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Twist Style Fridays: Naturalist

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.


 

 

Did you see it? We launched a new issue yesterday. My prescription is a big mug of something tasty and warm (apple cider, or hot chocolate maybe?) and a long slow flip through the pages and back again. Have you picked a favourite yet? 

 

Toronto is covered in a blanket of snow. It happened suddenly, yesterday in the early evening. It often snows on my birthday, and I like waking up to my next year with the world sparkly and changed. The snow and the new Winter Twist both feel like presents just for me, but I support you enjoying them along with me. While it snowed I ate cupcakes and drank old fashioneds and laughed until the wee hours with a small crew of delightful humans. 

 

Whether you're holiday party-hopping, spending time around a cozy fire, shovelling snow, or shopping your face off, Naturalist can take you there. 

 

 

both versions, front detail

 

 

Naturalist is a snuggly sweater for any gender. I love the pop of colour at the collar and hems, and the chevron patterning. 

 

 

back

 

 

A squishy worsted yarn makes this a pleasure to knit, and also a speedy project. 

 

 

How will you wear Naturalist

 

 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Smoky Lake

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 weather has me knitting up a storm. I finished a pretty pair of Banach mittens, a scarfy-cowl thing, and a pair of socks this week. That means I get to start some new ones, right? I'm deciding on my next sweater project, and these are a couple of my top pattern contenders. 

 

Sometimes though, all you want is a snuggly cabled cardigan with a big cozy collar, like this one

 

 

side view of keyhole sweater

 

 

Generous in length, with squishy cables and overlapping fronts. Smoky Lake is a babe, you guys. 

 

 

front

 

 

Smoky Lake will be your best friend on a chilly camping trip, but you can also treat her like a blazer. 

 

 

How will you wear Smoky Lake

Throwback Thursday: Poffertjes

I met three new babies in the last month. Maybe it's because I'm now firmly in my thirties, but gosh, it feels like everyone I know is either planning a kid, baking a kid in their body, or taking care of one they just made/obtained. It's pretty fun for me to visit all my new parent friends, glowing with hormone induced joy and woefully underslept. New parenthood seems like a trying and exhausting and magical adventure. Good luck out there, parent-types!! Your job is hard and amazing and important. 

 

 

 

poffertjes blanket with some bonus chubby baby legs

 

 

I sure can't keep up with knitting for all these teacup humans, but if I could, I would want to make all of them funfetti hued Poffertjes blankets. I'd be reading for a couple of solid brights and some of those speckled yarns that are so hot right now. 

 

 

blanket

 

 

Knitters so far have done some VERY FUN things with this pattern. Maybe you should give it a whirl

Twist Style Fridays: Mosey

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.


 

The weather in Toronto has been pretty great this week. I was hanging out with my friend Jenn yesterday and we were describing the weather as "cold, but not the kind that hurts your face." We had a super exciting Thursday night outing to Shoppers Drug Mart to cover our hands with tester lipsticks. Friendship you guys. It's magic. 

 

 

mosey + mosey

 

 

The level of cold has definitely been asking me to wear wool. My Riverdale is in regular rotation, and I darned all my handknit socks. I gotta say, I could handle a little wool-silk-cashmere right now, a little tweed, some twisty cablework. 

 

 

Mosey

 

 

The seed stitch makes the tweed in this yarn shine. I want one in pale pearly grey, but maybe also lime? I want to wear this stunner curled up with a book and a cup of tea, but I'm a boring person who doesn't go anywhere that fancy shoes are appropriate. Maybe you have a holiday party to attend. Mosey wants to come with you. 

 

 

Someone get me that moon watch? My birthday is in a couple of weeks. 

 

How will you wear Mosey

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Dulcia

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.


 

 

I'll admit to having some mixed feelings about thanksgiving; I don't like turkey, and I have a lot of feelings about colonization. I'm really on a podcast kick right now, so if that's something you want to spend some more time thinking about, I super recommend the episode of Metis in Space where they talk about the thanksgiving episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Podcasts are *great* for knitting to, especially if you're working on something with a chart or a pattern you need to keep looking at lots. I know that the progress I've made on my Banach mittens this week is thanks to podcasts

 

I don't have mixed feelings about gratitude though, or about sharing meals with loved ones. I made a big pot of chili last night that will be dinner tonight for one of my best femmes who is in town this weekend to launch her new book

 

Okay, okay. Let's talk about sweaters 

 

 

neckline detail

 

 

I love me a square neckline, and a luscious cable. Dulcia has both

 

 

backcuff detail

 

 

I love the cuff detail too. Especially in this bold pink, I wanted to contrast this top with some more masculine details, especially in the shoe area. 

 

Those polkadot oxfords are for sure the way to my heart. Now you know. 

 

How will you wear Dulcia

 

 

 

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