Review: Twist Collective Fall 2015

Even though the weather is still lovely and we are trying to eke out every last bit of the good weather, we knitters know that fall knits are really our time to shine. Next in the fall collection launches is Twist Collective, with their big Fall 2015 collection of 20 different patterns. Lots of garments and accessories, for a variety of tastes!

The new issue features 3 collection sections that have their own story and aesthetic. I’ve chosen to highlight two patterns from each section. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Cherrywood is a stunning pullover that is knit from the cable band first, with the stitches for the body and sleeves picked up and knit bottom up, with the garter stitch hem and cuffs picked up from the other side of the cable band and knitted down. The set-in sleeves are a clever trick with shaping- there is no seaming there, it is knitted in the round!

You should totally knit this sweater if: You are intrigued by the construction, like knitting in the round, and love sweaters that look classic and go with everything but stretch your knitting muscles a tiny bit.

You should definitely not knit this sweater if:  You hate picking up lots of stitches, or do not want to draw attention to your hip area.

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It’s worth clicking the link to check out detailed shots of this light-as-air shawl. The crescent-shaped shawl is knitted top down, and the design is fully charted only. The wrong side rows are not full resting rows, so you’ll need to be paying attention on both the RS and the WS.

You should totally knit this shawl if: You love lightweight shawls that are all about the pretty touch that finish off an outfit, and you love eyelets and lots of texture.

You should definitely not knit this shawl if: You wear shawls to add warmth, or aren’t big on delicate thing, or the idea of no resting row fills you with dread.

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This top-down pullover is knit with a circular lace yoke (lace is charted only, but a simple enough repeat), and has a lovely folded hem for a polished look. Sleeves (also top-down) and neck have i-cord edging.

You should totally knit this sweater if: You adore top-down and in-the-round, and you love lace details paired with stockinette.

You should definitely not knit this sweater if: You are allergic to i-cord edgings,  or feel weird about people being able to see your tank top (or bra straps, if that’s how you roll)  peeking through.

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A half-circle DK lace shawl with lots of lace and architectural lines that keep the eye entranced, achieved by cabling. There are no vertical repeats (meaning each row is different throughout), but on every row the charts repeat throughout each ‘wedge’.

You should totally knit this shawl if: You love cabling and enjoy a pattern that keeps you paying attention like a sexy stranger talking about your favourite subject.

You should definitely not knit this shawl if:  The idea of cables and lace together is a turn-off,  or if you are easily intimidated by charts- there are charts ahoy in Fortuna.

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Sweetfern is a fingering weight hat and mitten set that shows how awesome a variegated yarn and a solid can be when they combine.  Design is charted only (as all colourwork is), and both the hat and the mittens are knit in the round from the cuff/brim up.

You should totally knit the hat and mitts if: You would love an excuse to finally use up that variegated fingering weight skein you’ve had in your stash for ages, and you will need some new mitts and a hat this winter (who doesn’t, really?).

You should definitely not knit the hat and mitts if: You live somewhere where it never gets cold enough for a hat and mitts, or if you aren’t a fan stranded designs.

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A worsted weight cardigan knit multi-directionally, you can either knit this with the back and fronts knit separately and seamed, or you could knit the back first and then pick up along the edges the stitches needed for each front to work the horizontal leaf motif. The lace leaf motif is charted only, and is also featured on the sleeves as a perfect finishing touch. It’s worth clicking through the photos to see the details on the back and sleeves, and a close up of the fronts.

You should totally knit this sweater if: You love the idea of knitting something a little bit different that will get you loads of compliments, and you are intrigued by knitting in more than one direction on a cardigan.

You should definitely not knit this sweater if: The idea of seaming or knitting in more than one direction isn’t appealing, or if you don’t like leaves on your cardigans.

And those are my top picks! If you would like me to talk about any of the other designs, let me know in the comments and I’ll respond.  Which one of these would you love to knit for yourself?

Gender Reveal! We’re Having A…..

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Guy and I found out that we are having a baby boy! Most importantly, we found out that he is developing normally and is healthy.

To celebrate, I knit a pair of teeny tiny newborn baby booties, from the same pattern as these which I knit for Lila and loved– they stay on, they are cozy warm, and they knit up in a flash. Side note–I love that baby bear hoodie she is wearing in that post, I’m just going to change the buttons and this little guy will get a chance to wear it, too!

