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Designer Post: Postcards from Buenos Aires

 

Fiona Ellis' headshot

Today, Fiona Ellis gives us a peek into the yarn-iest parts of her vacation in Argentina! Ruddington is Fiona's contribution to our Winter issue, and she has thrown several wonderful designs into the Twist cauldron. Fiona also contributed an article about Framework Knitting to our most recent issue- check that out here.

 

 

 

 
Well hello Twisters!  I'm joining you from Buenos Aires in sunny Argentina or as I now like to call it, Yarngentina. I am thrilled to see how many yarn bombed trees there are here. I tweeted about it and had a reply from a lovely knitter named Sheeri. She sent me the link to the blog post she had written about discovering the yarn district in BA. Yes there is such a thing.
 
 
three postcards with yarnbombed trees, with a banner reading "Greetings from Yarngentina"
 
 
So based on her information, yesterday I hopped on one of the wild buses they have here to go check it out for myself. "Take me to the yarn stores" I said to the driver. No, not really but I might as well have. As I hopped off the bus I found myself right outside a beautiful, highly colourful yarn store. But there was more...I think I counted 15 such stores all within one city block.
 
 
The stores are very different from the ones we are used to in North America. Not the cozy home-y look with the comfy chairs at all. They are brightly lit and welcoming in their own way, they do entice you to go, but maybe it's all the yarn that was calling to me. The yarn was mostly cottons and plenty of shiny mercerized yarns, not a lot of wool but some alpaca. It is summer in South America so I'm not sure if that's a seasonal thing or not. Yarn is sold by weight in hanks of varying size that don't have ball bands. There were many shop assistants, about half of who were men, serving and it seemed like it was more of a consultative process than a browse around and fondle the product like I am used to.
 
 
One large and three smaller photos of bright and colorful yarn stores in Argentina. A banner at the bottom reads "Hola Hilo! Greetings from Buenos Aires"
 
 
The brands appear to be specific to each shop and bear the same name as the store. I saw packing boxes labelled such that the product was made in Argentina; I'll have to research that a little more. What really struck me was the color ranges in every store. Each was a riot of bright and saturated colours, again I'm not sure if that's a South American or seasonal thing or not. Oh and one more thing I have never seen before - one store was selling yarn and bikinis - pretty sure that's not going to catch on in Canada in February any time soon.
 
 
If you would like to read Sheeri's account of her trip (with more pics) you can find it here.
 
 
Anyway I better get off as there is a nice bottle of Malbec & a nice juicy steak calling my name...but I wish you were here- really I do!
 
 
Happy Knitting!

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Quill

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.


 


Howdy Twistfans. Lots of you will probably have your eyes on Sochi this week! Me, I have some complicated feelings about the Olympics, but if you're watching, I hope the folks you're cheering for do really well, and that you get tons of knitting done.

 

I spent the last two days at a conference on health, and left with a terrible cold! Is that irony? I think it's Alanis Morisette irony, not irony as classically defined. The combo of totally blizzardy weather here in Toronto and the current state of my sinuses has me really craving springtime. You'll see it in my styling, trust me. Or maybe I subconsciously used the colors of the Olympic rings?

 

This week we're looking at Quill, Kate's contribution to the Winter issue. Though I am going to take a little tangent here in case you missed the release of Kate's newest pattern, lovely Lacet socks that reference the lacing of pointe shoes. Let me show you them. 

 

 

full view

 

 

Pretty, right?? I can't wait to start on a pair. Anyways, back to the topic at hand- fashion! Let's have a look at this fetching vest. 

 

 

 

Quill, front viewback

 

 

Quill is simple, but stands out. It'sa great layering piece for transitional weather, and can fit with lots of styles of dress! Make it in a sheepy wool, and it's a perfect vest to wear over collared shirts or flimsy dresses. In a softer fiber blend, wear it right next to your skin like the coziest camisole. Better yet, make two. 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Quill?

Designer Post: Scrimshaw

 Lacey VolkLacy Volk is the author of today's post, and you can also find it (and so much more) on her blog, here. Scrimshaw, the delightfully graphic cap from our most recent issue, is her first with Twist Collective. A striking combo of super squishy brioche rib, striped (reversible!!) stockinette, and an unconventional crown make this hat original and adorable.

