Twist Collective Blog
Five Questions with Carol Feller
Carol Feller is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. She has designed eight wonderful patterns for Twist. You can check out more of her wonderfulness on her website!
1. Why are you a designer?
Designing is a bit like an obsession, no matter how hard you try not to do it you can’t stop. In fact not designing makes me miserable! When I started designing it was the first time in my life I was able to be both creative and mathematical at the same time. There aren’t many jobs like that out there.
2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?
I think Parcel is one of my favorites. It combines my love of design simplicity and clean lines with cables but worked in a very geometric way.
3. What is your worst knitting habit?
I hate, hate, hate ripping. I’ll do almost anything in my power to avoid it. Sometimes you can create clever fixes but other times you just same yourself a lot of grief if you just grab the end of the yarn and pull.
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.
I don’t know how much it would surprise people but my first career was as a structural engineer. There has to be nothing stranger than being 3 months pregnant supervising a concrete pour in a high rise building while you get a lecture on the importance of nursing from the concrete boom operator.
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
the world would be a much softer, woollier place!
Miss Babs Giveaway
It is a wildly pretty yarn party up in here today, friendlies. We have three amazing yarny prizes brought to you by Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers.
Two lucky winners will get Yummy 3-ply yarn and the pattern for Plover, and one very very lucky winner will get enough Tierno (totally dreamworthy baby alpaca and silk) to make Viridis, a Miss Babs project bag, stitch markers, and a post-it pad.
To enter, tell us which fictional character you think would be an awesome knitter! You can join the conversation on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweet it at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Miss Babs discussion (or all three)! You have til the end of today.
The Loopy Ewe Giveaway
Happy Tuesday folks! Today's generous benefactor is The Loopy Ewe, and the prizes are pretty great.
Two winners will get their choice of two The Loopy Ewe Solid Series yarn, and a Twist Collective pattern of their choice! With so many amazing colors to choose from, we know you'll find the pair that are perfect for you. Perfect Storm is a pretty great contender for a dreamy way to use them. We should know, it's what those mittens there are made from!
Putting two colors together can make both of them more magical. Take a gander at the Loopy Ewe's color palette and tell us which two colors you would want to combine. Only entrants from the US are eligible to win today's prize. You can join in the conversation on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), or tweet your picks it at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!). You have until the end of today.
Sweet Georgia Yarns Giveaway
You know what can make a Monday better? FOUR of our lovely readers will be winners today. Yes, four lucky Twist readers will win sweet prizes from Sweet Georgia. Get psyched.
Lace knitting can be simple or tricky, and folks tend to either love or loathe it. When you knit lace, do you prefer charted or written instructions? Why? To enter today's giveaway, join the conversation about lace knitting. You can join in on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweet it at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Sweet Georgia Yarns discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.
Twist Style Friday: Rafters
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.
It has been a weird week in Toronto. We had record breaking hot weather in the middle of the week, and now it is decidedly grey and chilly out. It's hard to know how to dress in these in-between times. I've had a bit of a weird week myself; after a summer of starting a zillion knitting projects, I had the sudden urge to finish things. I've been sewing on buttons, weaving in ends, and fishing second sleeves. I got through the end bits of a lime green, cropped Pont Neuf (for me!), an adorable cabled cardigan for a toddler friend of mine, and a shawl for a surprise shawl swap I'm doing with a friend of mine who lives in Victoria, BC. It's Friday the 13 today, does that explain the weirds?
Now that I've moved a few things from the WIP list to the FO list, I can start more new projects! I haven't yet cast on for a project from the Fall issue, and one of the reasons is that I'm having a hard time choosing one to start with. From what I can gather, this one is on nearly everyone's list, and it's no wonder.
Let's take a look at the back of this beauty too. Gosh.
This looks like a ton of fun to knit, and so so snuggly. I think I'd make mine in slate blue, or a really ketchup-y red. I would wear it over weird plaid dresses, a la Angela Chase, but I am weird and currently addicted to girly plaid things, so here are some other ideas.
Rafters can look woodsy, or sweet, or even kind of professional, depending on what else you wear it with. This is a gorgeous, versatile sweater, and I want you all to make one. Maybe two. Okay?
How will you wear Rafters?