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Throwback Thursday: Poffertjes

I met three new babies in the last month. Maybe it's because I'm now firmly in my thirties, but gosh, it feels like everyone I know is either planning a kid, baking a kid in their body, or taking care of one they just made/obtained. It's pretty fun for me to visit all my new parent friends, glowing with hormone induced joy and woefully underslept. New parenthood seems like a trying and exhausting and magical adventure. Good luck out there, parent-types!! Your job is hard and amazing and important. 

 

 

 

poffertjes blanket with some bonus chubby baby legs

 

 

I sure can't keep up with knitting for all these teacup humans, but if I could, I would want to make all of them funfetti hued Poffertjes blankets. I'd be reading for a couple of solid brights and some of those speckled yarns that are so hot right now. 

 

 

blanket

 

 

Knitters so far have done some VERY FUN things with this pattern. Maybe you should give it a whirl

Twist Style Fridays: Mosey

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.


 

The weather in Toronto has been pretty great this week. I was hanging out with my friend Jenn yesterday and we were describing the weather as "cold, but not the kind that hurts your face." We had a super exciting Thursday night outing to Shoppers Drug Mart to cover our hands with tester lipsticks. Friendship you guys. It's magic. 

 

 

mosey + mosey

 

 

The level of cold has definitely been asking me to wear wool. My Riverdale is in regular rotation, and I darned all my handknit socks. I gotta say, I could handle a little wool-silk-cashmere right now, a little tweed, some twisty cablework. 

 

 

Mosey

 

 

The seed stitch makes the tweed in this yarn shine. I want one in pale pearly grey, but maybe also lime? I want to wear this stunner curled up with a book and a cup of tea, but I'm a boring person who doesn't go anywhere that fancy shoes are appropriate. Maybe you have a holiday party to attend. Mosey wants to come with you. 

 

 

Someone get me that moon watch? My birthday is in a couple of weeks. 

 

How will you wear Mosey

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Dulcia

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.


 

 

I'll admit to having some mixed feelings about thanksgiving; I don't like turkey, and I have a lot of feelings about colonization. I'm really on a podcast kick right now, so if that's something you want to spend some more time thinking about, I super recommend the episode of Metis in Space where they talk about the thanksgiving episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Podcasts are *great* for knitting to, especially if you're working on something with a chart or a pattern you need to keep looking at lots. I know that the progress I've made on my Banach mittens this week is thanks to podcasts

 

I don't have mixed feelings about gratitude though, or about sharing meals with loved ones. I made a big pot of chili last night that will be dinner tonight for one of my best femmes who is in town this weekend to launch her new book

 

Okay, okay. Let's talk about sweaters 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

I love me a square neckline, and a luscious cable. Dulcia has both

 

 

backcuff detail

 

 

I love the cuff detail too. Especially in this bold pink, I wanted to contrast this top with some more masculine details, especially in the shoe area. 

 

Those polkadot oxfords are for sure the way to my heart. Now you know. 

 

How will you wear Dulcia

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Through The Keyhole

This throwback is kind of a special one for me. It's because it's one of the first sweaters I ever made! Oh, the heady days od 2009. Do you remember Through  the Keyhole? It's from Twist's inaugural issue

 

 

side view of keyhole sweater

 

 

I made mine in the closest colours I could to the original, because I thought it was basically perfect, and because I found a pile of stunning pink yarn on super sale because it had been left in the sun and faded a little. I learned about turned hems and bust darts and purl ridges and strategically curled edgings. It was a thrilling adventure. 

 

 

carly in keyhole

 

 

Now that there are so many stunning gradient yarns on the market, I could see this pattern making a serious comeback. It would also be lovely in a single shade with the stripes only as a textural element. 

 

 

front view and keyhole detail

 

 

 

Think about Through the Keyhole this winter! 

 

 

Designer Post: Lithograph and Antrea

Marnie MacLean

 

Today's post comes to us from Marnie MacLean, and it was originally written for her blog, which means you can also find it (and more info about her newest tattoo) here. Read on to find out a little about the origin stories for both of Marnie's designs from our most recent issue, Lithograph and Antrea

 

 

 

The newest edition of Twist is still waiting for you, if you haven't seen it yet and as always, I feel genuinely privileged to have a place in its virtual pages. 

My first of two patterns is Lithograph a half-circle shawl design worked in twisted stitches and lace. For the submission process, I made a mini-prototype to show how the increases would blend into the background of the latticework.

 

 

prototype

 

 

The final shawl is worked in Lisa Souza's Polwarth Wool and Silk yarn which is a breeze to work with and so lovely to touch. The silk gives it plenty of drape while the wool gives the piece some substance. It's a perfect choice for this pattern.

 

 

Marnie wearing Lithograph

 

 

My second design is Antrea, a beanie, slouch and cowl pattern suitable for anyone. Knitters are probably aware of the general submissions process for patterns and they see the end product, but in between those points, yarn companies, designers, and the members of the publishing and editing team, all try to wrangle a zillion moving parts to make the magazine. Yarn is often being shipped to other countries and then the sample shipped back to tech editors in a third country before being handed off to the publisher for photography and anywhere in there, a missed deadline or late delivery can throw the process off kilter. So was the case with the yarn for Antrea. It was originally scheduled to go overseas, went missing, alternate yarn was shipped and the orphaned yarn, finally tracked down, needed a home. Having finished up Lithograph fairly quickly, I volunteered and was told that I may only receive one color so I should plan a design that didn't require two different shades. 

A bit of virtual graph paper and a few hours of playing and I had a cable pattern suitable for a unisex set that could be worked in a single color or with a contrasting color in the ribbing.

 

 

Antrea hat and cowl

 

 

The SweetGeorgia Superwash DK is super soft and springy with great stitch definition so the pattern pops even in a darker shade. The hats can be worked in a smaller or larger circumference and fine-tuned with a tighter or looser gauge. One skein of each color will make either hat and the cowl in opposing colors dominance.

 

 

hat back

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