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I'll bet that if you read here, you are probably also on the newsletter list and therefore already know about this one, but it never hurts to remind everyone of the ticking clock. 

We have been running a contest during the month of August to celebrate our first anniversary, giving everyone who purchased something from us since August 1st a chance at a cache of knit-happy prizes we've collected from our glorious and generous advertisers.

Like what? perhaps you are asking.


Like a pair of single point Signature Needle Arts needles customized for the winner.

Like yarn packs for Twist Collective patterns from Ariadne Knits, Unwind Yarn & Gems, Briggs and Little, Webs, and Elann.

Like the beautiful sterling silver stitch marker necklace from Knowknits that graced a page in our fall Tidbits.

Like a brand new book 99 Yarns from Green Mountain Spinnery.

Like a Zephyr Interchangable Needle set from Knitpicks.

Like a $50 gift certificate from Yarn Market.

Like free Twist patterns,tape measures, bags, and more.  So how do you get in on this bonanza?  If you purchased something from Twist Collective since August 1st, you're already entered in the prize drawing.  If not, and you've been meaning to get around to picking up that pattern for your autumn project, do it before midnight EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) September 9th. That's tomorrow, so don't delay. Each and every purchase equals one entry, so buy several patterns, and pick up a new Twist Tote while you're at it, and get as many entries in the contest. Winners will be notified by email, and announced here on the blog. So go buy something already.  We love you for it, and for some lucky knitters, we'll prove it.

Elann has been offering yarn packs for Twist Collective patterns. Last month, they had a great deal for yarn for Rebecca by Fiona Ellis, and are currently offering a 51% savings if you purchase their Peruvian Baby Cashmere before Monday September 7th, for Cinquefoil by Mary Jane Mucklestone.  You still need a copy of the pattern from our site to knit it, but you can't beat the price of the required yarn.  


Julia here.

During my trip to Chicago last week, I had a lovely evening at Nana's Knitting Shop in Oak Lawn. It's a friendly and well-rounded shop perfectly stocked with yarn for just about anything you could ever want to knit, and is obviously the hub of a vibrant knitting community, so I was in my element.

nana's crowd

Everyone was enthusiastic and welcoming to the strange East Coaster, and soon discovered that we all had something in common: admiration for the talented Twist Collective designers, like the love being shown to Connie Chang Chinchio's Peyton here (they're saying, "Milk Cotton?  Wow!  That's an awesome yarn"). 


There was an intense yarn selection session for Barbara Gregory's Mimico (don't miss Peyton, Suvi Simola's Low Tide Ripples, and Ysolda Teague's Vivian in the background),

mimico yarn

and much oohing and ahhing over Anne Hanson's Ice Fantasia (which I was wearing, so I don't have a photo of the heavy petting I got) and Sivia Harding's Aphrodite, worn by Shop Daughter.


That's Kat Coyle's Ardent Jacket on the mannequin, and Véronik Avery's Mars hat and scarf set getting some attention on the right. Those patterns always make people extra happy in person.

Thank you, Tricia, and to all your lovely knitters for showing me such a nice time.  The late night run to Panera was especially appreciated.

Laylock is a young British knitter who keeps a delicious blog.  I admire her eye, and her photography, and also her generosity. 

laylockgift tags

She has made a pdf free for download to anyone who happens across her site, full of sweet graphics for gift tags, bookmarks, skein wraps, and such, all of them perfect for knitters and the knit worthy.

laylock book plate

Do take a look for yourself, and click around her site for her inspiring perspective on the wooly life. 

by Sivia Harding

For a while now, I have wanted some special photos of Aphrodite that were taken in a Vancouver setting.

The opportunity came after the Twist Collective trunk show came to Vancouver in June. It was a thrill to see my Aphrodites again, like getting visitation rights! With Kate and Rachael’s permission, I kept the larger shawl version that was done in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Lace II.


Then last week, when my co-worker Jamie Bowen and her photographer husband, M.Scott Ault, agreed to come out and play in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, I believe the spirit of Venus herself was in attendance.


The tender light of the evening, the intensely wooded setting, the magic of Jamie and Mike together, and the gorgeous drape of the silk shawl all conspired to bring enchantment to life, or perhaps life to enchantment?


More of M.Scott’s photography can be found on his website . His other talents include sculpture, painting and writing, and he is currently working on The West Coast Beacon, a promotional venture poised to be the herald of all things to do and see on the West Coast. Jamie models under the name Sparklefaerie (link to ) and is assistant manager of Three Bags Full Knit Shop in Vancouver.