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Open Road Media E-book Giveaway

Okay, twisters! Today we have FIVE prizes! Open Road Media gave us five fantastic, fibery goodness e-books to give out, including one from a regular twist collective contributor!

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And here they are:

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Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren

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Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions
by Kristin Nicholas and Melanie Falick

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AlterKnits Felt by Leigh Radford

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Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt by Kata Golda

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Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun
by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark

You can enter by commenting on today's facebook post, and/or in the ravelry thread

Madelinetosh Giveaway

I reached my arm into the (virtual) goodie bag of giveaways and today I pulled out some gorgeous yarn donated by

 

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Check out Madelinetosh on their website and on Twitter. The prize includes a 2 amazing hand-dyed hanks of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Lapis and Twist Collective pattern of choice. 

 

Madelinetosh prize

 

This giveaway is on facebook, so log in, like our page, if you don't already, and leave a comment on today's post including the word "blue". We know we have the most creative readers around so we can't wait to see what you'll tell us! Do it by the end of today (Wednesday), and we will draw one lucky winner before the end of the week!

 

Just for fun here are some of the pretty, pretty patterns that have used Madelinetosh yarns in the past:

 

Madelinetosh patterns

Morisot, Hosta, Raina, Blair, Promenade, Low Tide Ripples, Cambridge Cables

Dragonfly Fibers giveaway

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to another day of our epic Twistaversary celebration. Today, we celebrate by giving away more awesome stuff.

 

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Today's giveaway is brought to you by Dragonfly fibers. You can find their lovely yarns on their website as well as Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter. The prize includes a gorgeous hand-dyed skein of Dragonfly Fibers Pixie yarn in Antique Rose, a bar of lovely Dragonfly Wings solid lotion, a super cute Dragonfly button, and a free download of Glenna C's beautiful sock pattern, Quo Vadis.

 

Prize!

 

This giveaway is on Ravelry, so log in, join our group, if you aren't part of it already, and join the conversation about why we love hand-dyed yarn. Join in by the end of tomorrow (Wednesday), and we will draw one lucky winner before the end of the week!

Winners' Circle

As we give away prizes, we'll keep updating this page. If you're a winner, you should have been contacted by us, but if you haven't and you think this is you, you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If we don't hear from you, we will reassign prizes.

Darning eggs1. Happy Twistiversary - Hand-turned wooden darning eggs and pattern of your choice:

email: K. Glotzbach
ravelry: Diomee
facebook: Lynne Easterbrook
twitter: kbshee

 

 

Darning eggs2. Dragonfly Fibers - yarn and Quo vadis pattern

ravelry: ddhuefly

 

 

3. Madelinetosh - yarn and pattern of your choice

facebook: Malene Møhl

 

 

 

4. Open Road Media:

facebook: Emilie Thomas-Anderson - Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren
facebook: Jaqi Moon - AlternKnits Felt by Leigh Radford
facebook: Gráinne Mulholland - Hand-Stitched Felt by Kata Golda
ravelry: HeatherInPortland - Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
ravelry: OctoberRose   Knitting For Baby by Kristin Nicholas and Melanie Falick

 

swift5. The Oregon Woodworker Mama Bear Plus swift:

ravelry: swenste

 

 

imperial6. Imperial Stock Ranch:

facebook: Carolyn Fisher Lynett
ravelry: lisab399
ravelry: Overflo

 

 

 

socks7. Simply Socks:

ravelry: eomaynard
ravelry: malone

 

 

signature8. Signature Needlearts:

ravelry: mswnola
twitter: @xantha
facebook: Jaimee Bagoye Drew 

 

 

 

briggs9. Briggs and Little:

facebook: Liisa Penrose Balzar

 

 


 

westminster10. Westminster Fibers:

ravelry: MochaKnits
facebook: Vickie Kealy
ravelry: autumnsky

 

 

 

jennie11. Jennie the Potter:

facebook: Heather Nordquist
twitter: yarnsista
ravelry: entwined
ravelry: SandyMGoBlue
                                    twitter: Jensknits
                                    facebook: Amy Angerer


quayside12. Quayside Publishing:

ravelry: miabeewood - The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell
twitter: Wordlily - Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects by Hélène Magnùsson
facebook: Blythe Kersula - Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs by Sue Flanders
                                                                                and Janine Kosel
                                     facebook: Joline Vretenar - Knitting Clothes Kids Love by Kate Oates and Nancy Langdon


elann13. elann.com:

ravelry: javalulu
ravelry: angelofno

 

romney14. Romney Ridge Farm:

facebook: Freyalyn Close

 

