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Twist Style Friday: Leadlight

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

Hi humans! 

 

Last weekend I got snowed on in Montreal and it made me super grouchy. Today is bright and cool in a way that allows for open windows and natural light. I can't explain what a relief it is. I've brought my bike, Tilda Swinton, out of seasonal retirement. Forget the days of layering multiple cardigans underneath a jacket (or my usual-of-late, two cardigans and two spring jackets). Now is the time when your cardigan *is* your jacket. This, my friends, is a time for rejoicing. 

 

I give you Leadlight 

 

colorwork and cable yoke cardigan

 

 

I'm a sucker for a boatneck, and those cables are maybe perfect. You know those image-lists that get passed around the internet of things perfectly lined up or organized in pleasingly geometric ways? I get the same kind of calming sigh from looking at these cables. 

 

 

cable detailback

 

 

I have a pretty serious block around colorwork. I fear it. I've done an okay job on a couple of stranded projects but it's definitely out of my comfort zone. I would make this cardigan though. I sort of think it's perfect. Let's take one more look at that yoke before we talk about fashion. 

 

 

back yoke detail

 

 

Let's talk about pink for a minute here. When I was a small kid, I was OBSESSED with pink. I had a pink bedroom and wanted everything I owned, read, looked at, or ate to be pink. I'm sure it was very annoying for literally everyone. My best babyfriend these days is a toddler named Arthur Ellis, and he shares my affection for all things bubblegum hued. His mum sends me pictures of him looking thrilled, clutching pink purses and umbrellas and boots and sippy cups. He is literally perfect. Later, in my teenage misogynist years, I rebelled against everything coded feminine. No lace, no frills, no dresses, and definitely no pink. I had some complicated times with gender. Now the pendulum has swung back. I like to wear "girl" with a bit of a hard edge, but there is no mistaking that I display femme.  Today's outfits are really pink. Sorry if you hate it! 

 

three outfits, all really really pink

 

 

Shoes with a little masculine styling keep these from being overly twee. Or maybe they're still twee and I just like it that way. Can you believe that those ice cream earrings are real? I want them. I want us all to have them. 

 

Me, I would wear Leadlight like a cotton candy fool. How will you? 

Twist Style Friday: Parapet

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


  

This week has been a whirlwind, friends. I was in Ottawa last weekend, and I'm heading to Montreal tomorrow. I squeezed my workweek into three days and I haven't caught up on sleep yet, but I sure am having fun. I am also still in a very serious relationship with this crimping iron. I know it sounds weird, but I look really cool, I promise. I might be embarrassed  about this phase in my hair-life in a few years time, but for now, I'm so into it. It goes really well with my floral velvet crop top and my purple doc martens. Seems a bit like the time to embrace a little extra whimsy; the season is changing. It's April! Day is now longer than night, and soon it can be time for swimming in the outside places. If you're celebrating thing weekend, I hope you're doing it surrounded by folks you really like, and foods you like even more. 

 

This week's sweater is probably too elegant for my absurd fashion choices of late, but that's a low bar to clear. I think it's probably perfect for so many of you lovely humans! It has the makings of so many great outfits. Have you taken a close look at Parapet

 

 

closeup of sweater yoke with zigzag patterning and standup collar 

 

 

The stitch pattern is gorgeous, and the standing collar is cute and unusual. it gives it a bit of a formal edge, steers it a little between sweater and jacket. The back has a little gather, giving the top a subtle swing shape. I think of it like a denim jacket for a regent. Pinkies up! 

 

 

full view of modeled sweaterback view

 

 

Maybe it was the collar shape that drew me towards a slightly military olive as a color complement. Something about the geometric yoke and sleeves made me want round (but not perfectly) accessories. I'm feeling very drawn by grellow right now, and florals, always more florals. 

 

 

three outfits

 

 

 

How will you wear Parapet?

 

Twist Collector: Glenna

Glenna C's headshotToday's post is really exciting, guys. Once in a while we feature folks who have knitted a bunch of patterns from Twist, and ask them what they like so much about working with our patterns. We have a pretty special Twist Collector to feature today, because she is *also* a Twist designer! Glenna brought us such gems as Burrard, Brightwood, High Street, and Quo Vadis. She's been knitting for about ten years and blogging and designing for almost as long. She says that Knitting has definitely taken over from other interests (she keeps meaning to get back to that beading stash). She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and knitting is helping keep her busy and distracted while finding a full time job. You can find out more about Glenna and her work on her Rav page, or her blog

 

 

 

Knitting has always appealed the part of my brain that doesn’t want to be bored. Cables are probably my favourite thing to knit (and design) for that reason – they’re interesting to knit and gorgeous to look at while you’re wearing them. They are also warm, which is a big factor in choosing knits to wear during long winters. So, when I look at new Twist Collective issues I’m always looking for something that could be my next fun cabled project.

