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Quinn Bag Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. Our winner Morgan Daily has a lovely story about her great-grandmother.

"I never met my great-gram, Aino Johnson.  She was, I understand, beloved by her family, kind and gentle and thrifty. As a young woman she left her native Finland never to see her own family again and settled in northern Minnesota.  Her love of all things wool (she was a knitter and weaver and ordered big boxes of wool for herself and her neighbors) skipped two generations and landed on me, a fact impressed upon me since I was young.  She is in my thoughts constantly as I knit and spin.  Indeed, we have met, in spirit."

Morgan will receive a Quinn bag in the color of her choosing from Jordana Paige.

With so many great entries, we had a hard time picking 5 winners for a pattern of their choosing, so we choose 5 at random.

Congratulations to:

Clara Austin

"My JROTC instructor saw past my upbringing in a poor, minority, single-parent household and directed me towards my future in the US Air Force. I went on to the Air Force Academy, and she commissioned me as a second lieutenant in 2001. I am forever grateful for the potential she saw in me, and her unwavering commitment to help me succeed. She earned the nickname "Major Mom" early on in our relationship, and even now, 20 years after we first met, that is how I think of her. I am still so blessed to have her in my life."

Dru

"I met Helena when I was 12 years old, and very unsure of myself. Helena became a little sister to me and I her guardian. The more I saw myself in Helena the more I saw the person I wanted to become. She was a perfect mirror of the parts of myself that I was proud of. As I focused on what I wanted her to become I found new positives things about myself to love and peruse. Wanting to be there for her, helped me through rough times in my own, I wanted her to have a strong woman in her life, who had no fears, so that she could grow with no fear. Helena will be turning 17 this summer, and she still drives me to be the best person I can."

Sage Goode

"I am fortunate to have had a very inspiring mother. She's gone now, but her love and positive energy still in spires me to this day. From the creative (sewing a suitcase full of dolls clothes as a Christmas present) to the outrageously tenacious )surviving lymphatic cancer several times) my mother had a powerful capacity for finding and creating beauty.

Our home was always filled with those who needed a warm meal or a place to sleep - this during times when food was often in short supply in our house. My mother taught us all to love and care for others. She taught us to be mindful of the world around us and to open our hearts with generosity.

I am so grateful for my mother. I love her and miss her every day. And I also feel her close to me - whispering in my ear and guiding me through my own parenting, my own health issues, the challenges and joy of life."

Cynthia Evans

"As a child, I was surrounded by hard-working women whose lives were knit together by their very proximity. My mother focused on the good she saw in each person encouraging me to garden with Clara, play the guitar with Lillian, play the piano with Marva, love knitting with Luella, serve others like LaVee, cook for a crowd with my grandmother, Leah. My mother’s influence has made me doubly blessed because I have reaped life time benefits from the shared talents of these women and I am more likely to look for the good in all those who surround me."

Jennifer Court

"My grandmother was not the sort of woman who got down on the floor and played in the dirt with her only grandchild. As a child, I spent a week with her every summer, and I always knew that those were not going to be a hopscotch-and-dolls sort of weeks. They were, however, the best of all weeks. We worked in the garden because it needed to be done, then had orange juice with a single strawberry floating in the glass. We went to formal high tea at a hotel nearby because she wanted me to know how to behave in formal situations, and she taught me how to make polite conversation. We went to the local nursing home with her dog because there were people we could help just by visiting, and being able to help meant having a duty to help.

My grandmother died nearly 20 years ago, and to this day I still measure my behavior against the very fine example she set for me. And I still like a strawberry in my orange juice"

And a special thank you to Jordana Paige for her generous gift. We hope you'll take some time to read these inspiring stories and view Jordana's beautiful bags.

Twist Style Friday: Glaize

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 Twistfans! It's May! I hope you have been enjoying our Spring/Summer Issue. There are a bunch of real gems in there. 

