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Twist Style Friday: Literati

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 end-of-week, readers. It's been a nice one, very autumnal. I also had the opportunity (along with many members of Toronto's Downtown Knit Collective) to see a whole lot of Twist garments in the flesh (or rather, in the wool). We had a bit of a fashion show, with some local designers in attendance (such as Barbara Gregory, Laura Chau and Elizabeth McCarten hosted by the indomitable Fiona Ellis, and Kate popped in as a surprise co-host. You can look forward to a blog post about the event, with lots and lots of photos (courtesy of Glenna C, designer and photographer extraoridnaire).


I tell you about it now because seeing garments from the magazine live - and being able to touch them, squish them, and try them on - makes it so easy to fall in love with them. This is just one of the sweaters that I am now majorly crushing on. Literati, you are so pretty and cool.




Let's take a look at a closer shot, because you need to see the patterning up close, and you really, really need to see these buttons.


Literati detail


This sweater is for all kinds of nerds. You should know that I use the word "nerd" with complete affection and glee. To me, a nerd is someone who is really, really, really excited about something (maybe lots of somethings) and is not remotely embarassed about it. That thing could be Star Trek, or comic books, or astrophysics, or (ahem) knitting, or the history of religious iconography. Being a bit of an enthusiasm-enthusiast myself, I think nerds know what's up.

Okay okay. Here are some clothes.


four outfits


What about you? How will you wear Literati?

Cooperative Press Giveaway

Today's giveaway is brought to you by Cooperative Press, a publisher that brings us unique and exciting knitting books!


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They are offering a $50 gift certificate to use in their online store. There are some amazing and inventive knitting books including the two you see below, plus ones like Doomsday Knits, Big Foot Knits, and History on Two Needles. The best part is that the prices are super reasonable, so $50 will go pretty far in getting you some pretty pages. You will also get a free Twist Collective pattern of your choosing!


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For a chance to win, tell us a story about a knitting book. Did you learn to knit from one? Have a great explanation of grafting that you keep going back to? Did a book inspire you to learn a new skill or take on a challenging pattern? Do you love them as coffee table books, but rarely use the patterns? Did someone give you one as a joke gift?  Join in on the conversation by commenting on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweeting at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Cooperative Press discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.


Halcyon Yarns Giveaway

Today's giveaway is brought to you by Halcyon Yarns, and I have to tell you, it's pretty major.


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Two lucky Twist readers will score Halcyon Yarn 2/12 Gemstone silk, a plied 100% silk yarn that is willdly gorgeous, plus the pattern for Celandine by Jennie Pakula. Both winners also get an accessory bag and a handy stitch/needle gauge.




All you have to do to enter is tell us who you would knit Celandine for if you won. Comment on today's Facebook post (and like our page!), tweet at us (.@twistcollective- the dot is important! And follow us!), or join our Ravelry group and post in the Halcyon Yarns discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.


Five Questions with Carol Feller

Carol FellerCarol Feller is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. She has designed eight wonderful patterns for Twist. You can check out more of her wonderfulness on her website!






Carol's designs

(Ratana, Osage, Corona, Corcovado)

1. Why are you a designer?

Designing is a bit like an obsession, no matter how hard you try not to do it you can’t stop. In fact not designing makes me miserable! When I started designing it was the first time in my life I was able to be both creative and mathematical at the same time. There aren’t many jobs like that out there.


2. What's your favorite design you did for Twist Collective and why?

I think Parcel is one of my favorites. It combines my love of design simplicity and clean lines with cables but worked in a very geometric way.


3. What is your worst knitting habit?

I hate, hate, hate ripping. I’ll do almost anything in my power to avoid it. Sometimes you can create clever fixes but other times you just same yourself a lot of grief if you just grab the end of the yarn and pull.


4. Tell us about a job you've had in the past that would amuse or surprise people who don't know you.

I don’t know how much it would surprise people but my first career was as a structural engineer. There has to be nothing stranger than being 3 months pregnant supervising a concrete pour in a high rise building while you get a lecture on the importance of nursing from the concrete boom operator. 


5.  Finish this sentence: If everyone knew how to knit...

the world would be a much softer, woollier place!



(Trousseau, Parcel, Azami, Necco Wafer)

Miss Babs Giveaway

It is a wildly pretty yarn party up in here today, friendlies. We have three amazing yarny prizes brought to you by Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers.


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Two lucky winners will get Yummy 3-ply yarn and the pattern for Plover, and one very very lucky winner will get enough Tierno (totally dreamworthy baby alpaca and silk) to make Viridis,  a Miss Babs project bag, stitch markers, and a post-it pad.




To enter, tell us which fictional character you think would be an awesome knitter! You can join the conversation 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 Miss Babs discussion (or all three)! You have til the end of today.


You can find out more about Miss Babs yarns by following her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Ravelry!