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Free Pattern and Giveaway!
Veronik Avery (who has published several charming patterns with us including: Mittaines and Moufles, Papineau and Linden) has a new beret pattern to share (FREE!) with you all. It’s also available in her new STC book: Knitting 24/7.
In celebration of this new book, Veronik and Stewart, Tabori & Chang have given Twist Collective gifts to give out to three people! Email 24-7contestATtwistcollectiveDOTcom by midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, May 16th to be entered into the contest. Winners will be chosen at random.
First prize winner will get: Knitting 24/7, enough St. Denis Nordique yarn to knit the beret as well as a GoKnit bag by KnowKnits to keep it all handy!
Second and third prize winners will get: a copy of the Knitting 24/7 book.
There’s also another giveaway happening right now on the Knitting 24/7 group on Ravelry.
Style Notebook: Timpani, Reader Edition
A few weeks back, I posted one of my Polyvore collages for Connie Chang Chinchio's Timpani cardigan. Because of the length of the skirts I used, a few readers were concerned that I had forgotten that not everyone wants to show so much leg. I do my best to be sensitive to the range of people's comfort zones when it comes to clothes. When I choose things to put together on Polyvore, I try to avoid spending over a million bucks for an outfit, and I am usually pretty successful in collecting things that friends of mine would allow themselves to be seen wearing. Sometimes skirts that match the sweaters are shorter than I would like, or the heels on the shoes are too tall, but a Polyvore collage is purely fantasy, and not at all something I consider as "the rules."
However, the post inspired a number of readers to suggest "friendlier" sartorial choices for Timpani, and I want to (gleefully) share them with you here.
April submitted this board (I'm digging the beaded sandals and the beach-casual vibe):
Kathy sent me this idea for Timpani, suitable for fancy work or a dinner date:
Becky had a dressier occasion in mind for her Timpani fantasy:
There's a few more Polyvore things in store, thanks to the creativity of readers like you. Stay tuned, and go knit something. xo
A Knitter's Guide to Polyvore
by Marnie MacLean, from a series of original posts in the Ravelry Twist Collective forum.
If you read the Twist Collective Blog regularly, you've seen the Style Notebook posts where Julia uses a site called Polyvore to suggest styling options for the many beautiful patterns Twist offers. I've gotten sucked into the fun and will be offering posts on my blog ways you might work some of my designs into your own wardrobe (if you happen to share my weird sense of style). I absolutely love the way Julia and Kate style my pieces for the magazine, but I also think it's really fun to see pieces in another context. Here's how I play with Polyvore, and now you can too. I’ll say that I found Polyvore a little hard to use at first, a little unintuitive, but once you get it, it’s fun.
For people who want to know how to clip a new image to polyvore, here’s a very simple walk-through.
Go to the bottom of any Polyvore page and choose “Clipper.” Drag the “Clip to Polyvore” text to your toolbar simply using your mouse to do so.
Navigate to an image you want to clip. You cannot clip anything from Flickr. You can use items you’ve personally loaded into Ravelry or your blog. Click the Polyvore bookmark and a box will appear
Click on an image you want to clip. Note that in Ravelry, the thumbnail will pop up into a larger image and you will have to click that so it’s 2 clicks in Ravelry, 1 click in most other places.
Click as many images as you like and add names and tags.
Go back to Polyvore and admire your handywork!
Proceed with abandon!
To see the outfits that Marnie has imagined for her own Twist designs, visit her blog. To see reader-submitted polyvore ideas, stay tuned here to the blog.
Design Process: Courting Sophia
The new Twist Collective came out last week, and it’s filled with beautiful knitting patterns. I’m so, so, so, pleased to be a part of it. My shawl pattern Courting Sophia is one of a few gorgeous lace shawl and scarf patterns. It’s great to have a nice variety of lace patterns to choose from. My piece was inspired by hand woven lace shawls from Mexico, fairy tales and the art knitting of Mary Walker Phillips .
The photo above is from Twist Collective. Photo copyright Caroline Bergeron.
As I recall the theme mentioned with the submission page had something to do with parties. In my imagination I pictured a landscape with wispy trees, lacy fences, and strings of lights. I tried to convey the landscape of romance at a summer party.
Shawl and skirt image from Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress, a book of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe beautifully photographed and catalogued for the world to admire.
The lovely, golden yarn, Laci from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, in 24-karat color way, no less, adds to the effect of a deep summer glow
After the issue came out, I got excited to knit another Courting Sophia. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with red.
After knitting a few rows, I thought it would be great fun to add more colors! In my mind, the mohair stripes with pink and white triangles represent the smoggy, horizon with mountains landscape of Los Angeles.
Here is my palette. A wide assortment of wool, mohair and alpaca yarns, with one mystery glitzy thread. Metallics used sparingly are like flashes of light.
More inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s closet.
Julia here. Since I'm in a sharing mood, I thought I'd tell you about some of the little things I've seen around the knitting world lately that have made me smile. If you follow our Twitter feed, you may recognize a few of them, with my apologies.
1) A few weeks ago when I went to the Hub Mills Store to fondle the new Classic Elite Yarns, like the Verde Collection Chesapeake with which we had Tonia Barry knit her gorgeous Goose Rocks (I love the green colorway, especially). I also fell in love with these little zippered "yarn cases" from a new-to-me source, Walker Bags (scroll down the page for the yarn case). The mesh is a little bit rigid and smooth and stands up like a charm, and all the inside seams are finished with tape. I bought a pink one for sock knitting, but I currently have it assigned to a baby sweater I'm making for my nephew.
2) The kick-ass-cool and competent Astrid from the Dreamworks animated movie How to Train Your Dragon wears a jersey I am almost certain is made from nalbinding. I want to congratulate whoever it was in the Dreamworks studio who figured that one out. I wonder if they are a knitter (or a nalbinder). (Image of Astrid and voice talent America Ferrera borrowed from IMDB).
3) Something else I saw recently in my local yarn store rounds were these beautiful (shawl) pins made by Bonnie Bishoff. These are engineered really well so that they actually stay "hooked", and the clever little ring that ensures such security doubles as a place to hang your reading glasses. You know, if you need such a thing. Contact Yarns in the Farms if you're enchanted by them the way I was.
4) Next week we have a few more Designers sharing their design processes with us, and a few reader-submitted Style Notebook ideas for some of the sweaters from the most recent issue. Have a great weekend.