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Twist Collector: Glenna

Glenna C's headshotToday's post is really exciting, guys. Once in a while we feature folks who have knitted a bunch of patterns from Twist, and ask them what they like so much about working with our patterns. We have a pretty special Twist Collector to feature today, because she is *also* a Twist designer! Glenna brought us such gems as Burrard, Brightwood, High Street, and Quo Vadis. She's been knitting for about ten years and blogging and designing for almost as long. She says that Knitting has definitely taken over from other interests (she keeps meaning to get back to that beading stash). She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and knitting is helping keep her busy and distracted while finding a full time job. You can find out more about Glenna and her work on her Rav page, or her blog

 

 

 

Knitting has always appealed the part of my brain that doesn’t want to be bored. Cables are probably my favourite thing to knit (and design) for that reason – they’re interesting to knit and gorgeous to look at while you’re wearing them. They are also warm, which is a big factor in choosing knits to wear during long winters. So, when I look at new Twist Collective issues I’m always looking for something that could be my next fun cabled project.

 

Gwendolyn was the first pattern I knitted from Twist Collective. Fiona Ellis has a fabulous cable-knitting brain and I usually keep an eye on her new patterns! The cable panels in Gwendolyn are classic but a little unique as well, and my favourite might be the sleeves, how they complement the body panels while using a different motif at the elbow. What I love about wearing it, though, is the hood. It gets cold in southern Ontario winters and having that extra amount of fabric around your neck and shoulders really makes things cozy. I’d like to knit another hoodie for myself some time! 

 

Glenna's Gwendolyn hoodie, knitted in bright teal, seen from the back modeled by Glenna.

 

 

The most recent Twist Collective pattern I made was the Ossel dress by Allison Green. It’s the first time I’ve knitted a dress but will not be the last. Again, this was motivated by the cold winters we’ve had the last couple of years! I really wanted to be dressed in wool from the knees up. This was a pretty straightforward knit (aside from it taking more time than a regular sweater, due to the extra fabric), and I really liked the i-cord bind-off to finish the neckline as well as the saddle shoulder details that included the sleeve cables. It’s also the first time I’ve knitted something that is a full outfit all by itself, which is pretty cool. 

 

Glenna wearing her Ossel dress

 

 

Both the Ossel dress and the Joist pullover by Andrea Rangel were ‘Christmas cast on’ projects started a year apart but both finished this past winter. I like casting on a new project on Christmas day, as a present to myself and also to make sure my holiday knitting time isn’t taken up just by what I’m designing for my own work. And it turns out that when my brain needs a break…it asks for all-over cables! Who would have thought. The Joist pullover was a purely covetous knit. I saw the all-over cables and just wanted it. It’s a huge amount of yardage (the Ossel dress used less yarn) and a big commitment but I’m so glad I made it. It’s so warm it’s like wearing a furnace, which is pretty much what you want when you’re in the -20C days. And the cables add a nice amount of vertical structure, more so than I might have thought at first glance. And again, I liked the finishing details of the collar, it brought the whole project together really nicely. 

 

Glenna's Joist

 

 

The Uji jacket by Ann Marie Jackson was another knit that I couldn’t resist due to the cables and warmth factor. I liked the fact that it was a big cabled jacket complemented by big details – big collar, big buttons, big pockets. The pockets were probably my favourite detail because they are attractive and practical at the same time. I rarely take the time to knit pockets into my cardigans but it’s so worth it when it matches the design. The main technical modification I did on this one was to change the sleeve cap decreases to decreases rather than bind-offs, so that I could do a vertical seam to finish it off. 

 

Glenna's Uji

 

 

I always love knitting with wool if I can help it - for warmth and because it’s kinder on the hands, and also there are so many varieties of wool yarns. One of my favourites is always Cascade 220 Heathers, which I used for Gwendolyn, Ossel, and Joist! Clearly a versatile favourite. One of my current favourites is Briggs & Little Regal, and I’d use that to make Joist again if I were to do it a second time. For Uji I used a now-discontinued chunky yarn from KnitPicks called Cadena, a wool/alpaca blend.

