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Twist Style Friday: Farthingale
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 hope you all have equally exciting weekend plans, and maybe they include casting on for a project from our new issue? I hope you'll think about knitting Farthingale. She's real pretty.
There is lots going on- this sweater has tons of gorgeous details - but the plain portions in front and back keep the overall look understated.
I wanted to pair this with black, black, and more black. Maybe I was inspired by my friend Clara, who has been dyeing old clothes black in her sink to give them new (summertime goth) life! Here you go. All the black!
How will you wear Farthingale?
Lantern Moon Giveaway
When I started knitting, I used plastic needles from Zellers (a now-defunct Canadian Wal Mart, pretty much), and had no idea that there was any difference between using those and using fancier needles. That was, until a friend of mine bought a set of rosewood DPNs and vowed to modify every pattern she knitted to be able to use them, at least until she could afford to buy more gorgeous smooth handmade needles.
For a chance to win, tell us about a pair of needles that are or were important to you! Maybe they felt lucky, or never snagged. Maybe you made your favourite project with them, or they were given to you by someone special in your life. Maybe they just always felt perfect in your hands.
You can tell your needle story as a comment 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 Lantern Moon discussion (or all three)! You have til the end of Thursday.
Classic Elite Yarns Giveaway
Autumn is really showing her pretty face (in Toronto, at least) and the more the leaves turn, the more I want to knit. Classic Elite Yarns wants to help, by giving away yarn!
The prize is kind of major. One lucky winner (in the US or Canada) will get Classic Elite Yarns Verde Collection Woodland (color i#3157 Cornflower), a project bag, a copy Woodland "Northern Lights" pattern booklet and whichever Twist Collective pattern you desire!
Take a look at some of our favorite projects knitted with Classic Elite Yarns:
Today we want to hear who your favorite person to knit for is, and why (yourself is a perfectly wonderful answer)!!
Today's contest is only on Facebook, so comment on today's thread. You have til tomorrow morning. Good luck!!
Five Questions with Carol Sunday
Carol Sunday is the next designer being featured in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. Carol has contributed four gorgeous garments to our pages. You can find out more about her and her designs on her website, or look her up on ravelry as sundayknitter.
1. Why are you a designer?
I can't help it. I've been designing clothes since I was six years old and knitwear since I was eight. It's in my DNA.
2. If you could go back in time to when you started designing, what advice would you give yourself?
If I could go back in time, I would advise myself to back even further in time so that I could start a career in designing much earlier in my life. Who knew that work could be so much fun!
3. What is your worst knitting habit?
It's universal, I think … lots of starting, not enough finishing.
4. If you weren't a designer, what do you think you'd be doing with all the extra time you'd have?
Lately I've developed a nearly obsessive interest in hooking … it can be quite an art form, and one gets to work with lots of beautiful hand-dyed strips of felted fabric in really creative ways. So … more fun with wool!
5. Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...
Women might be more patient, men might be gentler and children might be more intelligent, and who knows what amazing things might come of all that?!
Manos de Uruguay Giveaway
Hey everyone! It poured rain all night where I live, and my apartment is downright chilly. I sure would like to be wearing a cozy and gorgeous handknit sweater like this one:
Okay, so you would have to factor in a bit of knitting time. Still, what a score for one lucky winner (in the US or Canada).
All you have to do to enter is tell us where you would like to be while wearing this sweater. Maybe a ski chalet, or a cottage? A treehouse? Paris?
You can enter by commenting on today's Facebook post, tweeting at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important!), or joining the conversation on the Manos del Uruguay Discussion on our Ravelry group page (or all three)! You have til tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.