with the snow!
Last time I wrote, we'd just had
our first snowfall of the year. Two days ago, we
had yet another huge snowfall, and Toronto
is close to breaking weather records all over the
place. Winter in Canada has returned to the
roof-high snows of my childhood in London, Ontario.
But we're all sick of it, even
if we like winter, and I do like winter.
It's just enough. It's time for something a little
more moderate and a lot more sunny. So we'd
better get onto some spring knitting, because it's
gotta melt eventually!
This spring issue of Knitty is
a true spring issue, because it represents quite
a bit of spring cleaning.
We've completed our massive
You'll see that you now have a choice of drop-down
menus...stuff to knit, or stuff to read! Columns
are grouped together by columnist, tutorials hang
together and so do personal stories. We hope you'll
find it useful and thank you for your patience while
we completed the work.
For a long time, we've been working
on a way to get yarn reviews in Knitty, but they
had to be done the Knitty way. Grassroots, by the
knitters, for the knitters. We think we've done it.
Read more about our new Yarn
Roundtables, and if
you're planning on being in Toronto, or live close
enough to drive in, perhaps we'll see you at one
of our future events!
Knittyspin has also blossomed,
just in time for spring. [Oh, come on. I couldn't
pass that pun up, could I?] Read more about the new
features in editor Jillian Moreno's editorial below.
But wait -- are you a knitter and
not a spinner? Don't just skip past Knittyspin. All
Knittyspin patterns are designed to take advantage
of handspun...BUT they're also great for commercially
available yarn. Each Knittyspin pattern includes
yarn requirements for both types, so you never need
to feel excluded.
The Knittyspin focus is on spinning for knitters. That
means you might be a brand-new spinner like I am, just
beginning to see if I like making my own yarn. Or perhaps
you want to spin, but just enough to finish a single
sweater. Knittyspin is there for you, whatever the
level of your interest, and even if you've never picked
up a spindle or treadled a wheel. You'll also find
features and patterns in
the new Archive, just in case you get bitten by the
spinning bug too. Experienced spinners, as we know,
can never get enough information, and of course we've
got stuff for them as well.
Speaking of the Archive, when was
the last time you took a tour? I'm hearing all over
the web that people are discovering Knitty patterns
from several years ago that didn't appeal to them
at the time, but are just what they want to knit
now. Tastes change, we learn new skills...so don't
forget to check out things you might have missed
the first time around, especially when you're waiting
for a new Knitty issue to be published.
To always know the latest Knittynews,
sign up for the free Knitty
reader list! The list is never shared with anyone
and we only send out a few messages a year.
Amy R Singer
It’s soon to be spring. While
buried in snow in south Michigan, I am willing
spring to come. I am looking forward to opening my
windows, spinning on the porch, doing some dyeing,
and the inevitable spring clean out.
By the end of
winter I’m ready to set fire to all of the
junk I’ve been tripping over in the house for
three (or more) closed-up-tight months. As much as
I want to shove out with the old stuff, I want new
and different things to look at, to do, to spin with.
Amy and I have been
cooking up some newness here at Knittyspin for you.
If it leads to fiber acquisition, please don’t
send us the bill (we have plenty of our own fiber
This issue introduces our new feature: the Gearbox.
We realized that our designers and authors have the
coolest stuff, toys, equipment, and I for one, am
tired of trying to guess the wheel from
a photo that includes a mere sliver of a bobbin flyer.
So now they’re telling us just what they used.
for the Gearbox and you'll see exactly what equipment
was used as part of an article or to spin a project.
This issue also starts our
fiber reviews -- we call it the Fiber
want you to miss out on a single opportunity to spin
with amazing fiber. So we're collecting great fiber
from big and small producers, spinning and knitting
with it, then telling you what we think, and, of
course where you can buy it.
Knitty loves spinning. Knittyspin
is all about spinning from a knitter's perspective.
Sometimes you want to knit and sometimes
you want to spin. To make it easier when you have
the spin jones, Amy has concocted groovy little spinny
indicators. When you see the pink spindle like the
one at the top of this editorial, you’ll
know the pattern, article or review is spinning
focused. And Knittyspin patterns now feature their
own icon [ ]
on the main
pattern index, to make them easier to
spot as well.
Fiber and spinning reviews...
If you have fiber, spindles,
books, or other spinny products that you'd like us
to review, write me
for submission information.