 

 

 

Scrimshaw, as seen in Twist

 

 

 
I was looking at a lot icy images and winter cabin interiors at the time I was designing this hat, which definitely influenced the high contrast design. I really like the idea of embracing the stark contrast of winter and turning it into something modern.I even made a pinboard of some images that inspired this hat. You can look at the whole board if you like (here), but here are a few of my favorite images:
 
 
 
graphic menswearbirch treesblack and white boots
 
 
blazerinterior
 
 
 
I’ve been going through a bit of a black-and-white phase. Black jeans, black boots, white cardigans. Black and white patterned everything… stripes, polka dots, stranded sweaters. A strand of pearls. A faux-leather blazer.
 
 
And why not? It’s classic yet bold. Edgy or refined. Minimal, maybe. Everything and nothing.
 
 
 
hatback
 

 

In this case it’s also a hat, called Scrimshaw… and it’s reversible. Black and white, inside and out.

 

front?

 

 

You can find the pattern in the Winter 2013 Twist Collective. Since I had never published with Twist before, I took these photos in preparation to publish Scrimshaw myself if it wasn't accepted, and I love how they turned out! I’m so excited to be able to share them with you now.

 

 

side

 

Is there anything better than black and white with a pop of red?

Scrimshaw is sized for babies through adults, and is a quick knit in dk-weight yarn.

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Thorntower

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.


 


Last night I watched the first few episodes of a really terrible Australian teen drama called Dance Academy. I have a weakness for dance and sports themed movies and shows because they have so much drama and teamwork and triumph! In case you share a similar proclivity and want to know my all-time faves, Friday Night Lights, Mighty Ducks, and Take the Lead are standout films in this genre. In this one, the ingenue has an ongoing feud with her scheming roomie, and one of the many nasty things roomie girl does is email to everyone in the school the pro/con list the protagonist made about pursuing her crush, dreamy older dance guy (and half-brother to her best bud). The pro list includes such gems as "the way he talks about things" and "he smells like Christmas."

 

I have a tendency to get enamoured with things (and people, and projects, and ideas). So here for your viewing amusement, is my crushed out pro/con list about this week's stunning sweater, Thorntower (but first, some pics)!

 

 

side viewfront

 

 

PRO

- Stunning cables

- Elegant curved hems

- Just the right amoung of squishy garter

- Asymmetry

- Gorgeous neckline

- Pretty short-row collar

- Sleeve cuff details

 

CON

- I'm not currently wearing it.

 


sleeve detailfull view

 

 

I had a lot of fun styling this, because I think the shape and lines of it make it really wearable in a lot of ways. It can be a cozy weekend sweater, an officey blazer, or an evening jacket, depending what else you wear it with.

 

four outfits

 

I put two shoe options with the outfit on the far left, because I think you could easily go cutesy with it, or the weird creepers take it to a kind of femme-punk place.

 

How will you wear Thorntower?

Twist Style Friday: Tarian

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 Twistfans!

 

It looks like a snow-globe outside my window right now. On days where the temperature isn't colder than Mars (it really happened!), I actually sort of love winter. I love hot beverages and wool and velvet. I love snow and scarves and excuses to snuggle. My the middle of February, I'm usually ready for it to be over, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the sparkle-dusted streets and opportunity to flaunt my handknit accessories.

 

I finished my Burrard cardigan last weekend. I think I've worn it five of the last seven days. I don't have any great pics of me wearing it, or I'd post one here, but I think it's the best thing I have ever made for myself. It's also my fourteenth Twist project! I try to knit something from every issue, but that goal may be slightly beyond my reach.

 

Enough about me. Let's talk about texture-treat Tarian.

 

lower detail

 

It's simple, but complicated! Plain, but not at all boring! Fun to make and easy to wear. This top is calling me, people.

 

full shotside view

 

I'm not knocking this white, I think it shows off the texture beautifully, and is super easy to wear. But folks... imagine the color possibilities!! I'm thinking about a tonal charcoal, or something saturated like a kelly green, or watermelon pink.

 

I think it's pretty easy to see how Tarian is the dreamiest thing to wear with sweats or jeans or whatever you happen to have on when you wake up, so I wanted to take her out a little. Someplace a little dressier. Someplace a little sexier.

 

four outfits

 

How will you wear Tarian?

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