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Two books from two fantastic designers

Cathy CarronCathy Carron, designer of Bright Star, has just released a new book with the playful title, CowlgirlsCowlgirls cover. But don't be fooled by the title, this book doesn't cover just cowls, it has gaiters and balaclavas and snoods and more, ranging from simple to the most elaborate designs, all meant to keep you snuggly warm when the weather is cool. Whether you love knitting lace or cables or stripes or ribbing, there are patterns to please both the process and product knitter amongst you.

Check out Cowlgirls over at the publisher's website and pick a copy for yourself.

Julie Turjoman
Brave New Knits cover
Julie Turjoman, who designed Passiflora for our last Spring/Summer edition, has just released her first book entitled Brave New Knits. This beautifully photographed collection features an assortment of designs from a vast array of designers including; Norah Gaughan, Ysolda Teague, Connie Chang Chinchio, Kat Coyle and many more. Julie explores how blogs and the internet have changed the landscape for both designers and knitters. Each pattern is prefaced with a biography of the designer, focused on their path to knitwear design. If you've ever wanted to get to know some of your favorite bloggers a little better or if you just want to knit something beautiful, this books has plenty to offer.

Get your copy of Brave New Knits here

A story like any other

Hi! It's Kate again. I always mean to do a post about our photoshoots, but time always flies and before you know it, it's too late! Figured I'd try to do better this time.

For Une histore comme les autres, I was originally inspired by this screenshot from La ragazza con la valigia (The Girl with the Suitcase):

Girl with the Suitcase

I started thinking that I really wanted to do a photostory as if the pages were film stills. A few months later, I was at a friend's house dyeing Easter eggs with our kids and her husband started taking beautiful photos of the eggs, the dyes, the sock I was knitting. He also happened to be a film maker. It was Mårten Ivert. It hit me: Here's the perfect guy to do this sort of shoot. He thought it sounded like fun so we met and planned it out. We looked at tons of French New Wave film stills and came up with an entire storyboard. His sister, Emma, (the model in the shoot) also worked for Filippa K so we were able to borrow clothes. It was all going to be perfect!

Then it rained. And rained and rained and rained and rained. But we decided to shoot anyway. We switched up the story just a little bit and toughed it out until it was too dark to shoot anymore.

Mårten tells Wilhelm how to walk down the street and look sad that he was just dumped.

Then, a few days later, we were able to shoot the last two "scenes."

Real men wear mascara.

Planning where to stand
Picking the right tree.

Looking at camera
Talking about shots.

In the end, I'm actually glad it rained. I couldn't be happier with the shots and the mood. I hope you all enjoyed it too!

Rhinebeck recap

Hi all! It's Kate. Just taking a little break from the winter issue preparations to say hello and share some photos from Rhinebeck. Irene and I were there scoping out all of the beautiful knits and yarns and fibers. We met lots of people we already knew and loved as well as new friends! Here are  some of the twist FOs we spotted. I hope everyone will forgive me for not remembering all of your names. I also hope you'll forgive the super long post. I think all of these FOs are worth seeing!

As we were getting our tickets, we saw Woolyminded and her beautiful Acorns!

Rhinebeck Acorn

And I was sporting one of our brand new (very large, heavyweight) Twist Totes.

Rhinebeck Gwendolyn

Soon after, I finally got to meet Angela. She's in Vancouver. I'm in Montreal. So we finally met in New York after two years of talking. Makes sense, right? I'm wearing Tolovana (and Kirigami and Twin Oaks, actually - they're just hidden under my coat and shoes). Did You notice she's wearing Gwendolyn in the cardi version? We also spotted these two Gwendolyns.

Rhinebeck Gwendolyn

That's Potteryfreak and Sarah (of Ravelry).

Rhinebeck Argyle and Vivian

We saw this gorgeous Argyle (love that colorway!) and an awesome orange Vivian

Rhinebeck Stratocumulus and Red Oak

Here's VTHuskies in her Stratocumulus and a (teal) Red Oak. VTHuskies (Abby) told us that she loooooooooved knitting Stratocumulus and that she thought it would be a fantastic first sweater for a newer knitter.

