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MarnieMarnie MacLean is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. Marnie has contributed a whopping nineteen patterns to our pages, and we are so so glad. Her work is effortless and intricate at the same time, making her designs fun to make and easy to wear. We heart her.



Marnie's designs


(top row: Foxcroft, Lyssia, Picard, Regent. bottom row: Theano, Doppler, Zosia, Mata Hari)


1. What is your worst knitting habit?

If I leave a project for more than a week or two, it’s as good as frogged. I just can’t get my mojo back for something that has been sitting around too long.

2. Why are you a designer?

Dirty little secret, I really dislike having to match someone else’s gauge. So much easier to just write a pattern around whatever gauge I get. Don’t tell anyone.

3. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective?  Why?

Well, it hasn’t been my most popular design, by a long shot, but I always really loved Bijou and hoped it would someday find its audience. But if I were going by popularity alone, Pas de Valse has been my a great success and I’ve loved seeing all the variations people have made.

4. Name one of your guilty pleasures.

I don’t have much time for it anymore, but I used to love playing RPG video games. I have spent more hours working my way through Final Fantasy than I care to recount. This is off the record, right?

5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...

Maybe designers could be paid like doctors, or at least like plumbers, heck, minimum wage wouldn’t be so bad.


even more marnie

she has a lot of designs

(top row: Bijou, Pas de Valse, Tolovana, Dulce de Leche.  bottom row: Lily, Damariscotta, Dietrich, Treillage)

It's no secret that we think Green Moountain Spinnery is seriously cool. Not only are they a great company that makes gorgeous yarns, they have been a supporter of ours since our very first issue.


GMS logo


Today we are giving away two great GMS prizes; some Alpaca Elegance to make the lovely Cabled Cuff Gloves (plus the pattern), and enough Sylvan Spirit to make Lanata.


GMS prize


Today we want to hear about a friend you made because of knitting! You can join the conversation on today`s Facebook post, on the Green Mountain Spinnery Giveaway thread in our Ravelry group, or by tweeting at us .@twistcollective (the dot is important!). You have until the end of the day! Good luck.

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 everyone! Today I am on my way to a cottage a couple of hours north of Toronto, with a friend of mine and her family, a group that as of quite recently includes a real cute baby. He is probably my closest baby friend. I'm really excited to hang out with them and get in what could be my last lake-swims of the season. If you are not into babies, look away, because I cannot resist showing you a photo of him (wearing a sweater I knitted before he was even a person)!


 little guy


I hope you all have equally exciting weekend plans, and maybe they include casting on for a project from our new issue? I hope you'll think about knitting Farthingale. She's real pretty.




There is lots going on- this sweater has tons of gorgeous details - but the plain portions in front and back keep the overall look understated.

I wanted to pair this with black, black, and more black. Maybe I was inspired by my friend Clara, who has been dyeing old clothes black in her sink to give them new (summertime goth) life! Here you go. All the black!


four black outfits


How will you wear Farthingale?



When I started knitting, I used plastic needles from Zellers (a now-defunct Canadian Wal Mart, pretty much), and had no idea that there was any difference between using those and using fancier needles. That was, until a friend of mine bought a set of rosewood DPNs and vowed to modify every pattern she knitted to be able to use them, at least until she could afford to buy more gorgeous smooth handmade needles.

Lantern Moon wants you to have the joy of knitting with gorgeous needles like those. We have four sets to give away, and each one comes with a beautful silk bag for storage, and (of course) a Twist pattern of your choice! There are rosewood, slate, palmwood, and ebony sets up for grabs, and they are all amazing.




For a chance to win, tell us about a pair of needles that are or were important to you! Maybe they felt lucky, or never snagged. Maybe you made your favourite project with them, or they were given to you by someone special in your life. Maybe they just always felt perfect in your hands.



You can tell your needle story as a comment on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweet it at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Lantern Moon discussion (or all three)! You have til the end of Thursday.

And find Lantern Moon on their blog, facebook, twitter and ravelry!

Autumn is really showing her pretty face (in Toronto, at least) and the more the leaves turn, the more I want to knit. Classic Elite Yarns wants to help, by giving away yarn!




The prize is kind of major. One lucky winner (in the US or Canada) will get Classic Elite Yarns Verde Collection Woodland (color i#3157 Cornflower), a project bag, a copy Woodland "Northern Lights" pattern booklet and whichever Twist Collective pattern you desire!


Take a look at some of our favorite projects knitted with Classic Elite Yarns:


projects made with Classic Elite Yarns

(top row: Topside, Bijou, Fitting, Pebble Rings   bottom row: Oscillate, Academia, Quintet, Parcel)


Today we want to hear who your favorite person to knit for is, and why (yourself is a perfectly wonderful answer)!!


Today's contest is only on Facebook, so comment on today's thread. You have til tomorrow morning. Good luck!!