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I reached my arm into the (virtual) goodie bag of giveaways and today I pulled out some gorgeous yarn donated by
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:
Dragonfly Fibers giveaway
Welcome to another day of our epic Twistaversary celebration. Today, we celebrate by giving away more awesome stuff.
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.
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!
1. Happy Twistiversary - Hand-turned wooden darning eggs and pattern of your choice:
email: K. Glotzbach
2. Dragonfly Fibers - yarn and Quo vadis pattern
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: Carolyn Fisher Lynett
7. Simply Socks:
facebook: Liisa Penrose Balzar
10. Westminster Fibers:
11. Jennie the Potter:
facebook: Heather Nordquist
12. Quayside Publishing:
ravelry: miabeewood - The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell
14. Romney Ridge Farm:
facebook: Freyalyn Close
15. Manos de Uruguay:
16. Classic Elite Yarns:
facebook: Joelle Goldstein Irons
17. Lantern Moon:
facebook: Robin Beer VanderRoest
19. Briar Rose:
20. Lorna's Laces:
Facebook: Ali Nolte
21. Universal Yarn:
Facebook: Melissa D. Hellman
22. Sunshine Yarns:
Facebook: Michele Pridmore
24. Sweet Georgia:
25. The Loopy Ewe:
28. Cooperative Press:
Facebook: Caroline Mersey
29. Skacel Collection:
Facebook: Essie Woods Bruell
32. Blue Moon Fiber Arts:
Five Questions with 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!!
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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.
Happy fifth, happy friday, happy (almost) fall!