 

 

I’m a tall lady at 5’9”, so I make pattern modifications pretty often – it just becomes a normal part of the knitting process for me. Usually I end up adding a bit of length in the body and sleeves (I added about 3 inches to the body for Gwendolyn, about 2 ins for Ossel), although with Uji I actually removed a couple of inches from the length so that it would still sit at the upper thigh, rather than a full jacket length. The other modification I usually need to make is to add a bit of room across the shoulders. I have a bust size of 38” and a cross-shoulder of 16”, and often the size I choose for my bust has a cross-shoulder of 1 or 1.5” less than what I would prefer. I did this on Ossel as well as Gwendolyn. Getting the right fit is always a bit of a challenge but gets easier the more you practice and pay attention – and being taller usually means I always go in prepared to modify something.

 

 

There are definitely other Twist Collective knits in my future – I have a Lempicka cardigan that I started last year that I still need to finish off, and I also want to knit another High Street cardigan and Burrard cardigan for myself! (I’ve already knitted myself one Burrard but I think I need another one in another colour!) I’d also like to make the Rafters cardigan and the Boundless hooded cape (because why not). Along with my own pattern designing I will definitely not be bored for very long at a time!

 

Thanks Twist Collective! 

Twist Style Friday: Skyscraper

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 had a long and kind of annoying week, and yesterday it snowed and that made me very very grumpy. However, it is the weekend now, and I am going on a funny weekend road trip with a friend of mine and we get to spend some time with a crew of extremely weird and wonderful humans, many of whom have really fantastic style. 

 

I think what I'm trying to say is that I'm having a hard time packing. I want to look extremely cute (always), I want to be warm enough but I don't really want to concede defeat and bring my winter coat out of seasonal retirement. I also want to be able to dress according to my mood, but it is hard to predict what my mood will be 24 and 48 hours from now. Additionally, I have become addicted to hair crimping, and it means that I can either dress super sleek and minimalist which realllly draws attention to my asymmetrical shock of platinum crimps, or really dedicate myself to dressing like it's somewhere between 1984 and 1996. Mostly I lean towards the second option. Stupid clothes make me really happy. I think I'm gonna debut my dumbest shoes this weekend- they lace up like corsets and the (extremely high) platform soles are shaped like hooves. They'll go great with my stupid hair. I'm leaving in about 2.5 hours, so I guess I should actually put some things I want to wear in a bag, right? 

 

This week's sweater is decidedly not stupid. It's simply shaped, and the patterning is really lovely. Meet Skyscraper

 

 

light teal cardigan with vertical detailing on the bodice and sleeves.

 

 

Knit in a tweedy yarn like this, it has a rustic feel, which is accentuated by the rolled neckline and the reverse stockinette body. In something smoother with a bit of sheen, this could be a dressy cardigan. I could also really see this working in a semisolid or even a self striping yarn, if you're into that sort of thing. 

 

 

from the back

 

 

I think Skyscraper hits the exact right note of special-basic. Which means you can wear it with just about anything. Which means I picked some really awesome and odd stuff, like studded sneaker-boots, a skirt with bears on it, and a whole selection of fringed purses. Voila, some ideas for styling Skyscraper

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Skyscraper

Twist Style Friday: Caldera

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!!

 

It's spring. Like, officially. There is some wacky stuff going on with the celestial bodies, if you care about that sort of thing. If not, I hope you are at least excited for longer days, brighter evenings, and warmer weather. It is not, however, time to retire your sweaters for the year. Not for me anyways. I have locked my wintry coats away in the pretty blue trunk they live in during warmer climes. No matter what happens with the weather over the next few weeks, I will not retrieve them. I'm stubborn that way. I will wear layers and sweaters and mittens and scarves and hats but I refuse to wear a coat now that it is spring. 

 

My handknit socks are still getting lots of wear, and Kate is shooting for the Spring issue (you can catch some sneak previews on our Instagram feed). Change is in the air and there is a vase of yellow tulips on the mantle. Last night I went to the launch of a book of amazing poetry and there was so much denim and lipstick in the room. I left feeling like my heart was full of warm honey and this morning I slept late. Everything feels like the moment before the buds burst through the soil, you know? 