 

Gwendolyn was the first pattern I knitted from Twist Collective. Fiona Ellis has a fabulous cable-knitting brain and I usually keep an eye on her new patterns! The cable panels in Gwendolyn are classic but a little unique as well, and my favourite might be the sleeves, how they complement the body panels while using a different motif at the elbow. What I love about wearing it, though, is the hood. It gets cold in southern Ontario winters and having that extra amount of fabric around your neck and shoulders really makes things cozy. I’d like to knit another hoodie for myself some time! 

 

Glenna's Gwendolyn hoodie, knitted in bright teal, seen from the back modeled by Glenna.

 

 

The most recent Twist Collective pattern I made was the Ossel dress by Allison Green. It’s the first time I’ve knitted a dress but will not be the last. Again, this was motivated by the cold winters we’ve had the last couple of years! I really wanted to be dressed in wool from the knees up. This was a pretty straightforward knit (aside from it taking more time than a regular sweater, due to the extra fabric), and I really liked the i-cord bind-off to finish the neckline as well as the saddle shoulder details that included the sleeve cables. It’s also the first time I’ve knitted something that is a full outfit all by itself, which is pretty cool. 

 

Glenna wearing her Ossel dress

 

 

Both the Ossel dress and the Joist pullover by Andrea Rangel were ‘Christmas cast on’ projects started a year apart but both finished this past winter. I like casting on a new project on Christmas day, as a present to myself and also to make sure my holiday knitting time isn’t taken up just by what I’m designing for my own work. And it turns out that when my brain needs a break…it asks for all-over cables! Who would have thought. The Joist pullover was a purely covetous knit. I saw the all-over cables and just wanted it. It’s a huge amount of yardage (the Ossel dress used less yarn) and a big commitment but I’m so glad I made it. It’s so warm it’s like wearing a furnace, which is pretty much what you want when you’re in the -20C days. And the cables add a nice amount of vertical structure, more so than I might have thought at first glance. And again, I liked the finishing details of the collar, it brought the whole project together really nicely. 

 

Glenna's Joist

 

 

The Uji jacket by Ann Marie Jackson was another knit that I couldn’t resist due to the cables and warmth factor. I liked the fact that it was a big cabled jacket complemented by big details – big collar, big buttons, big pockets. The pockets were probably my favourite detail because they are attractive and practical at the same time. I rarely take the time to knit pockets into my cardigans but it’s so worth it when it matches the design. The main technical modification I did on this one was to change the sleeve cap decreases to decreases rather than bind-offs, so that I could do a vertical seam to finish it off. 

 

Glenna's Uji

 

 

I always love knitting with wool if I can help it - for warmth and because it’s kinder on the hands, and also there are so many varieties of wool yarns. One of my favourites is always Cascade 220 Heathers, which I used for Gwendolyn, Ossel, and Joist! Clearly a versatile favourite. One of my current favourites is Briggs & Little Regal, and I’d use that to make Joist again if I were to do it a second time. For Uji I used a now-discontinued chunky yarn from KnitPicks called Cadena, a wool/alpaca blend.

 

 

I’m a tall lady at 5’9”, so I make pattern modifications pretty often – it just becomes a normal part of the knitting process for me. Usually I end up adding a bit of length in the body and sleeves (I added about 3 inches to the body for Gwendolyn, about 2 ins for Ossel), although with Uji I actually removed a couple of inches from the length so that it would still sit at the upper thigh, rather than a full jacket length. The other modification I usually need to make is to add a bit of room across the shoulders. I have a bust size of 38” and a cross-shoulder of 16”, and often the size I choose for my bust has a cross-shoulder of 1 or 1.5” less than what I would prefer. I did this on Ossel as well as Gwendolyn. Getting the right fit is always a bit of a challenge but gets easier the more you practice and pay attention – and being taller usually means I always go in prepared to modify something.

