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Throwback Thursday: Kent

Seasonal transitions are hard you guys. Toronto has been swinging wildly between temperatures for the last week or so, and the only solution is layers. We need wool to have our backs, literally. 

 

 

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I love the simple shape of the chevron ribbing on the back body, the echo of the ribbing on the front shoulders, the shape of the neckline, and the slight military vibe of the double breasted fronts (a little extra warmth there too). 

 

 

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Think about adding Kent to your cool-weather coping strategies! 

 

 

Twist Style Fridays: Cranston

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.


 

 

Yesterday, I took my laptop to a local cafe and squinted at my screen in the sun for a few hours. It was the first day when patio sitting was a possibility. I maybe pushed it a little, not wearing a jacket and drinking an iced coffee while sitting there, but oh man, it was glorious while it lasted. Today in Toronto we are back to chilly grey-ness, and I'm back in my woollens. I'm okay with a little more cool weather, I have an almost-finished pullover on the needles that I would be a little sad to put away until the fall. Are you planning your sweater projects for next year already? I know I am. 

 

 

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Is Cranston on your maybe list? It should be. This sweater is a stunner and half. 

 

 

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This cardigan is no wallflower. Let your needles do the talking and make yourself a Cranston. As far as saying is concerned, I say more is more; more gold, more appliqué, and definitely more buckles. 

 

How will you wear Cranston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Red Oak

Who doesn't love a snuggly sweater-coat? 

 

 

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So often, leafy motifs in knitting are small and delicate - which is beautiful - but this sort of supersized oak pattern is stunning. 

 

 

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With seams for structure and neat turned hems, this is a classic coat you'll wear forever. 

Twist Style Fridays: Frostpane

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 fashion friends! 

 

I'm writing to you from my friend Leah's living room floor today. I've been in Montreal for about a week, visiting friends and family, and being a post-surgical buddy for a wildly gifted and lovely artist friend. I did an amazingly tetris'd packing job so that I could bring my (loaner) autoharp to Montreal for a lesson with Leah. We just took the 'harp apart to make some minor modifications and it was so exciting to be playing with instrument guts you guys! 

 

I think its a similar kind of joy as knitting, in a way. Not the process of knitting itself, but the knowledge of how knitted fabric works!  I love being able to look at a sweater in a store and know something about how it was constructed, or imagining what the chart might have looked like for a cable pattern I've never seen before. It feels like knowing a powerful secret. 

 

Take a look at some of the secrets of this lovely sweater. 

 

 

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There's some magic to this one, folks. You start with the lace and cable bands that end up on the shoulders, and build the yoke around them. I'm not a seam-hater, but I love unconventional sweater construction, and if you don't love doing a bunch of finishing, a construction like this might be exactly right for you! Not to mention that Frostpane is also a total babe of a sweater. The cable and lace pattern is lovely, especially in a yarn with a little fuzz to it. 

 

 

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Where fashion is concerned, I suppose you could say that I have a bit of a flair for the dramatic. As a freelancer, I mostly get to work in my pjs, so when I get dressed, I want to get *really dressed*.  I also have a deep appreciation for wearing things that make me laugh; tiny sources of joy in a difficult world. The balloonicorn earrings on the left made me pretty happy. Also this week a baby laughed for the first time in my presence and I'm *totally* taking credit for it. I'm hilarious, in case you didn't know that about me already. I hope the styles below bring you amusement or inspiration. 

 

How will you wear Frostpane? 

Throwback Thursday: Shoofly

This is the kind of colorwork I can really get behind. There is just a little of it, and the color possibilities are making my eyes very big right now. Remember Shoofly? We met her in Winter 2012. 

 

 

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A white or undyed sheepy tone is basically perfect for this kind of top, but you could also go bold and pick a jewel tone for the main color and do something like greyscale or a subtle ombre for the details. 

 

 

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Shoofly will be your best friend on a beach hike or camping trip. 

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