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Cookie A’s knee socks may be the most alluring knee socks I have seen in a long time: the shaping, the traveling stitches, the centered motifs on the shin and the Achilles tendon, like Bavarian pastry and fishnets all in one. One reader said her husband called them “sexy.”

Oooh, the frisson!

I’m all for sexy, especially in the knitting, but I may lack the stamina to knit socks that go all the way . . . up to . . . there. I am a tall girl, and knee socks tweak my acrophobia. Happily, the pattern includes instructions for the short version, every bit as charming as the full size pair, complete with the diamond badges and the Bavarian pastry cables. And they are so cute in red. Who can say no?

Find them in the shop. 

How the Magazine Works

One of the things we wanted to do with Twist Collective was make the most of the tools that come with publishing on the Internet, namely, interactivity and flexibility for the reader.

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As you stroll through the magazine for the first time (because you clicked on the large arrows on the sides of pages, instead of going straight to the shop, right?) you’ll notice that the pattern pages have -- in addition to detailed photos of the projects -- pattern information that shows up when you roll over the name of the pattern on that page.  The rollovers are shorthand information to tell you a little about the pattern: the size range it’s written for, and the yarn involved in knitting the sample.  You can find out more by clicking through to the pattern’s shop page where you can review all the details before you decide if, I mean, that you want to buy it.
 
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Articles have front pages in the magazine.  If you want to read the whole article (which we hope you do), you will find the complete text and illustrations by clicking through to those pages from the magazine.  There is a link to the article index on the top bar.  You will also find on the full article page an email icon that lets you share with friends something that you can’t bear to keep to yourself.
 
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You will notice that on the article pages, there is a place to “login” and sign up for the newsletter.  There is no need to fill in either field.  It’s purely voluntary.  Logging in is completely optional as is requesting the newsletter.
 
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One little tip that you probably already know about computers in general, but it never hurts to be reminded of: if you find the type is too small, you can enlarge it on a PC by pushing the “control” and the “plus” (+) buttons at the same time to bring the type into your comfort zone.  On a Mac, that translates into the “command” and “plus” buttons. Voila!  Instant readability.  The type may then overshoot the page, but we forgive you.

Throughout the magazine and in the marketplace, you will see advertising spaces from our sponsors.  All of the ads click through to their own sites.  Some people have already expressed dismay that ads are even in the magazine.  Understood, but if you’d like to know a little about our decision to take advertising aside from the need for revenue to support the work involved, please see the FAQ.

A lot of people are asking about bulk purchases.  Here’s the answer, for now. For the immediate future, we will not be offering discounted rates for multiple purchases, with our apologies.  We really appreciate the enthusiasm that has greeted our first issue, and I promise you that we are actively thinking about how we can afford to both pay designers fairly and to gratify the pattern collectors with a “buy them all” or a “buy several for less” option.  But for now, I can only remind you that knitting time is what it is, and the patterns aren’t going anywhere. They will be here when you are ready, so come back after your first project, and buy the next one (or two) then .

The first issue is our first effort, and we are working out what we’d like to change and/or add for the next one, so constructive comments are welcome.  Let us know what you think.  Comments will open today, but you can also send questions and concerns to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hi.

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Oh, hey, it must be Friday, because here we are. ::checking calendar:: Yep, August 1st, right on time.

It’s been a long 62 days watching those circles tick down for you, has it? Thanks for all the emails and encouragement along the way.  It was amusing, we must say, to watch some people squirm on the Ravelry group, playing "I Spy" with the sneak peeks, and getting all frothy around the mouth for the work we’ve been putting in.  It makes a girl feel either a like a deer being chased by wolves, or like Santa Claus.  Not sure which.  Well, for the four of us, the time whizzed by.  But now time’s up; we must step away from the keyboard and let you through to the site.

Hopefully you have already taken a stroll through the first issue, clicked on a few of the articles to see what they look like, and perhaps even bought the pattern for your next project.  That would be really cool.

Now for the blog: you knew there had to be a blog.  What would any media on the web be without a way to communicate between issues, to update you on things we stumble across, and to invite readers to show off their stuff?  It’s all part of the experiment that is Twist Collective: doing things differently, paying designers differently, presenting the projects differently.  And you, dear reader, are an important part of this.  So please, stay in touch,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and consider keeping up with our news by subscribing to our feed.

One more thing: the magazine is in beta, so please be kind. Any problems you come across can be sent to . There will be changes as time goes on, but for now, welcome. We’re excited to be here.

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