 

I'm apartment hunting, and until I find a new place to live, I'm living with only a small subset of my belongings. It's a bit like camping, but without all the camping stuff, and with plumbing. I'm actually surprised at how easy it's been to live without most of my clothes. A few dresses, a few cardigans, a few pairs of shoes and boots, and apparently, I'm kind of set! The weather here did catch me off guard a bit; it has been decidedly British out (grey, chilly, rainy) for the last several days, and there is no sign yet of it letting up. 

 

The one thing my mini-wardrobe could use right now, is a pretty splash of color; a handknit, something with a bit of lace. I could really use Glaize

 

 

Glaize from the front, a henley with lace diamonds on the placket and three quarter sleeves, in pink. the back view- diamond lace repeats down the back and allover the sleeves

 

 

I love the lacy sleeves, I love that you can button the neck up to crew if you like, or leave it open low if you have something pretty on underneath. I love the sleeve length, and the little split at the hem. I would like one of these in every color, please. Let's just look at one more view, because gosh. 

 

 

side view, showing split at bottom seam, sleeve details

 

 

Despite the grey skies here, it really is spring, so I think you should wear Glaize with brights, and neutrals, and shoes you can walk in for hours. Like this! 

 

three outfits with Glaize

 

How will you wear Glaize

Twist Style Friday: Finery

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.


 

Marnie, here. Carly asked me to fill in for her, this Friday, which is an intimidating task, indeed. For the past seven years, I have been working from home, and my sartorial decisions are based primarily on temperature. Giant red bathrobe for cold days, just my normal pajama bottoms and t-shirt on hot days. Suffice to say, my fashion sense has waned a bit, during these years in the fashion desert, that is my home.

 

I'm hoping some of Carly's brilliant fashion sense has rubbed off on me. I always love her Fashion Friday posts and look forward to being fashionable vicariously through her each Friday. With that said, since it's the first Style Friday post of the season, I get to pick from the entire edition and I just knew I wanted to pick Finery, for my post.

 

I loved Karolina Eckerdals piece right from the submission. The delicate mesh detailing, hidden button placket and waist shaping make this a perfect Spring cardigan.

 

Photo of men and women's Joist sweaters, modeled in the woods.

 

My first instinct is to pair this with a dress or skirt. The mesh lace doesn't read frilly or fussy. If this stitch pattern were a color, it'd be a hard-working, easy to wear neutral that can be paired with almost anything. Since the garment will pick up the mood and feel of whatever you pair it with, I thought it might be fun to really play up its Spring/Summer side. Whether you wear it with a casual knit dress and flats, to the office with a skirt and top, or out on the town for a date night, Finery really pulls the look together.

four outfits with Joist

 

I'll be honest, though, as much as I love dresses, I basically never wear them. Pants (trousers for my readers in the UK) are more my thing, and Finery is going to work just beautifully with them. You can always tell which item of clothing is mine, from all the dog hair, so I thought I'd go ahead and make a pup an official styling accessory.

 

four outfits with Joist

Finery is comfortable being casual, fun, dressy or professional and I think it'll make a great addition to almost any wardrobe. How will you wear Finery?

 

PS. Did you notice the fantastic accessory you could currently win from Jordana Paige and Twist Collective? 

Quinn Bag by Jordana Paige Giveaway

Jordana Paige Giveaway

Mother’s day is coming up soon and it seems like a good time to remember women who have inspired us, mentored us, guided us and made us better people. We want to hear your stories about a woman who has made a positive difference in your life and what she means to you.

 

We will be giving away Twist Collective pattern gift certificates to our five favorite stories and sharing those stories with our readers on the blog. Then we’ll pick one person at random, from all the submissions to receive one of these beautiful Quinn bags from Jordana Paige, in the color of your choice.

