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Any aspiring crocheters should take note, the free period for Elissa by Amy O'Neill Houck from the winter issue will expire on February 1st.


Designed by Amy to be a knitter's introduction to crochet, the scarf and hat set exploit the virtues of crochet, and achieve pattern elements that knitting could never reproduce.  From this knitter's perspective, that would have to be why I would ever want to crochet something.  I men, why crochet when you can knit.

Oh, you say only crochet can do that lacey petally open thing? Well damn, then.  I better get my hook on.  While it's still free. Download now.

On and ever after February 1st, it will still be available for sale, like all our other lovely patterns. 

Handmade Font has a new typeface called Thread Red for sale.  You won't be seeing this in the pages of Twist Collective, but I thought it was fun enough to share.


Hey you social networking site addicts (and you know who you are), now Twist Collective is on Facebook!




Come drop by, sign the guest book, and help spread the word among your long lost high school buddies.  

It's been a litlte over a week since Annissa and all her terrific staff hosted the Twist Collective Fashion Show at the Stitch House in Dorcester, Massachusetts.  Annissa really knows how to create a little drama in her darling shop.  Look at that stage. When a shop owner is willing to drill holes in her ceiling for you, ya gotta know you're in good hands.  




The knitters who came out that day of inclement weather were also a cordial bunch. No surprise there. A few of them had never seen the magazine before, so that was a treat for me too, to spread the word a little.  There were some familiar faces too like Guido, and Michelle and Kimberly who both wrote detailed posts on their blogs (with pictures) about their fashion show experiences. Check them out! 




Everything was well organized and ready to go which always makes for a good party. There were print outs of suggested shop yarns for the various projects, comfy chairs, gift bags, and door prizes. There was also food, mingling, coffee, and lots of photos taken for the shop blog.  Did I mention how cute the Stitch House is?  



Annissa has a comprehensive selection of yarns, and a lot of things I just don't see everywhere else, so my knitter's heart was full that day. She also nutures a sewing contingent which she feeds with Amy Butler fabrics. I hope to get back there if only for that before too long.  Don't forget to check out the Stitch House shop blog for photos of the actual show, and for other things going on. Many thanks to everyone who came out, the fabulous models, and to Annissa for her hospitality.

Stay tuned for details about an upcoming trunk show in Rochester, New York on February 9th.

Subscribers to the newsletter found a little surprise in their email this morning.  Late last night, we announced the release of a new pattern from Marnie MacLean, Bijou.  (Not a subscriber yet?  You can sign up in the left hand margin of this very page.)



We love this sweater for its stash-busting potential (it's a DK and a lace weight held together for the body, then just the lace weight for the yoke, so colour matching isn't a big deal), and we love it for the many ways it could be worn, depending on your colour choice and sleeve length: short, bright, and flirty or long, dark, and sultry, and so many other versions in between.




Visit Bijou in the Sunday Afternoon section of the magazine, or go right to the shop page, then plan your social calendar accordingly. Happy knitting!