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Five Questions with Anne Hanson

Anne HansonAnne Hanson is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; you can follow the whole series here. She has contributed six beautiful and classic patterns to our pages. Keep up with Anne here!

 

 

 

 

 

some of anne's work

(Leaving Cardigan and Pullover, Budding Apple)

 

1. What's your favorite thing to knit?

I love to design and knit wool garments; it's fascinating to create the fabric surface and build the structure at the same time.
 
 
2.  What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective? Why?
 
The Leaving sweater is my favorite twist collective design. I love its feminine shape and bold feature panel, as well as the fact that it is flattering on any figure type. 
 
 
3. What is your worst knitting habit?
 
Not making notes or writing down details when i should. and I often forget to measure or weigh a finished piece before I soak and block it; there's really only one chance to do that. 
 
 
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.
 
Many people are surprised to find out that I was educated as a speech pathologist and worked in that field for five years after graduating college. I also worked in restaurants and sewed custom clothing at night and on weekends because I had interests in those areas too—which is how I eventually ended up working in the fashion business.
 
 
5. Finish this sentence:  If everyone knew how to knit…
 
we'd all appreciate the importance of the real thing.

Twist Style Friday: Sablier

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 everyone!! What a happy one it is. I've looked at all the gorgeous new patterns we have in our newest issue, but I actually haven't had time yet for the long, slow flip-through I like to do the day a new issue launches. Today is my day off (slash work at home day) and when I finish this post, I'm going to make myself a big mug of genmaicha and let all the pretty really sink in.

 

It's been fun but also hectic styling a zillion garments a week! Today we're looking at just one. Sablier, a cozy cabled cardigan with perfect pockets.

 

Sablierclose up

 

The cable pattern isn't too complex, which makes for a relaxing knit. But the gentle wave of the ropy cables, the easy shape, and slanted pockets make this a dreamy sweater. The generous length and collar make it extra cozy.

 

side/back

 

I think the styling of this in the shots above is spot on. A soft collared shirt and jeans are a perfect match for this kind of snuggly sweater. But Sablier can do more than that. You can nudge her towards librarian-chic, or toss her on over a vintage dress. With a sweater that's meant to have a little ease, you can also employ one of my favorite methods of keeping real warm when the snow flies; sweaters over other sweaters. It's kind of brilliant, if you think about it.

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Sablier?

 

PS. When on the internet, I am usually doing too many things at once, and so I very nearly made those links to the patterns for Sablier go to a (legitimately great, but completely unrelated) youtube video. So, if you want to feel charmed this afternoon, click on that and watch a bunch of men talk about how uncool it is to harass women.

PPS. As always, with the internet, stay away from the comments if you'd like to keep your cheery disposition.

Five Questions with Rosemary Hill

 

Rosemary HillRosemary Hill has contributed four impeccable patterns to Twist Collective. Each of them is elegant, airy, and feminine. You can find out more about Rosemary here! Follow all of the Five for five interview series here!

 

 

 

 

 

designs!

(Manderley, Violet Beribboned Choker, Snow Flurries Wrap, Lalou)

 

1. Why are you a designer?

Because I have never been able to knit a pattern without altering it in some way. I gave up fighting and embrace it now.

 

2. Where do you get your inspiration for designs from?

From everything around me! Right now that's the high desert, but I get tons of inspiration from the city too. There's so much to see!

 

3. What is your worst knitting habit?

When I'm knitting on a project, I always want to be doing the next one I'm designing in my head. When I get to that one, I'm already bored with it. I need to be able to knit at warp speed.

 

4. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you'd be doing with all the extra time you'd have?

Designing obsessively in a different medium!

 

 
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
 
there would never be enough wool to go around.

 

Twist Style Friday Triple Threat: Ossel (times two) and Parure

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.


 

 

This is an unusual Style Friday. The designers of both the garments we're looking at today participated in making this post more exciting and awesome. There are eleven outfits today. Get excited.

