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Twist Style Friday: Farro

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, knitters. I am writing this to you *super* late, and it's because today is my BIRTHDAY and I had a really slow morning and an exceptional brunch before remembering that today is also a Style Friday-day! 

 

I've been thinking a lot about dressy clothes lately, because I have a dear friend's wedding coming up, and also this time of year there are a fair number of occasions for which I can wear sequins. To be honest, I advocate for the wearing of sequins even on completely unfancy occasions, because they're beautiful, and also because they're quite warm! It became real winter this week here in Toronto, and I need all the tiny reflective plastic discs to insulate my cold body. 

 

 

full view of modelled shawl, fanned out behind a girl, outside

 

 

We're looking at Farro this week, and gosh I love a big shawl. They're great to stash in your office for those days when you just need to wear a blanket to get your work done, they're basically a whole extra warm layer under a coat without adding a ton of bulk, and they can also be a stunning accessory in a dramatic outfit. 

 

 

lace detail

 

 

I also love a mix of lace and cables, and Farro has it all, not to mention the absolutely delicious, drapey sheen of this 50/50 merino silk.  YUM. I'll take mine in Sea Green please. 

 

I hope you have some fancy occasions coming up, and I hope you wear something epic, and a gorgeous handknit shawl on top. 

How will you wear Farro

 

Twist Style Friday: Helenium

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 snowed here this week. Just a little, in the mornings, but it did snow. After a pretty generous fall, I think the weather for getting cozy has finally arrived. 

 

Thank goodness we have wool; specifically, really pretty wool, and smooshy brioche. Hello there, Helenium

 

brioche yoke

 

 

I mean, come on! Have you ever seen something so pretty? Helenium's cozy yoke, full sleeves, and bum-warming length will keep you warm when the snow really flies, plus you'll look real good. 

 

 

cuffs and hem

 

 

I'm becoming a fiber nerd, and my eyes got big like saucers when I looked up the fiber content of this yarn. I want to touch it. I want to knit with it, and I want to wear it on my body. This is HiKoo Kenzie, my knitterly friends, and it is 50% Merino Wool/ 25% Nylon/ 10% Angora/ 10% Alpaca/ 5% Silk Noils. It has a tweedy quality and a halo and also really lovely stitch definition.  Basically it is made of unicorn hair and phoenix feathers.Right now my strong desire is to make this in a variant on my house colours, a deep charcoal and a golden ochre (probably kiwifruit and greysalt of the Kenzie colourways). 

 

You might have guessed that I'm on a Harry Potter train these days. It's true, I just finished reading the first book to my date, after which we immediately watched the first movie, and on my own time I'm listening to the audio of the fourth book, and recently watched the third movie. Of course, I am relistening to the corresponding episodes of Witch Please along the way. This isn't really important, except to say that for *years* I wished for the ability to read and knit at the same time, and friends, audiobooks have finally given me this most desired superpower and I am INTO IT. 

 

 

full view, grey sweater with floral brioche yoke, modeled on a thin brunette woman standng outside

 

 

Know what else I'm into? Overalls, friends. Overalls. I got two pairs online and they might be the best things I have ever worn. I was tempted to make all of the outfits with them, but I know you are not all freelancers who can wear whatever you want all the time, or who just like dressing like a toddler-grandma. So then, I thought about office holiday parties, and shopping for presents, and here you go. 

 

How will you wear Helenium

 

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Safdie

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 know that the extended summer we had this year is probably a harbinger of the coming environmental apocalypse, but I have to admit that staving off the first snow until the middle of November is probably my favourite harbinger. 

 

The upside of the chilly weather that has finally arrived is that I find myself VERY MOTIVATED to knit. I finished two languishing sweater projects in the last few weeks (one of which is my own design) , and have made serious progress on two shawl projects. Esther Perel is keeping my excellent company during these adventures, and next on my listening list is the third Harry Potter book and then the accompanying episode of Witch Please.  I hope you are finding time to knit, especially if your projects are from the pages of this lovely magazine

 

Speaking of Twist patterns, have you taken a close look at Safdie

 

 

 yoke detail on Safdie, a yellow sweater with a ribbed yoke, modeled by a woman with dark brown hair and light brown skin, outdoors with blurry trees in the background

 

 

I dig the pretty yoke, the line of eyelets at the rib-edge, the split hem, and the bracelet sleeve. 