 

 

manos15. Manos de Uruguay:

ravelry: Istenno

  

 

 

classic elite16. Classic Elite Yarns:

facebook: Joelle Goldstein Irons

   

 

 

 

lantern moon17. Lantern Moon:

ravelry: savannagal
ravelry: minicia
twitter: drjayjr
facebook: Tenli Yavneh

 

 

gms18. Green Mountain Spinnery:

facebook: Robin Beer VanderRoest
ravelry: madtownmama

 

 

briar rose19. Briar Rose:

ravelry: vegimama

 

 

 

 

Lorna's Laces20. Lorna's Laces:

Facebook: Ali Nolte

 

 

 

universal yarns21. Universal Yarn:

Facebook: Melissa D. Hellman
ravelry: PenCraft
ravelry: JulesBr
twitter: ringeddragon

  

 

 

Sunshine Yarns22. Sunshine Yarns:

Facebook: Michele Pridmore
twitter: Juliaknit

 

 

 

universal yarns23. indigodragonfly:

ravelry: annatalvikki

 

 

 

 

24. Sweet Georgia:

ravelry: canaandogknits
ravelry: summersong
Facebook: Christine Almeida
twitter: etcgirlthefirst

 

 

 

25. The Loopy Ewe:

twitter: MaryjoOrd
Facebook: Jenifer James Farrell

 

 

26. Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers:

ravelry: judythan
Facebook: Cindy McFarland Michael
ravelry: AlwaysALady

 

 

 

 

27. Halcyon:

twitter: ViviChick
ravelry: PandaWriter

 

 

28. Cooperative Press:

Facebook: Caroline Mersey

 

 

 

 

29. Skacel Collection:

ravelry: ckknit
ravelry: nutriknit4life

 

 

 

30. Kelbourne Woolens/The Fibre Company:

Facebook: Essie Woods Bruell
ravelry: Su1282

 

 

 

 

31. Webs:

 

 

 

ravelry: Yaarnoverboard
ravelry: misformonkey
Facebook: Anisa Schardl

 

 

 

32. Blue Moon Fiber Arts:

ravelry: arlenemarie
ravelry: anitahome
ravelry: beebug
Facebook: Jody Oxley
twitter: ElementalColor

 

 

 

 

Five Questions with Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis is a super talented designer who has published a whopping eighteen patterns with us. Plus one of her designs graced our very first cover. So it's fitting that she is kicking off this series of posts (which you can find all of here) where we ask some of the designers who we have worked with to answer five questions in honor of our fifth birthday! Enjoy!!

 

 

 

some of Fiona's designs

(Merise, Granville, Athabasca, Charleston, Breckenridge)

 
1. What's your favorite thing to knit?

No surprises here -it would be anything with cables on it.. I love how you can create what seems to be a complex pattern with just a few basic crosses....endless fun!

 

2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?

Ooh a hard question to answer but I think I'll choose Bonnie. I have several reasons why but mostly it's because I love the asymmetry of the Celtic Knot Cable. I played up the asymmetry by it's placement on the sweater and carried that through onto the sleeves- they are non identical. And I was SO thrilled not only to be part of the premiere issue but for my design to appear on the cover.

 

Premiere issue

 
3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

This is ever changing as I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Something will just capture my attention and then I will tend to work in a series. I'll have one source which I will use for a while until I tire of it. Then I move on to something new. But sometimes I come back to a similar source over & over. My faves are looking at tree bark patterns for cables, printed fabrics for colour stories and period piece movies for styling/moods.

 
4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

Before I was a knitwear designer (in the era I call my previous life) I was a cosmetic formulation scientist. Mostly I worked developing new shades for lip colours...so I'm a really good colour matcher when it comes to reds and pinks. 

 

5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...

You would hear the phrase "just one more row" everywhere! :)

 

More Fiona Ellis loveliness

(Paisley, Ruthie, Gwendolyn, Paula, Georgie)

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