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Throwback Thursday: Forest Mushroom

If you follow this blog very much, you probably know that I (Carly) am a colorwork weenie. Every once in a while, I get brave and do something stranded, but usually I just avoid those projects. I do however, feel tempted by these mittens

 

 

mittens, modeled

 

 

Forest Mushroom seems like a kind of helpful tutorial. The braids look like fun to me, there are a few different patterns, but none with particularly long floats, and then the main body of the mitten has a pattern that is repetitive enough to memorize. 

 

 

frontcloser

 

 

I also quite like that the pattern continues onto the palm side of the mitten. These could be mushrooms, or acorns, or neon folks dots, depending on the colors you feel pulled towards. These might be a great project to take on if you, like me, are a little wary of Fair Isle! 

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Confectionary

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 fashion friends! I am of the opinion that these late December days are for maximum laziness. I hope you have been getting a chance to put your feet up, crack a book or two, watch a season of something gripping but ineffectual, or whatever activities make you feel rested and recharged. 

 

Maybe you want to make the speediest sweater ever, like this beauty, knit on 9mm needles. Just think about how quickly you could go from having a pile of squishy delicious yarn (this stuff is basically roving with a light twist) to having this pretty thing to wear!! 

 

 

collar and yoke closeup

 

 

Confectionary hits maximum squish factor.

 

 

backfull view

 

 

My roombabes and I are indulging in our annual tradition of getting the heck out of the city for New Year's Eve, because our idea of a party involves pyjamas and board games and a dog named Fox. Confectionary is the kind of sweater that can keep you company (and keep you snuggly warm) whether your style is proper adult, boozy board games, or fancy party; just adjust the level of sparkle according to your preference. 

 

How will you wear Confectionary

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Naturalist for Guys

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.


 

 

Hi and happy holidays, Twistfans! 

 

This post is coming to you a little late because I'm a cough-monster, and my brain and typing hands and running awfully slow today. The bright side is that the holidays offer lots of time for rest and relaxation, and my house is full of soup and Christmas cookies. It's also nice to have lots of time for knitting. 

 

Are you considering a new sweater project? I hope some of you are making this

 

 

Naturalist

 

 

If you read this blog, you probably know that the combo of brights and neutrals is something I adore, and that tones in the grellow/chartreuse family make me really, really happy. So it should come as no surprise that I love this sweater. In a squishy aran, and with an intuitive texture pattern on the body, Naturalist is a speedy knit indeed. 

 

 

both sweaters together

 

 

How about some outfits for the more masculine among us? 

 

 

 

How will you wear Naturalist

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Naturalist

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.


 

 

Did you see it? We launched a new issue yesterday. My prescription is a big mug of something tasty and warm (apple cider, or hot chocolate maybe?) and a long slow flip through the pages and back again. Have you picked a favourite yet? 

 

Toronto is covered in a blanket of snow. It happened suddenly, yesterday in the early evening. It often snows on my birthday, and I like waking up to my next year with the world sparkly and changed. The snow and the new Winter Twist both feel like presents just for me, but I support you enjoying them along with me. While it snowed I ate cupcakes and drank old fashioneds and laughed until the wee hours with a small crew of delightful humans. 

 

Whether you're holiday party-hopping, spending time around a cozy fire, shovelling snow, or shopping your face off, Naturalist can take you there. 

 

 

both versions, front detail

 

 

Naturalist is a snuggly sweater for any gender. I love the pop of colour at the collar and hems, and the chevron patterning. 

 

 

back

 

 

A squishy worsted yarn makes this a pleasure to knit, and also a speedy project. 

 

 

How will you wear Naturalist

 

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Smoky Lake

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.


 

 

This weather has me knitting up a storm. I finished a pretty pair of Banach mittens, a scarfy-cowl thing, and a pair of socks this week. That means I get to start some new ones, right? I'm deciding on my next sweater project, and these are a couple of my top pattern contenders. 

 

Sometimes though, all you want is a snuggly cabled cardigan with a big cozy collar, like this one

 

 

side view of keyhole sweater

 

 

Generous in length, with squishy cables and overlapping fronts. Smoky Lake is a babe, you guys. 

 

 

front

 

 

Smoky Lake will be your best friend on a chilly camping trip, but you can also treat her like a blazer. 

 

 

How will you wear Smoky Lake

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