Pattern: Baby’s Booties (knit)

Needles: 4mm (US 6)

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green label Aran in ‘Midnight’, leftover from when I knit this sweater. Most satisfying was that I used up every bit of the remaining yarn!

Mods: made these ‘newborn’  sized by going down a needle size, and cutting out a couple of repeat rows on the foot height and at the cuff.

I love these booties, they are probably my favourite baby bootie pattern to date. It’s hard to see in the photos just how tiny they really are!

It’s funny how you forget how small babies really are when they first arrive in the world- I was going through all of Lila’s old baby clothes that I had tucked away, checking to see what will still work for a boy (or what I like enough that I’m putting him in it anyway), and I kept holding up these tiny newborn sleepers and exclaiming to Guy, “Lila was never this small! Was she really this small?!” despite having photographic evidence that she was indeed once that small and wore those sleepers. Now Lila likes to tell me all the time that “I’m a big girl, mama!” and considering she was trying to climb the stairs from the outside of the staircase this morning (yikes!) and doing a pretty good job of it,  it’s hard to imagine the tiny little feet that are coming to fill these new booties.

We haven’t told Lila yet. I know she’s going to be a great big sister, but 4 months is a long time to wait when you are 3 years old. I’m not sure how we are going to tell her, if anyone has any tips, please let me know!

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Review: Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2015

I love August- it’s still summer, but all the fall knitting patterns are emerging! Pom Pom Quarterly has just released their new Autumn 2015 issue, which has 10 beautiful patterns (several of them are unisex), 2 articles on the geography of yarn and sheep breeds throughout the UK, and also a close up on a local production mill (John Arbon Textiles) in Devon that goes through how wool is processed there (and includes a coupon code for Viola Yarn!). There’s also a recipe for a delicious looking pumpkin spice cake. The issue comes in print or digital.

I had a tough time choosing just 5 patterns to feature here- this is a really solid issue and every pattern was something I would happily knit and wear. But to give you a taste, here is a mix of accessories and garments from their new issue:

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A stranded hat featuring a Swedish Dala horse design, with a folded brim and a fabulous pom pom to top it all off. the folded double brim and the stranded colourwork will really help keep you warm on those cold winter days (that seem so far away, but you know they are coming eventually). Also worth considering is knitting the horse design in a chromatic yarn to add a bit more colour, if that is more your style.  Worsted weight has you knitting this hat up super quick.

You should totally knit this hat if: You love cozy warm hats, pom poms, and two-colour designs are all the colourwork you’re willing to take on.

You should definitely not knit this hat if: You never wear hats, are terrified of stranded knitting, or if you like your stranded designs to have at least 4 colours in them. Although you could always add more colours to the mix!

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This is one of the awesomely unisex designs in the issue, and I love this classic raglan henley style. It’s knit bottom up in the round, with the sleeves knit first and then joined to the body when it’s time to work the yoke. The reverse stockinette would also handle a tonal, kettle, or hand-dyed yarn pretty well. Aran weight means you stand a good chance of knitting this sweater in time for the cooler weather, too.

You should totally knit this sweater if: You love timeless sweaters that work for everyone, raglan sleeves, knitting in the round, and you love a good button placket.

You should definitely not knit this sweater if: You can never, ever decide on buttons whenever you knit something that calls for buttons; or if you can’t stand bottom up construction (even if it is in the round).

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Knitted in the round from the bottom up, Jean (DK weight) starts from a garter stitch hem that is knit flat then kitchenered together (instructions are included), with the body picked up and knit in the round.  Cable panel is both written and charted, and the back fo the neck has some short row shaping.  Sleeves are knit top down in the round, and also have some short row shaping.

You should totally knit this sweater if: You like sweaters that can be either dressy or casual, Cables are totally your thing,  you want to try top down sleeves, and you like knits that are classic with a twist- the garter hem and cuffs and neck are a great alternative to ribbing.

You should definitely not knit this sweater if: short rows are your enemy, top down sleeves are not your thing, and you aren’t that jazzed about cables.

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A big, dramatic scarf-wrap full of rich texture and thick cables.  Stitches are both written and charted, And with texture this lush, you know it will keep you toasty warm!