 

 

sleeve and side detailback

 

 

This lovely yarn is a combo of merino, cotton, linen, and silk, which means it's cozy enough to keep you warm when the snow flies, and also light enough to wear in warmer months. Is this witchcraft (or maybe stitchcraft)?? Probably. 

 

Safdie is a great casual top to wear with jeans or leggings, like your favourite sweatshirt. She can also hold her own as a dressier top, or with trendier pieces. See? 

How will you wear Safdie

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Allegheny

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 again! I hope you had a good week! Mine was full of baseball, mostly, but now the World Series is over and my life is mostly purposeless. I also helped a friend move, and discovered that they not only own a ball-winder and a (really stunning) umbrella swift, but also have more yarn than I do. I couldn't tell if I was jealous, or just impressed. 

 

Today we are talking about Allegheny. Meow. 

 

brunette with medium tone skin wears a heavily cabled, open front cardigan over a button-down and red pants, outsideback of the same sweater

 

 

This densely cabled beauty is just what the doctor ordered for this time of year. She's snuggly and cozy, but not too heavy or long. The recommended yarn is mostly wool, with a little silk and just a slip of cashmere, also known as exactly what you want to envelop yourself in on a chilly day. It also comes in some stunning colours, Marakesh and Spain are the two that jump out at me, but as you can see, Allegheny is gorgeous in a neutral tone as well. 

 

 

close up of cable panels on sweater front

 

 

The multidirectional cables really do it for me, and I love the angled fronts. Since this piece is warm and dense, it can take some of your more summery clothes into the cooler weather as a layering piece. Hold onto summer just a little longer (without freezing your butt off) with open toed shoes, a swingy dress, or cropped jeans. 

 

How will you wear Allegheny

 

Twist Style Friday: Scarrington

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 wore a wool sweater this week. One evening I wore a wool sweater, scarf, wrist warmers, and a jacket. Knitters, our time of year has finally arrived. 

 

My newest opportunity to knit comes about because a bunch of my favourite people are really into the World Series, and baseball games are LONG. I'm not sure why there are 9 innings, but that sure is a lot of knitting time (especially when it only gets exciting in extra innings). I like championship sports because it's the time when sports are most like movies about sports. There is usually an underdog, and some character development, and some kind of climactic moment. It's great. In game two this week I developed a crush on LA Dodger Yasiel Puig, because he's a dreamboat and also we have the same hair

 

 Meet Scarrington. A highlighted raglan line always reminds me of the baseball tees I was fond of in the early 2000s. This is a little more refined. 

 

 

close up of shoulder and yoke of olive green handknit sweater with cabled sleeves and high neck, modeled by a thin brunette girl with olive skin. there are out of focus trees in the background.

 

 

I love the way the diminishing cables flow into the raglan lines. I like the high neckline, and the fabric density. a DK sweater is a solid one to have in your closet. It's lightweight enough to use as a layering piece, but also warm and snuggly enough to go it alone. 

 

 

closeup of cabled sleeve and sweater body.

 

 

Take a look at those cables!! They're lush in texture without being overly complex, and the hem finish is so lovely and exact. 

 

 

model sits in an adirondack chair on a dock, wearing the green sweater and dark floral pants, reading a book. there is a lake and some lush greenery in the background

 

 

Grab the pattern and yarn as a kit here, and get to work! You will want to have a Scarrington in your closet when the snow flies. 

 

I say, go for texture! Leather, tulle, wool, or velvet make for a lush fall outfit, and highlight the textural contrast between the sleek body and cabled sleeves of this piece. 

 

How will you wear Scarrington

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