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Briggs and Little Giveaway

Fall has launched! We are so excited about showing you this issue. Even better; the launch was not even close to being the end of our Twisiversay celebration. No, folks, this is just the beginning. We have so much more amazing stuff to give you. Today is no exception.

 

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Today's prize is a Briggs and Little canvas knitting tote full of Red Atlantic yarn, and one of our most-loved patterns, Sylvi.

 

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This sweater looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale, so today we want to know (by comment on today's Facebook thread) which fictional character (fairy tale or otherwise) you would be. Tell us by the end of today for a chance to win this great prize! Due to shipping restrictions, this prize is only available to knitters in the US and Canada. Knitters further afield, do not depair. We have more prizes coming for you!

Twist Style Friday: Zigreta

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.


 

Hi Twisters.


What a week it's been! We're celebrating our fifth anniversary, giving away great swag, having amazing conversations with readers on social media, and our Fall issue just dropped. I'm not the guy who made it, so I don't feel remotely conceited telling you that I am SO PSYCHED about this issue. I went on a queueing spree. I've already chosen my first project, which I will write about for y'all if I ever finish it (if i ever finish *anything*).

 

Fall is the best. It's my favorite season. I love everything about it. You will get bored of hearing (or reading) me say that until winter arrives. I'm heading to a camp for the weekend, and I am bringing a bathing suit and a toque, and I couldn't be happier about it. I may even wear them at the same time.

 

When I saw the clothes in the new issue, wanted to immediately style everything. I may have, in fact, played paper dolls with several of them over the last few days. I had to choose one to start off the styling season with. So I picked one of my faves. Oh, hello Zigreta.

 

Zigreta

 

This is one of those garments that is thoughtfully designed from all angles. The back is just as pretty as the front. That neckline is so pretty. Someone on twitter was talking about making one as a cardigan, skeeking it right down the middle. A serious cardigan girl myself, I love this idea.

 

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You know me, I like silly clothes and flashy things, but I think this sweater, particularly in a bright color, should really be the star of your outfit's show. I paired it with shades of grey and simple shoes.

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How will you wear Zigreta?

Signature Needle Arts Giveaway

Good morning everyone!


Welcome to another exciting day of giving you stuff! Today, it's thanks to:

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We have three amazing prizes, all consisting of great needles from Signature Needle Arts and a Twist pattern of your choice! 

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All you have to do to enter is tell us which pattern you would choose if you won. Tweet your answer to us (.@twistcollective), comment on today's Facebook thread, or join the Signature Needle Arts discussion in our Ravelry group.

Do you want to take a closer look at those goodies? Of course you do!

Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts Signature Convertible Circulars Stalk Size 07, awesome stitch markers
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nd the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)

 

Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts DPNs Size US 4/3.5mm
(and the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)

 

Signature Needlearts

Signature Needle Arts pair of size 3/3.25mm Single Point Needles
(and the Twist Collective pattern of your choice)

Simply Socks Giveaway

It's a little grey and rainy here today. If it's gloomy in your neck of the woods, this should help. We're giving away awesome sock prize packs! Kate's cool Sideswipe sock pattern, and Simply Socks Poste yarn in either the Gold Coast or Vegas Strip colorways will make their way to two lucky knitters.

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Simply socks

Your challenge is a really fun one! Post a photo of yourself with a sock puppet (even better if it's with a sock that you knitted!) as a comment on today's post on facebook our Simply Socks discussion thread in our Ravelry group. You have until the end of the business day Wednesday.

 

Carly with her puppet

 

To start you off, here is a silly one of me (Carly) with a snake-puppet made from my Empoissonnee sock. Fittingly, this pattern is from our premiere issue!

Designer Post: Merise ***plus invite for Toronto area knitters

 

Fiona EllisFiona Ellis designed two lovely patterns from our Spring/Summer issue, Charleston and Merise. Today she shares an exciting experience for a designer, meeting someone out in the real world, wearing a garment knit from one of her patterns. Read all about it, and keep up with Fiona on her website or twitter feed. Read on to hear about a Twist event that Fiona will be hosting!

 

 

 

Designing a knit project has a series of exciting stages:

1) Initial swatching is like a fluttering delicate excitement when the kernel of an idea in your head begins to take shape.

2) More swatching and sketching brings the realization that this might actually work.

3) Submitting your idea to the Creative Director of a publication or yarn company; actually this one is more trepidation than excitement.

4) Receiving word that the Creative Director wishes to actually publish the design…wow somebody else thinks it’s a good idea.

5) There is then a lot of hard work and waiting until the thrilling moment when you see your idea, knit, photographed and finally published. I usually do something to celebrate this milestone and it always involves doing a happy dance.

6) Thanks to technology you get to see knitters make up your pattern, which sometimes involves modifications, and I love seeing a knitter’s make it their own.

7) A rare but super exciting moment is getting to meet a knitter out in the world who is wearing something they made from one of your patterns….that one floors me every time it happens- it makes it really really real.

I had one of those rare moments recently when I was teaching workshops at a yarn shop called Little Red Mitten. On the Saturday afternoon a knitter arrived to take a class with me who was wearing Merise.

 

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Pam is super cool and even had hair dyed to match the yarn she had chosen, although I’m not sure which came first the yarn or the hair. She looked so lovely in it that it made my designer heart sing. Here she is for us all to admire.

 

 

Pam's Merise

 

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She also had such lovely things to say about Twist that I truly wished that the whole team had been there to hear that all their hard work and effort is much appreciated. Here is a bit of what she said:

 

"As for Twist, I think it is close to being the ideal online knitting magazine--beautifully laid out, linked ads for maximum temptation of readers and (for me, at least) never an issue without patterns I just have to have for my future projects.  It's always such a pleasure to go through, and I know I do at least three runs:  one to look at everything quickly, one to read all the articles and follow the most tempting ads, and one for pattern acquisition". -Pam Samuels

 

Heads up Toronto area knitters; I'll be hosting a fashion show on September 18 featuring garments from the freshly minted Fall 2013 issue of Twist. Other GTA local Twist designers will be present, including Glenna C, Laura Chau, Barbara Gregory, and Elizabeth McCarten, and Kate will hopefully be joining us via skype from Montreal
If you can, come wearing a Twist garment, or just come! See the flier below for all the details. Hope to see you there!!

 

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