars. Here are some ideas-

Twill, with separates

So knitters, how would you wear your Twill?

Designer Process: Laresca

Corrina Ferguson

In today's post, Corrina Ferguson tells us the origin story of Laresca, a flowy, summery tank with a unique lace detail running up the sides and over the shoulders. You can also find this post on Corrina's blog, Picnic Knits. Corrina also brought us Cithara, another easy, wearable garment with gorgeous lace details.

Laresca began as most knitting things began with an idea; a “what if”. What if you took some sort of lace panel up the side of a tank and split it over the shoulders? And the perfect textured yarn made the stockinette body have some interest? So many moons ago I swatched a little something like this:


It was a dk weight yarn, a cotton, silk and linen blend. I liked the way the lace was present, but not overwhelming. And the simplicity of the garter edging made me happy. But then I had to draw a picture – a concept sketch if you will. Drawing is not my forte. But I started drawing anyway and this is what I came up with:


I am not sure what’s wrong with the top of her head. And despite my utter lack of drawing skills, Twist Collective was actually able to see my vision and said yes, yes, let’s make it. So they sent me yarn. Rowan Panama Yarn. I was skeptical about the yarn because of it's unusual appearance and texture, but then I started to knit with it . And the yarn was good. And I realized that Rowan Panama was the perfect Florida yarn, and that I was making a garment I could actually wear. So that made me feel good about the yarn. And the yarn and I became friends. And eventually the yarn became this:

Laresca in Twist

You know I’ve gotten much better at photography and I can usually capture decent pictures of my shawlette work, but I’m still not good with photographing models. But when I saw these pictures I was very, very happy. First off, she’s gorgeous. And I love the way Laresca looks on her, all breezy and comfortable. Exactly what you need for a hot summer.

Lace split detail

And I am so in love with the way the lace split and shoulder detailing worked out. I mean I wrote the pattern, I knit the sample, and I knew it fit and worked, but seeing it on the model and knowing that I had an awesome idea that I brought all the way to completion is kind of the best. It’s nice to know all the crazy ideas running around in my head aren’t that crazy after all.

The shoot must go on!

Even when the weather is not on our side.

Shelter from the storm

Robin provides shelter for cameras, models, furry friends, while we brave the rain.

For furry friends too