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Contest: Splinters of Light



I didn’t mean to put knitting in a book again. In fact, with my last novel, I actively tried to keep it out. A few years ago, I wrote The Cypress Hollow series which used knitting as background music. After five books, I was pretty done with using knitting as a metaphor for growth, for warmth, for love (you get the picture).

But in Splinters of Light, my most recent mainstream novel, the yarn sneaked in against my will. In the book, Nora, the main character, is diagnosed with a disease that will change everything she knows about her life. She’s so occupied with concern for her sixteen-year-old daughter and her sometimes-difficult twin sister that she has a hard time finding comfort. 

Because she was one of my characters, I loved her. She needed help. And just like in real life, the way I know how to help is with knitting. I put the needles in Nora’s hands, giving her a simple sock to knit—the kind of knitting she could do in the dark, in the quiet of her bedroom, late at night.

Now, I know Nora isn’t real. I made her up, invented her quirks and habits. But when I sat at my desk with my own sock-in-progress in my hands, doing rounds as I stared at the screen, thinking, it felt like we were hanging out together.

So I wonder: if you could knit with anyone, fictional or otherwise, who would it be? Answer for a chance to win a signed copy of Splinters of Light!

 

How to enter

Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your answer. Keep responses to 100 words or fewer. Answers due by the end of Monday, June 29, 2015.

 

First Place

A signed copy of Splinters of Light.  First place will be chosen from all entries. Winning entries will be shared on the blog and social media. 

 

Second Place

5 random entries will receive a free pattern of their choosing from the Twist Collective library

 

Eligibility

First place prize available to residents of the USA and Canada. If you are not located in North America, please specify your location in your entry.

Second place prizes open to all participants

Find out more about Rachael Herron at her blog and follow her on twitter. You can also check out her article about crafty minimalism in our Spring/Summer issue!

Twist Style Fridays: Orikata

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.


 

 

 

orikata modeled by a girl with a guitar

 

 

I had to read the little explanation on the shop page for Orikata a few times before I understood how it's constructed. This unusual and stylish sweater is made of only two simply shaped pieces- a T shape makes the back and sleeves, and a single piece creates the fronts and collar. The knitting is simple, and at the end when you attach the pieces, there's an exciting big reveal! 

 

 

oatmeal colored short sleeved cardigan in garter stitch

 

 

My knitting projects are a little bit split between things I really want to make, and things I really want to wear. Orikata is a bit of an outlier as both. I think the sleeve shape is really beautiful, and the simplicity of the design makes the whole thing really striking. My favorite detail is actually the way the garter fronts fade into stockinette. You can see it better here: 

 

 

sideview

 

 

The weather in Toronto has been wildly unpredictable lately. It means layering is the only way to live these days. On Wednesday I was being aggressively baked by the sun on a patio, and a half hour later got really chilly sitting under a tree in a park (knitting, obviously). I'm intrigued by Orikata as an all-purpose layering piece.

 

 

four outfits

 

How will you wear Orikata

Twist Style Friday: Wenceslas

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.


 


Happy Friday everyone!

 

You should probably all be really jealous of me, because tomorrow morning, my roombabes and I are heading to Midland, Ontario for the annual BUTTER TART FESTIVAL. I'm just going to say those words again. Butter. Tart. Festival. I promise to eat a butter tart for you. I promise to eat as many butter tarts as I can fit inside my body.  It might be rainy, but I don't care. It's been raining a lot here lately; I biked home through a solid three inches of water on Wednesday night. My bike helmet protected my precious crimped hair (which is still tinted just a little bit pink), and the rest of me was literally drenched. It was a little bit fun, if I'm totally honest.

 

I got pretty into a gripping tv show this week (Sense8, a new Netflix sci-fi series) and it meant I got SO MUCH KNITTING done. I've passed the halfway point on the body of my Riverdale, and it's reminding me how much I adore knitting cables (especially since learning how to cable without a cable needle)! The cables on this week's sweater are stunning, and the way the ones running up the sleeves meet at the back neck is pretty cool. Check this out.

 

 

back cable detail

 

 

Other exciting key elements include a deep V neckline, moss stitch edging, and - in this version at least -  yarn with a comedic name.

