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Sylvi, the red coat by Mari Muinonen in the winter issue, has become a kind of sensation ever since our Art Director Irene wore it at Rhinebeck. Knitters can't help but play in their head with the possibilities.

Diana made like Warhol while considering her colour options.

AnNu thought the flowers were too provocative to be left alone, so she played around with adding colour there. the petal stitches are picked up after, knit separately, then applique'd on, so this kind of creativity is invited:



Personally, I'm thinking (thanks to the inspiration borrowed from something that Emily said at the Trunk Show Sunday at Yarns in the Farms (pictures from the event coming soon on their blog here), about using Noro Iro in red for the petals on my otherwise orthodox dark grey version. I have to cast on for that baby first, though. Ain't that always the truth?

So, what colour are you thinking of? There's a Ravelry KAL to help you keep track of the players if you like. See you there.

December 7th, as in, THIS coming Sunday, from noon to 5 pm, Julia and the box of Twist Collective knits will be in the divine and giddy company of Tink and Wink at Yarns in the Farms in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts for their Holiday Open House.

yarns in the farms


The buffalo yarn gals promise nibbles and yarn petting galore, as well as copious opportunity for asking questions and the regarding of Twist Collective fare up close.  Get 'yer bells on and click here for directions.



I finished my Maelstrom socks, and they fit perfectly.  I realy enjoyed knitting them because the leg repeat is only a few rows long, easy to memorize, and each little completed section made me feel like I'd made a huge leap forward.  The heel flap and gusset flowed perfectly from the spiraling elements, and the instep offered row by row progress as the diagonal closed in on the opposite side.  And for the second sock, the whole thing was reversed in direction, so it was almost like it wasn't even a second sock at all.


How giddy am I over this pattern?  I'm going to do something I've never done before: knit another pair,  this time in a yarn I picked up at Rhinebeck specifically for this pattern: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, color Rare Gems.  


Given my experience with the STR Mediumweight, I can see how Maelstrom's instep knit to the specified gauge can stretch to fit even my 9½ foot.  However, I think just knitting the called-for gauge would make the leg a bit of a tussle to fit over my heel putting the thing on, so what I'm going to do on this my second pair is knit the lightweight to my calculated gauge of 7.5 stitches to the inch, and then switch needles after I turn the heel to get the slightly tighter recommended gauge of 8 stitches.   

In the meantime, I'm wearing the blue ones. A lot.


Last weekend, Cyndi and Jerry of Yarn and Fiber Company in Derry, New Hampshire invited Julia to bring the box of sweaters in for an informal fashion show, and everyone had a great time with it. Jerry captured the evening on video, which he has posted to their website in three parts. Here, just to get you started, is the first one.


Thanks to Britany, Jodie, Cheryl, and Amy for modeling, and to everyone who came out to fondle the sweaters in person.

 by Ysolda Teague

from her original post here 

Vivian combines elements of traditional Aran and Gansey sweaters with a flattering fitted silhouette. Darted waist shaping is worked invisibly into the large cable patterns that run up the front and in the back seed stitch panel, giving a perfect fit with the illusion of a nipped-in waist. Knit seamlessly, the sleeves are joined with the body at the underarm and worked in one piece to the saddle shoulders which are worked back and forth, joining to the body stitches as you go. Unbroken cables run from the flared cuffs up the sleeves over the saddles and eventually join together at the centre of the hood.
The whole thing started with this sketch, which I sent to Kate, along with the Little Birds and Keyhole ideas back when she first contacted me about the magazine. Kate said she liked the idea, but wanted to use it for winter (at that point they were taking submissions for the first issue) - great, I responded and promptly forgot all about it.

There are some obvious common elements, but my sketch doesn’t exactly look like the finished design. That’s pretty normal, at least for me, maybe because I don’t actually sketch out most of my ideas they all tend to evolve on the needles. And in this case, honestly, I was a little bored by my sketch by the time I went back to it, so I grabbed a couple of stitch dictionaries and decided to make it more interesting. The problem with that was that I not only made the design more interesting (in my opinion!) I made the pattern writing, especially the grading really ‘interesting’ and the knitting more time consuming.

We picked out a yarn, easy - I think Kate and I have reasonably similar tastes, and a colourway, not so easy but I think we were both pleased with what we’d choosen. This was it.

Yeah, that looks different too. It’s a beautiful yarn and I was excited for it to arrive so I could get started. When the tracking claimed it had arrived in Ireland, I was just pleased that it would be with me in a day or two. Except it wasn’t. And then the tracking said something about out to delivery, still in Ireland, and I started to worry. Lots of phone calls later and we had no idea where the yarn was - not even whether it was in the Republic or Northern Ireland, but neither postal system claimed to have it. The clock was ticking.  Time for plan B, and Kate basically said "it doesn’t matter so much what it is, as long as you like it. Just get some yarn now". Hmm… ok.

"There’s some Fyberspates Chunky Scrumptious in the shop I work in, and the dyer is lovely and might be able to help, how would that be?"

"Ok, what colour do you want?" We picked olive as a first choice. I called Jen at Fyberspates, explained the situation, and she wasn’t in the least bit fazed and told me to take whatever I needed and she would replace it. I called Katherine the store owner and asked what colours she had in stock, preferably in the chunky. Only the olive in a large enough quantity. Perfect! and although it wasn’t what we’d planned, I think it turned out very well. 

But actually working out how to do that, in ten sizes, did not flow together at all. But with the help of my fantastic tech editor, Alison, I ended up with a pattern that I’m very proud of. It was quite a saga to get to this point, and of course this is really only the beginning. I hope you like Vivian and I can’t wait to see your versions appear. I’d love to knit Vivian for myself, I even picked up some yarn on my trip to New Lanark, but I have no idea if it will ever happen, too many other things to work on right now, sigh! But I can still dream of a bright red, wooly Vivian, maybe with a fabric lining - wouldn’t that be great?