 

 

There are definitely other Twist Collective knits in my future – I have a Lempicka cardigan that I started last year that I still need to finish off, and I also want to knit another High Street cardigan and Burrard cardigan for myself! (I’ve already knitted myself one Burrard but I think I need another one in another colour!) I’d also like to make the Rafters cardigan and the Boundless hooded cape (because why not). Along with my own pattern designing I will definitely not be bored for very long at a time!

 

Thanks Twist Collective! 

Twist Style Friday: Skyscraper

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

 

Happy Friday humans!!! I had a long and kind of annoying week, and yesterday it snowed and that made me very very grumpy. However, it is the weekend now, and I am going on a funny weekend road trip with a friend of mine and we get to spend some time with a crew of extremely weird and wonderful humans, many of whom have really fantastic style. 

 

I think what I'm trying to say is that I'm having a hard time packing. I want to look extremely cute (always), I want to be warm enough but I don't really want to concede defeat and bring my winter coat out of seasonal retirement. I also want to be able to dress according to my mood, but it is hard to predict what my mood will be 24 and 48 hours from now. Additionally, I have become addicted to hair crimping, and it means that I can either dress super sleek and minimalist which realllly draws attention to my asymmetrical shock of platinum crimps, or really dedicate myself to dressing like it's somewhere between 1984 and 1996. Mostly I lean towards the second option. Stupid clothes make me really happy. I think I'm gonna debut my dumbest shoes this weekend- they lace up like corsets and the (extremely high) platform soles are shaped like hooves. They'll go great with my stupid hair. I'm leaving in about 2.5 hours, so I guess I should actually put some things I want to wear in a bag, right? 

 

This week's sweater is decidedly not stupid. It's simply shaped, and the patterning is really lovely. Meet Skyscraper

 

 

light teal cardigan with vertical detailing on the bodice and sleeves.

 

 

Knit in a tweedy yarn like this, it has a rustic feel, which is accentuated by the rolled neckline and the reverse stockinette body. In something smoother with a bit of sheen, this could be a dressy cardigan. I could also really see this working in a semisolid or even a self striping yarn, if you're into that sort of thing. 

 

 

from the back

 

 

I think Skyscraper hits the exact right note of special-basic. Which means you can wear it with just about anything. Which means I picked some really awesome and odd stuff, like studded sneaker-boots, a skirt with bears on it, and a whole selection of fringed purses. Voila, some ideas for styling Skyscraper

 

 

three outfits

 

How will you wear Skyscraper

Twist Style Friday: Caldera

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 

Happy Friday humans!!

 

It's spring. Like, officially. There is some wacky stuff going on with the celestial bodies, if you care about that sort of thing. If not, I hope you are at least excited for longer days, brighter evenings, and warmer weather. It is not, however, time to retire your sweaters for the year. Not for me anyways. I have locked my wintry coats away in the pretty blue trunk they live in during warmer climes. No matter what happens with the weather over the next few weeks, I will not retrieve them. I'm stubborn that way. I will wear layers and sweaters and mittens and scarves and hats but I refuse to wear a coat now that it is spring. 

 

My handknit socks are still getting lots of wear, and Kate is shooting for the Spring issue (you can catch some sneak previews on our Instagram feed). Change is in the air and there is a vase of yellow tulips on the mantle. Last night I went to the launch of a book of amazing poetry and there was so much denim and lipstick in the room. I left feeling like my heart was full of warm honey and this morning I slept late. Everything feels like the moment before the buds burst through the soil, you know? 

 

Whenever the seasons change I forget how to dress myself. I have to reinvent my wardrobe and my clothing persona and I definitely need some new shoes (I definitely don't need any more shoes, but I sure do want these). Last spring I knew the summer of magic and crop tops was coming my way. I'm waiting for this year's theme to announce itself. I'm definitely feeling prints. You'll see in a minute; this week's styling set is a bit of a printstravaganza. 

 

Caldera is a perfect companion piece to things that are busy. She's understated but not quiet. She's snuggly but not bulky. She's real pretty too. See? 

 

 

collar and yoke close up of Caldera, cobalt blue pullover with henley neck and foldover collar

side and sleeve detailfull shot of Caldera

 

 

Caldera is your best buddy on a snowy hike, but she can also take you out on the town. Get some shoes that are just a little bit stupid, won't you? 

 

 

four outfits

 

 

How will you wear Caldera

 

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