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Designer Post Hartford

headshot of designer Anne PodlesakToday's post comes from Anne Podlesak, who brought Hartford to our newest issue. She is also the designer of the lovely Belleville cardigan from Spring/Summer 2014. You can also find this post on her blog, here. Read all about her sleeve-cap secrets, and celebrity inspiration. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so pleased to have a chance to work with the stellar crew at Twist Collective again for their Winter 2014 edition.  

 

 

 Hardford pullover, modeled by brunette woman standing in front of a barn

 

 

Hartford is a women's sized pullover with a big cable motif running up the center front, and a simple ribbed back and sleeves.  It is knit in pieces from the bottom hems up, blocked, then seamed together, and a ribbed stand-up collar/mock turtleneck finished the whole piece off.  Don't be put off by the bit of finishing/seaming you have to do at the end - especially the set-in sleeves.  The secret here is that the ribbed sleeve cap gives you a LOT of fudge-factor room, and helps make the seaming-in much easier.

 

 

Same sweater, model has her left elbow bent with her hand behind her head

 

 

It's knit in a sportweight yarn, so not too heavy a piece - I like sport and DK weight yarns since you can realistically wear them out under a jacket and not freeze, but can also wear them indoors if you keep the thermostat set a bit on the cooler side, like I do.  

My inspiration for this piece was the amazingly talented and stylish Katharine Hepburn, who once said: I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding what clothes to wear.  This is decidedly my sort of clothes. 

 

 

close up of sweater yoke and model's face

 

I hope Kate would approve of this one.

Twist Style Friday: Hartford

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 New Year knitters! I hope everyone got lots of time off work or school, got to spend time with people who love you, and had lots and lots of time to relax and knit. 

 

 

I finished a contract job at the end of November and had a gap before my next one starts in a few days, so I knitted a LOT OF THINGS this month. I finally finished those Perfect Storm mittens for my friend AK, I knitted a funny slightly secret commission, I made a few jar-sweaters, finished a languishing pair of bright purple socks, and made a really really bright pink Wheelright that made it to the west coast just in time for Christmas. I did not however, finish my Ravenscrag, but I'm back in the saddle and I can't wait to wear it! 

 

 

My housemates (the roombabes, as I like to call them) introduced me to a really awesome New Year's Day Tradition. They save the extremely large crossword from the Saturday Globe Christmas issue, pick a nearby locale (ideally one that serves brunch, bottomless coffee, and bloody caesars), and alert the troops. A rotating cast of characters comes by to eat, drink, and be brainiacs working on a thousand-clue puzzle. Yesterday's took about seven hours to fully solve. It was the best possible way to ring in the new year for a group of word-nerds. 

 

 

It finally feels like winter here in Toronto, and my woolen things are getting a lot of wear. This week's sweater would be a welcome addition to my chilly weather wardrobe. Meet Hartford

 

 

oatmeal colored cabled pullover with a short turtleneck, modeled with a black and white striped skirt and tall black boots on a brunette model standing in front of a barn. same sweater from the back, which is plan ribbed and fitted to the body

 

 

If I was making this for myself, I would probably lower the collar a little and make it a crew neck. The cable pattern is super lovely; let's take a bit of a closer look. 

 

 

yoke detail

 

 

It's so pretty and tangley! Plus the plain ribbed back and sleeves mean this could still be a pretty quick knit. I think I'd like it best in hunter green or navy blue (but would probably end up buying hot pink yarn when I went to select my materials). 

 

 

Here are a couple of outfit ideas- 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Hartford? 

Twist Style Friday: Intaglio and Abyss

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.


 

Marnie here. Carly asked if I was available to do a Style Friday post today and I thought it would be a great chance to talk about my two designs in the Winter 2014 edition. How excited am I that my piece is the cover? Pretty flipping excited, thanks for asking. Aaaaanyway, while both pieces appear in the same shoot, they appeal to totally different sides of my personality.

 

Intaglio (pronounced, "in-tahl-ee-oh") suits the me who works from home and takes her dogs to the beach and curls up in front of a fire with a big mug of hot chocolate. It's got a little waist shaping, a little ease and the sort of cowl neck that I find balances my larger hips and smaller bust and shoulders.

 

Abyss is all about the side of me that occasionally likes to get dressed up and doesn't mind pulling out all the stops. That side of me loves ruffles and lace and high heels and pretty stockings. Where Intaglio me is sipping hot cocoa, Abyss me has a beautiful champagne flute, filled with bubbly and her feet are killing her but she'll worry about that tomorrow.

 

Intaglio Abyss

 

While the obvious pairing for Intaglio is jeans, and I think Kate's shoot captures that look perfectly, I don't think it's limited to being that casual. Intaglio can get down to business. It's not twee, but it's still feminine and looks great over skirts and trousers.

