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Fall Colors

Julia here. Sorry I've been out  touch; it's been busy as we get ready for fall in two weeks.

As is our custom, we've been dropping hints about the fall issue as the time approaches for the site launch. Here's a new one. This is a look at part of our process I don't think we've shared before, how we think of our different "stories" in terms of color.  After we pick from the submissions, Kate gets out the sample books to assign yarn to patterns, and she thinks long and hard about how to let colors work together to make coherent collections for each of the photo shoots.  I don't know if you've ever noticed that color hangs together for each story or not, but at least you know that we think of it that way. I don't know how she does it, but I always admire the end result. I think this issue has particularly delicious palettes.


What else can you tell from this little abstraction? Count the blocks. Hm: Four stories. About 30 patterns. The biggest issue we've done so far. Really.

I think you're going to like it. 

Happy 4th / Happy Sunday

Having 3 nationalities in our household usually means we don't really celebrate any national holiday, but I figured today's a great excuse to put up pretty pictures in red, white and blue! So happy 4th of July if you're in the US, or happy Sunday if not. I had fun doing this, so maybe I'll make it a tradition, holiday or not...

July Collage

Yes, I veered into the pink and orange a tad, but it looks red overall, no?

In case one of these doesn't look familiar to you, here are the projects:
Row 1: Sylvi, Novak, Dietrich, Vaganova, Audrey in Unst, Mitaines & Moufles
Row 2: Farinelli, Broderie, Blossom, Bright Star, Luminen, Gytha
Row 3: Damask, Little Liza Jane, Rebecca, Ashbury, Tiveden, Skara Brae
Row 4: Amaranth, Bijou, Pisara, Roo, Sally Rand, Vaila
Row 5: Rococo, Snowflurries, Willow-withe, Sabbatical, Jadis, Peyton
Row 6: Paula, Lesley, Cecchetti, Kerouac, Poplar & Elm, Timpani

Two Week Sweater Challenge: Results

Well, the two week sweater challenge has come and gone, the dust has cleared, and knitters looking around will notice that there are quite a few more sweaters in the world than there were a fortnight ago.  Kate, instigator for us all, managed to whip up her blue something (to be revealed in the Fall issue of Twist Collective) with little time to spare before she packed it up and shipped it off to the photo shoot. 


As for my own Primrose Path, I managed the two sleeves I had promised myself, but didn’t get quite as far as the cast-on for the body.  However, I set to that task this morning, and am looking forward to the fun of continuing.


On Ravelry, there is a thread that developed around the challenge, with loads of progress photos and finished objects, each of them more inspiring than the last.  Take a peek for a sense of what knitters can manage even at this busy time of year. The first photo of a finished sweater shows up at post #115, but there are photos throughout of emerging knits. 

Now that everyone is exhausted, we can all kick back and look forward to the Tour de Fleece, and see what the spinners among us can manage.  Go Shack!

Shooting Season

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.

fall shoot

In the meantime, we have about one bajillion patterns in the shop (I counted) and the past issues are all there if you need some eye candy!

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).

twin oaks socks back

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.

twin oaks socks front

We've snuck the magazine page into the end of our Sunday Socks section. And the shop page is here.

twin oaks socks

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?