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Twist Style Fridays: Arcturus

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.


 

 

Hello all, Marnie here. Carly is away so I'm in charge of the blog. I thought I'd use this chance to show off my design for the Winter edition. Arcturus is a half-circle shawl, worked in an intensely saturated merino wool, that shows off the shawl's texture perfectly.

 

 

arcturus

 

 

The star stitch pattern that fills the bulk of the shawl is dense and springy, which gives the shawl a ton of insulating ability. Think of the waffle stitch pattern used for some thermal underwear. The star stitch works in much the same way. Since the lacy bits are minimal in this area, the end result is a relatively sturdy shawl that is less likely to snag, so you can really use this shawl, if you are so inclined.  

 

 

back view

 

 

Winter, in my neck of the woods, is generally gray and rainy and by March, I'm always craving bright colors, so getting to style something bright red is a real pleasure. I use my shawls almost every time I leave the house, unless it's unbearably hot and I won't be going anywhere with air conditioning, and I've styled Arcturus accordingly. Day or evening, I think this shawl can find a place in your wardrobe.

 

styling arcturus

Can you see yourself wearing Arcturus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Kiyomi

Let's revisit Kiyomi

kiyomi front

 

Barbara Gregory's brilliance as an illustrator, really shines through in her colorwork designs and while she is best known for her more whimsical pieces, Kiyomi shows her more sophisticated side.

 

kiyomi detail

 

Loop closures are great for people who don't like working buttonholes, and are easily modified for a different size or number of buttons.

 

kiyomi back

 

 

The wide garter stitch collar and placket combo are textured enough to be interesting, without competing with the subtle mosaic colorwork pattern.

 

If you missed it the first time, be sure to check out Barbara's blog post about the design as well, if for no other reason than to see her original submission illustration.

Twist Style Fridays: Wafla

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.


 

 

I'm sitting at a cafe with my friend Shannon, writing to all of you. The last time I was at this particular cafe was the weird anomalous day a few weeks ago when it was 16 degrees (Celsius) in Toronto, and I drank an iced americano on the patio with no jacket on. Today I'm wearing two dresses and tall socks over my tights. It's not colder at this time of year than in the true winter time, but folks' resentment about the cold and tolerance for it seems to be at an all time low. 

 

This my friends, is the time for clothes that are basically very very cute wearable blankets. This is the time for Wafla.

 

 

front collar detail

 

 

You can wear it with the fronts draped open, or pin it at the lapel; the fabric looks great on both sides, I love anything with a waffle texture, but this sweater really takes that basic up a few notches by integrating big graphic cables into the mix. 

 

 

draped openheld closed

 

 

This yarn also comes in colorways with more variegation, and I wonder how those would look with this lovely texture. 

 

 

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My prescriptions for looking like a put-together person when you just want to be in a blanket fort are these: wear edgy shoes and earrings. Add some lipstick, and everyone will think you're great at being an adult. 

How will you wear Wafla

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Mod Podge

Remember Mod Podge

 

 

full view

 

 

She's a smart tailored jacket with tidy edges! There is something playfully prim about this piece, especially in a bright hue like this one. 

 

 

collar detailback

 

 

The hidden snaps are a really neat closure option, and I am loving this belt. 

 

 

belt

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Bay Laurel

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.


 

 

I had a lot of day yesterday, friends. I ripped and restarted a sock I'm taking a stab at designing, I saw a stunning and impactful art show, bought myself a hot pink notebook, and went to a workshop called "trauma survivors in love." Somewhere in there I also ate a hot dog and a lot of grapes and listened to the new episode the West Wing Weekly (the hosts interview Marlee Matlin, who is a genius babe). I also practiced my autoharp, which these days mostly looks like me playing Sea of Love over and over and over and over again. 

 

I had to bust out a lot of wool to get out of the house this morning. I have a few solid sweaters, but right now I want a million. Especially ones that have subtle patterning, long sleeves, and are a good weight for layering, like Bay Laurel. 

 

 

pattern and neckline

 

 

I love the large-scale leaf patterning, and the neckline shape. 

 

 

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Do you want to be a vaguely 90s utilitarian? A grown-up cartoon? A sort of fancy punk? Bay Laurel can do that. 

 

 

How will you wear Bay Laurel

 

 

 

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