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Twist Style Fridays: Macoun

very 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! 

 

This new year is getting real, friends. People are settling into (or out of) their resolutions, planning out their next adventures, thinking about what they want to knit this year. I have a *lot* of feelings about how new year's resolutions function, but I also love making plans and thinking about what I want to call into my life, so I set a few 2017 intentions. I plan to get myself a plant and keep it alive, visit all my friends with new babies, and work towards playing music with friends (one of my besties has loaned me one of her autoharps). What are you wishing for or calling forth for this new year? What do you want to knit?? 

 

It's not a resolution exactly, but a new habit in my life is listening to podcasts. I know they've been around forever, but I'm a late-to-the-party luddite, so I'm just getting to know how awesome they are. Last night I was facilitating a workshop about body image with some youth volunteers at a former workplace, and in the course of two hours, I talked about 3 or 4 podcasts. They're great for knitting to, especially if you're using a chart or counting or knitting something that requires more concentration than permits TV watching. 

 

Maybe something like this

 

Macoun

 

 

Squishy cables, a shawl collar, and simple shaping make Macoun a perfect winter warmer. 

 

 

backside view

 

 

This sweater is all about texture, so that's what I thought about putting together these outfits; wool and velvet and leather. Mix it up! 

How will you wear Macoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Midtown

Lots of folks talk about process versus product knitters. I fall into both categories, depending on my mood, the project, and who it's intended for. Midtown pulls on both kinds of heartstrings for me. There is a steek, some simple (but challenging for me, a colorwork scaredy-cat) stranding work, and a sewn zipper; so many opportunities to learn new skills!! And then at the end, you have this skirt that's just the cutest. 

 

 

front

 

 

I mean, come on. Midtown is so pretty. Also sweater-skirts are the cozy-warmest and look so great on butts of all shapes and sizes. 

 

 

zipper and button detailin motion

 

 

The possible color combos are literally endless, but I think you should choose one neutral and one really rich deep color, like plum or merlot or petrol. 

Twist Style Fridays: Tourelle

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, fashion fans! 

 

I just got back from a week in Mexico, which was a very welcome reprieve from the chilly winter world. Packing for a trip is always a fashion puzzle. How do you know what you are going to want to wear six days from now?? Probably my best fashion win was the day that my lipstick matched my bathing suit. Also the fact that all my makeup is really and truly waterproof, so I could play in the waves and not mess my mascara. Dear ocean, I miss you already. 

 

 

Coming home is the trickiest bit, when travelling from a real warm place to a pretty cold place. I brought a not-too-heavy wool sweater and a light jacket and it was the right thing to do. This one might serve you well in a similar circumstance, or like, every day ever because it's pretty as heck. 

 

 

Tourelle

 

 

Tourelle's bubbles and chevrons are fun to knit and lovely to look at. Me, I would lower the funnel collar just a tiny bit to more of a crew neckline, but I'm fussy about fabric around my throat. 

 

 

side view

 

 

The faux side seam is also a lovely detail, as is the cable that echoes down the sleeves. 

 

 

cable detail

 

 

I think Tourelle wants to take you out for a fancy dinner, or maybe to a show of some sort. Get a little fancy, and show her off. 

 

How will you wear Tourelle?

Throwback Thursday: Melek

The photo story that this week's throwback comes from is one of my all time faves. Kate asked some designers who published with us fairly regularly to design something for themselves, and model it for the issue. The results are pretty stunning, and I love seeing the faces of these creative folks, wearing their own work

 

 

collage

 

 

I love a sock that has some plain parts. It helps them be a speedy knit, but the cables hold my interest. These are unusual and beautiful. 

 

 

back

 

 

 

 

Make some Melek socks this winter! 

 

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Epidote

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 fashion fans! I'm doing some funny time travelling this week, because I actually wrote this early in the week, before heading to Mexico for the wedding of a pair of dear friends of mine. I'm taking a break from packing to kibbitz with you folks about knitting and clothes, while I await responses to my Facebook status post about how many bathing suits, books, and pairs of shoes one should ideally bring to a week-long beach party. 

 

I won't be wearing any sweaters at all this week, and although I am a lover of the cooler seasons in general, at the moment I am not feeling at all sorry about being in a hot place for a little while. Below you will see a tiny taste of the winter wonderland-ness of my tiny friendcation over New Years, pretty different from the upcoming one. I'm a lucky guy, you guys. 

 

 

deer in the snow

 

 

We are here to talk about sweaters though, so let's take a look at this week's stunner. Hello there, Epidote

 

 

front detailback

 

 

The back of this makes me so happy. Just imagine how lovely and squishy all that delicious cabling would feel snuggled against your back. This springy wool comes in lots of great shades, and is kind of a steal

 

 

closeup

 

 

I love the way the cables continue over the shoulders to the back, and down the sleeves. This is a dense knit, but in a fairly fine year, it won't be bulky. 

 

 

The blond wood buttons made me want to stick to pretty neutrals (and really great shoes, obviously). 

 

How will you wear Epidote

 

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