 

Whenever the seasons change I forget how to dress myself. I have to reinvent my wardrobe and my clothing persona and I definitely need some new shoes (I definitely don't need any more shoes, but I sure do want these). Last spring I knew the summer of magic and crop tops was coming my way. I'm waiting for this year's theme to announce itself. I'm definitely feeling prints. You'll see in a minute; this week's styling set is a bit of a printstravaganza. 

 

Caldera is a perfect companion piece to things that are busy. She's understated but not quiet. She's snuggly but not bulky. She's real pretty too. See? 

 

 

collar and yoke close up of Caldera, cobalt blue pullover with henley neck and foldover collar

side and sleeve detailfull shot of Caldera

 

 

Caldera is your best buddy on a snowy hike, but she can also take you out on the town. Get some shoes that are just a little bit stupid, won't you? 

 

 

four outfits

 

 

How will you wear Caldera

 

Twist Style Friday: Intaglio

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 humans! 

 

I did it. I put away my winter coat(s). It's supposed to be a little chilly this weekend, but I don't even care. I will continue to wear wool socks and knit sweaters and layered tights and mittens when I go outside, but the coat time of year is over. Daylight savings time always hurts a little the night of, but when I get to wander home from work at a leisurely pace, picking up groceries and vintage dresses on my way and at 7pm it's still light out, that one hard morning is so so worth it. 

 

 

I hope the sunshine and vitamin D are lifting all of your spirits too! If you need an extra boost, you can gaze at this superhero snow globe I made last night at a volunteer appreciation event. Now I really want a little Batman so they can hang out together while being showered with glitter. Oh, romance. 

 

 

homemade snow globe in a mason jar with robin (of batman and robin) inside.

 

 

This is the kind of thing that happens when you put me in charge of crafts. Things get silly pretty fast. Shopping for tiny toys to put inside mason jar glitterglobes was definitely the funniest part of my work day. I got little hockey players and dinosaurs and my little ponies and seashells and it was a hilarious time. 

 

 

None of that is really related to this week's sweater, except that Intaglio is just a little bit whimsical. She is also super elegant, cozy, dramatic, and looks really fun to knit. Regardez! 

 

 

close up of cowl neck and front of Intaglio, a lavender textured pullover

 

 

The texture! The cowl! The color (it's called "blanket fort, guys)!! 

 

 

back view of the same sweater, modeled by a brunette standing in a doorframefull shot of the same sweater

 

 

The cowl and texture and woolyness take the cozy factor off the charts, and I can imagine wanting to pull this over my head when getting out of a warm bed literally any cool morning. But I think Intaglio want you to show her off. I think she wants to go out. I think she wants you to be wearing really, really great shoes. 

 

 

four outfits

 

 

How will you wear Intaglio

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Riverdale

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.


 

 

It's Friday! I'm drinking coffee out of a mug that matches my manicure, wearing a dress that matches a different part of my manicure, and the weekend awaits! Also, it's brutally cold in Toronto today, but starting on Sunday, the temperatures are going to be mostly positive integers, so that is pretty exciting. What I'm saying is, it's a pretty good day. 

 

This week's sweater is a serious beaut. I think it might be my favorite in the Winter issue. It's simple and cozy and the details are perfect. I even think the original color is perfect. Riverdale, you're a total dreamboat. 

 

 

oatmeal color cardigan with twisted stitch cable details on side panels. oversize shawl collar and dipped hem in the back. modeled by a brunette woman standing near trees.

 

 

I love the cozy collar and the dipped hem. I love the rustic buttons and the length (bum warmth is important!). My favorite detail though is the beautiful cable panels that run up the sides and around the set in sleeves. In Tosh Vintage, a lovely worsted, knit at a slightly drapey gauge, she could be a spring coat, or a layer under a winter one. This is a multi-season beauty. I want to take her to summer camp for cool nights on the dock, and wear her under my warmest winter coat, snuggled up to the leopard print lining of my black wool. 

 

 

closeup of front of sweater and ribbed cuffs. same sweater from the back, which is mostly plain

 

 

I feel like Riverdale is a ready-for-anything kind of sweater, so mostly my styling prescriptions are for great boots and a big purse. Adventures await, even if you just stay inside. 

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Riverdale?

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