With the distractions of summer it’s been a little while since I posted here, but August will always be back to school month no matter how many years it’s been since I graduated. Fall pattern collections are starting to appear and I’m feeling a sudden urge to knit all the things and go shopping for pens. I think it’s time to get back to blogging!
What I’ve been up to
The last month has involved a lot of berry picking, riding bikes, ice cream and reading. There was also the delightful wedding of one of my dearest friends, and a ton of sewing — I made her dress and might write more about the process sometime.
It hasn’t all been skiving, I did manage to release a few patterns including these two which we launched at Unwind in Brighton.
Wee Envelope – you might remember this as the #babysweaterinaday project I did when Sarah’s little one was brand new. I want to make this for every new baby!
Elbert – a fun geometric pom pom hat that I can’t stop wearing even though it’s been our best summer for years. It’s the only thing making me kind of wish for autumn.
Unwind was such a lovely event, I think everyone who was there is crossing their fingers that it will be an annual recurrence! There’s a great write up in the Independent. I didn’t manage to take many photos, it was such a whirlwind, but since we had to ship or carry everything I tried to keep the booth simple and it turned out to be really fun to draw all over the brown paper “wallpaper”. I can always use a reminder to keep it simple!
I can’t quite believe that this is the 20th issue of Twist Collective, it doesn’t seem long at since I was excitedly reading an email from one of my design heroes telling me about a new publishing concept that would aim to provide better opportunities for designers. I was in the very first issue so it feels like it’s only right that I have a sweater in this anniversary one.
Cahoots is a simple classic cardigan with some interesting seamless shaping details. The waist shaping follows the curves of your back and adds just a little more room in the front chest than the back. The sleeves are worked from the top down and shaped with short rows that will feel more familiar to sock than sweater knitters — they’re just like a giant heel turn.
I asked editor Kate Gilbert to tell me a little about the issue:
“It’s the twentieth edition of Twist Collective and we hope you’ll love the designs, articles and photography as much as we do. We are thrilled to have Ysolda’s Cahoots pattern in our collection. Having contributed to our very first edition, and several other editions as well, she feels like part of the Twist Collective family. This design has a vintage feel that still feels fresh and new. Find her pattern and 30 others, along with articles, illustrations and so much more. And don’t forget to check out the Notebook. Ysolda’s beautiful photography is featured there.”
Kate’s own pattern Akebia is one of my favourites from the issue.
Interweave Knits Fall issue also launched this week, I love these cabled designs.
I’m so excited to go home and spend the weekend knitting cosy jumpers for the autumn now! Which is good because I have a whole heap of designs in progress.
.... And it's a big one! Usually, the sale runs across a set number of days and things get pretty fast paced around here with shipping and customer service emails. With the need to continue to prioritise staff safety and a smaller team than usual, we decided to make this a whole birthday month.