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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)

Twist Style Friday: Lilium

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.


 


A very happy Friday indeed to you all! Not only is it time for our weekly fashion fun time, this week also marks the fifth anniversary of Twist Collective. Birthdays like this are a great opportunity to look back at where we've been, what we've accomplished, and the friends we've made along the way. I get real mushy about community building folks. This isn't just a celebration of a publication we're all proud of (though it is also that!); it's a celebration of everyone who felt inspired by something they saw or read; everyone who learned a new knitting skill so they could take on a project; everyone who got together with their friends to work on projects; everyone who followed us on Twitter, liked us on Facebook, read or contributed to discussons on Ravelry, submitted a design, took out an ad in our pages; everyone who participated in this community of creativity and creation and inspiration. You're great.

 

We want to give you stuff, and some of the companies that help make us possible have given us some pretty magical stuff to pass along to you! Keep a close eye on us in the next little while for chances to win patterns, yarn, needles, yarn, darning eggs, yarn, books, yarn, gift certificates, and YARN YARN YARN.


So maybe I had celebration on the brain when I styled this week's garment, the lovely Liliium.

four outfits

I think Lilium is a prefect topper to any party dress, whether you're going to a picnic in a park or the symphony. I don't know where *exactly* you would be going in those metal-heeled shoes, but I think I would like to go with you.

 

One of the most stunning elements of this sweater is actually the back. Your friends (or your date to the symphony) may not like to see you go, but they will enjoy watching you walk away.

 

back detail

 

Happy fifth, happy friday, happy (almost) fall!


How will you wear Lilium?

Happy Twistiversary!

Five years ago, today, we launched the very first issue of Twist Collective. We weren’t sure if we’d even make it through a whole year but here were are! 

Along with the designers and the customers, Twist wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for our generous supporters, which makes it all the more wonderful that so many of them have donated their amazing products to give away to our readers. If you’re signed up for our newsletter, you have already gotten a sneak peek of just a few of our prizes. To kick off the celebration of our Wood Anniversary, it seemed only appropriate give away something both handmade and wooden. We will be giving 4 randomly chosen winners a beautifully hand turned darning egg, paired with a Twist Collective sock pattern of your choosing.

 

Darning Eggs

These darning eggs were hand turned by my dad (this is Kate). They are Mulberry, Cherry, Maple, and Cherry (from left to right).

To enter:
Email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line, DARN IT
Like us and share our post on Facebook
Follow and tweet at us on Twitter with the hashtag #darnittwist
Or join and post in our Ravelry group

Enter all four ways for more chances to win! Deadline: end of day Friday

Quick Dispatch: Two Twist Peas in a Pod

Kate and Marnie work together all the time, but are rarely actually in the same physical place. They're pretty excited about it.

 

Kate and Marnie

 

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