 Jordana Paige Giveaway

Jordana Paige has been creating beautiful bags for knitters, for over a decade, and the Quinn bag is no exception. Check out all the features, details and colors here. The Quinn bag is sure to keep your knitting organized and safe from snags, snips and soot, but the bag is so beautiful, and so thoughtfully designed, you may end up using it for your regular handbag, too.


To enter, send an email to quinn (at) twistcollective (dot) com. Please keep your replies under 100 words and email your entry no later than Wednesday, April 30th.

Design Process: Sugarbeach

Fiona EllisToday's post is from Fiona Ellis. Fans of Twist are no stranger to her work. In the nearly six years we've been publishing, she's produced 21 designs for us. Today, she talks about her latest, Sugarbeach, as well as a few blasts from our publishing past.

 

 

 

sugarbeach

 

 

Have you noticed that my Sugarbeach top has cables that divide and then flow around the V-neck to frame the face? It’s a pet idea of mine that I often include in my sweater designs. It serves to create a focal point for the garment and shows that you have spent time and effort to create a couture piece.

 

How does hand knitting differ from commercial practices?
Most commercially made garments are made by the cut-and-sew method. Each piece of the garment is cut from a length of fabric and then seamed together. So when it comes to the neckline there is already a cut edge and a break in the patterning. As hand knitters we are making custom made garments just as a couture house would do. We fashion each piece of the garment exactly the size it needs to be. So it is my belief that, as we are already engaging in couture practices (and harkening back to an age of elegance), we should continue this attention right into the details, edges, neatening and of course the neckline treatment. It’s what makes our work stand out as beautiful custom hand-work rather than the thrown together pieces we find so often in main stream stores.

 

Why do we need a focal point?
By careful placing a change in pattern we can ensure that the first place a viewer’s eye will be drawn to will be our best feature. Mostly I believe that the most interesting thing about all of us is what we think and say so it makes sense to draw the eye towards the face rather than say our derriere (unless you have a wonderful derriere of course).

 

How do we draw the eye towards the neckline?
Cables, generally speaking, create vertical lines (if we work them in the conventional fashion) automatically causing the eye to run up and down the piece. But we can utilize a number of different methods to further draw the eye toward the face. 

 

We can choose lines that create arrow shapes with the tip pointing towards the face - Rebecca & Chartres are both examples of this.

Rebecca   Chartres

 

We can add collars and worked in contrasting colours they are be especially eye catching, as with Charleston.

Charleston

Or we can add feature patterning in the yoke area, which creates an effect a little like placing a piece of jewelry there. Merise is a great example of this.

Merise

We can also continue the patterning around the neckline rather than just cutting into it to do the shaping, like in Mehndi & of course with Sugarbeach.

Mehndi

With these design elements it is often important to finish on a specific row before beginning the change in patterning or shaping. So we need to pay attention to row gauge and the length that you need to make the piece. You can’t just knit a few more rows to achieve the correct length and still end on the correct row of the pattern.

How do ensure that the correct row of the pattern is at the neckline?
In writing the pattern instructions I have taken care of this for you. But what if you need to make adjustments to the length from those I have offered?

  1. Firstly we need to know our row gauge. I know that you all do gauge swatches right?
  2. Then we need to know how long the piece needs to be. So measure a garment that fits you well and check it against the schematic measurements to see if you will need to make any changes.
  3. We can then calculate the number of rows that will need to be worked to give your desired length. That is: the number of rows per inch multiplied by the length of the piece.
  4. Divide this number by the pattern repeat to see if you will arrive at the correct row in the pattern at the neckline. You will need to check the instructions to see which row.
  5. If it doesn’t work out quite perfectly we will need to adjust the pattern row we start from at the hem. The adjustment can be done one of two ways: To shorten simply begin on a higher number row, therefore subtracting rows.

OR to lengthen add extra rows before working row 1 of the pattern. These rows should be worked from the top of the chart as though you were ending a previous repeat before you begin working row 1.

I hope this has given you some food for thought and Happy Knitting!

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