Rhinebeck Hallett’s Ledge

We saw several Hallett's Ledges. The one on the left was finished in the car on the way to Rhinebeck. And on the right, that's Mandy Powers. We also saw a really beautiful pink Hallett's Ledge but didn't manage to get a picture of it.

Rhinebeck Sylvi

The smart lady on the left (someone help me with names!) had extra yarn from her Sylvi so she made a Sylvi-inspired bag to match. On the right is a brave soul who did a colorwork and cables Sylvi.

Rhinebeck Gytha and Cityscape

This is Michelle. She's wearing Hope's Gytha that she modified to make a cardigan! Michelle showed us her Eiffel Tower swatch. She's going to insert it into Cityscape and make the skyline how she wants it! I think that's awesome. In my imaginary knitting life, I would knit Cityscape to include the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and something from Montreal.

Rhinebeck Cityscape and Orange Pop

Speaking of Cityscape, Irene sported the sample along with the Crown of Leaves hat. That's Becky Herrick that she's standing with (designer of Cambridge Cables). I'm sure you recognize Mary-Heather (designer of Promenade) and Orange Pop. And on the bottom right, that's the very cute Cheryl Burke (designer of Cottage Garden and Stratocumulus).

Rhinebeck Arboreal Beret

I can't wait until next year when we can see all of your other super ideas and visit with the animals again. Above is me (again) in Arboreal Beret having a quiet moment with the sheep.

If you see yourself or a friend and have a name and link for me, I'd be happy to put them in! I think the wool fumes killed my memory. You can email me at kate at twistcollective dot com.

Passion Knit

Fiona Ellis

Today's blog post is written by Fiona Ellis who has designed so many gorgeous pieces I couldn't pick one to highlight. 

Passion Knits Storefront
Rebecca and Paula in the window

Funny how we all seem to feel that urge of back to school no matter how old we are or if we have kids or not. So one of my local yarn stores (Passion Knit) decided that this fall they would rename the season “Back to Wool”.  Then they set their customers a challenge that they called the “Twist Collective Challenge”. It is designed to encourage their clients to look at on-line sources for pattern instructions, as well as the numerous quantities they carry in the store. The idea is that each knitter downloads their chosen TC pattern before coming into the store for help in selecting the yarn for their project. Then over the next few months everybody works on their garments and share their progress at the regular monthly knit nights to encourage knitters to keep going on their projects. Then in January to beat those post holiday/winter blahs there will be a show and tell night where everybody will model their finished garment.

I think that it is a lovely idea and I loaned them the sample garments from my Twist Collective patterns that they used for their window display.

Close-up of window display
Bonnie is also part of the window display

I was so pleased to be a part of the launch of this challenge and cannot wait to see the end results.

Chartres Aran Waistcoat
Alisa stands in front of Chartres. She is knitting the Aran Waistcoat

Maybe you could suggest a similar challenge to your own LYS - there are so many patterns to choose from now…I think Kate said it was a gazillion!


Orange Pop, hold the orange

Norah Gaughan's Orange Pop, really lives up to its name with the striking flash of orange on her inside-out colorwork design.  I love how the deep red, and bright pink, compliment Mary-Heather's complexion. But we aren't all rocking red tresses and porcelain skin (ok, I got the second half in spades, but the former, not so much). 

orange pop

A few color changes can give this piece a whole new look for any number of preferences, skin tones and occasions and Norah has kindly offered us a few alternative colorways and their corresponding color numbers.

Orange Pop Colors

I just love the black and white colorway but the cool blues and purples would fit right into my wardrobe as well. The range of Ultra Alpaca colors is pretty extensive. We'd love to hear how you'd combine them.

Get your copy of Orange Pop here and join us on Ravelry to discuss this or any other Twist Collective piece you might be knitting.