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Today's post is a short interview with Momo Ando, a knitter and Twist Collective reader! She is a transplant from Tokyo Japan, and currently resides in Wayland, Massachusetts with her husband and two boys. You can find her (and her prolific, gorgeous work) on Ravelry here, where she is known as Jettshin. She has made an impressive collection of garments from Twist, including Acorns, Cottage Garden, Sandridge, and Cityscape, just to name a few.

Momo's Cottage GardenMomo's Acorns

1. What was your first Twist Collective pattern? Why did you choose it?

First attempt at Little Birds

Little Birds was the first Twist pattern I chose, and it was actually a beginning of fair isle love that still continues. I fell in love with the whimsical design at first sight, read the description of the pattern and at first gave up on the idea. I’d never attempted fair isle before, let alone steeking! But I decided to give it a go since this sweater was one I could not forget. I did many things wrong, like choosing the wrong type of yarn and not realizing that my tension between fair isle and stockinette was totally different, and so my first attempt at this sweater came out too small. Eventually after several more fair isle projects, I made a second Little Birds with much better results! I am planning to make one more and have colors picked out already.

Second attempt

2. Which is your favorite to wear?

Momo's Grown-up Roo

My version of Roo! We had a mild winter this year and I mostly only needed this sweater coat to keep me warm! I’ve always admired this pattern and wished it came in adult size. I wasn’t comfortable altering the size when the pattern came out in 2009 but recently I’ve been confident enough to do so, hence the birth of Roo for me. I followed the basic concept of the original Roo, but made many modifications to fit my body and needs, such as lenthening the coat to my knees; setting in sleeves (used the top down construction learned from Audrey in unst!); adding waist shaping; and adding pockets.

Momo's Cityscape

Momo's Sandridge

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 Fridays knitting loves. Your faithful stylist blogger has been thinking about fashion a lot lately- I'm going back to school and also starting an internship in an office context, and I have to think about my clothes as more than just morning dress-up playtime. We can project so much with what we choose to wear! This all relates to Style Fridays- because writing this feature has really helped me see how one clothing item on its own, even if it's something patterned, or bold, or bright, can take on totally different personalities and connotations depending on what else you wear it with. Let's look at a knitted garment, shall we?

Fara in Twist

When I first looked at this sweater, I could only see it as it is pictured above. With jeans, ideally nicely worn in ones, outside near a barn. Fara just seems so happy there! All I could imagine for variations were outfits that would also seem at home in the above frame- maybe with slightly fancy shoes so you could wear it in the city as well as near the barn. Things like this:

Fara styled simply

They totally work. The sweater is cozy and cool, and it works like a casual henley or long-sleeved tee. But people- this sweater has been calling to me. It's been telling me that it has a harder edge too. That it can be tough. I know this sort of style isn't everyone's thing, but knitters- 90's nostalgia is totally cool right now, and the word this sweater was whispering to me was this: grunge. Please please someone wear outfits like this while listening to Pearl Jam's Ten, and looking at a poster of Kurt Cobain's face. And feel totally free to sew patches onto your denim vest. Or lace inserts. Or floral panels. Or tell me what this sweater is whispering to you- or what colors you want to make it in! I can't wait. I'll be on Facebook.

Grungy Fara

How would you wear your Fara?

For any of you who are in the Montreal/Vermont/Upstate New York area, the Roxham Woolgathering is this weekend. It's on a beautiful farm where we often do photoshoots. Robin and I will be there and hope to see you! Say hi!

Sometimes, to get the best light, you shoot at dawn.


Early morning light on handknits

Merecedes Tarasovich-Clark

Today's post is brought to you by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, designer of the lovely Fortune Bay, a modern take on the striped sailor sweater. She also brought us this lovely wrap. This entry is cross-posted from her blog.

Fortune Bay

It’s been like a ghost town around here. The universe has spent the last few months throwing a series of curveballs my way, and a lot of it would make for some pretty rich writing material, just not for a knitting blog. Maybe more on that later. In between bits of chaos, I have been working on a few design projects that were really fun.

My new pattern, Fortune Bay, is out in the newest Twist Collective. I am SO happy to finally be able to share this design! I love stripes. Madly. And Fortune Bay takes the idea of a classic sailor striped pullover and turns it on its side. Pretty much literally.

Side Detail

Shoulder Detail

Back Detail

The 2-row horizontal stripes begin at the shoulder, with a seamless, top-down set-in sleeve construction that ensures a matching pattern along the front, sleeves, and back. Once the stripes reach the torso, a series of short rows alter the stripes to create a diagonal slant from underarm to hem. While knitting several striped swatches, I had an “Ah-ha!” moment thinking about short rows that led to the idea for Fortune Bay.

Fortune Bay Swatch

The original swatch and sketch show the origin of the pattern, which came to life in a gorgeous neutral palette of alpaca blend yarn for the final garment.

Fortune bay sketch

I love thinking about all the possibilities for color pairings for this pullover. Aqua and grey? Black and white? Red and ecru? Mustard and navy? Which colors would you choose for this timeless wardrobe staple?