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Twist Style Friday: Spinner

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.


 

 

Hello humans! Friday has arrived! I am sitting with my friends Claire and AK (who tangentially, under my tutelage, is becoming an excellent knitter) and their two elderly beagles, sipping tea while soup simmers on the stove. What I'm saying is, life is pretty nice.

 

I walked here while there was still a morning chill in the air, but I did not have to wear a jacket. The weather here has been a bit weird and erratic, but right now it's like October out there and I'm pretty happy about it.

 

The things that most simply facilitate jacketlessness, even before it's truly warm are scarves and shawls! Knitters, you know this well. Today we are looking at a lovely one- Spinner!

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

Spinner is worked like a crescent, but the finished shape isn't too far from a rectangle. I'm thinking of it as a crestangle. I understand if you aren't as excited about portmanteau as I am, but probably you are excited about this real pretty object, right? There are (optional) beads.

 

 

closeup

 

 

Maybe it's the shimmer of the beads, or the deep rich color; I wanted to pair Spinner with some high drama pieces. I chose bold patterns, unusual shapes, and fancy shoes.

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Spinner?

Throwback Thursday: Kyllene

Something I have always loved about colorwork is the interplay of positive and negative space. It's wild the impact it can have on a pattern just by flipping the main and contrast colors. Kyllene (from Winter 2011) shows that so well, since the pattern flips these two partway down the yoke.

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

That keyhole in the front is also a lovely detail, but if it isn't your style, you could make that slit into a button placket, or even install a zipper!

 

 

back of sweaterfront view

 

 

Pretty, isn't she?

Twist Style Friday: Iana

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.


 

Well, now that it's March, winter has struck Toronto at full force. I was pretty grumpy about it for most of this week, but yesterday I went for a long walk and the sun was shining full force and reflecting off all the fresh clean snow. It wasn't windy so it wasn't too cold and I remembered that I actually love so much about winter. You can't really drape yourself in opulent cashmere and silk in the sticky summertime heat (unless you work in one of those offices that prefers to refrigerate it's employees).

 

 

shawl shown full wingspan

 

 

It could also be that I did aquafit twice this week and the endorphins are tipping me even further into optimism than usual. I'm pretty cheery despite a lingering cough that has me sounding like a bar mitzvah and sipping lots of warm beverages. I've been wearing cozy knit scarves and shawls wrapped close around my throat to protect me from the chilly air. I wouldn't be mad about the sudden appearance of an Iana (just saying).

 

She boasts a spined crescent shape, graphic lace, sparkly beads, and a delicate edge. This beauty is luxurious as heck. I kind of want a black one, and I barely even believe in black.

 

 

wrapped from the frontanother way to wrap

 

 

Knitted shawls are just as suited to ripped denim as they are to opera gloves. So long as you knit with colors that match or complement your most worn items (or you don't care about matching), it's hard to think of an outfit that won't benefit from being wrapped in something this pretty.

 

 

two outfits

 

 

How will you wear Iana?

Throwback Thursday: Meridian

It was supposed to be 25 below zero this morning, and it was only about 15 below. My housemate called this exceeding expectations. I still call it too darn cold, especially now that it's Mach. When I was a teenager, I refused to wear a coat most of the time (sorry mom). Now I wear scarves and hats constantly from October to April. My tolerance for being cold has really shrunk with age. A warm hat makes the biggest difference to my general happiness when the mercury dips, and hats are such a satisfying knitting project. They're small enough to provide the instant-ish gratification of a finished project, and you can make them in about a thousand different ways.

 

Lee Meredith is constantly turning traditional pattern construction on it's head, which makes her patterns a bucket and a half of fun to make. Remember Meridian?

 

 

teal and yellow meridian cap modelend on a ginger girl

 

 

I really like knitting things that are a bit like yarn based origami. If you want the lay of the land a little, this pic (from a blog post Lee wrote) might help explain how this hat comes to exist.

 

 

hat map

 

 

The color combos are endless! I'd be tempted to use a self-striping with a solid, or a soft neutral with a neon. Here's how it looks in a little more neutral of a palette:

 

 

back of blue and grey meridian hat, modeled on a guy

 

 

I bet you can make one with scraps from your stash. Give Meridian a whirl!

 

 

both hats together

 

 

Twist Style Friday: Bushel

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 folks!

 

Since switching over to mostly being a freelance human (sometimes I think of it as free-range, and imagine myself as a happy chicken), the days of the week have lost most of their traditionally associated meaning, but this week, Friday is actually part of my weekend!

 

I am writing to you from the apartment of one of my nearests and dearests in Montreal, and soon will head to consult on a peer education project I helped create a dozen years ago (yup, I have been a cranky upstart at least that long), and then I will have some time to chill out. Also tonight I get to welcome a friend who is moving here, and incidentally into the apartment next door to where I'm staying.

 

Speaking of chill, it is pretty darn cold here in la belle province. Kinda makes me wish I had a Bushel.

 

 

collar detail

 

 

Have you ever seen something so cozy? You just wanna snuggle it, at least I do.

 

 

sleeve and side

 

 

Can we talk about that texture? Squishy! Delicious! Nevermind how fast you can probably churn out a sweater knit on 9mm needles.

 

Because of this thing's delightful, blankety nature, probably my preferred way of wearing it would be with wool socks and not much else, ideally paired with a great book and a big steamy mug of coffee. But I bet you could take Bushel out on the town, if you paired her with stuff that was a little bit sharp, a little bit clean of line (and if you're anything like me, a little bit 90s).

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Bushel?

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