 

First off, we have two versions of Ossel, the lovely sweaterdress by Alison Green. Alison wanted a sweater version of this, so she made one! Look out for a blog post soon with more info on how to convert the pattern if you want the same thing! Since Alison was kind enough to snap a few photos of her sweater, I styled that too, so we have Ossel, two ways. Doesn't that sound like a menu item at a fancy restaurant?

 

Osselback view

 

I love the cables, love the moss stitch, love the shape, love the boatneck. I think this would look really fab on all sorts of body types, but especially those with a big bodacious bum. I'm not sure i would be able to resist wearing this every single day in the frosty days of wintertime. I'll admit, my styling of this isn't the most inventive, but it's already basically an outfit, so... tights and boots!

 

three ways

 

There are some more possibilities with a sweater version, though (not that i'm knocking tights and boots, tights and boots is sort of my life right now).

sweater styles

 

The other neat thing about this week is that I am not the only one who did some of the styling! Karolina, who designed the refined and adorable Parure cardigan, put together a couple of outfits. You remember Parure, right?

 

backyoke

 

Check out the texture and detail on that yoke!!! It's so subtle and pretty. Imagine what would happen if you used a handpainted yarn for the contrast color! This cardigan is basic enough to be really versatile, but you'd also be SO PROUD that you made it your own self.

Here are some of Karolina's ideas about how to wear Parure:

basic and tuxedo

And because I am a sucker for anything girly, and this top has been calling to me since the Fall issue dropped, I did up a couple of outfits that I would like to wear right now.


girlfest

 

 

 

 

 

How will you wear Parure? What about Ossel?

Five Questions with Robin Melanson

 

Robin MelansonRobin Melanson has contributed twelve delightful patterns to the pages of Twist Collective. Her eye for detail  and shape make her designs special and wearable. She has become an important part of the production team, and we couldn't be happier to have her. Find out more about Robin on her website, here. Follow the whole Five for Five interview series here!

 

 

 

some RM designs

more robin!

(top row: Stormsvale, Willow-withe, Twigs and Leaves; bottom row: Hazelwood, Bellevue, Frost Tapestry)

 

 1. What's your favorite thing to knit?

I love to knit two-handed fair-isle. It’s the only kind of knitting in which I still lose myself. I find it very diverting; I forget I have a deadline and I can just enjoy the knitting. That doesn’t happen for me with any other sort of knitting. It’s like my fingers are dancing. And while my fingers dance, my mind wanders.

 

2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?

My favorite design is probably Bellevue. It was one of the first designs I did after moving to Quebec and basically starting my life over. Life suddenly had a better flavour than before, and I think the improvement is reflected in the designs I did at that time. This sweater is super comfy to throw on over anything, but nice and fitted with vertical patterning, and it has fun textures to knit. Plus I love the buttons and the deep neckline.

 

3.  Where do you get your inspiration for designs from?

Ha! From everything that exists in time and space. From the way my brain functions, I suppose. I see shape, order, logic, and beauty, everywhere. Then I interpret it. One of the biggest categories of inspiration for me is Things I Thought I Saw. This is where my mind misinterprets something I actually do see, into something completely different, and I say, “oh wait, that’s not right,” then, “ah, but what if it were like that?” Not referring to clothes or knitting specifically, but anything – tree bark, a fence, the shape of an eddy in a pool of water. Last week, I thought I saw a baby alligator, but it was just a really big leaf. That particular incident has not inspired any knitting.

 

4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

I used to be a nightclub bartender. My work wardrobe consisted of stuff like leather pants, PVC jumpsuits, and platform shoes. I wore a bottle opener on a chain on my wrist.

 

5. Finish this sentence:  If everyone knew how to knit …

there would be a yarn aisle at the grocery.

 

 encore!

last one!

(top row: Zahedra, Sylvatica, Capriccio; bottom row: Zigreta, Maeshowe, Viridis, Sarannis)

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