 

 

three ways to wear Intaglio

 

Abyss, on the other hand, is all frills. I see it being dramatic over a column dress or more practical over a sweater and skirt or even used as a winter scarf. If twee isn't your thing, pairing it with simple neutral pieces will keep everything in check but it can be really fun to play up the sweetness with a few extra frills, if that style suits your mood.

three outfits for Conservatory

 

This wouldn't be a Marnie post if I didn't throw something a little inexplicable in for good measure, so what about a an outfit that screams, "There's no place like home but who cares, I have some dancing to do!" This whole outfit started with those "ruby slippers." They went beautifully with Dorothy's blue eyes and they'll go equally well with those shades of aqua and teal. We'll ignore the fact that all those sequins will probably eat the yarn to pieces. Just click your heels and ask the Wizard for yarn that never snags.

rubies and abyss

 

 

Are you sold? How would you wear Intaglio and Abyss?

 

Twist Style Friday: Quiver

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 Friday friends! I spent a bit of time this morning cleaning up my office. I'm a super lucky kid with two rooms in my house, and so one of them is this "office" that is mostly packed full of yarn and craft supplies, but in an effort to have my laptop not live literally in my bed, I'm trying to actually use this extra space! I get great sunlight and have a view of rooftops wearing thick snowblankets. 

 

Probably because of the big window, it gets a little chilly in here, and I'm wishing I had a really squishy wool sweater to put on (with my leopard print pj pants and batman t shirt, I'm a fashion plate, okay??). Specifically, I wish I had this one

 

 

Quiver from the frontfrom the back 

 

 

I really love the way the cable pattern looks like super zoomed-out plaid, and also like a grid, and also like arrows. This sweater seems like it would be a relaxing knit, and the finished product is so awesome, whatever your gender presentation. I have to confess, I don't totally believe in the idea that some clothes are for women and some clothes are for men. I think that humans should wear and make whatever clothes they like. The amazing thing about knitting is that you can make a garment literally fit your body. Some women don't want waist shaping in their sweaters. Some men do; it totally depends on how your body is shaped and how you like your clothes to fit. I tend to wear stuff that's pretty fitted because I like to, but with a garment this squishy and cozy, I might actually prefer it a size or two too big, and not so shaped. Anyways, there is also a lady version of Quiver (it's lovely) which we will look at for styling another day. Today we are just focusing on the more masculine nebula in the gender universe. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

If you (or the person you're knitting for) is the kind of guy who has plentiful face-hairs, all of these outfits could be perfected with the addition of the ultimate winter accessory (bonus for warmth), a stellar beard (or a particularly festive holiday beard?). The one on the right in particular is an ode to the current trend of "lumbersexuality" or as I call it, Canadian masculinity. I have to admit that the pickings for men's stuff on polyvore are a little slim - and let's face it - normative masculinity is pretty restrictive. So I'm sorry if this week's outfits are a little lower on whimsy than you're used to seeing from me! You can imagine with me a fourth outfit that I couldn't assemble- skinny black pants, shiny black creepers (pointy toe, please), a crisp white buttondown, a blood red bowtie, and Quiver, but in charcoal or black. You know, for a little of that Jack White/Jack Skellington flair. 

 

How will you wear Quiver

Twist Style Friday: Quarry

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, sartorially inclined readers!! I'm feeling pretty chuffed today; I had this week off and have been cavorting around Montreal, visiting old friends, meeting my friends' newish small humans, snuggling dogs, and generally having a super nice time. Oh, and knitting, of course! I started a Wheelwright and it's a really steady and satisfying lace pattern. I love when charts are predictable and the resulting knitting is easy to read. I feel like the pattern is patting me on the head in a reassuring way every ten stitches or so. 

 

It's chilly here, a damper cold than in Toronto, and one more wooly layer might have been a wise addition to my wardrobe. Maybe one with some geometric detail, like Quarry

 

 

front yoke detail

 

 

This top has a classic shape and simple lines, but the graphic yoke gives it a modern punch. Right now I want to make this in a warm, pale grey-brown with a super jazzy bright as the contrast color (like this one I just got a skein of when I went yarn shopping with Kate earlier this week). I think it would be super stunning in lots of color combinations, but I would stick to pretty high contrast, and maybe steer away from heathers to keep the lines crisp. Mustard and charcoal would be another of my top picks, or raspberry and chocolate brown. Basically any color named after food is probably a solid choice. 

 

 

back detailside detail

 

 

Packing for a trip can be a bit stressful. I dress to match (or sometimes, to counteract) my mood, and it's hard to know how I'll feel six days from now. Also color coordination is important to me, as are dry, warm feet. I wanted to only bring a backpack and a purse. Also I packed in the hour before I left my apartment, because I'm smart and organized like that. Don't worry, I had a strategy! I chose a limited color palette, only packing things that are black, purple, or leopard print so literally every piece could be mixed and matched.  I brought things I could layer for warmth and combine in different ways. I brought lots of wool socks (some that I made!), and only at the very last second added a pair of (leopard print) sneakers to my bag. I haven't worn them, it seems I legit could have gotten away with just my tall purple docs! They even worked with the black and gold sparkly gown I wore to the semi-fomal event I attended on Saturday night. Yep, I got it all in the backpack. 

 

I employed a similar palette approach when looking at Quarry this week. Black, white, red, and metallics all mix together to make a bunch of pretty sweet outfits. You could swap around any of the bags and shoes and jewelry, and they would all still make sense. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

How will you wear Quarry

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