Twist Collective Blog
Designer Post: Hardanger
Today's post is brought to you by Arndis Osk Arnalds, a first-time Twist designer! She created the wonderful, elegant Hardanger cardigan that appears in our latest issue. You can find out more about her work on her website, here.
Wow I cant believe I can ﬁnally tell you about my design in Twist Collective!
The jacket is inspired by my mother. I wanted to make a piece that characterized her; very precise, natural (she´s a professor in environmental science), witty and of course beautiful. I originally made the sweater for her in unspun lopi and did the pattern in cross stitch. Below you can see a picture of the sweater modeled by my friend Erla.
I've been designing for a few years now but never had the nerve to publish before and thanks to my talented, wonderful and very precipitant friend Ragga from Knitting Iceland I ﬁnally got the nerve to submit.... and they accepted!
The process has but challenging, educational and extremely fun. The Twist Collective team as been so patient and wonderful. I had no idea how much work goes into a published design: from getting the yarn through customs, making swatches, writing, sizing, laying out, photographing, tech editing, etc. I am so thankful for this experience, the help and the opportunity.
I'm hoping to make another jacket for my self, in either blue or black. I think I'll use yarn from Halcyon. I've been looking for a good substitute for lopi that isn't as scratchy and I think I ﬁnally found it.
To buy the pattern or see more information about it please visit the Hardanger pattern page!
Twist Style Friday: Hawser
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 might even be cool enough to wear this.
Hawser is an amazing sweater. She's luxurious, simply shaped, elegant, and cleverly constructed. You want to make this sweater (if you want to make it for me, I'll take it in a gold-y mustard hue in the 40" size. You can shorten the body and sleeves by a few inches to save on yarn - merino-silk blend please - and because I am short in stature). I think this sweater willl look super on lots of body shapes and types, and the detailing at the top brings attention to your beautiful face. You can dress it tough, or sweet, or rugged. Go forth and be fabulous!
Some of us (on some of the days) plan out what we wear. It's all on purpose. Other times, it's just all the things that were clean (or at least smell that way). What is great about an accessory or two, is that they can make your accidental clothes look like they are totally on purpose. Something about a great ring, or the perfect belt; it's like tying a ribbon around a wrapped present. It just makes it look more complete, even though the way the present was wrapped before was totally fine. Nice, even. In the summertime I can't really wear rings. My skin reacts to most metals, especially if its sticky out, and my hands swell when it's hot so my rings don't even fit. September is the time to reintroduce rings.
There are some great ones in this outfit photo. Oh, and some velvet shoes. Y'know. Because.
Pretty much anyplace you want to go, Hawser can take you there. Test out my theory; put on a chunky ring and see if it's the bow your outfit needed.
How will you wear Hawser?
Today's giveaway is our very last one. In addition to showcasing our amazing advertisers, and giving cool stuff to our readers, we have gotten to hear stories about what knitting means to you. It's so cool to be part of an international community of crafters, spreading warmth. This has been fun, folks.
You may remember that we gave away some gorgeous hand-turned darning eggs during the very first giveaway of this series. Well, we thought we would bookend this thing with something else made with Kate's dad's hands. It is, afterall, our Wood Anniversary.
We know this yarn bowl was made with love, and the lucky Twist reader who wins it will treasure it. We also know that love and relationships are tied up with our knitting lives; we knit for people we love, or inspired by people we love. Right now I am knitting *two* blankets; wedding presents for people who love each other. We want to know about the intersection of your knitting life and your love life. It can be serious or silly, romantic, bitter, or sad.
Your challenge, folks, if you choose to accept it, is to write a short poem/song/rap/haiku about knitting and love. We want rhymes, wordplay! Take the weekend if you want, we will pick a winner on Monday. Don't overthink it though. I will even give you two inspirational examples to help you get started.
The second inspiration piece is a short video in which Corinna Rose (who you may remember as a lovely model from a couple of our shoots) and some friends teach you how to write short verses to her breakup hoedown song So It Goes.
These are not formats you have to follow (though you certainly can if you like); just ideas to get you started. Have fun! We can't wait to read these. Thanks for playing with us!!!
Join in on the conversation by commenting on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweeting at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Final Twistiversary Giveaway discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.
We also want to say a huge huge thank you to all of the companies that participated by giving us great stuff to give you. Our advertisers keep us alive, and it's wonderful to be part of a community of businesses with this kind of generosity. Show them some love and tell them we sent you, will you?
Five Questions with Mari Muinonen
Mari Muinonen is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; you can follow the whole series here. She has contributed six whimsical patterns to our pages. Her design sense is playful and innovative, making her designs just plain fun.
1. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
I have to say that my favourite design is Sylvi. I love to see many variations of it all over the knitting world and see how people make it their own. Sylvi was inspired by my grandmother, who will soon be happily celebrating her 94th birthday.
2. If you could go back in time to when you started designing, what advice would you give yourself?
Make notes girl, make notes all the time!
3. What is your worst knitting habit?
Losing my needles! Really, my sofa is like a needle case. I have sat on more than a few needles. Another bad habit that I have thankfully broken, was to buy one or two skeins beatiful yarn. I have quite a stash of those odd balls.
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.
My job as a designer is the one that surprises most people who know me :). I'm teacher do a lot of work around information and communications technology, so this "softer side" of me is a suprise to my co-workers.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
Houses would have a built in yarn room between the living room and kitchen.
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Giveaway
Today's giveaway is brought to you by Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and folks, it is pretty epic.
FIve of you will be big winners today, and for all the yarns in the prizes, you get to pick whatever color you like. Remember, knitters; with great power comes great responsibility. Choose wisely. Here is what is up for grabs.
For a chance to win, tell us about something you're great at, maybe something you have competed in, won a trophy or a ribbon, or something you are preparing to be great at. Whether it's running fast, grooming horses, darts, bowling, figure skaing, or making pies, everyone is great at something. Join in on the conversation about your greatness by commenting on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweeting at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Blue Moon discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.