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Universal Yarn Giveaway

 Today's giveaway is brought to you by Universal Yarn!


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Four lucky winners will have warm hands (or give someone they like warm hands) this winter. We are giving away four lovely color combinations of Universal's Deluxe Worsted and the pattern for the beautiful Scribe mittens. Due to shipping restrictions, only entries from the USA are eligible to enter today.






One of my favorite methods of keeping my hands toasty (can be combined with mittens) is warm beverages. Sometimes I don't even drink them; I just want to hold a steamy mug of something. To enter today's giveaway, tell us what your favorite warm drink is! 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 Universal Yarns discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.


Lorna's Laces Giveaway

September hits like a ton of bricks, friends. Are you all buried under piles of work/school/life? We want to help. That's right, by giving away more free stuff. Today, Lorna's Laces is your generous benefactor. 


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One lucky winner will get score some delicious Helen's Lace and the pattern for Sally Rand. A stunning shawl in a wool-silk blend will keep you cozy as the weather chills out. 




To enter, tell us what your favourite fall textile is! On my list are leather, wool, corduroy, and velvet. Gore-tex, polar fleece, cashmere, and silk are also pretty great. You can join the conversation on today's Facebook post (and like our page!)! You have until the end of today.


You can find out more about Lorna's Laces yarns by following their blogFacebook, or Twitter!

Five Questions with Amy Herzog

Amy HerzogAmy Herzog is today's featured designer in our Five for Five interview series; follow the whole series here. Amy has designed seven lovely patterns with us. She focuses on flattering pieces that are easy to modify for different body shapes and types. Check out her super-engaging blog, here.




Some of Amy's designs

(Topside, Cayley, Literati, Sapwood)


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

Oscillate, though it's close between it and Sapwood! I love curves, and in Oscillate especially I love how the curves of the cables, the waist shaping, the curves of the body all interact with this design. Also, it's a cardigan, which I find super-practical. 


2. What was your biggest knitting/crocheting/designing disaster?

Oh, definitely the time I knit a design out of a nice crisp cotton... ...and by the time we actually arrived at the photo shoot location, it had grown at least a size and there was a huge crease from the seatbelt right down my front! We had to reshoot the whole thing, it was a nightmare. :)


3. Where do you get your inspiration for designs from?

Clothing, and the people who wear it. Bodies are awesome, in all of their different configurations, and I just love thinking about how clothing and bodies interact, and playing with different visual elements to achieve one thing or another.

It's incredibly important to me that my designs help knitters make really meaningful contributions to their wardrobes. It's why I do what I do. So I find the thought of knitters wearing the things they've created from my designs, rather than loving them as expressions of their skill and then putting them away, to be hugely inspiring. 


4. Name one of your guilty pleasures. 

All three extended versions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a bucket of a silk-wool blend, and 12+ hours of uninterrupted knitting bliss (Even if it's not something I can indulge in very often)!


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

...fewer people would get that puzzled, "she's not quite right" look when I tell them what I do. :-)



(Twinings, Lilium, Oscillate, Twinflower)

Briar Rose Fibers Giveaway

 Today's giveaway is brought to you by Briar Rose Fibers!


Briar Rose


You get to choose your own prize, because what we have for you is a $40 gift certificate for you to use in their online shop! You decide which gorgeous, unique handpainted skein(s) are perfect for you. Plus you get a free Twist Collective pattern also of your choosing. You are the master of your prize-related destiny!! We've used Briar Rose yarns a bunch of times, see?


Briar Rose


Shown above: Left Column: Blue Daisy by Hilary Smith Callis and Satsuma by Brenda Patipa
Middle Column: 
Simsbury by Tabetha Hedrick, Voluta by Rachel Erin, and Derwen by Susanna IC
Right Column: Artichaut by Anne Hanson and 
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers

To enter, tell us what color (or color family) you knit with most often! 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 Briar Rose discussion (or all three)! You have until the end of today.



Twist Style Friday: Topside

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.


Last night, coming home from dinner and tarot readings with a dreamy friend (who is also an amazing artist), I was wearing a cardigan, a denim jacket, and a (made-by-me) scarf... and I was downright chilly. Fall, my dear friends, has arrived. It is the time for corduroy and leather and tights and warm socks and cardigans and blazers and boots and I am so excited. I need to knit the second sleeve of my Pont Neuf so I can wear it!


This morning I was feeling just a little chilled, and do you know what I wanted to put on? This exact thing.


the side of Topside


Topside is simple, but not at all boring. Elegant, but still casual. The sleeve length is perfect, and the textures are so toasty looking. Have a look at it from another angle.


front side of Topside


You could take this top in a business-y direction, you could wear it with jeans and sneakers, or go full-on girly, like in the shoot above. I couldn't decide, so I made lots of outfits.


three outfits


And then I made some more.


two more


How will you wear Topside?