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Throwback Thursday: Meridian

It was supposed to be 25 below zero this morning, and it was only about 15 below. My housemate called this exceeding expectations. I still call it too darn cold, especially now that it's Mach. When I was a teenager, I refused to wear a coat most of the time (sorry mom). Now I wear scarves and hats constantly from October to April. My tolerance for being cold has really shrunk with age. A warm hat makes the biggest difference to my general happiness when the mercury dips, and hats are such a satisfying knitting project. They're small enough to provide the instant-ish gratification of a finished project, and you can make them in about a thousand different ways.

 

Lee Meredith is constantly turning traditional pattern construction on it's head, which makes her patterns a bucket and a half of fun to make. Remember Meridian?

 

 

teal and yellow meridian cap modelend on a ginger girl

 

 

I really like knitting things that are a bit like yarn based origami. If you want the lay of the land a little, this pic (from a blog post Lee wrote) might help explain how this hat comes to exist.

 

 

hat map

 

 

The color combos are endless! I'd be tempted to use a self-striping with a solid, or a soft neutral with a neon. Here's how it looks in a little more neutral of a palette:

 

 

back of blue and grey meridian hat, modeled on a guy

 

 

I bet you can make one with scraps from your stash. Give Meridian a whirl!

 

 

both hats together

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Bushel

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 folks!

 

Since switching over to mostly being a freelance human (sometimes I think of it as free-range, and imagine myself as a happy chicken), the days of the week have lost most of their traditionally associated meaning, but this week, Friday is actually part of my weekend!

 

I am writing to you from the apartment of one of my nearests and dearests in Montreal, and soon will head to consult on a peer education project I helped create a dozen years ago (yup, I have been a cranky upstart at least that long), and then I will have some time to chill out. Also tonight I get to welcome a friend who is moving here, and incidentally into the apartment next door to where I'm staying.

 

Speaking of chill, it is pretty darn cold here in la belle province. Kinda makes me wish I had a Bushel.

 

 

collar detail

 

 

Have you ever seen something so cozy? You just wanna snuggle it, at least I do.

 

 

sleeve and side

 

 

Can we talk about that texture? Squishy! Delicious! Nevermind how fast you can probably churn out a sweater knit on 9mm needles.

 

Because of this thing's delightful, blankety nature, probably my preferred way of wearing it would be with wool socks and not much else, ideally paired with a great book and a big steamy mug of coffee. But I bet you could take Bushel out on the town, if you paired her with stuff that was a little bit sharp, a little bit clean of line (and if you're anything like me, a little bit 90s).

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Bushel?

Throwback Thursday: Dylan

I'm coming to believe that eventually, everyone who is awesome comes to know everyone else who is awesome. Right now I am sitting in the Montreal apartment (which incidentally used to be a chocolate factory) of my friends Kara and Dan. I met those guys while working in residences at McGill University about a decade ago, and during that time, Kara played in a band called Purple Crayon. I went to see them play at Cafe L'Utopik, and that was the first time I ever heard Corey sing. Now Corey is in a band with one of my besties, and so hearing her sing is something I get to do pretty regularly.

 

In the Fall of 2011, the band modeled knits for Twist. It was real cute. Here is Corey in Dylan, a stunning jacket I still covet.

 

 

Dylan

 

 

I really like the collar on this thing POPPED.

 

 

collar!

 

 

Also check out these big, utilitarian pockets! I also like the vertical lines on the back of the jacket.

 

 

pockets!back of sweater

 

 

I don't know what else you remember about Fall 2011, but I hope you remember Dylan.

Twist Style Friday: Besom

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 humans!

 

I'm a bit of a jet lagged mess these days, but I am not remotely sorry, because last week I was using all my crush-energy falling in love with Vancouver. I sort of haven't shut up about it since I got home. One tragicomic twist on my trip; the day I was packing and leaving, I discovered that my raincoat was missing, and so I went without it. I learned in a really concrete way that what they say about wool is true; wool keeps you warm even when it is wet! This is pretty magical, and my feet were especially grateful for the benefits of this knowledge.

 

It is a city for layering, and so a wool cardigan is basically the most important thing to have (okay, maybe a raincoat ranks *slightly* higher). This one is pretty dreamy.

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

If you like playing with color, this is the project for you. Meghan Jones wrote a post with lots of ideas for color schemes, but the palette is yours to play with, knitters.

 

 

back of sweaterfull shot from the side

 

 

If you're someone like me, who likes to match and coordinate things to a degree that is probably unreasonable, Besom is an amazing player in an outfit because it introduces four colors and stripes and dots. This is fun.  Pull out the darkest tone, or the brightest one, or play with other spotted or striped thing.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

 

How will you wear Besom?

Throwback Thursday: Bright Star

It seems like ages ago, Winter 2009. I've lived in eleven apartments since then. In 2009 I was mostly a shawl knitter who dabbled in sweaters, but only worsted weight or heavier. These days my knitting is 90% socks and 10% weird things (an anarchy hat for a baby and a spider for a friend's altar fall into the latter category).

 

Not everything has changed though. I like this sweater then, and I still like it now. Do you remember Bright Star?

 

 

red cropped cardigan, modeled ove a pinup style dress

 

 

Sometimes you need a cardigan to cover up a little. Other times, your shoulders are chilly but you don't really want to cover up so much. Bright Star is so there for you. She is perfect over full skirted dresses, but other 50s syles would also be super cute (wiggle dresses!). She'd also be cute as heck with high waisted jeans, black or a candy-bright.

 

 

raglan line and ribbing detail

 

 

The best part- this top is a quick knit that doesn't take a ton of yarn, so the time between "I think I want to wear that" and "I'm wearing it!" can be pretty short.

 

 

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