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All the World's a Stage . . .

We're feeling a little theatrical this issue.  You'll see why when you look through it a little over a week from now.

If Twist Collective were indeed a theatre company, each issue would be a performance. Leading up to opening night, we rehearse and refine, make abundant artistic and practical choices, and ready the cast for the moment the curtain draws back on that first evening.

So here, while you consider the program, is the curtain for this fall's issue. Let it tell you what it will for what lies ahead.


Design Process: Chartres


by Fiona Ellis

I know everybody is excited to see the Fall issue (me included) but summer isn’t over yet you know! We just heard that Elann is having a sale on Reynolds' Cool Cotton so now is the perfect time to make my design from last year's Summer issue of Twist Collective, Chartres. If you get going now you will have it done for Summer’s last hurray and will be able to wear it under a jacket when Fall does arrive.



This got me thinking about when I had originally designed Chartres. I spend quite a bit of time musing over that elusive thing we call creativity, and I post here often about the whole process including where I find my inspiration. I was more than a little surprised and amused when the swatch for Chartres almost fell off my needles without my thinking too hard about it. I was working on it as a carry around project and along with my knitting I always have a book with me. I was reading “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett, which is a millstone of a book and not ready good carry-around material but I just couldn’t put it down.



So one afternoon as I worked on the swatch I decided that it needed to have a focal point. As I believe most of us would rather draw attention to our faces rather than our hips I created a gentle movement of the vertical lines towards a converging point at the neckline.




I was especially pleased with how it looked but something about it looked very familiar. I picked up the book later and there it was right on the cover - I had created a cathedral window tracery without even being aware I was doing it. So of course the design was named Chartres after the famous cathedral in France.



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!