 

 

front detail

 

 

I think this lovely sweater's closest corollary is a blazer, which means it works great with other tailored pieces, or as a contrast to something a little more flowy. Me, I would either crop it at the waist, or lengthen it by a few inches to make a cozier jacket. Your knitting, your body, your rules! Gosh I love making my own clothes.

 

Here are a few ideas for outfits!

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Wenceslas?

Twist Style Friday: Wickerwork

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.


 

The weather these days is really agreeing with me. I've swapped out jackets and sweaters for denim shirts and vests. I got a tattoo last week of a lipstick and a switchblade and it's adorable and pink and red.  I dyed my hair pink so I'd be popular with my favorite toddler at his second birthday party (there was a pink cake with a dumptruck and a bulldozer on it because his parents are the coolest). I've been riding my bike around town and pretty much having a grand time. Cherries have appeared at the fruit stand and irises are blooming in my yard.

 

Everyone looks cute this time of year. People tentatively expose their winter skin to the sunshine, freckles bloom, and people act like cats, finding the sunspots to rest in. It's lovely. Know what else is lovely? Let me show you Wickerwork.

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

I'm really into the minimalist buttonbands, tiny buttons, and gorgeous yoke. The neckline is just slightly boaty, and knit in a DK weight wool blend, it's pretty much an all-season sweater.

 

 

back view

 

 

This color is literally perfect, because it's actually a color, but you can basically treat it like grey and wear it with just about anything. Of course, I'd like mine in aquamarine please. Just take one more look.

 

 

full shot

 

 


I used to go see a lot of live music. It was a big part of my social life, and kind of part of my identity! Maybe this is a common trend that I'm just not super aware of, but I kind of stopped. I almost never go to shows now. unless my friends are playing. A very old friend of mine launched an album last week, and I was free that night, so I went to see him perform. The only people in the room I knew aside from the bandleader were his parents; I spent a lot of time being an angsty teenager in their basement. Their older son took me to my prom. There was a guy in the band playing pedal steel, and listening to it filled me with a kind of soft, warm glee that I had kind of forgotten about.

What I'm saying is, this week's outfits might be a little bit inspired by bluegrass and country music, and if that's not your thing, I'm sorry (but only kind of).

 

 

three outfits

 

Take her square dancing, or to a ukelele jam. Toss her in your biggest purse when you head to a music festival for when the wind is blowing. Take her anywhere and everywhere.

 

How will you wear Wickerwork?

Twist Style Fridays: Placid

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.


 

Happy Friday darlings. 

 

My week's been so wonderful I'm actually having a hard time putting it into words. Patio season is here, and I've been lucky enough to sit outside with some truly delightful humans this week, feeling the sun on my skin. This weekend I get to celebrate the birth and continued existence of two of my favorite humans; my babyfriend Arthur  and my excellent friend Krista (who is not a baby). I also get to go axe-throwing. I have high hopes for summer. 

 

I have been working a bit on my Lingonberry socks, and I am not embarrassed to tell you that this project is literally thrilling. I also stabbed my finger with a knitting needle during the cast-on, but I am unusually clumsy. I don't think most of you are at risk of injury if you take on this sock-adventure with me (my Rav page has a slightly gruesome pic if you like that sort of thing). 

 

complicated striped knitted thing

 

I have made enough toe-up and cuff-down socks to have a general idea of what is going on when I read a sock pattern. I like this, I like feeling competent and familiar with how my knitting works. But it turns out it is also SUPER FUN to knit something in an unconventional way. This week's sweater is constructed unusually, and it sounds like an adventure. 

 

 

Placid cardigan from the back

 

 

Placid is a modular knit, starting from the lace panel at the center back, knit vertically like a spine. From there you get to knit in a variety of directions, and in a few different textures. The end result is a breezy cardigan that works as a light layer. It's the thing you always want to have in your bag in case the AC is on too high or you end up in the shade instead of the sun

 

 

front view

 

 

I think you could treat this sweater like a casual blazer, a hoodie, or a denim shirt that you'd layer over things. Placid can take you to yoga, to the beach, or to sit on a patio as the sun goes down. In springI always have a big purse for extra things and layers, and shoes I can walk (or bike) long distances in. Here are some of my outfit ideas! 

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Placid

 

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