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Twist Style Friday: Trondheim
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've been joking about how I don't know how to wear shirts lately. I wore dresses and cardigans basically as a uniform for almost a decade, and so shirts are kind of out of my comfort zone. I am getting better I think at figuring out how to choose ones I like, and the world that is opening up before me is the vast and wondrous land of pullover sweaters.
I'm coveting this one hard.
I love the complex, twisty cable. I love the asymmetrical sleeves. I love the bold diagonal cable, like a prizewinner's sash across the front. And i LOVE this color. Whenever I look at it, I get this song in my head, and I think about this poem. I want to eat something pumpkin spicy.
How will you wear Trondheim?
Throwback Thursday: Olivette
Hey humans!! This week we are flashing back to Fall 2010, to a lovely little cardigan you might remember called Olivette. She was featured in a shoot called "What Would Mary-Heather Wear?" that is literally full of adorable.
She is a perfect basic. The cables and lace keep the knitting interesting, and the scooped neckline is just a little bit spicy. I love the way that the cables carry through the ribbing at the lower hem.
You can wear her with just about anything. I'd like one in a lipsticky orange-red please.
This detail may or may not be important to you, but I want you to know that the buttonbands are integrated. Sometimes I'll finish everything about a cardigan except for the buttonbands, and then it will sit in my WIP basket for months. I love the idea that with Olivette, they happen at the same time as the rest of the sweater.
Happy #throwbackthursday everyone!
Designer Post: Cabling without a Cable Needle- Helpful for Ballyfaron!
Luise O'Neill has brought several delightful patterns to the pages of Twist Collective. Most recently, the snuggly warm Ballyfaron hat and cowl set from our current issue. In this post, Luise explains (with helpful step by step photos!) one of my all time favorite knitting techniques, knitting cables without a cable needle. It is a little terrifying when you start, but it speeds up cable knitting significantly, plus you don't have to keep track of those pesky little cable needles (or whatever thing you substitute for one when you need it! I've used darning needles, DPNs, bamboo skewers, the cartridge from inside a pen, safety matches....). Enjoy, and then go forth and cable boldly!!
So many luscious cables! One of the things that really elevated my joy of knitting cables was learning how to work those cable stitches without using a cable needle.
Twist Style Friday: Shannonmore for guys
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.
The fiber crafts in my house are exploding a little bit. I'm often working on several projects at once, but one of them these days is literally enormous (it's a secret for now, but it's my first time using thirteen skeins of the same yarn for literally anything). My dear friend and colleague David gave me (on long term loan) a ball winder, which is sort of changing my life, my scrappy knit blanket has taken up residence on the living room couch, and my housemate Lucy just took up weaving. So my job is to cover all of the humans in wool, and some of the surfaces with WIPs, and Lucy's can be to cover the walls and other surfaces with decorative weaving. Sorry to our other housemate Marcus, who has a more ambivalent (and maybe healthier) relationship with knitting and the sister arts.
Today on Style Friday, we are looking at Shannonmore, the men's version. This is a densely cabled, superwarm, classic sweater. It's stunning.
Just look at this shoulder saddle. See how the sleeve cable runs right up to the collar? It's so perfect.
One of the things that's great about such a classic shape and style (especially if you use a workhorse yarn like this one) is that this sweater makes as much sense on a teenager as it does on an octogenarian.
Men's fashion isn't exactly an area of expertise for me, but I have it a whirl! Have a look at a few outfits for men featuring Shannonmore.
How will you wear Shannonmore?
Throwback Thursday: Mithril
Do you remember what you were doing in the Spring of 2011? I sure don't. My memory is terrible. But some time before that issue of Twist came out, I do remember assisting on the Better Than Basic photoshoot with Kate and Jane. Meet Mithril, today's feature on #throwbackthurday.
I know I've said this before, but there is something deeply magical about holding these prototype garments in your hands. Mithril was one that surprised me. It's a fairly simple sweater, much more plain than the clothes I tend to gravitate towards. But it just felt great to touch. Surely, some of that has to do with the stunning yarn - a blend of silk and baby alpaca - but it was more than that. The simplicity of the gathered stitch pattern, the collar detail on the deep v-neck, and the squishy garter edges made me want to snuggle that sweater and maybe never let go.
This is the sweater you will want to reach for every chilly morning because it's cozy and adorable and you can pull the edges of the cuffs over your cold hands. it's a meditative knit and a totally accomplishable project for a beginning sweater-maker.
Mithril is indeed a blast from the not so distant past. I hope you love her like I do.