You should totally knit this wrap if: You are crazy about cables, you love dramatic accessories, and scarves the double as wraps are right up you alley.

You should definitely not knit this wrap if:  You just want to zone out with a simple knit, or if knitting over a thousand yards of Aran for a wrap is not your idea of a good time.

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Woodland Tales

Lacey and delicate DK mittens that have a leafy design, lace pattern is both charted and written.

You should totally knit these mittens if: You love one skein projects, lightweight mittens, and botanical details.

You should definitely not knit these mittens if: the idea of lace mittens doesn’t work for the kind of winter you have- or you could knit a stockinette inner mitt to keep the really cold temperatures at bay.

And those are my top picks for Pom Pom Quarterly’s Autumn 2015 issue! All ten patterns are gorgeous, though- if you have any questions about the others, let me know in the comments and I’ll respond.





Modification Monday: Ends Baby Cardi

And the winner of the skein of Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK is….. Sarah! Congrats, Sarah! I’ll be in touch soon about your address!

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Original Pattern: Playdate

Knitter Extraordinaire: Laura (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the solid colour baby cardi to be a stashbusting extravaganza using up 14 + different yarns and colours to add stripes and dots to this awesome cardi. Details – including great tips on weaving in ends- can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Not only is this baby cardi drop dead gorgeous, I am so inspired by how it stash busted so effectively! Laura even noted in her project page that she used more than the 14 different yarns for the stripes and dots in the stripes. If you are the kind of knitter that keeps her leftover skeins and scraps organized together by weight, then I urge you to take a look at that stash and see if you have enough for an awesome little sweater like this (could also be a great cowl in the same design, if there’s no one you know having a wee one anytime soon!). Laura does note that there were a lot of ends to weave in, and she has some great links to help weave as you go, which is worth checking out. Plus, more adorable photos of this little cutie in a fabulous sweater!

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The Nostalgia Machine is an awesome site that has you choose a year, and it loads up a playlist of the most popular songs of that year. So addictive! So fun!

The science behind the wonderful smell that occurs when it rains.

Favourite snacks of famous writers. If I were a famous writer, I’d cultivate a rumour that I was obsessed with an oddball snack just to make this list.

I laughed so hard I could barely breathe at this- a hilarious send-up of a recent Glamour blog post entitled 13 Little Things That Will Make a Man Fall Hard for You, full of ridiculous, antiquated advice. The response article is written for the Vice magazine blog, and it’s pretty bloody hilarious. You don’t need to read the Glamour post to get the humour of the Vice one- it dismantles the list one by one, from a guy’s perspective. I laughed so hard I had to wipe my eyes with my daughter’s toddler dress that was on the couch (I swear I go to Costco and buy the mega packs of tissue boxes, but Lila’s clothes always seem to be closer at hand….).

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a skein of The Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK!

Pin Ups and Link Loves: Watermelon Sorbet|

My friends, did you know that you could make watermelon sorbet out of nothing but frozen watermelon??? Because I did not, and this pin pretty much changed my life. I adore watermelon, and as someone who is a big fan of pureeing frozen bananas and pretending it’s ice cream, I see a new frozen love in my future. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Loves: Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos|

Barbecue cauliflower and chickpea tacos! Because we are all trying to eat more veg, am I right? And you could always sub in some chicken if you wanted. Pinterest link is here, and original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Loves: Wallpaper Stairs|

I have carpeted stairs, but I often fantasize about what it would look like to rip off the carpet and refinish them. And then do something just like this with removable wallpaper would be such a fun way to add some interest, don’t you think? Totally customizable! Pinterest link is here, the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Loves: Llama Top |

I’m totally obsessed with this llama tank top. Trying to figure out what size I should order that it will stretch over my pregnant belly, but still fit next summer when I’m ‘normal’. Pinterest link is here, original Modcloth post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Loves: Success|

I love this little poster. It’s so easy to see lots of beautiful things and beautiful people on the internet and feel like it means there’s less space for you to shine. But that isn’t true- there’s room for everyone. Pinterest link is here, and while I doubt this is the true original post, a great post where it’s sourced is here. 

It’s a long weekend here in Canada (woohoo!) and we’ve got some friends coming to stay with us for a few days. Anyone else have any fun plans? Anyone else having a long weekend?