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One Sweater Many Ways

Before Marnie MacLean sent us her fall sweater, Pas de Valse, she took some photos of the many ways she can imagine wearing her versatile design.


How will you wear yours?

Buy a pattern, Get Your Name in the Prize Hat

I'll bet that if you read here, you are probably also on the newsletter list and therefore already know about this one, but it never hurts to remind everyone of the ticking clock. 

We have been running a contest during the month of August to celebrate our first anniversary, giving everyone who purchased something from us since August 1st a chance at a cache of knit-happy prizes we've collected from our glorious and generous advertisers.

Like what? perhaps you are asking.


Like a pair of single point Signature Needle Arts needles customized for the winner.

Like yarn packs for Twist Collective patterns from Ariadne Knits, Unwind Yarn & Gems, Briggs and Little, Webs, and Elann.

Like the beautiful sterling silver stitch marker necklace from Knowknits that graced a page in our fall Tidbits.

Like a brand new book 99 Yarns from Green Mountain Spinnery.

Like a Zephyr Interchangable Needle set from Knitpicks.

Like a $50 gift certificate from Yarn Market.

Like free Twist patterns,tape measures, bags, and more.  So how do you get in on this bonanza?  If you purchased something from Twist Collective since August 1st, you're already entered in the prize drawing.  If not, and you've been meaning to get around to picking up that pattern for your autumn project, do it before midnight EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) September 9th. That's tomorrow, so don't delay. Each and every purchase equals one entry, so buy several patterns, and pick up a new Twist Tote while you're at it, and get as many entries in the contest. Winners will be notified by email, and announced here on the blog. So go buy something already.  We love you for it, and for some lucky knitters, we'll prove it.

Yarn Packs Available from Elann

Elann has been offering yarn packs for Twist Collective patterns. Last month, they had a great deal for yarn for Rebecca by Fiona Ellis, and are currently offering a 51% savings if you purchase their Peruvian Baby Cashmere before Monday September 7th, for Cinquefoil by Mary Jane Mucklestone.  You still need a copy of the pattern from our site to knit it, but you can't beat the price of the required yarn.  


Nana's Knitting Trunk Show

Julia here.

During my trip to Chicago last week, I had a lovely evening at Nana's Knitting Shop in Oak Lawn. It's a friendly and well-rounded shop perfectly stocked with yarn for just about anything you could ever want to knit, and is obviously the hub of a vibrant knitting community, so I was in my element.

nana's crowd

Everyone was enthusiastic and welcoming to the strange East Coaster, and soon discovered that we all had something in common: admiration for the talented Twist Collective designers, like the love being shown to Connie Chang Chinchio's Peyton here (they're saying, "Milk Cotton?  Wow!  That's an awesome yarn"). 


There was an intense yarn selection session for Barbara Gregory's Mimico (don't miss Peyton, Suvi Simola's Low Tide Ripples, and Ysolda Teague's Vivian in the background),

mimico yarn

and much oohing and ahhing over Anne Hanson's Ice Fantasia (which I was wearing, so I don't have a photo of the heavy petting I got) and Sivia Harding's Aphrodite, worn by Shop Daughter.


That's Kat Coyle's Ardent Jacket on the mannequin, and Véronik Avery's Mars hat and scarf set getting some attention on the right. Those patterns always make people extra happy in person.

Thank you, Tricia, and to all your lovely knitters for showing me such a nice time.  The late night run to Panera was especially appreciated.

Seen and Noted: Sweet Tags and Such

Laylock is a young British knitter who keeps a delicious blog.  I admire her eye, and her photography, and also her generosity. 

laylockgift tags

She has made a pdf free for download to anyone who happens across her site, full of sweet graphics for gift tags, bookmarks, skein wraps, and such, all of them perfect for knitters and the knit worthy.

laylock book plate

Do take a look for yourself, and click around her site for her inspiring perspective on the wooly life.