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Throwback Thursday: Wingspan

Welcome to another installment of #throwbackthursday, where we feature a pattern from a past issue of Twist Collective!


This week takes us back to Winter 2010, that time we did a photoshoot at a skating rink. Yeah, you're right, that *was* adorable. Hello there, Wingspan.



wingspan from the back



In addition to being a really lovely sweater, Wingspan is the cure for second sleeve syndrome! You knit from cuff to cuff in one piece, and then pick up stitches upwards for the cowl and downwards for the lower body. I oscillate between being a product knitter and a process knitter (does that make me a praxis knitter?), and unconventional construction is wildly alluring for me.



closeup of cables



The visual impact of the cables flowing seamlessly from wrist to wrist is just plan cool. If I were to knit this tomorrow (please don't make me, I am positively BURIED in knitting for soon-to-be-weds, newlyweds, and freshly baked (or still baking) humans), I might leave off the cowl and finish the edge with an applied i-cord. I overheat and like to be able to take my scarf off. With or without the cowl, Wingspan is a stunning sweater on or off the ice.



neck and cable detail





Twist Style Friday: Sachertorte

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.


Even though technically January is the beginning of the year, having spent so many years either as a student, or working with youth (many of whom are in school of some variety), September always feels like the beginning of something. The pace of things changes. The light shifts. The trees start to pretty up their leaves before releasing them. The year is a wheel at at this point I am reflective, looking at the echoes of the year before and the year before that.


One of the reasons I like living in a place where the seasons are so distinct is that is reminds me that change is normal and important and ultimately, possible. The leaves will grow back. Not everything is for keeps.


I'm knitting a LOT of wedding presents right now (pretend you didn't read that, people I love who are getting hitched), which hopefully are for longtime keeping! Knits can last pretty much forever, especially if you take nice care of them and learn how to darn. This week's sweater I can imagine being passed down through generations. Oh hi there Sachertorte.



collar and front detail



The stunning cables are pretty timeless (and just pretty), and the swingy shape means the same size can be worn by folks with pretty different body sizes and shapes (excellent for sharing and heirlooming).



side shot back view



I don't have any grand recommendations except for this; wear this sweater with things you love. Wear things you love every day if you can. Forget all the rules you've been taught about what's fashionable and what's flattering.  I was working on this styling in my office on a day we have some teenage volunteers around, and so I asked them what they thought of the outfits I had put together, and they universally hated the one on the right, which is obviously my favorite, because I always like the most ridiculous things the most. One of them said "You'd have to be pretty confident to wear those pants with those shoes" which made me laugh, but I think she had it backwards. Wearing gold shoes makes me feel bulletproof. I think you should probably give it a whirl. Oh, and also try a grown-up tutu, because that's cute and also hilarious. Carry a big angular purse and you won't look like a giant child, I promise.




three outfits



How will you wear Sachertorte?

Throwback Thursday: Novak

Yesterday some of my colleagues went to have an offsite meeting at a restaurant near our office, and we decided to meet inside rather than on the patio because it was kind of chilly. 


This time of year my knitting impulse is going strong. I want to be ready when the cold weather gets here. This week's #throwbackthursday takes us to Fall 2009, our first anniversary issue. Say hi to Novak






She's got a slight A-line shape, and herringbone details on the dramatic collar and cuffs. Made in squishy plied worsted merino, this is also a speedy little sweater to make. I love a three quarter sleeve- you can wear long gloves and look seriously cool, and not overheat when you go inside. 



cuff detailcollar detail



The retro shape was inspired by 50s film star Kim Novak. Check out the sample on the designer, Claire Montgomerie. 



Claire Montgomerie wearing Novak



This 50s style is a classic in any era, and I know I would love to have a Novak to keep me warm when the snow flies. 

Twist Style Fridays: Meristem

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 friends!!


I'm a big puddle of feelings today. I supervise a group of young women volunteers doing creative peer education and community building work (in my non-knitting life), and last night they held an event called "open mic for open hearts" where folks were invited to share music, art, poetry, comedy, or stories with the crowd. I'm not a performer and had never organized a thing like that, but it was kind of amazing. The event, and lots of my experiences working with young people, has me thinking a lot about what it means to be tough. Physical strength is a real thing, but it is only one thing. There is also resilience, and forgiveness, and healing, and teaching, and growth, and transformation. All of these are tough as heck (or tough AF, as the youths are saying these days). 



When I first started riding a bike in the city,  was so nervous. I didn't know how to take up space on the road. It was like a crash course in assertiveness (without the crash). For a while I had to repeat (in my head or our loud) the sentence "I am a vehicle!" over and over again to convince myself it was true. This event last night felt like a slow steady chant of "we are powerful." And we are.



Me, I use my clothes to remind me that I'm powerful. My clothes (and accessories, and makeup) are armor. Here is a silly shot of the aggressively sparkly shirt I wore last night to this performance. I wore purpley-black lipstick to feel extra tough (it worked).



carly, white and blond, wearing a black tank top decorated with lipstick made of sequins



One of my favorite things about the weather cooling down is that you can wear MORE CLOTHES. I am so excited about layering I can't even really explain it. You'll notice that every outfit in the set below involves layers. Dreamy!



So let's take a look at the garment, shall we? Meristem is a perfect layering piece, or a top on its own! The organic vine-y yoke is knit sideways from the center out, and the body stitches are picked up and knit downwards. Fun, right??



yoke detail of Meristem, terra cotta vest with sideways cabled yoke



I'm also a big fan of the split sideseam, and the garter edge at the bottom. This top is kind of simple, but there are lots of knitterly details to keep it interesting and make it special.



detail shot of waist shaping and split side seam



I say go forth and be layered! Be complicated and strong! Wear delightful knitted things and aggressive accessories (aggressories, as I sometimes call them)! No one will mess with you when your earrings are shark teeth or you could maybe cut them with the toe of your boot.



three layered outfits



How will you wear Meristem?

Throwback Thursday: Samsara

Hi folks! 


Carly here. Since we started an Instagram account, we have been noticing people posting old (and sometimes very hilarious) photos from their pasts with the hashtag #throwbackthursday. Kate and I thought it would be fun to feature patterns from past issues on the blog on Thursdays. Welcome to our first installment. 


This is Samsara. We first met her in out Winter 2010 issue



beige cropped jacket with cable panels on the lower front and back knit on the bias



Have you ever knitted something on the bias? Those cabled panels are knitted diagonally, and then stitches are picked up in various directions to make the rest of the jacket. The hem curves gently in the back, way before that was cool. 


back view



The simple one-button closure and the easy shape make this a perfect fall jacket. 



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