Twist Collective Blog
We're right in the middle of shoots for the fall issue and we're super excited about what we'll be sharing in the August! Here's a little shot (taken by Jane Heller) of Barbie and me buttoning up the model.
Twin Oaks Socks
Kate, here! For a while now, I've really wanted to have a tree growing up a sock. Finally, I sat down and did it and the Twin Oaks socks were born (pretty slowly and with a lot of whining on twitter).
They're knitted toe up with a short row heel. The roots begin in the heel and grow into the trunk and then branches go out all the way around your leg until they intertwine on the front.
You probably don't want to knit a huge, woolly, aran sweater full of twisted stitches in the summer. So why not have some twisty fun on a smaller scale in a bamboo blend?
2 week sweater challenge
There’s a fall photoshoot happening on the 19th and I have a sweater that needs to be there… Errr, rather, I have a pile of hanks of yarn and an idea. I’ve been tweeting about this and last night asked if anyone was nuts enough to knit a sweater in 2 weeks with me. There appear to be some takers. So here’s the idea:
Twist Tidbits: Wayuu Mochillas
J Crew surprises me every once in awhile, like a few weeks ago when they lobbed this genuine article up onto their accessories section:
A little research into this long-ago sold-out bag lead me a few places on the web that sell other versions, but all of them come from the same place, the Wayuu tribe of Columbia and Venezuela. The Wikipedia article about them is here.
I found these versions at Yoya: natural, the way I like it,
and these more brightly colored:
I found elsewhere that the bag at J Crew came from their participation in an event hosted by the BeLive Columbia organization, and several other "fashion industry" entities like Tory Burch and Philip Lim were invited as well. There's a worthwhile pdf on the Wayuu Project and the significance of their bag making on the BeLive website, so I can leave you to look at it if you like.
Design Process: Poplar and Elm
by Carol Sunday, originally posted to her blog at Sunday Knits.
Poplar and Elm started with just "Poplar" — a closed lace stitch pattern made to look like leaves branching off of a central vine. The leaves were pretty easy, with the edge of a new leaf overlapping the shape of the one before it, and increases sprouting out from the leaf's center. The branching vine was a little trickier. It took several attempts to get the vine to branch out at just the right moment, and to join the leaf at just the right spot. Finally, just right . . . in worsted weight with a 15-st 12-row pattern repeat.
I liked it so much I decided to make an open lace version by changing the pick-up style increases to yarnovers. I thought I might use these two patterns together in a sweater with, say, a closed lace body and open lace sleeves ... maybe a cropped cardi with three-quarter length sleeves, or maybe a ballet-style wrap, close fitting with a wide neck and long narrow sleeves. I submitted both ideas for Twist's Spring/Summer issue using a lighter sport weight yarn. Kate liked the wrap (yay!) and I started knitting.
It's amazing how much difference a little change in scale can make in a stitch pattern. I added 2 stitches and 2 rows - 17 sts and 14 rows per repeat. Now that was more like it!
I'm thrilled with the way Poplar and Elm turned out. The pattern scale is just right. And the other two versions of the stitch pattern will be perfect for other projects. Anyway, it was so much fun playing with the scale on this stitch pattern. It makes me think of all the other stitch patterns that would lend themselves to just such adaptations ...
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