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Shooting Spring

 It's the equinox today, and I know I have been doing my best to will spring into existence. In case you were wondering, the busy Twist bees are making spring happen too, shooting for our spring issue!

 

photography equipment

 

 

photographer and floral wall

 

Keep your eyes open for more sneak previews. The next ones might even be less sneaky, and more preview-y.

Twist Style Friday: Calabash

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 has been torturing me. One gorgeous sunny day where the last four months begin to melt, and then an immense blizzard the next day, and today it's supposed to be warm and also it will rain. It's confusing, and it's making me grumpy.


On the bright side, I did score a sweet new spring jacket yesterday, and I have a pretty badass pair of low heeled boots I got on sale during the winter that I have not yet worn because I didnt want to get them soggy and salty their first time out on the town. Their time is coming.

 

My apartment is poorly insulated, so when I'm home, my uniform of late has been wool socks, leggings, a wool sweater, and a toque. I am so wishing I had today's snuggly featured sweater, Calabash. Look.

 

full shot of the sweater, foliage in the background. cabled yoke, long sleeves, high necklineback detail. same cable yoke is echoed, body is knit plain.

 

The snuggliest! I want it. Usually I want things in bright, saturated colors - and I obviously still think that would be lovely -  but mine would be like this one. Sheepy. Let's take one more look at the gorgeous cabled yoke.

 

closeup shot of cabled yoke. cables resemble vertical columns of vines growing up towards the face.

 

I was thinking about my friend Jenna when I made the set below. She is the master of the "oh this old thing?" look. She always looks elegant, and she never looks like she's trying, which actually might be the exact opposite of how I dress. I would curl up with Calabash and a good book, ideally in front of a roaring fire. Jenna would wear it to Fashion Week with shiny shoes and then to a party and the next day when she woke up her makeup would still be perfect. My friends are magic.

three outfits, one with pointy toe creepers and bright printed pants, one with a red crinoline and studded sneakers, and one with black leather pants and shiny ankle boots

How will you wear Calabash?

A Knitting Mystery!

headshot of Adrian BiziliaAdrian Bizilia, designer of Faux Bois from our premiere issue, sent us this yarny mystery. Can you help solve it? Tweet at us or comment on the Facebook thread if you have clues or answers!! Keep iup with Adrian on her website, helloyarn.

 

 

 

This hat is being passed around from friend to friend because no one can figure out where it's from or how it was made.  The person who owns the hat has two of them, very similar, and has had them for decades.   He let a friend bring one to me because other fibery people have failed to identify it.  Twist Collective, you're our last hope!  
 
 
a shallow cap with stripes and chevrons
 
I think I've figured out that it's Bosnian crochet, which is further than anyone else has gotten, but we still don't know where the hat is from.  It looks like hats you'd see in a souk in Marrakech, but from what I understand, those hats don't have floats on the inside.  It's a shallow hat, fitting the head like a Kufi hat.
 
the inside of the hat, showing floats like in stranded colorwork
 
 
In case they may lead you along in your search, here are links about Bosnian Crochet and Shephed's Knitting
 
 
 

Twist Style Friday: Ruddington

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 folks!

 

Today we are looking at a gorgeous sweater- Ruddington. This design came from Fiona Ellis working on some cable experiments exploring corset lacing (Farthingale was also inspired by these experiments), but when I look at it, I see twisted wrought iron fencing. As someone who often thinks about my clothes and accessories as the armor I use to pretect myself in the world, the idea of wearing a fence is actually really appealing. Especially if it's this squishy and gorgeous.

 

back detail

 

Because The Purple Purl is my local yarn shop, and they are doing a KAL of Ruddington right now, it's also one of the Twist garments that I have gotten to see (and squish) in person. I am always surprised how much more amazing these things look in the flesh (in the wool?). It's half my incentive to knit anything I see- I want to be able to touch it. Trust me, you want to touch this.

 

side detail

 

It's juuuust starting to warm up a little where I live, but for some reason, I have been thinking a lot about the early springtime in Montreal. I lived there for almost 10 years, and every spring, I loved watching the overeager underdressers busting out their summer wardrobes as soon as the mercury crept above zero (celsius). Everyone's sun-starved skin peeking out from their dress hems or short sleeves; folks are wearing sundresses with all their wooly accessories. Nothing makes you appreciate spring and summer like a harsh and punishing winter.

 

four outfits with ruddington, all dresses with flat or nearly flat shoes

 

I was definitely inspired by the overeager underdressers when I put together this set, especially when I picked those sandals second from the left. This sweater can enable you to sneak out some spring garb, even if it's still pretty chilly.

 

How will you wear Ruddington?

Mod Corner: Cityscape

Hey folks!

 

Carly here! I probably spend more time than most folks on Ravelry. Not only do I keep extremely detailed track of my own knitting projects, but I am also always looking to see what knitters are doing with the patterns we print in this magazine. If you follow us on Twitter, you know that we tweet amazing FOs from our patterns nearly every day, so I am pretty much constantly trolling the newly completed projects looking for exciting ones. So many of you do amazing things with these patterns as a starting point, and seeing that creativity is totally inspiring.

 

So every once in a while, I collect a bunch of modified versions of a pattern, and assemble them here for you to ooh and aah over. Today we are looking at Laura Chau's iconic Cityscape cardigan. This is more than a sweater, this is a *concept* and some of you took this idea and ran very far with it.

 

Like to Middle Earth. This one is by foggy.

 

a knitter wears a brown cardigan with a yoke detail of a cityscape, but the buildings are meant to look like middle earth. the sky is blue, and we are looking at the knitter's back and shoulders

 

Travelling to other cities on this yoke was a fairly common practice. Jojowheeler took hers to Berlin.

 

knitter is wearing a cream cardogan with blue yoke detail, and the cityscape knitted into the yoke remembles buildings in berlin

 

Gldelx's is firmly rooted in Portland.

 

knitter is wearing a mustard cardigan with a teal skiy and white cityscape details, her sweater looks like Portland

 

And nonnibaloney's is a San Francisco kind of girl. Hers is also a pullover, for extra mod-fun.


coral pullover with cream yoke. cityscape resembles san francisco

 

A couple of other folks (Penelope on the left and spader on the right) also made lovely pullovers from this pattern.

cityscape pullover in lavender and whiteblack and cream cityscape jumper

 

Some of you challenged the laws of physics, and put landmarks from different cities into one yoke. Kalindriel included some sites from Europe, Marrakesh, and her very own home.

 

Cityscape cardigan in cream and white, including buildings from various cities in the yoke detail

 

GryHege decided to travel not through space, but through time, and took her Cityscape into permanent midnight. I love how you can see some of the lights on in the buildings!

 

this black and grey cityscape includes stars and the moon in the night sky

 

Rubbad decided to not make a sweater at all, and rather use the yoke chart to decorate the tops of a pair of sunset-y socks.

 

a sock with the cityscape yoke pattern around the leg

 

I love all of these projects, and choosing just these few from all the amazing versions on Ravelry was really hard! Take a look, and see if it inspires you to create a custom Cityscape of your own!

 

It's incredible seeing what all of you did with this pattern, which was already pretty stunning to begin with! Knitters, you amaze me. I have a creativity crush on you all. For those of who who haven't yet knitted a Cityscape, take a look at the original, and these mods above, and see what you come up with!

 

Cityscape original

 

 

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